Central Area Information

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The Children and Young People’s Service in Central Gateshead is made up of Sure Start Children’s Centres, Connexions Gateshead, Youth and Community Learning, Youth Crime Prevention and the Play Development Service. These services are delivered from a range of community locations in Bensham and Saltwell, Deckham, Bede and the town centre. The integrated team has strong working relationships with a number of key partners, including schools, SMART, St Chad’s Community Project, Gateshead Visible Ethnic Minority Support Group, Gateshead Muslim Centre, Gateshead Bangladeshi Association and Northumbria Police.

The Integrated team work closely with the Joseph Swan School extended cluster and all Central primary schools.

The following Children’s Centres are based in Central Gateshead:

Bensham Children’s Centre
Liddell Terrace, Bensham, Gateshead, NE8 1YN, 0191 433 6453

Bede Children’s Centre
Old Fold Road, Gateshead, NE10 0DJ, 0191 433 5633.

Deckham Children’s Centre
Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Carr Hill, Gateshead, NE9 5PA, 0191 433 6300.

Matov Children’s Centre
233 Alexandra Road, Gateshead, NE8 1RB, 0191 433 6356.

Youth and Community provision is offered at the following sites:

The Avenues Project
Connexions, Interchange Centre, West street, Gateshead, NE8 1BH, Contact Kim Kyle - 0191 433 6800 or

Bensham Grove Community Centre
Sidney Grove, Bensham, Gateshead, NE8 2XD. Contact Janice Walker - 0191 433 6450 or

Deckham Community Centre
Split Crow Road, Deckham, Gateshead, NE8 3UB. Contact Kevin Robson – 0191 477 9210 or

Route 26 Community Project
Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, Carr Hill, Gateshead, NE9 5PA. Contact Caroline Hills – 0191 433 5665 or

The Muslim Centre
2 – 4 Westbourne Avenue, Gateshead, NE8 4NP. Contact Afroz Quereshi – 0191 499 8209 or  

Information, advice and guidance services (IAG)

IAG for those aged 13-19 (up to age 25 with additional needs) are available at/from:

Connexions Gateshead
Interchange Centre
West Street
0191 433 6800

Youth Crime Prevention Service

Personalised support for young people aged 8 – 17 and at risk of entering the criminal justice system. Referrals to Derek Thornton at or 0191 433 6808.

YCP Worker details

Ian Dutton - or 0191 433 6838

Over 11 Lead  

Gavin Bradshaw
Connexions Gateshead
Interchange Centre
West Street

Direct Line: 0191 433 6840

Under 11 Lead

Cathy Taylor
Deckham Children’s Centre
Elgin Centre
Elgin Road
Carr Hill

Direct Line: 0191 433 5669