Welcome to the 100th edition of VODA's e-bulletin. This email is sent to over 900 groups, organisations and individuals - please feel free to forward to anyone who may find it useful. If you'd like an article included in a future bulletin, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

VODA's AGM and Awards Ceremony

Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 10 October in the Performance Hall at Queen Alexandra Campus, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields. Registration takes place from 10am for a 10.30am start and the meeting will close with a buffet lunch.
As well as the official business of presenting our annual report, accounts and voting new board members, there will also be the presentation of our annual awards and a chance to hear from our special guest, Ray Lowry (pictured), about his role as a trustee of Tynemouth Priory Theatre. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM but please book your place by contacting Kathryn Tate at VODA on 0191 643 2626.

VODA Awards - Last chance to nominate

Nominations for our annual awards, which recognise the outstanding contribution made by volunteers and community organisations in the borough of North Tyneside, close at 5pm on Thursday 28 September. We make awards in three categories:
  • Voluntary or Community Organisation of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year (under 19)
Winners will be judged by a panel of VODA board members and presented with their awards at our AGM on Tuesday 10 October 2017. Read more and make your nomination here.

Friends of North Tyneside launch - Taster Session on 27 September

Friends of North Tyneside is a 12-week volunteering programme that gives people aged 50+ the chance to make a real difference in their community. By joining a team of volunteers to carry out social action projects you can help make North Tyneside a better place for children, young people, older residents and those in need in the borough.

In order to give people a taste of the opportunities available and what to expect from the programme, we are holding a taster session on Wednesday 27 September, 3pm to 6pm at the Cedarwood Trust. See the poster for full details or contact Josie Robinson.

Ensuring Best Practice in Inclusive Volunteer Involvement

Thursday 18 October, 10am to 12noon at Broadacre House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Organised by a partnership between VODA, Launchpad, North Tyneside Recovery College and North East Together, the first Regional Volunteer Coordinator Network meeting will be on the theme of 'Starting the conversation: involving volunteers with mental health issues.' This will be a discussion about coordinators' current experience and practice, rather than clinical or diagnostic details. We would like to use this conversation to develop a good practice training session and toolkit that ensures all coordinators support potential volunteers fairly and in a mutually beneficial way. For more information or to register your place please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

VODA's Website and E-bulletin

The 100th issue of our e-bulletin will also be one of the last - in this format! Over the coming months you'll see some big changes in our digital communications - we are currently in the process of designing a brand new website and e-bulletin. We are always keen to hear your feedback and views on what you find useful in terms of the information that VODA provides. If you have any thoughts, suggestions or comments, please email our Information and Communications Worker, Amy Millar, and look out for your new and improved e-bulletin coming soon.
VODA Training
We have a range of free and low cost training courses coming up in October. Follow the links below to read more and book your place:

Make Your Meetings Work

Wedesday 4 October, 9.30am to 12.30pm

This half-day course explores simple, practical ways of ensuring your meetings are brief, focused and productive. 

Local Authority Procurement

Thursday 5 October, 10am to 12 noon, free

Hear about new tendering processes for delivering contracts from North Tyneside Council.


Monday 16 October, 9.30am to 3.30pm

Learn what constitutes assertive behaviour and why it is important both within the workplace and beyond.

Evidencing Need, Defining Outcomes

Wednesday 18 October, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Improve your understanding of how to show to funders that what you do is needed and measurable.

Cloud-based IT Solutions

Thursday 19 October, 10am to 12 noon, free

Gain a basic awareness of how web-based applications work and the benefits for your organisation.


Charity Commission consultation on annual return

The Commission has announced that the 2017 annual return service is now available. A reminder that what you need to submit depends on your annual income. If your charity’s income is:
  • under £10,000, then you just need to submit your charity’s income and expenditure figures - the easiest way to do this is through the annual return service
  • between £10,001 and £25,000, you need to complete an annual return form
  • more than £25,000, you must submit an annual return form with a set of annual accounts as well as an independent examiners’ or audit report and a trustees’ annual report (TAR)
Read more here.

Volunteering in the NHS - new guide published

The NHS, in conjunction with voluntary sector umberella body NAVCA, has published a new guide - Recruiting and managing volunteers in NHS providers - a practical guide, which offers practical support and information for NHS providers and VCSE partners to grow and develop volunteering in the NHS. 

Updated guidance on independent examiners for charities

The Charity Commission's revised guidance includes three new directions relating to conflicts of interest, the disclosure of related party transactions and the charity's financial circumstances. Read more here.


