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Could you volunteer to be a 'Friend of North Tyneside'?

An exciting opportunity for people aged 50 and over to take part in a short-term social action project and really make a difference to communities in the borough, the Friends of North Tyneside project has recently launched - but it's not too late to join in! If you are aged 50 or over and want to do something challenging and rewarding with your spare time, then we'd love to hear from you. Read more here.

Sector Connector Offer: Office equipment from Diamond Group

Diamond Group has a number of office desks, chairs and filing cabinets, which are free to local groups on a first come-first served basis. Equiipment would need to be collected from Diamond Group's offices on the Team Valley in Gateshead. To register your interest please contact Ian Dougall at VODA on 0191 643 2638.
VODA Training

Training opportunities - don't miss out on your place

We have the following free and low-cost training sessions coming up - places are limited so don't miss out, follow the links below to book your place today:

Minute Taking: Tuesday 21 November

Learn vital skills for note and minute taking, or brush up on your existing knowledge with this interactive one day course. 9.30am to 3.30pm at VODA.

DIY Fundraising: Thursday 23 November

This free Sector Connector workshop will outline ways of generating income, including the GoRaise initiative. 10am to 12 noon at VODA.

Safeguarding Children and Adults: Monday 22 January 2018

Raise your awareness of safeguarding issues and procedures in North Tyneside at this free session. 9.30am to 12 noon at VODA.

Time Management: Tuesday 23 January 2018

Learn the tools and techniques to manage your time and increase efficiency. Full day course, 9.30am to 3.30pm at VODA.

Volunteers and the Law: Thursday 25 January 2018

This half-day course will give you an overviews of the legal regulation you need to know if you involve volunteers in your organisation. 9.30am to 12.30pm at VODA.

For a full list of training available visit our website or contact us to discuss your training needs.


Charity Commission consultation on annual return 2018

There is still time for charities to submit their views on changes to the content and structure of the annual return and how the Commission targets questions. The consultation closes on 24 November 2017. Read more and submit your views here.

GDPR advice and helpline for charities

Sector umbrella body NCVO has published advice and guidance for charities preparing for new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), including a webinar on what the regulations mean for charities. Read more here.

The ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) has also launched a helpline to help small organisations prepare for the new data protection laws. Small organisations should dial 0303 123 1113 and select option 4.


Local charity chief appointed to national role

Newcastle CVS Chief Executive, Sally Young, has been appointed Vice Chair of NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations). Sally said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Vice Chair at NCVO. I hope to bring the voice of North East charities and community organisations into the national discussions. I’m very aware of all the great work being done locally by volunteers, trustees and charity staff.” Read more here.

GDPR training event in Newcastle from NCVO

Wednesday 17 January 2018, 9.30am to 4.30pm at CasteGate, Newcastle upon Tyne

In 2018, new regulations come into force intended to give individuals greater control over how organisations use their data. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect how charities work with data and look after this valuable information. The new laws are more detailed and carry the potential for hefty financial penalties - this course from sector umbrella body, NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations), is delivered by fully qualified data protection officer, Mark Burnett. Costs from £195 per person based on organisation's annual income, with discounts available for NCVO members. Read more and book here.

Great North Care Record - what are your views?

The Great North Care Record initiative is a new electronic system enabling NHS health professionals providing you with treatment, to view a summary of your medical records, with your consent. Healthwatch North Tyneside are running two events to give people a chance to find out more and share their views on the new system. The events take place at Parkside House, Elton Street, Wallsend on:
  • Thursday 23 November, 10am to 12 noon and
  • Thursday 30 November, 1pm to 3pm

NEPO Business Club events for organisations tendering for public service contracts

In conjunction with North Tyneside Council, NEPO (North East Procurement Organisation) Business Club is running a series of events aimed at organisations of all sizes and experience who are looking at tendering for the delivery of public service contracts. Events include:
  • Successful Tendering on Tuesday 21 November
  • Bid Writing Masterclass on Tuesday 28 November 
  • Procurement Surgeries on Tuesday 5 December

Clore Leadership development programme open for applications

Clore Social Leadership is offering senior leaders based in the North East of England fully-funded places on their 2018 Experienced Leader Programme. This 12-month programme is for experienced leaders who want to expand upon their existing skills and capabilities, and participate in sector wide leadership. It is aimed at leaders with 6 to 10 years' experience and starts February 2018. Read more here.

North Shields Local Food Hub

North Shields Local Food Hub is a pilot project to bring local flavours to local people, a wide range of products and easy to cook meal boxes at affordable prices. Based at Meadow Well Connected (MWC), the hub is currently being piloted for four weeks in November. Orders can be placed online and picked up from MWC in person - read more here, including how to place an order. Alternatively contact Graham Bone at Meadow Well Connected on 0191 341 0033.

