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MOTW and the Digital Champions Outreach Programme

First published by Moving on Tyne & Wear 14 April 2021

Albert recently joined Moving On Tyne & Wear after taking early retirement from his job in the ship building industry.  He’d spent many years working as a steel fabricator and travelled to multiple countries as part of his job, however his working days weren’t over and he struggled to see what he could do next after what he considered to be quite a limited work history.

Albert discussed his goals with his Navigator Joe, and it soon became apparent that he lacked some digital skills which was affecting his confidence and his ability to move forward.  He was only able to write short text messages and make phone calls, so the idea of searching for and applying for job opportunities online was confusing and daunting.

IT WAS CLEAR THAT TO HELP ALBERT, WE FIRST HAD TO ADDRESS HIS DIGITAL SKILLS.

Joe put Albert in contact with VODA’s Digital Champions Outreach Programme.  This project works with volunteers to deliver digital outreach support to people who already have a tablet, smart phone or computer and an internet connection, to make the best use of their device.  The volunteers work with a person to help and guide them towards being better connected.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time, all of Alberts sessions were held over the phone which posed many challenges, however in only 2 weeks he went from being able to send the odd text message to using email to register accounts on websites, attaching documents to emails and even shopping online.

It’s early days, but Albert’s digital skills are growing quickly and competently.  His enthusiasm towards the support he has received and the commitment he shows towards getting to grips with what has learnt has been outstanding.  When asked what he thought about the Digital Champions Outreach programme, Albert said:

I’m really pleased with it, it’s made the world of difference, and I’m quite proud of myself

And he’s not the only one, we’re so proud of him too!  He’s picking up skills quickly, demonstrating dedication and a brilliant work ethic.  He’s even started to learn independently by using Google to answer his own questions.  His digital abilities will not only help when he is ready to look for a job, but in all other areas of his life too.

If you know of someone who could benefit from support from a Digital Champion, you can refer them here.

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Sir James Knott Trust

Sir James Knott Trust supports charitable activity in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Hartlepool.

The Trust is an excellent local funder that makes monthly decisions on applications of up to £1,000 and larger grants three times per year.

Special consideration is given to charitable activities known to have been of particular interest to Sir James Knott. They include: Providing opportunities for people to congregate such as youth clubs and projects to help the elderly. Sir James was concerned that people could find work and so they support training. He was keen to ensure that that people have a roof over their heads, where they are safe. Finally, Sir James and Lady Knott, having lost two of their sons in active service in the First World War were drawn to military and maritime good causes. .

The Trustees have wide discretion on the distribution of funds. They do not fund research or activity that has already taken place. They do fund faith based organisations as long as the activity is open to those of all faiths and none.

Monthly decisions on grants up to £1,000 and Trustees meet to consider larger grant applications three times a year. Grants totalling about £1.8million a year are made, funded from investment income. Read more here.

Please apply to the Trust using the new online facility.

Deadline: The Trust operates on a rolling grants programme. If you miss a deadline, your application will be considered at the following meeting. The 2021 deadlines are 1 March, 31 May and 31 August.

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What financial support is available if I need to self isolate?

  • If you cannot go to work you should find out from your employer whether you are covered by their sick leave or special leave policy. If you cannot get sick pay from your employer, you might be able to get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or another type of financial support:
    • New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you cannot get SSP, you’re under State Pension age, and you have made enough National Insurance contributions over the last 2 to 3 years – you could also get it if your child has symptoms or is self-isolating
    • Universal Credit if you or your partner are under State Pension age and you have less than £16,000 in savings – you might be able to get it at the same time as SSP or New Style ESA. For help claiming Universal Credit, call Citizen’s Advice Help to Claim on 0800 144 8 444 Their dedicated Help to Claim service can support you in the early stages of your Universal Credit claim, from the application through to your first payment.
    • Pension Credit if both you and your partner have reached State Pension age – you might be able to get it at the same time as SSP

For more information:

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Community Foundation general applications

You can make a general application to the Community Foundation at any time. If it is eligible, they will look to match it to one of their Funds.

