The West Harton Churches Action Station project in South Shields has opened in new premises to continue its work helping the local community. Action Station was founded in 1998 by members of the local Anglican, Methodist, and Catholic churches working with the community. At the time, it was recognised that there was a need for a centre where caring agencies run by volunteers and paid workers could work together to improve the quality of life on South Tyneside. Now, it has opened at new premises, still in Boldon Lane, after the old ones became rundown. The new building was officially opened by the Anglican Bishop of Jarrow the Right Revd Mark Bryant. The Bishop said: “The fact that Action Station has been in the community for 14 years shows real commitment and says something about the commitment of the churches that are behind it. For Action Station to have been here for 14 years is extraordinary.” Dave Kippax, centre manager of Action Station, said: “The Bishop has been a close friend and supporter of the project for some time and we value that relationship. Having him unveil the plaque is showing the involvement of all the churches, not just the Church of England. “We are set up to meet the demands of the local community, to be a listening ear for them, and the new building is far more user-friendly for people.” Leo Osborn, chair of the Newcastle upon Tyne District of the Methodist Church, said: ”This is not just talking about God’s love in action but showing it. It is really good for churches to work together with the community.” Mayor of South Tyneside Ernest Gibson said: “It is an absolutely brilliant part of the community, delivering essential services.“ Since opening, Action Station has grown into a renowned community facility and official recognition came through the presentation of the Queen’s Jubilee Award (for providing Advice and Education Facilities to South Tyneside residents), the Silver Award from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (for Best Practice), and the Charities Award (for the promotion of Social Care, Welfare, and Religion). It was re-awarded the Investor in People quality mark in July 2008.