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Sector Connector

Free website consultations

Need a new website? Or thinking of redesigning your existing one?

As part of Sector Connector, Elev8 Web Design is offering free 30 minute zoom/telephone consultations for local charities providing advice and guidance on web design and web builders.

The number of consultations will be limited, and only for charities, CICs and community groups. Apply early to avoid disappointment. To register your interest please email Ian.Dodds@voda.org.uk with the subject heading ‘Elev8 Web Design Free Consultation’.

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Website advice and guidance from Jackdaw

Jackdaw Web Design has been working with a local charity to develop a chat function for their WordPress website so that they can support people who can no longer attend their group or 1-2-1 sessions. They are now hoping to use the experience and knowledge they have gained during this process to benefit the North Tyneside VCS.

If any voluntary organisation is interested in adding online chat to their WordPress website, Jackdaw is willing to provide free advice on the various options available in terms of cost, confidentiality, practical use etc.

Please contact Ian.Dodds@voda.org.uk if you would like to find out more.

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Accenture Digital Skills free courses

Accenture Digital Skills is a free, interactive series of online courses which help and prepare people to build the digital skills necessary to gain a job or start a business.

Courses include:

  • Social Media
  • Web Analytics
  • Grow Your Career
  • Mobile
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Digital Marketing
  • Retail
  • User Experience

You can sign up to these courses here.

This site will be constantly updated with new courses so charities can check back at any time.

If there are any specific areas/tools that do not appear, charities can make suggestions of what they would like to see. Please contact ian.dodds@voda.org.uk.

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Sector Connector Directory of Voluntary Services for use by the Business Sector

Sector Connector has a wealth of local businesses that provide services that might be useful to voluntary and community organisations.  However, we are equally aware that voluntary organisations may wish to raise awareness of the services or facilities that may be able to offer to small businesses or the employees of small businesses. Some of these services might be on a paid-for basis, whilst others may be free of charge.

Sector Connector is therefore compiling a directory for use by North Tyneside Business Forum and which showcases voluntary organisations that provide services that should be of interest to the business community.  This could be anything from counselling or advice services, to room hire and catering.

If you would like to promote your services in the directory, you can provide details here.

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Accenture free tech workshops for the VCS

Accenture is proposing to run three free workshops in 2020 to assist the voluntary sector in various aspects of technology:

Workshop 1 Social Media: You may be aware of the basics of social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, but do you know about the many great business features that they offer? Social media is so important these days to market your organisation and you can learn how to use tools that can help you track when your readers are online in order to schedule your posts to reach the majority of people; how to incorporate book now, contact us, and sign up into your posts, as well as a host of other useful tools. There will also be a chance to ask questions and advice from Accenture’s experts.

Workshop 2 QR Code: Increasingly charities are using bar codes that can be scanned using a smartphone. QR codes offer a fantastic opportunity to engage supporters with print and outdoor campaigns. Instead of copying out links, people simply snap the QR code with their phones and are taken directly to your content. This could be your website, YouTube account, your Twitter page or your Just Giving account (“scan here to make a donation of £X”). The workshop will cover how to build a QR code and connect to different sources (i.e donation payment or a link to websites).

Workshop 3 HTML to help your organisation: HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the most basic building block of most websites. Rather than trying to teach you a lot of mind-boggling theory, this workshop will focus on giving you the practical skills to build enhance your website with features that will be most beneficial to you as a charity.  Accenture aims to keep this session to the most basic level of html as possible and again there will be a chance to ask experts questions or get advice on the best way to meet your needs.

If you’re interested in a session for your organisation, please contact Ian Dodds.

