Shildon Alive grew out of three years of the church in Shildon listening to local people express their concerns about their community and their hopes for the future. With the support of Faith in the Community (FIC) the first Community Garden, complete with disabled toilets, raised beds, polytunnel and greenhouse, opened in 2012.
These community relationships were developing just as austerity began to bite and people started to talk about the need to do something. Shildon Alive! became that ‘something’. At the end of 2012 the project received a grant from the Big Lottery ‘Building Stronger Communities’ fund. This grant, phased over five years, allowed the project to coalesce around building a team of volunteers, whilst at the same time creating a ‘safe space’ from which to manage the project. This space is known as ‘The Hub’ and was opened by the Bishop of Durham in March 2014.
Shildon Alive operates a fully inclusive policy, all ethnicities, genders, and religions are welcome. All key workers and volunteers are fully DBS checked. Policies relating to safeguarding, inclusion, equality, and financial propriety are all in place and available for inspection.