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Give2 Funds »

The Give2 Funds at the Community Foundation are an effective way for people and businesses to come together and support a local area. There is a Give2 Fund that supports communities in your area, whether that is Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland or Northumberland.

Tunnel_GJmr-1284-PRTT2 Ltd has contributed £13,000 to support local communities in North Tyneside and South Tyneside.  TT2 has committed to support local communities in the areas that it operates and the donation of £10,000 will be split equally between North Tyneside and South Tyneside to support grassroots community causes. In recognition of this donation, TT2 Ltd has been awarded corporate life membership at the Community Foundation and joins a number of other high profile businesses that hold this position.

The Give2 funds support local projects across a wide range of vital themes. The Give2 North Tyneside Fund made an award of £1,000 to the Making Waves Community Choir in North Shields, as a contribution towards their room hire and music tutor costs. The 15th South Shields Boys Brigade received £500 from the Give2 South Tyneside to compete in the Boys Brigade National 5-a-Side Finals in Belfast where they finished as runners up. The young finalists are ranked the top Boys Brigade side in England and competed against the top teams in Scotland and Northern Ireland in May thanks to a grant from the Give2 South Tyneside Fund.

Rachel Turnbull, Chief Executive of TT2 Ltd added:

“Through the Give2 Funds we can support local projects directly in our area of operation such as the Making Waves Community Choir in North Shields and the 15th South Shields Boys Brigade. The Tyne Tunnels connect local communities, and through the Give2 Funds we are committed to supporting local grassroots voluntary groups access the support they need to continue their work in the community.”

Lisa Cappleman, Head of Philanthropy Development at the Community Foundation added:

“TT2 is a great example of a corporate supporter who believes strongly in giving back to their local community. Corporate philanthropy is an important part of how a business can operate, and we’re delighted that we have been able to recognise this commitment by awarding TT2 with life membership status.”

SNFZ_GJmr-4974Through the Give2 Funds local communities have benefitted from over £36,000 in grants during 2013-14. The Community Foundation is encouraging local communities to collaborate and Give2 to help projects such as the Sunderland North Family Zone, who received a grant of £4,662 from the Give2 Sunderland Fund in 2013. The grant was awarded to develop the Imagine Project for people with learning or physical disabilities.

Linda Procopis, Project Coordinator at the Sunderland North Family Zone said:

“Give2 Sunderland has helped us to deliver the Imagine Project where we develop the potential and independent living skills of people with a learning or physical disability across a wide range of activities. Support includes cooking on a budget and food safety, to getting around on public transport and accessing leisure facilities. Thanks to Give2 we have been able to make sure that this vital service is being delivered in Sunderland.”

For more information about your local Give2 Fund please visit: www.communityfoundation.org.uk/give2

Posted on 25/11/2014 @ 12:52 pm
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Surviving Winter 2014 »

Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE, a GP in Newcastle for 23 years, former President and Public Health Lead for the NHS Alliance and now Chair of HealthWORKS Newcastle and Chair of Ways to Wellness is backing a North East campaign to help the elderly with fuel poverty this winter.


The Surviving Winter Campaign is a plea by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland for local people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to those who do. Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics in 2014 highlighted the North East as the third worst region in the UK for fuel poverty, which has led to support for the campaign by The Journal. The campaign is being led by Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE.

chris-drinkwaterProfessor Chris Drinkwater CBE said:

“I’m donating my winter fuel allowance to support those who need our support this winter. Through my role as a GP in Newcastle for 23 years I saw first-hand the effect that winter had on people in the North East. Fuel Poverty is a vital social issue which can take away the independence of older people, increase debt and in some instances result in death. If you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to our campaign so that we can help those who need our support.”

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Last year over £22,000 was raised to support fuel poverty initiatives throughout Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Bell View is a small community based charity that supports older people in and around Belford, Northumberland to live independently. The charity received £3,430 in 2014 to provide fuel poverty work in Northumberland.

Paul Harrison, Resource Centre Development Manager said:

“I would like to thank everyone who donated their winter fuel allowance to support fuel poverty work in our region. Bell View is an isolated part of Northumberland, where old people are at risk during the winter months. Surviving Winter allowed us to hold low cost low energy cookery sessions, supply draft excluders and keep our community warm. One of the gentlemen who attended the cookery sessions was recently widowed, and he wanted to learn about easy ways to cook so that he could continue to live an independent life. If you do not need your winter fuel allowance this winter then please donate to Surviving Winter so that we can continue to help those at risk.”

