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Celebrating Trustees

We're delighted to share this short film all about our Celebrating Trustees event, which brought over 100 of the borough's trustees and committee members together for a James Bond-themed evening. Organised by 30 young volunteers with support from staff at VODA and the Linskill Centre, the event was funded by the Big Lottery's Celebrate programme.
Celebrate by Robin Fry at VODA

We're recruiting - last chance to apply!

Administrative Assistant vacancy at VODA

£15,341 pa pro rata for 16 hours per week, funded initially for 12 months

Final reminder that we have a vacancy for an administrative assistant to handle all aspects of our National Citizen Service (NCS) programme's administration. The closing date for applications is noon on 19 May so you'll need to be quick. Read more and download an application pack here.

Volunteer Recruitment Fair: Saturday 3 June

Find out about some of the fantastic volunteering opportunities available in North Tyneside at our next Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday 3 June, 10am to 2pm at North Shields Library. There will be a wide range of organisations attending which involve volunteers in their work. Come along to meet them and find out if there's an opportunity to suit you! Read more here.

Latest North Tyneside Charity Statistics

We have recently published our latest infograph summarising the state of the voluntary and community sector in North Tyneside for the reporting year of 2015/16. Download the inforgraph here.

Training coming up from VODA

We have the following low cost and free training courses coming up: Follow the links above for more information and to book your place.


Cyber Security for Charities

Over 200,000 organisations, including the NHS, have been affected by a recent cyber attack.The Charity Commission has issued guidance encouraging all charities to follow protection advice recently issued by the City of London Police and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Read more here.

Business in the Community have also published a useful tool: Are you Cyber Ready?

General Election - more advice and guidance

In the run up to the General Election on 8 June, NCVO have written a blog on 'How to engage with local candidates during an election campaign'.

The Charity Commission guidance outlines what charities need to consider when campaigning: Campaigning and political activity guidance for charities.

Latest Charity Commission News

The Spring issue of the Charity Commission News contains articles on:
  • revised financial guidance for trustees
  • warning against using cash couriers
  • pension auto-enrolment
  • making the right decision for your charity

Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May)

A number of events and campaigns are taking place this week as part of National Dementia Awareness Week - read more here.


North Tyneside Council Procurement Strategy: VCS Feedback Wanted

North Tyneside Council are currently seeking feedback on their Procurement Strategy 2017-2020 and would like to know what voluntary and community sector groups would like to see included. You can find the documents and the proposed new Social Value priorities here. Feedback should be emailed to Allison Mitchell and Felicity Shoesmith at the Council.

North Tyneside Council Briefing Sessions for the VCS 

The Council has developed a programme of free, two-hour briefing sessions that focus on key priority areas for the voluntary and community sector:
  • Customer Pathways for Adults: 28 June, 1pm to 3pm
  • Data Mill: 6 July, 1pm to 3pm
  • Devolution: 7 September, 10am to 12 noon
Sessions take place at the Council's Quadrant East offices. Read more and download the booking form here.

The Big Bike Revival (BBR)

As part of a nationwide campaign that runs until 17 June, Cycling UK are helping groups to get cycling more and get communities back on their bikes. In Tyne & Wear (including North Tyneside) Cycling Development Officer, Andrew Thorp, can support participating groups to become Big Bike Revival Centres, helping them to plan, assist and promote the delivery of fun cycling activities for all. Small grants are also available through the scheme. If your organisation delivers cycling activities or would like to start, contact Andrew on 07831 863770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Visit the BBR website here.

New Beach Access charity to launch

Newly registered charity Beach Access North East (B.A.N.E) aims to provide equipment to support people with physical disabilities, to allow them to enjoy as much freedom as possible on local beaches. The Scheme will launch on 29 May with wheelchairs at Tynemouth between 10am and 12 noon and at Blyth South Beach between 2pm and 4pm. The charity has also announced medal winning Paralympian Stephen Miller as its Honorary President. Visit the website for more information or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

An Introduction to Job Carving: Free Breakfast Event

Friday 9 June, 8am to 9.30am at Bond Dickinson, St Ann's Wharf, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne

Learn about the Job Carving approach to employing people who have impairments and disabilities, and how it may work in your organisation. Delivered by Supported Employment Practitioner Sarah Bastow and organised by the Percy Hedley Foundation's Employability service. Read more here, including details of how to book.

