Sunderland Vibe Issue 5 - September 2020

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First things first, from everyone here at Sunderland Vibe, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well. Thank you for your patience and for returning to flick through the pages of our magazine. The world seems a totally different place since our last issue back in April. Many of us were planning holidays, shopping for our summer wardrobes and lacing up our dancing shoes for the Lamplight Festival. Plans were put on hold and we retired to our homes for a little while, but during all of this, we were overjoyed to see the Sunderland community spirt shining through. People helping people, businesses looking after businesses, Mackems supporting Mackems. We’re back with a bang this September with a brilliant bounceback magazine packed full of all your favourite Vibe people, places and cool happenings. From local heroes to exploring how our brightest talents have kept the music playing, our September edition is here with new goals, new faces and a new vibe. Stay safe, keep smiling and join us as we venture into the ‘new normal’ together!

4 Vibe Online

Sunderland Vibe through your eyes

8 Catch of the day

Celebrate National Fish & Chip Day

10 Kids & family

Getting out and about with the gang

23 Shop safe, shop independent Local businesses we're loving this month

13 Local heroes

Our city's pandemic superstars

Remember Media Ltd, Enterprise House, Kingsway, Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead, NE11 0SR Publisher Christopher March Editorial Matthew Thomas Advertising Rebecca Jackson Design Cover image illustration: Lisa Kirkbride, All contents copyright ©2020 RememberMedia Ltd. All rights reserved. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, no responsibility can be accepted for inaccuracies, howsoever caused. No liability can be accepted for illustrations, photographs, artwork or advertising materials while in transmission or with the publisher or their agents. All content marked 'profile feature' is paid for advertising. All information is correct at time of going to print, August 2020.

25 Fighting fit

Staying in shape in Sunderland

14 Shaping the future

26 Driving our city forward

Sunderland Uni's inspiring graduates

A speedy recovery with Gentoo

18 Familiar faces

28 The next steps

The Bridges is back in business

A word from Sunderland College

20 The show must go on

29 Get ahead

Let the music play in the city

Diaries at the ready



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Lockdown through your eyes. Here’s how the good people of Wearside have been keeping busy in and around the city this summer‌

@my_metro Thanks to everyone who donated to our food bank collection at Park Lane Interchange in Sunderland. All of the food and toiletries have been handed over to the Sunderland Food Bank.

@kristinewithk Inhale. Exhale. Live. 4

@themoderndayphotographer As we're all missing football, here is a picture of the legendary Bob Stokoe, who managed Sunderland Football Club to FA Cup glory in 1973.

@daveleewheatley Northern Spire.

@_matthew5thomas A misty Roker Lighthouse.




The new normal through your lens. Here’s how you’ve been out and about enjoying our city as it reopens for business…

@grindercoffeeco Cool down with a refreshing iced tea. Available today until 3pm. #grindercoffeeco #coffeeshop #sunderland #coffee #tea

@kyle_v_food How EPIC is this? This is what happens when the restaurant lets me create my own food challenge. This is the Dr Q's Burger Tower Challenge!

@poprecsltd Hi everyone/S'up?/ Y'areet?

@wellnessspaceuk Bringing calm in the crisis - thank you @sunderlandvibe for the lovely write up in your Easter edition. Follow them for lots of info on shopping and supporting local, free services in the area, health and wellbeing, food and family. We are so grateful to be part of this amazing community.


Keep us up to date with @littleshopco_op We're open until 5.30pm today. First batch of donuts are in.

your Sunderland shenanigans using the hashtag

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What’s on the menu?

It’s so good to be back out enjoying some of Sunderland’s finest foodie hangouts. Here’s where you can get your post-lockdown fix…

Mega deals Angelo’s Ristorante Let us set the scene… Italian favourites, in the city, at home - anywhere your belly desires! Angelo’s is back in business and the team are on a foodie mission to wow tastebuds across the city with a fantastic new menu available for dine-in or takeaway. From creamy pasta and delicious pizzas, to lunchtime specials and takeout boxes from as little as £5, the guys at Angelo’s are all about serving up the freshest Italian soul food, for a great price! A N GELO SRI STOR ANTE .C O.UK

No 2 Church Lane There’s always something special about a visit to Churchy's - but with a reopened restaurant, nine new burgers and a fresh range of cask brews, our excitement has topped the scale. Featuring a glorious new range of two for £10 cocktails to match, this is a must-visit if you’re getting the gang together this September. FAC EBO OK.COM /2C HURC HLANE 6

Aperitif Bar & Kitchen Our chums at Aperitif have been keeping us going when it comes to feel-good dining at home - and we’re buzzing to hear that they’re back up and running as the city comes back to life. This is a mustvisit for delicious dishes including: mussels in white wine and arrabbiata sauce, a rich pollo fiorentina, pizza calzone, salt ’n’ pepper chicken pizza or Apertif’s classic burger. Why not treat your post-lockdown taste buds and jump into a whole dressed lobster for just £16.90? FAC EBOOK.COM/APERITIF-BARAND-KITCHEN

808 Bar & Kitchen 808 has always been a fan favourite when it comes to feasting in the city. Time spent away from the city was made a little easier thanks to 808’s virtual quiz nights - and now we’re delighted to head back into the city and get a taste of their brand new foodie deals. Get any four tapas dishes and two drinks for just £22 - we’re talking sumptuous Thai satay pork belly, cod goujons, fabulous feta saganaki and patatas bravas. Wash them down with a house white or a crisp beer, and you’re on to a winner! 80 8BARANDKITCHEN.COM

Taking it al fresco The Wolsey The Wolsey is the place to be for ice-cold drinks and beautiful bistro classics - with views over the coast to match. Watch the world go by from the terrace while tucking into indulgent home comforts. It’s up and running again with all of the relevant safety measures in place - oh, and a super secure app that makes your visit a total breeze! THEWOLS EY.CO.UK


Liberty Brown Steak House, Kitchen & Cocktails Palm Beach Garden is your new al-fresco hotspot thanks to our friends at Liberty Brown! Settle in for lush street-side eats in fancy food shacks, topped with tropical tipples in the exotic new garden surroundings. One of the most Instagrammable spots in town, you're sure to have a blast as you catch up with chums this September! L IBT ERYBROWN.COM

Six at Pier Point A luxury charcuterie and wine bar has just opened up on the Roker Riviera and we’re chomping at the bit to get booked in! Complete with an uber-stylish interior, Six rolls into SR1’s restaurant scene with a menu sure to put smiles on faces. From home-baked nibbles to signature Six cheeseboards, this place has got your post-lockdown supper sorted. Outdoor dining paired with incredible sea views, this place is a clear winner when it comes to catching those last September rays! S IXP I ERP O I NT.CO.UK



Takeaway treats Blacks Corner Blacks Corner is the epicentre of lovely, local produce. While the restaurant is back open and serving up the goods, those wanting to enjoy a Vibe-style weekend from the comfort of your own home, should check out the cracking click and collect service. From brilliant British cheese, to Italian wines, sweet treats and meats, Blacks has it all. BLACKSCORNER.CO.UK

Mumbai Silk Mumbai Silk has been keeping our bellies full and our taste buds tingling during lockdown; and while the restaurant is back up and running, a takeaway curry at home is always the perfect weekend treat. Curry-lovers can dig in to one starter, a sumptuous main, rice or chips, and a naan or two poppadoms for just £11.95. And the best thing? They’ll deliver it straight to your doorstep. Count us in! MUMBAISILK.CO.UK

Forge Sundays at Home Craving a Sunday roast just as much as us? Our friends over at The Forge are rolling out the Sunday treats this season - and there’s never been a better way to see the weekend out in foodie style. From topside of beef, caramelised celeriac and loin of pork, The Forge has your end-of-week cravings sorted. Head over to the website or Facebook page for more information on how to order your Forge Sundays at Home feast. THEFORGEFOOD.COM



Catch of the day Celebrate the nation’s favourite dish this month as National Fish & Chip Day falls on Friday 4 September. Follow our Vibe guide to some of the city’s best-loved chippies…

