Hexham Community Partnership is a community-based, community-owned and community-led organisation. Established in 2006, it is managed by a Board of Directors and employs a small staff team. Many of the Partnership’s activities are supported by a willing army of volunteers.

Our Vision is to be influential, respected and sustainable. Working closely with many others, we strive to make a positive contribution to community development and, with our social enterprise projects, become less reliant on grant income.

Our Mission is:

  • The promotion and support of economic and employment activity
  • The provision, maintenance and improvement of public and recreational amenities and sites of historical or architectural importance
  • Facilitation of the improvement of transport services
  • Promotion and support of environmental sustainability
  • Other activities deemed to be of a regenerative or charitable nature and of benefit to the community of Hexham and surrounding  area

Our Strategy is to work together to unlock potential for our town and surrounding communities in the Tyne Valley. Working in partnership with community organisations, local businesses and the town and county councils, we aim to maximise benefits for our local community and visitors alike.
During the last ten years the Partnership has had many achievements.

The Partnership is run by a Board of twenty-nine volunteer Directors, all of whom are local residents drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds. Many are active in community and voluntary organisations within the town, ensuring the views of residents and local groups are represented.  Our Directors are unpaid volunteers and give up significant amounts of time to help support the staff and to give direction and advice. Directors are elected at the AGM, usually held in July.


Membership is free of charge and open to everyone over the age of 16 who shares our mission. Members will be kept up to date with our activity, we will engage with you in all that we do and will listen to your hopes and aspirations for the town. Members will be invited to at least two meetings each year, at which we will ask you to review the Partnership’s strategy. If you would like to apply, please complete the attached form.

Membership application Form

Chair – David Ratcliff
Vice-Chair – Catriona Mulligan
supported by 27 members representing the town and its organisations

The Partnership employs four members of staff based at the Partnership main office: Marion Schooler – Partnership Manager,  Lorraine Reay – Events Coordinator and Office Manager, Rachel Ladd – Communications and Tourism Officer, Bettina Newton – Administrator.

It also employs one member of staff employed at the Hexham East Regeneration Office at Number 28 at The Gatehouse: Claire Heaviside – Hexham East Regeneration Officer.

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with your community whether you have recently retired and want to share your skills and experience, or are hoping to get back into work and gain useful experience as a volunteer. From time to time we recruit volunteer ushers for the Forum Cinema and to help with town events.

We welcome volunteers to join us for long or short periods. You can phone us on 01434 622 796 to talk about Partnership volunteering or 01434 601 155 to volunteer at the Forum Cinema or register here so that we can tell you about opportunities as they arise.