South Shields centre staff say - ‘We’re open for business’

Charles Young Day Centre are  looking for new members.
Charles Young Day Centre are looking for new members.

Members of a centre in South Tyneside which once provided shelter for wounded soldiers is calling out for more people to use the venue.

The Charles Young Centre in Talbot Road, South Shields, is more than 100 years old but has been brought up to date with a recent revamp.

Charles Young Day Centre are  looking for new members.

Charles Young Day Centre are looking for new members.

Now, members are looking to show the place off in a bid to attract more people through the doors and help keep the place open for business.

The centre is funded through grants, donations and room hire with volunteers on hand to run it.

Manager Sharon Clark said: “Anything we make from room hire is put straight back into the running of the venue.

“We currently have around 60-70 members but we would love to see more people coming through the door.

We just want people to know we are here and that we are open for for hire and for business.”

Elsa Larson

“Everyone seems to think the place is just for the elderly, but it’s for anyone and everyone.”

Elsa Larson, secretary, said: “The place is steeped in history. It has been revamped with the help of the Asda Foundation and Dora Dixon Trust and the Lottery.

“As well as the function rooms we also have a reading lounge and T.V room.

“We just want people to know we are here and that we are open for hire and for business.”

Table tennis is just one thing on offer.

Table tennis is just one thing on offer.

The centre puts on a range of activities from tea dances, to sequence dancing, indoor bowls and bingo.

The rooms are also used by drama and theatre groups, dance schools, toddler groups and slimming world.

People can also call in for a three-course meal on a Monday and Friday - with transport available.

Sharon added: “I think what keeps people coming back is, it has a nice relaxing atmosphere. People can come in and have a chat, and for some it could be the only time they get out and meet other people.

Charles Young Day Centre are  looking for new members.
From left manager Sharon Clark, secretary Elsa Larsen, chef Raymond Dent and volunteer Noreen Willetts

Charles Young Day Centre are looking for new members. From left manager Sharon Clark, secretary Elsa Larsen, chef Raymond Dent and volunteer Noreen Willetts

“I think if this place wasn’t here it would leave such a void in the community.”

Ann Mallaby, 76, from South Shields, visits the centre twice a week with friends. She said: “I always look forward to coming here and to enjoying the company.

“If it wasn’t here I don’t know what I would do.”

For details and to hire any of the halls contact 454 3241 or email charlesyoungcentre@outlook.com

Charles Young Day Centre are  looking for new members.
From left manager Sharon Clark, secretary Elsa Larsen and volunteer Noreen Willetts

Charles Young Day Centre are looking for new members. From left manager Sharon Clark, secretary Elsa Larsen and volunteer Noreen Willetts