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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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Suitability: supporting men of the North East into employment

Darren who works for Moving On Tyne & Wear, (a local employability programme that supports people with mental and physical health barriers gain access to education, employment and training) was approached by one of his participants asking for help finding some free interview clothing. He had secured his first interview and didn’t have anything suitable or the funds to buy anything. Darren was aware of a brilliant service for woman called Smartworks who offer a dressing service with free interview clothing and 1-2-1 interview coaching but there wasn’t anything set up for men within the North East.

So, Darren donated his own suit to his participant. He not only looked the part but had a new found confidence which he took to his interview. The icing on the cake was that he was successful and he was offered the job! The suit was given back to Darren and the idea of Suitability was born.

Darren reached out to his family and friends asking for clothing and suit donations which were stored in his parents garage and loft. From there he reached out to businesses across the region and focused on his social media accounts to grow Suitability and gather more donations allowing him to support any man who came to him for help.

His stock soon outgrew his parents’ house and Suitability was moved to a storage unit where he was gifted 9 months free usage. This is now coming to an end and Darren has set up a crowd funding page to help him raise the money to keep the storage facility and continue to support the men of the North East throughout 2021.

If you’d like to support Suitability, and consequently the men of the region look and feel great at an interview, then please donate clothing items! Alternatively, you could contribute towards their goal of keeping their storage facility. To learn more and to contact Darren, follow Suitability on Twitter or Facebook.

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Diamond Group: fully-funded distance learning

Diamond Group, working in partnership with Tyneside Training Services, is offering fully funded distance learning that is suitable for volunteers, employees and the unemployed.  Courses include:

  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems;
  • The Prevention & Control of Infection;
  • Principles of Team Leading;
  • Lean Organisation Management Techniques;
  • Principles of Customer Service;
  • Equality & Diversity;
  • Safeguarding, Prevent & British Values;
  • Understanding Nutrition & Health; and
  • Principles of Warehousing.

Read more here.

For more information or to sign up contact: 0191 286 2919 or 0333 358 2002 or hello@tynesidetrainingservices.co.uk

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Accenture session to help charities better utilise social media

Accenture is looking to host a session on how you can better utilise social media platforms to promote your charities and engage with your followers.

In the current climate, the great capabilities and functions of various social media platforms are helping organisations and people around the world stay better connected more than ever with the absence of invaluable face to face communications. Accenture strongly believes that having an understanding of these functionalities, and how to create and analyse your content will help charities during these times and going forward.

If you would like to register your interest for the session, please complete our registration form through the link below. Once registered, Accenture will be in touch with further information including a confirm date / time in due course.

Register your interest here

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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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