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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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Training for chairs and vice chairs of smaller charities




Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity?  

The Association of Chairs has launched its Beacon Programme, providing support to Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income below £1 million) in their role. The programme will be delivering a series of workshops in 9 locations all over England – including dates in Newcastle upon Tyne – and providing a wide range practical resources tailored to the specific needs of Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities.

Click here to find out more about the programme.  If you are a Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in Newcastle or the surrounding areas then this programme has been researched, designed and created for you and it is rare to have access to good quality training for chairs outside of London.

Register today 

By completing the registration form, you will be able to join fellow Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities at the programme’s first workshop called ‘Being an Effective Chair’ taking place on Wednesday 5 December at Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ at 9.30am to 1.15pm.  Places are limited so don’t miss out. This interactive workshop will provide a unique opportunity for Chairs and Vice Chairs to:

  • Be clear about your role and legal responsibilities
  • Understand what can help you be effective
  • Have practical tools to help you run effective meetings
  • Meet and learn from other Chairs of smaller organisations

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Free course for women effected by domestic abuse

Staying Afloat Together is a programme delivered by Barnardo’s which aims to help women find a way back from domestic abuse, feel better about themselves and get more out of life.

Taking place at the Linskill Centre, the programme consists of seven group sessions for women exploring themes such as resilience, inner strength, self-belief, self-care and managing feelings. There are also three one-to-one coaching sessions and an away day at the end of the course for women and their children. The sessions run on consecutive Friday mornings from 21 September – see the poster for dates and full details.

Booking is essential and a free creche is available.

For more information or to book your place contact Jill Marriott at Barnardo’s on 0191 212 0237.

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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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GSK IMPACT Awards 2019 – Core funding and free training for health charities





GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

Application process: To apply or to view winners’ films visit www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards

Closing date: 20 September

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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:

  • 19 September: 6pm to 8.30pm
  • 19 October, 9.30am to 12 noon
  • 25 February 2019, 2pm to 4.30pm

Anyone who would like to attend should book via the Council’s Learning Pool – read more and book here

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