Our involvement in the community

Houghton-le-Spring is a tight community in Sunderland, near the borders of Durham. As a community-focused business, Acumen Community Buildings actively get involved with the community and the local authorities by regularly hosting community events around the park and creating platforms for the community to get together. This also helps local businesses raise awareness of what they do.




Gardening Activities

Have you ever noticed the old gardens around the Rectory are looking Blooming Marvellous?

In partnership with Sunderland City Council and Friends of Rectory Park, Acumen Community Buildings are working with local residents to maintain and upgrade the local green surrounding the Old Rectory. The weekly gardening workshops help improve resident wellbeing, increase physical exercise and boost pride in the local area! Plus, it makes the place look blooming marvellous with seasonal flowers and plants.

The gardening workshops areĀ freeĀ to attend. For more information, contact Acumen Community Buildings at sue.walton@acumencommunitybuildings.co.uk




Community Festivals

Bringing together the community with local charitable organisations, Acumen Community Buildings regularly collaborate on activities that benefit both residents and the local economy.

On June 1st 2019, Acumen Community Buildings co-organised The Big Lunch: a big community festival which included activities hosted by social enterprises, local tradesmen, a picnic in the park, pony rides, outdoors activities, and more!

The festival supported local traders, social enterprises, and families in the community.

Other notable previous activities included the North East Social Enterprise Festival, which supported the local community in learning more about social enterprises and trying their gear, and support with Houghton Feast.




Community Accelerators

Inspiring the community to address challenges in their own backyard, Acumen Community Buildings partner with Innovation Managers and local businesses to run mini-accelerators that address real social issues within the area.

Accelerators are based on an available grant, helping community members perceive real tangible values to implementing their solutions. Examples include a waste management accelerator focused on addressing littering problems in Sunderland. Participating members included residents, entrepreneurs, and businesses such as Greggs.