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Working With the VCS – population health management in North Tyneside

‘Working With the VCS’ is a free quarterly event organised in partnership by North Tyneside Council and VODA and open to any organisation delivering services in North Tyneside.

The next event on 10 December at the Evo Centre in the Royal Quays, will explore the role of the voluntary and community sector in supporting the health and wellbeing of North Tyneside residents. This interactive event will bring together local health professionals, charities, community organisations, commissioners and others to:

  • Explore and influence current health initiatives in North Tyneside such as Social Prescribing and Primary Care Networks
  • Showcase existing voluntary and community sector provision focussing on tackling loneliness, encouraging healthy behaviours and partnership working
  • Develop new relationships to identify ways of working together more effectively

Book your place here.

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North Tyneside LIFE: New Recovery College is here!

A new volunteer-led service has launched in North Tyneside, offering a programme of free courses and workshops aimed at the self-management of mental health and wellbeing.

Created in consultation with over 80 individuals, mental health professionals, charities and voluntary organisations, NT LIFE is the new Recovery College for North Tyneside and is launching from its new base at The Hub in the Linskill Centre, North Shields this September.

Recovery Colleges offer educational courses about mental health and recovery, which are designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills and to help them feel more confident in the self-management of their own health and wellbeing. Delivered in a safe and friendly community setting, courses and workshops are co-produced and designed by individuals who have lived experience of challenges with their own mental health, and who want to pass on their LIFE learning, skills and knowledge to help others.

Ali Donkin, North Tyneside Recovery College Coordinator said: “We are extremely proud and excited to launch NT LIFE, which stands for Learning Experiences From Everyone. We have been busy since June of this year developing a programme which meets the needs of local residents and supplements existing mental health and wellbeing support available. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our drop-in sessions and who contributed their stories, input, opinions and feedback on how the College should be shaped. Everything from the name to the logo, course content, timings and prospectus have been co-produced by the students, volunteers and professionals who we will be working with to make NT LIFE a success.”

A series of workshops and courses are now available between September and December 2019 with a range of one-off events, weekly sessions and longer-term courses on topics including mindfulness, positive thinking, resilience, confidence building, creative writing, walking football and netball, and lots more. There are also a wide range of volunteering opportunities available as part of the College with roles in administration, enrolment, course delivery and co-facilitation. Ali goes on to say: “NT LIFE relies on the support of volunteers to deliver courses and provide continued support to its day-to-day running. We absolutely champion the ‘expert by experience’ approach and believe that those people with lived experience of mental health recovery and wellbeing can be best-placed to support those who are struggling or need some support. We’d love to hear from anyone – potential students, volunteers or professionals who want to know more and get involved in NT LIFE!”

Funded by North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and hosted by North Tyneside VODA, the Recovery College courses are free and available to North Tyneside residents aged 18 and over.

For more information, including how to enrol, course details and volunteering opportunities, visit the NT LIFE section of our website or contact us for more information.

  

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Nominate your North Tyneside star volunteers and community groups

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nominations are now open for North Tyneside VODA’s annual awards, which recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution made people and organisations within North Tyneside’s voluntary and community sector.

VODA is currently inviting nominations for its annual awards in four categories: 

  • 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(s) of the year: awarded to an individual volunteer (or group of volunteers where applicable) whose volunteering has made a real and positive difference in the past year 
  • Young volunteer of the year (aged under 19): awarded to a young person who has shown commitment and enthusiasm within their local community in the past year
  • Trustee of the yearawarded to a trustee or committee member of a voluntary and community sector organisation who has  made an invaluable contribution   

The closing date for nominations is 5pm on Monday 30 September and winners and nominators will be notified soon afterThe awards and prizes (High Street Vouchers) will be presented at VODA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place on the morning of Wednesday 23 October at the Linskill Centre in North Shields. 

To nominate a person or organisation for an award, please go to our online form.

Alternatively, you can download nomination form here.

