Background to Riverside
Riverside is an incorporated charity based in the Carnegie Building, a former library building at the heart of Benwell in Newcastle upon Tyne. Riverside had its origins in an innovatory multi-disciplinary child health project set up in the 1980’s that was a response to the growing awareness of links between poverty and ill health.
Riverside was established as a charity in 1991 to create a new independent voluntary organisation to extend our community development and support work with local communities. Riverside works with local residents in the Inner west wards of the city using a community development approach to tackle issues that relate to health in the broadest sense.
Riverside has had a sustained presence in the West End of Newcastle for over 35 years. This longevity, consistency of service, and commitment to the area and its people has meant that there is a strong community trust in Riverside and our work.
‘Riverside Community Health Project works according to community development
principles to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged communities by
acting with others to ensure appropriate service provision’
‘To preserve and protect the health of persons in Newcastle particularly by advancing the education of the public in the promotion of health awareness health related issues and health problems’
- To support children to raise their aspirations and improve their life chances
- To support parents to counter disadvantage
- To support women to counter disadvantage and influence decisions that affect them, their families and communities
- To support local community organisations to build their capacity to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities
- To work with others to improve community cohesion to improve the life experiences of local people