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Hexham East Regeneration Project – Number 28@The Gatehouse

HCP’s community development project is known as Number 28@The Gatehouse and grew out of the Hexham East Regeneration project. For nearly eight years it was based at Number 28 Derwent Road in Hexham East housing estate, then in November 2016 it moved to the Gatehouse Open Learning Centre on Wanless Lane, Hexham, at the entrance to Hexham Middle School.

The project works in close partnership with local organisations such as Hexham Youth Initiative, Sure Start Children’s Centre, Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service and West Northumberland Food Bank, and supports Hexham East Residents’ Association.

Activities and events for families are organised during school holidays, plus introductory training courses and health related activities for all ages and sections of the local community.

Number 28@The Gatehouse is open Tuesday to Thursday hosting a range of initiatives and activities for all Hexham residents.

All services are free and include:

  • Information and signposting on issues such as benefits, housing, finding employment, accessing training, domestic abuse, health, debt management, and volunteering
  • Weekly Work Club
  • Basic computing
  • Credit Union pay-in point and advice on financial issues
  • Food Bank distribution point
  • Introductory training courses, information sessions, and women’s health group.
  • Public access computer for you to use to search for jobs and generally look up information
  • Work Club offers support in an informal, supportive way with job searches, CVs and more on Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am
  • Northumberland Credit Union and Tynedale Community Bank: Community banks provide budgeting advice and offers a way to save and borrow as an alternative to high street and doorstep lenders. For example, NCU currently offer small loans at 1% per month and Junior Saver Accounts offer 3% interest up to £500.
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  • UK Online Centre A Digital Champion project teaches accredited basic computer courses so you can learn how to send emails and use the Internet, at your own pace with 1-2-1 personal tutoring. NB Places need to be booked on 07772451639.
  • Food bags and toiletries available Tues-Thurs supplied by West Northumberland Food Bank
  • Colourful Fruit and Vegetable Project takes place in the Community Garden at Hexham Middle School. Residents can learn how to grow their own organic fruit and vegetables from seed, how to compost, grow herbs and flowering plants and can take plants home for their own gardens.
  • New Women’s Crafty Healthy Group starting in February 2017, Thursdays 10-12. Crafts, beauty and health therapies. Supported by Family Therapist Suzy le Carpentier.
  • Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service run training courses every Friday from 10am, including The Freedom Programme and The Recovery ToolKit. Contact Marie Englishby on 01434 608030 for more information

For the latest volunteering opportunities, please click on the link below:

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Number 28@The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse Open Learning Centre, Wanless Lane, Hexham NE46 1BU

Call in or ring to find out more on: 01434 605553 or 07772451639
Follow us on Facebook: number28hexham

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