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VONNE Social Tech Meet North East

VONNE’s Social Tech Meets bring the social sector together with the tech sector – to promote innovation, collaboration and digital transformation.

It brings together organisations with a social purpose and digital specialists to:

  • Identify problems that could be solved with new technology
  • Explore potential technology solutions
  • Create networking opportunities for people in the social and digital sectors
  • Bridge the digital divide and build new partnerships
  • Share learning, resources and good practice

Come along for a drink and some pizza, and have a look around Breeze Creatives’ space.

This event is part of VONNE’s programme of support to the VCSE sector for Innovation, Governance and Leadership.

Date: Thursday 20 June, 6pm to 8.30pm

Location: Conference Room, Floor 1, Bamburgh House, Market Street East, Newcastle Upon TyneNE1 6BH

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VONNE Hear from a Peer event

Are you a social enterprise, charity or community organisation interesting in hearing a bit more about developing sources of earned income and how social investment can support and grow your earned income potential?

Would you like to hear from VCSE sector organisations who have ‘been there, done that’ and want to share their experiences and learning with others?

If so, come along to this informal event where three organisations will share their enterprise development and social investment journeys with you.  There will also be the opportunity to quiz and question them on the good, the bad, the challenges and the opportunities created for their organisations.

In this space, there are no daft questions, no social investors or enterprise support organisations promoting their products and services to you, just voices from the sector telling their stories and sharing their experiences.

Who is it for?

Social enterprises, charities, community businesses and local groups who are interested in finding out more about earning their own income and social investment.

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North East Together event: Generations together

North East Together, the network for social change leadership’s next event will focus on young(er) and emerging social leaders and how social leaders of different generations can work together to make a difference in our region.

June’s speakers, and co-designers of the event, are:

  • Alex Black, regional development officer, Youth Focus: North East
  • Charlotte Windebank, managing director, FIRST
  • Nil Neale, Head of business and people development, EY Foundation

Generations together: Making it happen is North East Together’s 16th whole network event. As usual, it will be interactive event with time for you to reflect on the theme of the night, take part in group discussions, and meet other North East Together members through guided, and informal, networking.

Date: 6 June, 4.15pm to 8pm

Location: Newcastle University Business School

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Working with the VCS event

In December we held a Working with the VCS ‘Christmas special’ at Pathways4All. The event was attended by 32 people from 25 different organisations. Not only was this an opportunity to enjoy mince pies and hot drinks with colleagues and friends, it also enabled us to shine a spotlight on what an amazing voluntary and community sector we have in North Tyneside.

Everyone fully embraced the festive theme as they shared information about their key successes in 2018 (why they are on the ‘Good List’) as well as their ambitions for 2019 (what’s on their Christmas wish list). It was amazing to hear about Whitley Bay Big Local’s collaborative plans to tackle social isolation this year, the fantastic number of support sessions offered last year to asylum seekers and refugees by Walking With North Tyneside,  SomeOne Care’s plans to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and the ambitions of Earsdon and Wellfield Community Centre to develop more provision for young people.

There was also an opportunity towards the end of the event for organisations to identify key areas of work that they would appreciate some support with, as well things they can offer to others. Amongst the 44 calls for help were things such as help with volunteer recruitment (in particular support to identify new trustees), support to secure funding and opportunities to develop new networks and promote specific areas of work. There were 47 separate offers of support from attendees covering everything from access to facilities to free training. HealthWatch North Tyneside shared their offer of small grants for working with children and young people about their health and social care issues, while the Linskill Centre pledged to offer support and advice on the community asset transfer process. Earsdon and Wellfield Community Association even offered access to their Race Night equipment for fundraising!

In addition, Craig Anderson from North Tyneside Council gave an informative presentation about the North Tyneside Data Store, highlighting the key data sets that are available and the different ways organisations can access the information. The Ward Profile information demonstrated provides quick and easy access to some of the most regularly requested data. This could prove to be a really useful way to support organisations in evidencing need for increased services and investment from funders. You can access the data store here. 

The next Working With the VCS Event takes place on 12 March from 9.30am to 12 noon at The Linskill Centre, North Shields. The event will focus on the new North of Tyne Combined Authority – spanning Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

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VODA’s AGM and Awards Presentation 2018






Our Annual General Meeting and awards presentation took place on Wednesday 28 November at YMCA North Tyneside.

As well as a presentation of VODA’s latest annual report and accounts, the event featured keynote speaker Kirsten Edmondson, discuss digital transformation and what it means for the third sector.

Two local businesses – TSG and Turncoach – were presented with their Community Friendly Business Awards by Ian Dodds, who coordinates VODA’s Sector Connector project, and VODA’s main awards were presented by special guest, Chairman of North Tyneside Council, Cllr Tommy Mulvenna. Read more about our award winners here.

See all of the images from the event here

What does VODA mean to you?

During the networking lunch, we asked attendees to write three words or sentences describing ‘what VODA means to you?’ We are delighted to share the submissions below and intend to build on this exercise in to next year, in celebration of a special anniversary for VODA…

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Jingle Bell Walk 2018: 29 November









Organised by The Chris Lucas Trust, the annual Jingle Bell Walk is in aid of creating awareness of children’s cancer and to raise money to help find a cure for cancer.

This year’s Walk takes place on Thursday 29 November, beginning at 6pm at Newcastle Civic Centre to Newcastle Millennium Bridge (approx 3 miles). Tickets cost £6 and includes free Santa hat and gifts for children taking part.

Read more and book your tickets here

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Marketing for Growth: Free masterclass for North East social enterprises and charities









Friday 23 November, 10am to 1pm at Virgin Money Foundation, Gosforth

Part of the Think Big North East Social Enterprise Incubator Programme and delivered by GLT Partners Ltd, this free masterclass is aimed at chief executives and directors of North East-based social enterprises and charities.

Want to know how to sell and promote your charity or social enterprise effectively? The session will help you to:

  • learn why marketing is important with an in-depth look at digital marketing, online sales, brand development and secret weapon, the Elevator Pitch
  • Receive inspiration and insight from an industry specialist and an overview on what works and what to avoid
  • Gain an overview of useful theory, backed up by case studies

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. See the advert above for full details.

Book your place here


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Online Safety Briefing by Northumbria Police: 20 November






Northumbria Police, in conjunction with South West Grid for Learning, have arranged a number of events around online safety throughout November.  Online Safety Live is a programme of events designed exclusively for professionals working with children and young people and they’re completely free to attend.

The events are two hours long and cover a broad range of online safety topics, a briefing session in its truest sense. At the end of the event all delegates receive access to an online resource area containing links to all the materials mentioned, signposting to sources of help and support as well as a live copy of the presentation itself.

The North Tyneside event takes place on Tuesday 20 November, 9.30am to 11.30am at the Langdale Centre in Wallsend.

Read more and book your place here

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