One of VODA’s core functions is to ensure that the local voluntary and community sector is represented and has a strong voice on local decision-making bodies, as well as at a regional and national level where appropriate.

We ensure that the sector is well-informed about issues affecting it – through regular news updates and by encouraging responses to consultations which affect us.

VODA facilitates respresentation of the sector on a number of strategic bodies in North Tyneside, including the Strategic Partnership and the Health and Wellbeing Board. We also act as a local infrastructure representative on the board of VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East).

VODA coordinates North Tyneside VCS Chief Officers’ Group, a network which brings together the senior staff of borough-wide voluntary and community organisations. The group exists to share information, discuss shared issues and look at opportunities for joint working.

If you would like any more information about how we represent the sector, or about joining the Chief Officers’ group please get in touch.