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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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Suicide Prevention E-Learning for the VCS

Public Health Engiand and NHS Health Eduction England have developed an online learning programme to help people feel more confident to talk about suicide. It has been developed for the wider public health workforce including voluntary sector, blue light services, prison staff and prison listeners health and social care.  It was developed by a range of experts including experts by experience i.e. those people who have attempted to take their own lives and those bereaved and affected by suicide.

The purpose of the programme is to support the ambition of reducing the stigma associated with suicide, to help everyone see that simply asking someone how they are and talking about suicide can really help. The programme supports learning and development in suicide competence at level one.

There is no formal assessment but the learner is encouraged to stop and reflect on the learning as they progress through the course and can print out a certificate on completion of the course as evidence of professional development. The programme takes approximately between 60-90 minutes to complete.

Read more and access the e-learning programme here.

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Moving On Tyne & Wear: Weekly drop-in sessions at VODA






Did you know that VODA is a delivery partner in the Moving On Tyne & Wear programme?

Moving On Tyne & Wear helps people who live in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside and are unemployed due to their physical or mental health.

Support through the programme is delivered on a one-to-one basis – every person on the programme receives a unique service which completely depends on their needs.

As part of the Moving On Tyne & Wear programme, VODA works with North Tyneside Council to provide volunteering opportunities and related support to people who are looking to overcome health barriers and access further training, education and employment. We can help MOTW participants to access meaningful volunteering opportunities across the borough with both voluntary and community sector organisations and within North Tyneside Council itself.

In order to give more information to anyone interested in finding out about the programme and the support on offer, we are holding Moving On Tyne & Wear drop-in sessions every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon at VODA, beginning on 13 February. There is no need to book a place at these sessions, simply call in to our offices at the Queen Alexandra Campus and ask to speak to the Moving On Tyne & Wear team.

Read more about the project here

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Association of Chairs Event: Strengthening your Organisation

Feel like you’re chairing in difficult times? Looking for more support?

As Chair you need to ensure your charity focuses on the right things, uses it resources well and achieves its purpose despite changing circumstances. For smaller organisations this can be a challenge, with reliance on a small staff team and or volunteers and minimal funds to pay for external expertise.

This workshop, from the Association of Chairs, aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. The workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

Feedback from participant: ‘Highly useful session …. Excellent accelerated learning opportunity’  Tim Neuman, Chair, Pandemonium Drummers

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of the board in strategy development and managing resources in a smaller charity.
  • Identify key threats to your organisation and how to manage them.
  • Discover further sources of support to strengthen your organisation.
  • Gain insights and top tips from other Chairs of smaller organisations.

Tuesday 12 March 2019, 1:30pm to 5:15pm 

£20 per ticket. Venue NE1, Newcastle (exact location confirmed on booking).

This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. The Beacon Programme is aimed at Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities in England with an annual income of under £1 million.

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The Adint Charitable Trust

Makes grants of between £250 and £15,000 to registered charities for general charitable purposes, but has a preference for charities working in the fields of education, training, disability, sport and/or recreation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Applications should be in writing to the address below and include full details of the charity for which funding is requested.

Mr. Douglas Oram FIH MCIPS, The Adint Charitable Trust, Suite 512, 517, Finchley Road, London NW3 7BN

Email: adintct@gmail.com

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FSI Training in Newcastle

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is delivering training aimed at small charities in Newcastle on 31 January 2019, with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The training consists of four different courses covering topics including trusts and foundations, developing a case for support and charity leader responsibilities.

These courses are heavily subsidised for members (membership is free to charities with a turnover of less that £1 million).

Read more and book 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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