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Six North East Charities Shortlisted for
Charity Achievement Awards Final

Jul 20, 2015

The Lloyds Bank Foundation today announced that six charities from the North East have won a Charity Achievement Award and been shortlisted for the UK Final for which they will be travelling to London for a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Charity Achievement Awards have been created to recognise the amazing, life changing work of small and medium sized charities. The winners, who were selected from a strong field of charities across the region because of their achievements against key criteria, are:

They will each receive £1000 and will now compete against charities from across England, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, with six overall winners to be announced at a UK Final awards ceremony on 8th October 2015.

An additional four charities were Highly Commended for their entries and will each receive £500: Tyneside Women’s Health (Against the Odds), Eva Women’s Aid (Championing Change), A Way Out (Enterprising Collaboration) and Open Door North East (Outstanding Impact).

Chief Executive of the Foundation, Paul Streets OBE, said of the awards: ‘We are delighted to celebrate the winners of our Charity Achievement Awards. They have demonstrated excellent and inspiring practice, and have set the standard high; not just surviving in these tough times, but thriving, delivering vital services and literally transforming lives. For over 30 years the Foundation has supported thousands of such small and medium sized charities to tackle disadvantage in communities right across the North East and we look forward to doing much more in the years to come.’

The Winners:

The Grange Day Centre
- Winner of the Outstanding Impact Award for the North East  

The Grange Day Centre has been recognised for the way in which they have transformed the lives of isolated older people and those with dementia through their innovative, creative programme. Their unique approach has been significant in allowing vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals develop new skills and gain renewed confidence.

The centre cares for over one hundred and thirty older people from Newcastle and across Northumberland through a programme of creative activities including photography, kite making, and digital storytelling. Through the dedication and creative approach of the staff and the artists, they have made a massive impact in tackling the difficult issue of social isolation and helplessness experienced by vulnerable older people in the community.  

Coatham House
- Winner of the Against The Odds Award for the North East
Redcar and Cleveland based charity for homeless young people, Coatham House, impressed the judges by turning a 50 per cent cut in funding to their advantage through creating a trading arm which has developed social enterprises including a cafe, shop, day care provision and independent flats.

Coatham House’s new strategy has created more opportunities not only for homeless young people  for locals in the area with added scope for volunteering and training for those without formal qualifications.  Now totally independent of any contractual obligations, Coatham House has not only maintained their vital service but has been able to develop and expand to meet the ever-changing needs of homelessness in the borough. 

Willington Community Action (Willington)
– Winner of the Valuing Volunteers award for the North East

As well as doing significant work to improve the lives and well being of the former mining communities in the local area, Willington Community Action plays a massive role in supporting local volunteers in the area, with an emphasis on being open to everyone.

Volunteers are encouraged to develop and ready themselves for employment by taking up the many training courses they have access to including a customer service NVQ and Business Admin Level 2. Willington Community Action relies solely on its volunteers to run a number of projects including the weekly IT class and believe that the volunteers are pivotal to their success.  The charity shows their support by holding regular feedback meetings and has recently started to hold presentation ceremonies for volunteers every six months to recognise and praise their achievements.

My Sister’s Place (Middlesbrough)
– Winner of the Championing Change Award for the North East
My Sister’s Place have been nationally recognised by their successful effort in implementing a 12 month pilot project to improving safety and reducing further harm to victims of domestic abuse. The Middlesborough based charity worked with the local Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) to reduce a consistently high repeat victimisation rate of over 50% - set against a national benchmark of 40% for very high risk cases. By working to together and focussing closely on the most challenging cases the pilot succeeded in reducing the rate of repeat victimisation to below 40%, and their model has had an impact on national policy and helped shape future practice across the country. The charity was showcased by Professor Marianne Hester of Bristol University at Women’s Aid National Conference in July 2014 and was the subject of an article in Safe, the Women’s Aid Magazine.

Open Door North East (Middlesbrough)
– Winner of the Unsung Hero award for the North East
Teeside Open Door in Middlesbrough singled out their volunteer Heath as their unsung hero whose contribution in the face of his own adversity has left fellow volunteers “amazed”. A Teesside University graduate from Zimbabwe, his family fled a very turbulent situation in South Africa to come to the UK. Despite his own challenges with the asylum system leaving him destitute, he began volunteering at Open Door in 2010.

The charity provides a range of services for refugees and asylum seekers and Heath has since been instrumental in much of the work at the charity. He has taken a key role in the development of their refugee Employment Support Project as well as assisting in day to day accounts and developing the financial management system. Many of Open Door’s clients and indeed other volunteers were amazed at how he tirelessly serves others despite having faced so many difficulties himself.  

Age UK South Tyneside - Winner of the Enterprising Collaboration Award for the North East  

Age UK South Tyneside’s collaborative work with NHS England has made a significant impact in transforming the lives of older people by using digital technology to address issues such as mental health and loneliness.

Together with NHS England Age UK South Tyneside adapted the text messaging system which was originally developed for monitoring health conditions like diabetes and asthma to provide regular communication to check in and also motivate people once they have been discharged from the Home from Hospital Service. The partnership demonstrated that encouraging and facilitating communication between older people, professionals and their family is significantly improving health and wellbeing by reducing loneliness and social isolation.  


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