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Our History

Our organisation was formed in 1993 by a small group of local residents who intended to take action relating to some of the problems that their community was facing.  They based their operations in the flats in Peacock Street and while they were there they managed to obtain the services of a Community Youth Worker.

They soon realised that their current centre for operations was unsuitable and so they rented a room in the Pallion Residents Association; this is when they started to accept membership to the group and acquired the services of an Admin Worker and Youth Leader and ran a Youth Club in St Luke's Church.

The building that was in the current location of PAG, a former Pallion Institute erected in 1893 for local people to better themselves, was rented at first and then funding was sought and obtained from sources including One North East and SRB5 to allow us to purchase and rebuild.

Time Capsule

In 1999, during the work on the new building,  a bottle was found in the foundations containing clues as to how the original building came about. This consisted of a rolled up newspaper (unidentified) detailing how Liberal Councillors gave their backing to John Short for the building of the Centre and his donation towards the construction. Martin Routledge, who was at that time Assistant Keeper of Social History of Sunderland Museum, said "putting a newspaper in a bottle was the Victorian equivalent of creating a time capsule".  We placed a time-capsule of our own in the foundations during the construction of the new building

The new building was opened in 2000 and the Youth Wall on the exterior of PAG building was designed by young people who attended the Youth Club when the building was founded and contains a lot of their names.

The Youth Wall
The Youth Wall

Norman Clementson, who was PAG's first treasurer, sadly passed away in 2011. In commemoration of his service to PAG, it was decided to replace the plain round window in the IT Suite with a stained glass window depicting some of Sunderland's industrial and local heritage

Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass Window
dedicated to the memory of Norman Clementson

What we do

We are a resource for the community, adopting a community development model to meet community needs.

PAG is situated in one of the most deprived areas of Sunderland and currently operates a variety of projects  and prides itself on offering a wide and diverse range of recreational and educational opportunities for the WHOLE Community.

We provide or facilitate courses for people of working age to enhance their employability and for everyone for social or recreational purposes.  These courses can be arranged by PAG or by external sources and are quite often free of charge to the service user.  The courses can be accredited or non-accredited and can vary in length from a couple of hours to as long as a few weeks. Recently we have had a good interest in these courses:

  • CSCS
  • Employability Skills
  • Functional Skills
  • Food Safety
  • Health and Safety L2
  •  Manual Handling
  • Conversational Spanish for beginners
  • First Aid at Work

 

Trustees

David McCreedy - Chair Person
David McCreedy - Chair Person
Derek Gilmore - Vice Chair Person
Derek Gilmore - Vice Chair Person
Stephen Cummings - Treasurer
Stephen Cummings - Treasurer

Community Foundation
 
BBC Children in Need
Rangoonwala Foundation
 
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Confident About Disability Employer The Sir James Knott Trust
 
Sunderland City Council
The Henry Smith Charity  

Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee and not having Share Capital.
Company Registered No. 3240687 Registered Charities No.1064481. Registered Office: Pallion Action Group, 5 East Moor Road, Sunderland, SR4 6QW