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Training for chairs and vice chairs of smaller charities




Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity?  

The Association of Chairs has launched its Beacon Programme, providing support to Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income below £1 million) in their role. The programme will be delivering a series of workshops in 9 locations all over England – including dates in Newcastle upon Tyne – and providing a wide range practical resources tailored to the specific needs of Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities.

Click here to find out more about the programme.  If you are a Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in Newcastle or the surrounding areas then this programme has been researched, designed and created for you and it is rare to have access to good quality training for chairs outside of London.

Register today 

By completing the registration form, you will be able to join fellow Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities at the programme’s first workshop called ‘Being an Effective Chair’ taking place on Wednesday 5 December at Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ at 9.30am to 1.15pm.  Places are limited so don’t miss out. This interactive workshop will provide a unique opportunity for Chairs and Vice Chairs to:

  • Be clear about your role and legal responsibilities
  • Understand what can help you be effective
  • Have practical tools to help you run effective meetings
  • Meet and learn from other Chairs of smaller organisations

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Announcement from VODA’s Chief Executive, Lisa Goodwin

“It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement I am announcing that I will be leaving my position at VODA in October this year, following my appointment as the new Deputy Chief Executive at VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East). I’ve been at VODA since February 2010 and in the Chief Executive role since October 2011. It has been an absolute privilege to work for VODA and I have enjoyed almost every minute of it! The staff team are second to none and the board have been a constant source of advice and support over the years. North Tyneside has a voluntary sector that is resilient, resourceful, and committed to working in partnership for the benefit of all our residents, and I have been fortunate to be a part of that. It is time for me to move on to pastures new and I am excited about the chance to work on more strategic initiatives with VCS organisations across the region. My new role at VONNE is focussed on business development, income generation, and developing new partnerships, so I will look forward to continuing to work with VODA and other North Tyneside VCS organisations in a different guise.”

VODA’s Chair, Linda Hoffman said: “As Chair of VODA I have worked closely with Lisa for the past five years. I have seen at first hand how Lisa’s strong personal leadership style has developed a high-calibre staff team to support all aspects of VODA’s work. She will be a hard act to follow!  Although softly spoken and always with a sparkle of humour, Lisa is not a woman to trifle with.  Her understanding of the community and voluntary sector  and her determination to get the best for VODA as well as all the other organisations and their volunteers makes her well-placed to take on the new role with VONNE and will be perfectly suited to her talents.  Whilst I am sad to see her go, I know this is an excellent opportunity for Lisa but I am confident that she leaves VODA in a much stronger position than it might have been, given the difficulties facing the sector, and that we too, are ready to move on to the next chapter of our life, building on the successes that Lisa has created.  On behalf of the Board and staff team we also look forward to working with Lisa in the future in her new role.”

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