Past News

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Longbenton Community Carnival May 14th 2017

The Longbenton Community Carnival was once again a fantastic community celebration. The event was officially opened by Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and the Band of The Regiment of Royal Fusiliers played music as they led the community precession form the Oxford centre to the Community Garden where the event took place.

The weather was amazing and lots of fun activities were enjoyed by all! The carnival was followed by a concert held at the Innisfree Social Club. The concert was opened by Mary Glindon. Residents were entertained by the highly talented and skilled Newcastle University Wind Band and The Band of the Regiment of Royal Fusiliers.  Both bands performed for no fee and were absolutely amazing! Big thank you to everyone for their support!

Longbenton Oscars

Hollywood came to Longbenton! The network of Environmental Action teams (EATs) worked together to organise the fantastic Longbenton Oscars, which was held at Longbenton Community Centre in November.

107 people participated in the event which was all about recognising and celebrating the stars of Longbenton; local people / volunteers involved in the Local Conversation. We were delighted to welcome John Hume, Chief Executive of Peoples Health Trust who was quest speaker, David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes Peoples Health Trust, Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn, Patrick Melia, Chief Executive of North Tyneside Council, Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health North Tyneside. A good night was definitely had by all!

Read the an article about this event in PDF format here.

Local Conversation creates change in Longbenton

July 7th 2015 – article from Peoples Health Trust

More than 1,000 people from the Longbenton estate, North Tyneside, have started to have their say on how they want to improve their community.

Longbenton-based organisation Justice Prince has secured funding from People’s Health Trust – using money raised by HealthRespect through The Health Lottery.

Over the coming years, this investment will be worth over £300,000.

The funding has been awarded through the Trust’s Local Conversation programme which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community.

The Local Conversation programme puts residents at the heart of community initiatives so that they take control of the design, development and delivery of local change.

Local residents have formed a steering group to identify common concerns, strengths and opportunities within their neighbourhood.

They have been working hard to talk to the wider community and organisations to get a feel for what people want to see in their neighbourhood.

A number of fun activities, including family fun days and quiz nights, have been organised as a way to get people together and talking more.

Karen Clark, CEO, of Justice Prince said: Residents are already developing stronger connections with each other while helping to shape their Local Conversation. This is happening through chats in the streets and events at schools, pubs and local churches and we are excited about building on these going forward.

Local people are at the heart of this process. The steering group has been very successful in including people who do not always get involved in community events such as young people, people with mental health issues and people with disabilities and we are hopeful that this will continue throughout the project.

David Jones, Director of Grant Programmes for People’s Health Trust said: A huge number of people have been involved in the engagement process so far and the whole community has got behind the development of the programme which is fantastic to see. “Local people know what is best for them and it is clear from the enthusiasm that has been shown at the start of this project that residents are keen to create real and lasting change.



Growing spirit on 'left-out' Longbenton estate

Two sisters have set out to bring the good life back to the Tyneside council housing estate where they grew up.

Karen Clark and Julie Cruddas founded the Justice Prince community interest company three years ago to improve the quality of life on the Longbenton estate in North Tyneside, and other similar areas. (Read more...)

Group transforms land into an oasis

Green-fingered activities at a North Shields museum saw a group of learners created a unique garden space.

Inspired by some of Stephenson Railway Museum's great engines, the Justice Prince Community Interest Company (CIC), has turned a dilapidated piece of land into a gren oasis using a number of items no longer used by the museum including old railway sleepers. (Read more...)

Ministerial Visit - Jack Dromey MP and Labour Mayor candidate Norma Redfearn

Norma Redfearn Labour's candidate for Mayor visited North Tyneside Justice Prince along with Shadow Communities Minister Jack Dromey MP where they met local unemployed people who shared their stories about how difficult it was to find work. They told heart breaking stories of how they constantly felt rejected by employers who in many cases didn't even acknowledge their applications for jobs but described how they wouldn't be deterred searching for jobs. One young woman, Kerry, said (Read more...)

Annual Review 2014

For a copy of our Annual Review for 2014, please download the Review in PDF format.