Consultation on Council Tax Support reduction

North Tyneside Council is consulting on the level of reduction of Council Tax Support (CTS) it gives to working age people. Through the scheme the Council currently gives up to 87.5% CTS to working age claimants. They are considering reducing this level in 2018/19 to one of the options below:
  1. Provide the maximum level of CTS of 85% for working age claimants
  2. Provide the maximum level of CTS of 82.5% for working age claimants
  3. Provide the maximum level of CTS of 80% for working age claimants
The Council would like to hear people's views on this - particularly organistions who work with people who may be affected by these changes. The closing date to complete the relevant survey is Tuesday 14 November. Read more here.

Public Sector Supplier events - have your say

Are you a public sector supplier? North Tyneside Council and NEPO Business Club are planning to hold a series of events (with potential topics including successful tendering, procurement strategies and bid writing, among others) to take place within the next six months. In order that the courses are tailored to meet the needs of suppliers, they are asking for feedback on people's preferences on the content. Read more and submit your feedback here

North Tyneside Council Chair's Charity Walk

Join the Chair of North Tyneside Council, Cllr Cath Davis, for a three-mile walk taking in the historical sites of North Shields, in aid of her charities. The walk takes place on Saturday 30 September, starting at 10am from the Linskill Centre in North Shields. See the poster for full details or read more here.

Last chance to nominate for North Tyneside Business Awards

The closing date for applications for the 2017 North Tyneside Business Awards is Friday 29 September. The awards celebrate the huge contribution local businesses make to the local economy and how they make North Tyneside a great place to live, work and visit. Visit the website to make a nomination. 

North Tyneside World Mental Health Day (WMHD) celebration event

Friday 6 October, 10.45am to 5pm at Cullercoats Crescent Club, Victoria Crescent

A fun and informative free event organised by a partnership of mental health organisations. The event will include the chance to shape and develop mental health services, hear presentations and take part in creative and interactive activities. A free buffet lunch is also provided.

Read more here.

Independent Advocacy North East (IANE) AGM

The Annual General Meeting of IANE takes place on Wednesday 18 October between 5.30pm to 7.30pm at St Columba's Church Hall, North Shields. As well as official business there is the chance to take part in the prize-winning Bake Off challenge. Read more here or for more information telephone 0191 259 6662 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

FACT: North East Cancer Care Awards

Cancer support charity FACT is looking to reward the most deserving cancer carers in the region by holding the North East Cancer Care Awards. If you know someone who does an amazing job of supporting others suffering from cancer, you are invited to nominate them, explaining why your chosen person(s) deserves an award. There are two categories:
  • Young Carers (18 years and under)
  • Adult Carers (over the age of 18)  
The closing date for nominations is Friday 13 October. Make your nomination here.

North Tyneside Transport Forum

Thursday 5 October, 6pm to 8pm at Whitley Bay Customer First Centre, York Road

The October meeting will include updates on public transport fares for young people. Local bus and Metro operators will be in attendance and there will be opportunities to ask questions and suggest other public transport-related matters for future discussion. Read more here.

Job vacancy at Linskill Centre: Marketing Manager

Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust (LNTCDT) have a vacancy for an experienced Marketing Manager to join its Management Team at its premises within the Linskill Centre, North Shields. 40 hours per week, £25-27k based on experience. The closing date for applications is Friday 6 October. Read more here, including details of how to apply.

Job vacancy at Key Enterprises: Metalwork Supervisor

Key Enterprises has a vacancy for a Metalwork Supervisor to work with service users to deliver a metalwork service and develop metal art products. The vacancy is currently for 14 hours per week and initially for 12 months, £10.20 per hour. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a job summary and application form.

Job and trustee vacancies at Oasis Aqulia Housing

The North East housing and homelessness charity has a number of vacancies, including Head of Business Development and Maintenance Worker. They also have a number of trustee vacancies. Visit the website for full details, including closing dates and salaries.

Plant sale at Collingwood Bowling Club

The Club are holding an Autumn and Winter Colour Plant Sale - with pansy, poyanthus, cyclamen, viola and other assorted pot plants for basket, planter or garden use all on offer - on Saturday 30 September from 10am to 4pm at its green at Heaton Terrace, North Shields. NE29 7LY. All welcome.

