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Winter mortality and fuel poverty still an issue despite latest findings from ONS »

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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released new statistics on excess winter deaths in the UK. The report states that the excess winter mortality index was highest in the West Midlands and lowest in the North East in 2013/14 but the report does cause area for concern. Reports from the met office stated that last year was an unusually mild winter which is expected to be the main cause in the reduction of death, but often the excess winter deaths can be avoided through education around fuel poverty. Surviving Winter 2014-15 is a campaign by the Community Foundation which launched in The Journal last month, and has so far raised over £10,000 to support fuel poverty education and save lives.

It is estimated by the ONS that the excess winter death index has reduced in the North East from 20.6% in 2012/13 to 9.8% in 2013/14. Actual figures have been released for 2012/13 to state that there were 870 excess winter deaths in the North East, with Gateshead having the highest EWD Mortality Index. However 870 deaths does not constitute a ‘good year’ and is part of a bigger picture of a crisis in the UK, as around a third of deaths can be traced back to fuel poverty, a cause which can be eliminated.

Surviving Winter 2014-15, a campaign led by the Community Foundation, is a call for local people who do not need their winter fuel allowance to donate it to those who do. The campaign, backed by The Journal and Evening Chronicle, raised over £22,000 to support Fuel Poverty work in the North East in 2013/14 and has currently raised over £10,000 so far this year to help older people this winter.


Age UK Gateshead received an award of £3,430 from the campaign and was able to help individuals in Gateshead receive access to benefits that they might have otherwise not have known about. Through the Surviving Winter grant from the Community Foundation, Age UK Gateshead were able to support 52 older people in Gateshead through income maximisation sessions that established 68 entitlement awards of £4,475 per week, which is an additional £232,700 in funding to reduce the risk of fuel poverty during winter.

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 the 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 RGBAge 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 larger impact in our region. By supporting the campaign you will help make the difference on whether someone can eat or heat their home, and give someone back their independence. Many excess winter deaths can be avoided and through Surviving Winter you can really help to make a difference to the lives of older people in the North East.”

To donate to your winter fuel allowance and help keep our communities warm please contact the Community Foundation on 0191 222 0945 or visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/survivingwinter

Posted on 09/12/2014 @ 4:19 pm
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Lyn Shears honoured for arts philanthropy in the North East »

15786307595_3b9589b181_oHis Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales has honoured philanthropists for their dedication to supporting the arts. Lyn Shears and the late Trevor Shears OBE were recognised for their contribution to the arts through The Shears Foundation and their funds at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Trevor Shears, who died from cancer in May this year, was posthumously awarded the medal along with his wife Lyn. Through a combination of awards from The Shears Foundation and The Shears Funds at the Community Foundation, the Shears family has donated millions to causes in the North East including the Sage Gateshead, Live Theatre and the Tyneside Cinema.
Lyn Shears said:

“It’s vitally important to introduce more young people to the arts because they are the audiences of tomorrow. My husband and I always felt that we got so much more from the giving than the recipients did. We never did it seeking recognition but it’s a huge honour to receive the medal from The Prince of Wales. It’s sad that Trevor can’t be here but I know he would have been immensely proud.”

The Shears are the first philanthropists in the North East to be recognised with a Prince of Wales medal having been nominated by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Shears_GJmr-1819Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation added:

“It’s a real testament to our region that Lyn and Trevor are the first family in the North East to be recognised for their arts philanthropy. Not only does it highlight the strength of philanthropy in our region, but it illustrates the strength of our arts scene too. This is something that Trevor was hugely passionate about, and I am delighted that Lyn and Trevor have been recognised for their outstanding contribution.”

The Shears have donated millions to arts organisations in the North East which often has many hidden benefits to the local community. An award of £3,900 to the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival in May was able to employ a temporary part-time Learning & Participation specialist to develop a youth programme to support those often find it difficult to access arts provisions in rural Northumberland.

