We are The Charles Young Centre, based in Talbot Road, South Shields. We were opened in 1982 by the then Local Mayor and local athlete Steve Cram. We are a registered charity (no. 508814). We have a committee of 6, 5 Trustees, 8 volunteers and a paid workforce of 5. We are not related, in any way, to any other organisation.
The core function of the charity is to provide facilities for the elderly and disabled, giving them a daily healthy meal, social inclusion with others and enable them to leave the confines of their home. We pick them up from their homes, bring them to the centre, where they are given a three course meal, provided with a light exercise class and generally entertained, before taking them home. We cover the entire South Tyneside area. The Centre mainly takes referrals from Social services, but also from Age Concern and the local CVS. The Centre caters for over 120 members a week. They are also taken once a month on a shopping trip and once a month on a day trip out. We also help our elderly with legal, domestic and practical difficulties such as mobility aids.
We cater mainly for people with Dementia and physical disabilities but recently the Local Hospital referred a gentleman with mental health problems and he seems to have taken a liking to our environment. 98% of the centres users are housebound due to their disabilities and are dependant on the Charity for companionship and mobility.
Due to the Covid year we have lost over £60,000 in revenue like hall hire etc. This has been partly offset by Government grants etc but still leaves us over £11000 in the red.
We have remained open during the second lockdown having been classed as an essential business by the Local Authority which has cost the Centre hard cash but keeps the elderly happy and fed.
We hope to recover over the next 24 months but will require assistance with our wage bill (Rise in the minimum wage etc.) and transport costs.
The South Tyneside community, as a whole, suffers from high deprivation, with the North East coming second in the list of most deprived areas.
We are the last surviving Centre in South Tyneside to be providing these services and hope to be doing so for years to come.
The Aviva Community could help sustain our ongoing Charitable work by providing help with our weekly wage, fuel and transport bills which currently stand at over £1000