Funding boost to help two Northumberland charities

Two charities in South East Northumberland have received a funding boost to help tackle issues linked to employability.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 9:00 am
Choysez - which runs projects, including gardening, to help young people's job prospects - has received a funding boost.

A total of 14 charities have received grants ranging from £2,500 to £5,000 from the Newcastle Building Society’s Community Fund at the Community Foundation.

Among them to benefit are Bedlington-based Choysez, which has received £4,650, and People and Drugs based in Blyth, receiving £5,000.

The donations have been made by the Fund which provides grants to charities and community groups located in or around the communities served by the Society's branch network.

Stuart Miller, customer director of Newcastle Building Society, said: “The coronavirus crisis has had a damaging impact on jobs and employment in sectors across the North East and we’re still uncertain how this will develop during the year.

"The Society is committed to providing ongoing support to our communities and by focusing grant funding on employability we’ll be addressing an immediate and very real issue for many, helping local charities get local people in the best possible shape to ensure they can benefit from an economic recovery.”

Other organisations to receive funding include Newcastle-based North East Homeless, People and Drugs based in Blyth, South Tyneside-based charities Bright Futures and TEN North East as well as YMCA North Tyneside.

Since its launch in 2016, Newcastle Building Society’s Community Fund has also contributed over £2.1m in grants and partnerships to a wide variety of charities and projects across the region, including the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the Prince’s Trust.

The grants are so far estimated to have had a positive impact on more than 151,000 people.

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