Northumberland Park Family Fun Day: Sunday 28 May

The family fun day takes place between 12pm and 5pm and features live music, children's storytelling, activities and stalls. All at Northumberland Park, King Edward Road, North Shields. Read more here.

Collingwood Bowling Club Plant Sale

The Bowling Club (a registered charity) are selling a wide range of bedding and basket plants, begonias plus other varieties - at two plant sales on Saturdays 20 and 27 May, from 9am to 4pm at their bowling green on Heaton Terrace, North Shields,
NE29 7YL. Supplied by a local professional grower, the plants will be sold at a very reasonable price – the more you buy, the cheaper per tray! For more information contact 0191 257 1523.

Opportunity for first aid-trained volunteer

Springfield Community Association is looking for a volunteer who has a First Aid qualification to assist with Singing for the Brain sessions, which are organised by Alzheimer’s Society, and use the therapeutic benefits of music and singing to help people with dementia to improve wellbeing and confidence. The sessions take place on Tuesdays between 1.30pm and 3pm at Springfield Community Centre, Forest Hall (on an ad-hoc basis). Contact Secretary Linda Hoffman for more information. 
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LA7 Grants and Workshops

Deadline: 31 July

Grants of up to £15K are now available to third sector organisations to support unemployed and economically inactive people to help their progression towards further learning and employment. A series of Engagement Workshops is taking place in each of the seven Local Authorities - the North Tyneside event takes place on Tuesday 13 June, 9.30am to 11.30am at the Langdale Centre in Wallsend. Read more here.

Virgin Money Foundation: North East Fund

Applications will close when all funds allocated

Offers grants of up to £50,000 to organisations to help make a long term difference to local communities. The Foundation is inviting applications from community organisations working to promote long-term change in the most deprived neighbourhoods in the North East, particularly projects that:
  • Support vulnerable people into quality housing
  • Get young people into long term jobs
  • Create opportunities through social enterprise
Applications will be considered in datal order and will close when all funds are allocated. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: John D Grassroots Fund

Next deadline: 4pm on 26 May

Supports community groups based in Tyne & Wear, with an annual income of under £75k, that wish to run out-of-school activities for children and young people. Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available for creative/artistic activities for children and young people that encourage them to be creative, have fun, and which could inspire them to take up a creative hobby/pastime - see the guidelines for examples of projects. Grants can cover sessional tutor and delivery costs; creative resources and materials; or local trips and relevant outings. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: Wellesley Trust Community First Fund

Deadline: 9am on 12 June

Applications are welcome from youth projects based and working in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham, for grants of between £250 and £10,000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how their projects will make a difference to the lives of young people while meeting wider Community Foundation aspirations of supporting people to overcome disadvantage, creating stronger communities and making our area a good place to live. Both revenue and capital projects can be considered. Read more and apply here.

Sir James Knott Trust

Next deadline: 16 June
The Trust supports community projects in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and County Durham, which come under one of the following themes:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Issues and Events
  • Education and Training
  • Environment
  • Health and Sport
  • Heritage
  • Housing
  • Public Services
  • Service Charities
The average grant amount is £4,500 but the Trust can fast-track applications for under £1,000. Applications should be made in writing, including the information specified on the website. Read more and apply here.

Children's Foundation Regional Small Grants

Deadline: 30 June

The aim of the Foundation is to give children and young people in the North East the best health and wellbeing services in the UK. To help achieve this grants of up to £1,000 are available to support community projects that benefit children and young people. To be eligible for support projects must complement and enhance the work of the Foundation in four key areas:
  • Mental Health
  • Disability
  • Child Safety
  • Exercise and Obesity
Read more here.

Heart Research UK and SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants

Deadline: 17 July

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for not-for-profit organisations that have a new and innovative project designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Projects should last for between 6 to 12 months and applications should be submitted online. Read more and apply here.

Woodward Charitable Trust Main Grants

Next deadline: 31 July

Grants are available to small, locally-based charitable initiatives in the UK for projects in the following areas: isolated children and young people; prisoners and ex-offenders; disadvantaged women; disability; arts outreach; and community cohesion among minority groups. There are two funding streams:
  • Small grants of between £100 and £5,000 (around 100 grants made per year, and only 9 grants for £3,000 or more were made in 2014/2015).
  • Large grants of over £5,000 (around 5 grant are made per year and only given to charities known to the Trustees).
Read more and apply here.
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