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VODA – Out and about across the borough?





Here at VODA, we are continuously striving to improve our offer to the voluntary and community sector (VCS) by seeking your thoughts and views about our services and how we provide them.

VCS organisations are spread across North Tyneside’s many townships and communities and the fact that we are based in North Shields may present some geographical difficulties in terms of meetings and advice sessions.

We are seeking your views on a proposal to take our funding, governance and volunteer services out into the community via outreach sessions scheduled throughout the calendar year, providing accessible advice sessions and appointments.

To help us shape this service please forward your comments, ideas and observations to us at development@voda.org.uk by 31 October. We look forward to hearing from you!

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VODA Awards 2018 – time to make your nomination

  • Do you know a community group or voluntary organisation that has gone the extra mile this year?

  • Or a volunteer – of any age – who makes a huge difference in their local community?


We are once again recognising the ‘stars’ of North Tyneside’s voluntary and community sector with our annual awards. Awards are made in the following three categories and winners will be decided by a panel of VODA Trustees:

  • Organisation of the Year: awarded to a voluntary or community organisation that has made a valuable contribution to the local community in the past year
  • Volunteer of the Year: awarded to an individual whose volunteering has made a real difference to the local community in the past year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year: awarded to a young person (aged under 19), who has shown commitment and enthusiasm within their local community in the past year

Winners will be presented with their awards at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place on Wednesday 28 November at YMCA North Tyneside. The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Friday 16 November and entries will be judged by a panel of VODA staff and board members.


Nominate online here

Alternatively you can download a Word version of the form here or contact us to receive a hard copy – all entries should be returned:

  • By email to: admin@voda.org.uk
  • By post to: VODA, Queen Alexandra Campus, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields, NE29 9BZ

We look forward to receiving your nominations!


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Announcement from VODA’s Chief Executive, Lisa Goodwin

“It is with a mixture of sadness and excitement I am announcing that I will be leaving my position at VODA in October this year, following my appointment as the new Deputy Chief Executive at VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East). I’ve been at VODA since February 2010 and in the Chief Executive role since October 2011. It has been an absolute privilege to work for VODA and I have enjoyed almost every minute of it! The staff team are second to none and the board have been a constant source of advice and support over the years. North Tyneside has a voluntary sector that is resilient, resourceful, and committed to working in partnership for the benefit of all our residents, and I have been fortunate to be a part of that. It is time for me to move on to pastures new and I am excited about the chance to work on more strategic initiatives with VCS organisations across the region. My new role at VONNE is focussed on business development, income generation, and developing new partnerships, so I will look forward to continuing to work with VODA and other North Tyneside VCS organisations in a different guise.”

VODA’s Chair, Linda Hoffman said: “As Chair of VODA I have worked closely with Lisa for the past five years. I have seen at first hand how Lisa’s strong personal leadership style has developed a high-calibre staff team to support all aspects of VODA’s work. She will be a hard act to follow!  Although softly spoken and always with a sparkle of humour, Lisa is not a woman to trifle with.  Her understanding of the community and voluntary sector  and her determination to get the best for VODA as well as all the other organisations and their volunteers makes her well-placed to take on the new role with VONNE and will be perfectly suited to her talents.  Whilst I am sad to see her go, I know this is an excellent opportunity for Lisa but I am confident that she leaves VODA in a much stronger position than it might have been, given the difficulties facing the sector, and that we too, are ready to move on to the next chapter of our life, building on the successes that Lisa has created.  On behalf of the Board and staff team we also look forward to working with Lisa in the future in her new role.”

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