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Volunteering opportunities with Wag & Company









Wag & Company is a registered charity enabling volunteers with their own dog to build meaningful new friendships with older dog lovers across the North East of England in their own homes or in care or medical establishments.

You will only need a couple of hours most weeks to make a big difference to someone’s life.

Wag & Company is building a movement of North East dog lovers working together to help older people in the community. They want everyone who misses the friendship of a dog to quickly benefit from a visiting dog team – their volunteers share their friendship and their dogs.

To apply for this opportunity, you will need to complete an online application form, provide references, attend an induction programme and complete a DBS check and dog assessment.

Applications are online only, via the Wag & Company website

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Community events and courses at The Linskill Centre







A number of new community events and courses are taking place at the Linskill Centre in North Shields, as part of their community development programme. These include:

Teddy Bear’s Picnic: Saturday 15 September

Sequence Dance Course: Six week course beginning Sunday 30 September

Wonderful Wildlife Course: Six week course beginning Friday 12 October

Follow the links about or for full details visit The Linskill Centre website or telephone 0191 257 8000.

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Rosa Justice and Equality Fund: Now’s the Time Grant





Women’s organisations can apply for grants for projects that aim to stop sexual harassment and abuse of women at work and within their communities. The type of projects that will be supported will include the following:

  • Prevention work (including education and other initiatives)
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Grass-roots activism
  • Influencing
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc.
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

The funding consists of two strands:

Women’s organisations applying for between £5,000 and £25,000 can apply by themselves, or in a partnership. The closing date for applications is 28 September 2018.

Women’s organisations applying for between £25,000 and £100,000 will need to apply in partnership with at least one other organisation. This strand will open for applications on the 24 September 2018 and close 14 December.

Read more and apply here

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Armed Forces Community Covenant Small Grant Scheme

The aim of the Ministry of Defence’s National Covenant Fund is to support the armed forces community. Funding of up to £20,000 is available to support the integration of armed forces personnel within their community and the coordination and delivery of support services:

Community Integration: projects should create strong local links between the Armed Forces community and civilian communities. They should be able to clearly demonstrate how they will have impact in overcoming barriers to better integration and in improving perceptions, attitudes and understanding. MOD want to see projects that are rooted in their communities and that have grown out of a specific local need. For the project to be truly effective in achieving community integration there should be shared development, delivery and benefits for both communities.

Delivery of local services: for local projects that offer financial advice, housing, mental and physical health, employability or social support for serving armed forces personnel, veterans and their families. Projects must be well connected, both to their beneficiaries and to other relevant organisations, and be able to demonstrate how the services they provide will be well-publicised, accessible and joined up.

Schools, registered charities, community interest companies, local authorities, and armed forces units with a UIN (Unique Identification Number) can apply as long as they have experience and a track record of working with – and a real understanding of the issues facing – the Armed Forces Community. Applicants should consult their local Covenant Partnership before applying.

Deadlines: Although there are no specific deadlines, applications are considered four times a year – the next review is 30 September 2018

Read more and apply here

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: Creative Civic Change

Creative Civic Change is a new programme aimed at helping people make positive change in their community using the arts and creativity.

The Foundation will provide funding to at least 10 local areas in England over the next three years, and is most interested in supporting local communities that have often been overlooked for funding in the past, and may face some or all of these issues:

  • The decline of local industry.
  • High levels of unemployment.
  • A pressing need for services or activities.
  • A high proportion of children in poverty.
  • People in the area in poor health relative to the general population.
  • Other characteristics that demonstrate need.

Local communities can mean anything from a few streets or part of an estate, to a neighbourhood or a cluster of villages (must be areas smaller than a local authority). They welcome responses from areas that are already part of the Big Local initiative and those who are not but share similar characteristics – that is, areas that have been overlooked in the past and are facing a range of issues.

Funding of between £50,000 and £300,000, plus a range of support are available.

Deadline: 28 September

Read more and apply here

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Aviva Community Fund 2018





The Aviva Community Fund opens for applications on 11 September 2018 but you can register your interest now.

