09 February 2018

We're supporting local housing projects in the North of England

We think everyone should have a place fit to call home. That’s why we asked our members to vote for local housing projects across the North to receive a share of £250,000.

Our Community Grants programme aims to help tackle the housing crisis in the UK by giving grants of up to £50,000 to support local housing projects in regions all over the UK. Each region will have a Community Board of Nationwide members and employees who will help shortlist applications for their region.

We're very happy to now announce the local housing projects for the North of England you voted for.

Love Barrow Families

Love Barrow Families

Love Barrow Families works with vulnerable families in the most deprived areas of Barrow-in-Furness. The organisation has successfully reduced the number of children going into and returning to care, as well as decreasing the number of those on Child Protection Plans and suffering with drug and alcohol problems.

Visit Love Barrow Families

My Sisters Place

My Sisters Place

My Sisters Place supports women experiencing domestic violence in Middlesbrough by providing counselling, protection, practical advice and housing. It's also looking to provide permanent homes to help them into a safer, more stable future.

Visit My Sisters Place

Changing Lives

Changing Lives

Sustaining a tenancy is very important to successfully break free from homelessness, yet many vulnerable people struggle to do so because of past issues with substance misuse or difficulty managing their finances. Changing Lives in County Durham offers support with benefits, accessing services and developing independence in the community to break the cycle of homelessness permanently.

Visit Changing Lives

Age UK North Tyneside

Age UK North

Maintaining independent living in your own home is one of the key challenges facing older people and they often need support to do so. The 'Home for Health' project will help older people to live independently in their own homes for longer. It will work with people to understand what's important to them, the challenges they face and put in place support to assist them.

Visit Age UK North Tyneside

Action Foundation

Action Foundation

Action Foundation provides supported accommodation and English classes to vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees in Tyne and Wear. Working in partnership with  (This link will open in a new window)Open Door North East, Action Foundation helps destitute asylum seekers and refugees in the North East of England access accommodation, legal advice, healthcare and other basic needs.

Visit Action Foundation

Crisis Skylight Newcastle

Crisis Skylight Newcastle

Almost 3,000 people were forced to make a homelessness application in Tyne & Wear last year. Crisis Skylight Newcastle finds solutions for homeless people by providing housing, health, education and employment services.

Visit Crisis Skylight Newcastle

Oasis Aquila Housing

Oasis Aquila Housing

Oasis Aquila Housing, a homeless and housing charity based in the North East, is opening the first drop-in centre in Sunderland, helping those facing housing problems and homelessness by providing practical support and advice. They expect to work with over 450 people next year and help them break the cycle of homelessness.

Visit Oasis Aquila Housing

The Peasholme Charity

Peaseholme Centre

The Next Steps project, organised by the Peasholme Charity, will provide intensive support for homeless people or those at risk of homelessness. A Tenancy Coach will work to move them from rough sleeping or insecure accommodation to hostel accommodation or independent living. They will also help them develop independent living skills and personal and communication skills.

Visit The Peasholme Centre

Safe and Sound Homes


Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) prevents more than 300 young people aged 16-25 from becoming homeless by providing a safe place to stay in a volunteer's home. Young people leave home for many reasons, typically including family breakdown and sometimes violence or abuse. Many of the young people SASH supports are aged between 16 and 18 and face additional challenges, such as mental health issues, autism and/or ADHD.

Visit Safe and Sound Homes

What happens next?

Following the success of the Community Grants programme in the North, we're now looking to support housing projects in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and The Midlands. Community Board Members will again be invited to vote for the project that most resonates with them, going further to help change the lives of those in their communities.

If you're a Nationwide member, you could also get involved by joining one of the Community Boards.

Find out more about how to become a Nationwide member and how you can make a difference.

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