This is where you’ll find all of the latest news and details of events coming up from VODA.

Volunteer knitters wanted for new SAINT project

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project are looking to involve individuals, knitting groups and any other interested community groups in a project that helps children to…

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Launch of North Tyneside Winter Support Network 2018/19

VODA is once again coordinating North Tyneside’s Winter Support Network, a partnership of local voluntary and community sector organisations which are helping over 300 of the borough’s most vulnerable residents…

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New Year Volunteer Recruitment Fair: Saturday 26 January

Make a difference in 2019 – Volunteer! If you want to do something special in 2019, why not consider making it your New Year’s resolution to volunteer? There are a…

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Sector Connector Offers of the Month: December 2018

Carney Consulting Ltd is offering a free place for voluntary organisations on their Mental Health First Aid course which runs across the year. At a time when there is a need for voluntary…

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VODA’s AGM and Awards Presentation 2018

          Our Annual General Meeting and awards presentation took place on Wednesday 28 November at YMCA North Tyneside. As well as a presentation of VODA’s latest…

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VODA Award Winners 2018!

We are delighted to share the stories of our award winners for 2018, who were presented with their prizes at our recent AGM by Chairman of North Tyneside, Cllr Tommy…

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#iwill Week Case Study: Hannah Gray

Hannah was referred to VODA over 18 months ago through the Talent Match programme, when she took part in projects around improving employability through volunteering, and around community arts. Keen…

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VODA Blog: Trustees are volunteers too

      As part of this year’s Trustees’ Week, our Core Services Manager, Keith Hardy, blogs about the importance of the often-overlooked voluntary role: “It’s an often overlooked fact…

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Is your organisation in good ‘health’?

        Good governance is a vital part of how voluntary and community sector organisations operate and are held accountable for what they do. Any Improvements you put in…

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Volunteers wanted to help create Little Free Libraries in North Tyneside

            Josie Robinson, VODA’s Social Action Worker, blogs about the latest project from SAINT and the search for volunteers who can help to build creative…

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Volunteers wanted to help people with their Universal Credit applications

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project are supporting local people with their Universal Credit applications now that the new benefit is being rolled out in North…

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Hired, Fired or Sick and Tired

          Our Operations Manager, Phil Bagnall, blogs about an important GDPR issue: “It must have happened to you at some time. The phone rings. A member…

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New resource for small groups in North Tyneside

Funders sometimes need assurances that your group is well-run and fit for purpose and they may well ask you for a business plan. VODA has produced a very simple four-page…

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Good Neighbours volunteers visit Tynemouth Lifeboat Station

Volunteers from our Good Neighbours project recently enjoyed a visit to Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station, to learn all about the local rescue service and its fascinating history. The volunteers, who…

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Advice for larger organisations: GDPR and employment references

        Our Operations Manager, Phil Bagnall blogs about an important aspect of GDPR for larger organisations: “If you employ staff then there is an important rule within…

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