Inner-city catches... Boar’s Head Head over to High Street East and pull up a chair at the newly-refurbished Boars Head Bistro. Most famous for their breathtaking views over the River Wear, the bistro first opened in 1724 as a watering hole for passing sailors. Fast forward a little while, and it has been fully transformed into a modern restaurant with an enticing atmosphere. Go here for all kinds of fabulous seafood dishes. B OARS-H EAD.COM


Seaside favourites… The Salt House Kitchen Boasting serene seaside views and an enchanting interior decor, The Salt House Kitchen is one of Sunderland’s most popular foodie spots - particularly when it comes to fish and chips. Known for its comforting selection of homemade classics, this gorgeous restaurant is a great spot to munch on straight-from-thesea cod and thick cut chips. Complete the feast with rich mushy peas and a slab of farmhouse bread. Delicious! THE SALTHOUSEKITCHEN.COM

D’Acqua Don’t be fooled by D’Acqua’s fine Italian menu - they also know a thing or two when it comes to cooking up the nation’s favourite dish! A much-loved foodie hangout in the city centre, we’re usually drooling over their pasta and risotto, but it’s the Samson Ale battered fresh cod, chunky chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce combination that has really got our hearts beating this September! DAC QUA.CO.U K

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We’ve netted ourselves a prized catch thanks to the fine folk at Minchella’s.

Downey's Fish & Chips Downey’s is a name synonymous with good old’ fish and chips in Sunderland. This fabulous takeaway business has become a phenomenon in the local area - and it’s easy to see why. Recently named as a Top 5 Chippy in the UK by Absolute Radio, this spot is perhaps most famous for its vast fish menu and its many restaurants dotted around the city. Head over to the Facebook page below, find your nearest restaurant and get set on the couch with a jumbo cod and chips. Lush! FACEBOOK.COM/DOWNEYSGROUP1

Latimer’s Seafood Deli & Cafe

Minchella’s Fish and Chips

Discover what all the fuss is about with a trip to Latimer’s Seafood Deli & Cafe. This is a local must when it comes to sumptuous seafood in Sunderland. Open six days a week, Latimer’s is the perfect place to tuck into fishy delights to take away and devour at home, or to sit in, enjoy and watch the world go by. L ATIMERS .COM

Make Michella’s a must-visit for your takeaway tea this September. A small business serving big portions to the local community, Minchella’s is loved up and down the North East coastline for its hearty portions, delicious chips and scrummy ice cream range. FACEBOOK.COM/ MINCHELLAS SEABURN

To celebrate National Fish & Chip Day on Friday 4 September, Minchella’s are giving FIVE lucky readers the chance to WIN a FREE meal for two this September. All you need to do is head over to our Sunderland Vibe Facebook page and keep an eye out for posts on how to WIN this lush prize!

T&Cs: Winners will receive any main course, side and drink. Prize has no cash value and is non-transferable. Other terms and conditions may apply, and are available from:

Closing date for entries: Friday 25 September 2020 Winner announced on Facebook: Monday 28 September 2020


Take-home treats...


Back with a bang: Sunderland Culture




Over the past few months, the teams at National Glass Centre, Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, and Arts Centre Washington have been working hard to continue to produce a fun and accessible cultural offering for the people of Sunderland.

National Glass Centre: Online Shop

We’re very excited to announce that Sunderland City Council, University of Sunderland and Sunderland Culture are welcoming people back to their venues! Here’s the vital information you need to make your trip into the world of culture as safe, and enjoyable as possible…

Like many businesses during the pandemic, National Glass Centre turned to its digital platforms to share creative challenges and inspiring virtual culture with the people of Sunderland. As the city starts to open its doors again, the centre continues to do its bit in the digital world with the launch of a brand-new online shop. This cool new corner of the internet will showcase striking collections made by their very own glass-makers in their Hot Glass Studio. You can also browse jewellery and prints made by local artists. Gift vouchers are available too - making buying the perfect unique gift even easier! A fantastic way to browse and buy from the comfort of your own home, the National Glass Centre's Online Shop is set to become a creative hub for treats, trinkets and gifts for loved ones! S HOP-NATIONALGLASSCENTRE. COM

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Coming Soon... Art Crush

It’s been a busy time! Exhibitions moved online, workshops took place over Zoom, and learning teams pooled resources to create hundreds of free family activities during the Easter and summer holidays. Alongside a digital programme, projects such as free takeaway packs have also proved incredibly popular amongst culture vultures! All of your favourite activities are still available on the Sunderland Culture website, so there’s plenty to keep you busy this September: S U NDERLANDCULTUR E .ORG.UK


We’re delighted to see that the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is now open to the public with reduced opening hours. For all the up-to-date information on safety measures and opening arrangements, make sure you visit: S U NDERLANDM USE UM.OR G.UK

National Glass Centre & Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art Heads up glass enthusiasts! Both National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will be re-opening very soon. Keep an eye on their website,

Facebook and Twitter channels for the re-opening date, and new videos sharing information on the safety measures in place and fun activities taking place over the coming weeks. NATI ONALGLAS SCENTRE.COM

Arts Centre Washington Arts Centre Washington is applying the final touches and will be reopening its doors in September. Social distancing measures will be in place throughout the venue to ensure it is a safe and enjoyable place to be. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on social media for more information as it arrives. Exciting times ahead! ARTSCENTREWAS HINGTON.CO.UK

What’s your art personality? Art Crush is an exciting free new app which lets you create your own digital art collection, browse hundreds of different artworks by some of the biggest and coolest names in British art and discover what your art personality is. Art Crush is another world class art offering brought to you by Sunderland Culture in partnership with the prestigious Arts Council Collection and will be available to download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store in October. S UNDERLANDCULTURE.ORG.UK


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Herrington Country Park

Getting out and about with the gang in and around Sunderland this September... Sunderland Musuem & Winter Gardens It’s back! The team have dusted down Wallace the Lion and they’re ready to welcome culture-vultures from across the region. We can’t wait to be wandering around the public galleries, catching up on lost time in the library and taking in the beauty of the Winter Gardens. As expected, Sunderland Culture have introduced some changes to safely welcome everybody back. Visit their website for more information.

Based at the foot of Penshaw Monument, Herrington Country Park is a great place to get some fresh air and enjoy a morning mooch with the pooch. With a number of idyllic cycling trails and walking paths, Herrington is also home to a number of fascinating environmental sculptures and prime photography spots. A great space to let little ones exert all that energy.

A quick pit-stop… Penshaw

Tearooms - think giant fruit scones and fresh coffee. What’s not to love?

A little reminder… Social

distancing measures in place, as well as hand sanitiser stations at Penshaw Tearoom.


A quick pit-stop… Grinder Coffee a must-visit for a pre or post-culture refreshment. These artisan coffee maestro’s make a killer flat white. Perfect fuel for a day exploring the city!

A little reminder… Social distancing WWT Washington Centre Calling all adventure-seekers! WWT Washington Wetland Centre is open and taking bookings. Boasting 103 acres of exciting wetland, woodland, nature reserve and meadows, WWT is home to an array of wildlife including a collection of Chilean flamingos, Asian short-clawed otters, Eurasian cranes and various ducks, geese and swans. Open 10am - 4.30pm daily, book your tickets now and explore our fine North East nature.

A quick pit-stop… Go to Rustica

Trattoria & Inn for innovative and authentic Italian food and drinks.

A little reminder… Social distancing measures in place, as well as hand sanitiser stations at WWT Washington Centre and Rustica Trattoria & Inn. 10

Roker Canoe Club

Time to don your favourite kit, pull up those socks fasten your boots - Goals is back and it’s calling your name! The turf is ready to welcome footy fanatics looking to get some game-time in this September.

Time to hit the water! Roker Canoe Club is back with a splash, inviting families to enjoy the great outdoors with a bit of adventure thrown in for good measure! From their home at Hetton Lyons County Park, the team welcomes beginners, experienced canoeists and those just wanting to experience some quality family time. Gather the gang and get set for an exhilarating ride on the water before the change in weather.



