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Funding for Meadow Well Connected to provide digital and employability skills







People from the Riverside and Chirton wards of North Tyneside will receive support to gain vital digital and employability skills to help them back into work, thanks to a grant from Northumberland Freemasons.

The generous grant of £5,000 to Meadow Well Connected will help to fund the centre’s Digitally Connected project, which provides free access to their IT Suite and support from staff and residents to improve digital confidence.

Last year, Meadow Well Connected support 260 people to gain digital skills and provided over 3,500 hours of support through a range of activities and workshops to help people manage their online lives.

The grant from Northumberland Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.

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Nat West Skills and Opportunities Fund






NatWest are seeking to fund projects that will enable people in disadvantaged communities to develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to build their financial capability skills or to start or develop a new business now or in the future.

Grants of up to £35,000 are available from an overall fund of £2million. When all applications have been received and reviewed, NatWest will publish a shortlist of projects being considered for funding in each region. Voting will then be open to the public. The outcome of the public vote will be taken into consideration by the regional judging panels.

The next round opens early in September.

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New programme to develop the digital skills of charities across the UK






VODA is delighted to support the launch of Media Trust’s new digital skills training programme.

At a time when more than 45% of charities don’t have a digital strategy, despite 73% believing that strengthening their digital skills would help their organisation grow*, it is vital that charities are given the support they need to enhance their digital capabilities or risk being left behind. However, when resources and budgets are stretched, this can prove difficult for many charities.

Giving UK charities and community groups a digital voice

Communications charity Media Trust has launched a new UK-wide digital skills training programme designed to help charities and community groups access the vital digital marketing training they need, in order to strengthen their communications capabilities and get their voices heard in a rapidly evolving digital world.

Digital skills training coming to a city near you

Media Trust will deliver masterclasses in more than a dozen locations around the UK, including Newcastle upon Tyne, in response to an increasing need from charities for training outside of London. The half-day masterclasses, which will be delivered supported by Google Digital Garage, will cover a range of topics from Social Media Strategy to Building a Digital Marketing Plan.

At these events, you will have an opportunity to discuss your specific digital communications challenges with, and receive advice from, media and communications experts, learn from other charities as well as receiving digital skills training from a team of Google mentors.

Charities and community organisations can now sign up to attend free digital skills masterclasses in locations around the UK, including Newcastle on 8 November 2018 – book now to receive digital skills training.

The masterclass is aimed at charity professionals who have communications as part of their job role, or for senior leaders and trustees who are interested in developing their organisation’s digital communications.

Please note, there is a maximum of two attendees per organisation in order to allow a wide number of charities to benefit from this training.

*The Charity Digital Skills Report 2018: http://report.skillsplatform.org/charitydigitalreportdetail-2018/

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Volunteer Recruitment Fair: 22 September 2018

Make a difference, learn new skills, try something new – volunteer!









Volunteering your time is a great way to make a difference, learn new skills, take on fresh challenges and meet new people.

There are volunteering opportunities to suit people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities – no matter how much or little time you have to give.

Find out about the range of opportunities available in North Tyneside at VODA’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair, which takes place on Saturday 22 September, 10am to 3pm at YMCA North Tyneside in North Shields. This free event is your chance to meet a variety of organisations which involve volunteers in their work, with everything from helping school children with their reading, supporting people with sight loss, befriending, conservation and much more. Organisations attending include:

  • Meadow Well Connected
  • The Linskill Centre
  • Dyslexia North East
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • RNIB (Royal National Institution of Blind People)
  • YMCA North Tyneside
  • Friends Action North East
  • Beanstalk
  • Moving on Tyne & Wear

This is a free, drop-in event – there is no need to book. VODA staff will also be on hand to discuss any aspects of volunteering and to tell you about our own volunteering projects.

Contact us for more information about this event.

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