Age UK Gateshead received an award of £3,430 and was able to help individuals in Gateshead. One example of this is Mrs G, whose financial issues were first encountered as a result of an Initial Assessment for non-financial Age UK services in June 2014. During the course of the assessment, it became apparent the client had a major degree of difficulty in paying her everyday bills, and this was impacting quite severely on her mental health through anxiety.

Anxiety was a constant issue within the client’s life, meaning that at the start of our intervention she would not leave the house on her own. Mrs G’s social life was dramatically curtailed due both to her anxiety, and lack of funds to use to pursue social activities.

Age UK Gateshead ran an entitlement check for the client. As a result of the check and subsequent benefit applications using the Surviving Winter Fund sessions, the client was awarded an additional Pension Credit, and Attendance Allowance per week. As a knock-on effect of Age UK Gateshead and Surviving Winter, the client’s pre-existing Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit claims were increased to cover their entire rental and Council Tax liabilities.

Julie Latimer, Head of Customer Services at Age UK Gateshead said:

“Surviving Winter had a very positive effect on our client’s anxiety and social life. By working closely with our client, Mrs G now feels she is not only able to pay her bills, but has some money left over for social events. We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Surviving Winter and has allowed us to give independence back to local people.”

Karen Daglish, Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland added:

“Through Surviving Winter we are able to collectively pool the resources of the community to make a vital impact in our region. By supporting our campaign you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence. This is a choice that no one should have to make, and if you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to someone who needs our support.”

To donate to your winter fuel allowance and help keep our communities warm please visit

www.communityfoundation.org.uk/survivingwinter

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The Women’s Fund »

Since 1999 the Women’s Fund for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has been helping women to feel safe, supported and confident when confronted by abuse, discrimination and a lack of opportunities. The Fund works with community organisations and their leaders who engage women in activities to promote confidence, wellbeing and provide advice and support.


Recent applications to the fund are more than three times higher than the amount of grant-making revenue available and the Community Foundation is encouraging local people, and business to help grow the Fund so that it can support more local women in the future.

The Women’s Fund was started by Dame Margaret Barbour, with the idea that by collectively pooling the resources of individuals and corporates in our region, the Women’s Fund could make a lasting difference to the lives of local women. Anyone can support the Fund, whether it is a gift of £5 or £500,000, by pooling the resources of our local community, the Women’s Fund can change the lives of those who need our support.

WHAC_GJmr-1874The Women’s Health Advice Centre (WHAC) received a grant of £3000 in May 2014 towards crisis support for women in Northumberland. WHAC supports women in a crisis by helping to cope with situations, or remove themselves from threat. The service helps women on issues such as housing, finance, domestic violence and sexual abuse. By working with a range of partners WHAC help women access debt advice services, housing associations and food banks. Around 80% of women who attend the centre are affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse.

A service user who wishes to remain anonymous said:

“WHAC saved my life and has meant my daughter has a stable loving mother to nurture and look after her.”

For more information visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/womensfund

Posted on @ 1:28 pm
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The Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) »

The Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) is a collaborative fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland which tackles environmental issues through practical action to support behaviour change in the local community. In October 2014 LEAF awarded £45,394 to six projects that will make a difference to the environment in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.


As a collaborative Fund, LEAF encourages local philanthropists, corporates and trusts to pool their resources for effective grant-making. Current funding partners include the Shears Foundation, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Greggs Foundation, as well as individual and corporate donors. The fund is hosted at the Community Foundation, and has received over 350 applications since it was launched in 2006. A total of 181 projects have been supported awarding over £1.4m. The Community Foundation is urging local people and businesses to support the Fund so that more projects can benefit from funding in the future as currently the Fund is two to three times oversubscribed during each funding round.

By supporting LEAF, local people can pool their resources alongside other philanthropists, corporates and trusts to support high quality local environmental projects that reduce, prevent or mitigate the negative impacts of human activity and global climate change. This can be complex biodiversity or resource based work which protects and preserves natural habitats through to community engagement, learning and training. St Chad’s Community Project received £11,957 in September 2013 which enabled low income families and individuals to access the provisions they need by recycling unwanted household items. The scheme involves collecting, sorting, washing, mending and renovating items that can be redistributed without cost to those in need. Previously the neighbourhood was subject to fly-tipping in back lanes or goods were sent to a landfill.

Joan Hoult, Family Support Co-ordinator at St Chad’s Community Project said:

“It’s a shame that people do need these goods, and it just shows you how hard times are at the moment. We’re meeting the needs of people by recycling their goods and we’re training people to use their goods for better uses instead of just throwing them away. The impact has been amazing!”

Katie Wellstead, Environment Partnerships Manager at the Community Foundation said:

“LEAF is an opportunity for local people to make a difference to the environment at a very local level. We want to inspire local people to join a partnership and help us to make a difference to the local environment in areas where we live and work.”