A quick pit-stop… Enjoy a pre or

A quick pit-stop… Love Lilly Tearoom

measures in place, as well as hand sanitiser stations at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Grinder Coffee.

Goals Sunderland

post-match meal at The Broadway Stirks Steakhouse, Bar and Grill.

A little reminder… Social distancing measures in place, as well as hand sanitiser stations at Goals Sunderland and The Broadway.

- because canoeing can be hard work! Tuck into tasty stacks of pancakes topped with maple syrup. Now, that’s what you call foodie fuel!

A little reminder… Social distancing measures in place, as well as hand sanitiser stations at Love Lilly Tearoom.




Something for a rainy day? Strike out Time to get your game face on! Challenge your chums to an afternoon on the lanes this September. Sunderland Bowl is back up and running, ready to welcome bowlers in for a thrilling game or two. Don’t forget to check out the venue’s must-have deals, book in advance and follow the social distancing rules that have been put in place. It’s good to be back! SUNDERLANDBOWL.CO.UK

Play date

Take your tots to Tumbles this September - the perfect place for little ones to let off some steam! News of this reopening is sure to put smiles on the faces of kids across the region, and it’s easy to see why. A soft play adventure that promises ample opportunity for fun, interactive activities! TUMBLESWORLD.CO.UK



Lapland / m o c . e tiv ryoneac e v e it is V PLUS,

Film fix Empire Cinemas Sunderland has reopened its doors and is providing us with our long-awaited film fix this September. Time to enjoy ‘the magic of the movies’ once again as the curtain is lifted and the big screen is back. Head over to the Empire Cinemas website for more information on times, listings and social distancing measures. Lights, camera, action! EMPIRECINEMAS.CO.UK

LOVES TO LEARN TO SWIM *GB only. 18+. Promotions open 07/09/2020, close 20/12/2020. Automatic entry for participants re-starting their Direct Debit for swimming lessons, joining swimming lessons on Direct Debit or paying in full in advance for lessons during the promotional period. Free Kids Pass: 1x free 6-month subscription code to Kids Pass for each household enrolled on swimming lessons at participating centres. Recipient must be parent/guardian if child lessons. Valid email address required to enter. Lapland Prize Draw: One entry per adult or child enrolled. Prize of 1 x 3-night trip for 2 adults & 2 children trip to Lapland including 4-star hotel/cabin and visit to Santa. Must be taken during December 2021 subject to Covid-19 restrictions. Visit for full terms.


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Hendon Promenade An ideal spot to blow away those cobwebs and take in some stellar sea views. This urban-beauty is a great spot to zoom along on two-wheels, gaze at Sunderland’s mighty industrial heritage and stop off for a quick Facebook snap.

Wheeling across Wearside Sunderland is home to tons of great cycling trails. Now is a great time to saddle up and explore our beautiful city from the saddle! Roker Riveria

River Wear Rambling

The Star Map sculpture at Roker seafront signals the start or end point in the Sea to Sea (C2C) route. A ride across the region invites cyclists to enjoy a varied mix of trailside sculptures and scenic city vistas. The fine views across the River Wear continue as you enter the city centre and follow the water's edge to the route's official end at the Star Map sculpture along the seafront at Roker. Make sure you dip your front wheel in the ocean - it’s tradition on this route!

Wearside is also the finishing point for the iconic cycle route, Walney to Wear! Cyclists are blessed with some seriously stunning scenery as they head into the the city. One to add to your biking bucket list!

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Northern Spire Take your two wheel excursion over to Sunderland’s latest architectural beauty, the Northern Spire. This cutting-edge, 240 metre long icon is well-worth checking out as you wheel across Wearside!

Stadium Of Light The electric match day atmosphere may be missing, but a quick stop and Insta snap at the Stadium of Light is a must for any Mackem cyclist!

What’s your favourite cycling route in Sunderland? Let us know at @SunderlandVibe on Instagram, using the hashtag #WheelingAcrossWearside


This super sporty treat will have you and your little ones jumping for joy! Our somersaulting chums over at AAAsports are giving your little olympians the chance to have a FREE party with up to 20 people! Stay tuned on our Sunderland Vibe Facebook page to find out how you can WIN this sensational prize worth £120. In the meantime, check out AAAsports by following the link below, and get yourself booked in for one of their many incredible classes this September. AAASP O RTS.C O.UK


T&Cs: AAAsport’s Vibe prize is redeemable as either a gymnastics, trampolining or cheerleading party only. Prize has no cash value and is non-transferable. Redeemable until the 31st August 2021. Additional terms and conditions may apply and are available from:

Closing date for entries: Monday 21st September 2020 Winner announced on Facebook: Wednesday 23rd September 2020

s e o r e h l a c o L If this strange time has taught us anything, it’s that we have a city of local heroes! In this issue, we’re celebrating the fine folk and pivoting businesses who have been opening their hearts and pockets to those in need… Lisa Kirkbride & For The Love Of North You’ve seen our sensational front cover… it’s a beauty, right? There’s a heart-warming story behind this stunning piece of artwork. The incredibly talented Lisa Kirkbride teamed up with For The Love of The North to produce a striking piece of art that not only celebrates community spirt, but also raises funds for the Northumbria NHS Trust’s Bright Charity. Inspired by hope, solidarity and Wearside’s beautiful city-scape, Lisa and co. have now raised over £5,000 and that number continues to rise. Fancy owning your very own Sunderland Vibe front cover? Head over to FORTHE LOVE OFTHENORTH.CO.UK , bag a limited edition and support local charities. For more of Lisa’s designs, head over to: LISAKIRKBRIDE.COM

Jill Scott Our very own Lioness, Jill Scott, launched an online fundraiser to help hospital staff working in the city during the pandemic. The England star recently donated her match shirts and raised a staggering £13,662 for the Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust. It’s no secret that representing your country is one of the greatest honours for a sportsperson, but Jill has gone above and beyond as a role model to give something back to the wonderful folk at Sunderland Royal Hospital. STSFT.NHS.UK

Aly Dixon Wearside’s record-breaking runner, Aly Dixon, has been encouraging Mackems across the city to lace up their trainers and run the equivalent distance of the Great North Run to help St Benedict’s Hospice. Aly has created a free-to-enter event in which every successful finisher will receive a special award. ST BE NE DIC TS.C O.UK

The Fans Museum Our friends over at the Fans Museum continue to educate and inspire! As the country plunged into crisis, the team assembled and took the opportunity to give something back to the community. They delivered hot food to primary school children and those fighting against social isolation, boosting morale amongst our city’s most vulnerable. With 5,000 meals delivered, over 13,000 miles clocked and a special appearance from Manchester United under-23s goalkeeper, Paul Woolston, we can’t help but stand and applaud some of our city’s finest lockdown heroes. Amazing work team! FANS MUS EUM.ORG

Laura Surtees While we’d love to shout about every key worker, we’re giving special thanks to Laura Surtees for her outstanding achievement during the crisis. Laura, a healthcare worker at Sunderland Royal Hospital, was awarded the highly prestigious Cavell Star Award for her exceptional care towards patients, families and colleagues. Laura collected donations to help put together care packages for patients to help brighten up their time in hospital. From toiletries to crosswords and special pamper packs for her colleagues, it’s fair to say Laura is one of Sunderland’s many shining stars. CAVELLSTARAWARDS.ORG

Thompson Waste Centre

Royal Recognition

Anne Ganley from Thompson Waste Centre has pledged to donate £10,000 to local charities hit by the coronavirus outbreak. While many of us have been cracking on with DIY around the house, Anne’s team have recycled a staggering 10,000 tonnes of waste during lockdown; repurposing everything from timber doors to glass window panes. As soon as Thompson’s hit the 10,000 ton mark, news broke about Anne’s incredible gesture - we’re so pleased to see people looking after people. A huge thank you to Anne and those involved in this fantastic initiative! THOMPSONWASTE.CO.UK

You’ve seen just a few of our local lockdown heroes, and now it’s your chance to shout about the wonderful people who have been doing good in your local community. Our region celebrated seven winners at the Queen’s Award For Enterprise this year - and it’s over to you to big up more North East businesses! The applications for the 2021 awards are now open and almost all UK businesses can apply! The Queen’s Award for Enterprise are the most prestigious awards for UK businesses, recognising and rewarding organisations for their outstanding achievements! GOV.UK/QUEENSAWARDS-FOR-ENTERPRISE 13

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Why a university degree is more important than ever “ W E SE C URED OU R D R E A M J OB S A N D N OW WE ’ R E H ELPIN G OT H E RS .” The value of a university qualification has never been more relevant as thousands of students prepare for life in the post-COVID world. Sunderland Vibe met with three graduates from the University of Sunderland who, each in their own way, have made a life-changing impact on their community after securing their dream jobs.


