Ironmongers’ Company

The Ironmongers’ Company wishes to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential.

Grants are only given to registered charities. Projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For children and young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged
  • Consist of educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills

  • Have clear aims and objectives to be met within a planned timescale

  • Are within the UK

The Company is looking for projects that deliver clearly defined educational benefits to a specific group of children or young people. Items of equipment will be considered only where a full explanation is given of how they will support this activity.

Projects could, for example, support special educational needs, or foster social, emotional or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience.


  • Grants range from a few hundred pounds up to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000. ​
  • Grants must be spent within twelve months from the date of the award.

  • Recipients are expected to submit a written evaluation report within three months from completion of the project.

  • The Company’s support should make a recognisable difference, therefore preference will be given to requests where the grant would cover a significant element of the cost and to those from smaller charities.


  • Large projects towards which a contribution from the Company would have limited impact​
  • General appeals or circulars

  • Replacement of statutory funding

  • General running costs (a reasonable proportion of overheads will be accepted as part of project costs)

  • Medical treatment, healthcare, counselling and therapy

  • Course fees for professionals

  • Research projects

  • Bursaries

  • Schools, unless a registered charity for children/young people with disabilities

  • Fundraising events and sponsorship

  • Projects that begin before the date of the relevant Committee meeting (see below)

  • Building work

  • Holidays

​Deadline: The next closing date for applications is the 15th December 2023

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NHS North East and Cumbria Waiting Well/Preparing Well Fund

The Waiting Well/Preparing Well Programme provides individualised packages of support to individuals awaiting planned surgery, such as hip or knee replacement, who are identified as either:  1) Living in the top 20% of most deprived areas in the region and who are impacted by other issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, a high BMI or are struggling to reduce smoking. OR 2) Having a learning disability.  The priority in this round is support for people aged over 55 years old, and people with learning disabilities.


Packages of support focus on improving an individual’s preparation for surgery and post operative outcomes and include: a health assessment, holistic assessment of social needs/social prescribing and access to activities to support mental and physical wellbeing. Not all patients waiting for planned surgery are eligible for support. Those patients eligible for support are designated by and contacted specifically by the NHS.

The Fund has been set-up as a pilot project to complement these programmes and to address gaps in support provision for eligible patients, particularly relating to financial concerns and cost of living impacts. Use of the funded services will be by referral only.

Learning from the delivery of this Fund will inform future delivery models and funding decisions. Patients will be referred, in general, to funded third sector organisations directly from the holistic assessment/social prescribing element of the Waiting Well/Preparing Well Programme delivery and funded groups will need to develop strong relationships with referrers. Donor North of England Care System Support (NECS), hosted by NHS England.

Who can apply?

charitable, not-for-profit organisations

It is anticipated that successful organisations will either be:

  • already linked to local providers of Waiting Well/Preparing Well Programmes
  • happy to build strong links with Programme staff undertaking holistic assessments/social prescribing to support and enable referrals (costs for dedicated time to developing relationships should be considered as part of the project approach)

Project examples: ·

  • providing advice and help with budgeting, managing money and claiming benefits
  • providing support to access food, equipment and energy poverty services
  • providing advice and help to access small emergency grants for household equipment, travel costs etc.

Organisations already funded through the wider Waiting Well/Preparing Well Programme may apply to deliver additional provision that meets the criteria of this fund.

Max Grant Size: £5000

Deadline: 29 August

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VODA VCSE Award Winners 2022

We had a lot of high-quality nominations for this year’s awards, which were presented at our AGM 2022, and the judging panel have had a difficult time identifying the award winners. Thank you to the judging panel for the valuable insight and experience that they contributed.

Trustee of the Year: Anna McConville from Pathways4All

Anna MCconville Trustee of the YearAnna is on the Board of Pathways 4 All as a parent representative and goes above and beyond in volunteering at the Centre in addition to her trustee role, offering advice and support where needed. Anna is a real voice for families on the Board and provides vital support to the staff team. The judges were impressed by how devoted and generous with her time Anna is, and the way she uses her lived experience as a parent of a child with Autism and ADHD to help steer the charity and to support parents visiting Pathways4All.





