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   The newsletter of the Ouseburn Trust | Spring 2010

Inside this issue:
Ouseburn Regen. Forum            2
                                      Street Stars
ABC Forum                        2
Barrier & Other Results          2
                                      Street Stars is the Ouseburn Trust’s newest             Street Stars activities include:
Late Shows                       3    initiative. It stems from the government’s              - Meeting with local people and groups to
What’s On                        3    ‘Duty to Involve’, which came into force in
                                                                                                 find out what the needs are in the area
                                      April 2009, to ‘embed a culture of engagement
Ouseburn Trust                   3    and empowerment’. Victoria Smyth, Street Stars          - Organising get-togethers for local businesses
Chatter                          4    co-ordinator, joined the team at the end of             - Supporting local community representatives
                                      January, and has been leading a team of                    to run the Arts and Culture Forum and
PEANuT                           4    volunteers to develop skills and confidence                Business Forum.
Find Us                          4    to carry out engagement and empowerment
                                                                                              - Hosting the Ouseburn Forum
                                                                                              - Helping to publicise what is happening in
Ouseburn Valley                       Street Stars are a team of volunteers who                  the local area
                                      are interested in supporting the growth and
Volunteers:                           development of the Ouseburn Valley and
                                                                                              - Researching stories and producing
                                                                                                 Ouseburn Valley News
                                      surrounding areas. Meetings are held every
                                      Monday at the Ouseburn Welcome Centre                   - Running the Ouseburn Welcome Centre.
Volunteering is at the heart
of much of the Trust’s activity,      (55 Lime Street) to discuss what is happening           If you are interested in any of the above,
currently funded by Working           in the area and what we can do to provide               or would like the Street Stars to meet
Neighbourhoods Fund                   support. There are lots of opportunities for            with your group or promote your
supporting unemployed people          Street Stars volunteers to get involved with,           business or events, please contact:
into cultural volunteering. We        from carrying out questionnaires, to organising         victoria.smyth@ouseburntrust.org.uk
provide personal development          events and creating publicity.                          07518 243 635
support, training in transferable
skills and in return, up to seventy
volunteers at any one time will
be helping us deliver events and                                                                                             Business Breakfasts
services free to the community,                                                                                              take place on the
including building and updating                                                                                              first Thursday of
community websites and blogs,                                                                                                every month.
leading heritage walks,                                                                                                      Our next
maintaining archives and hosting                                                                                             Breakfast is on
networking events.                                                                                                           May 6th from
To find out more,                                                                                                            8am - 10am.
please email
kirsten.luckins@                      The Breakfasts are a great, and valued, networking opportunity for local businesses.

                                      Businesses Buddy Up                                     Thankfully we were still able to have a relaxed
                                                                                              chat with local businesses who attended.
                                      Over Breakfast Butties!                                 Since then, the Breakfasts have been growing
                                      Street Stars are hosting Business Breakfasts,           from strength to strength with increasing
                                      on the first Thursday of every month to                 interest and attendance. Meeting with local
                                      support networking in the Ouseburn Valley.              businesses has given us an insight into current
                                      The events are described as eventful,                   issues and has provided a valued networking
                                      informative, fun and of course filling!                 opportunity for businesses in the area.
                                      Our first Breakfast, in February, was almost            The next Breakfast is on May 6th from
                                      “al fresco” as a result of a rogue fire alarm.          8am -10am. All Welcome!

