Edible Elswick Summer Events 2018

July 24th, 2018

Edible Elswick Summer Tidy up and Plant sessions 

Edible Elswick is a community project West End Women and Girls Centre leads on. Edible Elswick will be in your area over the summer. Come along, have fun, help clean up your street and do some planting.  All welcome!

Tuesday 24th July, 11am-1pm — Big Park Tidy up, Elswick Park entrance

Tuesday 31st July, 11am-1pm Hawthorn Place

Tuesday 7th August, 11am-1pm Rye Hill Estate Belgrave Parade

Tuesday 14th August, 11am-1pm, Jubilee Estate  Sovereign Place

Thursday 23rd August, 11am-1pm— Mill Farm Close

Thursday 30th August, 11am-1pm – Bentinck Estate  Bottom of Hull Street

 

Pizza in the Park 

During the 6 week summer holidays, West End Community Bakery is taking a breather from the Bread Sale Days until they start back up in September!

In the meantime, we want to know ‘WHO LOVES PIZZA??’

We’re firing up the clay oven to bake fresh pizzas for you in our community garden in Elswick Park!

Hand pulled pizzas, made from fresh ingredients and from only £3. Drinks from £1

DATES for your diary … 

Friday 27th July – 12-2pm
Friday 3rd August – 12-2pm
Friday 10th August – 12-2pm
Friday 17th August – 12-2pm

LOCATION – The Pavilion in Elswick Park
Head down the main stairs from the Elswick Road entrance. Once you’ve reach the bottom of the stairs, bear left and you’ll see us! The Pavilioin is next to the tennis courts.

See you there!

 

Summer Celebration

Saturday 8th September, 11am-1pm

Meet at the top of Elswick Park

  • Art and craft
  • Free healthy food
  • West End Community Bakery stall
  • Planting activity
  • Free face painting
  • Change 4 Life healthy activity
  • Smoothie making and juice bar
  • Find out about the West End Flower Corridor

For more information, please contact us on 0191 273 4942

 

 

Huffty – Sage’s Charity Pioneer

July 17th, 2018

We’re proud to share that Huffty has been recognised as a Charity Pioneer by Sage, the British multinational enterprise software company headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Well deserved recognition we say!

Read Huffty’s profile along with many other Charity Pioneers from across the UK and US, click HERE.

The Great Get Together in Elswick!

June 11th, 2018
Geordies are known the world over for their friendliness, we are a warm and welcoming people, which is why West End Women and Girls Centre is hosting The Great Get Together party in Elswick Park on Friday 22nd June, 4-7pm. The event will be taking place at the top end of Elswick Park (Elswick Road main entrance)
 
There’ll be games for the whole family to join in, competitions, quizzes, prizes and delicious food to enjoy together.
 
We welcome the whole of the West End to participate in a family party to prove we have more in common than that which divides us.
 
#GreatGetTogether
#MoreinCommon

Help us to Help Families

March 23rd, 2018

The centre is witnessing unprecedented levels of poverty in the West End of Newcastle and amongst our membership. Women are struggling to feed their children, light and heat their homes. This is happening for many reasons, zero hour contracts, low wages, welfare benefits changes and delays to payments, bedroom tax and changes to benefits for the sick, those with disabilities and mental ill health. As a response, we have decided to launch a new fund for families called the Mrs Robinson Fund. We are naming it after our longest standing member who sadly passed away in 2016. Mrs Robinson was very generous and would always donate money to the centre and other local charities. We are asking you to be as generous as Mrs Robinson and donate money to the centre in her name, which we will then distribute to families in need. Please only donate what you can afford and don’t leave yourself short.

You can donate by visiting our website by clicking HERE or by sending a cheque. For online donations, please note in the message field your donation is for the Mrs Robinson fund. For cheques, please note the fund on the reverse.

Thank you.

Our Local Hero, Johurun Nessa

March 16th, 2018

We’re very proud to share that our Development Worker, Johurun Nessa, has been chosen as a Local Hero by the Home Office, for its Together We are Stronger Campaign.

Together We Are Stronger is a partnership between Safe Newcastle and Building a Stronger Britain Together, to celebrate Newcastle; its people, strength and pride.

Johurun is an integral member of the centre.  She tells the story of the positive impact the centre has had on the community and how it has been embraced by local people.

In recognition of Johurun’s great work, she’s been nominated for the National Diversity Award for Positive Role Model. Help boost Johurun’s chances of winning and show your support and vote! CLICK HERE

Learn Johurun’s story by watching the video below.

 

National Diversity Awards 2018 – Support and Vote!

March 7th, 2018

We are nominating our Development Worker, Johurun Nessa, in the Positive Role Model category of the National Diversity Awards 2018. Johurun started an Asian Girls Group at the Centre as a young teenager and has continued to be an inspiration to women and girls in Newcastle ever since. She has been named as a Local Hero in the Building Stronger Britain Together Home Office initiative and we ask you to support her nomination to the National Diversity Awards by voting for her and recognising the great work she does.

To vote, click on the link below.

Thank you!

CLICK HERE – VOTE FOR JOHURUN – NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS 2018

International Women’s Day Film Festival

February 12th, 2018

Thursday 8th March is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. To celebrate this, Open Clasp Theatre Company and West End Women & Girls Centre are thrilled to present a week-long festival from Monday 5th – Friday 9th March showcasing films about women. Each day will focus on a different theme or group of women, with guest speakers featured throughout the programme.

