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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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Information for GP Surgery Screens

VODA has been working with North Tyneside CCG to make it easier for VCS organisations to promote their services to patients.
Screens are now widely used to call a patient’s name so it’s a great way for people to find out about support they can get and activities they can go along to in their local community.

What can I send?
They will publish information which relates to improving an individual’s health and wellbeing. This can include opportunities around fitness, decreasing social isolation, encouraging someone to become more involved in their community, opportunities to
learn new things and support, advice & information services.

How do they want it to look?
More visual information is preferred with less written content so that it is eye catching to the patient and easily readable – it won’t be on the screen for long so something that will grab someone’s attention with key information available. Please be mindful of any copyrighted imagery.

What format should it be in?

  • All information would need to be in landscape to allow it to display correctly on the screen.
  • Formats that can be accepted are: jpg, png, PDF, mpeg, mp4 & mov.
  • They cannot publish Microsoft Word or Excel.
  • Font size should be between 12-14 and plain font should be used such as Arial or
    Calibri.

Can I send information to specific practices?

Yes. If you only work in a small area please let them know and they can target certain practices.

Who do I contact?

If you are a small group and need support to design information for the screens please contact: victoria.logan-coulsey@voda.org.uk

The main contact for sending information for GP surgery screens is: marc.rice@nhs.net

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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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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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North Tyneside: Better Together Strategy

North Tyneside Council, VODA and the North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have been working together to refresh the North Tyneside Better Together Strategy.

The strategy was first developed in 2015, setting out how North Tyneside Council and the voluntary and community sector would work together to build strong and sustainable partnerships. Since then, a number of positive outcomes have been achieved to increase capacity within the VCS, improve engagement between the two sectors and involve VCS organisations in decision making.

The Better Together strategy has now been widened to include North Tyneside CCG and VODA with an ambition to achieve the following outcomes over the next three years:

  • increasing the capacity of VCS organisations to adapt and thrive in times of diminishing resources and increasing demand
  • supporting residents to play a more active role in managing their own health and wellbeing, as well as the health and wellbeing of their local communities
  • ensuring every resident has the opportunity to contribute to their community through volunteering and social action
  • supporting systems that facilitate positive engagement and collaborative working between all partners
  • supporting the VCS to have a strong and meaningful role in influencing policy by speaking up on behalf of the people they represent.

We welcome your thoughts on this strategy, which will also be discussed at September’s Working with the VCS event.

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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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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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VODA’s Good Neighbours featured on new Government loneliness campaign

We’re delighted that our Good Neighbours shopping trip has been featured on a new blog from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Let’s Talk Loneliness is the start of a year long campaign to tackle the stigma around loneliness. This campaign will show that feeling lonely is simply part of being human, much like being hungry, and encourage people to act through easy-to-understand messages and information.

The blog features a case study about Min, one of our lovely regular Good Neighbours shoppers. Min, who is 89 this year and lives in sheltered accommodation in North Shields, has been coming to the shopping trip for several months now, ever since the warden at her accomodation noticed how much trouble she was having with her shopping.

“I think it’s amazing that the volunteers give up their time to help people like me. David, who I was first matched with, was such a great support, he not only helped with my shopping but he’d make sure everything was put away for me at home and even did some odd jobs in the house that I couldn’t manage.”

The Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign features a range of resources, toolkits, suggested media posts and ways to get involved.

Read the full blog here.

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