Blaydon Youth and Community Centre CIO

Charity Number: 1186251


Blaydon Youth and Community Centre sits at the very heart of the community and acts as a lifeline for adults and children of all ages, who take part in a wide range of activities bringing together the community of Blaydon and the surrounding areas.



Our Pre School care is Ofstead registered and perfect to introduce your child into the world of education.

Facilities & Room Hire

Hire our Sports Hall, Kitchen or Rooms for whatever your needs.

What's on

Our Youth Club and After School Club is perfect for keeping your youngsters entertained.

News & Opportunities

Check out our latest news and any new oppertunities the centre is offering.

About Us

Blaydon Youth and Community Centre was originally set up in 1957 with the aim of providing a safe and inclusive space for all members of the community to socialise, learn, and keep fit and healthy (both physically and mentally!).

We moved into our current premises on Shibdon Road in 2014 and are now able to offer even more great opportunities due to the excellent facilities we have at the Centre, including;

  • A large and versatile sports hall Including; Basketball, Badminton, Football, and Netball Courts, alongside soft play and a small horizonal traversing climbing wall!
  • A Social area with TV, Computers, pool table and air hockey table.
  • A well-equipped kitchen/Café
  • Two multi-purpose rooms, mainly used for training, meetings, and smaller classes.
  • A large playroom and outdoor play area which is used daily by our Pre-School and After School Club.
  • A brilliant garden and horticultural area with our very own poly tunnel

A management committee consisting of volunteer trustees, and a CEO run the centre, alongside a brilliant team of both paid staff and volunteers.  Blaydon Youth and Community Centre has a huge range of exciting opportunities for people of all ages and abilities from parent and baby groups to afternoon tea with residents of local care homes.

Our on-site pre-school nursery, led by a team of highly qualified and experienced staff has a brilliant reputation and is very much focused on providing all of our children with the best possible experience within a fun, safe, and educational learning environment.   Alongside this, we also have a very popular After-School Club from 3pm until 6pm each evening, whereby we pick children up from three local schools and take them back to the centre to take part in a variety of fun and engaging activities.

Both our Pre-School and After School Club are registered with Ofsted and gain a rating of Good at our last inspection.

Meet The Team

Please meet our wonderful staff team.  We are happy to help wherever we can and look forward to seeing you at the Centre!


Chris Marr

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Marr

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Davison

Childcare and Service Development Manager

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Level 7 Early Years Professional, Level 5 Leadership and Management

BSc Psychology.

Appointed Paediatric First Aid Person.

Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Rachel joined the team in September 2020, she has over 10 years’ experience of managing teams and services and working with children and families. Rachel is also mam to Charlotte and George.

Anna Smith

Deputy Manager

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Currently studying for Level 5 in Children and Young People

Level 4 in Children and Young People

Paediatric First Aid qualified.

Designated Safeguarding Officer.

Anna has worked in our Nursery and Out of School Clubs since 2017, she started as an Apprentice and has worked her way up to Deputy Manager. Anna attend Newcastle college once a week and should achieve her Level 5 in July 2021.

Thea Rippon

Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

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Level 3 in Children and Young People.

Level 3 SENCO (pending).

Paediatric First Aid qualified.

Thea started as an apprentice in our Nursery and Out of School Clubs in September 2015. In 2020 Thea began her Level 3 to become our Special Education Needs Co-ordinator.

Thea is mam to Olivia who will be starting school in Sept 2021.

Shannon Allison

Childcare Practitioner

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Level 3 in Children and Young People.

Paediatric First Aid qualified.

Shannon started her apprenticeship in our Nursery and Out of School Clubs in July 2014 and is now one of our Childcare Officers. Shannon takes the lead in mentoring our new apprentices and is going to be completing a Makaton Course after Easter 2021.

Shannon is mam to Gabriella and spends a lot of time with her nephew, Jack.

Eve Birdsall

Level 4 Childcare Officer

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Level 4 in Children and Young People

Eve joined our team in November 2020, she is currently studying for her Level 5 with Anna at Newcastle College. She’s made a great start and the children are really enjoying taking part in the focussed activities Eve is planning for them.

Maddison Horner

Level 2 Childcare Apprentice

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Level 2 in Health and Social Care.

Paediatric First Aid qualified.

Maddie started her level 2 apprenticeship with us in November 2020 and has quickly become part of our team and is popular with all the children. Maddie is working in Nursery and our Out of School Clubs.

She is planning on going on to complete her Level 3 qualification once she’s achieved her Level 2.

Paul Nichol

Caretaker and Bus Driver

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Paul is a long standing member of the BYCC team and takes care of the whole centre, including the nursery and drives our minibus to pick up the After-School Club children from school.

Susan Forster


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Sue works in our office keeping the centre and nursery running. She manages all of the centre bookings and does the invoicing for the centre, nursery and out of school clubs.

Sue has a lot of experience working for charities and with children, young people and their families.

She keeps us all organised!

Come and visit us

If you would like to explore how we could accommodate you, your child or your business, please feel free to come along for a look around our community centre. If you would like to schedule a tour, please contact the centre on 0191 4147849  

Blaydon Youth and Community Centre became one of our favoured venues during the first lockdown. As a training provider, we could continue to deliver our courses as they are educational and essential. Unfortunately, a lot of the venues we were already using had closed. On the search for more venues, we started contact with Susan Forster (Business Administrator) from Blaydon. She was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. Susan and the staff took great care of our delegates and trainer. The venue was always clean and Covid-19 secure, which was vital as a main concern for our delegates. Our trainers have had nothing but excellent feedback post training here and I cannot thank Susan and the team enough for all their hard work and support.

Due to our excellent experiences and the rapport built, we have decided to continue using this venue in 2021. We would highly recommend.

Thank you for taking good care of us. We really do look forward to working with you in 2021. Massive thank you to Susan for all her support.

We were extremely happy with the booking process; staff could not be more helpful. I wish all venues were as well kept and looked after us as well.

Due to Covid-19, it is very limited to what can be done but it was first rate. Everything I needed was to hand and Sue was on hand if we needed anything else.

The Centre facilities were very clean.

The venue is ideal for what we do, and staff go out of their way to help, the venue has sufficient parking and is very easy to find.

The booking process was easy to do and the staff were always extremely helpful in supporting any of our needs for the rooms we required. The staff were always very welcoming and extremely helpful. Refreshments were available but we did not use these facilities. The Sports Hall is a great space for leading sport sessions.

All the facilities were clean and well maintained. It was great to use a local facility to support our children with their PE lessons.

The children all thoroughly enjoyed their visits to the Sports Hall, and I would highly recommend the Centre for anyone looking to lead sports related activities to children.