For more information about how you can support the Local Environmental Action Fund, visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/leaf or contact Katie Wellstead on 0191 222 0945.

Posted on @ 1:06 pm
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Time to Talk: January to March 2015 »

its-time-to-talk-logo-300x167Following the success of the pilot sessions The Community Foundation will be continuing the Time To Talk round table discussions on a range of topics in 2015.

These will be lunchtime talks (we’ll provide tea, coffee and biscuits – bring along a sandwich) which will have no agenda but will be an opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, good practice, and hopefully learn a little. Each session will be hosted by two Community Foundation staff and will give you a chance to network and make new contacts.

Wednesday 14th January: Turning the tables: The Community Foundation would like to ask for your views of our communication tools. How do you find out about funding? How can we communicate our funds better?

Wednesday 4th February: How do programme funds differ from the Community Foundation’s donor funds? This session will include discussion on the Esmee Fairbairn North East Fund and Henry Smith Charity North East Grant Fund and will be open to groups from across the North East region.

Wednesday 4th March: How do we put ourselves in the best position to be successful with the Community Foundation?

The sessions will run from 12.30pm to 2pm at the Community Foundation, Cale Cross, 156 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6SU.

Advance booking is essential on a first come, first served basis, and as numbers will be limited one representative per organisation may attend (unless you require a support worker).

If you would like to come to more than one session please prioritise your choices and we hope to be able to guarantee at least one place for this round of talks.

You can reserve a place by emailing: sm@communityfoundation.org.uk

Posted on @ 10:48 am
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Help keep communities warm by donating to Surviving Winter 2014 »

chris-drinkwaterProfessor Chris Drinkwater CBE, a GP in Newcastle for 23 years, former President and Public Health Lead for the NHS Alliance and now Chair of HealthWORKS Newcastle and Chair of Ways to Wellness is backing a North East campaign to help the elderly with fuel poverty this winter.

The Surviving Winter Campaign is a plea by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland for local people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to those who do. Annual Fuel Poverty Statistics in 2014 highlighted the North East as the third worst region in the UK for fuel poverty, which has led to support for the campaign by The Journal. The campaign is being led by Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE.

Professor Chris Drinkwater CBE said:

“I’m donating my winter fuel allowance to support those who need our support this winter. Through my role as a GP in Newcastle for 23 years I saw first-hand the effect that winter had on people in the North East. Fuel Poverty is a vital social issue which can take away the independence of older people, increase debt and in some instances result in death. If you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to our campaign so that we can help those who need our support.”

BelfordCooks_GJmr-6946Last year over £22,000 was raised to support fuel poverty initiatives throughout Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Bell View is a small community based charity that supports older people in and around Belford, Northumberland to live independently. The charity received £3,430 in 2014 to provide fuel poverty work in Northumberland.

Paul Harrison, Resource Centre Development Manager said:

“I would like to thank everyone who donated their winter fuel allowance to support fuel poverty work in our region. Bell View is an isolated part of Northumberland, where old people are at risk during the winter months. Surviving Winter allowed us to hold low cost low energy cookery sessions, supply draft excluders and keep our community warm. One of the gentlemen who attended the cookery sessions was recently widowed, and he wanted to learn about easy ways to cook so that he could continue to live an independent life. If you do not need your winter fuel allowance this winter then please donate to Surviving Winter so that we can continue to help those at risk.”

Age UK Gateshead received an award of £3,430 and was able to help individuals in Gateshead. One example of this is Mrs G, whose financial issues were first encountered as a result of an Initial Assessment for non-financial Age UK services in June 2014. During the course of the assessment, it became apparent the client had a major degree of difficulty in paying her everyday bills, and this was impacting quite severely on her mental health through anxiety.

Anxiety was a constant issue within the client’s life, meaning that at the start of our intervention she would not leave the house on her own. Mrs G’s social life was dramatically curtailed due both to her anxiety, and lack of funds to use to pursue social activities.

Age UK Gateshead Logo RGB

Age UK Gateshead ran an entitlement check for the client. As a result of the check and subsequent benefit applications using the Surviving Winter Fund sessions, the client was awarded an additional Pension Credit, and Attendance Allowance per week. As a knock-on effect of Age UK Gateshead and Surviving Winter, the client’s pre-existing Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit claims were increased to cover their entire rental and Council Tax liabilities.

Julie Latimer, Head of Customer Services at Age UK Gateshead said:

“Surviving Winter had a very positive effect on our client’s anxiety and social life. By working closely with our client, Mrs G now feels she is not only able to pay her bills, but has some money left over for social events. We would like to thank everyone who has donated to Surviving Winter and has allowed us to give independence back to local people.”

