We’re delighted to announce that Action Foundation has been awarded a grant by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland through the Department for Culture Media and Sport from the Know Your Neighbourhood Fund.

With this support, we have appointed Amelia Noake as Social Inclusion Officer who will be working in South Tyneside to help boost volunteering and tackle loneliness amongst the refugee, asylum seeker and migrant community.

This is building on our existing work with South Tyneside Health Collaboration on behalf of the primary care networks to improve links to health services.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I grew up in Ripon, North Yorkshire before moving to Newcastle two and a half years ago to live with friends and experience life in a new city. I love living close to the coast and I enjoy cold water swimming or a walk down the beach most weekends. I also enjoy dancing, trying new food, and going to the cinema or theatre in my spare time.

What’s your career background?

I studied my BA in Theology and Religious Studies in York before completing my MA in International Politics: Globalisation, Poverty and Development at Newcastle University in September 2023. I have worked in a variety of roles and industries throughout my time as a student and postgraduate, but most recently have worked within educational settings providing support to children and young adults with additional needs.

What’s your new role?

I am now working as the new Social Inclusion Officer within the InterAction team at Action Foundation. My role is focused on orchestrating a new project which intends to enhance the social opportunities available to our South Tyneside-based clients by facilitating skills building, volunteering and community inclusion opportunities. This project will provide a link for our clients with local organisations and providers in their areas of interest, with the aim of improving loneliness, wellbeing and social isolation.

What drew you to apply for a job at Action Foundation?

Leading on from both my academic and voluntary work within the sector, I am passionate about working in a capacity in which I can directly support the lives and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the North East, while also working to oppose the wider rhetoric of hostility towards displaced people across the UK. I am excited to work for a vital and prestigious organisation such as Action Foundation within a role which promotes inclusion and solidarity for the migrant community.