Melanie Iredale, Director of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in 2014 said

“Support helped us reach and engage those – young and old – who wouldn’t otherwise access film education and arts provision. This is especially important in a rural, culturally isolated and economically disadvantaged area.”

Arts & Business, a partner of Business in the Community, invited nominations from arts bodies across the length and breadth of the UK, receiving a total of 35 each with several letters of support from nominating institutions. Initial selection was made by The Prince of Wales’ ‘Arts Cluster Group’ who drew up a short list of 10 arts philanthropists to put forward to the final judging panel, who selected this year’s five recipients.

The judging panel included Sir Ronald Harwood, Dame Monica Mason and Colin Tweedy OBE; the Arts Cluster Group included Hilary Boulding Principal, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Sir Tony Hall Managing Director, BBC and Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England.

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Weston Charity Awards »

Weston Charity Awards

 

Twelve Weston Charity Awards are available throughout the North of England, in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community that are working at a grass-roots level directly with beneficiaries.

The awards will comprise:

-          One year programme of professional mentoring in partnership with Pilotlight

-          Core cost funding

-          Profile raising in the media

-          Access to advice and support from the Garfield Weston Foundation

To apply, your organisation will need to have at least one full-time member of staff with an income less than £3 million.

Further details and an application form are available at http://www.westoncharityawards.org/

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Spartans march to victory! »

spartansEarlier in the year, Tony Platten established the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and offered in-kind sponsorship of Blyth Spartans AFC.

After a 2-1 comeback against Hartlepool FC, Blyth Spartans are now through to the Third Round of the FA Cup where they will face Birmingham City FC at Croft Park in Blyth. The date of the fixture has yet to be announced but will be played on either 3 or 4 January 2015. How far can the lucky Community Foundation home shirt go? Good luck boys!

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Getting that grant »

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Idox, the people behind the GRANTfinder database, have recently undertaken their second annual survey of funders. Their report includes recommendations for applicants on how they can improve their chances of success.

The report suggests that charitable funders are increasingly under pressure. The most common reason for declining applications is now that applications have exceeded the grants budget. With funding tight the report suggests organisations need to up their game, both in the presentation and content of their applications. Above all it calls on applicants to be realistic, and avoid speculative bids that take up time and effort without resulting in a grant. As one funder put it: “Read the policy and eligibility criteria and make sure you qualify. Above all, be honest with yourselves about whether your project actually addresses the priorities or stated aims of the grant fund. If it doesn’t, don’t apply”.

 Remember that here at the Community Foundation our staff are always happy to advise you on your project’s eligibility for funding. If in doubt, give us a shout!

Read the full report at: http://www.idoxgrantfinder.co.uk/cmsDocuments/Funding_Survey_2014.pdf

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Celebrate #GivingTuesday and support your local community »

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Today, the UK voluntary sector is celebrating #GivingTuesday, a campaign which celebrates philanthropy and encourages local people and businesses to give. We are joining the campaign and are asking you to support us by giving to a themed fund, which allow you to give to a cause close to your heart.

Our themed funds are an chance for local people and businesses to pool their resources and make a change through collaborative philanthropy. For more information on the causes in our community please see your giving options below:

You really care about the area in which you live? You can support our Give2 Funds for Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Northumberland

You really care about empowering local women to make a change? You can support the Women’s Fund

You really care about supporting older people? You can support our Surviving Winter Campaign 2014

You really care about the environment? You can support the Local Environmental Action Fund

You really care about the arts? You can support the North East Fund for the Arts or the Newcastle Culture Investment Fund

You really care about opportunities for young people? You can support the High Sheriff Youth Awards for Tyne & WearNorthumberland or the Young Musicians Fund

Thank you for your kind support on #GivingTuesday @CFTyneWearNland.

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Posted on 01/12/2014 @ 12:20 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 older people 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

Posted on 25/11/2014 @ 1:37 pm
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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

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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.

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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

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