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Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (COVID-19 Recovery)

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund is an emergency loan fund of £100,000 to £1.5m which will provide repayable finance to charities and social enterprises experiencing disruption as a result of Covid-19 and is intended for such organisations who have an otherwise viable business model. It has been established to make the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to these entities.

A RRLF loan can be used to:

  • provide working capital until normal business resumes
  • cover delays in trade payments
  • meet increased demand for services.

The loans will be interest-free and fee-free to the customer for the first 12 months. The loan term will be a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years and interest will be charged at 6.5 per cent per annum for years two and three (after principal payments start). Applicants should also be aware that any monies received under the CBILS does not reduce the borrower’s liability in any way – as with any loan product, the borrower remains 100 per cent liable

Registered charities / social enterprises.

No deadline specified

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Philip Henman Trust

The Philip Henman Trust offers grants of £3,000 to £5,000 per year, for three to five years, to major UK- based charities concerned with long-term overseas development (not including projects attending to urgent medical need or other types of emergency) and who require partnership funding for projects. Funding from the trust should cover between 20 to 80 per cent of the total project budget.

The project will start no earlier than 1 December (following the application process) and will run for no more than five years. The trust will not fund ongoing concerns. Registered charities (income over £100k).

Deadline: 10 September 2020

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VODA is here to support the VCS during COVID-19

The COVID 19 pandemic has affected everyone, right across the sectors with many VCSE organisations facing major changes, challenges and uncertainty.

However, we want to assure you that despite all of the changes taking place and the obvious prominence of our much expanded Good Neighbours project to support local residents, VODA is still operating a full service, albeit with most of our staff working remotely.

We are still here to offer services and information, advice and guidance to North Tyneside voluntary and community organisations and groups on:

  • Funding Advice
  • Governance
  • Trustees
  • Safeguarding
  • Volunteering
  • Policy Development
  • COVID-19 Recovery Planning
  • Sector Connector

And a whole range of other subjects! If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please get in touch call 0191 6432626 or email admin@voda.org.uk and we will respond as quickly as possible. However, please bear with us if our response takes a little longer than usual.

Meanwhile we will try to keep you all updated on the latest news coming out of the sector both locally and nationally. Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages for daily updates and take a look at our COVID-19 Information Centre on our website.

** Please note, team photo was taken before the lockdown at the VODA AGM in November 2019**

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North Tyneside comes together to provide a lifeline from the community

Press release from North Tyneside Council 28.04.20

North Tyneside Council launched its dedicated Covid-19 support hub last month for those in need of immediate help and support and who can’t call on anyone else.









It’s part of the local authority’s response to the pandemic, helping to shield its most vulnerable residents who are living in their home without support from others, by providing non-clinical help.

And it’s been thanks to local authority staff and an army of volunteers that the hub has already helped over 3,200 residents.

A 62-strong council team – made up of the existing contact centre and 28 others who volunteered to be redeployed from their existing role – have fielded over 3,200 calls from the public. A further 65 redeployed staff are helping to support the hub by making regular welfare phone calls, checking that people have food, spending time talking to them and helping to identify any extra help and support they may need to help them to shield.

The requests into the hub from the public have included help picking up prescriptions, household supplies, grocery shopping and purchasing pet food.

North Tyneside-based charity VODA has then mobilised 255 newly recruited volunteers to carry out over 700 tasks to date, via their Good Neighbours project.

Volunteers from charities Age UK North Tyneside and Dreamshine are also offering a befriending telephone service to chat with people who may feel lonely during isolation.

It really is a community effort – with staff and volunteers from Family Gateway and Cedarwood Trust, two other local charities, also delivering meals to residents, while other charities and community groups are focusing their efforts on providing support over the telephone and via digital channels.

And 43 businesses have offered their services as part of the support hub too, helping to provide essential groceries and prepared meals, through North Tyneside Business Forum.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn CBE said: “Protecting our most vulnerable residents is always a top priority for this council – and the support hub is absolutely critical in helping to do so right now.