Karen Daglish, Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland added:

“Through Surviving Winter we are able to collectively pool the resources of the community to make a vital impact in our region. By supporting our campaign you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence. This is a choice that no one should have to make, and if you do not need your winter fuel allowance this year then please donate it to someone who needs our support.”

 

IF YOU DON’T NEED IT DONATE IT

You can donate in the following ways:

Online:

Phone: Call 0191 222 0945 to make a donation by card.

Post: To download our Surviving Winter donation form please click here. To donate, complete the form and attach a cheque made payable to The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. If you are a UK tax payer we can also claim an additional £50 for every £200 donated through Gift Aid.

Please send your donation form and cheque to:

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
Surviving Winter Campaign
Freepost
NEA11784
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 1BR

Posted on 17/11/2014 @ 1:03 pm
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LEAF: A collaborative approach to environmental funding »

The Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) is a collaborative fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland which tackles environmental issues through practical action to support behaviour change in the local community. In October 2014 LEAF awarded £45,394 to six projects that will make a difference to the environment in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

As a collaborative Fund, LEAF encourages local philanthropists, corporates and trusts to pool their resources for effective grant-making. Current funding partners include the Shears Foundation, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Greggs Foundation, as well as individual and corporate donors. The fund is hosted at the Community Foundation, and has received over 350 applications since it was launched in 2006. A total of 181 projects have been supported awarding over £1.4m. The Community Foundation is urging local people and businesses to support the Fund so that more projects can benefit from funding in the future as currently the Fund is two to three times oversubscribed during each funding round.

LEAF_StChads_GJmr-1453By supporting LEAF, local people can pool their resources alongside other philanthropists, corporates and trusts to support high quality local environmental projects that reduce, prevent or mitigate the negative impacts of human activity and global climate change. This can be complex biodiversity or resource based work which protects and preserves natural habitats through to community engagement, learning and training. St Chad’s Community Project received £11,957 in September 2013 which enabled low income families and individuals to access the provisions they need by recycling unwanted household items. The scheme involves collecting, sorting, washing, mending and renovating items that can be redistributed without cost to those in need. Previously the neighbourhood was subject to fly-tipping in back lanes or goods were sent to a landfill.

Joan Hoult, Family Support Co-ordinator at St Chad’s Community Project said:

“It’s a shame that people do need these goods, and it just shows you how hard times are at the moment. We’re meeting the needs of people by recycling their goods and we’re training people to use their goods for better uses instead of just throwing them away. The impact has been amazing!”

Katie Wellstead, Environment Partnerships Manager at the Community Foundation said:

“LEAF is an opportunity for local people to make a difference to the environment at a very local level. We want to inspire local people to join a partnership and help us to make a difference to the local environment in areas where we live and work.”

For more information about how you can support the Local Environmental Action Fund, visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/leaf or contact Katie Wellstead on 0191 222 0945.

Posted on 11/11/2014 @ 5:04 pm
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Our Year 2014 »

Yearbook 2014 bigOur Year 2014 has launched, celebrating the success of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland in enriching lives through effective giving.

During the year the Community Foundation awarded 1,369 grants totalling £5.2 million and the value of the endowment rose from £52.8 million to £57.9 million with 18 new funds set up to support more members of our community.

To read more please visit the publications page here.

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UKCF launches Thunderclap to celebrate 100th anniversary of community foundations »

thunderCommunity Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and UK Community Foundations will be carrying out a ‘Thunderclap’, a group tweet which will help us spread the news about the 100th birthday of community foundations – but we need your help!

At 4pm on 26th November, everyone who signs up to the Thunderclap will have a tweet automatically sent from their account to celebrate the launch of the first ever community foundation, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Cleveland Community Foundation was set up in 1914 by banker and lawyer Frederick H. Goff. His vision was to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland’s philanthropists, living and dead, into a single, great, and permanent endowment for the betterment of the city. Community leaders would then forever distribute the interest that the trust’s resources would accrue to fund “such charitable purposes as will best make for the mental, moral, and physical improvement of the inhabitants of Cleveland.”

Since then community foundations have become a truly international movement, with over 1,700 supporting local communities with small grants, and providing advice to philanthropists across the globe.

To sign up for the Thunderclap and to read the full tweet click here

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What are the vital issues in your local community? »

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Vital Signs is a Community Foundation initiative that seeks to identify the challenges facing Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, and the practical steps that can be taken by civil society organisations with support from philanthropic givers.

 

You can vote on the vital issues in your local community by visiting the Vital Signs website here or download our Vital Signs Update 2014 here.

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