Former servicemen and women will receive support as they adjust to civilian life thanks to a new charity partnership in the North East.
Newcastle-based Forward Assist is teaming up with national charity the Forgiveness Project to deliver a rehabilitation programme for ex-service personnel involved in the criminal justice system.
The Forgiveness Project already runs the Restore initiative for prisoners and ex-offenders. It will now adapt the programme to help participants adapt to life outside the military and address issues relating to survivor guilt, trauma and social isolation.
The project is being funded by a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards For All programme.
Colin Hutchinson, operations director at Forward Assist, said: "This funding from the Big Lottery will allow us to develop an innovative and unique project that will allow Armed Forces Veterans the opportunity to explore the concept of personal forgiveness in a safe and supportive environment."
Ten projects in the North East have received a share of £88,028 awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The organisations have secured grants ranging from £300 to £10,000 through Awards For All funding.
Witton Gilbert Primary School in County Durham received £10,000 to install play equipment in the school grounds.
Show Racism The Red Card will spend its £3,970 award on workshops for young people in the region to enable them to have a DNA world match test carried out, to identify their ancestry.
Northern Butterflies, in Tynemouth will use £9,390 to deliver a series of arts sessions to a wide variety of community groups.
Funding was also approved for:
- North East Dance Community Interest Company in Sunderland
- Community Link North Tyneside CIC
- Aapna Services in Middlesbrough
- Women's Institute Middleton St George
- Durham Gilesgate Primary School
- The Cornforth Partnership
- Horden Youth and Community Centre
Over the past eight years, ITV - in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund - has awarded nearly thirty million pounds to more than five hundred community projects across the UK.
Prizes of up to fifty thousand pounds each will be awarded to the winning projects.
We want to encourage applications from a wide range of organisations that can submit community-based projects which improve the lives of local people.
The following organisations are eligible:
Voluntary or Community Organisations
Branches of Organisations or Partnerships.
You can enter any time between now and noon on May the13th.
Here are the details of how YOUR organisation can enter:
Visit www.itv.com/peoplesmillions OR call 0845 0 10 11 12.
Each call to the application line costs up to a maximum of 3p per minute PLUS an additional 14p set-up fee from a BT residential landline.
Calls from other networks may be higher and from mobiles will be considerably more.
Entrants must be 18 or over.
Lines close on Monday 13th May 2013 at midday.
Calls made after the closing time will not be counted but may still be charged.
Young women and teenagers at risk of alcohol misuse will be helped by a new project which has received a £241,708 grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
It is one of five projects across the region and 62 nationally to share a total of £14.9 million from the Reaching Communities programme.
Bright Futures will work with 720 young women aged 11 to 25 in South Tyneside by encouraging a shift in attitude and behaviour towards healthy choices and positive activities at weekends and evenings.
The project will educate young women on the effects of alcohol misuse, risks to sexual health and aims to reduce teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
It will provide activities on evenings and weekends, when alcohol is being consumed on the streets, such as dancing, art, and cooking.
A scheme which uses sport to tackle unemployment among young people in the Tees Valley has been boosted by a grant of more than £173,000.
Sport Works is one of three projects across the North East to receive a share of £746,506 from the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.
The scheme aims to improve job prospects for young people with disabilities and those who are not in employment, education or training.
The award will be used to provide training for disadvantaged young people.
Among the other organisations to receive funding is Derwentside MIND.
The money will be used to improve the support available to people with mental health problems in and around Stanley.
The North East Prison After Care Society (NEPACS) has also received a grant of £300,000 to help improve contact services for children and families of prisoners.
North East families will benefit from £120,000 of funding allocated to a project working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.
The Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme has given funding to Barnardo's North East to support the South Tyneside Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Programme.
It is the only North East project to win funding this month.
The £120,000 will support the co-ordination and delivery of the programme through a co-ordinator and administrator who will work closely with partners in South Tyneside including the police, probation, local authority and health services.
The project will work with more than 80 men aged 18 years and over who are perpetrators of domestic abuse, who have been carefully assessed and have acknowledged their behaviour and expressed their willingness to change.
Three areas of the region are to receive a million pounds each from the Big Lottery Fund.
You can see the full report from Derek Proud below.
Residents from three deprived areas in the region will be given the power to decide how one million pounds will be spent improving their communities.
The 200 million pound investment scheme, launched in 2010, supports 150 small communities to work together to make their areas better places to live.
North Ormesby, in Middlesbrough, Roseworth, in Stockton-on-Tees, and Lynemouth, in Northumberland, are among fifty areas across England benefiting from the Big Lottery Fund's Big Local programme.
As well as funding improvements, each area will receive training and support.
The trust will help residents spend the funding and increase their confidence, skills and know-how so they are better able to come together to make positive changes in their areas in future.
Communities across Middlesbrough, Stockton and Northumberland are celebrating being awarded one million pounds by the Big Lottery Fund towards improving their communities.
The funding has been allocated to parts of the North East as part of Big Local Programme which seeks to provide funding to needy areas across the country.
Through the programme, residents then come together to decide how the money will be spent to improve their area over the next ten years.
The money can be used for anything from tackling anti-social behaviour, to creating new community facilities or providing more activities for young people.
The three places receiving one million pounds worth of funding in the North East are:
- Lynemouth in Northumberland
- North Ormesby in Middlesbrough
- Roseworth in Stockton