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Ouseburn Valley Forum
The Ouseburn Valley Forum          presentations were delivered     concerns and suggestions.
was held on Friday 19th            by Tim Bailey from Xsite
                                                                    Tim spoke about the idea of
March at the Ouseburn Farm.        Architecture and Clive
                                                                    Live/Work, the demand for it,
Live/Work was the event            Benfield (from the Fabrick
                                                                    why it came about, how it
theme which ties into the          Housing Group, a Registered
                                                                    works and ideas of how the
Ouseburn Trust’s current           Social Landlord).
                                                                    Canvas Works will look. Clive
refurbishment of the Canvas                                                                          on their expected viability.
                                   The aim of the event was to      Belfield provided information
Works. The event was                                                                                 Peter Kay, Chief Officer,
                                   inform the community about       about tenure options and
organised by Street Stars who                                                                        Ouseburn Trust assured that
                                   Live/Work and in particular      ways that potential buyers
had arranged for The Cluny                                                                           they wouldn’t. There were
                                   give an insight into the         with varied levels of capital
Kitchen to provide chilli and                                                                        also questions around who
                                   proposed work that will be       could get involved.
nachos for guests on arrival.                                                                        the units would be marketed
                                   taking place at the Canvas
                                                                    Attendees raised concerns        at and how businesses would
Sheila Spencer (Chair,             Works, giving people the
                                                                    about whether potential          be able to grow and expand
Ouseburn Trust), chaired           opportunity to ask questions
                                                                    businesses would be vetted       within the units.
the event, and keynote             and put forward their views,

Arts, Business and Culture Forum
Street Stars added capacity        An impressive spread of          project and gave the             concerns that new
to local community                 Mediterranean food provided      opportunity to the attendees     developments could threaten
representatives by reviving        by Taste of Persia, welcomed     to discuss issues that           local creative industries, The
the Arts, Business and Culture     attendees, providing an          mattered to them. This is        entrepreneurial nature of
Forum, at The Kiln, Hoults         opportunity for networking.      based on the principle of        Geordies and distribution
Yard on 23rd March 2010.                                            Participatory Appraisal,         of funding.
                                   To revitalise and energise the
This was the first of these                                         promoting equal voice and
                                   Forum, a new approach,                                            Dates for the next
forums since summer last                                            contribution.
                                   “Creative Villages”, was                                          meetings are:
year. The Forums have
                                   adopted encouraging people       The event promoted a lively
historically been split into the                                                                     Ouseburn Forum - 9th June
                                   to think about what they         debate and high quality
Business Forum and the Arts                                                                          Business Forum - 21st June
                                   wanted from the Forums,          discussions around issues
& Culture Forum. For the                                                                             Arts and Culture Forum -
                                   discuss new developments in      such as preservation of the
purpose of restoring the                                                                             22nd July
                                   the area, find out about the     character of the Ouseburn,
forums it was decided to
                                   Creative Cities Challenge        the defined Ouseburn area,
combine them into one event.

What We Will Do Next For You
An issue raised at one of our      and Newcastle council has        Local businesses have
Business Breakfasts regarded       been contacted, so hopefully     commented “The (Street
the potential danger of            there will be more news          Stars) team are connecting us
children running out of the        shortly. If any local artist     with people we didn’t know
Seven Stories building             would like to get involved or    before because they have
towards the road outside.          if you have any suggestions      their finger on the pulse much
Cal from Street Stars is           regarding the project, please    more than we do.” Local
investigating the possibility of   contact Cal either through       authority officers have said
having a safety barrier erected    the Ouseburn Welcome             that the events have increased
outside the entrance to the        Centre or at                     their capacity “bringing all
building. It would ideally be      cal.streetstar@googlemail.com.   these people in one room
designed by a local artist, as                                      saved me weeks of effort.
                                   Feedback has also been
not all safety barriers have to                                     Street Stars gives me a direct
                                   received regarding the
be ugly black railings! Funding                                     link to the area.”
                                   opportunities for networking.
sources are being investigated