The Nurse: Stacy Humphrey It has been an interesting three months for Stacy, who graduated from the University’s Adult Nursing programme in April. Within days, the 22-year-old found herself on the NHS frontline at the height of the COVID-19 outbreak. Despite the scale of the challenge, Stacy,

from Fulwell in Sunderland, played her part in helping support the service during an unprecedented time in its history. As a fitting testament to her dedication, the trainee nurse went on to achieve a First-Class Honours degree and has now landed her dream job working as an A&E Nurse at South Tyneside District Hospital. Stacy, a former pupil of Monkwearmouth School, said: “I have loved my time at the University. The teaching and support has been fantastic, the facilities are outstanding, and I believe that it has been a great start to my nursing career.” The graduate also picked up this year’s Helen McArdle Nursing Prize after excelling in her studies and demonstrating a commitment to student affairs. Stacy was a School of Nursing and Health Sciences co-ordinator and students’ representative on the University’s Board of Governors. Stacy added: “I was surprised and overwhelmed when I received the email informing me of being the 2020 recipient of the Helen McArdle Nursing Prize, it’s fantastic news.”


"I HAVE LOV E D M Y TI M E AT TH E UNI VER SI TY. T H E TEAC HI NG A ND SUP P ORT H AS B E E N FANTASTI C, T H E FACI LI TI ES A R E OUTSTANDING, A ND I BELI EVE T H AT IT HAS BEEN A G R E AT START TO M Y NUR SI NG CA R E E R ." Simone Bedford, Team Leader for PostGraduate Nursing, said: “Stacy is an inspiration and a positive role model to her peers. In my 24-year career in nursing and having worked in the NHS, RAF and four universities, I have never seen such a committed, caring and compassionate student.”

The Pharmacist: Emma Boxer

Emma Boxer landed her dream job as a hospital pharmacist earlier this year. The 23-year-old began her new career as a lead pharmacist at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust outpatients’ department at a time when the pandemic was putting huge pressure on NHS services. Emma, however, was fully prepared for the challenge that faced her. She said:

“Pharmacists play an important role in making sure patients have all of their medication and don’t have to worry about obtaining supplies over the coming months. “I think the profession as a whole has done an amazing job in pulling together and providing patients with what they need.” Emma believes it was the opportunities and skills she developed during her year as an academic pre-registration pharmacist, spending her week split between a community pharmacy, Burdons in Whickham, Gateshead, and working as an academic tutor in the University of Sunderland’s Sciences Complex, that helped her land her job after graduating. She added: “The skills I developed during my pre-registration year at Sunderland ticked all the boxes when I applied for this job. “The role will involve lots of different elements, including being the point of contact for the pharmacy superintendent, delivering clinical services for outpatients and delivering staff training.” Andrew Sturrock, Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader of MPharm, said: “Emma has been a fantastic role model to all of the healthcare students at the University, and we are delighted that she landed the role at Sunderland Royal Hospital.”

The Teacher: John Howe Graduate and newly-qualified teachers from the University of Sunderland have



spent the past few months supporting and educating children across the region. John Howe, Head Teacher at Seaburn Dene Primary School in Sunderland, did the University’s Graduate Teacher Programme, which preceded PGCE School Direct, 10 years ago. A mature student, John had worked in journalism before making the switch to teaching via the University. As soon as he graduated, he secured a job at a primary school in Ryhope before moving on to Seaburn Dene, where he became Head. Education courses at the University have been ranked second in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2020. John says the past few months have demonstrated just how important the profession is to our future generations. He said: “Community and family, at times like these, are more important than ever and at Seaburn Dene, this is very much at the heart of our efforts during these difficult times, to support our community and the families within.


“Teachers from all backgrounds are key workers in this effort and we are united in our profession.” Professor Lynne McKenna is Dean of the Faculty of Education and Society at the University. She said: “The teaching profession, as ever, has risen to the challenge, providing selfless public service in these extraordinary times. “However, it is not just qualified teachers and support staff who we are helping at this time. At the University of Sunderland, many of our trainee teachers have been assisting with these efforts, too.”


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Open and ready for business It’s been a long time coming, but we’re delighted to be back exploring this sensational city we all call home! The friendly team at Sunderland BID are here to guide you through the city’s reopening and to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Let’s get this show back on the road!

We’re all in this together… It sure has been a long time coming, but it’s imperative to welcome our wonderful city back to the sheen it once was. So with that in mind, let’s familiarise ourselves with the new guidelines. It’s new, it’s unusual and it will take some time to get accustomed to, but if we all channel our renowned Mackem warmth and show just a little bit of patience as life begins moving again, we know Sunderland city centre will be glowing again in no time! As businesses continue to do their bit to ensure the safety of staff and customers at all times, it’s down to us to continue making sure we keep the city clean, comfortable and secure as we take back to the streets to enjoy it in all its glory. 16

Here are a couple of things to remember before you head into the city...

• Check business opening times: some of your favourite venues may be operating on reduced hours - it’s worth checking their websites and social media before heading out.

follow one-way systems and distance markings. They’re in place to protect you!

• Take your litter home: nobody

likes a litterbug. Keep our streets looking spic and span by taking any litter home with you.

• Channel your Mackem friendliness: it’s been a rollercoaster ride for everybody in recent months. Be patient, crack a smile (even behind your face mask!) and let’s move the city forward, together.

• Time to cover up: face masks and

coverings have been made compulsory in shops and on public transport. Wearing is caring!

• Hand hygiene: wash your hands

before and after you head out - and where possible, carry a hand sanitiser with you. Keep an eye out for the public hand sanitiser stations situated across the city.

• Be aware of new social distancing rules: be vigilant and

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Travel safe, travel smart Heading into the city via the Metro or bus? Make your journey safe and stressfree by checking out the safety measures that have been implemented by our city’s transport teams… Nexus have been beavering away night and day to ensure your Metro journey is COVID-secure. As well as regular deep cleaning, you will be able find friendly faces at stations, on hand to keep you safe. For more info, head over to the Nexus website prior to travelling. N EXU S.O RG.U K



The brilliant bus teams at Arriva and Go North East are taking every step possible to keep you and your gang safe and comfortable. Head online and familiarise yourself with new guidelines before travelling. AR RI VABUS .CO.UK GONORTHEAST.CO.UK The team at Stagecoach have been busy launching a new smartphone ‘Busy Bus’ indicator to help city travellers plan their journey into the city. The new feature on the Stagecoach app will use extensive data to provide a traffic light indicator to help commuters plan their journey in advance and help maintain social distancing when travelling in and around the city. STAGECOACHBUS .COM

Parking made easy We’re thrilled to learn that ParkingPerx will be trialled in the city this autumn! This exciting new parking scheme stormed Dragons Dens last year, sealing approval from Jenny Campbell and receiving a substantial investment, allowing the initiative to make it to cities across the North. As we start to head back out and support local, there's never been a better time for it!

So what exactly is ParkingPerx?

