A North East pharmaceutical giant has given play schemes in the region a £20,000 cash injection.
The funding from Proctor and Gamble, in North Tyneside, managed by the Community Foundation, will support activities and help provide equipment for youngsters, from West Moor to Cramlington, Northumberland.
The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland supports community groups from children to older people with funding for education, career development or those struggling with ill health. It also allocates funding for the arts, environment, community activities and amateur sport.
The latest round of grants will help 15 community projects which will share the cash to pay for outings and activities.
The P&G Fund was set up to get youngsters in the region by giving them better access to education and building important life skills. Grants range from £500 towards a toy and loan equipment service at Newcastle Toy and Leisure Library, to three £2,000 grants to pay for schemes including a nursery garden, after-school activities and a special project for boys.
Community project Edberts House in Gateshead, which works with youngsters on the High Lanes estate, received £1,500 for its Summer Live children’s programme. The project, which has been running since 2009, has used cash to organise three weeks of activities for 16 children between seven and 11.
Edberts House community development worker, Mark Harrison, said: “We’d like to thank the Community Fund for its generosity. We’ve got three weeks of holiday clubs. Our first week will be based around a Roman theme - we are joining an archaeological dig at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields, holding a gladiatorial games contest and a mosaic art project.
“In the second week, we’ll be focusing on sport with trampolining at Gateshead Leisure Centre, films and designing a sports bag, and the third week will be local history. We’ll be learning Geordie songs, visiting Shipley Art Gallery and making a film at Woodhorn Museum.”
Andy Sherwood, P&G community matters leader at its Cobalt site in North Tyneside, added: “P&G is proud to be able to support our North East charities who work with vulnerable children.”
The full list of children’s summer and out-of-school projects to benefit from the latest round of P&G Fund grants are:
West Moor Residents Association - £1,257, with £394 to help pay for a children’s farm visit and £863 towards older children’s activity sessions;.
Murray House Community Recreation Centre - £800 for summer activities for children between five and 13;
Linskill & North Tyneside Community Development Trust - £2,000 towards its nursery garden project;
Meadow Well Connected – £1,000 for Kids Club activities for children between eight and 13;
Edberts House – £1,500 for Summer Live @ Edberts children’s activities project;
YMCA North Tyneside – £1,921 for equipment for the under five’s Stay and Play group;
Newcastle Toy & Leisure Library – £500 towards its specialist toy and loan equipment service;
Benwell Young People’s Development Group – £2,000 for its after-school activities for children between seven and 12;
Pendower Good Neighbourhood Project – £2,000 for its boy’s project;
Hendon Young People’s Project – £1,044 for seating for the Chill Out Zone;
Kidsmatta – £1,545 for camping equipment and storage;
Volunteers in Action – £1,970 for its after-school club for children aged five to 11;
Mortimer KidzKlub – £1,000 towards outside play area equipment;
Amble Youth Project Limited – £1,485 for children’s trips and outings to local places;
Cramlington Voluntary Youth Project – £1,500 for funding physical children’s activities for a mixed group of abilities