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Late Shows                                                             What’s On
Once again the Late Shows are almost upon us,                          The Late Shows
NewcastleGateshead’s legendary free culture crawl. Last year           On Friday 14 May, between 7 and 11:30pm, the Wake of Lost
more than 15,000 people roamed NewcastleGateshead for a                Souls mourners will perform eulogies for fictional characters,
weekend of after-hours culture. This year it returns with an           while historic re-enactors The Time Bandits will recreate the
even wider selection of spectacular after-hours activities.            Whitechapel slums at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders.
                                                                       There are also special events at the Biscuit Factory, Roots &
Around forty cultural venues, the majority of which are usually
                                                                       Wings, Hoults Yard and many other venues in the area.
closed in the evening, are opening their doors in celebration of
the international event ‘Museums at Night’. Venues range from          NB - The Late Shows Victoria Tunnel tours are now fully
St James’ Park to the Lit & Phil/Mining Institute to Shipley Art       booked.
Gallery. Ouseburn venues include 36 Lime Street, Hoults Yard,
                                                                       Visual arts
Foundry Lane Studios, The Victoria Tunnel, Mushroom Works,
                                                                       The Biscuit Factory is hosting the Sun Awards for commercial
Roots & Wings, Northern Print, the Biscuit Factory and more!
                                                                       photography in North England for the fifth time along with the
A free bus service linking many of the venues will be available as     sceNE in Northumberland National Park exhibition which
well as the Quaylink buses between all of the other venues all         showcases stunning photography of the region. The Holy
evening for just £1.                                                   Biscuit, features Feed Your Spirit, a collection of Methodist art
                                                                       which runs from 1 May to 31 May. Northern Print has Japanese
Streetwise Opera Open Mic Night. Sunday 15th May.                      Wave-New Shores, contemporary woodcut prints until June
7pm-10pm - Hoults Clocktower Cafe.                                     26th. Over at Stop Gallery,Yvonne Davis’ exhibition ends on
                                                                       May 14, to be followed by exhibitions from Andy Leask and then
                                                                       the Cleveland College Students.
                                                                       Blank Studios have a special offer running: £170 for a demo
                                                                       (one day’s tracking and two songs mixed) and £475 for an EP
                                                                       (four days’ tracking and five songs mixed). The Cluny and
                                                                       Cumberland have full programmes running, details available
                                                                       from their websites.
                                                                       Upcoming Street Star Forums
                                                                       9 June – Ouseburn Forum
                                                                       21 June – Business Forum
                                                                       22 July – Arts & Culture Forum
                                                                       Times and venues to be confirmed though anticipated to be in
                                                                       the evening, full details will be available closer to the dates.

Ouseburn Trust - A Quick Update
Regeneration: The Trust is        the North East.                    Making it: a partnership           Our Annual Report, will
working with partners on the      Heritage: Our usual series         programme for recent               soon be available with a
Canvas Works site to develop      of free, guided walks around       graduates looking to start a       detailed account of all our
it as a mixed-use Live/Work       the Ouseburn will be starting      social enterprise in the area.     activities, check our website
space - complementing Our         again soon. Check the Trust        There are 3 areas of activities:   for more details.
desire to improve the             website for details.
                                                                     • Festival of Ideas
Creative & Cultural hub of        Matrix: We are working
                                                                       – supporting ideas
the Ouseburn Valley.              towards the Matrix Quality
Creative Cities: is a             Standard for good practice in      • Opportunities Workshops
European Funded programme,        providing information, advice        – identifying elements of
developing best practice in       and guidance. As part of this        the enterprise planning
creative cluster development,     process, we are keen to gain         process
focusing on the Ouseburn          your views about the work of
                                                                     • Activate
Valley. Information will be       Ouseburn Trust. Please
                                                                       – Workshops and
shared with North Sea region      contact
                                                                       one-to-one mentoring
partners, to help build a         colette.harrison@ouseburntr
vibrant, effective and            ust.org.uk if you would like to    www.makingit.eu.com
productive creative sector in     share your ideas.

