One of our key objectives is to ensure the voluntary and community sector has a strong voice, and is respected and involved in decision making as an equal partner.

We do not aim to speak on behalf of the sector as we know that we cannot possibly represent the specific interests of 500+ charities, voluntary groups and clubs in the borough (nor have we got time to attend all of the necessary meetings!)

Instead we work to support an environment in which groups are able to have their voices heard and respected. We believe VODA is ideally placed to facilitate this through the strength of our membership, our understanding of, and reach to, many different parts of the sector, as well as the skills of our staff and our position as a recognised partner of the Council.

We also use our position to champion the potential role of VCS groups in new models of service delivery, as well as challenging developments that we believe may be deemed detrimental to the sector.

Our key work includes:

  • Delivering quarterly Working With the VCS events in partnership with North Tyneside Council.
  • Facilitating the VCS Chief Officers Group.
  • Ensuring the VCS has a seat on local and regional boards and partnerships.
  • Providing regular updates to keep the sector informed of local strategic developments.