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£57,000 support for North East charities to tackle social issues

Date published: 25 July 2022

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Andrew Haigh, Chief Executive at Newcastle Building Society in one of our branches.

£57,000 support for North East charities to tackle social issues

Grant support from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation totaling over £57,000 has been awarded to 21 local charities in a bid to help tackle hardship throughout the North East.

The funding will reach beneficiaries across our region, helping to tackle issues including employability, food poverty, debt management, homelessness, social isolation and the environment.

Grants ranging from £1,000 to £3,000 have been awarded to charities as far north as the Wooler Young People’s Association in Northumberland, all the way south to Cleveland Housing Advice Centre, Middlesbrough, and to the west, Parkinson’s UK in Eden, Cumbria.

Andrew Haigh, chief executive officer, said: “As the rise in the cost of living continues to place significant pressures on our local communities, we’re more determined than ever to help charities throughout our region with the resources they need to cope with the heightened demand for their services.”

With funding allocated to communities served by our branch network, the grants support a diverse range of charities, including Wansbeck Valley Food Bank in Morpeth, Hexham-based West Northumberland Food Bank, Barnabus Safe and Sound in Morpeth and Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre.

Other charities benefitting from grants include the Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund, the Benwell Christian Shop Project, Newcastle-based charity Caring Hands, Josie's Dragonfly Trust, SEARCH and Tiny Lives Trust.

Grants also support the Customs House in South Shields, Gateshead-based Skills 4 Work, Oasis Aquila Housing, Sunderland, the East Durham Trust and Age UK Teesside. The Oswin Project received £2,000 for its ongoing work in Newcastle, whilst the Newcastle West End (Bede) Food Bank received a grant of £3,000, along with the North East Autism Society for its activity in North Tyneside.

To find out more about our Community Fund at the Community Foundation, or to nominate your charity or community group, visit: