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Supporting our communities with £67,000 winter funding

Date published: 22 December 2023

Read time: 2 minutes

Two men and a woman smiling as they lean over a table covered in loose vegetables and assorted boxes, tins and packets of food.

£67,000 in grants to continue supporting some of the region’s most vulnerable people this winter have been made from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Small grants ranging from £1,500 to £5,000 have been awarded to a variety of charities across our region, to support the work they do to tackle issues linked to employability, food poverty, debt management, homelessness, and the environment.

A total of £67,322 has been awarded to a total of 15 charities, including previous recipients YMCA North Tyneside, Cleveland Housing Advice Centre, and Children North East.

A group of Newcastle Building Society colleagues on a construction site, stood in front of a DIY SOS van, wearing high vis jackets and hard hats.

One of the grant recipients is inclusive performing arts school, True Colours Theatre. Earlier this year, a number of our colleagues helped renovate the school’s new premises in Wallsend, North Tyneside, as part of a ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’ episode this year.

Donna Stubbs, Community Manager at Newcastle Building Society, said: “As the financial climate continues to be difficult, we know the winter is going to be tough for many people in our communities and the demand for support services will increase.

“That’s why it’s important that we continue to use the Community Fund to support the most vulnerable members, and help the charities in our communities meet the demand.”

The full list of organisations we have recently supported with funding can be found on our latest grant recipients page.

Image caption: L-R David Charlton, our Head of Operations, and Greg Brown, our Alnwick Branch Manager, with Hannah Moeini, Project Manager at Community @NE66, one of our grant recipients this year. 

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