Two South Shields charities get cash boost from Lloyds Bank

Chief officer Jean Burnside at the Key Project's new site in Lawe Top, South Shields.
Chief officer Jean Burnside at the Key Project's new site in Lawe Top, South Shields.
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Two South Tyneside charities have received a combined boost of £100,000.

Young people at risk of living on the streets will continue to be supported by the South Tyneside Churches Together Key Project thanks to a £30,000 grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation.

The grant will help cover the Lawe Top-based charity’s core costs and also expand its services for young people at risk of homelessness.

Ross Allen, project manager, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation. 

“At a time of increased economic uncertainty this grant will ensure Key can deliver on its mission to support vulnerable young people across South Tyneside. 

“Specifically, it will help us to put a structure in place that will ensure our homelessness prevention and support services are managed effectively, whilst also enabling us to proceed with our plans to increase our number of supported accommodation units.”

Impact Family Services, in Beach Road, South Shields, also received a grant of £70,022, to assist with victims of domestic violence and abuse.

The cash will partly be used to fund the salary of an independent domestic violence advisor, who will work with local health services to direct people to the charity’s services.

Hazel Hedley, chief executive of Impact, said: “Funding is vital to the growth and sustainability of Impact.

“As a charity our revenue stream is not guaranteed, and to receive money that allows us to plan between three and five years ahead is important to our sustainability and in making sure our services are robust.

“It allows us to reach families who need our support.

Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation, said: “Fundraising for small and medium-sized charities is increasingly precarious at a time of Government cuts and economic uncertainty. That is why the foundation is helping organisations like these continue the impressive work they do.”