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There are lots of events and activities available in South Tyneside where you can meet people and try new activities, including coffee mornings, reading groups, crafts, fitness classes, theatre shows, choirs, and much more!

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Library facilities

There are eight library facilities in South Tyneside offering events where you try activities and meet new people, including reading groups, knit and natter, crafts and cultural events.

Library facilities can be found at Boldon Lane, Cleadon Park, East Boldon, Jarrow, Hebburn Central, Primrose, The Word, and Whitburn.

If you are unable to get to the library for yourself, or to carry books through disability, sickness or old age, the Home Reader service offers a personal, friendly and free library service delivered to individuals in their own home.

Find out more about Libraries in South Tyneside


Leisure facilities

There are six leisure facilities in South Tyneside, where between them you can enjoy:

  • gym sessions
  • exercise classes 
  • swimming
  • sauna and steam rooms
  • leisure waters and bubble spa 
  • running track 
  • other sports facilities (e.g. badminton, basketball, football)

The leisure facilities include Hebburn Central, Haven Point, Temple Park Centre, Monkton Stadium, Jarrow Hub, and Jarrow Community Pool.

A range of leisure memberships are available to suit individual needs, including discounted memberships. The memberships give access to all six facilities. Get Active cards also allow you to save money without committing to a membership. 

Find out more about Leisure facilities and memberships


Parks and green space

Parks and green spaces provide a perfect environment for getting out and being active. 

Research shows that increasing your exposure to green space delays the onset of health problems in later life

In South Tyneside we are fortunate to have some outstanding and award winning parks.

  • The South and North Marine Parks take prominence at the sea front and have a range of facilities and activities that take place. 
  • Bents Park is home to many events including concerts over the summer.
  • Harton Quays Park is the perfect place for a riverside walk.

Find out more about Parks in South Tyneside


The Green Gym

The Green Gym concept encourages people to improve both their physical and mental health through participation in practical and conservation or horticultural activities and is suitable for people of all levels and abilities.

The Green Gym sessions offer a range of activities including:

  • environmental management in parks
  • formal park gardening
  • nature reserve conservation

The sessions are friendly and informal and are designed to cater for all abilities and individual needs. The sessions provide an excellent way to keep active.

The Green Gym is ideal for anyone new to exercise, or those with existing medical conditions that would benefit from support to begin to increase their physical activity.

For full details including how to get involved, session times and contact details see Green Gym Prospectus10.77MB


Walking

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

It's underrated as a form of exercise, but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.

Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

If you feel you could use additional support there are a number of organised group walks available throughout South Tyneside.

For days and times as well as how to get involved, see Health walk timetable717.73KB.


Safe Place and Changing Spaces

A Safe Place is somewhere you can go for extra support when you are in town. It could be a shop, a library or a church. Find out more about Safe Place in South Tyneside

Changing Spaces are designed for people with complex needs and their carers so people can be supported to change with dignity. Find out more about Changing Spaces in South Tyneside


Socialising and activities

  • Name
    Adult AD/HD Support Groups North East
    Description
    Their meetings are a great opportunity to share personal experiences of living with AD/HD and to find out about other help that is available.
  • Name
    All Saints Community Centre
    Location
    All Saints Community Centre
    Description
    The centre offers a range services to people of all ages, providing a relaxed and friendly environment that encourages people to attend and socialise and importantly play an active role in the activities on offer.
  • Name
    Arcadea
    Description
    Arcadea is an organisation led by disabled people to promote equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the fields of art and culture.
  • Name
    AutismAble
    Location
    The CustomSpace
    Description
    An autism friendly organization focusing on learner engagement and employment opportunities.
  • Name
    Boldon Community Association
    Location
    Boldon Community Centre
    Description
    Boldon CA is in the heart of the community of Boldon and offers a wide range of activities to local people, bringing together the community of 'The Boldons' and neighbouring villages and towns.
  • Name
    Boldon Independent Methodist Church
    Description
    A Methodist Church which also hosts a number of local community activities including a Women's Auxiliary Group, slimming classes and Brownies.
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    Bright Futures North East
    Description
    Bright Futures are a registered charity working with young women aged 11-25 to give them a brighter future by raising their self-esteem and confidence.
  • Name
    Cafe
    Location
    Haven Point
    Description
    Haven Point's Cafe is open 7 days a week and offers a selection of healthy food and snacks, along with a range of hot and cold drinks.
  • Name
    Calibre Audio Library
    Description
    A national charity offering adults and children access to unabridged audio books.
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    Cleadon Archers
    Description
    They welcome experienced archers, novices or people who are simply looking for information.
  • Name
    Cleadon Women's Institute
    Description
    Providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
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    Combined Touch
    Description
    Providing quality care and support for people with early onset to mid stage dementia, and their friends and families. ‚Äč
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    Community First North East
    Description
    A Community Interest Company working within the community and with business organisations delivering a range of training programmes.
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    Diabetes Care
    Description
    Support services for people with diabetes.
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    Disaway Trust
    Description
    The Disaway Trust is a registered charity that organises group holidays with physically disabled people.
  • Name
    Family Holiday Association
    Description
    Breaks for UK families struggling with issues such as disability, severe and sudden illness, bereavement, mental health issues and domestic violence.
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    Feline Friends charity
    Description
    Feline Friends was set up to care for the needs of cats and kittens who have been abandoned, are unwanted or whose owners can no longer take care of them.
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    Food Nation
    Description
    Food Nation is a Social Enterprise passionate about food, nutrition and health.
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    Frankie's Diner
    Description
    Cafe providing home cooked meals including vegetarian and gluten free options.
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    Friendly Circle
    Description
    A social group for older people meeting once a week.
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    Friends Action North East
    Description
    Friends Action North East supports adults with learning disabilities in the North East of England to make and keep friends.
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    George Formby Society
    Description
    Playing workshops and club for fans of George Formby and ukulele music.
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    Green Hope Oasis
    Description
    This is a gardening scheme run by the North East Council on Addictions.
  • Name
    Happy at Home
    Description
    Befriending service connecting lonely older people with new friends in their own home.
  • Name
    Harton Harmonisers
    Description
    Harton Harmonisers are an acappella singing group in South Shields.
  • Name
    Hebron Hall
    Description
    Christian organisation and services in South Shields.
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Request support for yourself, a friend or relative

Need to talk to someone for advice about the right support for you, a friend or relative?

Our team of trained advisers is here to help guide you to the right support to help you remain independent.

This could include connecting you to facilities and resources that are available in your community, finding care support services that you can arrange yourself, or accessing care support from the Council if eligible.

Email the team at LetsTalk@southtyneside.gov.uk or call 0191 424 6000.

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