Riverside Community Health Project

Riverside Community Health Project

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  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • Training / employment support
  • Women

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Riverside Community Health Project (Riverside) is a special community organisation . Our vision is for the West End of Newcastle to be a healthy and thriving community. We help make that happen by collaborating with others to respond to need using community development principles. Initially set up in the early 1980s as a resident led community group to tackle health inequalities, Riverside currently supports around 2,500 community members each year with:

  • Activities for families with young children
  • Training and support for adults who wanting to build a new future
  • Welfare rights advice and information   
  • Community events, volunteering and opportunities
  • Women’s groups and sessions


Riverside current activities reflect the objectives the Board of Trustees have prioritised:

Children and Family Support: We provide early help support for families through our Community Hub part of Children and Families Newcastle where innovative partnership work between voluntary and statutory services increases the services available to families locally. We facilitate groups for families with children under five including My Baby and Me, Baby Massage, First Words Together, and Breakfast Stay and Play and during school holidays we organise family trips, activities and a community festival.

Training & Employability: We coordinate training by hosting specialist trainers and recruiting people onto courses such as; ESOL, English, Maths, Community Interpreting, Security Industry Training and Early Years Courses. We support people’s employability directly by overseeing work experience opportunities.

Welfare Rights Advice and Information: At times of crisis, trained advice staff help residents strengthen their financial resilience and overall ability to cope by supporting them to claim their entitlements to benefits, grants and council tax reductions and access to mainstream services (education, housing and health care). We recently concluded support to European Union citizens to apply for UK settlement. Practical support at critical moments includes in-kind donations of food hampers, nappies and toiletries.

Community Action and Volunteering: Riverside volunteers run various activities, such as a savings club for summer trips, craft sessions, and they support / organise events.

Women’s Groups: We facilitate an ethnically diverse women's group and groups for Romanian speaking women and Czech & Slovak speaking women, enabling mutual support with their distinct and shared experiences.

Crèche: our onsite childcare is a crucial aspect of enabling adults take part in training and groups.

Riverside manages Carnegie Building, which is the old Benwell Library. Carnegie Building is a vibrant hub for the local community and the base from which Riverside and several other community organisations work.

The objectives Riverside's Board of Trustees have prioritised are:

1. To support families reside to enable their children to have the best possible start in life

2. To assist adults to counter disadvantages they and their families experience

3. To facilitate women coming together to explore and influence factors affecting their lives

4. To maintain Carnegie Building’s role as an accessible community hub for local residents and organisations

5. To work with local residents to achieve positive change through community action

6. To support community members to combat isolation, improve wellbeing and improve community cohesion

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