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Launch of new volunteering programme: STEM Innovation Project

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new volunteering programme, which will provide opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for people aged 19 and over who have experienced health issues. 

Our new Volunteering Co-ordinator, Claire Howard, is currently looking for any local projects or organisations that may offer such opportunities to get in touch - read more here or contact Claire on 0191 643 2628.

Introduction to Child Protection training: Thursday 6 April

We have a limited number of places available on this free half-day session delivered by North Tyneside Council's Safeguarding Team. The course takes place from 9.30am to 12.30pm here at VODA. Read more and book your place here.

Social Media in the Workplace: Free Sector Connector workshop 

Thursday 20 April, 10am to 12 noon at VODA, Queen Alexandra Campus, North Shields

Staff use of social media is an issue which features increasingly in employment disputes. This workshop aims to help employers ensure that their staff and volunteers are effective “media ambassadors” rather than simply a potential media liability! Delivered by Sintons Law Employment team. Read more and book your place here.

Date for your diary - Volunteer Recruitment Fair, Saturday 3 June

As part of this year's Volunteers' Week (1-7 June), we are holding a Volunteer Recruitment Fair at North Shields Library on Saturday 3 June. Full details will be announced soon but there are a limited number of stalls available for organisations wishing to promote their opportunities. For more information contact Robin Fry at VODA on 0191 643 2639.


House of Lords report on charities 

The House of Lords Select Committee on charities has recently published its important new report, 'Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society.' The report recognises the huge contribution our sector makes to society, but also that the world is changing rapidly and that there are many ways in which charities need to adapt. NCVO's Karl Wilding has produced a 'what charities need to know' summary - read more here.

Lloyds Bank Foundation report calls for action to help smaller charities survive

A second important report published this week is 'Facing Forward: How Small and Medium-Sized Charities can Adapt to Survive.' This outlines ten upcoming political, economic, social and technological changes which will dramatically affect the operating landscape for the 65,000 small and medium charities working at the heart of communities. The report also calls on government, funders and large charities to take urgent action if small charities are to survive turbulent times ahead. Read more here.

The new £1 coin - fundraising tips for charities

NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) senior policy officer Michael Birtwistle has published advice on the fundraising opportunities for charities now that the new £1 coin is in circulation, suggesting charities use the hashtag #poundforpound to encourage people to donate their old pound coins. Read more here.

Volunteers' Week 2017 - resource pack

A resource pack has been published for any organisations preparing events during this year's Volunteers' Week, which takes place from 1-7 June. Read more here.

The Great Get Together - In memory of Jo Cox

The Jo Cox Foundation has launched information about The Great Get Together: a community event that will be held on the weekend of the 17-18 June to mark the anniversary of politician Jo's death. They are asking people to throw a get-together - it could be big or small, a street party or just sharing cake with friends and neighbours - and to use it as a chance to enjoy being together and for communities to celebrate. Read more here.


North Tyneside Council Chairman's Commendation Awards open for nominations

The Chairman’s Commendation scheme is designed to recognise the contribution of volunteers, raise the profile of volunteering and increase awareness of the valuable work undertaken by volunteers.  Nominations are sought for individuals or groups where voluntary activity is undertaken within the borough of North Tyneside. The closing date for receipt of nominations is Wednesday 17 May when all entries will be considered by the Commendation Award Panel. Thereafter, successful nominees and their nominator will be invited to attend an awards presentation in the Council Chamber at the Quadrant building. Read more and nominate here. Alternatively you can request a paper copy of the nomination form from Carol Girvan on 0191 643 5347.

New website to help North East businesses and charities work together

North East Skills Sharing Group, which includes VODA's own Sector Connector project, has launched a new website to encourage and promote skills sharing between local businesses and not-for-profit organisations in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham and Tees Valley. It’s aimed at businesses looking to offer their support to the sector, and charities wanting to benefit from the time and expertise of businesses. Read more here.

Survey for unpaid carers

Healthwatch North Tyneside wants to find out if unpaid carers know about and have access to information, advice and support to maintain their wellbeing so that they can continue to do the things that are important to them and their families. They are asking carers to complete an online survey or telephone 0191 263 5321 for a paper copy. The survey closes on 3 April.

Passionate about the NHS? Join as a public governor

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding elections for residents to become public governors of the trust and fill 20 vacancies which are available across Berwick upon Tweed, Blyth Valley, Hexham, North Shields, North West Tyneside, Wansbeck and Wallsend. The closing date for making a nomination is 5pm on 10 April. Read more here.

Walking Netball launches at Blue Flames Club

Following the success of its Walking Football club, the Blue Flames Sporting Club has launched a slowed down version of netball, designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. Sessions take place on Mondays, 11.30am to 12.30pm, £3 per session, including tea and coffee. Read more here.
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Youth Social Action Programme

Deadline: 12 noon on 14 April

The Youth Social Action Fund will support both traditional social action (e.g. regular youth volunteering at a care home) and newer ways to create positive social impact such as micro-volunteering activities (e.g. a social media campaign by young people promoting positive body image). Grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 will be available for projects of up to one year’s duration working with young people aged 10 to 20 years old, or 25 years old for disabled people. Read more and apply here.