“Working side-by-side with so many remarkable organisations, groups and volunteers means we have been able to help everyone who has urgently needed our support. We could not do this without them, and I would like to thank them all.

“The response from the community has been truly humbling – there have been acts of kindness shown right across the borough. We have had so many community-spirted people willing to help in many different ways, and I am delighted we have been able to coordinate so much of this so successfully through the support hub and, of course, only with VODA’s help.”

Chief Executive of VODA, Robin Fry added: “It’s been amazing to see so many local residents, community groups and charities come together to offer vital support to some of our most vulnerable residents. There has always been a strong culture of volunteering and social action across the borough and we are lucky to have some amazing charities who have been able to adapt their services to meet demand. The contribution of the voluntary sector is going to more important than ever to help our communities recover from this pandemic.”

One of hub’s volunteers is Julie Partridge, a retired teacher from Whitley Bay, who has regularly been grocery shopping and doing telephone shifts talking to those feeling lonely, as well as mentoring young people.

Julie said: “The experience has been an absolute pleasure. I have enjoyed so much about this experience – the smiles, the laughter and the feeling of being a tiny helping part of a much, much bigger movement. I would encourage others thinking about volunteering to just do it!

“I wanted to volunteer during this time because there are many things about the present situation that are so completely beyond our control that I am concerned about people’s mental health and wellbeing.

“One of my regular weekly shopping trips has become a ‘chat’ as well. Once a week we chat on the phone as we go over the list and I make sure that I’m not in a rush when delivering the shopping. The person that I shop for has acknowledged that they are struggling with their mental health in the present climate and seems to enjoy the interaction that we have. Many people have used the phrase ‘human voice’ and I believe that is what is needed at this time.”

The opening hours for the COVID-19 support hub are Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, and is available via TEL: 0345 2000 101 or emailing contact.us@northtyneside.gov.uk.

While it is available to anyone in urgent need of non-clinical help in the borough, priority will be given to those identified by the NHS as critically vulnerable due to health conditions.

North Tyneside Council’s contact centre is run by its partner Engie.

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Places to Ride

British Cycling is working closely with Sport England to develop a national network of new cycling facilities that meets local demand. Funding is available to any organisation developing cycling activity in their community, and can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate a local space, through to a new cycling facility.

Support available:

  • Large scale grants (£50,000  £500,000): typically for new facilities or significant improvements to existing venues. Organisations will need to provide partnership funding (ideally 50 per cent). Applicants are likely to be local authorities, charitable organisations or community organisations.
  • Small-scale grants (£1,000  £50,000): for equipment, cycle storage, small-scale facilities or venue improvements. Most grants are expected to be towards the lower end of the amount available. Organisations will need to provide partnership funding (ideally 50 per cent and no lower than 25 per cent). Applicants are likely to be clubs (existing or new), community organisations, educational establishments or charitable organisations.
  • Equipment packages: for equipment packages to activate a local space. Places to Ride will cover 80 per cent of the cost in return for a commitment to deliver and report over three years. Applicants are likely to be local organisations such as clubs, community groups and schools.

No deadline (open until January 2021)

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Allchurches Trust

Grants  of £1,000 to £15,000 are available for projects (with a total cost of up to £1m – larger grants may be available) working to promote the Christian faith or any other charitable purpose; grants normally support projects that have a Christian foundation or links and reflect these areas of focus:

  • Building communities, especially where they are hurting or broken
  • Helping people, especially those in particular need, to flourish
  • Growing churches – spiritually and numerically.

While the trust’s roots are Christian, many of the projects it funds support people of all faiths and none. It particularly likes to support organisations working in some of the most deprived areas, right at the grass-roots, unafraid to tackle difficult social issues and working in partnership with other charities and churches to produce something greater than the sum of its parts.

Grants normally fund capital projects and equipment, not salaries or running costs. Most grants go towards making improvements to buildings, although the trust will occasionally look at pump priming new, strategic initiatives that are likely to have a major impact on people and communities, such as by funding new posts to build capacity or extend project reach.

