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Community Foundation: Growth and Resilience Fund

 

 

 

 

Provides grants and non-monetary support to organisations with a turnover under £1m who want to change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities. The fund will prioritise organisations working in the areas of poverty, mental health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, and educational disadvantage.

The Fund aims to make grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 and provide access to non-monetary support via existing Community Foundation initiatives (e.g. pro-bono support  and TrusteeMatch) and external schemes.

Applications are sought from charitable organisations and social enterprises:

  • Working in the North East (Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and the Tees Valley area with priority given to those working in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and the Tees Valley).
  • Priority will be given to those organisations with a turnover under £500k, however the Fund is open to organisations with an average annual turnover of between £100k and £1m.

Applicants MUST demonstrate that the application is driven by the lead staff person in the organisation (CEO etc.) See the website for a list of example areas groups could be looking to develop in.

There is a two-stage application process.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 9am on Monday 10 December

Applicants selected following stage 1 will be invited to present to a panel made up of the partners in the week commencing 4 March 2019. Applicants will be asked to talk about their plans for 10-15 minutes which will be followed by up to 15 minutes of questions and discussions with the panel.

Read more and apply here

 

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The Base LGBTQI+ support for 10-13 year olds

 

 

The BASE youth service at Barnardo’s in Whitley Bay is launching a new support group for young people aged 10-13 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

Taking place on Mondays from 4pm to 7pm at The BASE (26 Esplanade, Whitley Bay), the group will offer a safe space to meet other young people who are going through similar experiences. Food and refreshments are provided.

For more information contact Justine Carmichael on 0191 253 2127 or 07810540399.

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Volunteers wanted to help people with their Universal Credit applications

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project are supporting local people with their Universal Credit applications now that the new benefit is being rolled out in North Tyneside.

Universal Credit is a working age benefit. This means it is payable from 18 years up to Pension Credit qualifying age. It can also be paid to 16 and 17-year olds in limited circumstances. To date, Universal Credit has only been available to single claimants but from 2 May 2018 it has become available in North Tyneside to couples and families making a new claim for certain benefits.

Due to this being a new benefit system, and the fact that all applications need to be made online, a number of individuals are facing difficulty completing their applications. SAINT volunteers have been supporting those who access The Citizens Advice Bureau in North Shields for Universal Credit advice to make their online applications.

We are currently looking for more volunteers to get involved and help people overcome the barriers to claiming Universal Credit. The volunteers currently meet on Thursdays between 10am and 1pm – training is provided but please note, a good level of IT skills is essential to this role.

Download the full volunteer role description for more information or contact Josie Robinson at VODA for further details.

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Direct Payments support group for North Tyneside carers and parents

 

 

 

 

Direct Payments are made to people who have been assessed as having social care needs and are eligible for Council-funded support. Instead of the Council arranging services for you, they will pay money into a pre-paid current account for you to buy the support you need in the way that you choose.

Aims of the Support Group

  • To offer peer support and information about the benefits of Direct Payments or the process associated with it
  • To provide a platform for people to share their own experiences or represent the views of the wider community
  • To ensure that the service reflects the needs of the people who use them
  • Enable people to share good practice and raise areas of concern
  • Give ideas and suggestions on how services could be improved

Meetings are held quarterly at the Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields NE30 2AY between 10.30am and 12 noon.

Meeting Dates

  • 13 November 2018
  • 12 February 2019
  • 14 May 2019
  • 13 August 2019
  • 12 November 2019

Please contact for further details or to book your place:
Paula Peart, Community and Health Care Forum, 205 Park Road, Wallsend NE28 7NL
Tel: 0191 2954233
Email: paula.chcf@btinternet.com

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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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