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