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Good Finance Live: Thursday 27 September in Newcastle upon Tyne



Are you a social enterprise, charity or community organisation who are trading and are making an income from that activity? Are you currently exploring or looking for money to finance your plans, for example to buy an asset, finance a contract or expand a service? If so, would like to meet potential social investors?

Good Finance, Access Foundation, Big Society Capital and VONNE have teamed up to bring you Good Finance Live, a one-day event to help you meet social investors, hear stories from others who have used it and be kept in the loop about the latest market developments and trends.

Social investment is often falsely seen as a London-centric activity. It can be harder for charities and social enterprises outside of the capital to access social investors and gain a better understanding of the financial products available. Good Finance Live aims to change that.

The event takes place on Thursday 27 September, 10am to 4pm at Bamburgh House in Newcastle. There is no fee to register for this event but non-attendence or cancellation within 24 hours of the event will result in your organisation being charged £75 to cover administration, event and catering costs.

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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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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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