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Charity of the Year
Our charity of the year for 2020/21 is Crisis Skylight Newcastle. Crisis is a national organisation helping homeless people of all ages, but it has 11 local centres on the UK mainland known as Skylight centres and we are fortunate to have one in Newcastle. This opened in 2007 and was the first Crisis centre to be built outside London. Each centre has separate financial accounting so Crisis can direct money collected locally to the local branch. Unlike local councils who will only take people with a local connection, Crisis deal with anyone who is homeless, wherever they come from, including asylum seekers. They work in conjunction with other charities that specialise in particular types of people in order to get the person immediately into suitable accommodation. Once they have a temporary roof over their head, Crisis work with them on a one-to-one basis to establish how best to get them back on the road to self-sufficiency. The local centre in Newcastle has an excellent classroom offering free instruction to homeless people about well-being, mental health, creative skills, employability, and work skills.
Please click on the button below to donate directly to Crisis Skylight Newcastle on our behalf. Or, if you prefer, please contact us for details on other ways to make donations to this group.
Members of North East Humanists have been contributing to the Isaac Newton School for over 10 years. It was one of the first humanist schools in Uganda and, helped by contributions from around the world, it continues to thrive. It is a beacon for high education and welfare standards in its District, where it is the 5th best performing school out of 35. Its visionary and energetic Director, Peter Kisirinya, and the school’s hardworking and talented staff are determined to make it even better. Recent site additions, including a fine new teaching block with 3 additional classrooms and a well-equipped science lab and a second boys’ hostel nearing completion, make the school well-equipped for teaching 600 students, with two classes (North and South) in each O-level year. The school has a thriving Humanist Student Association, which works to improve life in the local villages and promotes First Aid skills with help from the Red Cross.
For more details of what your contributions to this cause mean, see the following profiles: