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The Growth and Resilience Fund

The Growth and Resilience Fund will provide grants of £5,000 to £25,000 and non-monetary support to organisations with a turnover under £750,000 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.

1. About the Growth and Resilience Fund

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland developed the Fund in partnership with NorthStar Foundation, County Durham Community Foundation and The Mercers’ Company to support excellent north east charities and social enterprise organisations which want to change, survive, adapt and grow so they can better address needs in communities.

The Fund aims to make grants of £5,000 – £25,000 and provide access to non-monetary support via existing Community Foundation initiatives such as pro-bono support, Trustee Match and other external schemes.

In addition, the Fund will also support some groups who are unsuccessful in getting a grant but are identified as one that would benefit from some consultancy/development support. These will be identified from the main grants programme. This support cannot be applied for separately.

2. Who is eligible for a grant?

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are sought from charitable organisations and social enterprises in line with standard Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland eligibility and exclusion criteria. Applicants must be:

  • based or working in Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, County Durham and the Tees Valley
  • have an average annual turnover (over the last three years) of between £75,000 and £750,000.

with

  • priority given to those tackling poverty; mental health and wellbeing; diversity and inclusion; and educational disadvantage.

Organisations MUST demonstrate that the EOI is driven by the lead staff person in the organisation and it has the support of the Trustees or management committee.

Deadline: 8 November 2019

Read more and apply here.

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North Tyneside LIFE: New Recovery College is here!

A new volunteer-led service has launched in North Tyneside, offering a programme of free courses and workshops aimed at the self-management of mental health and wellbeing.

Created in consultation with over 80 individuals, mental health professionals, charities and voluntary organisations, NT LIFE is the new Recovery College for North Tyneside and is launching from its new base at The Hub in the Linskill Centre, North Shields this September.

Recovery Colleges offer educational courses about mental health and recovery, which are designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills and to help them feel more confident in the self-management of their own health and wellbeing. Delivered in a safe and friendly community setting, courses and workshops are co-produced and designed by individuals who have lived experience of challenges with their own mental health, and who want to pass on their LIFE learning, skills and knowledge to help others.

Ali Donkin, North Tyneside Recovery College Coordinator said: “We are extremely proud and excited to launch NT LIFE, which stands for Learning Experiences From Everyone. We have been busy since June of this year developing a programme which meets the needs of local residents and supplements existing mental health and wellbeing support available. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our drop-in sessions and who contributed their stories, input, opinions and feedback on how the College should be shaped. Everything from the name to the logo, course content, timings and prospectus have been co-produced by the students, volunteers and professionals who we will be working with to make NT LIFE a success.”

A series of workshops and courses are now available between September and December 2019 with a range of one-off events, weekly sessions and longer-term courses on topics including mindfulness, positive thinking, resilience, confidence building, creative writing, walking football and netball, and lots more. There are also a wide range of volunteering opportunities available as part of the College with roles in administration, enrolment, course delivery and co-facilitation. Ali goes on to say: “NT LIFE relies on the support of volunteers to deliver courses and provide continued support to its day-to-day running. We absolutely champion the ‘expert by experience’ approach and believe that those people with lived experience of mental health recovery and wellbeing can be best-placed to support those who are struggling or need some support. We’d love to hear from anyone – potential students, volunteers or professionals who want to know more and get involved in NT LIFE!”

Funded by North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and hosted by North Tyneside VODA, the Recovery College courses are free and available to North Tyneside residents aged 18 and over.

For more information, including how to enrol, course details and volunteering opportunities, visit the NT LIFE section of our website or contact us for more information.

  

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Be a Game Changer business toolkit

The Newcastle United Foundation has recently launched a business toolkit for the mental health campaign #beagamechanger. The toolkit provides employers with a how-to guide of running health and wellbeing campaigns in their workplace using a range of FREE resources. This toolkit will be especially beneficial to workplaces that have a high ratio of male employees or male service users who may often be reluctant to engage with regular health campaigns.

Read more here.

View the toolkit.

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New web app helps people find mental health services

The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place. The app is simple and effective and helps people find mental health services in their local area. The new app has been developed by a charity called Chasing the Stigma.

To use the app, you simply enter your postcode and the search will bring back a range of support services, which can then be filtered by a range of mental health options.

