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North Tyneside cafe gets a new look thanks to £5k grant

North Tyneside Disability Forum service users on the new patio along with (back left) Sue Adams, NTDF chief officer, and (far right) lead community development worker Liz Turnbull.
North Tyneside Disability Forum service users on the new patio along with (back left) Sue Adams, NTDF chief officer, and (far right) lead community development worker Liz Turnbull.

A charity is looking forward to serving some sweet treats in the sun after the official opening of its new patio.

North Tyneside Disability Forum, which supports disabled people and their families, has opened a new cafe at its premises in Earsdon Road, Shiremoor.

Following a trial of community coffee mornings, it became a permanent part of its activities programme.

And now thanks to support from The Banks Group, it’s received a £5,000 grant to create a sheltered patio area.

Founded more than 30 years ago, North Tyneside Disability Forum provides a wide range of free activities for more than 300 people every week, from photography, Tai Chi and music classes to creative arts, drama and a cinema club.

Its services are supported by a 120-strong team of volunteers, and its members range in age from seven to 87.

Liz Turnbull, lead community development worker, said: “There was a community cafe close to our old premises, but it was forced to close and was much missed by local people.

“Our new headquarters offered both a large kitchen and a good-sized meeting space, so we thought it would be a good idea to create a new cafe that everyone could use instead.

“The Centre provides a safe space in which anyone can spend time chatting with friends.

“The area outside the Centre provides a perfect place for customers to sit when the weather’s nice, and having this patio means it is now fully accessible to everyone.”

“There’s no way we’d have been able to take our patio plans forward without the support we’ve had from The Banks Group, and we’re hoping the sun will shining regularly on everyone using it for many years to come.”

Chris Kelsey, communications manager at the Banks Group, said: “The North Tyneside Disability Forum does so much good work for disabled people and their families across local communities, and their ambition to extend it work is making an even bigger difference to the lives of many local people.”

Anyone interested in applying for funding should contact James Eaglesham at the Banks Community Fund on (0191) 378 6342.