Share your story of social services in North Tyneside

New Prospects is collecting stories for North Tyneside Council about peoples' experience of social services as part of their work around developing a 'Whole Life Disability' strategy. Read more and submit your story here.

The Big Walk at Blagdon Estate

Viscount and Viscountess Ridley of Blagdon will give exclusive access to their Northumberland estate in support of North East Children's Cancer Research's The Big Walk event. The family-friendly charity Walk takes place on Saturday 14 October with registration from 9am (entry fees apply). Read more and sign up for the walk here.
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Community Foundation: Henry Smith North East Fund

Last chance to apply: noon on 29 September

Will support projects that benefit communities experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and those that tackle problems in areas of high deprivation in North East England. Applicants must be registered charities, have been operating for a minimum of two years and have an annual income over the past two years of £250,000 or less. Grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 are available for projects of up to one year's duration, and may be used for revenue and capital costs. Please see the full guidelines for examples of the type of project that may be funded. Read more and apply here

Community Foundation: The Women's Fund

Deadline: 2 October

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to voluntary and community groups that provide services specifically targeted at women that clearly demonstrate how they help women overcome their gender disadvantage. Beneficiaries should be over 18 and preference is given to applications from groups where there is a clear project identified that addresses a particular need for women. Read more and apply here.

Comic Relief: Try for Change Large Grants Programme

Deadline: 2 October

Through this programme Comic Relief are looking to fund projects which will have a significant and lasting impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in England. Organisations which use rugby union, its values or the rugby community to tackle some of the biggest issues facing society are invited to apply for a grant of up to £100,000 over two to three years. Projects should be working towards at least one of the following:
  • Increased community cohesion/ social integration
  • Improved educational attainment
  • Increased employability
  • Reduced involvement in gangs and reduce the risk of re-offending
  • Improved mental and physical health of beneficiaries
Read more and apply here.

Children's Health Fund

Deadline: 6 October
Not-for-profit organisations that want to provide good food as part of holiday learning, play and activity programmes can now apply for funding of between £1,000 and £5,000 from the Children's Health Fund. Applications at the higher end of the scale will be for projects looking to expand their work. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: Culture Bridge

Deadline: 9am on 18 October

Grants of between £250 and £1,500 are available to support working relationships between arts practitioners and cultural organisations on one side and schools and youth settings on the other. Applicants can be education or community settings working with children and young people aged up to 25 years, for example schools, youth clubs and pupil referral units. Read more (including full guidelines) and apply here.

Community Foundation: High Sheriff of Tyne & Wear Awards Scheme

Deadline: 9am on 23 October

The Scheme makes annual awards of between £500 and £750 in recognition of groups in the community who encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for young people, supporting them to be upstanding citizens and deterred from criminal activities and to positively turn their lives around. Projects should focus their work with children and young people aged between 10 and 25 years old. Successful applicants will be invited to an awards ceremony in March 2018. Read more and apply here.

Connected Communities Innovation Fund

Deadline: 30 October
The Office for Civil Society, in partnership with Nesta, has launched a new £4 million fund to encourage more people to volunteer alongside public services, and inspire new ways of giving for those who haven't previously volunteered. There are four priority areas:
  • Bringing communities closer to create shared resources and support one and other
  • Supporting community resilience in emergencies
  • Improving the environment
  • Creating new forms of digital social action
There are two levels of funding:
  • Early stage ideas: Grants of between £50 and £75k and support over 12 to 18 months for innovative social action approaches. 
  • Growing great ideas: Grants of between £100 and £250k and support over two years for innovations ready to sustainably grow their existing social action project or programme to reach and benefit many more people in new locations.
Read more and apply here.

Greggs North East Core Funding Programme

Deadline: 18 November
Awards grants of up to £15,000 per year for up to three years for core running costs to not for profit organisations helping those in need in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside. The programme supports organisations that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in region, or that support otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that work with the following priority groups:
  • People with Disabilities
  • Homeless people
  • Voluntary Carers
  • Older and isolated people
Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: REEDS Grassroots

This rolling programme supports projects in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities, including those affected by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, asylum seekers and refugee status, disability and learning disabilities. Grants of up to to £3,000 are available, Read more and apply here.

Church Urban Fund: Together Grants

The programme offers grants of up to £5,000 for faith-based organisations to engage in social activity, either for initiating or developing community work. Activities should tackle poverty and the fund favours those working directly with people in need. They welcome partnership applications, though the lead applicant must be a faith-based organisation. Read more and apply here.
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