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Pop Recs


Organisation Type:

Provision Areas:

Arts and Music, BAME, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Children and Young People, Education, Employability or Training, Health and Well-being, Heritage and History

Contact Details:

Jo Gordon

Aims and Objectives

Pop Recs charitable aims and objectives are to support the people of Sunderland and the surrounding areas, and in particular those from low socio-economic groups, young people and those with disabilities.

History and Background

Pop Recs Social Enterprise music venue and cafe was established in 2013 by local band, Frankie and the Heartstrings, as a pop-up record shop in the disused travel and tourism office on Fawcett St, Sunderland.

Activities and Projects

In addition to our core business of providing a creative space used by the local community, September 2021 will see the launch of the POP project (Practical Opportunities Programme) in our new premises at 172-175 High Street West, Sunderland. The buildings are of historical significance and are where Binns department store was founded in the mid 19th century. The POP project is a NOCN (National Open College Network) accredited training programme which will be delivered in our Arts Council funded training kitchen, café and music venue by our two qualified trainers, with support from Sunderland College.
We continue to provide a safe place for beneficiaries to be with professionals such as Washington Mind, supporting what is a diverse, understanding and reactive community-led and community-based project.

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