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North of Tyne Combined Authority Event for the VCS – book now!

The March ‘Working With the VCS’ session will focus on work on the North of Tyne Combined Authority. This will take place on 12 March, 10am to 12pm at the Linskill Centre. This will be one of three events held, one in each Local Authority area. You are welcome to attend the event that best fits your diary, though the host authority will be taking the lead so the North Tyneside Elected Mayor will be at the event in North Tyneside.

The event will be an opportunity for NTCA to update their voluntary, community and social enterprise partners on the current work programme of the Combined Authority and the key emerging priorities. They will also consider how other Mayoral Combined Authorities are working with their respective VCSE sectors. Through roundtable discussions, they would welcome your input as to how best to engage going forward. This will then form the basis of a jointly agreed partnership approach which will set out some key principles and commitments for co- working and governance structures/processes going forward.

Please click on the links below to book your place:

Your views, input and involvement will be very much welcomed in what is hoped will be the start of some fruitful close collaboration. Each event will be led by a respective Cabinet Member from the Combined Authority.

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Living With & Beyond Cancer Training: 15 March

This training is intended to raise awareness of the Living With & Beyond Cancer agenda and provide you with the knowledge and skills to support people affected by cancer.

This event will be facilitated by the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Living With & Beyond Cancer Team, CRUK and Age UK North Tyneside.

The main aims of this training are to increase and embed knowledge, skills and capacity on the following topics:

  • Holistic Needs Assessment
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Collaborative Working
  • Reflect on current practices and how they can be adapted

Benefits include:

  • Better outcomes for people living with cancer
  • Empowered people who can manage their own illness
  • Increased confidence of your staff in supporting and signposting people to additional areas of support e.g. benefits advice, emotional support
  • Free cancer resources and advice
  • Supporting staff continual development
  • Additional knowledge around the current Living With & Beyond Cancer agenda

If you would like to attend please contact Donna Sample by Friday 8 March 2019 (donnasample@nhs.net  / 0191 293 1144).

 15 March 2019, 12.30 to 4pm at Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields

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Moving On Tyne & Wear: VCS & Support Organisations Collaboration Event

Moving On Tyne & Wear is hosting a free half-day event to bring together the Voluntary and Community Sector and those providing support to the people of North Tyneside to collaborate, learn and share. It’s a chance to meet, make new contacts, learn about other organisations and individuals who may benefit the people you work with, and ultimately learn something new.

What you can expect:

  • Stalls from local organisations including VODA and North Tyneside Council
  • Speakers from local organisations tackling issues relating to our area
  • A discussion panel with Moving On Tyne & Wear participants who’ve benefited from services across Tyne & Wear. What worked & what could be improved?
  • A chance to network and meet others
  • Opportunities to set goals and make a commitment to 2019
  • If you’re a VCSE organisation or a professional delivering any kind of support in North Tyneside, don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Wednesday 13 March from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the White Swan Centre, Killingworth

Refreshments will be available throughout the event. Parking is available in the White Swan Centre vicinity.

Book your place here. 


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Working with the VCS event

In December we held a Working with the VCS ‘Christmas special’ at Pathways4All. The event was attended by 32 people from 25 different organisations. Not only was this an opportunity to enjoy mince pies and hot drinks with colleagues and friends, it also enabled us to shine a spotlight on what an amazing voluntary and community sector we have in North Tyneside.

Everyone fully embraced the festive theme as they shared information about their key successes in 2018 (why they are on the ‘Good List’) as well as their ambitions for 2019 (what’s on their Christmas wish list). It was amazing to hear about Whitley Bay Big Local’s collaborative plans to tackle social isolation this year, the fantastic number of support sessions offered last year to asylum seekers and refugees by Walking With North Tyneside,  SomeOne Care’s plans to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and the ambitions of Earsdon and Wellfield Community Centre to develop more provision for young people.

There was also an opportunity towards the end of the event for organisations to identify key areas of work that they would appreciate some support with, as well things they can offer to others. Amongst the 44 calls for help were things such as help with volunteer recruitment (in particular support to identify new trustees), support to secure funding and opportunities to develop new networks and promote specific areas of work. There were 47 separate offers of support from attendees covering everything from access to facilities to free training. HealthWatch North Tyneside shared their offer of small grants for working with children and young people about their health and social care issues, while the Linskill Centre pledged to offer support and advice on the community asset transfer process. Earsdon and Wellfield Community Association even offered access to their Race Night equipment for fundraising!

In addition, Craig Anderson from North Tyneside Council gave an informative presentation about the North Tyneside Data Store, highlighting the key data sets that are available and the different ways organisations can access the information. The Ward Profile information demonstrated provides quick and easy access to some of the most regularly requested data. This could prove to be a really useful way to support organisations in evidencing need for increased services and investment from funders. You can access the data store here. 

The next Working With the VCS Event takes place on 12 March from 9.30am to 12 noon at The Linskill Centre, North Shields. The event will focus on the new North of Tyne Combined Authority – spanning Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

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North Tyneside Cancer Plan Event – 21 March 2019

North Tyneside NHS CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) is holding two public engagement events on Thursday, 21 March 2019. The drop in events are aimed at all members of the community including patients, carers and the wider public and aim to bring people together to develop cancer services in North Tyneside.

This event has been planned with members of the community and is to encourage participation from patients, carers and the wider public in the further development of a North Tyneside Cancer Plan. The local Cancer Plan is being developed specifically for the people of North Tyneside and aims to increase prevention, speed up diagnosis, improve the experience of patients and help people living with and beyond the disease.

Both sessions will take place on Thursday, 21 March 2019 as follows:

3.00pm to 4.45pm or 5.15pm to 7.00pm

The Langdale Centre
Langdale Gardens
Wallsend NE28 0HG

Refreshments will be available and a buffet will be served 4.45pm to 5.15pm and out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you have any questions please contact Donna Sample on 0191 293 1140 or nt.cancerplan@nhs.net.

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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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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.

Read more and book your tickets here

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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.

Read more and book your place here

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