We couldn't provide our services without the generous support of our funders. Read more about how we are supported below.


National Lottery Community Fund

We've been awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, over several funding streams. The National Lottery’s Awards for All offers grants for grassroots and community activity that aims to bring people together and building strong relationships in and across communities, improve the places and spaces that matter to communities, and enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage. The funding we received allowed us to start Active Acorns along with SportWorks, which will re-start on 16th April 2021. We are also very grateful to have received Covid Emergency Funding, which has helped us to keep going during the pandemic.

Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner

We are extremely grateful to have been awarded grants by three of the Northumbria PCC Funds: Supporting Victims Fund, Covid Emergency Fund, & Children Affected by Domestic Abuse Fund. We know from our work that early intervention and support can make a huge difference to adults, children and young people who have gone through experiences of domestic abuse, giving them the best possible chance of recovery. It is imperative that families are able to reach out, and when they do, that our services are there for them, not just in the short term, but over the coming months and years, and these grants will ensure that we are able to continue our work.

Lloyds Bank Foundation England & Wales

The funding awarded to us by the Lloyds Bank Foundation England & Wales has had a significant impact on the future chances of success of families in North Tyneside and Northumberland, who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. through our range of services under our priorities 'Prevent, Cope and Recover'. We're extremely grateful to the Foundation for their generous support.

Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland: The Jackie Haq Fund

The Jackie Haq Fund is celebrating a notable landmark in 2021, having given out £50,000 in small grants to local charities and community groups in the West End of Newcastle and North Tyneside. We have used the grant we received to help mitigate the pandemic’s damaging effects on levels of domestic violence and food poverty in North Tyneside. The grant has allowed us to be flexible and responsive in our approach to tackling the needs of our beneficiaries; we were able to increase our staff team. Funding applications for project work can take months to be processed, so grants such as this, coming at a time of our greatest need, made an immediate difference to the children and young people who access our services, and their families, and we are thrilled to be one of the lucky recipients of the Fund this year.

Scottish Power Foundation: Innovation Award

We were absolutely delighted to be crowned the winner of the Scottish Power Foundation: Innovation Award in December 2020, for our expansion into Northumberland to deliver play therapy to children affected by domestic abuse and violence. The award enables us to help even more children who have experienced domestic abuse in wider Northumberland. We are hugely grateful to the Scottish Power Foundation for the support and recognition of the vital work we do. The award is a testament to the dedication of our team and to the courageous young people we work with.

BBC Children In Need

We are the proud recipients of funding from the annual BBC Children In Need UK-wide appeal, putting the money raised by the great British public to work all year round in communities right across the UK. We fund local charities and projects who help remove the barriers that are facing children and young people, so that they can thrive. This funding supports our core work, supporting children and young people to have improved emotional wellbeing and resilience, stronger relationships and to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

LGA Foundation

In February 2021 we were awarded £10,000 by LGA Foundation, a North East charity supporting local organisations who tackle poverty, and support youth, special needs, mental health and women's projects, among other worthy causes. This funding will help us to continue our work supporting families affected by domestic abuse in North Tyneside and Northumberland. It's going to be a tough year following the pandemic, and this will ensure that we are able to continue to provide our essential services, and we are immensely grateful to LGA Foundation for their support.

The Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports UK projects that Co-op members care about. Every time members spend £1 on selected Co-op branded products and services and scan their card or app, 2p goes to local causes a helping hand. Anyone who registers Acorns as their preferred local charity can help us out every time they shop, at no extra cost, and can even choose to donate their own cashback rewards to us as well. We'll use the funds raised to help us provide activities such as day trips, sports clubs, Christmas treats and craft and music sessions for our children and young people. Have a look at our Co-op Local Community Fund page here.

The Angus Lawson Memorial Fund

Waiting lists have continued to increase throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period and as such, with current resources, waiting times are now much longer. Waiting times have gone from 8-10 weeks before lockdown, to upwards of 4-6 months, and we expect an increase in demand as lockdowns continue and as families gradually return to work and school and are able to seek help for things that have been happening at home. This generous award will support Acorns to deliver counselling support to 80 children during the early part of 2021. It will enable us to respond to issues caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, reduce waiting times and reach young people in extremely rural settings.

MIND Coronavirus Response Fund

Thanks to £5m support from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Mind launched the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund for England on 16th April 2020. Administered by Mind on behalf of the Mental Health Consortia, we were awarded a fantastic grant to deliver work for up to 12 months. Using this grant, we extended our outreach provision by increasing the hours of our Prevent & Cope Team Co-ordinator and Children & Young People's Mental Health & Well-being Outreach Worker, who deliver one to one emotional support, psycho-social education and solution focused therapies to children in crisis, and over a longer 8-12 week period, in schools, community settings, and now remotely through a variety of media.

St James's Place Foundation

The St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group. They have been supporting those in need since 1992, making a positive and lasting difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to charities registered in the UK to assist them in the incredible work they do every day. We were honoured to be invited to apply for a grant from St James's Place Foundation, and thrilled to be awarded a generous grant to help us keep doing what we do best.

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