 

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There’s a new kind of superhero in North Tyneside

Young people are often portrayed in a negative light in the media, but we have to disagree. We work with a range of young volunteers at VODA and see on a daily basis their hard work, passion and commitment to making North Tyneside a better place to live, work and visit. Young volunteers help out in a range of ways, such youth work, digital action, dance, sports and much more.

To showcase these unsung heroes, we’ve put together this video.

Youth volunteering North Tyneside from Robin on Vimeo.

The young volunteers show that they are proud of the difference they make to people’s lives and also acknowledge the benefits of volunteering for them.

“It gives you a sense of a achievement and makes a difference in people’s lives”.

“I’ve gained new skills and confidence.”

“I’ve learned how to communicate more effectively with children.”

“Volunteering is fun – the best decision I ever made.”

If you would like to know more about youth volunteering, please get in touch.

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New look for Sector Connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re delighted to reveal our new look Sector Connector logo and strapline, which has been kindly developed for us via a Sector Connector partnership with yourPrintDepartment in North Shields.

The new logo has been developed in response to the changing nature of Sector Connector and more accurately reflects the professional standard of the project and what it does. Thank you to the team at yourPrintDepartment for your support!

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The National Lottery Reaching Communities England

Flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.

The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

Applicants must show how they would:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

No deadline

Find out more here.

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BBC Radio Newcastle features Good Neighbours

We were delighted that the BBC Radio Newcastle Breakfast Show was able to join our Good Neighours shopping trip last week. They spent the morning chatting to our shoppers and volunteers to find out more about how this wonderful project helps to support people stay in their own home and keep their independence. You can listen to the feature from last week’s show below. If you would like to get involved, please contact us for more information.

Good Neighbours on BBC Radio Newcastle, 28.6.19 from Robin on Vimeo.

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North Tyneside success at the Queen’s Awards 2019

Volunteers’ Week got off to a great start this year with the news that four North Tyneside organisations have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service,the highest honour for volunteer groups in the UK. Collingwood Bowling Club, The Friends of Red House Ramble, The St Bernadette Club and Walking With North Tyneside have all been recognised with this award, which recognises exceptional service within communities

The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced, with 281 awarded this time round, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

The award is considered equivalent to an MBE for the voluntary sector and any volunteer-led group of two or more providing a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated. Organisations are judged on the benefit they bring to the community and their reputation or standing in that area. Winners of the award are announced on 2 June to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Read more here.

 

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New Little Free Library at Meadow Well Connected

Photo Credit – Anthony Todd

The second of our SAINT project’s Little Free Libraries is now in place outside Meadow Well Connected, in the Meadow Well Estate North Shields. The library has been lovingly constructed by volunteers from VODA’s SAINT project and from Meadow Well Connected. The volunteers have also learnt a range of carpentry and contruction skills in the planning and building of the library.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common version is a small wooden box of books. Anyone may take a book or bring a book to share. Little Free Library book exchanges have a unique, personal touch. There is an understanding that real people are sharing their favorite books with their community.

Visit the Little Free Library website to view the location of all the libraries.

Photos credit – Anthony Todd

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Little Free Library unveiling

This week we unveiled our Little Free Library at The Rising Sun Country Park. This project was developed and constructed with students from Longbenton High School Melrose department with support from SAINT and CAN DO volunteers.

Little Free Library is a community scheme where members of the public are encouraged to take and leave their favourite books. We think The Rising Sun Country Park is a great venue for the Little Free Library and we hope that visitors to the centre will enjoy borrowing and leaving books when at the park.

We had a fantastic time building the Little Free Library and the young people involved learned some valuable skills in construction, teamwork and joinery. Our volunteers also got a lot out of working with these young people to achieve their goal of installing the Little Free Library.

A big thanks to Heather and her team at The Rising Sun Country Park for installing it and to Bay Plastics for providing us a free cut to size Perspex window.

You can view our library on the world map and read more about Little Free Library here

If you have an idea for a community or social action project, please get in touch.

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