It’s an easy-to-use initiative that rewards drivers with FREE parking in Sunderland Council carparks for spending in your local high street. That’s right, no danger of a ticket, no need to rummage around for loose change and no need to touch grubby ticket machines anymore. All you need to do is register your debit card, spend in your favourite stores and independents, and voilà - you are rewarded with free parking! PARKING PERX.COM TO A DV ERTI SE CALL 0 1 91 5 0 0 78 67 OR E MAIL R EB EC CA @ R EM EM B ER M EDI A . C O.UK



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Familiar faces

After a thorough deep clean, Sunderland’s much-loved shopping centre is open for business! We caught up with some familiar faces that help to make the Bridges such an integral part of our city’s identity… safety in sunderland… - Please always sanitise and wash your hands. - Be kind to each other. - Work together to make our city centre a safe place to be.

of more help than she will ever know.

Three top tips for ensuring safety in sunderland… - Wear a mask to protect yourself and others. - Practice social distancing and regular hand washing and stick to the safety measures that are in place. - If we all do our bit, we can hopefully keep the virus down in our community, and therefore save lives.

Victoria Rennison I am… Victoria Rennison, Cleaning Senior Supervisor for OCS at the Bridges Shopping Centre.

During lockdown, I have learnt… That we take a lot of things for granted in life - for example: spending time with friends, family and work colleagues. In lockdown there was only myself and another three members of the housekeeping team working, so to go from having 20 team members to four was very surreal!

The positives I have taken from the pandemic include... A lot of people are kind, caring and willing to help each other in difficult circumstances. I also found the positives in spending more time with my family at home.

My Sunderland lockdown hero is… I don’t have one hero I have a team of heroes, and they are our housekeeping team that worked throughout the lockdown period. They all worked hard to keep the centre clean and sanitised for the safety of everyone who visited. My heroes include: Lesley Green, Harry Barker and Shannon Cuthbert. Huge thank you and well done team!

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Frank Johnson Bronia Brown I am… Bronia Brown, Customer Service Assistant at the Bridges Shopping Centre.

During lockdown, I have learnt… To appreciate the simple things in life. Food, reading books and nature. Life can change in an instant and that we as a human race are fragile. We are not invisible and we cannot fix everything. We must never take anything for granted because life is precious.

The positives I have taken from the pandemic include... I enjoyed walking by the river near my home, watching the wildlife and soaking up the sunshine and the endless blue skies. It was lovely to live life away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without the usual pressures.

My Sunderland lockdown hero is… My sister, Sharon, who was always there to lend a hand. She would always drop us something off when she had been shopping - like chocolate or a loaf of bread and a carton of milk. She was

I am… Frank Johnson, OCS Security at the Bridges Shopping Centre.

During lockdown, I have learnt… To treasure time spent with loved ones. Once restrictions are fully-lifted, I plan on spending more quality time with my parents.

The positives I have taken from the pandemic include... Working through the lockdown and helping those unable or unwilling to get help. Everyone has an individual story both at work and home.

My Sunderland lockdown hero is… Everyone who has worked through the pandemic and continues to work through these strange times we find ourselves living in.

Three top tips for ensuring safety in sunderland… - Remember, people are only doing their jobs. - Respect individual’s needs, everyone is different and has a different story in life to get them to this point. - Keep smiling or you'll cry!




Giving back

Bridges businesses who pivoted to support others during the pandemic, or have been giving back to the community as we head back out to enjoy the city… Hotel Chocolat is offering 50% off for all NHS and Blue Light Card holders. As well as this, the team also donated tons of sweet treats to Sunderland Soup Kitchen during lockdown. Nice work guys!

Kimberly Topping I am… Kimberly Topping, Store Manager at Hotel Chocolat, Sunderland.

During lockdown, i have learnt… That I adore the outdoors and my garden so much, and that I can be super inventive when it comes to ways of seeing my family from the safety of my living room. Also given the chance, I will eat cookies for every meal.

The positives i have taken from the pandemic include... One of my biggest positives to come out of the pandemic is that I’ve found so many independent businesses to support, including my awesome local farm shop Hillheads. I have always baked, but this gave me an opportunity to do it every day. With a shortage of ingredients at the beginning, it gave me lots of time to experiment with what you can actually put into cookies! They make super lovely gifts for neighbours and friends - and always put smiles on faces!

Superdry kept the NHS well-stocked ands styled this summer - thanks to a massive donation of clothes worth £10,000!

Iceland helped keep the community going by dedicating time slots for our city’s elderly and more vulnerable folk. As well as dedicating shopping time for the city’s elderly and vulnerable, our chums at Tesco will also be donating a staggering £48m worth of food to charities in the coming weeks! Greggs has been high on our lockdown crave list! The pasty masters are offering free hot drinks to the incredible NHS staff and emergency workers across the city. Health gurus, Holland & Barrett have been donating dreamy diffusers and calming oils to NHS facilities around the city. Coffee aficionados, Starbucks, have been keeping our incredible key workers going by donating tons of coffee, sweet treats and smoothies. Our inspirational NHS workforce received 250,000 free coffees during the summer from our chums at Costa!

The brilliant Body Shop team delivered 25,000 bars of soap and 25,000 tubes of hand cream to frontline NHS workers at the newly opened Nightingale Hospital amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The fashionistas over at H&M are now gearing up to produce PPE that will be provided to hospitals and healthcare workers across the city. Sweet treats from TK Maxx’s stellar foodie department was donated to local food banks around the city during the pandemic. Krispy Kreme kept our key workers stocked up on sweet treats this summer; thanks to regular donut box donations!

My sunderland lockdown hero is… Shout out to Sunderland Community Soup Kitchen for supporting so many locals and ensuring they had meals. It’s been such a tricky time and they work so hard helping the community.

Three top tips for ensuring safety in sunderland… - Wash your hands. - Be spatially aware when you’re in public. - Wear a mask if you need to be in close proximity to others.

NHS workers enjoyed unlimited data during lockdown, all thanks to the generous folk at EE. Debenhams delivered the spirit of Easter with free eggs to NHS workers across the city. A little bunny tells us that they will be donating random items to key workers every week.

Lush made sure that NHS staff had the best skincare products sorted this summer - all thanks to their donation of 1,500 Helping Hands cream to Wearside facilities. 19

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Liddle and many more - all class. I also watched a livestream DJ Set of Whitney Houston tunes too, that was probably the highlight of 2020 for me.

The show must go on…

As we eagerly await the return of the city’s music venues, we caught up with a few of the region’s rising stars to see how they’ve managed to keep the tunes coming and the music playing…

How important have sunderland’s music venues been for your journey? They have been essential - there wouldn't be any journey at all without them. Pop Recs were kind enough to give us our first ever gig in 2016 without even hearing a song, which we are incredibly grateful for to this day. Considering the lack of funding and everything they have to withstand at the minute, I think anyone still running a music venue in Sunderland deserves the world.

My most memorable gig in the city was… Definitely playing the Sunderland Empire with Dave Stewart. It was a surreal experience from start to finish and something that we'll never forget. Playing for royalty was pretty memorable too, but more the fact that it was such a strange scenario that will probably never happen again.

Shoutout to another artist making big noise in the city… Noyou are somehow slipping under the radar. Go listen to Noyou right now, they’re one of best indie pop-rock bands in the North East right now. Faye Fantarrow, Lottie Willis, Roxy Girls, Elizabeth Liddle, Silver Club and Post Rome are great too - they’re all totally different but equally as mint! Sunderland is producing some amazing young artists at the minute, the majority of which you can see regularly at Independent Sunderland for just £5 a ticket.

Eddie Scott, PICNIC Sunderland’s beloved sax-driven, funk-pop group share their lockdown experience…

How has growing up in the area influenced your music? I think the bands that were around just as we formed PICNIC may have influenced us - our aim was to be their polar opposite! I was a bit late to the Field Music party, but I am a huge fan now; I do think Sunderland has always birthed unique artists that have something to say. 20

Has lockdown helped your creativity? It's forced us to adapt, and creativity has definitely spawned from that. Personally, it’s also given me a nice spell of writing as I've had more time on my own.

