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The University of Sunderland men’s futsal first team has beaten Durham 5-1 in an intense game to secure themselves the BUCS Futsal Northern Tier 3 league title. Following a solid unbeaten run in Tier 3, they have been promoted to Tier 2 ready for the upcoming season. Men’s futsal president and first team captain Ahmed […]

The history-rich city of Durham has been shortlisted for the city of culture 2025. With its intricate past and beautiful buildings-both new and old, the city is almost a synonym for culture. Most known for its beautiful gothic cathedral, the roaring river and Harry Potter, the area has reportedly been a settlement since 2000 BC […]

A Sunderland boy’s joyous reaction to a new accessible swing has gone viral online. The uplifting video of nine-year-old Will Calvert from Sunderland riding the swing for the first time has received over 2.7million views on Instagram and 250,000 on Twitter. Will, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has to use a wheelchair, has […]

After a long and unpredictable season, the outcome comes down to one game, and it will be ecstasy or agony for Black Cats fans.  It has been a rollercoaster ride for Sunderland fans this season that has seen the club flying high at the top of the table with manager Lee Johnson to a debilitating […]

Disabled people in the North-East are less likely to attain a degree compared to their able-bodied counterparts according to the latest figures. Many disabled students in the North-East struggle to attain a degree compared to their able-bodied counterparts, and some struggle to access higher education at all. Between 2020-2021 only 17.9% of disabled people attained […]

Based in Gresham, Middlesbrough, Susan Gill and her team of volunteers run the Homeless Cafe and Hub, a community space providing hot cooked meals, warm beverages, fresh clothing and access to cleaning facilities for local rough sleepers. The safe space, credited by many for saving them, despite recovering from the aftermath of the pandemic, with […]

Based in Sunniside, Gateshead, Whinnie’s Community Garden is a beautiful and free outdoor space for those in the area to visit. An accessible space with a big focus on children, families, and those with disabilities. Jim Rising, a long-time volunteer at the garden, talks about its success and recent developments. He also provides some tips […]

The first Tyne and Wear Metro train is nearing completion ahead of its arrival later this year. Nexus, which operates Metro, has released a new image showing the nearly-finished train on the production line at the Stadler factory in Switzerland. Stadler, who will manufacture and maintain the new trains, are in the process of fitting […]


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