Giving the North East a helping hand



Every day, we’re inspired by the creativity and perseverance of the people in our region.

So much so, our parent company, Bernicia, who provide and maintain quality and affordable homes, and a range of exceptional services for people in the North East, set up The Bernicia Foundation.

As one of the largest businesses in the region, and with a total focus on the North East, Bernicia has committed to invest its skills, insight and financial capacity to leverage greater equality of opportunity for the proud and passionate people of our region.

The Bernicia Foundation is a charity that builds further on this great work, supporting projects and initiatives that deliver real and lasting community benefit, alongside helping inspirational young people to fulfil their potential.

Optimising inclusion, maximising inspiration. 

‘Inclusion’ and ‘inspiration’ is at the heart of everything we do, so we’ve created two Grant Programmes that support these visions in the North East.

 

Passing on the skills.

We believe the North East is a great place to live, work and visit, but unfortunately, there are some people who struggle to find opportunities. No matter what age, ability or background, we want to help people find the right path.

Our Inclusion Grant Programme supports initiatives that encourage:

Social inclusion:

  • Reducing isolation and loneliness
  • Promoting independence
  • Building citizenship, confidence and aspiration

Economic inclusion:

  • Removing barriers to employment, training and volunteering
  • Reducing child poverty
  • Tackling Fuel Poverty
  • Improving financial wellbeing

Want to apply for an Inclusion Grant?

Find out if your organisation’s eligible

Apply today

Applications are now open. The deadline is 14 August 2020

 

Support for the inspired.

The North East is full of young talent. From sporting skills to academia, performing arts to creative flair – we want to help them thrive. But because of things like finances, personal circumstances, health problems and physical and learning difficulties, they sometimes need a helping hand.

That’s why we created our Inspiration Grant Programme to help young people realise their full potential.

Want to apply for an Inspiration Grant?

Find out if you or your organisation is eligible

Apply Today

Applications are now open. The deadline is Friday 14 August 2020

What makes Bernicia different from other housing providers is that we don’t stop at finding homes for people. Our support extends to strengthen the wider community and to help equip people for life.

The Bernicia Foundation is governed by a board of Trustees and supported by officers, to direct and oversee the Foundation.

Our Trustees and Officers:


John Holmes
Chair

John became Chair of Bernicia in October 2018, having joined the Board in 2017. John has experience across various sectors, which include all aspects of property and facilities management, business planning and development, residential and commercial property management, tourism and heritage promotion and delivery. John has extensive experience in both executive and non-executive roles as well as over 40 years’ experience working in the public, private and charitable sectorsDirectorates: Board member of the Ouseburn Trust Charitable Trust, Independent Governor of Northumberland College Local Board


Avril Gibson
Trustee

Avril joined the Board in 2018 having recently retired as Chief Executive of The Northern Learinng Trust and has considerable knowledge of the volutary sector and community development. Avril is also a Board member of Northumberland Federation of YMCA’s and has served as both Chair and Vice-Chair.Directorates: Board member of Northumberland Federation of YMCA’s

Beth Hazon Bernicia Foundation
Beth Hazon
Trustee


Carol Meredith
Trustee


Andrea Malcolm
Foundation Director


Mike Axe
Company Secretary

We’re also supported by The Community Foundation, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland – a trusted advisor on giving, philanthropy and funding.

Community Foundation (Tyne & Wear and Northumberland)

The Bernicia Foundation have asked the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland (Community Foundation) to provide due diligence on applicant organisations and assess applications.

Grant applications will be received via the Bernicia Foundation website, and forwarded on to the Community Foundation to check eligibility, relevant documentation, and accounts & finances.

Assessment information will then be returned to the Bernicia Foundation who will act as the decision making panel and pay grants directly.

The Community Foundation will subsequently monitor grants and report back to the Bernicia Foundation on an annual/agreed basis.