Strategic Partners

The Trustees support Strategic Partners over an extended period by giving core funding. Each new partnership is decided after considerable discussion and is based on the Foundation’s experience and observation of the prospective partner at work.

Strategic Partners work on policy and campaigning as an essential rather than an additional part of their core purpose. They tend to work across issues rather than being concentrated on one issue or group of people, though the Trustees do consider varying this criterion. As with all the Foundation’s grants, the work is undertaken in and on behalf of the North East of England.

The Trustees and Trust Manager will seek out new partners when funds permit and may choose to test a relationship by funding for a limited period until it is clear whether or not there is potential for a longer-term partnership.

Citizens Advice Newcastle help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers. Citizens Advice Bureaux make a record of every enquiry brought to them. This adds up to a huge wealth of information about the problems people experience. They work proactively to prevent similar problems happening to others.

For information about the impact of CAN’s work click here.

IPPR North is IPPR’s dedicated thinktank for the north of England, with bases in Manchester and Newcastle. Its purpose is to conduct and publish research into, and promote public education in, the economic, social and political sciences, and in science and technology; including the effect of moral, social, political and scientific factors on public policy and on the living standards of all sections of the community.

The North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) is a cross-sector stakeholder partnership which aims to provide a strong regional voice to raise awareness of child poverty in the North East, and to facilitate collaborative working to tackle the problem.

Regional Refugee Forum North East works to remove the poverty and inequality experienced by the region’s community of refugees and asylum seekers (RAS) which arise from the operation of national Asylum Policy but also significantly from ‘mainstream’ policy impacting on their lives as local residents and users of local services.

For information about the impact of RRFNE’s work click here.

VONNE brings people and voluntary organisations together for social good. It is the support body for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in the North East of England. It represents over 600 member charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, networks and social enterprises from across the region with further reach through their many networks.