Food Nation North East uses food education to improve health and wellbeing across the region.They provide nutritional learning experiences and its catering division ‘Eat’ Food Nation provides schools, businesses and community organisations with healthy food. Santander’s £50,000 award will be used to expand the Eat shop into a local lunch venue, which will allow the business to employ two existing apprentices on full-time contracts.
Happy to Help, run by Teamwork Community Development, delivers social care services for elderly and disabled people in the Gateshead area and works to reduce isolation and promote mobility and independence through shopping trips and social outings. Santander’s £20,000 funding will help them to increase staff hours and allow them to extend their services to provide much needed care for those in harder to reach locations.
Skills4U North East, based in Cramlington, teaches vocational skills in construction, car maintenance, cookery and horticulture to people struggling to succeed in mainstream education or find full time employment. The £20,000 award from Santander will be used to launch a new hair and beauty salon, including a coffee shop, to widen the range of apprenticeships and training they offer for young people interested in retail and customer service.
Labelled, based in Darlington runs a recycled fashionable clothing shop selling high quality items and accessories, run by young people with additional needs for young people. The business helps those looking to enter the job market by creating opportunities for self-employment and skills development. Santander’s £10,000 award will help Labelled to develop their marketing materials and strategies.