A rise in help for community projects

Bridges boss Andy Bradley.
Bridges boss Andy Bradley.
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COMMUNITY projects across Wearside are getting Arise.

The Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise (Arise) scheme is backed by Land Securities, owner of the Bridges shopping centre.

The aim is to give assistance to activities that benefit the community, with organisations and individuals from Sunderland eligible to apply for financial awards of up to £500.

Bridges boss Andy Bradley will become chairman of the board which will oversee the initiative, alongside Harry Collinson, of Collinson’s Jewellers, Zoe Channing, assistant head of culture and tourism at Sunderland City Council, and Echo editor Rob Lawson.

“Our aim is to provide funding for community-based projects that will go some way towards improving the quality of life for people living in Sunderland,” said Andy.

“In many instances applicants are not looking for large amounts of money, but the level of help that we are able to provide can make a big difference.”

All requests for funding will be considered by the volunteer committee made up of local Sunderland figureheads.

Rob added: “There is an increasing desire among large companies to become more involved in socially responsible activities, and Arise provides the perfect opportunity to make a real difference to the Sunderland community.

“Myself and my fellow committee members are really proud to be involved in this exciting initiative. Its aim is to give a helping hand to groups and individuals taking part in a wide range of local projects – from sporting activities and environmental initiatives to youth development and education and training.”

The Arise community fund currently has a cash reserve donated by Land Securities to get the initiative off the ground. Any other Sunderland stakeholders who wish to get involved in the project can get in touch with the Arise administrators at bridges@onlybeattie.com

For further details on the initiative, or to request an application form, contact Danielle Bishop at Beattie Communications on 08448 425 270 or email bridges@onlybeattie.com

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