The Teesside Charity has awarded grants totalling more than £78,000 to local good causes during the first three months of 2022.
Thanks to the generosity of our patrons and supporters, we were able to kick the year off with a bumper £8,000 donation to Community Campus 87, an organisation dealing with homelessness and training across the Tees Valley.
The donation will allow Community Campus 87 to provide three apprenticeships to young people within their construction and administration teams.
The apprentices will have had a poor school experience and face other barriers to employment and personal progression. Community Campus 87 want to give these young people an opportunity to improve their life chances, gain skills and qualifications, and fulfil their potential.
They will undertake training throughout the apprenticeship, both on site and at Stockton Riverside College one day per week in their selected trade qualification.
Ian Gordon of our Patrons Vitality is pictured on a visit to Community Campus 87.
Also since January we have donated £3,305 to Fibro-Connect, a support group for people with fibromyalgia, while we also pledged £1,500 to Stockton and Thornaby Canoe Club for white water safety and rescue training of club members.
We donated £5,000 to Vision25 for a furniture upcycling project, £2,500 to Stainsby Grange Pegasus for an equine-assisted learning programme, with another £2,500 pledged for six months’ time if needed.
Beverley School in Middlesbrough were given £1,770 to purchase bikes and a specialist trike, Starmakerz Stage Science received £2,050 and will receive £1,650 in six months’ time for rent costs for Teessiders to have access to free lessons in music, singing, drama, art and dancing.
Meanwhile, Erimus Centre Association received £1,600 to purchase a stand-alone touch screen computer and accessories.
Smaller grants were also given to Little Moorsholm Green Fingers (£750) for litter picking and gardening accessories. The 44th Middlesbrough Scout Group has been authorised £830 for ten children to attend an activity camp, while Billingham Town Girls under-15s FC received £177 to help them compete in Blackpool.
These amazing amounts were all greatly received and it’s thanks to you, our supporters, that we are able to make such a difference to Teesside lives.