South Tyneside

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

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.

Paul Southgate

CTST - Executive Lead

Maria Scurfield-Walton

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

June Valente

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

Jo Benham Brown

KEY2LIFE Food Bank - Development Lead at KEY2Life as part of her role as Business and Communities Manager at KEY

Marie Burnett

KEY2LIFE Food Bank -Team Leader: coordinates the volunteers running our Foodbank, Food & Fun Holiday Programmes & School Uniforms 4All

Margaret Stephenson Gray

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

Miriam Reay

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

David Sim

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