Keep up to date with the latest public information and advice regarding the virus at the website

Support for North Tyneside’s voluntary and community sector

While we have temporarily suspended face-to-face meetings, we can still offer advice and support to charities and voluntary and community sector organisations in North Tyneside. We have lots of valuable information on our website, so please explore this and see below for resources around COVID-19. If you need specific advice, please contact our Development Manager (but please be aware that this is an incredibly busy time for VODA and responses may take longer than usual).

Funding Advice

We have produced a COVID-19 Funding section of our website for general advice and the latest opportunities. Again, while face-to-face funding advice is currently suspended, we can still offer email and telephone support to North Tyneside voluntary and community groups and organisations. Please contact our Funding Adviser for more information (but please be aware that this is an incredibly busy time for VODA and responses may take longer than usual).


VODA is working to support the North Tyneside VCS through its recovery from the pandemic. Part of this will involve online training such as PPE, Zoom Clinics, Risk Assessment and Making Your Community Building COVID Secure. Available videos and slides from past sessions will be shown below. Find out about our upcoming courses here. 

Covid-19: stage 4 of the roadmap

On 19 July, England moved to Step 4 of the Roadmap. This means the majority of Covid restrictions have now ended, replaced with guidance emphasising personal judgement and responsibility. People are expected to protect themselves and others through informed choice and move to Step 4 cautiously.

The North East currently has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in England, so while formal restrictions have ended,  caution is being urged.

New guidance has been issued to protect the clinically vulnerable as we enter stage four of the roadmap out of lockdown, and all organisations are asked to encourage vaccine take up among staff, volunteers and in the communities in which they work.

#HandsFaceSpace remains in place across GP practices, hospitals and healthcare settings in North Tyneside. Dr Dave Tomson – a GP and Primary Care Network Clinical Director for North Shields – explains why this safety first decision was taken.

Financial Support Available

The Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will be extended from 5 November until September 2021. More information about this scheme can be found here

Financial support for businesses

As of 1 July 2021, all national Government grant schemes are now closed. This includes Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, Local Restrictions Support Grants and Restart Grants.

Government Guidance

Resources to support COVID-19 safe reopening and operation

  • North Tyneside Faith Communities COVID-19 Briefing 27 August 2020: VODA and North Tyneside Council hosted a Zoom event aimed at local faith communities to make sure they have access to the latest COVID-19 information and guidance so that they can operate safely, protecting their staff, worshippers and community, and remain within the law. You can view a video of the event here. Please note, due to a small issue with the recording, the slides do not display correctly on the video. You can view the full presentation slides here. Also available is the Guidance for Faith Communities. 

  • Managing Staff As They Return To Work 12 August 2020: Peter Earley from Ethical Human Resources talked through some things to consider when managing staff as they return from furlough. You can download the slides here.

  • PPE and managing Covid risk 26 June 2020: VODA recently hosted an online workshop on PPE and managing Covid risk in the workplace with North Tyneside Council. Watch the video of the session below and download the slides here.

Useful COVID-19 Links and Resources

Advice and guidance for non English speakers

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