Hub of hope is free to use. Access the Hub of Hope app here. 

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Free mental health training for small charities

The mental health charity Mind has launched free online training for small and medium-sized charities to promote better mental health in the workplace.

The Mental Health for Small Workplaces programme, which is funded by the Royal Foundation, is aimed at all organisations, including charities, with fewer than 250 employees.

The programme consists of three training modules on building awareness of mental health, self -care and how to support colleagues, and is accessible via the Mental Health at Work website.

A guide has also been produced to help employers integrate the training modules into their organisations.

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NICE recommends ‘Smartphone therapy’ for children with depression

Children and young people can be offered digital cognitive behavioural therapy (digital CBT, also known as computer CBT) as a first-line treatment for mild depression,according to new advice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice). Digital CBT is delivered on mobile phones, tablets or computers, meaning users can access help quickly, avoiding waiting lists.

The guidance, for identifying and managing depression in children and young people aged five to 18, says online therapy and courses in mindfulness should be the first options for treatment of mild cases. Group CBT, group interpersonal psychotherapy and group mindfulness are also recommended as first-line treatments. NICE says that the choice of treatment should be based on clinical need and patient and carer preferences. The child or young person’s history, circumstances and maturity should also be considered. Read more here. 

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New mental health support in schools and colleges and faster access to NHS care

NHS England

In 2017, the Government published its Green Paper for Transforming children and young people’s mental health, which detailed proposals for expanding access to mental health care for children and young people, building on the national NHS transformation programme which is already underway.

Supported by partners, NHS England is leading the delivery of two of the programme’s main commitments:

  1. Establishing new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs);
  2. Trialling a four-week waiting time for access to specialist NHS children and young people’s mental health services.

The first Mental Health Support Teams will be set up in 25 trailblazer areas of which 12 trailblazers will also trial a four-week waiting time. These are expected to begin work by the end 2019. NHS England regional teams will support the trailblazers through this process.

Further plans for the development of children and young people’s mental health care will be detailed in the forthcoming NHS Long-Term Plan.

Read more here. 

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New mental health support for mums

NHS England

A new set of mental health leaflets offer support for mums, their families, and the teams that care for them. The eight leaflets cover a broad range of topics including postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis and perinatal OCD, and the use of lithium and antipsychotics in pregnancy and breastfeeding. They offer advice and signpost to promote better understanding and support people in making decisions about perinatal mental health issues. The leaflets have been written jointly by perinatal psychiatrists, women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness, and their partners. They have been delivered in partnership by RCPsych, NHS England and HEE. Further information is available on the NHS England website

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Safe Places Scheme North Tyneside

Safe Spaces North Tyneside

Safe Places is a scheme for people who may be vulnerable as a result of their physical or mental health or because they have a learning disability.

People can become disorientated or distressed whilst out in the community and need a little support; they may experience dementia or may have been subject to some form of verbal or physical abuse whilst out in public.

A Safe Place is a building, like a shop, a bank, a community centre or a church, where staff will help members of the Safe Places scheme.

If you are a resident and want to become a member of the Safe Places scheme please click here.

As a member of the Safe Places scheme you receive a card and a key ring. You need to add your name to the card and the telephone numbers of two people you trust. Make sure that the people you have chosen know they may be contacted if you use the Safe Places scheme.

North Tyneside VODA is a Safe Place. Find us here.

To access a Safe Place:
Look for a place that displays the Safe Place window sticker
Go inside and ask for help; show the staff your card or keyring
Your Safe Place will contact someone you trust or the Police

For more information about the Safe Places scheme please click here.
To become a Safe Place please click here.

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#iwill Week Case Study: Hannah Gray

Hannah was referred to VODA over 18 months ago through the Talent Match programme, when she took part in projects around improving employability through volunteering, and around community arts. Keen to try new things, Hannah is a volunteer who will give anything a go and she always immerses herself in group activities. Her involvement in VODA’s #iwill project is no different. This is the story of how she created a digital campaign around positive mental health, which has had a wider reach than she could have possibly imagined…

Funded by The Virgin Money Foundation, VODA’s #iwill project aims to engage young people in digital social action. Volunteers on the project are given the opportunity to learn digital and media skills from a range of local professionals on topics including photography, film-making, web and graphic design, blogging and social media. They are then supported by VODA staff to create digital media campaigns around issues in the community that they care about and to work with existing voluntary and community organisations to help raise their profile through these channels.

