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When you join the programme you may hear us talk about our funders or our charity partners.  Find out what we mean by that here…

Our funders

We’re joint funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, which is why you’ll see their logos on our website, social media and any documentation we produce.  What this means is they pay for our programme to exist, and we need to follow a certain amount of rules as a result.  It doesn’t affect your journey with us, but their rules are the reason we need to check your eligibility before starting on programme.

Our charity partners

Moving On Tyne and Wear is a Partnership, made up of 9 charity organisations – all of whom are committed to helping you overcome the health barriers that have prevented you from finding employment or training in the past.  One of these charities is Mental Health Concern, they’re our lead partner who are ultimately responsible for what we do and help shape the processes and procedures that we follow on a day-to-day basis.

Mental Health Concern are a North East charity providing a wide range of specialist services on behalf of the NHS and local authorities.  Their services fall into four areas; Adult Services, Community and Wellbeing Services, Housing with Care and Support and Older People’s Services.

Changing Lives is a nationwide charity helping people facing challenging times to make positive change – for good.  They have over 100 services across England including Housing & Homelessness, Drug & Alcohol, Women & Children and Employment.

HumanKind is a local charity that creates services and support to meet people’s complex health and social needs, helping them to build healthier lives that have meaning and value for themselves and their families.  Their services include Health, Housing and Independent Living, Young People and Families, Criminal Justice and Work & Skills.

Groundwork North East and Yorkshire was founded in the North East and their services, projects and programme change people’s lives, making our communities more resilient for the future.  They work in partnership with a number of services, organisations and programmes – including Natural Neighbourhoods, Land of Oak and Iron and the Education Centre in Gateshead.

Oasis Community Housing have four cornerstones of support designed to address both the immediate needs and root causes of homelessness.  Included in here is financial capability support, a service we’re proud to be able to offer all our participants to help them understand their finances, forge a path to get out of debt and become financially stable in the future.

VODA is based in North Tyneside but offers support to all our participants.  They’re here to provide advice and training to volunteers and voluntary and community groups, and they’re always on hand to help our participants figure out what volunteering path is right for them and are passionate about the benefits of volunteering, especially for those looking for employment.

North Tyneside Council are committed to making a real and lasting change in the North Tyneside region, and their specialist employment advisors form part of our North Tyneside team of Navigators.  With their knowledge and contacts within this region, we’re lucky to have them on board to help find the best opportunities for our participants.

NEAS (North East Autism Society) have been empowering and supporting autistic children, young people and adults, and their families in the North East for over 40 years.  We are so proud of our Pathways Team, a group of specialists who provide tailored specialist employment support for people with autism or additional learning needs.  This team work closely with NEAS and Groundwork to help people remove barriers to employment and get closer to work.

North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) provide self-employment advice, mentoring and support to our participants who are interested in starting their own business.  A not for profit enterprise, the BIC put their heart into supporting new and established businesses across the North East and have so far helped to create over 7000 jobs.


  • During 2020 and 2021 staff have been extra resilient and patient while MOTW adapted to a new way of working in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and they have been so creative with ways to keep our participants well and engaged in employment activities during this difficult time. I’m really proud of them all – they're passionate about what they do, knowledgeable about their community and go the extra mile to support people in our area to address their health barriers and move towards employment. So you're in good hands!

    Nicola Barraclough, Programme Manager
  • I wanted to come to work at MOTW as wanted to use my knowledge of mental health barriers to make a tangible difference to the lives of those facing them. I believe the aims and work of MOTW are incredible and the positive results shown for participants are undeniable 😊

    Kaitlin Turner, North Tyneside Navigator
  • The passion, commitment and compassion that the navigators here at OCH show towards their participants is moving, I love working on MOTW and I am extremely proud of the team and the positive achievements made so far-we really have made a difference to the participants we support and this is both incredibly motivational and rewarding.

    Jo Ferguson, Gateshead Team Leader
  • I have worked with MOTW for over 3 years and I am proud to work with such a fantastic programme which supports participants in many areas of their lives. I really enjoy my job and I work with a great team.

    Emma Lewin, Sunderland MI and Quality Officer
  • Coming from a care background I have always wanted to help, this job allows me to support participants to make long lasting changes and see them achieve their goals.

    Gail Brook, South Tyneside Senior Navigator
  • We are living in uncertain times and a lot of people are struggling with employment issues. It makes me proud to be a part of a programme that is in a position to help bring positivity and hope to people who need a helping hand.

    Pete Barlow, Newcastle Navigator


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