How is BCT supporting the community?

2016 was the third year of the BCT Participatory Budget and 25 applications for funding  were received.

Byker Brazilian Carnival pic 3 (2)To be considered, projects needed to fit into at least one of the agreed themes which were:

  1. Safer Neighbourhoods
  2. Health and Wellbeing
  3. Skills and Employment
  4. Young Person’s Activities

Through the main Participatory Budget the Participatory Budget Steering Group supported 11 projects.

Organisation /
Project Name
Project Description Theme
Anabel Jacinto
– Learning a Language
A language tutoring service for adults and children (where English is not their first language) that aims to offer support in improving English reading, writing.
  • Skills and Employment
  • Young Person’s Activities
Keith Connolly
– GASBAGS
A project providing mutual support and activities for gay & bi-sexual men.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Health and Wellbeing
Stepney Bank Stables (SBS) A project for Year 6 pupils to get involved in horse care and horse riding sessions, team building activities and external trip opportunities.
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Skills and Employment
  • Young Person’s Activities
Newcastle United Foundation (NUF)
– Byker United
A continued partnership between BCT and NUF to further deliver the hugely successful Byker United project delivered in 2015.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Skills and Employment
  • Young Person’s Activities
St Michaels Church
– The Byker Café
A local church centre which aim to set up a not for profit community café run by local people for local people where it will provide healthy affordable food in a central location.
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Skills and Employment
Hat-Trick Project
– Byker Sports Partnership
A new partnership programme bringing together Hat-Trick, Newcastle Eagles Foundation & Lawn Tennis Association, promoting health and wellbeing through sport whilst also creating diversionary activities for the Byker estate.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Skills and Employment
  • Young Person’s Activities
playINnewcastle
– Junior Youth Club
A fun, safe, calm and controlled environment for young people to have fun, participate in group activities in a local place.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Young Person’s Activities
Streetwise North
– Streetwise @ Byker
The proven support service `YIACS` (Youth Information, Advice & Counselling Support Service) is now being delivered two nights per week to young people through outreach and drop in sessions.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Skills and Employment
  • Young Person’s Activities
Newcastle Thunder
– Byker Rugby Engagement
A project for Year 3,4,5 and 6 pupils to learn and develop life skills via Rugby League as the vehicle of delivery.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Skills and Employment
  • Young Person’s Activities
Silvie Fisch
– Byker History Detectives
A programme aimed at children aged 8 – 14 to educate in the history of Byker in fun and interactive ways benefiting their education but more so improve their knowledge of the area in which they live.
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Young Person’s Activities
Gem-Arts
– Culture Exchange Project
A BME women’s art project aimed at reducing isolation and increasing participation and confidence.
  • Safer Neighbourhoods
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Skills and Employment

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In addition, we are also working with Louise McGlen (Funding Advice Officer) from Newcastle Council for Voluntary Services (NCVS) who is helping projects to grow and develop their ideas, whilst showing them how to access grants and funding from elsewhere.