Funding Boost for Third Sector
Charities and voluntary groups organisations in South Tyneside have secured almost a quarter of a million pounds in funding to help people through the coronavirus pandemic.
Almost 30 organisations have been successful in securing grants of between £3,000 and £15,000. The money will be used to ensure vital supplies and support are delivered to those in need.
One of the organisations that has secured funds is Clegwell and Hartleyburn CIO which has secured £10,000 through the Martin Lewis Coronavirus Charity Help Fund. The group has used the money to buy non-perishable goods which is being distributed to food banks across the Borough.
Community Centre manager James Trainer said: "Sadly food banks have seen a sharp drop in donations at a time when they are more desperately needed than ever before.
"We were so pleased to secure the funds to enable us to work with existing food banks to make sure supplies get to those who need them most. Pulling together is the only way we will get through this pandemic."
The food will be packaged into parcels which will be delivered by Key 2 Life and Hebburn Helps food banks as well as pop-up local initiatives including food banks at Bilton Hall, Boldon, Hedworthfield and Primrose Community Associations, the Red Hackle food bank on the Perth Green estate, Murrays and Share and Care.
Councillor Nancy Maxwell, Lead Member for the Voluntary Sector, Co-operatives and Partnerships, said: "We all know that community groups and charities in South Tyneside do an incredibly valuable job but they have really stepped up to the plate during the coronavirus pandemic.
"As a co-operative council we are committed to working with our communities. By working with residents we were able to work together to keep our community centres open and sustainable for the future - an approach which is paying huge dividends now. I would like to thank all those involved for their sterling efforts in bringing much-needed practical solutions and comfort to so many."
Inspire, the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in South Tyneside, is keen to remind people about the funding available to charities and other third sector organisations. For advice on how and where to apply for funding visit www.inspiresouthtyneside.co.uk/fundingnet/
Inspire Chief Executive Charlotte Harrison said: "It is truly inspirational to work with our communities, the local authority and statutory partners to enable brilliant people to do such amazing things.
"So far charities and community groups have brought in more than £234,000 to the Borough. This is a spectacular achievement which deserves to be applauded. The next stage will be look at how we can work together to help communities recover from this pandemic and build on our strengths so that South Tyneside becomes an even better place in which to live."