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Community Business Weekend 16-19 May

The Community Business Weekend, delivered by Power to Change, celebrates the 7000 community businesses in local hands across England. 225 community businesses opened their doors in 2018 and used Community Business Weekend to demonstrate the positive impact they have on society and tell their stories of success. Over 17,000 people visited them and found out how community business can make change happen at a local level. Some of them are now new volunteers, shareholders and customers. 97% of community businesses who took part recommended others should too!

Locally, Meadow Well Connected showcased all the great services and activities which happen in the centre. Cafe 32 at the Linskill Centre used the opportunity to celebrate ten years of providing a community cafe at Linskill and launch its new summer menu, whilst celebrating with staff, suppliers and the local community.

Hosting an open doors event is a great way for you to build your local connections and inspire people to get involved in your community business. Read here to find out more about the 2019 Community Business Weekend and to sign up to take part.

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Sector Connector Offers of the Month: February 2019

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 organisations to support people with increasingly complex issues, this two day course will help participants to spot the early signs of a mental health issue to feel confident in offering help and support to people with a range of mental health issues.

There are seven courses planned for 2019. The next available course is on Tuesday 30th April & Tuesday 7th May. The number of free training places are limited, so please contact Ian Dodds now if you are interested in this opportunity.


HSBC is offering to deliver free financial well-being workshops for voluntary sector employees or beneficiaries. 1 in 3 employees say that they are distracted at work by financial concerns. Please contact Ian Dodds now if you are interested in this opportunity.


Sector Connector Workshops: As part of Sector Connector, a number of businesses volunteer to deliver free workshops on a range of topics that may be beneficial to the voluntary and community sector. As such, if there are any particular topics or business skills that you think your organisation might benefit from and that could be the subject of a future Sector Connector workshop, please get in touch with Ian Dodds.

Details of new Sector Connector workshops for 2019 have now been announced – read more and book your place here

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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 Mulvenna.


Organisation of the Year

Pathways4All

Pathways4All is a parent-led charity providing a range of activities and events specifically tailored for children with disabilities and additional needs and their families.

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Volunteer of the Year

Ryan Wright

Nominated for his voluntary work with Phoenix Detached Youth Project, Ryan has been instrumental in inspiring other young people and groups to get involved in the local community and in the planning, fundraising and launch of The Phoenix Bowl skate park, which opened earlier this year. Read more…


Young Volunteer of the Year

Dylan Weatheritt

Fourteen-year-old Dylan was nominated for his commitment and dedication to fundraising and volunteering with Out of Sight, a charity which provides free outings, events and respite holidays for children with visual impairments and complex disabilities, and their families. Read more…


Community Friendly Business Award 

Technology Services Group (TSG)

TSG were recognised for their involvement in VODA’s Sector Connector project, in particular their donation of laptops which has helped people and volunteers in the community to carry out short-term social action projects around youth employability, Universal Credit applications and awareness raising campaigns.


Community Friendly Business Award

Turncoach

Ali Donkin of Turncoach was presented the Community Friendly Business Award for delivering several free workshops on team building and personal development for the benefit of voluntary and community groups and young volunteers in North Tyneside.

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