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The International Community Organisation of Sunderland is one of the largest charities in the North East that strives to better the lives of Black and Minority Ethnic individuals. The ICOS have launched many successful projects, such as Back in Control and the Eastern European Women’s group, that have seen resounding benefits. The charity’s Back in […]

The Office for National Statistics reports that the North East has the highest suicide rate per 100,000 deaths in the UK by a large margin, with its rate at 14.1 people per 100,000 dying from suicide, whereas the English average stands at 10.5.   We spoke to Lyn Boyd, CEO of local mental health charity […]

ONLY 1% of fly-tippers in the North East received fines from 2019 to 2022, as reports of the crime surged above pre-pandemic levels, Spark Sunderland can reveal. Data obtained from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and the government website,, show that fly-tipping across the region is now higher than it was in 2019, with […]

On Saturday, May 6, the Coronation of His Majesty the King and the Queen Consort will be shown live on the large screen in Keel Square, Sunderland for free. The ‘Big Coronation Lunch’ event which has been planned by Sunderland BID and Sunderland City Council will take place between 10am and 4pm. Organisers are encouraging […]

Whickham Football Club will honour record appearance maker Ross Peareth with a testimonial match in recognition of his service to his local club. The event will see Whickham’s current squad go head-to-head with Peareth’s All-Star team. All proceeds raised from the game will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to the family’s heart. […]

Nexus’s new £362m is set to begin it’s highly anticipated new service later in 2023. The project was announced in 2019, and is currently in the final stages of testing. We took the opportunity to speak to those involved in the project, and furthermore how it is going to impact the lives of locals.  

Across the UK, Pole Dancing has now become the latest fitness trend to hit social media with the skill now close to being recognised as an Olympic sport.  Pole dancing has its origins in the dimply lit world of strip clubs but in the North East alone there are three fitness schools already teaching techniques […]

A bar owner in North Tyneside has launched an exciting new coast festival due to make its first appearance in the summer located in Percy Park, North Shields. John Peacock, who owns Alfie & Fin’s gin bar and The Arches in Tynemouth’s Land of Green Gin felt North Shields needed a festival of its kind […]

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