The Community Foundation awards grants to benefit people and places in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and across North East England, through nearly 300 different funds set up by people and organisations who want to make a difference. They know that applying for funding can be difficult, so they aim to help to make it as straightforward as possible.

Please read the guidance on their website carefully before starting an application and, if you have any questions, please get in touch.

Read more and apply here.

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Navigating Self-Isolation in North Tyneside

If you are asked to self-isolate, it is important that you follow the advice which is there to help keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe.

We know that, for many people, self-isolation is not easy. Not being able to go to school or work and missing out on seeing friends and family can be really challenging for our physical and mental health.

It can be hard work understanding and abiding by every rule, especially when things seem to change so often. However, it is now a legal requirement and you can be fined if you do not self-isolate when you are asked to.

We hope that this guide, Navigating self-isolation in North Tyneside, which has been created by VODA – in collaboration with North Tyneside Council – provides you with some useful information to help you stay safe whilst self-isolating. We want to thank you for everything you are doing to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus in your community.

Printed copies of this magazine will be available at the new Riverside community testing hub. Feel free to share and download the online version with anyone you feel would benefit.  We will beat this together.

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Curtin PARP Fund

The Curtin PARP Fund supports individuals in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to realise their potential. The fund particularly prioritises support for carers of all ages, Black and Minority Ethnic people including those with asylum seeker/refugee status, disabled people, homeless people and people who are experiencing disadvantage that prevents them from realising their potential.

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 per year for up to three years, with the condition that evidence of attendance and progress/completion is provided for each year of study or one-off grants of between £500 and £1,000.

  • Individuals undertaking courses which develop skills and talents.
  • Activities which develop skills and promote confidence and personal development.
  • Help to overcome barriers to employment/education

All applications must demonstrate clear aims, opportunity for progression, and measurable outcomes, showing how the planned activity or items will help the individual to realise their potential.

Examples of what may be supported:

  • Capital items towards further education, training or developing new skills
  • Course/activity costs where no other support is available
  • Travel costs to attend courses
  • Costs associated with CV/interview preparation

Activities which are not a priority for the Curtin PARP Fund

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

Deadline: none – rolling grant scheme

Read more and apply here

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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

Read more and apply here.

 

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Community Foundation: Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF)

The LEAF Endowment Fund exists to help people to deliver projects that address and/or raise awareness of environmental issues in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

The primary focus of your application must clearly be on the environment, but it should also show how the proposed activity will have a positive impact on the quality of life of communities, particularly in areas of severe environmental and economic hardship. Applications must demonstrate one of more of the following outcomes:

  • Encouraging communities to get involved in environmental activities
  • Changing behaviours leading to more local environmental action
  • Having a positive impact on the environment
  • Sharing learning about the environment with others

The fund is most interested in projects that can show that they will make a demonstrable change and immediate impact on the environment, but will still consider applications where they are also working to raise awareness, education and change behaviour. Applications are assessed and monitored against key impact themes; these are outlined in the Environmental Benefits table. To be eligible, your application should demonstrate how the proposed project will deliver against one or more of the six impact themes. The Fund will consider applications for projects focused on any environmental theme, except those outlined in the exclusions below. From time to time, there may be specific environmental themes highlighted as a priority; please check the Community Foundation website for more information.

The Fund is particularly keen to receive applications from small local voluntary and community organisations. Larger environmental charities are eligible to apply but must demonstrate significant need and involvement from the local community in the development of the proposal and its delivery.

Applications are invited for grants from £750 to a maximum of £2,000.

Deadline:  You can apply any time.

Read more and apply here.

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🦠Check out this Covid-19 health update brought to you by your local Community Health Champions in North Tyneside, bringing you vital trusted information and tips.
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Screwfix Foundation

The Screwfix Foundation works with both national and local charities, donating much needed funds to help all sorts of projects – from repairing buildings and improving facilities in deprived areas, to decorating the homes of people living with sickness and disabilities.

The Foundation supports projects with grants of up to £5,000 that will fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK.

No deadline – all applications are reviewed individually by our team on a quarterly basis, the review dates are in February, May, August and November.

Read more and apply here

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