Below are a few of the key milestones and achievements in the history of the Waddington Street Centre...

November 1981 - Centre established by volunteers in the hall of the United Reformed Church, Waddington Street, Durham, open one then two days per week.

1988 - 3 Waddington Street purchased and renovated with the assistance of the Health Authority.

21st December 1988 - Waddington Street Centre incorporated as a Limited Company.

6th May 1989 - 3 Waddington Street officially opened by Dr. Eric Sutherland as a four-day/five evening session drop - in resource with office accommodation.

16th May 1989 - Waddington Street Centre Limited granted charitable status by the Charity Commission.

April 1990 - First housing tenancy agreement with St Margaret’s Parochial Church Council for School House.

April 1992 - First housing licence agreement with House of God at Greatham for East Atherton Street.

February 1994 - 2 Waddington Street purchased and to be connected to No. 3 to offer multi-purpose facilities.

November 1994 - Official visit by John Bowis MP Parliamentary Under Secretary Department of Health.

26th April 1995 - 2 Waddington Street officially opened by Councillor David Bell, Mayor of Durham.

March 1997 - Bid to National Lotteries Charities Board (Big Lottery) for funding of major building development of 2-3 Waddington Street.

September 1997 - Notified of successful bid to National Lotteries Board and award of £417,090 to refurbish and equip 2-3 Waddington Street, employ a Development Worker for three years and staff training budget.

October 1998 - Re-developed Centre premises re-opened for service users.

September 1999 - Informal more substantive partnership created with New College Durham with more courses offered.

December 1999 - Centre awarded Architectural Commendation of the Year by the City of Durham Trust.

15th February 2002 - Visit by Alan Milburn MP – Secretary of State for Health.

April 2002 - Formal Partnership Agreement signed with New College Durham.

November 2006 - 25th Anniversary celebrations held in the Centre.

September 2008 - Centre opens to the public as part of National Heritage Open Day scheme for the first time.

September 2008 - Centre’s website at launched.

April 2010 - New to Centre post of ‘Health Trainer’ established through funding from Co Durham Primary Care Trust to improve the physical health of people using the Centre through a variety of interventions including physical activity.

May 2011 - WSC one of three organisations shortlisted for the North East Voluntary and Community Sector Awards 2011 as ‘Outstanding Organisation’.

November 2011 - 16 solar photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the Centre.

4th November 2011 - 30th Anniversary celebration event held.

20th August 2012 - Visit to the Centre by Martin Barkley, Chief Executive of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust to discuss the potential of a local Recovery College.

October 2012 - Men’s Sheds or CREE project established at Waddington Street Centre.

May 2013 - Waddington Street Centre starts to provides a service to patients being discharged from Lanchester Road Hospital through their housing remit with Durham County Council.

3rd May 2013 - Visit to the Centre by Jon Rouse, Director General for Social care, Local Government and Care Partnerships and Nick Whitton, Durham County Council Head of Commissioning.

July 2013 - Waddington Street Centre recognised by the Living Wage Foundation as a living wage employer.

July 2013 - Visit to WSC of 3 students from the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina as part of the DukeEngage Durham 2013: the Sister Cities Program - arranged through Durham University.

6th December 2013 - Guest Speaker at the Centre’s Annual General meetingKevan Jones, Member of Parliament for North Durham.

7th March 2014 - Visit to the Centre by Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England and Anna Lynch Durham County Director of Public Health.

May 2015 - Centre awarded Investors in People Bronze Standard for 3 years.

22nd May 2015 - Visit by the Bishop of Durham the Right Revd Paul Butler to the Centre as part of his Durham Deanery Bishop’s Prayer Walk.

26th May 2016 - Waddy men’s CREE group involved in the development of a dance performance ‘Macho’ based around men’s mental health which had its premier at Dance City, Newcastle.

June 2016 - A Tuesday evening young adult support cafe and open art studio established at Waddington Street Centre in partnership with Investing in Children.

For a more comprehensive history of the Waddington Street Centre, please click here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Centre Manager Steve Wakefield.