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Baroness Maddock to speak at acclaimed International Women’s Day lunch »

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On 6 March 2015, Baroness Diana Maddock will address a crowd of leading professional women at the eighth annual International Women’s Day Networking Lunch. The lunch is in aid of the Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and is supported by Hay & Kilner Solicitors.

Lady Maddock, a firm advocate of women’s rights, recently visited Fourth Action to learn how local women are using funding from the Community Foundation to build a women-only workshop in Amble. The project gives women a platform to learn construction skills whilst building a community workshop.

Fourth_GJmr-6297Lady Maddock said on visiting the project:

“’I was delighted to be able to see at first hand a building put up by women who acquired skills during the process. It is very encouraging to see community-led projects such as Fourth Action which address the needs of local communities. There is a common misconception that construction and DIY is a man’s job, but this is not true and projects such as this empower local women by overcoming barriers to learning skills that otherwise may be hard to attain.”

The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation was established by Dame Margaret Barbour in 1999 to encourage collective philanthropy to support women-only causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The Fund has since awarded over £280,000 to help women to feel safe, supported and confident when confronted by abuse, discrimination and a lack of opportunities. The Fund supports projects such as Fourth Action; however applications to the Fund are often three times higher than the amount of revenue available. Money raised at the lunch will be used to support more women’s projects.

Gill Lowing, Fund Development Manager said:

“When Dame Margaret Barbour established the Women’s Fund it was identified that there was a need for a dedicated Fund to support women-only projects in our community. As the Fund has grown so too has the need and currently we are unable to meet the demand for support. By attending the Women’s Fund lunch you are going a small way to help us achieve our goal of growing the Fund to help more women in our region.”

Alison Hall, Partner of Hay & Kilner Solicitors and Chair of the Women’s Fund Panel said:

“Hay & Kilner is delighted to support the Women’s Fund lunch. As chair of the Women’s Fund Panel I see first-hand the need for women-only provision in our region. This could be counselling or support projects helping women in situations of domestic violence and abuse through to social and skill learning activities which tackle a range of barriers that prevent women fulfilling their potential.”

Tickets for the International Women’s Fund Networking Lunch in aid of the Women’s Fund are priced at £40 which includes a drinks reception with networking followed by a two-course lunch. The event is being held on 6 March 2015 at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead.

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Owen Pugh gets in the driving seat with the Patchwork Project »



A North East construction firm is helping young people in Newcastle to drive themselves to a brighter future after funding lessons for the Patchwork Project’s driving group.

Owen Pugh, which provides a full range of civil engineering services from five regional sites including its head office in Dudley, North Tyneside, has contributed £1,500 towards the project through the Owen Pugh Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The project has supported 19 young people to date and has been extended due to its popularity.

Michael Bell, project manager at the Patchwork Project, a Benwell-based charity which provides services and support to young people via detached youth work, programmes of learning, group work and Duke of Edinburgh, said: “The donation from the Owen Pugh Fund has made a big difference to the project’s driving group.  The lessons are a skill for life which as we have seen many times opens up more opportunities for employment.  It’s been a successful year for the driving group at Patchwork thanks to the Owen Pugh Fund.”

Nineteen year-old Dale Wood who is currently employed by Patchwork Project on a short-term contract as a gardener has recently started taking lessons with support from the Fund. Dale hopes that getting his driving licence will increase his future job prospects; he commented: “I’m currently looking for a full-time role and being able to drive will help me get to and from work more easily and to be able to look for jobs further afield.”

And 20-year-old Chelsea Dixon who is close to taking her driving test is also looking forward to the benefits that securing her licence will bring. She said: “I’m currently working between two jobs, one at Patchwork itself and another in events. Travelling to and from work and between jobs will be a lot easier when I can drive myself and not rely on lifts and public transport.  I’m looking forward to the independence being able to drive will bring.”

Owen Pugh has pledged a total of £25,000 between April 2014 and March 2015 through the Community Foundation to support a wide range of organisations and charities geared towards improving opportunities for young people in the region.  It has contributed well over £100k to the fund since first getting involved with the Foundation in 2007.

