Our outreach projects aim to enrich and improve the lives of local people, helping them to feel part of our caring Hexham community
Our current Community Projects include:
Open Arms Intergenerational Group
Every Tuesday 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Run in conjunction with the Hexham Youth Initiative, our Open Arms Intergenerational Group provides a fabulous opportunity for younger and older people to socialise regularly. Members often spend time together chatting; sharing skills, like computing or gardening; or working together on projects. One thing is for sure, it’s always lively; full of energy, cake and smiles!
“Something magical happens in that room each week - the energy is infectious. I genuinely look forward to it all week!”
- Over the years, it’s been amazing to see the relationships that have developed as a result of the project.
- The project has definitely helped overcome age-related stereotypes in our community and challenge perceptions from both age-groups.
- Our members look forward to the group each week, and we’ve been told on many occasion that it’s had a positive impact on older members’ mental well-being.
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For more information about the Open Arms Intergenerational Group please get in touch.
Every Wednesday 11.30am - 2.00pm
Now in its 20th year, our Wednesday Luncheon Club is more popular than ever! Supporting our older community, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends or meet new people, and socialise over a delicious, hot two-course meal. There’s never a dull moment, in fact, it’s known locally for its lively, uplifting atmosphere. Everyone is welcome; some members bring their knitting, others play cards, but most just spend time together chatting and laughing.
“The food is great, but best of all are the people! It’s so lovely to know that every week I can catch up with friends and have a good laugh over lunch.”
Through the Luncheon Club we hope to actively relieve isolation and loneliness in and around Hexham. Ultimately, we want everyone in our area to feel part of a close knit community that they can always rely on for support and friendship.
- Over the years it’s been an honour to witness the friendships that have formed through this group.
- The transport to and from the Club has made a huge difference in helping many of our older community, who don’t have easy access, to meet and socialise with ease.
- We’re told regularly that the Luncheon Club is enjoyed greatly by our members and is often ‘the highlight of their week’.
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For more information about the Luncheon Club please get in touch.
Lunch Club is supported by funding from Social Enterprise Support Fund, distributed by Resonance. This funding has helped us to keep the club affordable and continue to offer transport. Thanks to National Lottery players for making this possible.
The Social Enterprise Support Fund provides vital and rapid financial support to help social enterprises in England focussed on supporting their communities to recover from the pandemic. The Social Enterprise Support Fund is a two-year project, delivered by Big Issue Invest, Key Fund, Resonance, the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and UnLtd, in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, and will jointly deliver £18million in grants.
Parent and Toddler Group
Every Thursday, 9.15 am - 11.15 am
We run a warm and welcoming, stay-and-play Parent and Toddler Group for little ones and their carers. It’s an ideal place for children to mix with others and enjoy new experiences with a familiar adult close to hand.
Each week our main hall is transformed into a buzzing, lively space with plenty to enjoy, including a dedicated baby area, a dressing up box, ride-on toys, a home corner, and a slide or trampoline.
To keep their energy levels up, we provide a healthy snack at half time, while parents and carers can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. We also organise a fun craft activity each week, and the session ends with music time and singing.
“Parent and Toddler Group was essential for us! It really helped my little one become more confident around other children. For me as a new parent, I sometimes felt a bit isolated at first, but through Toddler Group I quickly made friends with other parents in the same position.”
Research shows that regularly attending Parent and Toddler Groups can benefit both child and carer. Encouraging children to mix with others from an early age can support social development and ease the transition to school. Whilst for parents, Parent and Toddler Groups can provide essential support, understanding and the opportunity to socialise with other parents.
We understand that being at home with a baby or toddler isn’t always fun and games. Of course, there are lots of moments that make us smile or melt our hearts, but it can also be pretty isolating at times. Our aim was to create a warm and fun Parent and Toddler Group that supports both child and adult; somewhere that everyone can feel welcome, make new friends and feel part of a supportive community.
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For more information about the Parent and Toddler Group please get in touch.
Be part of something special
There are many ways that you can support Hexham Community Centre including volunteering, fundraising or making a kind donation. Any gift, no matter what size, can make a huge difference.
- Monday-Friday 9.00am-5.00pm
- Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm
- Sunday Closed
Evenings and Sundays are open by appointment.
Opening times are subject to change.
Christmas and bank holiday opening times may vary.