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Mind: Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme






Mental health charity Mind and the alliance for women and girls at risk, Agenda, have launched a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme. The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Work will be funded for a maximum of one year, and they expect to make between 80 and 90 awards through the following two strands of funding. The programme aims to fund:

  • Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives delivered for and by women experiencing multiple disadvantage. Multiple disadvantage is defined as women who experience several issues such as mental health problems, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, abuse and violence, offending, and family breakdown. They may have one main need complicated by other factors (eg race, sexuality, age or disability) or lower level issues which together combine to constitute multiple disadvantage.
  • ‘Women’s Peer Support Hubs’ – women’s organisations working to improve the capacity of individuals and community based organisations to lead effective peer support activity delivered for and by women.

Through the programme, Mind intends to fund a broad range of voluntary, predominantly women’s sector, organisations that are able to reach the women they want this work to support. All applicants will therefore need to demonstrate a track record of delivering services and programmes developed specifically for women facing complex social issues.

Deadline: 15 October 2018

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Funding for Meadow Well Connected to provide digital and employability skills







People from the Riverside and Chirton wards of North Tyneside will receive support to gain vital digital and employability skills to help them back into work, thanks to a grant from Northumberland Freemasons.

The generous grant of £5,000 to Meadow Well Connected will help to fund the centre’s Digitally Connected project, which provides free access to their IT Suite and support from staff and residents to improve digital confidence.

Last year, Meadow Well Connected support 260 people to gain digital skills and provided over 3,500 hours of support through a range of activities and workshops to help people manage their online lives.

The grant from Northumberland Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.

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Free course for women effected by domestic abuse

Staying Afloat Together is a programme delivered by Barnardo’s which aims to help women find a way back from domestic abuse, feel better about themselves and get more out of life.

Taking place at the Linskill Centre, the programme consists of seven group sessions for women exploring themes such as resilience, inner strength, self-belief, self-care and managing feelings. There are also three one-to-one coaching sessions and an away day at the end of the course for women and their children. The sessions run on consecutive Friday mornings from 21 September – see the poster for dates and full details.

Booking is essential and a free creche is available.

For more information or to book your place contact Jill Marriott at Barnardo’s on 0191 212 0237.

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The Fore: Next deadline 3 September

The Fore is an open-access funder which offers development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises.

The Fore makes grants of up to £30,000 over one to three years and provides business expertise to UK-registered charities, community interest companies, charitable incorporated organisations and community benefit societies with annual income of less than £500,000.

They make unrestricted grants which aim to have a transformational impact on an organisation, whether by unlocking exponential growth, sustainability, efficiency or some other major step forward.

Next deadline: The Fore runs three twelve-week funding rounds to coincide with the academic calendar each year – registration for the current round is currently open with a deadline of 3 September.

Application process: The Fore website

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Fundraising Regulator – new website launched




The Fundraising Regulator has launched a new website as it publishes its second annual review.

The website’s new strapline is: “Ethical fundraising, sustainable giving” and the site has been restructured with small charities and the public in mind to make navigating a large amount of information much easier. Fifteen new fundraising topics have been created to provide bite-sized information on specific areas of interest with links to relevant sections of the Fundraising Code.

The Fundraising Regulator is an independent, non-statutory body that regulates fundraising across the charitable sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They stand up for best practice in fundraising, in order to protect donors and support the vital work of fundraisers.

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GSK IMPACT Awards 2019 – Core funding and free training for health charities





GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

Application process: To apply or to view winners’ films visit www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards

Closing date: 20 September

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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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