Raising aspirations and building a strong community at Durham's Sherburn Road estate

The Pelaw View Centre on Durham’s Sherburn Road estate is building a renewed sense of community and greater aspiration as part of Bernicia’s commitment to provide estate-based community support and wellbeing centres across the North East.

Bernicia has transformed the centre into a hugely popular community hub, allowing residents to meet in its Cloud Cafe, providing a warm hub during the cost of living crisis and running personal development courses to build self confidence and aspiration.

The Pelaw View Centre is one of a range of estate-based community programmes and wellbeing centres Bernicia supports, including three award-winning Learning Hives delivering employment skills directly into communities where training and opportunities have traditionally been limited.

As well as providing training, the centre also encourages citizenship and recently there was a superb response by residents across the Sherburn Road Estate in Durham – old and young – to our ‘superheroes litter pick’ to help keep the area clean and tidy.

Youngsters donned superhero face masks and specially branded fluorescent jackets to help pick litter with their parents and bag it up to be taken away by our estates team.

The children’s reward for their heroic hard work was a ‘superhero’ wristband and Easter eggs.

The Pelaw View Centre team led the initiative aimed at bringing the community together to help keep their local environment clean and safe for people of all generations to enjoy.

Dan Finn, centre co-ordinator, said: “We had a great reaction from people right across the estate who got behind our effort to build upon a sense of community pride.

“The young children were a huge help, picking litter and making sure the area was clean and tidy. Our estates team at Bernicia was superb – helping collect and take away rubbish left in skips specially brought onto the estate for the day.

“The area has had a real spring clean and it’s great to see so many people embracing the efforts and the services we provide at the Pelaw View Centre.”

The centre team are: Dan Finn, centre manager Barbara Webb, employability specialists Sophie Hughes and Gillian Noble, housing officer Robert Storey and housing manager Gemma Alderson.

Pictured are team members Gillian Noble (left), Dan Finn (centre) and Gemma Alderson (right) at Pelaw View Community Centre.

The centre is a community hub supporting local people with social and economic advice.