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SAINT volunteers deliver organic veg and flowers to foodbank

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT project – which stands for Social Action in North Tyneside – recently made their first delivery of organic, home-grown fruit, vegetables and flowers to The Bay Foodbank in North Shields.

The volunteers have been looking after a plot in Whitley Bay Community Allotment for several months now, transforming the soil, decorating the site and planting and growing a range of produce including potatoes, onions, lettuce and wildflowers, grown with seeds donated by Grow Wild.

On receiving the donation, Jackie Dickinson, Foodbank Manager at The Bay Foodbank said: “Thank you so much to VODA and Whitley Bay Community Allotment for the lovely donations this morning! It really does help to put fresh produce in the parcels.” Based on the Meadow Well estate in North Shields, The Bay has been providing emergency food provision to individuals or families experiencing a financial crisis since 2012.

SAINT volunteers meet weekly at the community allotment and are currently growing more produce including broccoli, courgettes, beetroot and carrots, all of which will be donated back in to the community.

SAINT volunteer Jason said: “Since coming to the allotment we have completely changed our plot. It was really overgrown when we got it, so we have de-weeded it, turned all the soil and dug out all of the stones. It’s been amazing to see everything grow, all of our hard work is paying off and it’s really important to us that the things we produce are given back to the community through The Bay Foodbank.”

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Safeguarding training from North Tyneside Council






North Tyneside Council are holding two free ‘Safeguarding children and adults at risk in North Tyneside’ courses at the Langdale Centre in Wallsend on the following dates:

  • 18 July: 1.30pm to 4pm
  • 19 September: 6pm to 8.30pm

Those wanting to attend will need to book via the Council’s Learning Pool – read more and book here

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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.

Download the full advert here

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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Community Foundation: Enviresearch




The Enviresearch Fund supports activities that inspire children aged 10 to 13 to learn about science by adding that extra ‘wow factor’ to the school curriculum through visits to museums, field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside school.

This is a rolling programme, there are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Between £250 and £1,000, with one or two larger grants of up to £4,000 made


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Trusthouse Charitable Foundation: Village Hall






The Foundation is offering community centres in deprived urban communities and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.

Grants can be used to fund new buildings (upgrading, renovating) or extending buildings (improving or creating outside space – but not car parks). All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway.

Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional village halls are also supported. There are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: £10,000 to £45,000

Application process: Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

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National Churches Trust – Maintenance Grant Scheme: Deadline 26 September





The National Churches Trust supports the repair and revitalisation of church buildings for the benefit of all the community.

This is a pilot programme, in partnership with the Pilgrim Trust, offering maintenance grants of between £500 and £3,000 towards small, urgent maintenance issues or repairs which reduce the need for – and long term costs of – building repairs.

Proposed works must be to the main listed church building, and applicants must be able to show they have already raised 50% of the total repair costs, and to have obtained two quotes for the works.

Please note, the Trust’s grant programmes are changing. Details of deadlines beyond 26 September 2018, and the programmes and funding for 2019, will be announced later in the year. Do not start an application if you will not meet the 26 September deadline.

Deadline: 26 September 2018

Application process: National Churches Trust website


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Free online parenting courses for the residents of North Tyneside

North Tyneside Council has purchased a multi-user licence for three free online courses for all families and parents-to-be in the borough to help with understanding the best ways to care for their children. These courses are relevant to parents of all children, including those with special needs, autism, ADHD etc. 
The courses are written by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) professionals with other health and education workers. They are evidence based and accredited by the Department for Education and can be accessed via the website using the access code QUADRANT: www.inourplace.co.uk
The courses available are:
  • Understanding your pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child
The courses are based on the Solihull Approach which aims to improve emotional health and wellbeing by supporting relationships in families. Research shows that these courses help reduce conflict in families and increase closeness and families report they help with managing children’s strong feelings, family communication, understanding each other and behaviour.
The courses usually cost £39 per person. However, every single resident in North Tyneside can access these parenting courses completely free of charge either from their own computers, tablets, phones or local libraries.
See the postcards above for more information or download:
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