The Aim

To provide a positive impact on the wellbeing of the wider community through the provision of creative, educational, fitness and wellness classes.

We are aiming to give free creative and educational workshops to those referred to us through joint partner agencies.

We offer a warm safe space for our community to engage with others and reduce isolation.

For community groups and joint partner agencies where we can we will provide a wellness café to support their clients and members.

We have quality instructors of yoga, meditation, fitness, Tai-chi, Reiki who will provide community paid classes.

We hope to get planning permission for a 'Manshed' which will act as a wonderful place for like-minded people to get together and pass on skills to young and old, but will act as a repair shop to the community of Yarm, thus sustaining the project for the future.

On top of the bi-weekly pensioner's lunch we will hold a regular Tea Dance and a Veterans Breakfast.

Friends On A Walk

The story so far

The building (Yarm Youth & Community Centre) has supported the local town since 1852 when it started life out as an Infant School and moved on in the ’60s to be a community centre.  Through the pandemic, the hall had supported a local food charity as a food distribution hub.  The support received from local businesses and residents ended up in over 10,000 hampers being sent out to families in the Stockton Borough region.

In January 2021 the community-led group that supported the logistics of the hampers had the vision to turn the hall into a Wellness Centre. We had a massive need for our community to reengage and combat isolation.

With the blessing of the previous committee and the Local authority that owns the building, we set out to form a new Charity with a new CIO charitable status.  ‘Yarm Wellness’

To date, we have over 25 businesses that have donated materials and labour of over 100k to help with the internal renovations.  The local authority is repairing the building and we are looking to open the site in early 2022.

The plan

Our plan is to give free creative and educational workshops to those socially prescribed by our local GP Social prescribers.  We would like to support those in our community who have been made unemployed or unable to work a safe space to meet others through workshops and fitness.  Stockton Borough Council will use the site for re-employability workshops, and we will be a spoke for their employment hubs.

Working in partnership with The Royal British Legion we will provide a bi-weekly Veterans breakfast that will be sponsored by Tesco Eaglescliffe.  A bi-weekly pensioners lunch, prepared by Yarm Lunch group with guest speakers, local school musicians and board games to create a safe, warm friendly space to meet others.

Local providers of Yoga, Meditation, Qi Gong, Reiki, Baby Massage and fitness will have classes available on site.  Check out their links on our page to book directly.

Yoga Friends

Do you have a trade that could help us with our build?

We need plumbers, electricians, builders, joiners, plasterers, painters and gardeners.

If you do please get in touch with us here and become a part of it!

How can YOU Help?

Planting a Plant

Outside space

Next to the hall, there is a large derelict site underneath the viaduct.  It is our hope to lease this land from Network Rail.  We have support from the local parish council for a Man Shed, which we wish to add a gazebo and raised beds.  One area would be turned into a Sensory Garden with some chatty benches and finally, we would like to have an outdoor gym to support a positive mindset through fitness.

Renovations

The road ahead

Our original opening date was for September however due to the repairs needed to the building we will now be opening in 2022.

Our current supporters moving forward are:

Barclays, Sainsbury's, McDonald's, Darlington Building Society, Tesco, Preston Farm Developments & Tetley

Scraping of Wallpaper

Where do you fit in?

This hall is by the community for the community and we have a lot to do.

Bringing this hall back into the hearts and minds of those that need it, to help assist the well-being and the wellness of all those affected through this horrible time that has torn us all apart.  If we plan now, action as soon as we can and provide a wonderful, warm, safe place we can as a community hold out a helping hand and bring people back up on to their feet both physically and mentally re-engaging with others and having a positive impact on us all.

Can you help?

Could you provide support to the big internal build either financially for materials needed or with volunteer hours?

Could you assist in the running of creative workshops or help out in the community café or maybe even to sponsor workshops so we can provide good quality facilitators and have the tools and resources needed for the sessions?