Discover the stories of our city

Together We Are Stronger is a partnership between Safe Newcastle and Building a Stronger Britain Together, to celebrate Newcastle; its people, strength and pride.

From Elizabeth Wilson-Halliday, who set up a community cafe in Shieldfield, to Ally Ali, who moved here in 2012 and is now a flag-bearer at St James’ Park and a coach at the Newcastle United Foundation Kicks programme, each story brings to life the warm and welcoming spirit of our city and its strong sense of community.

Across the UK, there are groups who seek to divide us. But Newcastle stands together: and this celebration of all the things that make our city great is part of that message.

At the launch of the campaign, Councillor Nick Kemp, the Chair of Safe Newcastle, spoke about why this work is so important: “Newcastle is a great place – but we must never be complacent. We still face the same challenges as the rest of the country:  groups who don’t believe in our values, who seek to divide Geordies from one another, who demean the contributions of our different people and groups. Our message to them is simple: you are wasting your time. Together, Newcastle is stronger.”

You can watch the nine videos below. We know there are thousands more stories out there like these: so, if you love the Toon, share these videos and tell us what it is that makes Newcastle special.

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Ally Ali: Ally explains how moving to Newcastle and joining in a football game in his neighbourhood changed his life. He is now at the Newcastle Football Foundation where he is a coach and flag-bearer at St James’ Park.

Johurun Nessa: an integral member of the West End Women and Girls Centre, Johurun tells the story of the positive impact the centre has had on the community and how it has been embraced by local people.

Tommy Lowther: Tommy explains how sport helped him recover after he left the military with PTSD and inspired him to set up Sporting Force and help other veterans in the area.

Mandy Coppin: Mandy, CEO of Streetwise, tells her story: how her upbringing shaped her and how Streetwise is helping young people to overcome difficulties and achieve their goals.

Stuart Hatton: Stuart won Mr Gay World in 2014 and started an inspiring social campaign called ‘So What?’ that encourages people to stand up against bullying.

Dr Hari Shukla: Dr Hari tells the story of his arrival in Newcastle and how much he has seen the city grow and change in that time.

Elizabeth Halliday: Elizabeth helped to set up a community-run café in Shieldfield for locals to come and relax and spend time with others over a cup of tea. She is currently fundraising for a new kitchen and hopes more people will pop in.

Rahul Kohli: Rahul tells the story of growing up in Newcastle and how the Geordie sense of humour helps him on the UK comedy scene.

Gill Minto: Gill started a charity organisation that helps homeless women and has grown across the north east.

Page last updated: 
19 March 2018
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