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The North East Endowment for Musical Traditions




The North East Endowment for Musical Traditions can support community groups that are seeking to increase participation for people of all ages in the traditions of the North East with grants of £750 to £1000.

By way of illustration, projects might include:

  1. Engagement of young people – for example, setting up a youth folk band, a singing group or a rapper dance team
  2. An introduction to opportunities for involvement in folk arts
  3. Development of those already involved, improving their skills and deepening their understanding of the underlying aspects of the tradition
  4. Provision of bursaries; with priority given to those under 25

Deadline: 10 April

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Newcastle University Internship Schemes



The  Newcastle University Internships Scheme provides businesses and the VCS across the North East with the opportunity to utilise one of their talented students within a project based internship. They are designed to offer a cost effective, flexible solution to business needs, bringing a fresh perspective that will have measureable benefits to your organisation. The internships are open to all current Newcastle University students, of all courses and stages, so there are a huge range of internships they can advertise. They can facilitate the internship, providing all administrative support, so the student doesn’t have to be employed by you and funding may be available through the Careers Service to eligible SMEs to subsidise part of the student bursary. There is both term-time (100 hours) and summer (up to 10 weeks full time) internship options available.

The Santander Universities Internship Programme can provide funding to support the recruitment of a Newcastle University graduate for up to the first 10 weeks of their employment. To meet the National Living Wage, through the scheme the graduate must earn a minimum of £306.26 per week and you can claim back £1531.30 after their first 10 weeks.

With both schemes they can offer a recruitment service including shortlisting and arranging interviews.

Finally, any vacancies can be advertised for free by registering for the employer portal here, this will allow businesses to upload and manage vacancies directly. All current students and graduates from the last three years have access to this service.

If you would like any more information, please contact Kate Chambers, Internships Manager, kate.chambers@ncl.ac.uk or 0191 208 5183.

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The Office for Civil Society: Preparing for EU Exit





The Office for Civil Society, part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, has released preparation guidance for the voluntary sector stating that the government is “accelerating no deal preparations”.

Information includes the government’s public information campaign, data protection in a no deal scenario, information relating to the Settled Status Scheme, EU funding and Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps.

You can read the special ebulletin here.

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International Women’s Day 8 March 2019

This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter. Right now is a great and important time in history to do everything possible to help forge a more gender-balanced world. Women have come a long way, yet there’s still more to be achieved.

As the world heads toward International Women’s Day 2019, step-by-step planning is underway to celebrate women’s achievements and tenaciously challenge bias. The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?

The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world. Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence. Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

We’d love to share your #IWD2019 plans and activities in North Tyneside, so if you are planning something, let us know by either tagging us on Twitter @NTynesideVoda or drop us an email.

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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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Joseph Rowntree Foundation – UK Poverty 2018 & Minimum Income Standards

Two recent reports from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), UK Poverty 2018 and Households below a Minimum Income Standard: 2008/09 to 2016/17, highlight the increasing number of children living in poverty and households living below the Minimum Income Standard.

UK Poverty 2018

The JRF annual report which examines the nature and scale of UK poverty and the effect of the UK poverty rate on the people gripped by it.

The report examines how UK poverty rates have changed in our society over the last few years, as well as over the longer term. The research focuses particularly on changes to poverty among children and workers, as well as giving an overview of trends among pensioners and other groups.

This research reveals that, in our society:

  • Child poverty has been rising since 2011/12;
  • 4.1 million children are living in poverty, a rise of 500,000 in the last five years;
  • Four million workers are living in poverty –a rise of more than half a million over five years; and
  • In-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment, driven almost entirely by increasing poverty among working parents.

Read more and download the report here.

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Diabetes Awareness Workshop

Diabetes prevention is a strategic priority for both the North Tyneside CCG and Health and Wellbeing Board.

Working with North Tyneside Public Health and Diabetes UK, VODA has arranged an interactive workshop for organisations that are keen to explore ways in which they can raise awareness of diabetes and prevention in their local communities.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Why diabetes awareness is important
  • The different types of diabetes
  • Risk factors
  • What you can do to reduce your risk, and the risks to others
  • How your organisation can make us of Diabetes UK’s ‘Know Your Risk of T2 Diabetes’ Tool
  • National Diabetes Prevention Programme

It is hoped that some organisations may use information gathered at this session to arrange some activities as part of National Diabetes week which will take place 1-7 April 2019.

Date: Tuesday 5 March, 1pm to 3pm

Location: Meadow Well Connected, Waterville Road, North Shields, NE29 6BA

Read more and book here.

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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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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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Community Business Weekend 16-19 May

The Community Business Weekend, delivered by Power to Change, celebrates the 7000 community businesses in local hands across England. 225 community businesses opened their doors in 2018 and used Community Business Weekend to demonstrate the positive impact they have on society and tell their stories of success. Over 17,000 people visited them and found out how community business can make change happen at a local level. Some of them are now new volunteers, shareholders and customers. 97% of community businesses who took part recommended others should too!

Locally, Meadow Well Connected showcased all the great services and activities which happen in the centre. Cafe 32 at the Linskill Centre used the opportunity to celebrate ten years of providing a community cafe at Linskill and launch its new summer menu, whilst celebrating with staff, suppliers and the local community.

Hosting an open doors event is a great way for you to build your local connections and inspire people to get involved in your community business. Read here to find out more about the 2019 Community Business Weekend and to sign up to take part.

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