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. 

Some Covid restrictions lifted as part of the Spring Roadmap

On the 12 April, England moved to Step 2 of the Government’s Spring Roadmap out of lockdown.

What’s changed?

  • on-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible

The next anticipated change will be on 17 May, should the Government’s criteria be met.

Financial Support Available

To support businesses with paying employees’ wages, it had been announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will be extended from 5 November until September 2021. More information about this scheme can be found here

Grant Support

Local Restrictions Support Grants

North Tyneside Council are currently delivering National Lockdown grants, on behalf of Government for the period 16 Feb – 31 Mar 2021 (extension of National Lockdown 3 payments).

These grants are to support businesses with fixed commercial property costs which have been legally forced to close during the various periods below, and those in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors (or supplying businesses in these sectors) that were severely impacted by local restrictions and/or national lockdowns.

Applications for the Local Restrictions Support Grant payment from 15 February to 31 March will remain open until 31 May 2021.

More information can be found here

Restart Grants

In the March 2021 budget, the Government announced the provision of further funding to support businesses through Restart Grants.

North Tyneside Council are in the process of contacting eligible businesses using the information held for the Local Restrictions Support Grants to confirm trading status, and additional information we may require.

More information can be found here

Additional Restrictions Grant

The North Tyneside Additional Restrictions Grant is aimed at supporting businesses with fixed costs that are severely impacted by the pandemic; and are not eligible for the existing Local Restrictions Support Grants, Additional Restrictions Grant non-ratepayers and supply chain or Additional Restrictions Grant for Taxi Drivers.

More information can be found here

Support for the self employed

The UK government recognises the continued impact that coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the self-employed and announced in November that there would be a fourth grant.

At the Budget it was confirmed that the fourth SEISS grant will be set at 80% of 3 months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment, capped at £7,500. The fourth grant will take into account 2019 to 2020 tax returns and will be open to those who became self-employed in tax year 2019 to 2020. The rest of the eligibility criteria remain unchanged.

Your eligibility for the scheme will now be based on your submitted 2019 to 2020 tax return. This may also affect the amount of the fourth grant which could be higher or lower than previous grants you may have received.

Further information can be found here

View all of the funding on the North Tyneside Council website.


Read more here and keep up to date with the latest information from the North Tyneside Business Forum.

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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