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Vision Statement:

Ryhope Community Association aims to work with members of the local community to identify need, and using a community development approach, subsequently plans and delivers a broad range of social, leisure and educational opportunities that address the identified needs and promote community cohesion thereby enhancing the quality of life for local residents.

Welcome to Ryhope Community Association

Ryhope Community Association is a well-established voluntary organisation and a registered charity. It was established in 1975 by a group of local residents and to this day continues to be a locally managed organisation that serves the community of Ryhope.


Black Road




Telephone: 0191 5239371
Email: ryhopeca@aol.com
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Access to the building:

  • Free parking available nearby
  • Close to public transport (approx. 2 minutes)
  • Ramped access to front of the building
  • Chair stair lift to first floor
  • Adequate space for wheelchair movement in corridors and rooms

The main office and building sign-in is in the reception area on the ground floor



The Centre hosts over 40 leisure/activity sessions each week in addition to training/learning and leisure opportunities that take place periodically. To view details/times of our activities click here and our calendar is here

Facilities to hire include:

  • Two large halls with seating capacities of 180 (ground floor) and 200 (upper floor) seating capacities both have their own kitchen and toilet facilities
  • Multi-purpose room (ground floor) meetings, group work activities etc., for up to 30
  • Two small interview/counselling rooms used by agencies
  • Community IT Suite a fully equipped computer/learning suite with 16 workstations, interactive whiteboard and overhead projector


  • Sunderland City Council
  • Community Chest
  • SIB - Strategic Initiative Budget
  • C.I.S.W.O
  • Community Police
  • Community Foundation
  • Durham Heritage Coast Partnership
  • Gentoo
  • Blue Watch
  • To all our partners & funding agencies too many to name
  • Our Management Committee and volunteers for their commitment and support
  • Our members, without whom the project would not be a success

Supported by local councillors and area funding from:



The Community Foundation acts as a hub for individuals, families, businesses, and other charities that want to give to communities, by matching their interests with those seeking funding.

It provides help for children and older people, people affected by disadvantage and ill-health and those seeking education and work, as well as providing grants to support the arts, the environment, community activities and amateur sport.

The Newcastle-based charity, the UK’s biggest Community Foundation, has built an endowment of over £xx million from donations to the various funds it holds.

For further information please call Iain Riddell, Communications and Engagement Officer on 0191 222 0945, or email ir@communityfoundation.org.uk.

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