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Share skills to boost charities

FSB members are being encouraged to share their skills, time and expertise with local charities in the region.

The North East Skills Sharing Group has been set up by the Community Foundation to encourage business owners of all sizes to share their skills to help the charitable sector.

Whether it is offering technical knowledge, pro-bono professional advice or helping with gardening or decorating, the group will help connect business owners with charities.

Adam Lopardo, director of partnerships at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, said:  “As well as the impact that this work has on the charities and the people they support in a daily basis, we think there are huge benefits to the businesses who get involved, too. It’s great that the FSB is supporting the group.

“The North East is one of the most philanthropic regions in the UK and this gives all businesses from micro businesses and the self-employed to medium sized firms to give something to the region.”

North East Policy Representative David Blakelock will represent FSB on the steering group.

To find out more about the Skills Sharing Group, and the concept, visit or contact the Community Foundation on 0191 222 0945.