South Tyneside has a rich history dating back to Roman times, with the life of Bede, the Jarrow March and the writings of Catherine Cookson. The beautiful South Shields Coastline is often seen as the backdrop for the end of the Great North Run. Today – like many areas across the country, South Tyneside faces economic as well as social changes and challenges, which affects all aspects of the community.


Churches Together South Tyneside (CTST) was set up by local churches that wanted to work together, with other faiths and the wider community to help local people who are experiencing distressing circumstances such as loneliness, poverty, isolation. We try to reach out with compassion, kindness and practical help and offer a helping hand, following gospel teaching. We also seek to raise awareness of issues facing contemporary society.

Nurturing Spirituality in Dementia

Maria Scurfield-Walton

Maria is a retired mental health nurse with 30 years career in the NHS with various roles in dementia care.

South Tyneside Street Angels

June Valente

Recruiting & training, stock & equipment, represents Street Angels at meetings and conferences.

KEY2Life Food Bank

Jo Benham Brown

Development Lead at KEY2Life as part of her role as Business and Communities Manager at KEY

KEY2Life Food Bank

Marie Burnett

Key2Life Team Leader: coordinates the volunteers running our Foodbank, Food & Fun Holiday Programmes & School Uniforms 4All

Happy At Home

Margaret Stephenson Gray

Project Coordinator - Margaret took over the organisation and management of The Happy at Home Project eight years ago. 

Happy at Home

Miriam Reay

Project Support Worker - works with many vulnerable customers and those with complex needs as well as being a befriender.

Happy At Home

David Sim

Events Coordinator - Involves arranging the transport, food and activities at our 4 Happy Hubs across the Borough.

Churches Together - South Tyneside

Chair: Bernadette Askins,     
Vice Chair: Jane Arthur
Treasurer: Margaret Stephenson Gray,     
Secretary: Hilary Thompson
Contact Email: secretaryCTST@gmail.com 
Audrey Tennet, Stephen Slade, Ann Trollope, Ross Allen, Hilary Thompson
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