Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Séamus Cunningham

Justice and Peace


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Tyne and Wear Citizens:

Diocese has become a Strategic Partner of Tyne and Wear Citizens.

At a recent meeting of the Diocesan Directors, it was agreed that the Diocese would become a Stategic Partner to Tyne and Wear Citizens for the next three years, giving £10k a year to contribute to the costs of employing a community organiser. Tyne and Wear Citizens is a broad based community organising organisation, which seeks to develop civic society and bring about social change.

At the moment there are three campaigns:

  • Improving provision for Mental Health Services.

  • Addressing poverty with a particular focus of promoting the Living Wage and reforming the Free School Meal system.

  • Making communities safer and combating hate-crime.

Members of catholic parishes and schools are involved in all three campaigns.

Bishop Séamus is very supportive of Diocesan involvement in Tyne and Wear Citizens and of the aims of all three campaigns.

If you would like more information about the work of Tyne and Wear Citizens please contact the Head of the Department for Justice and Peace, Fr. Chris Hughes at: or Tyne and Wear Citizen's Community Organiser, Sara Bryson at

Upcoming Events:

Events will feature here when announced.

Safer Cities Action Team meeting on Monday 5 February at Newcastle Central Mosque, The White House, Grainger Park Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8RQ from 6.30pm.

Poverty Action Group on Thursday 22 February 6.30pm - 8.00pm Room B30 in Barbara Strang Teaching Centre (refer to Newcastle University Campus Map for location - location reference 21). This building is next to the Armstrong building and opposite the RVI.

2 Day Training covering the nature and methodology of community organising in the North East on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February (venue and further details to be confirmed).

For more information about these events or the works of Tyne and Wear Citizens please contact Fr. Chris Hughes by email or tel: 0191 257 5801 or Sara Bryson of Tyne and Wear Citizens on her email.