Grant to help hub support villagers

Tracy Machnicki from the Pegswood Community Hub.
Tracy Machnicki from the Pegswood Community Hub.

ACTIVITIES to give families in one south east Northumberland village a helping hand will soon be up and running after a community venue received a major funding boost.

A 12-month programme focusing on people’s emotional, physical and social well-being is being put together by the Pegswood Community Hub after it was awarded a £10,000 grant.

The organisation, which was previously known as The Open Project and Pegswood Community Project, was one of the successful applicants for the latest round of the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All scheme.

Consultation has already been carried out with parents, young people and others in the village to find out what type of sessions they want.

They will include various fitness activities such as cheerleading for mums and daughters, football for dads and sons, exercise classes for the over 50s and boot camps for all the family.

There is also financial health workshops, advice on how to cook a meal on a budget, an opportunity for teenagers to discuss issues important to them and receive useful advice and the chance to gain NCFE qualifications in areas such as youth work.

Centre manager Tracy Machnicki said: “We’re over the moon to receive this funding as it means we can now put in place a detailed programme to benefit Pegswood residents of all ages.

“We will be taking a holistic approach to addressing the issues facing families in the village and a big part of this is engaging with parents because we have been looking to increase the number of activities we do with them.

“The sessions will promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage families to come together and talk about the important things with each other.

“Young people will have the opportunity to express their feelings and also learn about the ways in which they can make a positive contribution to their community.”

Childcare facilities will be available at some of the sessions and activities.

For more information about the community hub and the activities on offer, call (01670) 512185.