Joining at the very beginning in June 2018, Hannah Gray has thrown herself in to the #iwill project. Volunteering as a member of the youth-led steering group, she has been an integral part of the project’s development and the transformation in her confidence and skills base has been outstanding. In the early stages of the project, Hannah worked alongside two other young volunteers all of whom wanted to focus their digital media campaign on raising awareness of positive mental health and empowering people to open up and share how they are feeling. The result is #iwill Unfold.

#iwill Unfold is a mental health campaign that uses online and offline media to engage individuals and groups into a conversation about positive mental health, based on the concept of unfolding feelings and thoughts.

The group decided to create a website and social media channels as a means of sharing people’s mental health experiences, plus information about local support groups and relevant articles. They also decided to use the art of origami and the physical act of folding and unfolding as a symbol of the #iwill Unfold campaign and its messages.

To date, the group have folded over 100 pieces of origami, which have all been branded with their nature-inspired logo design and social media tags. When unfolded, each piece of origami has a hand-written positive message which aims to help people ‘unfold’ their own mental health. These pieces of origami will be delivered to organisations, groups, public spaces and services all over North Tyneside, encouraging local people to access the #iwill Unfold website and social media channels and to share how they ‘unfold’ with others.

Since launching the project in August 2018, Hannah has regularly dedicated over 12 hours a week to the campaign development. From folding origami to developing the website design and content, Hannah really has proved that she can turn her hand to anything! Her passion and enthusiasm for the campaign shines through and she has become a regular fixture at VODA and at local community events around mental health.

During her involvement in the project, Hannah has learned a range of skills and her achievements to date include designing the #iwill Unfold logo and branding using an online tool; taking part in a series of planning meetings with her team and VODA staff; and folding over 100 pieces of origami, carefully penning each one with an inspiring quote inside for people to open up and enjoy.

Keen to learn more about local organisations that support people with mental health issues, Hannah has researched existing services extensively. She chose to promote the work of Launchpad North Tyneside through her social media and website channels, and has used the platform as a way of engaging more people online in a conversation about mental health. In October, Launchpad invited Hannah to take part in North Tyneside World Mental Health Day and to host an #iwill Unfold stand at a large-scale event. Feedback from the day was fantastic by all who spoke to Hannah about, and she was brimming with confidence after being given the opportunity.

Hannah said: “I think that the campaign has helped people, it has got people talking. Especially at the World Mental Health Day event, people kept saying it was a good idea and were happy to have their picture taken for our campaign. It’s made people smile, and that’s helping people in my eyes.”

When asked about her proudest moment during her campaign development, Hannah was particularly thrilled to have over 116 likes on social media without having to use any paid promotional tools. Hannah continued: “Loads of people have seen our campaign online, it’s kind of mind blowing to see that on some posts over 300 people have been reached.”

In her own words, Hannah ‘never thought’ she’d be able to develop a website and was apprehensive at first about taking on such a big task as part of the campaign.  “I check the social media every single day, and reply to messages, because I care about it and it is our project and always has been.  I am dedicated to making sure it’s successful. I’ve built an entire website, even though I’ve never done it before. The #iwill workshop around web design with Pete Maughan helped me loads. I’ve done everything on the website now, there’s no way I thought I’d be able to do that. I’ve loved being able to blog on there and make it really personal, sharing my tone of voice in the writing and blog about topics I care about.”

When asked what she saw the future of #iwill Unfold, Hannah said: “I would like to get more people to share their stories with us, and open up more about mental health. If we can start getting some stories on our website then it might encourage more people to share with us. I’d like to start getting out and about with the origami and putting it into local places like the library. I want to think of lots more ideas on how we can improve the campaign and develop them.

I would also love to make a short film about #iwill Unfold and to do some public speaking workshops so I feel more confident when I’m out and about with the campaign. We’re also planning to visit local groups including Creative Minds to find out about what they do, gather some stories and show their users how to fold positive message origami.”

Visit www.iwillunfold.com or Facebook for more information about the campaign.

If you work with a group of young people who are passionate about creating change in North Tyneside though digital media then please get in touch with Josie Robinson at VODA.

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