Latest 2021 Grant Allocations We provide grants to local charities and community groups across the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire through our Newcastle Building Society Community Fund. As a result of the coronavirus crisis, we’ve amended our Community Fund grant process to ensure we can quickly help those most in need during this time. The COVID-19 crisis has had a detrimental impact on the job prospects and employment of so many people. Following our April grants, where we granted a total of £54,996 to 14 charities, in July 2021 we announced 17 new grants worth a total of £50,512, to charities providing essential support to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. The charities we are supporting are working on employability projects, tackling food poverty, and debt management in our region. Here’s more about the most recent grant recipients and the amazing work they do: North Tyneside Disability Forum - £3,000 North Tyneside Disability Forum works with and for people living with disabilities, to ensure they are able to equally participate in society as able decision-makers. Their grant will be used to provide employability training to people living with disabilities in North Tyneside. Find out more about the charity here. South Tyneside Churches KEY Project- £3,000 South Tyneside Churches KEY Project is a grassroots community charity supporting the young people of South Tyneside learn the skills they need to live independently. The KEY Project is working to increase the employability prospects of homeless young people and will be using their grant to pilot a six-month employability project. Find out more about the charity here. International Community Organisation of Sunderland - £3,000 The International Community Organisation of Sunderland (ICOS) seeks to improve the quality of life for significantly marginalised individuals and enhance community cohesion and intercultural understanding. Most of their work is currently delivered In Sunderland and the surrounding area. Find out more about the charity here. Coatham House, Tees Valley - £2,940 Based in Redcar, Coatham House provides housing, support, and training to homeless young people aged 16-24 in the area. Coatham House will use its grant for a volunteering programme for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Find out more about the charity here. Auckland Youth and Community Centre, County Durham - £3,000 Founded in 1964, Auckland Youth and Community Centre (AYCC) has served as an essential community hub working to make a real difference to the Woodhouse Close Estate, which falls within the top 1% most deprived Local Super Output Areas (English Indices of Deprivation 2010). Using a wide variety of activities, events, interventions, and learning experiences, AYCC provides carefully designed support to people of all ages and needs. Find out more about the charity here. Carlisle Key, Cumbria - £3,000 Carlisle Key works with young people aged 16-25, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They provide support and assistance within their drop in and housing services, to alleviate the hardship and distress caused by homelessness, housing, financial, and other related difficulties. Find out more about the charity here. Churches Together in South Tyneside - £3,000 Churches Together in South Tyneside (CTST) was set up by local churches who wanted to work together and with other faiths and the wider community to help local people who experience distressing circumstances, including poverty, isolation, and loneliness. Their grant will go towards the running costs of their foodbank, which is providing vital food poverty relief. The Cedarwood Trust, North Tyneside - £3,000 Based in North Shields, the Cedarwood Trust is a community development charity working on the Meadow Well Estate. Established in 1980, the Trust’s goals is to provide residents of Meadow Well a safe, inclusive and supportive space, and their main areas of focus include food poverty, early years and families, vulnerable adults, and the elderly. Find out more about the charity here. Regal Respite, Gateshead - £3,000 Based in Gateshead, Regal Respite provides relief and respite to many of the most vulnerable people living within Gateshead’s orthodox Jewish community. Their grant will be used to support individuals and families facing food poverty. The Mercy Project, Newcastle – £2,991 Part of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Newcastle, The Mercy Project works to end suffering, loneliness and distress. Their grant will be used to run a half-term holiday club, focused on providing food, for disadvantaged families in the West End of Newcastle. Find out more about the charity here. Billingham and Stockton Borough Foodbank, Teesside - £3,000 A part of the The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network, Billingham and Stockton Borough Foodbanks consists of four foodbank centres: Billingham, Hebron Stockton, Norton, and Stockton Hope, together with a food warehouse, clothing bank and baby goods. Find out more about the charity here. Gateshead Foodbank, Tyne & Wear - £3,000 Gateshead Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network. Working alongside care professionals, the Foodbank identifies people in crisis and assesses their needs, before issuing vouchers for nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food. Find out more about the charity here. Footprints in the Community (Redcar Foodbank), Teesside - £3,000 Footprints in the Community was established in Redcar and Cleveland in 2012 and works to address poverty and isolation in and around the area, as well as provide a support network to local people and organisations. Find out more about the charity here. Citizens Advice Sunderland - £2,500 Financial difficulties impact people from all ages and backgrounds, and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Citizens Advice Sunderland works with people facing financial difficulties, often struggling to pay essential bills, repay their debts, and cover emergency expenses. They will focus their grant on providing detailed budgeting and financial capabilities advice. Find out more about the charity here. Jewish Community Council of Gateshead - £2,500 The Jewish Community Council of Gateshead (JCCG) works to improve the social and economic prospects of the Orthodox Jewish community in Gateshead by advocating for their needs. The JCCG currently offers welfare/benefits advice and is looking to expand this service to include advice on debt management. Northumbrian Citizens Advice Bureau, Northumberland - £3,000 Financial challenges have become more prevalent due to the pandemic, so Northumbrian Citizens Advice Bureau is looking to provide essential financial advice and debt management in an environment that many of its beneficiaries will find more accessible. Find out more about the charity here. Berwick Youth Project, Northumberland - £3,640 Berwick Youth Project has been working with young people aged 13-25, providing support and information, supported accommodation, outdoor activities, and youth club facilities, since 1995. They are looking to gain Citizens Advice Bureau advisor training, in order to support service users facing financial, employment and consumer issues, particularly those impact on their mental health and wellbeing. Find out more about the charity here.