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Tesco Bags of Help





Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised by the carrier bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects across the UK. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community. Bags of Help is administered by Groundworks.

Applications from charities and community organisations are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. In areas where application numbers are high, Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the customer vote.

Three community projects in each local area will be voted on by customers in Tesco stores throughout the UK, with projects changing every other month. Following the vote, the project that received the most votes in its area will receive a grant of up to £4,000, second place receiving up to £2,000 and third place up to £1,000.

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We’re recruiting! Core Services Manager vacancy

We are looking for an exceptionally talented and experienced person to appoint to the position of

Core Services Manager


£28,409 Full Time (37 hours/week) or pro rata for Part Time (30 hours/week)

VODA provides a comprehensive range of support services for the voluntary and community sector in North Tyneside. This new role brings together the management of our core services as part of a restructuring programme that will ensure VODA will continue to deliver quality services well into the next decade.

You will manage the staff who provide advice and information to VCS organisations (consisting of a Funding Adviser and an Information & Communications Officer) and the staff who provide direct one to one support for volunteers (currently two Volunteering Advisers). Using your managerial experience you will motivate these staff to work together as a single team. Using your extensive knowledge of the VCS you will manage, develop and motivate your team, establish new partnerships with external organisations in addition to maintaining current partnerships, and contribute to the future success of VODA by identifying new opportunities in service delivery and funding.

To be considered for this post you must have a thorough understanding of charity regulations and be able to identify the appropriate legal structures for organisations, and support those considering applying for registered charity status. Not only will you have knowledge of how organisations should be governed but you will have developed an awareness of the sort of group dynamics that can help or hinder an organisation’s development and be able to effectively respond by providing appropriate advice and training.

This is a rare chance to help shape the future of North Tyneside’s voluntary and community sector, which has more than 500 charities and voluntary organisations, and to ensure that VODA provides the quality and level of support that these organisations deserve.

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Download an application pack here or e-mail kathryn.tate@voda.org.uk to request a postal copy.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 27 July at noon. Interviews: w/c 6 August 2018.

Applications should be returned to North Tyneside VODA, Queen Alexandra Campus, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields NE29 9BZ

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Changes to Charity Commission’s update service






All charities must keep their details up-to-date by law. In order to make this process easier for trustees, the Charity Commission will be improving its current service over the summer so you can keep a regular check on your details, and update them when they change.

As part of service improvements the Commission will ask that all trustees supply their email address, or confirm that they do not have one. This is so that the service can use email to help trustees comply with charity law and run their charity effectively, by sending important regulatory alerts and updates.

The Commission will also be asking charities to check that their register details for trustees remain up to date. This includes adding any new trustees and their contact details. You also need to remove the details of any trustees who are no longer involved with your charity.

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Community Foundation: P&G Fund




The Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is inviting applications for the P&G Community Fund under the following themes:

Help Create the Experience of Home: Helping to provide homes with a level of basic comfort to people who cannot afford them or who have been displaced.

Improve Everyday Health and Confidence: Enabling healthy lives through everyday healthy behaviours and hygiene education that builds confidence and self-esteem.

Applications are invited from relevant community groups and charities and preference is given to grants for equipment and resources.

The average grant is currently £3,000 although larger amounts can be applied for.

Application process: Community Foundation website

Deadline: 5pm on 3 August 2018


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