Big Lottery Fund Help Through Crisis – congratulations to our members

Congratulations to the Blue Stone Consortium members who were successful in winning Big Lottery funding to deliver vital services to people facing hardship in Gateshead and in Newcastle.

In Gateshead, Oasis Aquila Housing in collaboration with other Consortium members Gateshead Advice Centre, Your Voice Counts, as well as a foodbank and a credit union will receive £499,261. Gateshead covers significant rural areas and case workers will arrange home visits for those who find transport costs prohibitive and deliver food by van to rurally isolated or housebound people.

Read the story of how Basis, run by Oasis Aquila Housing, helped Paul Fairbairn to pick his life up after a relationship breakdown.

In Newcastle one of our two predecessor consortia helped Newcastle Law Centre (North East Law Centre) to form a partnership with two other Consortium members; Changing Lives and Advocacy Centre North. We are very pleased that they were successful in their bid for £498,878 to deliver a project to provide an Accompany, Advocate and Advise service to families in the most deprived areas of Newcastle who are in positions of extreme hardship and crisis.

The Law Centre will lead, providing specialist welfare benefits and debt legal advice with two main partners: Changing Lives; providing holistic support services and Advocacy Centre North; providing advocacy services.

Services will be provided in partnership with three key organisations that will help the Law Centre to provide a drop in service in their premises.

The project will launch in June/ July 2016 and we will be involved in its development.