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Survey on volunteering in North Tyneside

As part of the development of a North Tyneside volunteering strategy, North Tyneside Council has developed a short survey to find out how many people in the borough are currently engaged in voluntary activity.

Download a questionnaire here and please return completed copies to:

Felicity Shoesmith
Community and Voluntary Sector Liaison Manager
North Tyneside Council
Quadrant, The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service: Nominations open for 2018

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 14 September 2018.

Read more and make a nomination here.

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Opportunity to develop innovative STEM volunteering roles

VODA is looking to work with a number of voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in the borough of North Tyneside which support unemployed people aged 18+ who are facing a health barrier to work.

As part of our STEM Innovation Project, we are co-delivering an exciting volunteering programme with North Tyneside Council, which aims to raise awareness of and support people to experience STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Part of the wider Moving on Tyne & Wear programme, the STEM Innovation Project provides unemployed people aged 18+ who have experienced a health issue with a wide range of supportive opportunities which will all contribute towards participants entering STEM careers. Read more about the programme on the MOTW website.

Our aim is to bring together voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and STEM businesses to co-create STEM volunteering programmes, which will be beneficial to both the volunteers and the businesses involved. We also hope that this will enable VCS organisations and STEM businesses to continue working in partnership, developing new ideas and initiatives together.

Read more about the project and benefits of getting involved here.

This is a fantastic opportunity for VCS organisations who support people facing health barriers to employment to get involved in an innovative project. We are really keen to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a VCS partner – for more information contact our STEM Innovation Project Coordinator, Neil Burke on 0191 643 2628.

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VCS Research partners wanted by final year Newcastle University students

 

 

 

Final year politics students at Newcastle University are looking for VCSE organisations to co-design a research brief and provide a host to a student between October 2018 – May 2019.

Examples of previous research include:

  • Accessing Public Services for those experiencing homelessness
  • The spatial injustice faced by unpaid carers in Northumberland
  • Generational divides in community cohesion in South Tyneside

The University is currently planning research projects for 2018-19 and would like to hear from any VCSE organisations that have ideas for potential research projects related to social justice in the North East of England.

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HIV Innovation Fund 2018-19: Deadline 4 September

The Fund aims to maximise the potential in the voluntary sector to develop effective ways to address HIV prevention in communities at increased risk of the infection.

This year proposals will be accepted from voluntary sector organisations to deliver projects of up to 12 months in duration of a cost of between £25,000 and £100,000.

Deadline: 4 September 2018

Read more and apply here

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Volunteering opportunity with NEFirst Credit Union

 

 

 

 

NEFirst Credit Union is a not-for-profit credit union that offers flexible loans, savings and other financial services to its members.

NEFirst runs a number of Local Service Points which allow people to access its services in the area where they live.  The North Tyneside branch of NEFirst have volunteering opportunities that would appeal to anyone who wants to give a small amount of time, likes working with people and is comfortable handling (small amounts of) money and keeping records.

Collection Volunteers would be based in community centres and libraries, and would only need to commit to a couple of hours per week.

Read more here or email the North Shields NEFirst Office on north.shields@nefirstcu.co.uk

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SAINT volunteers deliver organic veg and flowers to foodbank

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT project – which stands for Social Action in North Tyneside – recently made their first delivery of organic, home-grown fruit, vegetables and flowers to The Bay Foodbank in North Shields.

The volunteers have been looking after a plot in Whitley Bay Community Allotment for several months now, transforming the soil, decorating the site and planting and growing a range of produce including potatoes, onions, lettuce and wildflowers, grown with seeds donated by Grow Wild.

On receiving the donation, Jackie Dickinson, Foodbank Manager at The Bay Foodbank said: “Thank you so much to VODA and Whitley Bay Community Allotment for the lovely donations this morning! It really does help to put fresh produce in the parcels.” Based on the Meadow Well estate in North Shields, The Bay has been providing emergency food provision to individuals or families experiencing a financial crisis since 2012.

SAINT volunteers meet weekly at the community allotment and are currently growing more produce including broccoli, courgettes, beetroot and carrots, all of which will be donated back in to the community.

SAINT volunteer Jason said: “Since coming to the allotment we have completely changed our plot. It was really overgrown when we got it, so we have de-weeded it, turned all the soil and dug out all of the stones. It’s been amazing to see everything grow, all of our hard work is paying off and it’s really important to us that the things we produce are given back to the community through The Bay Foodbank.”

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