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To mark its 30 anniversary, the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is seeking 30 people to take part in a new initiative, The Giving Network, where they will make an impact to local people’s lives.

On our own it’s difficult to make a difference; when we work together, the possibilities are endless. And now from just £30 per month, you can give back to important community causes in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland has launched the Giving Network – in celebration of the Community Foundation’s 30th birthday – that aims to find 30 people who are passionate about their local community.

Gifts are matched £1-for-£1 in the first year, and after 12 months, members can give away their portion of the fund to important community causes at a special giving event.

The initiative is being backed by Ward Hadaway law firm.

Gary Fawcett (pictured), Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin Investment Management & Financial Planning, is one of the first people to sign up to the Giving Network.

He says: “The Giving Network at the Community Foundation is a great idea for my generation and for professional people like me with young families who want to help local charities. For me, it was the local element that was important, as well as the fact that collectively we can make a real difference.

“It’s a manageable but meaningful amount that adds up to quite a big sum over a year when you donate alongside others, so you can really make a difference to local charities.

“It gets people involved at a younger age and there is a real movement now to do more. It is rewarding and the more you can help, the better you feel. If you want to give to charity, this is a great way to start – and you get to meet those you are helping and see where your money is going.”

Rob Williamson, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation, adds: “We’re looking for the next generation of people to lead the way in making a difference to people’s lives across the North East. If you’re ready to give something back but don’t know where to begin, we can help.

“Many people find it hard or bewildering when considering making charitable donations – so we’ve made it easy. By joining the Giving Network, all the leg work is done for you – and you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’re donating to the most worthy causes.

“Alone it is often difficult to make a real difference, but together we can change lives. As a collective, the Giving Network ensures that your smaller donations count for more and go further.

“As part of the Giving Network, you will have the opportunity to give what you can to charities on your doorstep – as well as see the difference you are making. Not only will you have a sense of empowerment, you’ll feel good about yourself too.”

Also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Ward Hadaway is backing the initiative.

Jamie Martin, senior partner at Ward Hadaway, says: “Ward Hadaway is a law firm rooted in the North East.

“We are committed to giving back to the communities in our region, and proud to support the Community Foundation’s initiative

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