Spark Sunderland

The North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project is raising money for a statue of a Herring Girl. They want to celebrate the important role that women played in the North East fishing industry. The group are currently holding auctions and events at North Shields pub the Low Lights Tavern, to raise the money they need to […]

The Betsy Jenny counselling and wellbeing café in Sunderland is offering talking therapy and various activities to help local people with their mental health. Café founder Steve Lynn was inspired to set up the community hub after his own experience with grief counselling following the death of his son, Steven. Now, he is opening his […]

Residents of Sunderland speak to Spark about their expectations from the new leadership of the Sunderland City Council. They believe the result of the election could echo vital lessons to politicians and political parties about the ability of people to vote based on performance. They hope newly elected candidates will pay attention to very important […]

Sunderland FC has now; been in league one for five years and has struggled with achieving automatic promotion. This year again, the black cats missed out on the top two spots but still finished in the top six with promotion still viable through the play-offs. They faced Sheffield Wednesday in the Semi-finals, which proved tough […]

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 […]

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 […]


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