Below is just a selection of some of the ongoing work that we are involved with directly, and some projects we have supported so far.
Please bare with us as we update the website.
Hartlepool Sport CIC
The PFC Trust was set-up with a broad mission of ‘helping Hartlepool people’. Within a short time, it was identified that ‘Sport’ was a major element of the Trust’s focus. Parallel to the Trust being created, a series of discussions were held between Hartlepool Borough Council, Hartlepool United Football Club, Hartlepool College of Further Education, LoveHartlepool representatives and The PFC Trust.
Sport, Health and Movement are a key priority for the Trust. We have a dedicated website specifically for this area.
Please visit www.hartlepoolsport.co.uk for more information.
Do you know of someone who always goes the extra mile? Someone who is out and about in their local community, always ready to help their neighbours, their friends, their town? Someone who is exceptional, either in their job, or in a voluntary capacity, and deserves recognition as a Hartlepool Hero?
If Covid and the "Cost of Living Crisis" has taught us anything it is that community is everything and during the difficult times we need each other more than ever. Throughout the pandemic people across Hartlepool made the difference every day – whether through working on the front line in health and social care, transport, education, emergency services, essential retail and local service provision, or by volunteering locally to make sure that vulnerable people shielding from the virus still got their shopping done, their prescriptions picked up and that there was someone to talk to.
Did you know that a typical carer spends 25 hours a week caring for loved ones? Taking this statistic as a starting point, The PFC Trust launched a fundraising initiative for 2021 based around the number 25. Initially, we are aiming to raise £50,000 to fund a new caravan for Hartlepool Carers and Stockton's Eastern Ravens, with additional sums being used as part of the Trust's Covid-19 response.
In 2023, we delivered our second UChangeLives which had many local individuals and organisations help us raise over £30,000 for local good causes.
Would you like to get involved?
We have lots of activities planned for 2024 that you can get involved in, or you could even organise your own.
Take a look at our events page for more information.
Following the establishment of The PFC Trust, the first Hartlepool organisation to benefit was Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Similarly, Hartlepool College of Further Education are one of our anchor partners across several workstreams, and they also host our annual Green & Blue Ball, the Hartlepool Sports Annual Awards and many meetings and other events.
College staff also support us with our fundraising activities, and provide expert advice and support across a range of areas.
We are an active partner of the Hartlepool Food Partnership.
The Hartlepool Food Partnership brings together representatives from the community, food businesses, the voluntary sector, educational institutions and the local authority – who care about the quality, affordability and sustainability of food in their town. By working in partnership with the wider community, a long-term plan is created to make available healthy, affordable and sustainable food.
Many other places have a Food Partnership – Hartlepool’s nearest Partnership being Middlesbrough and Sunderland. A national coalition of charities concerned with food quality and sustainability – Sustainable Food Places (see www.sustainablefoodplaces.org) – have designed a model for Food Partnerships that is considered best practice.
The Poolie Time Exchange
Poolie Time Exchange is part of The Big League CIC which connects people with skills (‘Achievers’) to others who could benefit from them.
Achievers earn "Poolie Pounds" which they can then 'spend' on ‘resources’ such as trial
job interviews, obtaining on-the-job experience, energy advice, and CVs and training courses.
Achievers may also get references from the people they have provided support to.
We are pleased to have supported the Big League/PTE several times, and work alongside them across several different town-wide projects.
St Aidens Kitchen
The Trust provided a grant to the soup kitchen at St Aidan's Church as they were running very low on supplies. The amazing work carried out here by Mother Gemma and the dedicated volunteers was humbling to see and the Trust was proud to be part of it. And we stayed in touch. We provided another grant to fund their fantastic Christmas Day, where all of their guests got a hot meal as well as Christmas treats and festive spirit. We then looked at how they could obtain regular donations of food through existing charities and organisations and they have gone from strength to strength.
The initial support provided to St Aidens and other similar organisations helped to shape our offer across the town's food and safety net system.
We are actively involved in both the Financial Inclusion Partnership, and the Hartlepool Food Partnerships.
Hartlepower is a charity setup to provide a Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) service to groups, social enterprises, charities and Hartlepool businesses.
"It has been refreshing to work with The PFC Trust since they established, a very progressive and dynamic organisation who are truly inspirational in terms of their support to sustainable locally routed projects. The PFC Trust are really big on networking and partnerships, linking ideas with doers and projects with groups, some of the collaborative working they have already undertaken has been unheard of, in particular the capacity and professional support they have provided to groups and individuals to get projects off the ground. We can’t wait to see how the trust develops, if the first year is anything to go by the sector in Hartlepool will certainly be an even better and brighter place".