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Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant

Leeds Building Society Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Only those areas served by its branches are eligible which, in the North East, include Blyth, Chester-le-Street, Durham, Morpeth, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields, South Shields, Tynemouth, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.

Donations usually fund items of “capital expenditure” i.e. items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity’s running costs. In 2017 136 grants were awarded, totalling £133,277 were made.

Deadline: 12 June

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Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grant

In partnership with Subway®, Heart Research UK offers Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 to community projects that focus on heart health and promote healthier, happier longer lives for everyone. These Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grants are available thanks to the fundraising done in Subway® stores and through the Subway Helping Hearts™ Family 5Ks.

Funding is awarded for new and innovative projects that reduce the risk of heart disease in your community. Projects should demonstrate health initiatives such as cooking skills, healthy eating, positive wellbeing and a more active lifestyle, all with a focus on a healthy heart.

Grants are only available to not-for-profit organisations, including:

  • Charities
  • Community groups
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Sports groups

Deadline: 8 April

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation – UK Poverty 2018 & Minimum Income Standards

Two recent reports from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), UK Poverty 2018 and Households below a Minimum Income Standard: 2008/09 to 2016/17, highlight the increasing number of children living in poverty and households living below the Minimum Income Standard.

UK Poverty 2018

The JRF annual report which examines the nature and scale of UK poverty and the effect of the UK poverty rate on the people gripped by it.

The report examines how UK poverty rates have changed in our society over the last few years, as well as over the longer term. The research focuses particularly on changes to poverty among children and workers, as well as giving an overview of trends among pensioners and other groups.

This research reveals that, in our society:

  • Child poverty has been rising since 2011/12;
  • 4.1 million children are living in poverty, a rise of 500,000 in the last five years;
  • Four million workers are living in poverty –a rise of more than half a million over five years; and
  • In-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment, driven almost entirely by increasing poverty among working parents.

Read more and download the report here.

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Current Trustee Vacancies in and around North Tyneside

The North Shields Heritology Project – The North Shields Heritology Project is a newly Registered Charity dedicated to bringing the rich heritage of North Shields and its Fish Quay to life through new and emerging technologies, for both local people and visitors to the area. In particular the Project is looking to Immersive Sound Experiences, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to tell stories in a unique and cutting edge way. The Charity is looking for a young person (18 to 24 years of age) to join its Volunteer Trustee Team and help bring these ideas to reality. The person they are looking for will be involved in all aspects of the project, but most importantly will advise and help steer the content of the project to ensure it is engaging with young people in an inspiring way through technology. No technical knowledge is required.


Walking With North Tynesidebased in Wallsend, supports over 100 refugees and asylum seekers across North Tyneside each week. The charity is looking for trustees who are interested in helping refugees and asylum seekers to make a new life in the North East. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference for the beneficiaries and for a developing voluntary organisation, especially if you are able to contribute a range of business skills, including HR and organisational skills.


Dyslexia North East – a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee which aims to support families with dyslexia, including adults and children, to enable them to achieve their full potential. Dyslexia North East seeks to promote knowledge, skills and understanding of dyslexia across the Community in Schools, Colleges and Businesses. Dyslexia North East is looking for trustees that can help to write funding bids and seek new donors; and who can help support parents and teachers with knowledge and resources about dyslexia, and train volunteers. Trustee meetings are held once a month at Royal Grammar Junior School, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RX.


Healthwatch North Tyneside is the independent voice for users of health and social care services in North Tyneside. Healthwatch listens to people’s views and experiences, receives feedback about services and works with service providers and commissioners to better respond to people’s needs. Healthwatch is looking for new volunteers to join its board of trustees. As a trustee you will play a vital role in setting the direction of the organisation, overseeing its work and working with health and social care providers to improve services. Potential trustees should be able to offer at least 3 hours a month.


Meadow Well Connected, a community centre in North Tyneside, is looking for volunteers to join its board of trustees. Volunteers should have a range of business skills that can help the organisation progress its aims to deliver services to one of the most deprived communities of North Tyneside


Pathways 4 All is a registered charity which provides social and recreational activities for children with disabilities and additional needs within North Tyneside and the surrounding areas. It also offers a range of support services and social networks for children with disabilities or additional needs, and their families. The charity is looking for volunteers, preferably with financial and business skills and insight, to help the charity to deliver and increase its services.


