Members of the Buffalo Centre’s Youth group are runners up for their efforts, helping out to improve the cleanliness of the Cowpen Quay area, and especially around the Buffalo Community Centre.
We often do litter picks around our local area and the local park with the police and council. This is to help teach the young people about keeping their environment clean and tidy and in doing so they can then teach others.
The Cowpen Quay is in the top deprived areas in Nothrumberland and the street are always covered in litter. When the group do a litter picks they normally pick between 10 and 20 bin bags full of rubbish in about 90 minute.
The Buffalo Youth Group love doing the litter picks with the police and take pride in where they live and are keen to inform us know when it needs doing again.
Volunteer of the Month Award
This months volunteer of the month award has gone to 12 year old Katie Forth for her involvement with the Buffalo Youth Group.
Katie has been with us now for about 5 years arriving as a shy young girl who found it difficult to make friends and build relationships.
It hasn’t been an easy start in life for Katie who lives in foster care. Since starting at the Buffalo Community Centre her skills in all areas have improved and it’s nice to see Katie becoming a polite and friendly young lady who is willing to help anyone she can.
Katie volunteers here at the centre and is known by all young people who look up to her as role model, she always makes new people who come into the youth sessions welcome and ensures they have someone to talk to. Her caring nature is always shown amongst the youth projects and she is always willing too help and take on any tasks asked of her
In 2018 Katie started doing the children’s university passport for volunteering and has over 260 hours volunteering at the Buffalo Centre and the local carnival.
It’s nice to see Katie reaching her potential and being a polite and friendly young lady loved by all here at the centre. We are very proud of who Katie is becoming and can’t wait to see what a bright future she has ahead of her.
There was high praise for Foster Burt and Margaret ‘Penny’
Bennett at the North East Youth ‘Projects for Pride’ awards in early June after
receiving honours for their voluntary service.
Foster Burt, who has been at the Buffalo Community Centre (aka
Cowpen Quay Community Association) since it opened way back in 1974, received
the ‘Trustee of the Year’ award along with the Platinum Award for 40 years
voluntary service at the community centre.
Foster started at the original Buffalo Community Centre,
which was based in the old St John’s Mission Church (in the Cowpen Quay). St John’s Mission Church was in a really bad
state of repair and in 1976 the centre moved to where it is today, on Regent
Street. Foster was based at the Buffalo Community
Centre with the Probation Service with the lads on community helping out to
ensure the building was kept in good repair, caretaking and cleaning of the
After retiring from the probation service Foster remained devoted
to the charity and became a trustee. To this day Foster remains totally
committed to the Buffalo Community Centre.
Current manager of the centre, Eileen Cartie said “Foster has been a massive part of the centre right from the onset and has a variety of experience working with a wide range of people” and added “during my time at the Buffalo, Foster is the person I totally trust, have learnt a lot from, been a fab boss and a person many people aspire to be like.”
Margaret ‘Peggy’ Bennett, 91 also received the Platinum
Award for 40 years service adding to her Red Cross volunteer award. Peggy used to run a group at the centre but
now takes a back seat from day-to-day activities, instead becoming a valuable
member of the group of trustees.
Eileen said of Peggy “She is a stalwart of the centre, remains a committed manager and continues to work hard for the centre and the local community”.