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Provider Engagement Event: Healthwatch North Tyneside and Adult Social Care Co-Production

Provider Engagement Event: Healthwatch North Tyneside and Adult Social Care Co-Production ** New Date ** Wednesday 24th July 9:30 am – 11:00 am on Microsoft Teams North Tyneside Council is holding a provider engagement event  to engage with the market and get views / input from providers about a proposed procurement for the provision of Healthwatch North Tyneside. The session will also look at a further opportunity around supporting people

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Join Our Team: Settle at Home Volunteers Project Worker

North Tyneside VODA is a leading organisation that provides invaluable support, advice, training and information to the voluntary and community sector in North Tyneside. Committed to the development of the voluntary and community sector, we will be delivering the Settle at Home Volunteers project, which will recruit, train and support volunteers to enable patients to return home confidently following a period of time in hospital. Job Summary We are seeking

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North Tyneside Volunteering Update

Explore the variety of volunteering opportunities in North Tyneside. Whether you want to enhance your skills, make a community impact, or connect with like-minded individuals, there is something for everyone. 

You can search for all available volunteering opportunities on our online database, or take a look at our round-up below.

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The Great Community Garden Crawl of North Tyneside

During the weekend of 13-14 July, from 10 am to 3 pm, eight local gardens, allotments and organisations will open their doors to the public to share their wonderful spaces! Each one is unique, but they all share a passion for growing, and looking after their communities! What to expect A weekend full of garden tours, activities for everyone, nature crafts, workshops, live music and more at these wonderful local

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North Shields 800: Everyone together for a year of celebration in 2025

North Tyneside Council News Release The vibrant community of North Shields is coming together to host a year of celebrations for the town’s 800th anniversary in 2025. North Shields 800 will bring everyone together to enjoy a calendar of exciting events, exhibitions and performances that celebrate North Shields’s past, present and future. It will include a spectacular parade of sail and a blessing of the fishing fleet, a parade along

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Kim McGuinness Elected North East Combined Authority Mayor

Kim McGuinness has been elected the first mayor of the newly formed North East Combined Authority. The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner ran against five other candidates to be the first North East Mayor and will represent two million people living in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. Kim’s top priorities are: Creating skilled jobs for everyone Providing climate solutions beyond net zero Ending child poverty Investing in young

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Hustings Event Brings North East VCSE Sector to the focus of NECA Mayoral Election.

First published by VONNE on 19 April 2024 here. Over 200 representatives from the North East Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector attended an event to hear North East Combined Authority (NECA) candidates discuss their ambitions, how they will address the sector’s needs if elected, and respond to key questions. Organised by the North East VCSE support body VONNE, Connected Voice and local infrastructure support bodies across the NECA,

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Bridging the Digital Divide: How Help Me Be Digital is Empowering North Tyneside Residents

Have you ever felt frustrated trying to book a doctor’s appointment online, or struggled to use a smartphone or digital device? If so, you’re not alone. With more services moving online, digital exclusion is a real issue, but Help Me Be Digital is making a difference to people across North Tyneside. This initiative, from North Tyneside VODA, funded by the NHS North East North Cumbria ICB, provides free one-to-one digital

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£4M Fund to Help Socially Trading Organisations Grow in North East

A £4m flexible social finance offer has launched today, to support socially trading organisations in Newcastle, North of Tyne and Northumberland to grow. Created in collaboration with community business champions Big Issue Invest and Power to Change, the ‘finance for good’ fund aims to support the growth of the social economy in the North of Tyne, by providing access to flexible and tailored finance and support. Socially trading organisations are

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VODA gains The Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation (VCQA)

VODA is delighted to announce that our submission to The National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) was successful, and we have gained The Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation. The Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation (VCQA) is the quality mark for organisations delivering the five local Volunteer Centre functions. It provides assurance to members of the public seeking volunteering opportunities, volunteer involving organisations, partner, commissioner and funding organisations, that the holder

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UKSPF Small Grants increases to £1000

We are delighted to announce that due to the success of the UKSPF Small Grants Fund for residents and community organisations in the North West of North Tyneside, the grant has increased from £500 to £1000. This UK Shared Prosperity Funding (UKSPF) is available to any voluntary and community sector organisations, including individual resident’s groups or youth organisations that provide services in Camperdown, Weedslade and Longbenton wards. You could: Bring

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Grow & Eat Spring 2024 Update

Welcome to the latest update on the Grow & Eat project! We’re thrilled to be starting our second year and have been working hard to expand our partnerships and collaborations across North Tyneside. Our aim is to bring the joy of growing food to more residents in the area. The Garden Network of North Tyneside is a collection of gardens and gardening projects throughout the borough. They have been busy

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Bring joy to someone this New Year

The Christmas holidays have come and gone. You may feel like you have more free time but less money to go out and do things. Why not use this new year as a chance to bring joy to others in our community? The Good Neighbours project from North Tyneside VODA seeks to assist any resident of North Tyneside who is over the age of 18 and unable to complete tasks

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Trustee Training at VODA

Did you know that VODA provides free in-person training courses to new and existing Trustees of organisations based in North Tyneside to help them act as effective members of your Board?   The training focuses on the roles and responsibilities of the Trustee and other principles of governance. The informal session lasts around 2 hours and includes interactive activities as well as a chance to discuss issues and ask questions. 

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VODA 2023 VCSE Award Winners

We are delighted to share with you the recipients of the 2023 VODA North Tyneside VCSE awards, which were presented at our AGM on 7 November. Find out more about each of the winners below. Trustee of the Year – Ben Appleby Dean – Phoenix Detached Youth Project As Treasurer of Phoenix Detached Youth Project for 12 years, Ben has not only ensured that the charity’s funding is used correctly

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UK Shared Prosperity Fund: 3 grant schemes announced in North Tyneside

North Tyneside Council has secured £1.5 million of funding that organisations in the North West of the Borough can bid for. This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with the North of Tyne Combined Authority as the lead authority. The UK Shared Prosperity Funding (UKSPF) will be made available to any voluntary and community sector organisations, including individual resident’s groups or youth organisations

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Social Media Guidance for Charities

An update on the new guidance on social media produced by the Charity Commission The Charity Commission has released new guidance on the use of social media for charities which provides a very useful tool for trustees. The Charity Commission recognises that social media has become a powerful way for many charities to promote their work, engage their supporters and campaign for change. The public is also using social media

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Organisational Health Checks: A How-to Guide

Health checks are an increasingly accepted way of identifying how your organisation really works and whilst primarily aimed at smaller organisations they can be used as a starting point for larger organisations.  A health check for your organisation is like an MOT for your car. It enables you to look at all the different elements within your organisation and to check that they are working properly and running smoothly. Like

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Celebrating the revitalisation of North Shields

We were delighted to be part of the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) event on 2 September, which celebrated the completion of the revitalisation of North Shields that focussed on Northumberland Square and its surrounding buildings as well as Howard Street, including the historic Exchange Building. The event was ran in conjunction with the North Tyneside Together event, which took place in Northumberland Square. As well as the renovation programme the

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Charity move sees Wallsend community sector hub growth

The North Tyneside Carers’ Centre (NTCC) has relocated to the Spirit of North Tyneside Community Sector hub, situated at the heart of Wallsend. The hub, managed by anchor tenants North Tyneside VODA, is also the home to Healthwatch North Tyneside and the North Tyneside Volunteer Centre and provides meeting and hot desk space for local charities and voluntary sector groups. This move by the Carers’ Centre comes in response to

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