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North Tyneside volunteering update 25/02/21

A number of North Tyneside organisations are currently recruiting for volunteers and trustees.

Volunteering opportunities

VODA is recruiting Digital Champions, Community Health Champions and Good Neighbours shopping and prescription collection volunteers.

English Heritage has two new roles – Hadrian’s Wall Translation Audit Volunteer and St Paul’s Monastery, Jarrow Visitor Survey Volunteer.

Cruse Bereavement Care is recruiting a Fundraising and Marketing Volunteer

St Oswald’s needs an Admin Volunteer for their research centre and their fundraising team is looking for a Driver Volunteer.

Family Gateway needs drivers to support with food deliveries.

Dreamshine is recruiting for home-based telephone support volunteers,

North Tyneside Citizens Advice has a number of volunteer opportunities available.

Trustee Vacancies in North Tyneside

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Little1Stop – supporting young parents in North Shields

Starting a new charity is never easy, but for Dawn Jobey (pictured left) her dream of creating Little1Stop to support young parents who are struggling to provide the essentials for their babies was not going to be put off by a global pandemic!

Dawn met Julie Hill at her local slimming club and after sharing their stories, realised that the many challenges they had both faced in life had left them with a strong desire to help others who were facing similar challenges to some they had both experienced first-hand.

Dawn commented: “I never wanted others to suffer the way I have and vowed I’d help people.”

The new charity was initially going to be called Little Steps, but the pair realised that this name was used a lot in charities, so decided to go for Little1Stop. “Like a small child stopping to see us” said Dawn.

So in May 2020, they approached VODA’s Keith Hardy to start the process of creating their new charity. Keith supported them with advice and guidance and helped with the paperwork to get the charity set up and their charitable status was confirmed in September 2020.

While waiting for their charitable status, Dawn and Julie were keen to get started as they could see the impact Covid-19 was having on the local community. They created a Facebook page for Little1Stop and started collecting donations. This quickly gathered pace and the pair have been extremely busy supporting families with clothing, high chairs, cots, prams and toys for babies up to 2 years, as well as working with other groups.

They approached North Tyneside Council for help to find premises and at the end of 2020 took possession of a unit on Howard Street in North Shields. “Matthew, Niall and Felicity at the council have been fantastic – we are so grateful for their support” said Julie.

The original intention was to open their doors in January 2021 and they worked very hard to get ready for this date, however a national lockdown put a stop to their plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to be deterred, Julie and Dawn turned to social media to promote the shop’s click and collect service of low cost pre-loved baby items for families who may not be able to afford to buy new. The charity also takes referrals for families who are most in need and have provided them with prams, high chairs, cots, bedding, clothing and coats and shoes. They also donated items to other charities during lockdown.

The charity has been self-funded so far and is reliant on donations. The sales of pre-loved items from the shop in Howard Street helps to cover the costs of running the charity.

Julie has since decided to step back from the charity, but Dawn is determined to carry on to help those most in need and is already in the process of moving the shop to a bigger unit, just a few doors away.

Dawn commented: “I feel so very close to this charity and would have loved something like this when my granddaughter was born.”

You can find Little1Stop on Facebook and when they are allowed to reopen you can visit them at: 101 Howard Street (previously 104 Howard Street), North Shields, NE30 1NA

The charity also received recognition in the Spirit of North Tyneside Celebration in December 2020, a joint initiative by North Tyneside Council and VODA, for its work last year supporting the local community.

 

 

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The COVID Winter Grant for North Tyneside residents

The COVID Winter Grant is designed to help North Tyneside residents pay for essential bills related to food and warmth.

North Tyneside Council knows that many residents are struggling and may need help paying for essential bills related to food and warmth because they are on low income.

They still have funding remaining up to the end of March, and are encouraging the VCS to let colleagues who are working with financially vulnerable people and who need some financial support to contact the Welfare Provision Team on 0191 643 2777 option 2 or by emailing  Welfare.Provision@northtyneside.gov.uk.

The council can provide a wide range of help from food and utilities to other essential items connected to food and warmth such as warm clothing and bedding, repairs to boilers, washing machines, fridges etc.

They don’t want people struggling and taking out high interest loans to pay for essential items such as the things mentioned, any money or support they provide does not have to be paid back.

This funding is only available for a short period of time and North Tyneside Council is keen to help as many people as possible.

If you are working with someone who needs help with things related to food and warmth can be referred to the above contact details.

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Free Social Media Workshops from Accenture

Accenture is delivering a series of three workshops for charities over the next month.  Accenture highly recommend that charities attend all of the sessions as they seamlessly interlock together:
Introduction to Social Media (Wednesday 10 March 1pm to 2.30pm)
Benefits of social media for charities and the ways in which it can increase engagement with supporters and be utilised to support the running of charities.  A high-level walk through of the various platforms available and what they can each offer, covering areas such as audience and usability to give you a basic idea of which platforms may work best for your charity.
Functionalities of Social Media platforms (Tuesday 23 March pm to 3pm)
The ‘how to’ for each of the social media platforms. This session will provide a more in depth walk through of each of the platforms and their capabilities, covering the functionalities of the various social media platforms and technical tips.
Creating Engaging Content and Analysing Data (Tuesday 6 April 1pm to 2pm)
Tips on adapting your content to different social media platforms, creating engaging and accessible content, and increasing social media presence.  The benefits of integrating Social Media Monitoring Tools, also referred to as Social Listening and Tracking Tools whilst expanding an online presence. These will allow charities to monitor their social media engagement, relevant to their products from one interface dashboard.
The sessions are free of charge but there are limited spaces available, so if you are interested you should register your interest at ntc.newcastlecharity@accenture.com as soon as possible.
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North Tyneside Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

VODA recently worked alongside North Tyneside Council to host two online meetings exploring plans for this year’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme. The HAF will ensure that children on free school meals in North Tyneside are offered free healthy meals and enriching activities over the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays.

