Sector Connector Toolkit
Originally developed by North Tyneside VODA, Sector Connector is a successful project which supports businesses to get more involved in the local community.
The Sector Connector toolkit has been developed to help other CVS’s and community development organisations to implement the project in their local area and is now available for the cost of…
About Sector Connector
In North Tyneside alone, Sector Connector has so far involved almost 100 businesses, ranging from self-employed individuals and SMEs to major local employers, and has helped over 130 local community groups through the provision of free workshops, donated time and resources, expert advice and employee volunteering schemes. A wide range of businesses have been involved from fields including marketing and PR, graphic design, IT hardware and network support, business development consultancy, construction and maintenance, financial and legal services.
Many business owners and their employees are keen to get involved as a way of raising their profiles, developing their own skills, demonstrating their ethical values and building relationships with potential new clients. Perhaps most importantly, Sector Connector helps business people to “put something back” into the communities where they work and live.
Feedback from local business people has been very positive:
Rob Gibbons runs North Shields based print and design business yourPrintDepartment. Rob’s involvement in Sector Connector has changed the way his company does business. “We found that allowing our staff to spend some time helping groups understand what makes an effective publication pays enormous dividends in terms of those groups then being able to give us a clearer brief and achieve their own goals. It also benefits the professional development of our team and enables Your Print Department to play a real part in making the community stronger”
Chartered surveyor Ian Gardner of Bowes Gardner Associates gives pro bono support to local groups with properties such as community centres or youth clubs, which need maintenance or renovation. “Through Sector Connector the links are directly to individuals involved with organisations that act for and to the benefit of the community, which is much more fulfilling provision of professional advice, from my point of view. The point is that I don’t need to get anything out of it; it is a case of giving something back. All of that professional work is fulfilling. There is a “feel good” factor and that I cannot deny!”