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Sector Connector Offers of the Month: November 2019

Courses from Carney Consultancy

As part of their commitment to the Sector Connector project, Carney Consultancy has again agreed to provide free places for voluntary organisations on a number of its courses over 2020. The courses are as follows:

  • Mental Health First Aid: 2 day course which normally carries a charge of £250 per person. Dates available are: 3 March and 20 March 2020 or, 14 and 21 July 2020. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and you should indicate if you wish to be added to a waiting list in case additional places become available closer to the dates that the courses run.
  • Emergency First Aid at Work:  A full day course running on 21 January 2020, 27 February, 26 March and 20 April. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for a free place on any of these courses, please let us know. We will let you know as soon as possible if a place can be allocated, but a number of additional free places could be released 48 hours before the course runs.
  • Manual Handling:  A half day course running on 16 January, 6 February, 24 February, 10 March, 24 March, 9 April and 28 April. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for a free place on any of these courses, please let us know. We will let you know as soon as possible if a place can be allocated, but a number of additional free places could be released 48 hours before the course runs.
  • Safe Working At Height: A half day course running on 23 January, 18 February, 23 March and 24 April. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for a free place on any of these courses, please let us know. We will let you know as soon as possible if a place can be allocated, but a number of additional free places could be released 48 hours before the course runs.
  • Asbestos Awareness: A half day course running on 16 January, 6 February, 24 March; 9 April and 28 April. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for a free place on any of these courses, please let us know. We will let you know as soon as possible if a place can be allocated, but a number of additional free places could be released 48 hours before the course runs.

Please contact Ian Dodds.


Tynemouth Decorators

Tynemouth Decorators is offering local voluntary and community organisations a 10% discount for painting and decorating work and is also willing to supply materials at cost price. In addition, Tynemouth Decorators may be able to provide paint free of charge to some voluntary organisations. If you’re interested contact Ian Dodds..


Accenture tech workshops

Accenture is proposing to run three free workshops in 2020 to assist the voluntary sector in various aspects of technology:

  • Workshop 1 Social Media: You may be aware of the basics of social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, but do you know about the many great business features that they offer? Social media is so important these days to market your organisation and you can learn how to use tools that can help you track when your readers are online in order to schedule your posts to reach the majority of people; how to incorporate book now, contact us, and sign up into your posts, as well as a host of other useful tools. There will also be a chance to ask questions and advice from Accenture’s experts.
  • Workshop 2 QR Code: Increasingly charities are using bar codes that can be scanned using a smartphone. QR codes offer a fantastic opportunity to engage supporters with print and outdoor campaigns. Instead of copying out links, people simply snap the QR code with their phones and are taken directly to your content. This could be your website, YouTube account, your Twitter page or your Just Giving account (“scan here to make a donation of £X”). The workshop will cover how to build a QR code and connect to different sources (i.e donation payment or a link to websites).
  • Workshop 3 HTML to help your organisation: HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is the most basic building block of most websites. Rather than trying to teach you a lot of mind-boggling theory, this workshop will focus on giving you the practical skills to build enhance your website with features that will be most beneficial to you as a charity.  Accenture aims to keep this session to the most basic level of html as possible and again there will be a chance to ask experts questions or get advice on the best way to meet your needs.

Please contact Ian Dodds.


Rebranding online support from Whiteacres Design

Thinking about rebranding? Whiteacres Design is offering up to five free spaces in the BrandSuccessClub.co.uk for a voluntary or community organisation who want to DIY their brand but need some expert support in an online, group environment. Membership will help voluntary or community organisations to improve their brand image through online tutorials and will also enable them to ask for feedback on whatever they are doing within the Brand Success Facebook group. Whiteacres is also offering free telephone consultations for voluntary organisations who are considering branding/re-branding.  If you’re interested, please contact Ian Dodds.


UberElla enterprise and bid writing support

UberElla, which hosts one of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Enterprise Advisers, is offering some pro bono enterprise support, coaching and bid writing expertise for small and micro voluntary organisations.  As part of this, they are able to offer some time-limited 1 to 1 support for chief officers of small VCS organisations.  If you’re interested, please contact Ian Dodds.


Free IT MOT from SolidBlueLiquid

SolidBlueLiquid is offering vcs organisations a free IT MOT. There is no obligation to buy services or software, and organisations are free to make suggested amendments themselves.

The MOT will cover:

  • Email security
  • Software versions
  • Operating System versions
  • Anti Virus
  • Physical security
  • Network setup
  • Compliance of IT with GDPR
  • Backups

Please contact us for more information.


