How we can help

Through our work we enable individuals to gain confidence, increase self-esteem, develop skills to help manage their problems and give people the building blocks to move forward.

Health & Wellbeing Activities

We run a range of programmes aimed at self discovery, learning new practical skills based in our craft rooms and workshops, gaining confidence and meeting people. Discover your potential!

Self Management Courses

We deliver courses focused around learning practical ways to help overcome a variety of issues and to improve mental health. Courses include Overcoming anxiety, overcoming low mood, relapse prevention, exam stress management and eating well.

Community Mental Health Café

Our café is a safe and welcoming place for people to mix with a wider social circle, access volunteering opportunities, and talk openly about their feelings. Find out more here 

Volunteering Opportunities

There are many opportunities to help us in all aspects of the charity, from one hour per week to several days a month. There is something for everybody.

Professional Training

We offer a range of professional training courses, including:

We have lots of information about the various services we offer on our website. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, simply get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

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A little

about the Centre.

St. Margaret’s Centre is set in a beautiful old building with lots of artwork and colour everywhere you look. We want visitors and attendees of the Centre to feel welcome, relaxed and able to express themselves in a safe, comfortable, inspiring environment.

At the heart of the Centre are a small team of experienced professionals from different walks of life.

Rob Chatwin
Rob ChatwinCentre Manager
Rob Chatwin left school in 1976 and began an apprenticeship as a carpenter/joiner, after many years working around the UK on numerous projects.
Rob changed direction and started to work for NACRO services which is a national training provider, working with excluded pupils, unemployed adults and young people

Relocating to the North East in 2000, Rob spent 9 years employed by the NHS supporting people recovering from mental health problems. Since 2009, Rob has been employed as the manager of
St Margaret’s Centre.

Olwyn Reece
Olwyn ReeceSupervisor / Art Instructor
Olwyn Reece studied Graphic Design at Wolverhampton University. She joined St. Margaret’s Centre in 2004, and has been part of the many changes and developments over the years.
She works as Senior Supervisor/Craft Instructor at the centre, and is involved in a wide range of activities, specialising in drawing, painting, graphic design and music tuition.
She is responsible for the centre’s promotional artwork, and also the development and delivery of the craft and self-management courses.
Nicola WebbActivity / Craft Organiser
To be updated soon
Tony Turfrey
Tony TurfreyJoinery Instructor
Anthony Turfrey has lived in the local area all his life, and has had a construction background all his working life. He has a level 5 teachers qualification, a level 4 in quality management systems and a level 3 carpentry and joinery qualification. He has recently completed an assist training course, equality and diversity course and a Health and safety course. From 1995 he has worked with people of all ages in colleges training centres and schools, delivering apprenticeships and all types of training, but mostly delivering NVQ’s and Diplomas in carpentry and joinery at all levels from introduction to level 3s. He is always looking to develop himself further, by doing continual training and development so that he is able to give help and advice to those that need the support.
Carol Atkinson
Carol AtkinsonUpholstery Instructor
Carol Atkinson studied Upholstery and Wood Finishing Techniques at Bedale College and is also a qualified teacher.
She is self employed and is a regular auction, car boot and charity shop enthusiast – always searching to ‘rescue’ the next project. Her enthusiasm and ideas will inspire you to look at your old tired furniture with fresh eyes.
Lisa Harrison
Lisa HarrisonAdministrator/Finance
Lisa joined St Margaret’s Centre in December 2015 and oversees the admin and finance side of the charity. She previously worked in publishing and with a local youth homelessness organisation. Lisa is passionate about improving the lives of people with mental ill health and volunteers as a Listener with the Samaritans.

Jackie Hunter
Jackie Hunter Cook / Supervisor
Jackie has been a cook for over thirty years, having trained at New College Durham for her City and Guilds qualifications. She has lived in the Durham area all her life and has worked in a variety of different kitchens, including a hospital, prison, and a boarding school.
Jackie has been with St Margaret’s Centre since November 2018 and will be responsible for the running of our community mental health café, The Old School Café. This will be a hands-on role and Jackie is up for the challenge, and looking forward to helping train people through their catering qualifications.
Andrea Davison
Andrea DavisonSupport Worker
Andrea joined St Margart’s Centre in summer 2017. Her role here as a support worker involves helping people reach their potenital and manage their goals.
Prior to joinging the team, Andrea volunteered at another mental health centre for 2 years, of whcih she spent 1 year as a trustee on their committee.
She is passionate about supporting those with mental health problems and takes great pride in seeing people on the road to recovery.

Just a few of

our activities.