Any favourite live stream performances? I've watched a few from Independent Sunderland and they've all been great! Mt. Misery, Faye Fantarrow, Elizabeth

Favourite sunderland venue… Support Pop Recs as much as you can. They’re the hub of the creative community in Sunderland and we need them to stay. It may not be a venue as such, but also make sure you support The Bunker; it's a Sunderland institution that I think people take for granted. FACEBOOK.COM/ PLASTICG LASS1




Plastic Glass

Rock n roll is alive and kicking with this Sunderland four-piece. Here’s what they had to say on Wearside’s rising music scene…

How has growing up in the area influenced your music? I think growing up with that working class background, you automatically connect with those bands that come across a bit rough around the edges. Obviously being from here, you have even more affection for influential indie bands such as The Futureheads and Maximo Park.

Has lockdown helped your creativity? I think one thing that lockdown has done is force us to be more creative in other areas such as social media - thinking of interesting content to help us stay active!

Any favourite live stream performances? They’ve really kept us going. There’s been a few on the Independent Sunderland Facebook page that have been really good. Mt. Misery and Elizabeth Liddle’s streams were both amazing.

How important have sunderland’s music venues

been for your journey?

making big noise in the city…

Crazy important - literally, couldn’t have done it without them! We’ve played shows at Independent Sunderland, Pop Recs and The Peacock. Our first show was at Pop Recs and our biggest headline show to date was at Independent Sunderland.

It’s got to be Noyou - the synth/indie/pop/ rock band that, despite being one of the best local bands around, are so unknown it’s crazy.

Shoutout to another artist

I mean there’s so much choice, but going for something brand new here with The Little Shop. From the team behind the likes of Independent Sunderland, Holmeside Coffee and Mexico 70, this new shop sells fresh coffee, quirky beer, homemade sourdough and donuts that are to die for. It’s certainly the best thing to come out of lockdown! FACEBOOK.COM/PLASTICGLASS1

Has lockdown helped your creativity?

My most memorable gig in the city was…

My most memorable gig in the city was… Probably our biggest headline show, downstairs at Independent Sunderland. It was a Christmas gig, we had five other local acts on the bill for a full evening playing music to a jam-packed room!

Lockdown gave me the time to write new material that I’m really happy with! I’ve written some new tunes with a couple of friends over FaceTime!

Any favourite live stream performances?

Elizabeth Liddle We caught up with melodic songstress, Elizabeth Liddle, to chat about her musical journey to date…

Favourite sunderland venue…

Two of my favourite bands, Mamas Gun and Kodaline, did great live streams. I’ve also enjoyed a lot of local artists such as PICNIC, Noyou, Komparison, Lottie Willis and Adam from the Pale White.

How has growing up in the area influenced your music?

How important have sunderland’s music venues been for your journey?

A lot of great artists have come out of the region, which always gives you hope for your own career.

They have been so important for me, especially Independent Sunderland as i’ve performed there quite a few times.

I loved playing the Sound of Sunderland Festival last year!

Shoutout to another artist making big noise in the city… PICNIC and Post Rome have released singles this year, which I absolutely love! I supported PICNIC in March, which was my last gig before lockdown. I’ve also played on their cover album for the Sunderland Food Bank - performing a version of their new single for a great cause!

Favourite sunderland venue… The guys at Independent Sunderland are doing such an amazing job; their weekly live streams have really helped local artists continue to get their music out to a wide audience. FACEBOOK.COM/EELIZABETHMUSIC 21

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Getting your culture fix this summer… You’ve heard from some of our city’s brightest talents, now take a look at some seriously cool culture you can enjoy in person or from the comfort of your own home this September… EXHIBITIONS Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery 8 September – 15 November 2020

The National Gallery, London is touring Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North and it’s one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th century landscape painting. Bellotto’s masterpiece will be accompanied by five works from the National Gallery collection featuring castles (both real and imagined), alongside artworks from Sunderland Museum’s own collection depicting castles from across the North East such as L S Lowry’s drawing of Bamburgh Castle. S U NDERLANDM USE UM.OR G.UK

Looking Out, Looking In From September 2020

Created by artists, Sally Southern and Nicola Lynch - with the help of the local community - make sure you catch Looking Out, Looking In over at Arts Centre Washington this September. The artists connected ‘virtually’ with residents of Hetton, Easington Lane and Moorsley and asked them to reflect on their lockdown experience. This stellar exhibition promises to be a real 22

eye-opener, marking a very important and challenging moment in time. ARTSCENTREWAS HINGTON.CO.UK

Received Wisdom Until 1 November

Received Wisdom has been extended until November and you’d be a fool to miss Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden’s first exhibition as part of their National Partnership with the prestigious Arts Council Collection! Received Wisdom challenges the idea that creativity and dynamism are the preserve of youth. The exhibition presents a body of work created by artists working in their later years and challenges ideas about what is expected of us at different stages in our lives. You can also explore the exhibition online via the Sunderland Culture website. SUNDERLANDMUS EUM.ORG.UK

No Strings Extended until March 2021

No Strings should have opened to the public back in March, but was unable to due to the COVID-19 closure of National Glass Centre. The exhibition moved online with a short video tour, but when the centre reopens, will be available to see in person for the first time! No Strings features the work of seven international artists working with glass beads in unconventional ways. The exhibition will include a beaded burger and coke by Faranak Sohi, an evening dress made using beads and safety pins by Shige Fujishiro and a beaded chicken showing his gymnastic prowess on the rings by Felieke van der Leest. NATI ONALGLAS SCENTRE.COM

This exhibition by Chad McCail has been extended to the new year, and we’re delighted to hear it! 'Toy' is a monumental cityscape populated by gigantic mythical creatures battling for its future freedom. This exhibition is full of extraordinary details, creating an intense and almost surreal experience for visitors. Don't miss the optional audio tour by Chad himself, as he talks visitors through the toy city at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. NORTHERNGALLERYFOR CONTEMPORARYART.ORG.UK

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS & VIRTUAL PROGRAMMES Heritage at Heart – Online Exhibition 25 August 2020 – 31 March 2021

Head over to the Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden's website for a look at the city’s rich history. Heritage at Heart is an online exhibition which examines the links between Sunderland’s industrial past and artworks from the Arts Council Collection. Presenting objects, documents and photographs from the Museum’s collection, alongside paired artworks from the Arts Council Collection, the exhibition also unearths Sunderland’s mining, shipbuilding, glass, pottery, automobile, rope and construction industries. The exhibition also explores how industry continues to inform and influence artists today. Don’t miss it! S UNDERLANDMUS EUM.ORG.UK

Online programme: Arts Centre Washington Throughout September

We’ve been loving Sunderland Culture’s online programme during lockdown, and we’re so excited to learn that Arts Centre Washington will be continuing with an online programme throughout September! With classes such as Social Sing, Watercolour and Oil Painting, Youth Theatre and Art Club all ready and waiting in the wings, as well as online exhibitions featuring work by artist Andrew Tift and Sunderland Photographic Association, Sunderland Culture is giving us a million reasons to enjoy the world of culture in our homes. ARTSCENTREWAS HINGTON.CO.UK




Shop safe, shop independent Independent businesses are the lifeblood of our beautiful city. Here’s a quick look at some of the stores, cafes and services we’ve been loving since the city reopened…

Ottoman Barbers Time to tame those manes, gents! There’s no better place to trim those lockdown locks than Ottoman Barbers on Derwent Street. This traditional Turkish barbershop has been offering authentic grooming services for males across the city for years now. September is a great time to show them just how much you missed their treasured skin-fades and expert cuts. Make sure you familiarise yourself with their COVID procedures and don’t forget your face mask! OT TO M ANBARBE RS.C OM

Lexi Jane’s Craft Cafe

The Little Shop

Toys, crafts and cake - sounds too good to be true, right? Introducing Lexi Jane’s Craft Cafe - a creative wonderland and the perfect place to get the kids away from the screens. From painting sessions to glitter creations and everything in between, this craft cafe has been delighting families across the region for years now and it’s the place to be for budding creatives young and old. FAC EBOOK.COM/ LE XIJANESVINTAGECRAFTCAFE

