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Sector Connector Offers of the Month: December 2018

Carney Consulting Ltd is offering a free place for voluntary organisations on their Mental Health First Aid course which runs across the year. At a time when there is a need for voluntary organisations to support people with increasingly complex issues, this two day course will help participants to spot the early signs of a mental health issue to feel confident in offering help and support to people with a range of mental health issues.

There are seven courses planned for 2019 but as the number of free training places are limited, please contact Ian Dodds now if you are interested in this opportunity.


Avant Homes is dedicating an entire day to helping out community projects on 12 June 2019 and will close down its building sites for the day to allow teams of construction workers to use their skills to help voluntary organisations across the North East. If you have a building project that they could help out with and that could be completed in a day (for example, installation of a new kitchen, creation of a disabled toilet, external walls etc.) please provide details to Ian Dodds by the end of January. Avant Homes office staff will also be able to help out with any other community projects on 12 June.

Details of new Sector Connector workshops for 2019 have now been announced – read more and book your place here

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Santander Foundation: Discovery Grants

 

 

 

 

 

Santander Foundation awards Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities and CICs to help disadvantaged people make the most of their future. Grants will support projects that improve people’s knowledge, skills or which provide innovative solutions to overcome social challenges and that fall into one or more of three priorities:

  • Explorer: to improve people’s knowledge, for example, Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget.
  • Transformer: improving skills and experience, for example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills to get back into work or volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges, for example, a new social networking program for visually impaired young people to access the internet.

Examples of project beneficiaries may be people on restricted income or who are rurally isolated or disabled and can include people anywhere in the UK, not just in areas of high deprivation, who are excluded or who face barriers to taking part in day-to-day activities.

Funding is available for small complete local projects lasting up to 12 months and can cover part-time salaries, equipment or materials specific to the project.

There are no deadlines for applications.

Read more and apply here.

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Grow Wild Funding Opportunities

 

 

 

 

Grow Wild, the outreach project of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, currently one grant fund open for application for youth-led projects. They are interested in projects inspired by UK native wildflowers, plants and fungi, that help people connect to each other and nature.

Youth-led Project Fund

Rolling deadlines throughout 2019

Awards £500 to young people aged 14-25 for projects that are creative, actively engage other people in their delivery, and be inspired by UK native wildflowers or fungi. Beyond that, anything is up for grabs!

Read more and apply here

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Aviva Community Fund 2018

 

 

 

 

The Aviva Community Fund is now open for applications, offering community groups and organisations the chance to be awarded funding of between £1,000 and £25,000 for project or equipment costs in one of three categories:

  • environment
  • health and wellbeing
  • skills for life

Please note, shortlisted projects are put to a public vote – there are participating branches in Whitley Bay and North Shields. There are four funding levels:

  • Up to £1,000 (400 awards)
  • Up to £5,000 (78 awards)
  • Up to £10,000 (44 awards)
  • Up to £25,000 (16 awards)

Applicants will need support from their community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. Every finalist in the £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000 funding levels that does not win an award will receive £500. All projects also have the chance to raise more money for their project through a crowdfunding campaign that will run in parallel with their Aviva Community Fund campaign.

Read more and apply here

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Good Neighbours volunteers visit Tynemouth Lifeboat Station

Volunteers from our Good Neighbours project recently enjoyed a visit to Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station, to learn all about the local rescue service and its fascinating history.

The volunteers, who give up their time to support people in the North Tyneside community with small household jobs, basic DIY, shopping and running errands, usually meet monthly at VODA’s offices to discuss their roles, share experiences and receive training and support. But Ian Brigstock, who coordinates the Good Neighbours project, wanted to give something back to the volunteers themselves and get them out and about in the community. “Our volunteers really deserve some recognition and reward for what they do – they support some of the borough’s most vulnerable people with day-to-day tasks and that makes such a difference. Arranging this visit was just our way of saying ‘thank you.’  We’re really grateful to Tynemouth RNLI too for what was a fascinating visit and we’re looking forward to arranging similar visits over the coming months.”

Volunteer Debbie Wood said: “I really enjoyed going down to Tynemouth RNLI with a really nice group of people. We had a talk from one of the lifeboat volunteers about the work they do and the lives they safe. We also got to see the inshore and all-weather boat and try on the life jackets – there’s a picture of me wearing one!”

The Good Neighbours project is looking for more volunteers – this is a great, flexible volunteering opportunity to help people in your local community. Training and support are provided. Read more about the project here.

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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation: Village Hall

 

 

 

 

 

The Foundation is offering community centres in deprived urban communities and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.

Grants can be used to fund new buildings (upgrading, renovating) or extending buildings (improving or creating outside space – but not car parks). All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway.

Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional village halls are also supported. There are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: £10,000 to £45,000

Application process: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

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Get clued up on cancer

North Tyneside Council’s public health team is working with the voluntary and community sector to help spread the word about cancer. 

A brand new service, focused on the North Shields and Wallsend areas, will see the team reaching the community via local groups and organisations.

The team want to support people in those areas to reduce their risk of getting cancer, recognise the symptoms early and know when to see a doctor.

It is aiming to raise awareness of cancer screening programmes and provide information and support to those looking to improve their health – including by stopping smoking, reducing their alcohol intake or reducing their weight.  The service is free and can provide:

 

  • Workshops to train your staff and volunteers
  • One-to-one advice on healthier lifestyles
  • A Stop Smoking Service
  • Leaflets and display materials for venues
  • Staffed information stalls at events

See the leaflet above or contact the public health team to find out more on:

Telephone: 07792 255029 or 07813 811490

Email: clueduponcancer@northtyneside.gov.uk

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Tudor Trust

 

 

 

Makes grants, and provides other types of support, to voluntary and community groups working in any part of the UK. They are particularly looking to fund organisations that:

  • display positive organisational characteristics
  • address marginalisation
  • make a difference

Priority is given to helping smaller, community-led organisations that work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations that support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. The Trust will consider applications for core funding for running costs, as well as project grants, capital grants for buildings or equipment and grants to help strengthen organisations. Please see funding guidelines for 2018/2019 before applying.

There is no maximum or minimum grant, though it is unusual for grants to be less than £10,000.

There is a two-stage application process – successful first stage proposals will then be invited to submit a full application.

Read more and apply here

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