Welcome to Blakelaw ward website

This site gives you the opportunity to 'have your say' and find out what is going on in your local area. By using the links on the right hand side of this page you can find out what's going on in your area including meetings and events and information on community groups.



General Information

The Ward has a number of facilities and services to support the local community. These include Blakelaw Park, home to a range of grass and all weather surface football pitches which are floodlit, a tennis/basketball court, a skateboard park and footpaths across the park. There is also a car park at the site.

The Blakelaw Centre and Library are located on Binswood Avenue. The centre provides a local contact point for residents to find out what the council has to offer. The Library provides book lending for adults and children, access to computer terminals plus activities for children. 

There is a parade of shops at Moulton Place which is near the  Blakelaw Centre, adjacent to the tower blocks of flats. 

Bonfire Night!

The annual Cowgate bonfire and fireworks event is being held on Wednesday 5 November, Betty's Field, bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm.  All welcome.

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Blakelaw Ward Committee

Each year the ward committee holds up to four 'get togethers' these are based around a variety of themes and take on different formats.  These are public events and everyone is welcome to attend.  You can also contact us via Twitter (@letstalkncl) or on our Facebook page.

The dates for the next Blakelaw Ward Get Togethers are:

  • Thursday 02 October 2014, 7pm - Fenham Hut
  • Thursday 27 November 2014, 7pm - Cowgate Methodist Church
  • Thursday 26 February 2015, 7pm - tbc

To see papers from these meetings visit our main website.

Blakelaw Ward Community Partnership 

Within the ward we have an active community partnership.  You can visit their website by clicking here.

The partnership has been running since March 2013 and opportunities to work together with the Council at the early stages have encouraged a number of key local groups and individuals to come forward and look at better ways of working for their community.

The partnership was formed with four clear objectives.
1) To explore opportunities through devolution to deliver public services.
2) To develop and manage a local volunteer network to support community based projects and initiatives.
3) To bring together community organisations and support them in achieving their objectives to the benefit of the community plan.
4) To manage local community assets. The overall objective of the community partnership is to deliver public service in a different way.

Through a collaborative relationship with the council the partnership has now taken the leading role. A lot has been achieved in a short time. A Young People’s Key Fund project has now been set up to make sure young people in the ward continue to be represented; two community social enterprises have been created in the Blakelaw Centre; a Greenhouse and Allotment project is underway with support from national and local partners; a Design and Delivery group, made up of users and stakeholders, is looking to the remodelling of the Centre and work is underway with the Newcastle Volunteer Centre to encourage volunteering opportunities in the ward. The partnership are exploring opportunities through devolution to generate income locally through traded services and development of community assets which will fund localised public services.

Social Streets

Are you on Facebook?  Would you like to spend more time talking to your neighbours?  Social Streets could be the thing for you!  If you would like more information email amy.stillwell@newcastle.gov.uk

Junior Youth Club

Wednesday 4.30pm - 6pm
If you are between 5 - 11 years come along and join in with the fun and games at our Junior Youth Club every Wednesday.
At The Blakelaw Centre, Binswood Avenue.
For more information call Leanne on 0191 2713044

Youth Club

Tuesday evenings
6pm - 8 pm
12+ years
If you are looking for somewhere to go and hang out with your friends whilst gaining any information , advice or support that you may need from a reliable team then come along to our youth sessions at The Blakelaw Centre.
At The Blakelaw Centre, Binswood Avenue.
For more information call Leanne on 0191 2713044

Advertise for free!

If you are a group or organisation and would like to advertise your event/activity for free, visit the Newcastle Service Directory and register.

Food Banks in Newcastle

Newcastle CVS has produced a leaflet listing details of Newcastle based food banks after a stream of enquires. For more details please click here.

Citizens Advice Bureau

For free confidential and independent advice, including benefits, tax credits, housing, employment, family law and community care please contact CAB Tynside Adviceline on 0844 245 1288 or click here.

Welfare Reform

Blakelaw Ward Committee have funded benefits advice sessions from the Welfare Rights Service.  More details can be found on our timetable (pdf 76.32kb) 
For more information and advice sign up for a 'benefit bulletin.' www.newcastle.gov.uk/welfarerights


For information and advice on a range of services relating to issues facing older people aged 50+, please visit the Age UK website. 

Decent Neighbourhood Standards

Decent Neighbourhood Standards are our guarantee that we will play our part in making sure everyone lives in a clean, green and safe place, with decent access to services where local needs are met. Decent Neighbourhood Standards are about identifying areas of our city where there is greatest need for investment and support. We need to be clear that providing decent neighbourhoods will not solely depend on the work of the Council.

We’ve done an assessment for every ward in the city based on seven standards. These are based on statistical data and local people’s views taken from the resident’s survey. The baseline assessment of these for your ward is available here

If you would like to know more about the Decent Neighbourhood Standards, or would like to get involved in contributing toward them, please contact your local Communities Facilitator, Paul McKinnell at paul.mckinnell@newcastle.gov.uk or by phoning 0191 2773548.  Details on the technical process and data sources that support the Decent Neighbourhood Standards Baseline Assessments can be obtained by emailing paul.marshall@newcastle.gov.uk

Enterprising Newcastle

Newcastle City Council and other organisations are working together to offer an enterprise and business support programme.  Enterprising Newcastle supports new business start ups and works with local businesses and voluntary organisations to help them grow and to expand their networks. Please click on the link below for more information.

Fresh Air Blakelaw

What is FAB?

Fresh Air Blakelaw or FAB, is a new and exciting project, exclusive to Blakelaw ward.  It aims to improve residents’ health and wellbeing, by:

• Reducing the number of local people who smoke
• Increasing the number of local people using NHS Stop Smoking Services to quit.
• Increasing the number of homes which are always smoke free inside.
• Working closely with local people to put your ideas into practice.

Fresh Air Blakelaw have posted some videos on their YouTube channel.  To view them click here.

Online map

Use our online map to find your nearest libraries and schools. You can also find out where your nearest recycling site is and find leisure services, such as swimming pools, and heritage information, such as listed buildings and ancient monuments.