The online events were the first step in providing local VCS organisations with an opportunity to help shape the summer offer – which will consist of a minimum delivery of four hours per day, four days per week, for four weeks (4-4-4).

Together we are keen to support high-quality provision across North Tyneside that makes the most of our sector’s assets. This could involve organisations working together to deliver a programme that offers healthy food, enriching activities, physical activities and nutritional education in a safe environment.

You can view a video of the event here.

You can also download the presentations from the event.
If your organisation is interested in finding out more about the HAF then please email participation@northtyneside.gov.uk
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A little bit of time to make someone smile

Carolyn Milburn, Marketing & Communications lead at our partner Moving On Tyne and Wear shares with us her experiencing of volunteering with VODA…

I joined MOTW in July of last year, and soon learnt about their fantastic charity partner VODA who provide support, advice and training to volunteers and voluntary and community groups operating in North Tyneside. They work tirelessly to support people in their community, and throughout the coronavirus pandemic they’ve been thinking of ways to encourage people to keep volunteering by offering activities that can be completed at home.

I’ve always volunteered, and was keen to give this a go, so I signed up!

There was no pressure, no unrealistic expectations and everything was organised brilliantly. The first initiative I signed up for was to be a Digital Champion, where I help people who need support using their computer, tablet or smartphone.  This can range from helping someone to order their weekly food shopping, to setting up zoom so they can chat to their friends and family, or even to help them login and navigate their benefits system. All of these activities are vital, now more than ever, as more and more services and social activities moving online. I’ve really enjoyed helping out in this way, it’s good to know I’m making a positive difference, supporting someone to make their lives a bit easier and doing my bit to help reduce the digital divide that has grown ever more apparent throughout the pandemic.

They also offer more creative tasks, and I signed up to support their Good Neighbour initiative where I was sent a card making pack through the post. These cards will be distributed to VODA’s beneficiaries with a handwritten personal note inside to let them know they’re thought of and not alone. My children and I spent a lovely afternoon making handmade cards from the supplies provided and VODA even gave me a large pre-paid envelope so I can get the cards back to them easily and at no cost to myself. I’ll definitely be looking out for more activities like this!4 year old child holding the greeting cards he has made and smiling

When volunteering is broken down into more manageable ‘chunks’ it is a lot easier to commit to, and I know I won’t ever stop volunteering where I can. It’s a great feeling knowing you have helped someone and that you’re making a difference. But also, it’s a chance for me to learn new skills. By being a Digital Champion I am learning new systems and enhancing my knowledge all whilst meeting some amazing people, and by signing up to creative activities and getting my family involved I’m teaching them the importance of giving back to the community and to think of others.

If you live in the North Tyneside area, and would like to learn more about how you can get involved you can search for volunteering opportunities here.

 

First published on the Moving On Tyne and Wear website 23 February 2021.

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The Wellbank Foundation

The Wellbank Foundation is a small, family-run, grant-making charity that supports registered charities based in the North East of England. It wants to back initiatives that improve people’s lives and help them reach their full potential, and is offering grants of between £500 and £25,000.

Applicant organisations should be helping people who are disadvantaged, whether due to financial, health or other reasons. The foundation is particularly keen to support projects that provide educational, sporting or environmental benefits.

Organisations must be based in the North East and have a turnover of no more than £1m. Funding sought must:

  • be for the benefit of a number of residents of the North East that are disadvantaged by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other socio-economic basis
  • be for a planned project/spend (retrospective funding is not eligible)
  • not be for a research project
  • not be for the advancement or benefit of a religious or political cause

Projects that can deliver a long-lasting impact on the people supported are encouraged.

Applications should be downloaded from the website and returned by email. Whilst the trustees meet quarterly, they may be able to shorten the process if there is a pressing reason to do so but you will need to make this clear in your application.

https://www.wellbankfoundation.com/

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Cameron Grants Memorial Trust

The objectives of the trust are to raise awareness of suicide, to urge all who are suffering in silence to speak up and ask for help, and to support people – especially young people – who are fighting to overcome poor mental health.

Grants of £100 to £2,500 are available to trial a new service, create an asset, a technology, a performance, fund research, or otherwise experiment in any way that supports the treatment of mental health. The emphasis will be on innovation – using new methods, channels, technology, ideas or approaches to reach out and effect change. Ideas should typically fit into one of the following categories:

  • Destigmatising mental health
  • Reducing barriers to mental health care
  • Improving mental well-being.

VCSE / education / individuals.

No deadline.

Read more and apply here

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Warburtons – Community Grants Scheme

Grants of up to £400 are available for projects that have a direct and tangible social impact on families and solve significant social issues, under the following themes:

  • Health – supporting families to care for each other and lead healthier lives
  • Place – supporting families to flourish in communities that are safer, greener and more inclusive
  • Skills – supporting families to gain useful skills for life and work.

Deadline: 10 May 2021

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the7stars foundation – Shine Bright Fund

The Shine Bright fund partners with regional charities and its partner Coram Chambers to administrate grants directly to the most vulnerable young people in the UK.

Grants are to provide relief, respite, and happiness at a time of anxiety and worry. They are awarded to the regional charity partners to purchase educational and art materials, toys, books, and emotional support items for young people aged 16 and under who have been challenged by abuse, addiction, homelessness, or those who are child carers.

In 2020 the fund awarded a total of £25,856. Grants ranged from a few hundred pounds to around £2,000.

Deadline: 30 April 2021.

Read more and apply here

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