We will be releasing the programme over the next two weeks so keep an eye on the event. Share, tell your friends and we look forward to seeing you there!

FREE ENTRY…There will be a bucket for donations for West End Women & Girls Centre to raise money to host a free community performance of Open Clasp’s play Rattle Snake which explores real women’s experiences of coercive controlling domestic abuse.

N.B. The festival is being held at the West End Women & Girls Centre, therefore the events are only open to women.

 

MONDAY 5th MARCH:
1.30-2.30pm- Key Change…A raw and illuminating portrayal devised by women in prison. Winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2015 & a New York Times Critic’s Pick.

Watch the trailer – Click HERE

6-7pm- Key Change

TUESDAY 6th MARCH:
1.30-2.30pm- Love Should Never Be Abusive + Guest Speaker Catherine Donovan (University of Sunderland)…Four short films exploring Domestic Abuse in LGB &/or T relationships.
Watch the Trailer – Click HERE

3-4pm- Lizzie’s Story + Guest Speaker Laura McIntyre (Changing Lives)…A short animated film and photo montage documentary created from the real-life experiences of a group of women working as sex workers in Middlesborough.

WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH:
10-5pm- Songlines Installation…Powerful multi-media installation
Songlines was developed in collaboration with women from minority communities living in the North East of England. Through audio recordings, film and photography, you hear the voices of the women exploring themes of belonging, identity, community and trust focusing on the journeys that the women undertake in their personal lives.
Watch the Trailer – Click HERE

THURSDAY 8th MARCH:
12:00-14:30- Queen (Hindi Film with English Subtitles) …Queen is the story of Rani Mehra, a young woman from Delhi who is brought up in a loving, protective Indian family, where her peers decide what her life is going to be like. Rani is put into a situation where she makes the most unlikely decision of her life: she decides to go on her honeymoon alone! What follows is a girl’s journey of getting over her past and rediscovering herself.
Watch the Trailer – Click HERE 

18:30-20:30- Suffragette (Rated 12)…Maud (Carey Mulligan) is a working mother drawn into the fight for women’s rights. She and her friends become foot soldiers in Mrs Pankhurst’s early feminist movement. Maud’s demands for equality result in her being fired from her job, thrown out on the streets by her husband and banned from seeing her son. But the Suffragette sisterhood rallies round to support her and together they continue their heart-breaking and inspirational fight to be heard.
Watch the Trailer – Click HERE 

FRIDAY 9th MARCH:
11:00-12:00- Henna Night: Bangladeshi Community…Anika is getting married and leaving the family home. Her sister and sister-in-law debate the care needed for their father and mother.

12:00-12:30- Flowers (The Care Plan): Traveller Community…In a care home, new worker Fiona opens Traveller Lizzie’s care plan and comes unstuck.

12:30-13:00- Gloria’s Story: LGB&T Community…Gloria is a lesbian. After years spent moving from one dementia unit to another, her past has been eroded by the misconceptions of others until new care worker Nat helps her to reclaim her identity.

13:00-14:00- Moving In + Guest Speaker Kate Sweeney (Filmmaker)…Short film showing artists Claire Ford and Kate Sweeney’s residency at Northbourne Residential Care Home in Gateshead. Over a one month period they lived and slept at Northbourne in order to work creatively with residents, families and care staff.

19:00-21:30- Thelma & Louise (Rated 15)…Thelma (Geena Davis) is a bored housewife. Louise (Susan Sarandon) is a waitress at a coffee shop. Together they sneak off in a ’66 T-bird convertible for a three-day fishing trip. However, things don’t quite go according to plan. An encounter with a drunken, foul-mouthed, would-be rapist transforms their quiet getaway weekend into a cross-country escape that will change their lives forever. There will be a bar serving drinks!

AGM Invitation 2016

November 30th, 2016

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Mrs. Margaret Robinson

November 17th, 2016
We are sad to say Mrs. Robinson passed away peacefully at home with her family around her on Saturday 12th November after a short illness.
As a mark of respect the centre will be closed on Tuesday the 22nd November as we attend her funeral at the West Road crematorium at 11:45. We will return to the centre, to her hall to celebrate her life from 12:30 onward.
All are welcome to come and pay their respects.
Mrs. Robinson was at the centre of West End Women and Girls, attending the club (as she called it) for 35 years, since we first started in Elswick pool in 1981. She brought her daughters Angie and Donna, who brought their daughters, her neighbours, friends and family. 4 Generations of Mrs. Robinson’s family come to the Girls club. She was our longest standing member and biggest supporter, Which is why after the building was re-furbished 10 years ago, We named the big hall in her honour,
The Mrs. Margaret Robinson Hall.
A Matriarch is a women who is the head of a tribe and Mrs. Robinson was ours and we were hers.

Order your Christmas cakes here at West End Women and Girls Centre!

November 17th, 2016

West End Community Bakery are taking orders for delicious Christmas cakes. Perfect as a centre piece for your Christmas table or a lovely gift!! You can order different sizes with or without mxmas-cakearzipan and royal icing. Tell us what you want and we will make it for you! Pretend to your family and friends you made it yourself, We won’t grass you up!