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Community Foundation: Charles Robert Bell Fund




The Fund aims to support people with mental health issues and advancing mental health in North Tyneside, including those who are ex-service personnel. Grants are available between £1,000 to £5,000 to groups based and working in North Tyneside to support:

  • Group activities
  • Sessional staff costs and volunteer expenses
  • Project resources and equipment

Deadline: 5pm on Monday 17 December

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Trustees’ Week 2018: Trustee Vacancies in North Tyneside





As part of Trustees’ Week 2018, we round-up just some of the current opportunities for trustees in and around North Tyneside:

Dyslexia North East – a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee which aims to support families with dyslexia, including adults and children, to enable them to achieve their full potential. Dyslexia North East seeks to promote knowledge, skills and understanding of dyslexia across the Community in Schools, Colleges and Businesses. Dyslexia North East is looking for trustees that can help to write funding bids and seek new donors; and who can help support parents and teachers with knowledge and resources about dyslexia, and train volunteers. Trustee meetings are held once a month at Royal Grammar Junior School, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RX.

Healthwatch North Tyneside is the independent voice for users of health and social care services in North Tyneside. Healthwatch listens to people’s views and experiences, receives feedback about services and works with service providers and commissioners to better respond to people’s needs. Healthwatch is looking for new volunteers to join its board of trustees. As a trustee you will play a vital role in setting the direction of the organisation, overseeing its work and working with health and social care providers to improve services. Potential trustees should be able to offer at least 3 hours a month.

Meadow Well Connected, a community centre in North Tyneside, is looking for volunteers to join its board of trustees. Volunteers should have a range of business skills that can help the organisation progress its aims to deliver services to one of the most deprived communities of North Tyneside

Pathways 4 All is a registered charity which provides social and recreational activities for children with disabilities and additional needs within North Tyneside and the surrounding areas. It also offers a range of support services and social networks for children with disabilities or additional needs, and their families. The charity is looking for volunteers, preferably with financial and business skills and insight, to help the charity to deliver and increase its services.

Key Enterprises provides supported activities to adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or acquired brain injuries. Individuals are able to develop practical skills within Key Enterprises’ working departments (Woodwork, Metalwork, Furniture Renovation, Bicycle Maintenance, Catering, Horticutlture) whilst building confidence and a sense of community. Service users can also take part in a rage of community based activities. Key Enterprises is looking for trustees who have an interest in this area of delivery and who can contribute business skills. Cedarwood Trust, another community hub on Meadow Well, which focuses on supporting pre-school children and their families, and on older socially isolated residents, is looking for trustees interested in Early Years work, as well as people with finance and HR skills. In addition to trustees, they are also looking for people with business skills that can contribute to their Finance, HR and Buildings working groups (daytime meetings).

Contact the organisations directly for more information about these roles, or contact VODA for more information about becoming a trustee and what it involves.

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Armed Forces Covenant Trust: Tackling Serious Stress in Veterans, Carers and Families





This new programme will fund a small number of projects that will enable charities and health professionals to work together to develop and try new ideas that they have developed with veterans and their carers and families. The programme will support projects where there is good evidence to suggest that the idea might produce outcomes that are better than current sources of support on offer.

The Trust will make grants to Single Lead Organisations who will manage a portfolio of delivery organisations. The work within this portfolio will support the beneficiaries. Lead organisations must be a registered charity or statutory organisation.

The programme will make around five grants in the region of £300,000 to £700,000. It is anticipated that the programme will fund one portfolio each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and two portfolios in England.

Deadline: 31 December 2018

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Jingle Bell Walk 2018: 29 November









Organised by The Chris Lucas Trust, the annual Jingle Bell Walk is in aid of creating awareness of children’s cancer and to raise money to help find a cure for cancer.

This year’s Walk takes place on Thursday 29 November, beginning at 6pm at Newcastle Civic Centre to Newcastle Millennium Bridge (approx 3 miles). Tickets cost £6 and includes free Santa hat and gifts for children taking part.

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New volunteering roles at the British Heart Foundation North Shields







The North Shields branch of the British Heart Foundation is currently recruiting volunteers to two roles:

Customer Services

Do you like to chat? Are you friendly and welcoming? The British Heart Foundation is looking for someone to join its friendly volunteer team at British Heart Foundation North Shields. No experience is necessary as full training and support is provided. The role is based in our busy central shop and includes:

  • Operating the till
  • Greeting customers
  • Chatting to customers providing guidance if needed
  • Promoting volunteering and BHF events to customers in the shop

This is a perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to gain retail experience, meet new people or just do something great with their spare time.

Stock Room Star

Do you love fashion? The British Heart Foundation is looking for someone to help behind the scenes in its busy stockroom. They receive donations on a daily basis of clothes and shoes which need to be sorted and prepared before they can be displayed on the shop floor. This is an interesting and crucial role in the shop and involves:

  • Preparing clothes for shop floor
  • Steaming clothes
  • Tagging clothes
  • Rotating stock on shop floor

This volunteer role would be perfect for someone who wants to gain retail experience, meet new people, learn new skills or who just wants to do something great with their spare time.

For more information about either of these roles contact Susan Dinning on 0191 259 6089 or email N18@bhf.org.uk

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The Dulverton Trust


The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity which supports UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts.

The Trust awards both single year and multi-year grants.

  • Single year grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000
  • Multi-year grants are usually for a period of 2-3 years, and are only awarded to charities which have previously received a Dulverton grant

Eligible applicants should have an annual income of between £200,000 and £10 million (but preference is given to charities with an income of £5 million or below). They will consider applications for the following:

  • Project costs
  • Core funding (usually for charities which have previously received a Dulverton grant)
  • Capital costs (usually under the preservation category)
  • Scholarships and bursaries (usually under the preservation category)

The Trust makes grants under the following categories: Youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; preservation; peace and humanitarian support; Africa.

There are no deadlines for applications – applications all year around but Trustees make decisions in February, June and October.

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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 business plan template which you can modify for your group. Download it here and feel free to contact us if you require any help.

This simple business plan is one of a range of resources we offer to voluntary and community sector groups in North Tyneside. Did you know that we also have information sheets on topics including:

Please explore our Support for Groups section for a full range of resources and information sheets and contact us for more in-depth support.

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