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 Centre has:
-3 permanent tenants hiring space within the centre.
-20 casual user groups who offer activities and classes on a weekly basis.
-A community cafe open 6 days a week, providing affordable and healthy food to the local and wider community and an events team providing large scale events for the community to attend.
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.
To create opportunities for the benefit of the communities we serve
Our communities will have positive and inclusive engagement within their community facilities
We will push ourselves to be best practice and achieve more and become a leader in our fields.
We will listen to the views and needs of our community, incorporate these into planning and feedback.
We will consider the impact of the work we do, ensuring it compliments others yet achieves best standards.
We will be quick to act and make the most of an opportunity or to address a need.
We will respond to changing needs and priorities to ensure we are resilient for the future.
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.
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.
Responding to Community Need
We will develop and deliver a range of community development projects focussed 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, Employability, Adult Learning, Health and Wellbeing and Children and Families.
Extending Our Reach and Asset Base
We will expand our asset base and great a community garden on a former Porlock Gardens site. Plans have been delayed but still firmly on the agenda.
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.
Designated Centre Manager