Finance Score: 2
Governance Score: 4
Support Score: 13
  • Strong growth: +2
  • No PartB
  • No volunteer policy: -2
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Large volunteers +3
  • Grant maker support: +10
Overall GiG Score: 19 ?


A volunteer community organisation. We are regenerating Chopwell by creating employment & skills-learning opportunities, improving the environment, improving housing, improving health & well-being, improving education & training, facilitating intergenerational communication, increasing visitors, stimulating growth & improving the look & feel of our village. All activity is driven by consultation.
Analysis by Giving is Great


  • This charity has been successful in attracting volunteers relative to its size
  • There has been strong growth in spending since inception
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Regulatory & Governance issues to consider:

  • Although this charity works with volunteers it does not have a Volunteer Management policy

Financial issues to consider:

  • A PartB annual return has not been required and so detailed financial information is not available from the online data
Established: 5 years


Charity Commission for England and Wales

Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income Spending Surplus/
Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
What it does
  • Accommodation/Housing
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • Environment/Conservation/Heritage
Who works here?
  • 148 volunteers
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • The General Public/Mankind
How it operates
  • Other charitable activities
  • Provides buildings/facilities/open space
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Gateshead,

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£139,849
Tudor Trust£52,000
Virgin Money Foundation£30,000
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland£25,750
Garfield Weston Foundation£25,000
The Fore£15,000
Community Foundation Tyne & Wear & Nthmbrlnd£15,000
Power to Change£12,046
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Chopwell Youth Club
£1,196 21/10/2023
We would like to take our disadvantaged young people out of the village on a trip, which helps them to access experiences they wouldn't normally have, and benefits their mental health.
National Lottery Community Fund - Chopwell Regeneration CIO Resource and Development
£99,999 29/03/2023
This funding will help support the salaries of their core staff to enable their Trustees who are heavily involved in the day to day running of the hub to step back and look at the more strategic work ....more
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Chopwell Regeneration Group
£1,802 22/10/2022
We would like to provide meals at our community cafe and from our community fridge for local people and families who are suffering from food poverty.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation - Grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£8,967 23/03/2022
43% of the salary costs for an organisation providing a range of services to residents in Chopwell, rural Gateshead._x000D_
National Lottery Community Fund - The Bank Chopwell - welfare and enterprise centre
£9,850 11/03/2022
The funding will be used towards running costs kitchen and storage equipment shelving publicity and disabled access improvements for their newly opened welfare and enterprise centre. This aims to ....more
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - A grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£3,000 20/01/2022
General charitable purposes
The Fore - Grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£15,000 11/11/2021
Chopwell Regeneration (CR) is a grassroot community charity concerned about the economic decline of their village - and the resulting deprivation their community has been experiencing. CR is using ....more
Co-Operative Group - Grant to Chopwell Regeneration Group
£2,192 23/10/2021
We would like to open and run a much-needed food bank in Chopwell in The Bank – our new enterprise and welfare centre – to help struggling people ensure they have enough food to live.
Tudor Trust - Grant to Chopwell Regeneration Group
£52,000 07/10/2021
over three years towards salaries at a new welfare and enterprise hub in Chopwell, Tyne and Wear
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - A grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£19,750 29/07/2021
A two-year STEM skills development programme with young people from Chopwell
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - A grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£3,000 01/07/2021
The purchase of equipment for the organisation's Enterprise and Welfare Centre
The Ballinger Charitable Trust - Grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£11,398 30/06/2021
To purchase hardware & software, to be used in new computer coding group.
Virgin Money Foundation - Grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£30,000 18/04/2021
Grant to cover the cost of employing a Learning Programmes Manager at its newly refurbished community facility.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£25,000 19/03/2021
The Bank: An Enterprise and Welfare Centre
Community Foundation Tyne & Wear & Nthmbrlnd - renovation work to create an Enterprise and Welfare Centre
£10,000 25/02/2021
renovation work to create an Enterprise and Welfare Centre
National Lottery Community Fund - The Bank: an Enterprise and Welfare Centre for Chopwell
£30,000 17/02/2021
The funding will be used towards the creation of an Enterprise and Welfare Centre in Chopwell West Gateshead. The centre will provide a range of activities such as employment and skills learning ....more
Community Foundation Tyne & Wear & Nthmbrlnd - Stage 1 of the building work for the renovation of the former Lloyds Bank in Chopwell, to cover 50% of the plumbing cost
£5,000 14/08/2020
Stage 1 of the building work for the renovation of the former Lloyds Bank in Chopwell, to cover 50% of the plumbing cost
County Durham Community Foundation - The Bank: a welfare and enterprise hub for Chopwell
£4,991 10/08/2020
Towards the refurbishment of the former Lloyds Bank in Chopwell to create a community hub.
Power to Change - Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£12,046 17/04/2020
Grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
National Lottery Heritage Fund - Grant to Chopwell Regeneration CIO
£10,000 29/01/2020
Chopwell GeoStories
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (11)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split

Legal constitution
  • Charity registered in England & Wales on 15/05/2019, number: 1183436
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
Filing Record
4 returns made; all on time
Main office

The Bank
19-21 Derwent Street
NE17 7HU


The objects of the CIO are:(1) the promotion for the benefit of the public of urban or rural regeneration in areas of social and economic deprivation (and in particular in Chopwell and surrounding area), by all or any of the following means:(a) the relief of unemployment;(b) the advancement of education, training or retraining, particularly among unemployed people, and providing unemployed people with work experience;(c) the provision of financial assistance, technical assistance or business advice or consultancy in order to provide training and employment opportunities for unemployed people in cases of financial or other charitable need through help: (i) in setting up their own business, or (ii) to existing businesses;(d) the provision of housing for those who are in conditions of need and the improvement of housing in the public sector or in charitable ownership provided that such power shall not extend to relieving any local authorities or other bodies of a statutory duty to provide or improve housing;(e) the maintenance, improvement or provision of public amenities;(f) the preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance;(g) the provision of recreational facilities for the public at large or those who by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disablement, financial hardship or social and economic circumstances, have need of such facilities;(h) such other means as may from time to determined subject to the prior written consent of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales(2) to develop the capacity and skills of the members of the socially and economically socially disadvantaged community of Chopwell and the surrounding area in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their needs and to participate more fully in society.3) To further or benefit the residents of Chopwell and the neighbourhood, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.4) The prevention of financial hardship by providing or assisting in the provision of education, training, healthcare projects and all the necessary support designed to enable individuals to generate a sustainable income and be self-sufficient.5) The relief of financial hardship among people living or working in Chopwell and surrounding areas by providing such persons with goods and services which they could not otherwise afford through lack of means.6) To promote sustainable development for the benefit of the public by:(a) the preservation, conservation and the protection of the environment and the prudent use of resources;(b) the relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities;(c) the promotion of sustainable means of achieving economic growth and regeneration.7) To advance the education of the public in subjects relating to sustainable development and the protection, enhancement and rehabilitation of the environment and to promote study and research in such subjects provided that the useful results of such study are disseminated to the public at large.Sustainable development means “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”8) To promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.For the purpose of this clause ‘socially excluded’ means being excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of one of more of the following factors: unemployment; financial hardship; youth or old age; ill health (physical or mental); substance abuse or dependency including alcohol and drugs; discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, belief, creed, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment; poor educational or skills attainment; relationship and family breakdown; poor housing (that is housing that does not meet basic habitable standards; crime (either as a victim of crime or as an offender rehabilitating into society).

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