TWO groups have become the first to benefit from a new funding pot for community projects in South Tyneside.
The 15th South Shields Boys’ Brigade and Hedworthfield Community Association are celebrating after landing handouts from Give2 South Tyneside.
The cash pot, set up by individual benefactors and companies in the borough, is run by the Community Foundation.
A grant of £1,000 was given to Hedworthfield Community Association in Jarrow to buy Pilates equipment for older people.
Jill Carlton, a project worker at the Cornhill centre, said: “Give2 South Tyneside has helped us to purchase equipment and hold Pilates sessions for older people.
“This is a fantastic contribution to our community because it allows older people an opportunity to socialise and keep fit.
“We would like to thank everyone at Give2 South Tyneside because it does really make a difference to the lives of older people.”
The 15th South Shields Boys’ Brigade football team will put their £500 grant towards the cost of travelling to Belfast next month to take part in a national five-a-side contest.
They have made it through to the finals of the contest and will compete against teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Brigade leader Alan Greener said: “We are delighted to receive the grant from the Community Foundation, which will allow us to attend the national finals in Belfast.
“To play in a cup final is a really special achievement and a dream that has been realised for many of the young players.”
Extra funding for Give2 South Tyneside comes from a government scheme called Community First allowing the foundation to add £1 for every £2 donated.
Anyone can support the fund to help it make donations to community projects.
Lisa Cappleman, head of philanthropy development for the Community Foundation Tyne in the North East, said: “Give2 allows communities to collectively pool their resources to support projects such as the 15th South Shields Boys’ Brigade and Hedworthfield Community Association.
“The fund is an effective way for people to support their own community, and we would like to ask South Tynesiders to continue supporting Give2, as any gifts received before March 25, 2015, can be matched £1 for every £2 donated.”
To make a donation,visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/give2