Tait Walker trustee sessions

Calling all trustee boards that feel they want to know more about what to look for when discussing accounts or the finances of the organisation. Simon Brown from Tait Walker is offering to meet with trustee boards from October to answer any questions in an informal atmosphere about balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and trustees duties. If you and your trustees are interested in these free sessions, contact us to book a date.


For You Photography

For You Photography is keen to support voluntary and community organisations in North Tyneside and is offering a limited number of free photographic sessions throughout the year for voluntary and community organisations. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Ian Dodds.

In addition, For You Photography is offering the voluntary and community sector 20% discount on its normal prices for photographic commissions. Read more here. If you’re interested in finding out more about Sector Connector and how it might support your organisation, get in touch.


Sector Connector Workshops

As part of Sector Connector, a number of businesses volunteer to deliver free workshops on a range of topics that may be beneficial to the voluntary and community sector. As such, if there are any particular topics or business skills that you think your organisation might benefit from and that could be the subject of a future Sector Connector workshop, please get in touch with Ian Dodds.

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Sector Connector Community Friendly Business Awards 2019

Sector Connector continues to attract more businesses, both big and small, who want to give something back and help the voluntary sector of North Tyneside.

The help and supported offered by these businesses include pro bono services, free resources, free information volunteers and collections for community causes.

These businesses often go over and above what they were originally asked to do, in their desire to help and can this can lead to long lasting relationships with the community organisations they’ve helped!

To celebrate the achievements of some of these businesses, we presented three organisations with a Community Friendly Business Award at the recent VODA AGM and North Tyneside Voluntary Awards. Here are the winners and a little bit about why they were chosen.

Accenture

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on Cobalt Business Park, Accenture supports multi-million-pound businesses with their strategies, digital technology and operational services.

Over the last year, Accenture staff have volunteered with a range of voluntary organisations in a variety of roles.

  • Helped develop the community orchard and Whitley Bay Community Allotment
  • Provided entertainment for residents of sheltered accommodation
  • Supported IT projects
  • Hosted Design Thinking workshops
  • Collected for social action projects

Whenever Sector Connector calls, they are usually able to help in some way!

Carney Consultancy Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training is vital to ensure the continued expertise and knowledge of voluntary sector organisations, but at a time when budgets are being squeezed, it is often the thing that is forced to drop of the radar.

Carney Consultancy, a Health and Safety Consultancy training provider, has over the last year stepped in to help Sector Connector by making thousands of pounds of training available free of charge free to voluntary organisations.

A number of voluntary organisations have benefitted from free Mental Health at Work, Emergency First Aid at Work, Manual Handling and Risk Assessment courses.

Carney Consultancy has also provided support to Phoenix Detached Youth Project and the Lighthouse Club.

Bell Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate volunteering often brings to mind a team of accountants painting a room. Bell Group however is a decorating company that works across the North East and Cumbria and through Sector Connector has provided professional painters to help out local charities in North Tyneside.

Over the last year, Bell Group’s apprentices have delivered excellent quality work, free of charge for local voluntary organisations such as Christ Church and Age UK North Tyneside, and have also provided free paint to community groups.

The difference that they have made to these groups and the cheerfulness with which the staff from Bell Group have worked with Sector Connector is why they were winners of a Community Business Friendly Award.

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Sector Connector special edition bulletin

The latest issue of the Sector Connector bulletin, aimed at Sector Connector business partners, was a special edition printed magazine, which was facilitated by our Sector Connector partnership with yourPrintDepartment.

You can read the full bulletin here.

If you would like to find out more about Sector Connector, 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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Sector Connector offer from For You Photography

For You Photography, a photography business based in North Tyneside, is keen to support voluntary and community organisations in the borough.

For You Photography is offering 20% discount on its normal prices for photographic commissions and can help capture events and special moments or take staff photographs for your website and Facebook pages, contact Laurens.photography@outlook.com.

In addition, through Sector Connector, For You Photography is offering a limited number of free photographic sessions throughout the year for voluntary and community organisations. This could include getting professional headshots for your staff page, or creative photographs of the services you offer to help make your social media and website look more professional and unique. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Ian Dodds.

 

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