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VODA’s AGM and Awards Presentation 2018






Our Annual General Meeting and awards presentation took place on Wednesday 28 November at YMCA North Tyneside.

As well as a presentation of VODA’s latest annual report and accounts, the event featured keynote speaker Kirsten Edmondson, discuss digital transformation and what it means for the third sector.

Two local businesses – TSG and Turncoach – were presented with their Community Friendly Business Awards by Ian Dodds, who coordinates VODA’s Sector Connector project, and VODA’s main awards were presented by special guest, Chairman of North Tyneside Council, Cllr Tommy Mulvenna. Read more about our award winners here.

See all of the images from the event here

What does VODA mean to you?

During the networking lunch, we asked attendees to write three words or sentences describing ‘what VODA means to you?’ We are delighted to share the submissions below and intend to build on this exercise in to next year, in celebration of a special anniversary for VODA…

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North Tyneside Council Budget Consultation: 17 December





Monday 17 December, 12.30pm to 1.30pm at North Tyneside Council

We are holding a joint event with North Tyneside Council in order to give voluntary and community organisations the chance to hear from Jackie Laughton, Head of Corporate Strategy, about the Council’s budget proposals.

The event takes place in the Council’s Quadrant Building, Room 4.01, NE27 0BY

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North Tyneside Council Working with the VCS event: 13 December







Thursday 13 December, 10am to 12noon at Pathways4All, Rising Sun Park, Benton

As we reach the end of 2018 we are keen to provide an opportunity for VCS members, and others, to come together and share their plans for 2019, whilst also reflecting on this year’s achievements.

This will be an interactive event with a focus on identifying new partnership opportunities and exploring what support you would like from VODA and North Tyneside Council to help realise your ambitions for 2019.

We will also have a presentation on the new ward profiles that can help organisations to clearly evidence need for new projects. This is a free event open to all members of the voluntary and community sector in North Tyneside, as well as others with an interest in working with us.


09:30 Arrivals, networking, refreshments
10:00 Welcome
10:05 An opportunity for organisations to share their key achievements in 2018 and ambitions for 2019. This will be a lively interactive session.
11:20 Ward Profiles – Craig Anderson
11:40 Updates
11:50 Pathways 4 All
12:00 close

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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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Marketing for Growth: Free masterclass for North East social enterprises and charities









Friday 23 November, 10am to 1pm at Virgin Money Foundation, Gosforth

Part of the Think Big North East Social Enterprise Incubator Programme and delivered by GLT Partners Ltd, this free masterclass is aimed at chief executives and directors of North East-based social enterprises and charities.

Want to know how to sell and promote your charity or social enterprise effectively? The session will help you to:

  • learn why marketing is important with an in-depth look at digital marketing, online sales, brand development and secret weapon, the Elevator Pitch
  • Receive inspiration and insight from an industry specialist and an overview on what works and what to avoid
  • Gain an overview of useful theory, backed up by case studies

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. See the advert above for full details.

Book your place here


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Online Safety Briefing by Northumbria Police: 20 November






Northumbria Police, in conjunction with South West Grid for Learning, have arranged a number of events around online safety throughout November.  Online Safety Live is a programme of events designed exclusively for professionals working with children and young people and they’re completely free to attend.

The events are two hours long and cover a broad range of online safety topics, a briefing session in its truest sense. At the end of the event all delegates receive access to an online resource area containing links to all the materials mentioned, signposting to sources of help and support as well as a live copy of the presentation itself.

The North Tyneside event takes place on Tuesday 20 November, 9.30am to 11.30am at the Langdale Centre in Wallsend.

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