PS213,000 to help unite a community.
IN the past 15 years, Gresham has changed massively.
A huge Middlesbrough Council regeneration plan faltered, and ended up seeing whole streets bulldozed.
The make-up of the local population has changed massively, too.
It's home to dozens of nationalities, and standing on its main shopping street - Parliament Road - "you could be anywhere in the world".
Throughout that time, the Streets Ahead For Information charity, or the "Blue Shop" as it's affectionately known, has been a vital presence.
Opened in 2003 and recently gaining registered charity status, Streets Ahead is described as "a one-stop shop basically, for the community".
Gresham has its problems with drugs, alcohol and bad landlords and tenants.
The pages of The Gazette often tell those stories.
But "there's so much good going on that people just don't know about," says operations manager Kim May, who has been at the charity since 2006.
She deals with queries from those who have lived in Gresham for years as well as the influx of asylum seekers and refugees who have been housed in the area.
To build on that work, the charity has received PS213,007 in funding from the National Lottery to help it deliver a brand new project to try to bring Gresham's diverse communities together.
What is Streets Ahead hoping to do? Speaking to The Gazette, Kim lists a host of things that Gresham already does well - local involvement on its community council, Gresham in Bloom, community gardens and even plans for a community allotment on land where the council has knocked down houses are just a few. The new project will offer support, activities and volunteering opportunities for people in Gresham to reduce isolation and improve the local environment.
"We sell things that have been donated. If people need help with events, they come in here," said Kim.
"If people are fed up of anti-social behaviour, if they need help about when to put their bins out, anything really."
The one-stop shop's new project will continue to provide help with education, employment, crime prevention and environmental protection, offer a job and computer club, and access to local service providers.
"It is a god-send to get the money," said Kim. "The real success that we could achieve would be to get everyone working together. We're getting extra staff with the Lottery funding, which will mean I can try and get out and about and start that.
"We're also looking for an ESOL (English as a Second Language) tutor. Allowing people to be able to communicate, with each other, with local services, in a common language is so important.
"The issue we have is that there are a lot of microcommunities. People from all over Europe, Somalia, Uganda, all over Africa, from Asia, from everywhere.
"And the big problem is that they don't interact.
"This project is about bringing people together, getting people clued into it. If people work with us and take some responsibility for their area - then hopefully we can get some uplift."
What's been the biggest change in the past 10 years? "The biggest change is in the make-up of the community," continued Kim.
"It was very much an older, settled community before but it's very different now. Obviously a lot of the houses have been knocked down.
"People don't really have mortgages now, it's mainly rented accommodation and we have suffered with irresponsible landlords. Bad living conditions affect those who live in the area. Then bad tenants bring the problems with anti-social behaviour."
Outside publicity about the area has not always been positive - with a controversy erupting in 2016 after a national newspaper wrote about how the doors of properties homing asylum seekers were painted red.
Jomast, the sub-contractor for G4S, which was responsible for homing asylum seekers in the Northeast, said that it was not a deliberate act to single out the refugee population. The doors were later repainted. While the issue was debated in Parliament, it did not rank as highly on the list of issues for local people.
And the fact that there are so many different cultures, viewpoints and experiences living together in Gresham is only a good thing, according to Kim.
"There has been a positive change as well," she continued. "Although it's different now, standing in Gresham you could be anywhere in the world, and I do think that is a positive.
"You can buy anything you need or want, from every corner of the planet. There are so many barber shops!
"Different types of food, different clothes, so many things. Businesses do thrive and have a lot of custom, especially down here on Parliament Road."
What do people think of Streets Ahead? "We get a brilliant response from the community," said Kim, telling us how her car - "nice cars are one of Linda Mole, Rennie and Kim May, and Vicky Gilpin Streets Ahead For Information, affectionately known as the 'Blue Shop' Inside Streets Ahead For Information on Parliament Road in Gresham Kim May
my weaknesses" - is parked outside the shop every day, but has never been touched. "People know us, and I think they know who we are and what we do for the area," said Kim. As we speak, Kim explains how someone worriedly brought in a bag of heroin found on the street. Obviously, the area has issues with drugs like heroin and alcohol, but the fact that someone thought to pick it up and get it away from children shows the community spirit - which many may assume is lacking - is still abundant. "The drugs, the drinking. It goes on. But it's a handful of people in the scheme of things. The majority of people in Gresham are absolutely fantastic. There are some really, really good people round here. "Now we need to unite them."