The Fund offers community groups and organisations the chance to be awarded funding of £1,000 and £25,000 for project or equipment costs in one of three categories:

  • environment
  • health and wellbeing
  • skills for life

Please note, shortlisted projects are put to a public vote – there are participating branches in Whitley Bay and North Shields.

Read more and register your interest here

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Job vacancy at Family Gateway: Young Persons’ Volunteer Coordinator




Family Gateway is a local North-east child poverty charity that aims to improve life chances for children by working with whole families and supporting the development of enterprising solutions to local problems.

The charity is keen to develop its youth volunteering programme aimed at encouraging young people to take part in social action and as part of the programme development are seeking to appoint a Young Persons’ Volunteer Co-ordinator. This post has been made possible through a grant from the Virgin Money Foundation #Iwill Youth Social Action fund.

In order to be successful you will be experienced and qualified in working with young people and in helping them develop their skills and knowledge. You will support them to develop a range of social action projects and facilitate the implementation, promotion and evaluation of their projects, also and importantly helping the young people to capture the new skills and knowledge gained through their work.

You will be enthusiastic, creative, flexible, patient and tenacious with a genuine passion for supporting young people in disadvantaged communities to be the best they can be and to change their communities for the better.

To apply please email admin@familygateway.co.uk for a copy of the job description and an application form.

Closing date Friday 7 September

Interviews to be held on 19 September

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Age Takes Centre Stage People’s Awards open for nominations




Part of Age UK North Tyneside’s Age Takes Centre Stage festival, which takes place in October, the awards celebrate the achievements of older people living and working in North Tyneside.

The awards are designed to recognise the accomplishments and contributions of older people to their local communities in line with the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ as outlined in the categories below:

Categories for nominations:
1.   Connect – in recognition of someone whose work has contributed to bringing their community together Example – setting up, supporting or running a group or activity, organising a community event/celebration, starting an initiative or project that brings people together.

2.    Be Active – to celebrate someone’s sporting achievement, health and fitness milestone or overcoming barriers to improving their health and wellbeing.
Example – taking part in a sporting event e.g park run, marathon, returning to sport after an injury or health problem.

3.    Take Notice – to recognise the contribution someone has made in campaigning for change and supporting the local community through an act of kindness or neighbourliness.
Example – launching or supporting a local campaign, assisting a neighbour with day to day tasks, selflessly helping others to build a better community

4.    Keep Learning – in acknowledgement of someone’s educational accomplishment, skill development and learning experience.
Example – returning to college to gain a qualification, gaining a sport or fitness qualification such as fitness instructor

5.    Give – to thank an individual for their fundraising triumphs or impact they have made to a local organisation through volunteering.
Example – organising and hosting a charity fundraiser, completing a fundraising challenge such as a skydive, volunteering for a local charity in North Tyneside.

•    Nominations are open to individuals aged 50+
•    You can only nominate someone for 1 category

The deadline for nominations is 7 September 2018.

Read more and nominate here

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Government publishes new Civil Society Strategy





Following several months of consultation, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published a new Civil Society Strategy.

The Strategy sets out how government will work with and for civil society in the long-term to create a country that works for everyone. It consists of five chapters that each address the ‘five foundations of social value’ in turn:

  1. People – enabling a lifetime of contribution focuses on the role of citizens in civil society, with particular reference to the role of young people.
  2. Places – empowerment and investment for local communities presents a vision of ‘place’, and the role of government in supporting local communities.
  3. The social sector – supporting charities and social enterprises explains the government’s approach to the core of civil society i.e. the social sector of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises including mutuals.
  4. The private sector – promoting business, finance and tech for good outlines the role of business, finance and tech in civil society.
  5. The public sector – ensuring collaborative commissioning explains how the government sees the future role of civil society organisations in the delivery of public services.

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: Nominations open for 2018

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 14 September 2018.

Read more and make a nomination here.

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