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
Ashleigh Webster
Pamela Mckenna
Director/Community Catering
Laura Forster
Community Catering
Chris Carroll
Director/Presence Methodist Church
Kath Davidson
Debra Lagun
Walker Women Project Development Worker
Angela Barker
Community Growing Worker
Brenda Snowdon
Community Cafe
Louise Brown
Community Cafe

Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities


Pottery Bank Community Centre are looking to recruit a care taker 20 hours per week - Fixed term contract until Jan 2021 £8.50 per hour For more information or to request an application pack please email or call into the centre. Closing date 16/03/2018

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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

We offer childcare to children aged 2-5 years Mon to Fri 9.30 am-12.30 pm, term time only. We deliver a high standard of play and learning opportunities according to the Early Years Foundation Stage in a caring and stimulating environment. We offer places for children who may be eligible for government funded sessions and to private clientele. For more information Tel: 0191 2093318 or visit www.heatoncc.org.uk or visit our facebook page

Help and support for families Tel: 0191 2760972 or visit our website or Email sure.start.east@barnardos.org.uk

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