We’re super excited about this one! The Little Shop on High Street West has certainly brought a smile to our faces (and bellies)! Over the road from The Engine Room, The Little shop is a brand new foodie collaboration from our chums at Holmeside Coffee, Ship Isis, Independent Sunderland and Mexico 70. From delicious sourdough bread, to hoppy beers and handmade donuts, we have a sneaky feeling that The Little Shop won’t be so little for long. Well worth a venture this September. THELITTLES HOP.UK

New City Cobbler There’s a new kid on the block! If, like us, you have been misplacing your keys and wearing the tread out on your favourite shoes due to lockdown walks, the super friendly team over at New City Cobbler are on hand to rectify all your postlockdown troubles. These guys are the experts when it comes to resoling your trusty kicks, bagging yourself a colourful key-fob and sharpening those sorrylooking gardening tools. FAC EBOOK.COM/NEW-CITYC OBBLER

Coppertree Cafe A small business serving up big treats! Show some love to the friendly folk over at Coppertree Cafe. They’ve been non-stop during lockdown; making sure all of our sweet and savoury needs have been well-catered for, and now they’re back open with a brand new back garden - perfect to hunker down and enjoy a slice of the fine life in the last of the summer rays. COPPERTREECAFE.CO.UK

Open North Foundation

Reinvented with Love Has your favourite chair taken a beating during lockdown? Give it a new lease of life thanks to the master craftsmen over at Reinvented with Love! We’re all about doing our bit for the environment, so why not bring some of your favourite furnishings back to life - all while saving some dosh and protecting our planet. R EINVENT EDWI T HLOVE .C O.UK

Great news for North East businesses and organisations in our region! Some of the North’s leading organisations and personalities are rallying together, as part of a private, sector-led initiative to help rebuild the regional economy. Open North Foundation, a brand new, not-for-profit company, is calling upon businesses both big and small across the North to sign up, get involved and help drive our city’s economic future forward with Open North’s expert guidance. The aim is simple; to provide our local businesses with vital financial support, business advice and much more as our region continues its economic recovery. The Open North Foundation will also be offering grants too; ranging from £1,000 to £5,000, these grants mean that the foundation will be a major driving force in delivering long-term positive economic impact to the area and create high quality jobs in doing so too. CHECK OUT THEIR EXCITING WORK HERE: OPENNORTHFOUNDATION.CO.UK


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It’s a safe crowd to be in!

Having launched way back in the colder months of January this year, Crowdfund Sunderland is returning this September for another dose of fund-raising as Sunderland shows its strength in numbers…

We caught up with Lisa to learn all about the latest fundraising programme from our friends at Sunderland City Council…

How did you hear about Crowdfund? We heard about Crowdfund through the council's ‘Let’s Talk Sunderland’ community engagement programme, which was supporting the development of the Neighbourhood Investment Plans.

Was the application process easy? The process is fairly straightforward, however you will need to know lots of background information on your organisation. Crowdfund Sunderland is a great platform and the staff are on hand to guide you through the process.

The first funding round has already seen an amazing response from the general public, especially amazing as many of the campaigns have taken place during the COVID-19 crisis. Current fundraising has meant that an outreach van to help support vulnerable people, a new community shop and community learning café, are just some of the 17 projects to receive funding through the Crowdfund Sunderland programme. There were also projects which directly supported families during the COVID-19 lockdown including the hugely successful council-led Food Bank campaign. Collectively, Crowdfund Sunderland has so far raised an incredible £141,185 from over 500 backers, with the main funders associated with the programme (Sunderland City Council and Sunderland CCG) pledging £89,450 between them to the various campaigns. Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council said he was thrilled with the amazing response to the first round of the Crowdfund Sunderland campaign. He said: “Crowdfund Sunderland represents a pioneering way for people to drive the change they want to see in their local area from the grass roots up. This is all the more important due to the COVID-19 crisis where we have seen communities pull together to support their neighbours. The council are


thrilled to support such an extraordinary range of local ideas that will strengthen local places and make Sunderland an even greater place to live and work." Lisa Wilson Riddell, youth worker at Washington Mind said: “We were delighted to receive such a generous pledge from the Crowdfund Sunderland funds towards our outreach van project. Their confidence and support in the project has helped galvanise our fundraising effort which has been backed by residents, community groups and businesses, and enabled us to hit our target.” Crowdfund Sunderland round two will launch on Thursday 17 September 2020. Pop the date in your diary and don't miss your chance to take part in this great local programme. Keep up to date at: crowdfund-sunderland

What was your project and how did Crowdfund Sunderland help? We know that not everyone can easily travel to our base at The Life House or to one of our outreach centres due to transport issues and the stigma often associated with mental health. We have long dreamed of having a community outreach van that will enable our teams to reach out to all who may need us in Sunderland, Washington and the Coalfield area. Crowdfund Sunderland has made this dream a reality for us.

What has been the most satisfying part of the crowdfunding process? The pledges from local people, Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) were so encouraging as they all acknowledged the need for the outreach service. Having shared our campaign far via Crowdfund, we received an anonymous donation of £10,000, which was absolutely incredible!

Anything else you would like to say about Crowdfund Sunderland? Thank you to everyone behind the scenes who has been involved in bringing this opportunity to Sunderland. Your support has been amazing!




Fighting fit: Everyone Active On Demand WITHU Take your workout anywhere with over 600 audio-coached sessions from WITHU. Fitness enthusiasts can choose from HIIT, running, strength, cycling or yoga sessions. The best part? They’re all led by world-class personal trainers! You can personalise a workout plan based on your goals. Lockdown has given us great insight into the benefits of fitness. Our chums at Everyone Active are helping you fit in a workout no matter where you are, by supporting the way you train, in the way you want to, on any given day. To help you train with the ultimate flexibility, they have created Everyone On Demand - a handy package of fantastic fitness apps available for just £9.99 a month. Let’s take a look at the wealth of benefits available to us all this season…

Flex by Fitness On Demand Flex by Fitness On Demand allows you to workout via the app or website - it all depends on how busy your day has been. With over 800 classes available including HIIT, dance, yoga, strength and conditioning, cycling and kickboxing, Flex will play a big part in our September fitness regimes!

Les Mills On Demand All your favourite group fitness classes delivered by the Les Mills Master Trainers.

Les Mills On Demand also includes bonus content including good-for-the-soul guided meditations and BORN TO MOVE workouts to help keep your kids active as they head back to school this September.

EXI Make sure you check out EXI - an NHS-approved exercise programmes. The group uses a special algorithm that analyses your health and current fitness level, and prescribes a personalised physical activity plan to get you on the road to feeling great. EXI also supports users with chronic diseases, providing a tailored exercise programme that is safe, effective and ideal for reaching your goals. SOUNDS EXCITING, RIGHT? HEAD OVER TO EVERYONEACTIVE.COM/ PROMOTION/ON-DEMAND AND G ET S ET FOR A BRAND NEW, HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.


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Putting new affordable housing at the heart of the economic recovery in Sunderland Our friends at Gentoo are at the forefront of our city’s drive to transform and grow...