Commenting on the impact of the donation to the Patchwork Project’s driving group, Jan Elliott from the Owen Pugh Group, said: “We’re delighted to see the positive impact that learning to drive is having on the lives of young people engaging with the Patchwork Project, helping them lead more independent lives and increasing job prospects.

“Here at Owen Pugh we recognise the value in making positive contributions to the communities in which we live and work, in particular helping young people to realise their ambitions, whatever their circumstances.  The Community Foundation has been fantastic in helping us identify projects and organisations which best meet our CSR objectives.”

Lisa Cappleman, Head of Philanthropy Development at the Community Foundation, said: “The Community Foundation provides companies like Owen Pugh with effective mechanisms for giving back to the area by helping local people and groups.  The commitment from Owen Pugh in helping organisations like the Patchwork Project has been fantastic and we are immensely proud of their relationship with the Community Foundation” .

For advice on how the Community Foundation can assist with your corporate giving please contact Lisa Cappleman on or telephone 0191 222 0945. To find out more about the Owen Pugh Group visit

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North P&I Club helps young people take to the seas with award of over £11,500 »

8th Blyth Sea Scouts - MDA 1The North of England P&I Association (North P&I Club) has made an award of £11,591 through its charitable North 150 Fund at the Community Foundation to the 8th Blyth Sea Scout Group for the purchase of four Topper Topaz Boats, and safety equipment. The boats will be used by the scout group to engage young people in sailing activities to raise aspiration and development confidence.

Previously the group paid yacht hire on a trip-by-trip basis, which was proving prohibitive and restricted the amount of sailing activity that young people could take. North P&I , a leading marine mutual liability insurer, helped 8th Blyth Sea Scouts become a more sustainable organisation through the award which also allows the group to be recognised as part of the Royal Yachting Association Awards.

Michael Asherson, Chair of the North 150 Fund Committee added:

“We’re delighted to be able to support 8th Blyth Sea Scouts through our Fund at the Community Foundation. We feel a responsibility to the area in which we operate, and understand the importance for us to use our success to help create stronger communities by supporting local causes. The award to 8th Blyth Sea Scouts will help them reduce their expenditure whilst also generating further activities for young people to develop new skills and raise confidence. This is a truly powerful thing.”

Robert Crumpton, Group Scout Leader, 8th Blyth Sea Scout Group said:

“Our members identified sailing as one of the most enjoyable activities at our annual watersports camp, so by purchasing our own equipment we can use sailing boats more frequently as part of our activities. We are very grateful to North P&I for allowing this to happen; more young people can participate in the sport, earn more badges, and learn new skills. As one of only three Scout groups in the whole of Blyth and the only group that provides any kind of water sports on a regular basis, this is an asset for our local community.”

The award from the North 150 Fund is part of a grant making programme managed by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The Fund has contributed over £45,000 to support voluntary organisations in the North East since it was established in 2012.

For more information about funding opportunities at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland visit

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Karen Daglish appointed as Community Programmes Manager »

Ambassadors_Matfen_GJmr-9347The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has appointed Karen Daglish into the new role of Community Programmes Manager.  Karen will be responsible for managing and developing the Community Benefit Funds associated with windfarms, plus an exciting new initiative called ‘Fourteen’ in the Hendon and Ryhope wards of Sunderland.  Fourteen is a three-year £3.5m programme funded by Spirit of 2012 from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy; it aims to tackle disadvantage by supporting opportunities in sport, physical activity, culture and the arts, volunteering and social action.

Karen said: “I am really excited to start a new role to develop the work that we do with local communities and targeted funding programmes.  Having been at the Community Foundation for over ten years, it is a great opportunity to be able to work with some communities in more depth.  As a huge fan of the Commonwealth Games, I am particularly looking forward to being part of Fourteen which will ensure that those areas that seemed furthest away from the Games can still benefit from its legacy.”

The Community Foundation is currently in the process of appointing a new Fund Development Manager to replace Karen’s previous role.

For more information about community programmes please contact Karen Daglish on 0191 222 0945 or email

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Virgin Money Community Fund aims to create thriving communities in the North East »


Virgin Money is launching its new £150,000 initiative with the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The Virgin Money Community Fund at the Community Foundation is now open for applications and voluntary and community organisations are being encouraged to apply for funding of between £5,000 – £15,000.

