Grants aim to ‘make a difference’

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APPLICATIONS are being encouraged for a fund that makes a difference to older people’s lives in North Tyneside.

Now in its fourth year, the Health and Happiness Fund is a joint initiative between North Tyneside Council and Age UK North Tyneside.

Offering grants of up to £500, it aims to support older people to lead happier, fun-filled lives and counteract loneliness.

Coun David Sarin, North Tyneside’s older people’s champion, said: “I would strongly recommend that any volunteer group with little or no funding apply for a grant, which could support the good work they already do in the community.”

Alma Caldwell, Chief Executive of Age UK North Tyneside said: “Already this year we’ve awarded £10,000 to 45 groups, enabling over 1,500 people to make more of life.”

The North Shields branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild were delighted to receive a grant of £200 to help start their new Textile Social History Group.

Organiser Sheila Craig said “We’ll be renting space and paying for publicity for an exhibition to show our collection of textile memorabilia and the embroidery work we plan to do over the coming year.

“The project will engage older people by discussing their textile memories with members who have a great love of embroidery and textiles.”

The fund provides two small grant rounds of £10,000 each.

Small, local, volunteer led groups who have little or no funding are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to £500 by completing a simple application form.

The next closing date for applications to the Health and Happiness Fund is Friday, September 2.

For further information and application forms contact Age UK North Tyneside, The Bradbury Centre, North Shields on (0191) 280 8484 or online at www.ageuknorthtyneside.org

Anyone requiring help to submit an application should contact Julie Blackie, at Age UK North Tyneside Whitley Bay centre on (0191) 293 9141.