St Anthony of Padua Community Association was founded in 1979 by the late Father Michael Conaty MBE.


Father Michael was the Parish Priest in Walker based at St Anthony of Padua RC Church.  In setting up the Association Father Michael was responding to the impact the closure of the shipyards was having on the local community and the rising levels of unemployment. Father Michael saw a need to offer alternative training to support people into employment and to challenge growing levels of poverty. He began by converting what was the old Walker RC school building, adjacent to the church on Welbeck Road into a Community Centre which continues to be at the heart of our organisation today.

The converted “Community Centre”, which formally opened in 1981, provided a base from which much needed support was provided. The Association secured funding for various projects and in doing so created the desperately needed employment for both skilled and unskilled people. These projects were an enormous success and the Association went on to successfully set up, in conjunction with the Employment Services, its own employment agency.

The Community Centre became a prominent and popular landmark for Walker and the people of the East End of Newcastle. It captured their imagination and provided opportunities for them to develop their confidence and skills. The efforts of the Association and the local people were recognised in 1982, when an exhilarated community welcomed both the Prince and late Princess of Wales to the centre. The Royal couple were impressed by the work of the Association and the community’s achievements enjoying a full tour of the centre and its workshops.

Over the years the local community and parishioners have given considerable help in fundraising for various causes and we continue to be well supported locally. Without the support of the local community and parishioners many of our successes would quite simply not have been possible.

In developing further the Association became a registered Charity and limited Company in 1986.

During the mid-80’s, St Anthony’s made their first steps into providing care through a “luncheon club” at the community centre, specifically for older people. This allowed the most isolated and vulnerable of the community to spend time socialising with others and to benefit from a good home cooked meal. Over time this service grew developing into the Day Care Service we provide today. By the early 90’s the Day Care Service was successfully awarded the Day Care contract with Newcastle City Council which we have continued to secure in subsequent tendering rounds.

Today our day care service continues to thrive and expand providing much needed social interaction for people who are isolated and for the more dependants we provide a full range of care through our trained staff and volunteers. Over the years we have built on our reputation for providing a caring, compassionate and person centred service supporting adults with a range of needs. We are also commissioned by North Tyneside Council and have a growing number of private clients.

In 1995 we further developed our service to extend out from the centre and into the community itself. We believe that everyone deserves the right to live in their own home independently with dignity and safety. Our Home Care service was developed to provide people with the means by which they could do this using the help of our committed and skilled care staff. We were first commissioned by Newcastle City Council in the late 90s to provide home care and we continue to be successful in securing the home care contract for the East End of the city. We also provide home care to some residents in North Tyneside.

Assisi House opened in 2014 and was an innovative and sympathetic conversion of the former St Francis of Assisi Church located in Walkergate. Assisi House provides 16 spacious apartments specifically developed for couples or single persons over 55 years of age requiring care and support enabling continued independent living and which is staffed 24 hours a day. Each self-contained apartment, comprises, entrance hall, lounge/dining room, double bedroom, fitted kitchen, and wet room. There is a communal lounge, with fully equipped kitchen, hairdressers, laundry room, sitting room and performance and activity space. Externally, to the rear of the building there is large private patio area with communal greenhouse and sensory garden and to the front a spacious garden with lawn, border and trees. Assisi House is conveniently located for Wallsend shopping centre with excellent bus and metro services.

What we offer

Care and support plans are tailored to your individual needs and can include;

  • Support with personal care,
  • Assistance with medication,
  • Support with food preparation/shopping ,
  • Help with domestic tasks Benefit advice,
  • Helping you to arrange and keep appointments
  • Support to maintain your social contacts and pursue your hobbies and interests.

We have a dedicated team of qualified and experienced Care staff based at Assisi House ensuring continuity of care 24 hours a day. We also have a dedicated Housing Scheme Manager based on our site. Whilst our Registered Manager oversees the quality of our care provision which is regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission.

At our last Inspection we were rated Outstanding. Please read our CQC Inspection Report

Want to Know more

Further information is available from our Housing Scheme Manager on 0191 262 3669