While we’ve all been living through uncertain times, the team over at Gentoo have continued to work extremely hard to make sure its ambitious plans to put housing at the heart of the economic recovery in Sunderland post-lockdown, were submitted. Alongside major construction schemes that are currently ongoing to transform the city, the Group is working alongside Sunderland City Council to ensure housing and construction form the backbone of economic recovery in the area. With the local economy suffering from enforced business closures and other restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re delighted to learn that Gentoo has submitted plans to build 268 new homes for affordable rent and shared ownership over the next two years at a range of developments across the city. 26

New sites include: • Central Downhill, Sunderland • Conishead Centre, Silksworth • Cragdale Gardens, Hetton-Le-Hole • Cricklewood Road, Hylton Castle • Eastbourne Square, Carley Hill • Land off Hylton Lane, Town End Farm • Prestbury Road, Pennywell • Land at Willows Close, Columbia


The exciting news? Gentoo’s plans for its hefty £45m investment in new housing feature alongside other exciting new developments such as Riverside Sunderland, the new City Hall and the Music Arts and Culture Quarter, as major partners in the city look to drive forward positive change for the people of Sunderland and be the catalysts for economic growth on Wearside. This is only the beginning of Gentoo’s wider 900 home £117 million investment in affordable housing around the city. The Group is aiming high with its latest proposals; the aim is to build new homes for rent and shared ownership, delivering new properties that are desirable for local residents and give Wearside tenants a chance to live in their dream home. From spacious outdoor gardens that are perfect for family get-togethers, to rooms with high ceilings and large open windows that aim to maximise natural light, Gentoo’s new house types are at the cutting edge of stylish modern living on Wearside. The developments will not also provide affordable housing in the city and stylish new homes for local residents, but Wearside will also enjoy a financial upturn too, as an estimated 693 temporary jobs will be made available in the city through



the construction work proposed by Gentoo and its supply chain. This is alongside a further 279 positions created on site and a further 441 roles supported in the wider local economy. The local economy will also benefit massively from Gentoo’s planned development too. As new residents move into to their sparkling new homes local businesses and inspiring independents across our city could enjoy an estimated £7 million per year of additional spend, with £1.5 million retained in Sunderland city centre alone. This is great news for a city centre that is on the up. You may have seen Sunderland City Council unveiling a series of stunning city centre plans in recent weeks, and Gentoo is working in collaboration with some our city’s major players to deliver on these world-class proposals. Gentoo’s proposals to build almost 270 new homes is an extremely positive step forward to changing untold lives across the region. The future is positive for the housing industry, and by continuing to work with city partners, Gentoo is here, every step of the way, as we walk into a brave new world post COVID-19 together. GENTOOG ROUP.COM



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College also offers free online courses. Distance Learning courses are completed in learners’ own time so they don’t need to come into college. All study resources are sent via email along with deadline dates for completed workbooks and assignments. With courses ranging from mental health awareness, to setting up your own business and a range of free digital courses, there is an extensive choice to cater for every interest. Ellen Thinnisen, Chief Executive at Education Partnership North East, said: “We appreciate that many of our students lead very busy lives and are not always in the position to undertake a full-time course.

The next steps Sunderland College’s campuses are not just a place for school leavers... Through its range of higher education, access and free distance learning courses, the college also helps adults (19+) who want to gain a university-level qualification, start a new career or learn a new skill to achieve their goals. And, with both full and flexible part-time courses available, there are plenty of study options that fit around lifestyle and family or work commitments. For those worried about how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will impact their learning, the smaller group sizes give students a more personal approach to studying and are well suited for face-toface learning while social distancing measures are still in place.

Higher education right on your doorstep… Studying a higher education qualification at college can bring lots benefits without having to head off to university, reducing living and travel costs. With college’s offering lower fees, they can provide value for money for a degree-level course. Sunderland College works closely with local employers to enhance learning with industry-linked projects, to ensure qualifications meet employer demands. Qualifications can also be tailored to 28

meet the demands of the local economy, giving learners the specific skills needed to progress.

A second chance at education… Sunderland College’s Access to Higher Education courses are well established with a great reputation, offering qualifications to those who want to push for university but don’t have the required grades, or who have been out of formal education for a while. Flexible learning makes it as easy as possible to attend college, with daytime and evening study available to suit learners’ needs. With specialist academic support in areas such as study and research skills, as well as help with UCAS applications, 96% of students said they developed the skills to get a job or progress to the next step. An Access to Higher Education qualification is funded through a student loan, but if you complete a three-year degree course, the fees are covered by the Government.

Life-changing qualifications… For adults looking to make the most of their free time or enhance their skills and knowledge from home, Sunderland

“Our adult course offer has been developed to work flexibly with our learners, so they can be studied alongside work or other responsibilities. “This year has been challenging, however our small class sizes mean we are in an excellent position to deliver our higher education and adult courses with minimal disruption. “Our expert teaching staff ensure our learners progress during their time with us, and our supportive and inspiring environment will help learners achieve their full potential.”






Wearside Museums Reopening

Our friends over at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and Arts Centre Washington are reopening their venues – and they’re packed full of good stuff for families to enjoy throughout the back end of summer, autumn and beyond! Yep, you heard right, wandering through stunning galleries and exploring Sunderland’s many museums is in sight again, and we can’t wait to get inside, safely sauntering through our favourite venues!

All eyes on STACK Seaburn

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside - especially now STACK Seaburn is open for business! Sunderland's very own social hub is now welcoming in people from all over the region for delicious foodie treats and good vibes. We already know that Wearside is brimming with thousands of delicious restaurants, but the foodie line-up at STACK has certainly whet our appetite. Joining the brand-new container village is: family-run Mexican street food vendor, Chapos Tacos with their authentic street-food tacos, our chums over at Healthy Thiam, premium coffee traders Café Yolo. Acropolis are firing up the grills, ready to serve gorgeous Greek goodies to the people of Sunderland. All your #MackemMutts are taken care of at Woofs n Scruffs, and Downey’s Fish and Chips are also surfing into STACK. Oh, and Boojie Burger are bringing a burger bonanza to the cool new hub, too! STACKSEABURN.COM


Snow White

12 December 2020 January 3 2021 Christmas isn’t complete without a feel-good family panto in the diary! It may be a few month away, but we’re already counting down the days until panto season twinkles again at the Sunderland Empire. This year, we’re welcoming the North East’s Queen of comedy, Miss Rory, back to the stage in a whirlwind production of Snow White! With a beautiful princess, a jealous Wicked Queen, a poisoned apple and a magic mirror, this is a sparkling show you won’t want to miss in the cooler months! ATGTICKETS.COM

Lamplight Festival 2021 7 - 8 August 2021

The streets are alive with the sound of music! Sunderland will be welcoming its first ever Lamplight Festival to Mowbray Park next summer. This music extravaganza, which was pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, will come back bigger and better - welcoming a range of world-class artists to the city centre. Organised by Sunderland City Council, Lamplight Festival will play host to UK indie-rock giants, Kaiser Chiefs on Saturday 7 August, with Sunderland’s very own Frankie & The Heartstrings confirmed as special guests. Glasgow rock icons, Deacon Blue will round off the festival with an unmissable headline set on Sunday 8 August. The fun doesn’t stop there… music-lovers can expect stunning sets from the likes of chief Idlewild songsmith, Roddy Womble! With more venues, artists and activities set to be announced in the coming months, we’re keeping our eyes firmly fixed on this major 2021 music date! LAMPLIGHTFESTIVAL.CO.UK


Play your part to hel Covid-19 hasn’t gone away but if we all work together, we can help stop the spread of the virus in Sunderland. Make sure you know what to do and play your part to protect yourself, protect others and protect your community.

Stay home as much as possible and limit contact with other people 2m

Keep your distance from people not in your household – try to stay 2 metres apart, where possible, and make sure you stay at least 1 metre away

Wash your hands regularly

Wear a face covering – on public transport, in shops and in enclosed public spaces – make sure it covers both your nose and your mouth

If asked share your details with venues you visit in case you need to be traced

Do not leave home, except to get tested, if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

For latest advice and information see

lp stop the spread Got symptoms, get tested If you have any symptoms of Covid-19, no matter how mild, isolate immediately and book a free test at: or call 119.

Remember, the main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

a high temperature OR

a new continuous cough OR

a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell

Make sure you know when to self-isolate and what it means • You should self-isolate if you or another member of your household gets symptoms • You should self-isolate if you’re asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace because you have tested positive or you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive • Self-isolation means you shouldn’t leave home for any reason. If you are self-isolating and need support or help with shopping, medication or other essential supplies please call Sunderland City Council on freephone number: 0800 234 6084, seven days a week, 8.30am to 5pm

Share your contacts • If you test positive for Covid-19 it’s important that those you have been in close contact with can be traced and asked to isolate to stop the virus spreading further. It’s important to share your contacts with NHS Test and Trace if you’re asked to.


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