Two North East charities win Weston Charity Award

Carers Trust Tyne and Wear and Independent Advocacy North East are today announced as a 2018 Weston Charity Awards winner and will receive a core grant of £6,500 and a year’s strategic planning support.

The Weston Charity Awards, which were established by the Garfield Weston Foundation in the North East of England, celebrate and support great front-line charities in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales with incomes under £5 million. The charities need to be delivering youth, welfare or community services. Nearly 200 small charities applied.

Carers Trust Tyne and Wear offers support to those providing unpaid care to a relative, partner or friend within the Gateshead area. They offer a home support service where staff take over the caring role while the carer has a break. 

Pauline Steele, Chief Executive, Carers Trust Tyne and Wear said:

“We are delighted to be a Weston Charity Award winner.  We are proud of the work we do to improve the lives of carers. The support we will receive through the awards will help us become more sustainable  and ensure we can keep making a difference to carers in Gateshead for many years to come."

Independent Advocacy North East (IANE) provides support to enable vulnerable adults to have their voices heard and make their own informed decisions (refugees, asylum seekers and people who are having treatment for a mental health issue). 

Debbie Shelton, Chief Executive IANE said:

“We are delighted to be a Weston Charity Awards winner. We are proud of the work we do to enable the voices of vulnerable people in and around North Tyneside to be heard through the provision of a range of independent advocacy services tailored to the needs of individuals. The support we will receive through the Awards will help us improve our strategic planning, strengthen our governance, and maximise the use of our stats and records to support our fund- raising. We are ambitious to expand our service to make a difference to a larger number vulnerable people in North Tyneside for many years to come.” 

Applications to the awards reveal small charities want support to maximise their impact and help more people. This is backed up by research carried out by the Weston Charity Awards among small charity leaders showing they expect to deliver more with less in 2018. Three in five small to medium sized charities expect to support more service users in 2018 despite that fact most are not confident of income growth in that time. ¹

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:

“Small charities have stepped up to deliver essential services in their communities and are extremely adept at being highly creative with limited resources. Their directors wear many hats as they juggle multiple roles.”

According to the UK Civil Society Almanac, half of England’s charities are based in London, the South East and South West – with 3.2 charitable organisations per 1,000 people in the South West compared to just 1.7 in the North East.2 This highlights how charities in the North have to work disproportionately harder to meet the needs of the communities they support.

The directors of the 20 winning charities will be matched with teams of senior business leaders for a programme of mentoring and coaching, to strengthen their organisations and increase impact. They also receive £6,500 of unrestricted funding from the Garfield Weston Foundation to take part in the programme, as well as access to the advice and support of Pilotlight.

Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight, said:

“Large charities have been in spotlight in recent months for the right and for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, up and down the country small charities are quietly facing rising demands for their services. Our programme is an opportunity for the award winners to develop the skills they need to make the maximum impact, even as they are being stretched to capacity.”