Community fund turns spotlight on Teesside poems

Thirteen’s community fund has helped the empowering voice of poems about poverty on Teesside to be heard.

Thriving Teesside

9 Jan 2020

The digital storytelling project, run by Thrive Teesside, was funded by Thirteen through its community fund and ran for six months.

Over the course of the programme, members of the community were ‘given a voice’ to tell their story and relate their direct experiences of poverty by writing articles, poems, quotes and creating visuals artworks. The results of the project have now been collated into a fantastic book.

Thirteen’s community fund is open to groups and organisations working within the footprint of its areas. This includes community groups, local and national charities, residents’ associations, voluntary organisations, public sector bodies, local authorities and Thirteen service teams.

Groups can apply for grants up to £1,500 and will need to demonstrate that they have match funding in place in the form of either cash, materials or volunteer time. By supporting and promoting joint-working the fund aims to enhance local communities.

 Jane Hobbs, Thirteen’s senior compliance business partner, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been able to support such a fantastic project. The digital storytelling initiative has been a fabulous showcase of both the talents and lived experiences of many of our customers.

“Thirteen’s community fund is designed to support our communities to be the best they can be, creating fantastic, close-knit areas, where people choose to live.”

For more information about Thirteen’s community fund and the kind of projects eligible, visit: