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Family Fun Day


Families attended a fun day to mark the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Children and adults flocked to the historic Byker estate on Wednesday for a host of family fun to mark the day of the opening ceremony.


The event, run for residents of the historic estate by Byker Community Trust (BCT), featured everything from laser quest to exotic animals, alongside fun games and races inspired by the ‘friendly games’ getting underway today in Glasgow.

Over a thousand local residents turned out to enjoy four hours of fun, including races, competitions and dance, as well as music, face painting and sports organised by the Hat-Trick project, which helps young people to learn life skills and confidence through football.



BCT Office Closed for Byker Fun Day

BCT Office Closed on July 23rd

Hi everyone, it's the Byker Fun Day on Wednesday 23rd July and the BCT office will be closed all day as our team are helping out with the event. We hope to see lots of residents there and, if you need help or advice, Byker Community Housing Office will be open as normal.



Byker Fun Day and Participatory Budget 2014 Special Edition


Check out this special issue of the BCT newsletter with news of our Family Fun Day on Wednesday 23rd July and the launch of Byker's Participatory Budget Scheme 2014.



Word Search Update


Just to let BCT residents know that the closing date for the word search in the latest newsletter has been extended to July 25th. Don't forget to fill yours in for the chance to win £25 of Eldon Square voucher



New Community Hub

One Love

One Love North East, a local project that uses music and the arts to promote community involvement and personal development opened the doors of its new home at Chirton Wynd last month.

Since its launch in 2012, One Love has offered a range of cultural programmes open to everyone in Byker and now it’s expanding thanks to a £22,000 grant from the BCT, which has funded the move to new premises at the heart of the Byker Estate.

"The funding from the BCT has helped make our vision a reality, creating the One Love Hub as a brand new resource for the people of Byker", said Michael Andisen, founder of One Love. "It's also helped us tp purchase much-needed computer equipment and a live sound recording booth that will provide a resource for people right across the community



Bloom and Grow

Help Byker Gardens

This competition is aimed at everyone who takes pride in looking after where they live e.g. garden, yard, pots, baskets etc.

There are four entry categories:

Best Garden

Best balcony/ high rise garden in The Byker Wall

Best effort by a group (e.g residents, youth group, school, sheltered housing, adopted green space)

Best edible/kitchen garden (e.g herbs, fruit and vegetables but no allotments)

This is about community involvement and greening your neighbourhood. Be proud of your skills and showcase you gardening achievements.

If you would like to get involved the application form is below



Young People In Byker

New Apprentices Support

Byker YMCA has recruited two new apprentices who are now offering advice and support to young people on the Byker Estate.

Established 20 years ago at Dunn Terrace, and now with second base in Spires Lane Hobby Room, the YMCA offers a place for all young people in Byker to take part in a range of practical activities, as well as to receive advice and support they need.

Cally Hamilton and Connor Davidson successfully applied for the apprenticeship roles, which include one day each week in college and for working with the YMCA team.

"These appointments are a key part of our commitment to support young people in the East End by creating new opportunities for training and development," said Vicky Smith, Senior Youth Worker at Byker YMCA. "The roles offer a double benefit as Cally and Conor are able to support the young people of Byker who need it most, while developing their own skills and experience at the same time".

In addition to working with young people, Cally and Conor, who lives in the Byker Estate, are also helping with other community events such as 'Byker's Got Flair', and working with other organisations, including Byker Community Centre. Further funding from the CPB programme has also helped the YMCA's vital outreach work on the estate, which has allowed the team to engage with more young people than ever before.



Our New Edition Is Out

Byker Newsletter

Take a look below at the newest edition of the Byker Newsletter



Given Thumbs Up

Adult Learning Week

Byker residents have been honing their creative skills at the BCT offices, taking part in free jewellery making and nail art workshops organised by City Learning.

The sessions are part of Adult Learning Week, a celebration of lifelong learning that gives adults of all abilities the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence.


"These kind of free events are brilliant and it gives you something constructive to do when you're not at work," said Kelly Donkin, a Byker resident who attended.

There are sessions happening around Byker and the Heaton Centre is running courses for all this week for those who would like to learn a new language or skill.




Awards For Avondale House

Byker Redevelopment

A pioneering Byker housing project that offers support and accommodation to former armed forces personnel has been honoured at the Constructing Excellene North East (CENE) Awards. Avondale House won The Legacy- Sustainability Award and was also highly commended in the Heritage category.

Avondale House was praised for the innovative approach it took to the refurbishment and conversion of the Grade II- listed former sheltered housing block in the heart of the Byker Wall Estate, which was undertaken by Keepmoat.


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