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History

Churches Acting Together in Arthur's Hill (CHAT Trust) opened its doors in 1991 following an initiative by four Christian denominations (St Philip's Anglican, Westgate Baptist, St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral and Dilston Road Methodist) to involve themselves directly with life in the Arthur's Hill District. Arthur's Hill had been subject of a large scale regeneration in the 1970s and the area had lost something of its former social cohesion as a result. New estates and new residents made for a challenge to re-build community and CHAT has been a significant part of that initiative.

In order to both expand and deepen the work being undertaken in response to local need, in 1992 Churches Acting Together in Arthur's Hill became a Registered Charity (1010207) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company Number 02693748). As a formally constituted Organisation the Trust expanded it's area of benefit to the West End of Newcastle specifically the NE4 area including parts of NE15 and NE1 where appropriate. 

A full time manager supported by local volunteers and others helped establish CHAT as a place where people were welcomed not judged; where our constructive and inclusive approaches were instrumental in building possibilities and friendships; practical as well as supportive, the CHAT Trust (working name since 2010) has made a lasting impression on the lives of many who were marginalised and held back by circumstances that frequently were more apparent than real. CHAT has and continues to make a difference.

Our projects involve partnerships from the beginning of our existence up to the present date. The role call is long one (and some were informal and locally devised and led) and include: Stanhope Street Credit Union, Arthur’s Hill Advice and Information Project, Community Asian Safety Project, Workfinder, West End Befrienders, a nearly new clothing facility, Shelter, The Toy Cafe, Yours & Mine Community Cafe, the North East Southern Africa Society, The Time Exchange's Food for All evenings.

News about the CHAT Trust's current projects, initiatives and partnerships are described in full on other pages of this website. If you have any questions for us, then please get in touch. Contact details are on this website.

 
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