Pottery Bank Community Centre

Tel: 0191 2242349


A little bit about our history

Meet the Team

Pottery Bank Community Centre Ltd (formerly Thomas Gaughan Community Association) aim is to bring people together to remind us all of the community spirit here in Pottery Bank.

It all started in...

Pottery Bank Community Centre Ltd (formerly Thomas Gaughan Community Association) was originally a Day Centre for the elderly, and became surplus to Social Service requirements in 1995. After a lengthy campaign by residents to save the building, and to secure a lease for the community to benefit, in 1997 it re-opened its doors. Since then it has been one of the community hubs located in Walker area serving the needs of the local community. In August 2012 the Charity became an incorporated private company, limited by guarantee, and following a major refurbishment it reopened its doors in Jan 2013.

A partnership based on our community...

In light of the newly refurbished building the Board of Directors and staff team decided to rename the centre to reflect all of the positive changes happening in and around the area, and become ‘Pottery Bank Community Centre Ltd’. Access to such a facility in an area lacking in community resources benefits local people immensely. The ambition of the Pottery Bank Community Centre is to provide an inclusive quality service to people of all ages in Walker. To work in partnership to meet the needs of individuals and families, to restore pride and passion, to build friendships and feel a sense of belonging and make a difference in our Community which will hopefully enhance their quality of life.


PBCC has secured three years funding to develop “Walker Women” project, a new initiative to support local women in the Walker area. Along with Funding from Northstar Ventures, Fresh Ideas Fund to develop the café’s new venture of juices, smoothies and barista style coffee bar. Ongoing funding from: Newcastle City Council, Your Homes Newcastle, Community Foundation and other funding streams to constantly update and support local people.

Meet the team

Jacqui Higgins
Centre Manager
Verity Griffiths
Pamela Mckenna
Director/Community Catering
Laura Forster
Community Catering
Chris Carroll
Director/Presence Methodist Church
Kath Davidson
Hayley Webster
Jimmy Askwith
John Moon
Horticultural Trainer

Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

Part-time Community Allotment Grower and Trainer

Working collaboratively with the Horticultural Trainer and Community Catering Initiative to develop and maintain Pottery Bank Community Allotment and to deliver a range of growing courses and workshops. 20 hours per week fixed term contract, £12,500 per annum Closing date for application: 30 May 2019 Interviews will take place: within 2 weeks

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Interested in supporting your local community centre? Could you spare any time to help with our holiday sessions or other events we hold? For more information please contact us on 0191 2242349

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Interested in gardening or just love being outdoors and can spare a couple of hours each week, then why not come along and volunteer in our allotment?

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Other Services at Pottery Bank

“Presence” Newcastle Central & East Methodist Circuit The Methodist Church has no church building as such in the area but wishes to be present in Walker and to support community and individuals through our prayers, and to be of help whenever and however we can. Our room in the community centre is open daily, a quiet space for conversation, reflection, emotional and spiritual support. We have no agenda but are open to yours. We are here to say: “This is who we are”, and to be there for the community of Walker. For more information email: chriscarroll21@gmail.com

FOODCYCLE WALKER’S COMMUNITY MEAL – FREE – TASTY & FUN EVERY THURSDAY AT 6 PM – ALL WELCOME EAT WITH US: Come and join us at FoodCycle Walker! Each Thursday we serve tasty, nutritious, community meals made from surplus food! We’re open to all who wish to join us for a FREE 3-course meal. For more info go to https://www.foodcycle.org.uk/location/walker VOLUNTEER WITH US: Fancy yourself as a waste-fighting community-feeding superstar here at FoodCycle? You can sign up to help collect, cook, or serve our meals at http://bit.ly/foodcyclewalker

Barnardos Community Family Hub East The Community Family Hub is Newcastle City Council's adopted model for the delivery of Amazing Start and Family Support for families with children 0-19 years who are identified as having additional needs.

Offer Specialist Welfare Benefits Advice, Advocacy, practical support with Family Link worker. In Centre Every Thursday 10am - 1pm. Tel: 0191 2304777

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