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Newcastle Hospitals Charity receives £1.5 million NHS Charities Together grant

NEWCASTLE Hospitals Charity has announced it has received £1.5 million in new funding from NHS Charities Together.

Newcastle Hospitals Charity successfully led the funding bid to the NHS Charities Together Community Partnerships Covid-19 Response grant programme on behalf of the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Integrated Care System (ICS).

The charity has received the maximum funding amount of £1,567,845 for eight two-year community partnership projects that will be delivered by a range of partners from within the NHS, community organisations and the charity sector.

The projects to receive funding are helping to tackle health inequalities, improve people’s mental health and wellbeing, and offer specialist support to people disproportionally affected by the direct and indirect impacts of Covid-19.

Welcoming the funding, Teri Bayliss, charity director at Newcastle Hospitals Charity, said:

“This will have a huge impact for the North East and Cumbria, our charity and our project delivery partners.

“The grant supports our key aim to tackle health inequalities and create healthier communities through place-based partnerships that can make a genuine difference to individuals and families across our region.

“The last 18 months have been extremely challenging for everyone and many people across the country have shown their support for the NHS and healthcare community through inspiring fundraising initiatives and donations.

“We’re all familiar with the grace and determination of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who proved an inspiration for many by raising millions for the NHS by walking laps of his garden.

“It is the kindness, generosity of spirit and collective effort of people of all ages and abilities that have made it possible for NHS Charities Together to fund vital health and wellbeing projects in communities across the country. For that, we are extremely grateful.”

The projects to benefit from the grant are:

  • Barnardo’s is delivering a youth-led mental health and wellbeing programme with a specific focus on self-harm and suicide prevention in north Cumbria.
  • A Coping with Cancer North East outreach programme supports people across the region affected by a cancer diagnosis and their families.
  • Family Action provides additional therapeutic support for young carers in County Durham.
  • Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind’s ‘Rooted in Nature’ project is designed to increase mental health and wellbeing support for people living in the most disadvantaged areas of Middlesbrough.
  • North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Child Health and Wellbeing Network is delivering four impactful programmes that will contribute significant positive outcomes for the region’s children and young people, including a Mental Health First Aid ‘Train the Trainer’ project.
  • North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group to support its ‘Let’s Talk Bereavement’ project to encourage more conversations about death and bereavement through the delivery of training courses in north Cumbria.
  • Wearside Women in Need, a frontline therapeutic service in Middlesbrough and Wearside that addresses health inequalities for women.
  • Your Voice Counts, a project to develop a consistent and equitable model of support for people with learning disabilities and autism in the North Tyne and Gateshead Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) area.

Newcastle Hospitals Charity is leading the delivery of the grant programme and is working in partnership with the County Durham Community Foundation and the Cumbria Community Foundation.

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