Sport England: Opportunity Fund

Deadline for expressions of interest (stage one): 12 noon on 24 April

Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available to a wide and diverse range of both sports organisations and non-sports organisations including charities, community interest companies (CICs), local authorities, universities and companies limited by guarantee. The grants are available over three years to support projects which engage new volunteers aged 20 years and older in roles and activities that make a positive impact on them and their communities. Sport England aims to award at least 50% of the funding available to organisations that are new to Sport England. Read more and apply here.

Sport England: Potentials Fund

Deadline for expressions of interest (stage one): 12 noon on 24 April

The Potentials Fund will test bold new approaches to getting young people involved in social action that includes sport and physical activity, especially those who might not have been involved in sport before. It will focus on engaging young people aged 10-20 into social action by providing grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 over a three year period. Sport England is particularly interested in funding projects which can engage 10 to 14 year olds, young people whose mental and emotional wellbeing may be vulnerable, and those traditionally under-represented in sports volunteering. Read more and apply here.

Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Deadline: 26 April

Funding and support is available to UK social entrepreneurs who wish to establish a new project or boost an existing project that will have a social impact. This year the programme comprises the following support strands:
  • Start Up: those who are in the early stage development of a project or organisation (grants of £3,000)
  • Scale Up: established organisations looking to take their operations to the next level (grants of £10,000)
  • Trade Up: established organisations tackling social or environmental issues (grants of £5,000)
Successful enterprises have access to free learning programme, mentoring and a community of people who run social and environmental projects in addition to grants at the above levels. Read more and apply here.

Greggs Foundation: North East Core Funding Programme

Next deadline: 18 May

Awards grants to smaller charitable organisations based in the North East of England that make a difference to people in need, with a focus on projects based in areas of high deprivation. Organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be considered. Grants of up to £15,000 per annum for up to three years are available to organisations that are supporting otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those in the following priority groups:
  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless people
  • Voluntary carers
  • Older and isolated people
The programme supports the core revenue costs of organisations rather than project costs or positions. Preference is given to funding existing work with a proven track record, rather than new work. Read more and apply here.

AB Charitable Trust

Next deadline: 19 May

Registered charities working to combat abuse and violations of human rights and to support the disadvantaged can apply for funding (usually between £10,000 and £20,000). In particular, the Trust is seeking applications from charities with an income of between £150,000 and £1.5million who are working to support:
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • prisoners and penal reform
  • the needs of the most marginalised and neglected groups in society
Read more and apply here.

Hilden Charitable Fund - Summer Play Schemes 2017

Deadline: 24 May

Applications are accepted from voluntary agencies with an income of less than £150,000 to run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities. Priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement. Schemes should:
  • Be aimed at children aged 5 to 18 years
  • Be locally-based and lasting from 2 to 6 weeks
  • Have strong volunteer support
Read more and apply here.

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.

Greggs Foundation: Local Community Projects Fund

Deadline: 24 June

This fund helps not-for-profit organisations based in local communities to deliver projects or provide equipment to people in need at the heart of local communities, with grants of up to £2,000. Preference is likely to be given to local organisations based near a Greggs shop. Projects should help 'a community of interest' - this refers to people who are:
  • Disabled or suffering chronic illness.
  • Living in poverty
  • Voluntary carers
  • Homeless
  • Isolated older people.
  • Living with other demonstrable significant needs
The funding is for projects that improve resilience within a community of interest and can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. See the website for full details. Read more and apply here.

Greggs Foundation: Environmental Grants

Deadline: 24 June

Offers grants of up to £2,000 for projects that make improvements to their local environment and that ensure the involvement of the local community. They will also fund educational projects to help people learn about their impact on the world around them. Not-for-profit organisations with a turnover of £300,000 or less and schools are encouraged to apply and organisations based near Greggs stores will be given priority. Funding can be used to cover the purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. Read more and apply here.

Peter Cruddas Foundation

Next deadline: 1 September

The Foundation gives priority to programmes designed to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people in the age range of 14 to 30, to pursue pathways to Education, Training and Employment with the ultimate aim of helping them to become financially independent. Registered charities can apply for support (there are no minimum or maximum grants specified) – please see the website for examples of previously funded projects. Read more and apply here.

The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust

No deadlines

The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust will fund charitable activities benefitting residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. Priority will be given to those which ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community and the quality of life of individuals within that community. Grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available. Applications should be made in writing (see the Community Foundation website for details) and should be clearly marked ‘for The 1989 Willan Charitable Trust.’ Read more and apply here.
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