Sector Connector aims to bring the business community of North Tyneside and local voluntary and community organisations closer together.

This page details some of the current offers made by local businesses for the support of voluntary and community sector organisations, which currently include:

  • Emergency first aid at work training
  • Online rebranding support
  • Help with bid writing
  • A free IT MOT from SolidBlueLiquid
  • Trustee training sessions
  • Discounted MailChimp training
  • Graphic design support from Tyne Met College
  • A limited number of free photography sessions

Contact us if you would like more information about these offers and how to access them.

Current offers

Emergency First Aid at work course from Carney Consultancy

Carney Consultancy is running a one-day accredited Emergency First Aid at Work course at their premises in North Shields on 26 November 2019. The course normally costs £75+VAT per person, but Carney has up to four spaces on the course that it is offering free of charge to voluntary and community organisations, on a first come first served basis. If you would like a free place on the course, let us know by 20 November to book your place Please contact Ian Dodds.

Rebranding online support from Whiteacres Design

Thinking about rebranding? Whiteacres Design is offering up to five free spaces in the for a voluntary or community organisation who want to DIY their brand but need some expert support in an online, group environment. Membership will help voluntary or community organisations to improve their brand image through online tutorials and will also enable them to ask for feedback on whatever they are doing within the Brand Success Facebook group. Whiteacres is also offering free telephone consultations for voluntary organisations who are considering branding/re-branding.  If you’re interested, please contact Ian Dodds.

UberElla enterprise and bid writing support

UberElla, which hosts one of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Enterprise Advisers, is offering some pro bono enterprise support, coaching and bid writing expertise for small and micro voluntary organisations.  As part of this, they are able to offer some time-limited 1 to 1 support for chief officers of small VCS organisations.  If you’re interested, please contact Ian Dodds.

Free IT MOT from SolidBlueLiquid

SolidBlueLiquid is offering vcs organisations a free IT MOT. There is no obligation to buy services or software, and organisations are free to make suggested amendments themselves.

The MOT will cover:

  • Email security
  • Software versions
  • Operating System versions
  • Anti Virus
  • Physical security
  • Network setup
  • Compliance of IT with GDPR
  • Backups

Please contact us for more information.

Tait Walker trustee sessions

Calling all trustee boards that feel they want to know more about what to look for when discussing accounts or the finances of the organisation. Simon Brown from Tait Walker is offering to meet with trustee boards from October to answer any questions in an informal atmosphere about balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and trustees duties. If you and your trustees are interested in these free sessions, contact us to book a date.

For You Photography

For You Photography is keen to support voluntary and community organisations in North Tyneside and is offering a limited number of free photographic sessions throughout the year for voluntary and community organisations. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Ian Dodds.

In addition, For You Photography is offering the voluntary and community sector 20% discount on its normal prices for photographic commissions. Read more here. If you’re interested in finding out more about Sector Connector and how it might support your organisation, get in touch.

Sector Connector Workshops

As part of Sector Connector, a number of businesses volunteer to deliver free workshops on a range of topics that may be beneficial to the voluntary and community sector. As such, if there are any particular topics or business skills that you think your organisation might benefit from and that could be the subject of a future Sector Connector workshop, please get in touch with Ian Dodds.

Sector Connector News

Sector Connector Community Friendly Business Awards 2019

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Sector Connector special edition bulletin

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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…

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Sector Connector offer from For You Photography

For You Photography, a photography business based in North Tyneside, is keen to support voluntary and community organisations in the borough. For You Photography is offering 20% discount on its…

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Trustees Wanted at the Soundroom

The Soundroom is seeking trustees with skills and experience in one or more of the following areas: youth work, human resources, finance and financial management, safeguarding, marketing, building maintenance. A…

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Sector Connector Offers of the Month: April 2019

HSBC Financial Wellbeing Workshop Wednesday 29 May, 10am to 12pm at VODA. HSBC is hosting a half-day workshop to be delivered at VODA. They are offering 12 free places to the North…

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VODA’s Sector Connector Project Scoops NAVCA Award

        On Tuesday 19 March NAVCA held their first ever national awards event in London, showcasing the brilliant achievements of their member organisations. We are delighted that…

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Sector Connector Offers of the Month: February 2019

Carney Consulting Ltd is offering a free place for voluntary organisations on their Mental Health First Aid course which runs across the year. At a time when there is a need for voluntary…

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Institute of Fundraising: Manifesto for Change

      The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a call to improve diversity in the fundraising profession. Fundraising is less diverse than the charity sector as a whole,…

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Christmas is a time for giving!

              In the run up to Christmas here are some thoughts about ways in which you might help North Tyneside charities and community groups:…

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