Building Improvement Grant Recipients

Find out about the latest successful recipients of our Building Improvement Grants (BIGs).

We're pleased to announce the three newest recipients of our 2019 Building Improvement Grants, totalling £102,804.

Barnabas Safe and Sound – £49,956

Barnabas Safe and Sound in Morpeth works with young people aged 11 to 25 experiencing a housing or personal crisis, along with other youth services. It currently has young people in supported accommodation, and is managing a small contract for young people who are asylum seekers and refugees.

A BIG grant of £49,956 will pay for the refurbishment of Wellwood House and the removal of interior walls. This will create a 1-1 room and an open plan area for delivery of services to young people. The grant will transform Wellwood House into a hub for young people and the centre for a training programme “Roots and Wings”.

"Roots and Wings" in partnership with the Northumberland Healthcare Trust Public Health Team, will consist of three different elements: Life Skills; Health and Wellbeing; and Safe and Sound.

Qualified staff, volunteers and peer mentors will be on hand, and the Public Health Team will be involved with training for staff and peer mentors as well as the delivery of bespoke sessions on issues such as sexual health, drugs and alcohol, online safety, and well-being. Those completing the course will have the opportunity to become peer mentors or young volunteers within the centre, and/or take part in intergenerational projects.


Earsdon & Wellfield Community Association - £49,288

Earsdon & Wellfield Community Association in Whitley Bay hosts a diverse ranges of classes and has something going on in the centre’s community spaces every day.

Every Saturday, the group welcomes a children’s dance class which hosts around 340 children – and during the autumn months, the association even holds an annual beer festival.

The Centre is an attractive building and is the social hub of the village with most of the service users living close by. Their grant of £49,288 will enable the group to undertake essential roof repairs on the south side of the volunteer run community centre.

East End Youth and Community Centre – £3,560

East End Youth and Community Centre is a valuable community asset located in the heart of North Shields. This grant of £3,560 will enable the studio to make the required repairs to its dance studio and open up two bricked up windows in the kitchen area.

Originally built in 1950 and given to the community in 1964, the volunteer-run East End Youth and Community Centre was originally a Boys Club and existed primarily to support and train boys in football, boxing and other physical sports.

Over the years, it evolved into an all-encompassing youth and community centre and is now used for a range of different activities, including kick boxing, stilt walking and Little Kickers junior football classes.

Building Improvement Grants (BIGs) provide up to £50,000 for community groups or charities in the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire to make improvements to their community buildings. This might include: construction, expansion, renovation or replacement of an existing facility or facilities.