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Can You Chatter? Help Us!
The Chatter Group is set to       words, to chatter. Chatter
start up its 2010 run of          Group’s first event, a visit to                                    Ouseburn Resource Centre
events to help refugees and       the Holy Biscuit, is taking                                        53 Lime Street
asylum seekers gain               place in May. Anyone                                               Newcastle upon Tyne
confidence in their spoken        interested in joining as either                                    NE1 2PQ
English. Operating out of the     guest or host can contact                                          Phone: 0191 261 6596
Ouseburn Trust, the Chatter       Kirsten Luckins at the                                             Fax: 0191 230 4210
Group was launched last year      Ouseburn Trust or contact                                          info@ouseburntrust.org.uk
and organises events and          Alastair Chadwin at                                                www.ouseburntrust.org.uk
outings for refugees/asylum       chatter@ouseburntrust.org.uk.
seekers to practice their         Potential hosts should be                                          Who is the Trust?
English in a relaxed setting      confident in their spoken
with their peers. Volunteer       English and will have the                                          Staff Team
hosts link up with two or         opportunity to explore                                             Peter Kay
three guests to discuss a         possible volunteering                                              Kirsten Luckins
wide range of topics, in other    opportunities at the venues.                                       Colette Harrison
                                                                                                     Kitty Porteous
                                                                                                     Lucy Pickard
                                                                                                     Victoria Smyth

Community Opinions For ‘PEANuTs’                                                                     Board of Trustees
                                                                                                     (Chair) Ray Bland, Sheila Spencer,
At the end of March along with Mai,                                                                  Sue Rylance, Shirley Ross, Geoff
Victoria, Johnny and Mark, I attended a                                                              Kell, Eric Larkham, Hugh Massey,
2-day PEANuT Introductory Course run                                                                 Marie Graham, John Park, John
by Northumbria University.                                                                           Marshall, Brenda Grey, Neil
What, I hear you cry, do Street Stars need to
learn about peanuts? Well, this has nothing to
do with the roasted variety on sale in the pub.                                                      YOU CAN FIND
PEANuT stands for Participatory Evaluation
and Appraisal, Newcastle upon Tyne - hence
                                                                                                     US ON:
                                                   PEANuT enables the community to express their     If you wish to find out more
Participatory evaluation and appraisal (PA) is a   views and opinions about current issues.
community-based consultative approach. It aims                                                       about the Ouseburn Trust
                                                   H-Forms                                           and get the latest news,
to give precedence to the views and attitudes
of local people who are the real experts on        Mapping                                           then follow us on:
their own communities. PA consists of 3                                                              Facebook -
                                                   Spider Diagram
elements - research, education and collective                                                        www.facebook.com/pages/
actions. Community members carry out               Street Stars have already put the training        streetstars/292157793660
research on what they consider relevant issues.    into use. Victoria, David, Mark and I set up
Education comes as members learn through           in Byker library and using a H-Form asked         Twitter -
the collection, contribution and dissemination     the question "What do you think about the         www.twitter.com/
of information. The wider community then           Ouseburn Valley?" We got a wide range of          iloveouseburn
takes part in collective action giving them a      responses which we will use as a basis for        HoHound -
sense of empowerment through having their          further research and action. We plan to           hohound.co.uk
views taken seriously and acted upon.              feedback the results to the community.
                                                                                                     OuseburnPBworks -
PA should:                                         I'm going to run a session passing on             ouseburnpbworks.com/
                                                   PEANutT to other members of Street Stars          street-stars
- be empowering
                                                   and volunteers at the Ouseburn Trust. I believe
- involve continuous learning,                                                                       Street Stars -
                                                   that it is a very important tool and plan to do
- be proactively inclusive,                                                                          Sign up for Ouseburn
                                                   further study and training in PA.
- challenge established beliefs and                                                                  Interest emails. Become
  power-relations,                                 If you want more information you can talk         a member!
- be robust and ethical.                           to me, Cal Pearson at the Resource Centre
                                                   or visit PEANuT at Northumbria University
There are many tools that can be used in PA,
but the main ones Street Stars are working
with are

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