From the beginning
Washington Millennium Centre is a long standing community centre based in the heart of Concord, Washington, situated very close to the bus station. The centre is a charitable trust managed by a group of trustees, all of whom are local to Washington who have the best interests of local people at the heart of everything on offer at the centre.
In 1996 The old “Oval CA” was partially destroyed by fire leaving only one small building. In 1998, the National Playing Fields Association (NPFA) with support from Sunderland City Council, the Football Association and the Millennium Commission combined to build one of 12 Millennium Centre’s nationwide. On July 19th 1999 the centre was officially re-opened by HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh and guests.
Washington Millennium Centre acts as a community hub facilitating a range of activities for local people and has 29 other voluntary sector groups using the site catering for all ages. Users range from babies in the new play provision, Millie’s Magical Garden, to pensioners who attend both the fitness suite and other pensioners groups based at the centre. See ‘downloads’ for the centre’s timetable leaflet and children’s party leaflet. In partnership with Sunderland College we offer training courses to young people aged 16 to 19 at entry level, level 1 and level 2.
The centre now has IT facilities providing free internet access and printing during opening hours to the local community when the library facilities are closed.
We also offer copying and fax facilities and now have a colour photocopier for those who need this facility. We can copy up to A3 in full colour or mono.
Millie’s Magical Garden is a new play facility that opened to users on the 8th February 2016, its the latest venture to provide much needed facilities for local people at affordable prices. The is a baby area, toddler area and the main area for children up to 10 years old. See the Millie’s page for for information about this new facility, including opening times and cost.
The centre’s fitness suite was refurbished and extended in 2007 as a result of Barclays Spaces for Sport funding. The funding enabled us to fully equip the fitness suite with state of the art Fitness-Suite Technogym equipment. The fitness suite is open 7 days a week. See gym leaflet detailing prices and opening times and check the gym page for special offers.
Washington Millennium Centre fitness suite has the latest Technogym equipment including:
- 19 cardio machines
- 11 resistance machines
- Free weights
- Easyline circuit
As well as brand new fiction and non-fiction books, the library offers everything a person would expect from a modern library including free internet access, CD’s, DVD’s, study support groups children’s story time sessions and more. Pop in to see whats on offer.
The Spaces for Sport Funding also allowed us to refurbish the old outdoor MUGA, replacing the floodlights, fencing and installing the new 3rd generation surface. This was the first 3rd Gen pitch in Washington and is used in partnership with the SAFC Foundation to deliver football coaching to local children. football booking form
We have a small meeting room which seats 20 delegates and a community hall which seats up to 70 delegates and is used by community groups as well as Washington Area Committee and the Labour Party. We also have a newly refurbished Training Room which is well used by our many partners, delivering training to local people at a local venue. The creche can also double up as a meeting room or training room, so if you need to hire a venue in Washington give us a call. centre booking form. New for 2016 are 2 party rooms which are available to hire as part of the birthday party package.
Monday – 8:30 am – 9 pm
Tuesday - 8:30 am – 9 pm
Wednesday - 8:30 am – 9 pm
Thursday - 8:30 am – 9 pm
Friday - 8:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 5.30 pm
Information to download