Charity Escapes offers luxury donations to charities as fundraising prizes

The North East-based not-for-profit organisation has been donated 100 mini-breaks by Hilton Hotels, and is inviting charities that could benefit from raising money by selling or auctioning the donations at fundraising events, to get in touch. Charity Escapes facilitates the process of managing donations from a number of holiday providers by placing the getaways in high profile charity auctions, raffles and events. Read more here or contact Project Manager Rick McCordall on 0191 303 7837 for more information.

Volunteering opportunities with British Red Cross

The British Red Cross are looking for volunteers to help support the emergency services in the planning, response and recovery phases of civil emergencies in their local areas. Community Reserve Volunteers play a vital role in responding to large-scale emergencies in their local areas. No regular commitment is needed - you'll only be called upon if the British Red Cross needs additional help and support. Read more here.

Training in Independent Advocacy

Located in Gateshead, Your Voice Counts provides training in Independent Advocacy and is offering the City and Guilds Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Independent Advocacy as well as the single specialist Advocacy Units IMCA, IMHA, Care Act 2014 and IMCA DoLS. They currently have places on the Care Act course on 29 November 2017, IMCA on 5 December 2017 and IMCA DoLS on 6 February 2018. If you would like to reserve a place on one of these courses or would like further information, please contact Jayne or Katrina on 0191 478 6472 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

LD:NE Christmas Carol

LD:NorthEast are holding their annual Christmas Carol service on 1 December 2017 from 10.15am (for 10.30am start) at Christ Church, North Shields. See the poster for full details.

Disability North AGM

Monday 4 December at MEA House in Newcastle

The AGM will provide an opportunity to look back over the last 12 months, and reflect on how the charity's initiatives and services have made a difference to disabled people in the North East. This year the AGM will be held in acknowledgement of the International Day of Disabled People, and will include a Hate Crime Awareness workshop and networking opportunities. Read more and book your place here.
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RW Mann Trust

One of the region's most accessible and user-friendly funders for registered charities in the North Tyneside area, the trust offers grants of up to £1,000 for a wide range of work and activities. These include (but are not limited to) organisations that work with youth groups, children, people with disabilities, older people, schools and colleges. The application process is a simple, two page covering letter and there is a quick turnaround response. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: Pen & Palette Club Fund

Deadline: 21 November

Grants of between £300 and £900 are made to organisations and groups for activity associated with literature, music and visual arts. The fund will look for the public benefit of proposals to enhance the quality of events (such as poetry readings, art workshops and master classes), to improve facilities and equipment and provide support towards the cost of exhibitions. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: North East Fund for the Arts

Deadline: 21 November

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to enable community groups to access professional, quality arts activities, on their own terms, for example to engage a community in arts activity for the first time, develop their engagement, or inspire participants to seek further opportunities in the arts. Read more and apply here.

Balcombe Charitable Trust

Deadline: 26 November

Funds innovative projects working with homeless and/or unemployed or NEET (not in education or employment) young people in the UK. The Trust is particularly interested in projects working with young women. They are inviting applications from registered charities with an annual income of between £500,000 and £3 million for small grants ranging from £5,000 to £25,000. There is a simple email application process - see the website for details. Read more and apply here.

The Joicey Trust

Deadline: 30 November

The Trust makes grants across a wide spectrum for either revenue (including core funding) or capital expenditure to registered charities in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and the eastern Scottish Borders. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: Charles Robert Bell Fund

Deadline: 1 December

This fund provides grants of between £500 and £5,000 to groups supporting people with mental health issues and advancing mental health in North Tyneside, including ex-service personnel. The fund will support group activities, sessional staff and volunteer expenses, project resources and equipment. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: John D Endowment Fund

Deadline: 1 December

|The fund supports community groups based in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland running out-of-school creative arts activities for children and young people. Grants range from between £500 and £2,500 and are for 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 or pastime. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: Robert Wood Foundation

Deadline: 5 December

Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available to support group work that enhances educational experiences and personal development for young people aged 12 to 18 years living in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland. Read more and apply here.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People

Deadline: 6 February 2018
The Foundation supports registered charities that work to improve the lives of disabled and sick children and young people by awarding grants for equipment, training and support. Grants of up to £30,000 are available although the majorty of grants awarded are under £10,000. Read more and apply here.

Comic Relief and UK Community Foundations: Core Strength Local Communities Grants

Deadline: varies, please check the website

Comic Relief has announced a new £2 million programme to support small community led organisations across the UK. The programme provides funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 for up to 12 months to small local community organisations (income of up to £100,000) for essential core running costs. Read more and apply here.

Playing Fields Legacy Fund

Provides grants to voluntary organisations that run or manage playing fields for projects that will ultimately result in more people taking part in outdoor sport. The fund will consider projects including:
  • pitch improvements
  • the construction of new pitches on existing sites and new sites
  • renovation of changing or community rooms
  • feasibility studies for any of the above
  • to unlock funding from trusts and statutory grant-giving bodies such as Sport England
Read more and apply here.
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