Key Enterprises provides supported activities to adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or acquired brain injuries. Individuals are able to develop practical skills within Key Enterprises’ working departments (Woodwork, Metalwork, Furniture Renovation, Bicycle Maintenance, Catering, Horticutlture) whilst building confidence and a sense of community. Service users can also take part in a rage of community based activities. Key Enterprises is looking for trustees who have an interest in this area of delivery and who can contribute business skills. Cedarwood Trust, another community hub on Meadow Well, which focuses on supporting pre-school children and their families, and on older socially isolated residents, is looking for trustees interested in Early Years work, as well as people with finance and HR skills. In addition to trustees, they are also looking for people with business skills that can contribute to their Finance, HR and Buildings working groups (daytime meetings).


North Tyneside Learning Trust appoints governors to schools in North Tyneside and is currently looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to appoint to the governing bodies of primary, secondary and special schools across the borough.


Rising Sun Farm Trust is currently appointing new trustees and directors to help shape the future of the urban-fringe farm and its commercial trading company.

If you are interested in these, or any other trustee roles, please contact Ian Dodds at Sector Connector.

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Community Business Weekend 16-19 May

The Community Business Weekend, delivered by Power to Change, celebrates the 7000 community businesses in local hands across England. 225 community businesses opened their doors in 2018 and used Community Business Weekend to demonstrate the positive impact they have on society and tell their stories of success. Over 17,000 people visited them and found out how community business can make change happen at a local level. Some of them are now new volunteers, shareholders and customers. 97% of community businesses who took part recommended others should too!

Locally, Meadow Well Connected showcased all the great services and activities which happen in the centre. Cafe 32 at the Linskill Centre used the opportunity to celebrate ten years of providing a community cafe at Linskill and launch its new summer menu, whilst celebrating with staff, suppliers and the local community.

Hosting an open doors event is a great way for you to build your local connections and inspire people to get involved in your community business. Read here to find out more about the 2019 Community Business Weekend and to sign up to take part.

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Video – North Tyneside VCS: 2018 successes & 2019 ambitions

At a recent event we asked local voluntary and community organisations to share their successes from 2018 and ambitions for 2019. This is what they told us…

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Bill Brown 1989 Charitable Trust

The trust is particularly interested in supporting the following areas:-

  • Research into blindness
  • Other medical research
  • The deaf and blind
  • Care of the elderly
  • Care of the disabled
  • General welfare
  • Hospices

Read more and apply here.

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ACT Foundation

Grants are available for work that enhances the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled. Priority is given to small and medium size charities making a significant impact in their community and who may lack the time and resources to be able to focus on their fundraising.

The Foundation’s grants are awarded to projects that have a significant impact across one or more of four life themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing – providing access to community facilities offering support services that maintain, improve and advance the health and welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.
  • Independent Living at Home – funding to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible.
  • Respite – providing facilities in the UK where either the person living with a disability and/or long-term illnesses or the individual caring for them can go to access sports and leisure activities or simply the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.
  • Transition – providing the fundamental life skills and infrastructure necessary to allow people to reach their full potential in all areas of life and to become a valued member of their local community.

Grants are awarded to Registered charities through two programmes a fast-track Small Grants Programme for applications under £10,000 and a Large Grants Programme for applications of £10,000 or over.

No deadline (Trustees meet six times a year)

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FREE Digital Skills Masterclass 

On 16 May, join Media Trust with support from Google Digital Garage, along with a host of like-minded charities, community groups and digital experts for a unique, beginners level masterclass. The course will cover new and essential areas of digital communications which will equip you with the tools and techniques to strategically share your organisation’s stories, reach audiences online and measure your success.

The masterclass will cover a range of topics such as Writing for Social Media and Knowing Your Charity with Data delivered by a team of Google mentors. You will also have an opportunity to discuss your specific digital communications challenges with, and receive advice from, media and communications experts.

Learning Outcomes

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Define your social media brand and understand your audiences
  • Develop a content marketing toolkit
  • Understand how to create content your online audiences will want to engage with
  • Learn how to effectively measure digital success
  • Develop your knowledge of Google Analytics
  • Understand the value of data and analytics for your digital communications

Thursday 16 May 2019  9.15am to 2,30pm. International Centre for Life, NE1 4EP.

Book here.

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Youth Music – Small Grants

Youth Music is a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people (aged 0-25) experiencing challenging circumstances. Their vision is that one day, all children and young people can make music. Funding is focused on supporting projects for children and young people who face barriers to music-making as a result of who they are, where they live, or the circumstances they’re facing. They support around 350 projects across England each year, with grants ranging from £2,000 – £30,000.

Projects should be centred on either or both of the following:

Music-making for children and young people in challenging circumstances.
Strategic work supporting the development of the workforce, organisations, and/or the wider sector.

Youth Music takes an outcomes approach. Projects support the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, and also support positive outcomes for organisations and their workforce. Every Youth Music project measures its impact, helping them build a unique national overview.

Deadline: 5pm 5 April 2019

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