Bilton Hall Community Trust was originally set up as Low Simonside Community Association in 1979, a former school site which transferred to the now Simonside Primary School in Jarrow. The Trust is now a registered charity (1171907) since March 6th, 2017.
The Trust was formed to develop and manage the Community Centre with the aim of turning it into a successful, self-sustaining centre, providing the community with somewhere they can come to learn, relax and engage in activities.
The Trust is in the process of completing a community asset transfer and agreeing a 40 year peppercorn lease with South Tyneside Council.
Gradually over time, the Trust will invested in the Community Centre, securing capital grants and fundraising to improve the facilities. With further grant funding established in future will look to secure staff to help manage the site.
Today the community centre is a thriving with around 20,000 visits from the South Tyneside community per year.
The Trust is on its way to a 100% financial sustainability by maximising the income generation techniques above and this will allow the organisation to become less grant funded reliant and more financially secure for future generations to benefit from the centre.
Joanna Tuck – Community Development Manager
To create opportunities for the benefit of the communities we serve. Our communities will have positive and inclusive engagement within their community facilities.
Responding to Community Need
We will develop and deliver a range of community development projects focused on addressing community need. The strands will complement existing provision and aim to deliver in partnership with others in South Tyneside and will focus on Older People, Employ ability, Adult Learning, Health and Wellbeing and Children and Families.
Growing Strong Community Businesses
We will grow our community businesses to become leaders in the fields of events, catering and facility hire with well recognised brands. Our community businesses will diversify their income streams to ensure they become robust businesses that can support our trading arm.
Improving our Facilities
We will secure investment into our community facilities to ensure they become go to destinations that meet the expectations of today. They will have facilities with high standards throughout and provide flexible booking spaces to accommodate a wide range of clients.
Developing a Strong and Sustainable Organisation
We will be an enterprising, sustainable and well connected organisation who is seen as one of the lead organisations in South Tyneside. The Trust will strive to achieve high quality social impact and standards and establish best practice governance with clear accountability Impact of Bilton Hall Community Centre.
Check out what our centre users have to say about Bilton Hall Community Trust
Love it lovely people very friendly and helpful
We hold regular sessions at Low Simonside CA and find the rooms and the staff fantastic always helpful and friendly. We love working there, has a very welcoming and community atmosphere!
Really welcoming, caring, and considerate. Would recommend anyone to go staff and volunteers are fantastic
Brilliant venue, kids had a great day at the Halloween event today x
No one realises how hard Joanna and the tribe work!! They are doing an amazing job in keeping our community centre open!!! Well done!!!
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Bilton Hall Community Trust
Taunton Avenue, Jarrow, Tyne and Wear. NE32 3RT.