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employment support

Community Foundation: REEDS Grassroots Fund

The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities. Grants of up to £3,000 will be made to support the delivery of welfare benefits and employment-related advice and support activities to disadvantaged individuals and families in poverty and in order to achieve one or more of the following:

  • Preventing or alleviating poverty through increased income
  • Improved living standards of the most disadvantaged through increased household income
  • Increasing individuals’ ability to manage their benefits claims to reduce the likelihood of future sanctions/problems

SMART objectives could include:

  • Increased take up of benefits entitlement
  • Number of successful appeals against sanctions
  • Referrals to other support services as relevant/required such as food banks
  • Numbers of service users successfully making new online claims
  • Number of service users supported to manage debt

Applicants will need to be located in areas of high deprivation, and to demonstrate that they have experience in delivering this support, and to provide examples of successful outcomes already achieved. Please also indicate if support is required to maintain existing services or for additional resources to meet increased demand.

Applications are invited from mainly smaller (income of no more than £70,000 per annum) organisations but those with a larger income will be considered.

Examples of disadvantaged communities include those affected by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, asylum seeker/refugee status, disability and people with learning disabilities. Activities which are not a priority for the REEDS Grassroots Fund:

  • Sports groups/sporting activities for the general public
  • Uniformed groups
  • Environmental projects
  • General Arts projects
  • General community activities

Deadline: None – rolling grant programme

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Building Steps to a Brighter Future Programme

Building Steps to a Brighter Future is a community intervention project for North Tyneside in partnership with Tyne Metropolitan College, Engaging Pathways CIC, FIRST, YMCA North Tyneside, NE Youth, Meadow Well Connected, Northumbria Youth Action, Excel North East, Family Gateway and North Tyneside Council.

This project is for young people 18 to 29 who are not in work or inactive due to multiple barriers and need a range of support and interventions to get them job ready and into sustainable employment or self-employment using a one person, one plan approach. This is done through a variety of methods such as one to one support, small group work, offering training and development opportunities or online support. Young adults referred into the project will be supported to help them move towards employment by identifying the individuals barriers, and seeking ways to overcome them through a range of needs led interventions. 

NE Youth would like North Tyneside organisations to refer young adults suitable for the programme. This programme is very flexible and can be used alongside your already existing delivery and can add capacity and value to complement your services. Alternatively, you may have wanted to offer an employability programme but didn’t have the funds or the capacity, then they could support with this through partnership opportunities.

 If you’d like more information contact louise@neyouth.org.uk or erin@neyouth.org.uk) or give us a call 0191 272 7494.

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