A brief history

In 1978 the Wolfenden Committee published a report on the role and future of voluntary organisations in the last quarter of the 20th century.

The report – which was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Memorial Trust and the Carnegie UK Trust – identified South Shields (amongst other areas) as one of the few ‘metropolitan communities’ not covered by a Council for Voluntary Service (formerly known as Councils for Social Service).

Throughout 1979, Keiran Hosty from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) worked with representatives from the local voluntary sector and the Council to establish an ‘umbrella organisation’ in the Borough.