About us How we are funded How we're funded In 2018 we offered 29,475 hours of support to 1,481 active participants across our broad range of services. Our 57 volunteers contributed 8,136 hours of their time to support our work and we also welcomed many groups of volunteers including teams from Marks & Spencers, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, The National Lottery Community Fund and Cadburys. We were also able to invest in improvements to our centre including installing energy-efficient LED lighting, upgrading our heating system and installing new signage.For more information about the impact of work please follow this link. How we did what we did - 2018-19* Our total income for the year was £482,430 Of this, 32% was from our Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant which is due to end in January 2019. We need your support to raise future funds so we can continue to employ our Connected Pathways Team beyond January 2019. A further 10% came from donations and individual fundraising activities, we hope to increase this in the coming year. Why not support our 25th Anniversary Celebration Appeal by taking on a challenge or sponsored event? We are working hard to generate more of our income through contracts and trading. In 2018-19 we secured 32% of our income through this route and we are seeking new ways to continue to expand our paid for services. However, this comes at a time when demand for our charitable services increase with more people seeking support than ever before [beneficiary numbers increased by 36.9% in 2018 - 1,461 active participants compared to 1,067 for the same period in 2017] How you helped We received a great deal of support from a wide section of the local community through our events and activities along with sponsorship from Capita, The Sage Foundation and The Energy Hub to make these events possible. Funding from The National Lottery Community Fund (formerly The Big Lottery) helped us reach many hundreds of local people, supporting them to set up their own workshops and activities and helping the most vulnerable with complex needs with specialist one-to-one support and counselling. BBC Children in Need provided a large part of the funding for our Connected Kids Club, which provides affordable after-school and holiday activities. We have also recently won support from The Port of Tyne to give us resources to run additional trips and activities for our Connected Kids Club during the Easter, summer and autumn school holidays in 2019. We received a great many donations of equipment and resources from so many local businesses including SKN Innovations, GasTech, Newcastle Aviation Academy and special mention goes to Lord Tool Hire who not only donated equipment to our Joinery workshop but whose staff organised a fundraising event which raised over £1,500. A further special mention goes to the family of Carl Brown who set up a Just Giving appeal in his memory to support our specialist alcohol support project following his tragic death early in 2019. *Final figure may change following audit by our accountants. If you would like to support us, please follow this link.