Child poverty charity Tyne Gateway has won a Charity Times Award for their work with the most vulnerable and ‘hard to engage’ families in North and South Tyneside and Northumberland.
Tyne Gateway works to engage and support struggling families who have previously had barriers to working with professional services.
Their staff, who have all lived through and overcome the same or similar experiences as those they support, offer local, non-judgemental, empathetic and tenacious support to a range of problems and help deal with issues and challenges in a non-authoritative and practical way.
As well as impressing the judges with their work with an average of 400 families per year, their ‘Charity of the Year’ award win was also down to being an "impressive organisation with a laser focus on service users”.
The projects they run include: “Improving Futures” aimed at improving school attendance and “Lads and Dads” supporting fathers with their parenting skills.
They also deliver the government’s Troubled Families programme and a range of social enterprises.
Tyne Gateway CEO Pauline Wonders said: “As a small charity with a big heart, Tyne Gateway does massive things for vulnerable children and families so this national award really does matter as it is judged by an impressive and tough panel.
“What a massive boost to a team that is so dedicated and works so hard in very challenging circumstances.
“This is for them and for our service users who battle so many challenges every day to overcome huge issues so that their children's life chances can be improved.”
Tyne Gateway were also recently awarded funding from the Big Potential programme, in order to help them embed a new community initiative and work with social enterprise specialists at innovation company RTC North. Big Potential is administered by Social Investment Business for the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with Locality, Charity Bank, Social Enterprise UK, and the University of Northampton. RTC Director, Jamie Ollivere, said:
“The third sector has been hit really hard over recent years by cuts in public finances. As a result, many charities are having to reinvent themselves and adapt to the changing landscape.
“Tyne Gateway is a great example of an organisation that is holding true to its mission but at the same time adapting to change to ensure the incredible work they do they do is sustainable. This award is just recognition for the vision and hard work of the entire team.”
Big Potential is a Big Lottery Fund grant programme that will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over three years to eligible VCSE organisations with the aim of improving their sustainability, capacity and scale in order that they may deliver greater social impact.
The programme has two routes; Breakthrough and Advanced. Big Potential Breakthrough helps VCSE organisations work out how social investment might work for them. Big Potential Advanced helps VCSE organisations with strong proposals apply for investment or challenge for contracts.
Big Potential is administered by Social Investment Business for the Big Lottery Fund, in partnership with Locality, Charity Bank, Social Enterprise UK, and the University of Northampton.