Volunteer of the Year: Ray Taylor from New York Community Football Club

Ray Taylor Volunteer of the YearRay coaches 5 football teams in New York and never turns away any child. He makes sure that the children have fun but learn important life lessons at the same time. In addition to his coaching and the confidence and pride that he instils in the children, he fundraises and goes out of his way to help people in the local community. The judges were impressed by the difference that Ray has made to the lives of so many children and families and the range of things that he turns his hand to in order to improve the local play facilities.





Young Volunteer of the Year: Bailey Wilson from Live Well With Cancer

Bailey Wilson Young Volunteer of the YearWhen Bailey was 6 years old, his dad had to undergo surgery and Bailey was given a surgery bear to look after, with the same surgical wound and stitches as his dad. Since then, Bailey has raised money to provide support bears to children of parents who have cancer, so that no child has to go through a loved one’s treatment without support. The judges were impressed by the dedication that 7-year-old Bailey has shown in raising funds and so far, he has donated 84 free surgery bears to comfort children who need them. #BaileysBears





Voluntary or Community Organisation of the Year: Mindstars (NE) CIC

Mindstars Organisation of the YearMindstars was established by two mothers with a passion to change how children’s mental health and wellbeing is addressed. Their Hub is now a thriving part of the community and is helping to build the confidence and self-belief of children who struggle socially and emotionally, as well as families in need. The judges were impressed not only by the mental health and wellbeing support that Mindstars offers to children, young people and their families and the glowing feedback from those that they have supported, but also by the partnership working with statutory services and other voluntary organisations.




Young Volunteer of the Year Special Commendations

The judges also wish to commend Adam Jobey from Little 1 Stop Shop and Nathan Amos from New York Community Football Club for the commitment that they have shown in supporting the community and we will be awarding them a certificate in recognition of their achievements.

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Covid Stories Exhibition

Covid Stories World Café in November 2o21 gave residents of North Tyneside the opportunity to share their personal stories of living through a pandemic. Helix Arts led participants in series of conversations and creative workshops to capture these experiences. Challenges were explored, the turbulence and heartache resounded. Incredible acts of kindness and community spirit were shared.

Facilitated by a team of artists, the resulting creations would go on to be exhibited across the borough as a lasting reminder of our collective experiences. You can view the final creations below, as well as images from the day.

Further information can be found on Helix Arts website – Covid Stories- Online Exhibition – Helix Arts/

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Vacancy – Minority Ethnic Health Development Worker

North Tyneside VODA and its partner, North Tyneside Council, are launching this joint initiative to ensure that members of minority ethnic communities in the borough are not disadvantaged when they need to access health services. Building on two years’ of BAME engagement during the COVID pandemic, the project will work in partnership with community groups and community leaders to better understand the issues faced by local residents, treating them as experts in their lived experience. Working with minority ethnic communities as equal partners, alongside wider partners, we will co-design and co-deliver new approaches to tackling health inequalities, informed by our understanding of local needs and assets. Supporting the wider workforce to engage more confidently and effectively with minority ethnic communities is a key element of this strategy.

Your role will focus on engaging with community groups and community leaders in North Tyneside that support minority ethnic communities. You will help to create trusting relationships to gain meaningful insights into local issues and barriers in accessing health services. You will help to develop new ways of capturing and reporting the issues faced by minority ethnic communities in relation to health inequalities, and using this information to inform key strategic groups such as the Health and Wellbeing Board and the BAME Task Force. By encouraging community groups to grow their capacity in identifying their support and development needs, you will ensure that they are making best use of VODA’s offer of free support as well as support provided by other partners. In addition, providing practical support, advice and training to the wider workforce you will increase their capacity to deliver accessible services and engage more confidently and effectively with minority ethnic communities.

This is a challenging but ultimately rewarding project for someone who thrives on being at the forefront of health equality.

