Howdon Hub

The Family Gateway Hub @ Howdon (Howdon Hub) is situated in the building formerly known as Howdon Community Centre on Denbigh Avenue, Wallsend, NE28 0PP.

Having originally been built for the community around Howdon, we want to redevelop it for the community and make sure that the activities provided there benefit local people. We want it to be a hub for family and community enterprise, encouraging local people to socialise, have fun and develop new enterprise ideas and, in some cases, linking to our important work in improving life chances for disadvantaged children and families.

The links below will help you find out about the activities and facilities at Howdon Hub, make a booking, or volunteer to help transform it into a buzzing, exciting and purposeful building. For more information contact us at howdonhub@familygateway.co.uk.

Activities and Facilities

Activities – we regularly review the activities that we offer and would love to hear from you if you can suggest new ones. We’ve just updated them for January 2019 – take a look and see what you fancy!

Facilities – the facilities at the Hub include a number of rooms that can be used for training, group activities, parties, and outdoor football or other games. We also have a fully equipped, accessible community gym that you can use with an affordable membership offer, and a range of family support services that are part of our charitable offering. We’re also aiming to help local people with IT so they can start developing their own enterprise ideas.

Howdelicious Café

Named by two ladies from our local community in our competition, Howdelicious is situated in the heart of the Hub and offers a welcoming environment in which to eat, drink and socialise. From a tasty healthy breakfast to a wholesome lunch and dessert, we cater for all tastes and are only too happy to offer takeaway food and snacks. We’re open 8am – 3pm, but outside those times you can still come in and enjoy a Ringtons coffee, tea or hot chocolate and a snack at any time of the day.

Click here to see our brand new menus and see what you fancy! We’ll keep you informed about opening hours, parties and special menus via our dedicated Howdelicious Facebook page so make sure you’ve ‘liked’ it to stay up-to-date 😃

The Exchange

Our long-standing project The Exchange is one of our social enterprises operating under our SPACE unit (Supporting and Promoting the Acceleration of Community Enterprise). We take donations of good quality clothing and household items and distribute them to local families in crisis across North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Northumberland.

The charity shop inside Howdon Hub is where we sell surplus good quality clothing and toys at prices below high street charity shops. All proceeds go to support struggling families and children in local areas. Come along to browse and bag yourself a bargain by buying clothes, toys, bric-a-brac and other household goods. We also regularly sell locally made crafts and gifts! 

We have a schedule of pop up shops and markets in local communities too, with all proceeds going to support local families in poverty or disadvantage – literally every penny helps.

To enquire about donating, volunteering or purchasing items, please contact SPACE@familygateway.co.uk.

Volunteering at the Howdon Hub

We want the people of North Tyneside and specifically local Howdon families to feel that the Hub is their place. We want them to have a real say in what happens here, and in how it develops and is protected. To do that we need local people to help us by volunteering in a number of capacities, whether it be to help with the garden area, decorate, help with minor DIY, volunteer in the café, run groups or be part of the management committee.

Without the input of the local community the Hub won’t function as a community asset, and it’s important to us that activities are developed and used by local people.

If your New Year’s resolution is to help others more, give something back or do something worthwhile, volunteering is a fantastic way to make sure you achieve your goal! 👍🏻

We’re always looking for volunteers, for everything from cooking to painting and plenty in between. You could join the likes of P&G, Tesco, Sage and Silverbean and give something back to your local community.

To see how you could put your skills to use and do something great this year, call us on 0191 643 7955.

Making a Booking

To book a room or enquire about a facility please contact us at howdonhub@familygateway.co.uk, call us at 0191 643 7955 or call in to see us. The booking form with information and prices can be found here.

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