There are two projects in Newcastle, sponsored by the Assumption Sisters and our AMA UK Sister program, ALVP. They are the Pendower Good Neighbour Project and Kids Kabin. A short description of each will follow and more information can be found on the ALVP web site.
Kids Kabin is an alternative education project based in Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It offers young people creative and purposeful alternatives to boredom, which can lead to youth disorder. Young people from the ages of 8 - 13 attend Kids Kabin to do wood work, pottery, painting, fine arts, crafts, cooking and gardening. It also runs residential trips, day outings and camping expeditions. Kids Kabin operates on a drop- in basis; young people coming and going as they choose. This project is looking for volunteers who: have an interest in the arts; enjoy working with youth; are enthusiastic about providing healthy alternatives to the disadvantaged; would enjoy joining in the mission of the Assumption Sisters. The volunteers in this area of Newcastle will also volunteer at other neighborhood agencies, including: Wor Hoose ("Our House"), a neighborhood center that provides activities to mothers, men, and young children and St. Anthony's Senoir Centre, an adult day center, providing activities and companionship to elders in the neighborhood.
The Pendower Estate is a group of 500 households in the west of Newcastle. It has been left out of all major regeneration initiatives, though it shares the disadvantages of long term unemployment and lack of opportunity in the area. This results in anti-social behaviour, vandalism, drugs, etc. The project began in 1998 as an initiative of the local churches to build community in the estate and organize facilities for the children, the pensioners and all the residents. There is now a neighbourhood center for activities called the Sunnybank Centre, made up of two semi-detached houses with a flat above and a community garden. The project is staffed by a social worker, part time staff and volunteers. The project is looking for volunteers who will: form supportive relationships with residents of all ages and backgrounds through sharing the reality of daily life; use their talents in some of these areas: after school activities, holiday activities, parents and toddlers, community events, gardening, decorating, producing the newsletter, supporting pensioners; and be active members of one of the local church congregations (Anglican, Catholic, Methodist…)