No deadline.

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Wooden Spoon Society – Capital Grants

Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports projects that enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under the age of 25) who are disadvantaged – physically, mentally or socially. Each year the charity supports around 70 projects.

If a project is a physical, tangible asset of a permanent nature, it must have a minimum predicted life span of five years (preferably 10), be non-transferable and of a permanent nature. Special consideration may be given to funding life-enhancing/medical equipment if it can be shown that the useable life of such equipment is likely to be at least five years. While there is neither a minimum nor maximum grant level, it is unlikely projects of a physical nature under £5,000 in value will have sufficient substance and scale to qualify under the “projected life span” criteria.  If a project is educational or disability sports-focused, there must be a key rugby element to engage children and young people.

No min/max. Schools / non-profit. No deadline.

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VODA’s AGM and Awards Presentation 2019

Our Annual General Meeting and awards presentation took place on Wednesday 23 October at the Linskill Centre in North Shields.

As well as a presentation of VODA’s latest annual report and accounts, the event featured keynote speaker Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health at North Tyneside Council, who discussed Population Health in North Tyneside and the role of the voluntary sector.

We also announced the winners of VODA’s North Tyneside VCS awards. Earsdon and Wellfield Community Association was the winner of Organisation of the Year. Volunteer of the Year was Rizwan Ali, from Walking With in North Tyneside, Young Volunteer of the Year went to Bobbi-Lou Taylor from Tyne Met College and the Trustee of the Year was Anna McConville from Pathways 4 All, as well as a special commendations for Young Volunteer Abi Jackson from Creative Minds and to the Tynemouth Scouts. Read more about the award winners here.

In addition, three local businesses –  Carney Consultancy, Bell Group and Accenture – were presented with their Community Friendly Business Awards by Ian Dodds, who coordinates VODA’s Sector Connector project. Read more about the Community Friendly Business Award winners here


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Chair Talk: new VODA facilitated free Chairs’ network

The role of Chair or Vice Chair can often seem challenging, leadership can be feel isolating. Do you sometimes think it would be good to talk to other chairs that also face similar demands? Would you like the chance to discuss issues and opportunities, share good practice and participate in peer to peer learning with other North Tyneside organisational Chairs and Vice Chairs?

Collaborate in seeking solutions to hot topics such as:

  • Effective trustees and governance
  • Board diversity
  • Trustee Recruitment
  • Training
  • Staff management

Louise Sneiders, Chair at YMCA North Tyneside says: “As a new Chair I’m getting to grips with my role and would love to connect with and learn from others in a similar position. It can feel like an overwhelming responsibility at times, so meeting others, even for a chat over a cuppa would help.”

As part of our Trustee support network VODA is offering to facilitate a free Chairs’ network providing the venue and resources to get things started.

For further information or to register your interest contact Keith Hardy, Core Services Manager at keith.hardy@voda.org.uk or call 0191 643 2636.

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Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Positive Pathways

One-off grants of up to £70,000 are available to Armed Forces charities for projects and activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans in the UK. The fund aims to give veterans more choice and control over their own personal recovery journeys, enabling them to take part in activities that are personally meaningful, while receiving good support with their mental health and wellbeing needs.

The programme offers fixed one-year grants of £35,000 or two-year grants of £70,000 to organisations primarily supporting past and present members of the Armed Forces and their families. Funding can be used towards the costs of activity-based projects that will have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of veterans. The Trust will prioritise applications from small and local (rather than national) organisations and those whose projects are led or partly led by veterans.

Successful applicants under the Positive Pathways Programme will be supported by larger organisations that have already been awarded grants under the Fund’s Strategic Pathways Programme to help connect their work with wider networks that support veterans’ mental health.

Deadline: 6 September 2019 for the first round*
*Applications are assessed on a rolling basis but applications submitted by 6 September 2019 will receive a decision by the end of November 2019.

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