COMMUNITY projects across Newcastle have been celebrating after securing a share of a local social landlord’s £100,000 community investment fund.
Your Homes Newcastle’s (YHN) annual initiative sees charities and projects from across the city bid for up to a £10,000 share of the funding pot.
This year more than 65 projects applied to the fund, with 14 projects successful in their bid. Representatives from the successful projects got together with staff from YHN to celebrate the funding announcement (main picture).
The celebration was hosted by the Nunsmoor Centre Trust (NCT) in Fenham, which successfully applied for £7,332 funding for their Memories through Music project. This brings together vulnerable older people to create, rehearse and perform their own music.
Other successful projects range from sport and wellbeing sessions for school leavers with disabilities to counselling sessions to help support families experiencing problems with bullying, and a Potters Shed project to help reduce social isolation.
Alyson Hampshire, NCT’s chair, said: “Securing this funding from Your Homes Newcastle for our Memories through Music project will allow us to support and bring together older people through a shared enjoyment of music. Having the support and backing of YHN to run projects like this makes such a difference to members of our community who can suffer from loneliness and isolation.”
YHN’s community investment fund was set up with the aim to build stronger communities, strengthen community partnerships and reduce social isolation in Newcastle.
Jen Vinton, YHN’s director of customer services, said: “This is the second year of our community investment fund, which aims to strengthen the great work of the projects that are already working in the communities where we have homes, helping give them an opportunity to reach a wider audience and engage more people.
“There is great need and demand for this type of community support and it is fantastic to see the range of projects we have funded this year in locations across the city and I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits they bring to our customers and communities.”