The Beginning

The background to Balliol.

Mavis Sykes, a member of the Methodist Church at Longbenton reflects,

“In the early 1960s there was a growing number of families with young children in the area around where the church and Balliol are today. The church had regular contact with around 100 youngsters. People from other local churches used to come and help with activities for the young people. It became clear as time went on that something further was needed for the youth of the area. So began the idea of a centre for youth work, a long term commitment to the local community from the church on the estate .”

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