Salary: £24,792 per annum pro rata for 21 hours/wk (FTE 0.57)

Closing date for completed applications: Tuesday, 19 April 2022 at noon

Interview date: Friday, 29 April 2022

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North Tyneside VODA, c/o North Tyneside Council, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park NE27 0BY

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Vacancy – Operations Worker

The Spirit of North Tyneside Community Hub is brand new centre based in Wallsend that will bring together
charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises with the purpose of ensuring
that the people of North Tyneside will continue to have access to the very best services that the voluntary
sector can offer. Your role will be to support the day-to-day operations of the Hub by helping to make it a
warm, friendly and welcoming environment where people can work for the common good.

You will manage a small team of volunteers who, alongside VODA staff, will provide a range of services to
individuals and groups that need advice, help and direction to deliver their services. You will co-ordinate a
vibrant programme of community events in the Hub such as networking sessions and Meet the Funder
events, and work with our Training Officer to ensure that participants in our training sessions and
workshops have access to all the facilities they require. You will quickly develop the knowledge and skills to
ensure that the Hub runs smoothly and efficiently, and become the ‘go-to’ person when staff and visitors
need help.

To assure its success, this new and innovative approach to Third Sector support and delivery requires tried
and tested as well as novel methods. You should have both the confidence to experiment and the
resilience to learn from and build on minor set-backs.

Salary: £24,792 per annum for 37 hours/wk (FTE 1.0). Fixed term post of two years available for immediate start.

Closing date for completed applications: Tuesday, 19 April 2022 at noon.

Interview date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022

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North Tyneside VODA, c/o North Tyneside Council, Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park NE27 0BY

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Shiremoor Adventure Playground Trust Young Volunteers Commendation

We were delighted to present the young volunteers from the Shiremoor Adventure Playground Trust with a commendation from our VCSE awards. This group of young people have supported the trust throughout the pandemic and the awards panel felt that they deserved recognition for their efforts.
The young people undertook a number of tasks throughout the summer programme including; managing bookings, registering visitors when they arrived at the Playground, supporting visitors to be covid aware and safe during their visits, befriending children who had not been to the Playground before, helping to prepare, cook and serve the meals and snacks for the healthy eating programme, facilitating arts and crafts activities, helping to serve in the very busy community cafe, helping to tidy up and litter pick on the Playground and running several self-initiated fundraising events.
Congratulations to: Pearl Hope, Lilli-Mai Skeleton, Luke Norton, Darcey Olsen, Demi Dack, Mia Mawson (pictured) and also Layton Longstaff and Emily Starkie, who were unable to attend the presentation.
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Volunteer of the Year – Dawn Jobey

Dawn Jobey set up North Shields based charity Little1Stop to support young parents who are struggling to provide the essentials for their babies. Dawn volunteers six days a week to keep the charity going.

We were delighted to award Dawn with the VODA VCSE Volunteer of the Year Award 2021 for the amazing support she provides to the local community!

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Young Volunteer of the Year: Chloe Shiels & David Miller

Chloe Shiels and David DJ Miller were awarded joint winners of the Young Volunteer of the Year for their dedication and support to local charity Out of Sight.

Despite their own personal challenges, both young people are wonderful role models and provide vital support, helping with pandemic shopping, car boots, raffles and any other task they are presented with.

Unfortunately due to educational commitments, DJ (pictured with Chloe in the first picture) was unable to collect his award, so Chloe stepped up and collected it for him. Congratulations Chloe & DJ.

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Trustee of the Year 2021: Lisa Taylor

Lisa Taylor is a Trustee of Out of Sight Charity in North Tyneside and the winner of VODA’s Trustee of the Year 2021 Award.

Lisa has been involved with Out of Sight for approaching 8 years after they offered her support, friendship and signposted her to getting the right adaptations for her home for her young child who was left severely disabled after contracting meningitis.

Despite, all of her commitments to her family, Lisa felt the charity had thrown her a “life-line” so she wanted to give back to them. She started attending meetings, and offering support and is now the Secretary.

Lisa helps out in the community hub every week, supports fundraising by managing the charity’s online selling pages, has raised large sums of money running the Great North Run, uses her management skills from previous employment to support the charity however she can. Congratulations Lisa.

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