The £150,000 donation was previously announced by Virgin Money as part of its £1 million commitment to support local communities in the North East in 2015.  The new community fund has two key aims:

  1. to help young people achieve more by overcoming barriers such as homelessness, mental ill health and low educational attainment, and
  2. to support adults and young people into work through training, skills development or work based learning or become more enterprising through schemes that support people to develop their own businesses.

Jo Barnett, Head of Social Enterprise at Virgin Money said:

“Virgin Money takes its social responsibilities very seriously in all of the communities in which we operate as we seek to deliver on our ambition to make everyone better off.  Through our Community Fund, we are trying to help give people in the North East the support they need to overcome barriers and thrive. We are delighted to invest in local communities through the Community Foundation and we are looking forward to what we can achieve together.”

To celebrate the launch of the new initiative, Virgin Money visited the regional branch of the homeless support charity Centrepoint to support young people at risk of homelessness. The charity received an award of £4,200 from Virgin Money.

Centrepoint research states that an increasing number of homeless young people do not have the practical or emotional skills to sustain a home, and often lack the supportive networks that other people rely on to maintain their tenancies, trapping them in a cycle of homelessness. The initiative supports young people at risk of homelessness by providing the skills, accredited training, knowledge and support to maintain a successful tenancy.  Lifewise has worked with young offenders, care leavers, young victims of domestic violence, teenage parents, young people with visual impairment, and students at risk of homelessness, supporting many young people in our local community.

Laura Athey, a Project Worker at Centrepoint said:

“Support from Virgin Money will help young people get the practical and emotional skills they need to live independently. Lifewise educates young people about paying bills, dealing with debt, cooking and nutrition, sexual health and rights and responsibilities.  We would like to thank Virgin Money and the Community Foundation for helping us to support young people in overcoming these barriers and to become involved members of our local community.”

The Community Foundation is encouraging applications for the first round of funding, and groups have until Tuesday 17 February to apply. For full guidelines and details on how to apply visit

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New charitable fund established following sale of community hall »


The Barley Hill Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has been established from the funds associated with the former Barley Hill Community Hall. The Fund will award grants from £250 to £4,000 to projects which benefit the residents of Healey and Minsteracres Parish where the hall was situated.

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is inviting applications to the Fund for 2015 and will be making annual grant rounds in subsequent years. Priority will be given to projects directly in the parish of Healey and Minsteracres, however wider groups and organisations in the nearby parishes may apply if their project directly benefits residents served by the former Barley Hill Community Hall.

BarleyHill_GJmr-6269The Fund was established following the sale of the hall, a community resource which fell into disrepair. It was deemed not cost effective for the hall to be refurbished and the site stood dormant, the acting trust was closed and the land sold to a developer. Healey Parish Council took on the responsibility for the proceeds of the sale and an endowment Fund has been established as a lasting legacy for the former Barley Hill Community Hall.


Christine Johnston, Chair of the Barley Hill Fund Panel said:

“We are delighted to establish an endowment in perpetuity with the Community Foundation following the sale of Barley Hill Community Hall. The Fund is a fitting legacy from a community hall which provided so many years of enjoyment to the local people, and through the Fund we hope to continue this enjoyment by supporting new and existing projects in the parish.”

Su Legg, Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation said:

“The Barley Hill Community Fund is an opportunity for the people of Healey and Minsteracres Parish to fund community projects which benefit the local community. Awards will be made from a panel of local residents, ensuring that money is awarded to projects which will bring enjoyment to the residents of Healey Parish for generations to come.”

The deadline for the current round of applications is Friday 24 April 2015. To apply to the Fund please visit

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Comic Relief Red Nose Day Community Cash »



This year £65,000 of Comic Relief Red Nose Day Community Cash is being distributed to communities across the North East and Cumbria.

Red Nose Day Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 are available to small organisations in the North East and Cumbria that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.  If this sounds like you, make sure you apply for a Red Nose Day Community Cash grant now!

