Big changes start locally

North east community groups receive share of £210,000 from Virgin Money Foundation

  • Community Anchor funding will support neighbourhood organisations based across the north east
  • Over £1 million of grants have been awarded since the programme began
  • Fifth set of grants awarded in the region as part of the Community Anchors’ Fund

Seven community groups across the north east will share grants totalling £210,000 as part of the Community Anchor funding programme from Virgin Money Foundation.

The Community Anchors’ Fund will support the seven community groups with a range of activities such as working with vulnerable youngsters and tackling poverty and homelessness.

The seven groups to benefit from latest round of funding are Action Foundation, Auckland Youth and Community Centres, Community Campus, Future Regeneration of Grangetown, Community Ventures, Moving on Durham and North Tyneside YMCA.

The fifth round of grants from the Fund will help organisations across the region continue to support communities impacted by Covid-19 and brings the total amount donated to community groups since the outbreak of the pandemic to more than £1 million.

Dean Titterton, Chief Executive at North Tyneside YMCA, said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded this vital funding and support from Virgin Money Foundation to help vulnerable young people in North Tyneside via our 'Hatch' project.

“With one-in-six people now identified as having a probable mental disorder, an increase from one-in-nine just three years ago, we are all too aware that mental health issues among young people are rising dramatically. The chance to offer the services of The Hatch project at such a critical stage is invaluable."

Dean added: “The additional pressures of the pandemic, coupled with consistent and damaging cuts to youth services over the last decade, have left many young people isolated and without essential support. Projects like YMCA North Tyneside's Hatch provide a much-needed bridge within our society, helping to reach vulnerable young people in their time of need.”

Bill Niblo, Chairperson at Auckland Youth and Community Centres, said:

“These funds are really important to us. For generations, we have been respected by as a locally-led organisation, acting like an anchor for Woodhouse Close and beyond, providing some stability which has been so important to our community of late. The money will help us to keep the doors open in these difficult times and allow us to continue to offer consistent and reliable support to local people and groups - providing warm, welcoming, safe and comfortable spaces for an ever-growing range of activities for all ages and needs.

“It will also give us the added scope to try out new projects in partnership with a range of local organisations, with whom we work very closely. The past year has been a real test for us all, and I’m really proud of the way that our staff and volunteers have adapted to the changing circumstances. With the help of funders such as Virgin Money Foundation, we will go on working hard in and around Woodhouse Close. Our collective efforts will continue to help local people build resilience and move out of poverty while, more strategically, we continue to work with our wonderful partners to tackle disadvantage and strengthen community cohesion.”

Lynn Pallister, Community Enterprise Officer at Future Regeneration of Grangetown said:

“We are delighted that Virgin Money Foundation has provided funding to help us continue to support to children, young people and adults in Grangetown and surrounding areas. We have lots of new services and activities that will make a significant difference to many people lives both in tackling poverty, reducing homelessness, improving peoples’ environment and bringing the community together in our amazing community hub to enjoy lots of fun activities.”

The Virgin Money Foundation is proud to support local groups in and around Virgin Money’s regional heartlands. The Foundation launched in 2015 and since then it has made over £10 million of grants to community groups throughout the UK.

Nancy Doyle-Hall, Executive Director of the Virgin Money Foundation, said:

“The true economic and social impact of the pandemic is still not known but what we have seen is the impact it has had on local communities. Organisations and local groups have rallied and this latest round of funding through the Community Anchors programme will help these groups in their endeavours.

“Supporting hard working community groups across that create positive change in their local area is our focus. Our community anchors continue to work in challenging conditions but their passion, resolve and impact is truly incredible.”


Organisation Name

Grant Award

Action Foundation £30,000
Auckland Youth and Community Centres £30,000
Community Campus £30,000
Community Ventures £30,000
Future Regeneration of Grangetown £30,000
Moving on Durham £30,000
North Tyneside YMCA £30,000

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Notes to Editors

About The Virgin Money Foundation

  • The Virgin Money Foundation launched in August 2015 as an independent charitable foundation focused initially on community projects in the North-East of England and growing to operate throughout the UK over time. It promotes the sustainable regeneration of communities that have experienced social and economic decline. Since launch it has awarded over £10million in grants to community organisations across the UK.
  • Virgin Money Foundation seeks to work jointly with other funders, making additional funds available for great local projects.
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  • The Virgin Money Foundation. Charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales Company No. 9457101. Charity No. 1161290. Registered Office: Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, NE3 4PL.

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