North East community partnership projects receive £1.5m grant

£1.5m in NHS Charities Together funding is set to support eight community-based partnerships in the North East and North Cumbria.

The news follows a successful bid to the NHS Charities Together Community Partnership's Covid-19 Response grant programme. The bid was made on behalf of the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Integrated Care System (ICS) by Newcastle Hospitals Charity, in association with representatives from the NENC Population Health and Prevention Board and a host of other partners. These include the County Durham Community Foundation, Cumbria Community Foundation and NENC VCSE Partnership Programme.

Eight two-year community partnership projects will be delivered by a range of partners from within the NHS and VCSE sector. These projects will help tackle health inequalities, improve people’s mental health and wellbeing and offer specialist support to people disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Teri Bayliss, charity director at Newcastle Hospitals Charity, welcomed the funding.

She said: “This will have a huge impact for the North East and North 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 following projects – many of which are run by VONNE member organisations – will benefit from the grant:

  • Barnardo’s, which 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 which supports people across the region affected by a cancer diagnosis and their families.
  • Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind’s ‘Rooted in Nature’ project, which is designed to increase mental health and wellbeing support for people living in the most disadvantaged areas of Middlesbrough.
  • The NENC Child Health and Wellbeing Network, which 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.