A former charity worker is offering community groups a helping hand when it comes to funding.
Dave Wood has set up Olive Branch, a community interest company. Through his business venture, he aims to help charities and community groups seek out funding to help them continue their work to help others. He will also provide a policies and procedures checking service.
Mr Wood, from Harton House Road, South Shields, said: “The voluntary and third sector is such an important part of our community and provide a range of valuable services.
“However, the pressure on these groups can be immense, especially when it comes to funding.
“By taking the grant application from them, it will ease some of the burden so that volunteers and staff can get on and deliver their services.”
Mr Wood has worked for a number of years in the charity sector and during that time has secured half a million pound in grants. More recently he has supported South Tyneside Against Bullying with its re-launch.
Mr Wood added: “Sometimes when a group can fail at securing funding it could just be down to how the application is filled out or a vital piece of information is needed but hasn’t been included.
“This is something I’ll be able to take a more in-depth look at to give charities and community groups the best chance of securing funding.”
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