Our Impact

Here at the Assembly, everything we do is designed to help all Gateshead residents aged 50+ to live healthy, active, and fulfilling lives. We know, based on informal feedback from our beneficiaries (as well as the smiles on their faces!) that what we do works, and works well. It is important, however, to formally evaluate our work to ensure that we are making a measurable difference to our beneficiaries' quality of life and are working in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

We were delighted to be one of only ten charities nationally to be awarded a 2017 Small Charity, Big Impact Award by the Foundation for Social Improvement. The award was given in recognition of the work we do to evaluate the activities and classes we offer, including our internal quality-assurance processes and data management practices.

In 2017, the Assembly commissioned an external consultancy firm to undertake an independent and objective report of the social and financial benefit of our activities. The consultants worked with stakeholders of the Assembly and accessed national statistics and costs to work out how much people’s lives are improved and how much money is saved from the public purse. Here are some of the headline figures:

  • For every £1 of public funds invested in the Assembly, it generates £2.96 of additional income
  • Volunteer labour generated by the Assembly is worth £65,453 per year
  • The social return on public money invested in the Assembly's 59 volunteers is between £129,800 and £236,000
  • The Staying Steady classes are supported by public health funds of £19,146. This provides estimated savings of at least £968,736 compared to the spend on public health without this investment
  • For every £1 of public health money invested in Staying Steady classes, the return to the public purse is £50.59
  • Between £55,020 and £100,000 in costs are being avoided as a result of volunteers leading social groups across the borough, in terms of injuries and illness to vulnerable older people being prevented

Please read our Social Return on Investment report to learn more about the difference our work makes.

We are proud to share our impact and evaluation reports with you. Please click on the buttons below to access our most recent reports.


Staying Steady (March 2019)

Assembly Ambassadors (July to December 2018)

Staying Steady (September 2018)

Staying Steady (March 2018)

Get Connected (November 2017)

Staying Steady (September 2017)

Discover Health 50+ (September 2017)

Ambition Kitchen (August 2017)

Staying Steady (March 2017)

Cosy Crow Cafe (October 2016)

Staying Steady (September 2016)

Tai Chi (June 2016)

Eating Well (June 2016)