NEWS: Heritage Lottery fund 'Tales of the Pandemic'

Exciting Announcement!

Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded North Tyneside Disability Forum a grant to record and preserve peoples Tales of the Pandemic. The basis for this is to work with our volunteers to gather stories from disabled and vulnerable people whom we have worked with and supported across the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

March 2020 saw a National Lockdown with many of our members having to follow Government guidance, shielding or self isolating. The information was confusing, guidance changing daily, face masks, social bubbles, food shopping rules, people stock piling and empty shelves (remember toilet roll, pasta and hand sanitiser?), gatherings for weddings, funerals, how could you access food if you were not safe to go out?. Did you get a Government food parcel? how long was it before you were able to hug your family? how did you celebrate Christmas 2020? Have you had Covid-19? Everyone will have a tale to tell.

We have had the following Heritage Lottery Fund Projects, mainly based on the Great War (1914 – 1918):-

  • Tales of Lives Tales of Children’s Lives
  • Tales of Deaf Lives
  • 100 years on – milestones over the decades, 
  • Spinning the Yarn
  • Local Songs and Stories
  • Tales of Women’s Lives

We visited so many lovely places and had super speakers along to our Centre. We were supported by Tyne and Wear Museums and Northumbria University, the Tynemouth Memorial Project and Beamish Museum, Joicey Museum and Sunderland Winter Gardens. So we are really excited and cannot wait to get this underway. 

If you would like to be involved contact Liz Turnbull (0191 4661667) or 07956629961 or

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