  • Groups in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley should apply via the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland at

Don’t forget to do your bit and make your face funny for money and keep raising cash to help change lives. For details visit

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Susan Winfield OBE is appointed as Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear »

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Mrs Susan Winfield OBE has been appointed as the Lord Lieutenant for Tyne & Wear by Her Majesty the Queen.

Sue Winfield has lived and worked in Tyne & Wear all her life as well as holding a number of national positions. Sue spent her career in the Probation Service ending as Deputy Chief Probation Officer in Northumbria and more recently was Chair of Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust and High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear. Within the voluntary sector she holds a number of positions in charities including Age UK Sunderland, Fine Cell Work which trains prisoners in needlework and TDI working to improve public protection. Sue Winfield is also a Trustee of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Sue said:

“I feel honoured to have been appointed, I’m delighted to be undertaking the role and very much looking forward to carrying out my various responsibilities. I must pay huge tribute to my predecessor in the role Sir Nigel Sherlock. He worked tirelessly in office and achieved so much. He will be an extremely hard act to follow and I will do my best to maintain the high standing of the Lord Lieutenant.”

Sue took over from Sir Nigel Sherlock OBE who stepped down after 14 years in the post.

Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation added:

“Sir Nigel Sherlock OBE has been a great servant to our region, and we are delighted that Sue Winfield has been announced to succeed his role as Lord Lieutenant. Sue is a very close friend of the Community Foundation and offers great kindness as well as wisdom. I would like to personally wish Sue all the best in her new role.”

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New Fund launched to support local communities »

The EDF Energy Renewables Barmoor Windfarm Community Benefit Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is now open for applications.  The fund has recently been established by EDF Energy Renewables and will commit £60,000 per year for 25 years to local communities.  Priority will be given to voluntary groups, schools and other community organisations based within 5 km of the Barmoor Windfarm. Applications will be considered from organisations based within 10km of the windfarm, providing that residents from within the 5km priority area may benefit.  Projects can apply for a grant of between £500 and £10,000, with applications of up £20,000 awarded in exceptional circumstances.   All awards will be recommended to the Community Foundation by a panel of local people and representatives from Parish Councils in the area.

AGM_GJlr-3897Karen Daglish, Community Partnerships Manager said:

“I am really looking forward to manage this new fund which continues our relationship with EDF Energy Renewables.  Initial community roadshows that we carried out in the area to promote the fund have been very positive.  There are some fantastic local groups and community facilities that can benefit greatly from the fund over the next 25 years.”

For further information about the Fund please contact Karen Daglish on 0191 222 0945 or at

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Fabian French announced as Chief Executive, UK Community Foundations »


UK Community Foundations (UKCF), the national body of which the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is a member, has announced the appointment of Fabian French as its new Chief Executive. Fabian will take up his post at the beginning of March as he replaces Stephen Hammersley CBE, who left at the end of December after a distinguished ten-year stint in the role. Kate Stewart will meanwhile assume the role of Interim CEO.

Fabian French qualified as a lawyer before embarking on a successful career in the City with Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch. In 2009 he joined Marie Curie Cancer Care as Director of Fundraising and Retail and as a member of the Executive Board. During his five years at Marie Curie, the charity’s income grew from £70 million to £100 million notwithstanding the economic recession.

Fabian is a passionate believer in the importance of charitable activity and is trustee of three charities, including Goodenough College. He is also very active in fundraising for local causes. He lives near Oxford with his wife Pippa; they have three children and four dogs.

Fabian French commented: “I am thrilled to be taking up the position of CEO at UK Community Foundations. I am convinced that Community Foundations have a critical role in today’s society and have massive potential to grow their funding and influence. I look forward to playing a very active part in helping to both drive that growth and to supporting each of the 48 Community Foundations across the UK in their continued development.”

UKCF Chairman, David Sheepshanks CBE, said “I am very much looking forward to working with Fabian French. He has an outstanding background, widespread experience and excellent credentials in both business and charity, as well as being a qualified lawyer. Fabian is also already a convert to the importance of local philanthropy in our communities. The fact that we have attracted someone of Fabian’s ability speaks volumes of the exciting growth and effectiveness of Community Foundations throughout the UK.”

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