Reviving the Heart of the West End registered as a charity in 2002 with a mission to raise aspirations of local people in Newcastle, to find jobs, take part in training and education opportunities and help people to start a business or become self-employed.
The first Board of Trustees for the charity had all previously been involved in the steering group for the SRB 2 programme in Newcastle’s West End in the late 1990s and, as SRB ended, the local resident representatives and councillors wanted further action and legacy for the local community.
After extensive community consultation and a feasibility study, a business case and funding bid was prepared to develop a managed workspace building. The overarching priorities from the community was to provide a hub for local jobs and small businesses to encourage new business start-ups to the area.
Funding was secured in 2003 and RHWE was able to lead on the development and management of John Buddle Work Village and Buddle House in 2003/2004 – home to over 150 new and young businesses to date and the base for Reviving the Heart of the West End.
The local community are the driving force behind programme design and delivery. We listen to views and feedback to shape services and activities.
Our charity is overseen by a dedicated and passionate staff team and Board of Trustees who have always had the majority of Trustees either as local residents, councillors, community organisation representatives or local business owners.
The drive and determination continues to shine through the organisation as we pursue practical and meaningful support for everyone.