Sector Connector Community Friendly Business Awards 2021

Sector Connector continues to attract more businesses, both big and small, who want to give something back and help the voluntary sector of North Tyneside, now more than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The help and supported offered by these businesses include pro bono services, free resources, free information volunteers and collections for community causes.

These businesses often go over and above what they were originally asked to do, in their desire to help and can this can lead to long lasting relationships with the community organisations they’ve helped!

To celebrate the achievements of some of these businesses, we presented two organisations with a Community Friendly Business Award at the recent VODA AGM and North Tyneside VCSE Awards. Here are the winners and a little bit about why they were chosen.

Jackdaw Web Design – Jackie Latham from Jackdaw Web Design has not only provided support to a number of organisations to improve and update their websites, she has provided invaluable advice to those looking to create a web presence for the first time and has also delivered highly-regarded, free workshops to help organisations consider the accessibility of their websites.

Picture shows Jackie Latham receiving her award from Dr Dave Tomson, Keynote speaker at the VODA AGM.

Rain Data – when we were all still reeling from the first lockdown and trying to work out how best to support the most vulnerable and isolated members of our community, Tony Waddle from Raindata got in touch to see how he could help out.  Rain Data provides industry leading data services and works with companies of all sizes.  Tony and his team worked tirelessly in the early days of lockdown to develop a pro bono Customer Relationship Management system for Dreamshine, to enable them to effectively manage the volunteers who provided telephone befriending throughout the pandemic.  Dreamshine wouldn’t have been able to operate without Rain Data’s support and the business continues to lend its support.


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