Grant help for families

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We would like to make people aware of the help that is available to vulnerable or disadvantaged families, who are living in crisis.

For more than 60 years we have been helping children and young people in need.

Our small grants programme is designed to help ensure that children who are experiencing very difficult circumstances where their safety, health or development is at risk, still have their basic material needs met.

This means we can provide fast relief from a critical situation by providing basic items – usually up to the value of £300 – such as a bed, fridge, or cooker to give them a hot meal.

An internal mapping exercise has identified your community as one which could make more use of our funding.

It could be a family which is experiencing abuse, neglect, domestic violence, homelessness or is affected by drug and alcohol dependency, and where the situation has become acute.

With a further welfare cuts to be made, this help may be needed more than ever. More information can be found on the Buttle UK website: or through local authority or voluntary sector organisations.

Gerri McAndrew,

Chief Executive, Buttle UK

Plea for more volunteers

Guide Dog’s My Guide project is a ground breaking service that helps people with sight loss to get out and about on their own terms.

We need several volunteers who can give up an hour or so a week for at least 12 weeks to do something sociable and fun with a number of our clients who are waiting to access the My Guide service.

Just one hour of your time can make a huge difference to a person who is blind or partially sighted, helping them to be active in their communities and make the most of life.

Full training and support is given. To find out more about how you could transform someone’s life, contact Mike Dooley on 08453727423 or

Claire Devine,

Guide Dogs North East & Cumbria

Flowers lost

Where have all the wild flowers gone?

 York Avenue, roundabouts and verges in Jarrow appear to be bereft of the pretty flowers of last year and are wallowing in long grass and weeds.

 Southern meadow flowers are annuals and have to be planted every year in our cold windy North East climate.

 It would have been more cost effective to have used garden flowers in residential areas and a wild flower mix native to our area in other parts.

 I hope South Tyneside Council is going to tidy this mess up starting with the top of York Avenue, please.

Joan Jackson