Global’s Make Some Noise, the official charity of the Media & Entertainment group Global, has distributed grants to 60 small charities and projects across the UK following its determined fundraising efforts in 2021.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of listeners across Global’s radio brands - Capital, Heart, LBC, Classic FM, Smooth, Radio X, Capital XTRA and Gold, Teams and Bensham Community Care, located in Teams, Gateshead, has received £35,637from Global’s Make Some Noise to support its vital work to help older people to stay connected in their communities.

The money granted to Teams and Bensham Community Care will fund wellbeing enhancing activities to older people from the local community, such as such as arts and crafts, music activities and memory projects.

Michelle Scott, Trustee of Teams and Bensham Community Care, says "We're delighted to be chosen for support from Global's Make Some Noise. During the pandemic, many older people told us how lonely and lost they felt not being able to see their friends face to face at our centre while we were closed. Thanks to the support from Global's Make Some Noise, older people in Gateshead will be able to rebuild their confidence and wellbeing at our centre’s lunch clubs and men’s groups by staying connected and accessing a wide range of free activities for the next two years."

Now in its eighth year of service, Global’s Make Some Noise has supported over 400 local charities whose remarkable work has helped a total of 150,000 people across the UK. The money raised has paid for food banks, befriending projects for the elderly and isolated, cancer wellbeing programmes, domestic abuse refuges, employment training and physical therapy for people with disabilities.

Last year’s donations will fund the following support and essential services for over 22,000 people in the next 12 months:

  • 1000 hours of holistic support to people experiencing homelessness - from, housing and food banks, to employability skills training.

  • Over 5,500 hours of intensive support for people affected by domestic abuse, including children and young people.  

  • Over 9000 hours of mental health support including 1:1 counselling sessions, online chat services and therapeutic group work.  

  • Nearly 2000 youth work sessions for young people facing difficult life challenges. 

  • Over 1,500 hours of digital literacy training for people with learning disabilities or sight loss, those facing homelessness and older generations.

  • 59 specialist roles including, a Housing Manager at a homelessness project, a speech and language therapist for children with Down syndrome, four case workers specialising in domestic abuse, and a Bereavement Support Worker for children who have lost a close family member.

Emma Bradley, Director of Global Goodness at Global said: “It’s been an incredibly tough couple of years for everyone. With the cost of living continuing to increase many more people will turn to local groups for help, putting extra strain on their resources. So we’re pleased to be able to help small charities at the centre of communities and will continue to raise money and awareness for their vital work.”

If you or someone you know would like more information about the Teams and Bensham Community Care day centres, we're always happy to answer any questions, arrange a home visit or to help in any other way that we can. Call the team on 0191 4900945.