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Dyslexia North East

Dyslexia North East – a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee which aims to support families with dyslexia, including adults and children, to enable them to achieve their full potential. Dyslexia North East seeks to promote knowledge, skills and understanding of dyslexia across the Community in Schools, Colleges and Businesses. They are seeking two new trustees:

  1. A trustee to help write funding bids and seek new donors. Must be degree educated with fundraising experience.
  2. A trustee to help and support teachers and train volunteers. Must be degree educated with a teaching qualification. AMBDA or similar. Knowledge of dyslexia.

The charity is looking for Trustees who are outward-looking and who understand about the importance of helping people with dyslexia and their families, and to improve their life opportunities in the community and the workplace.

Trustee meetings are held once a month at Royal Grammar Junior School, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RX.

If you are interested, please contact Dyslexia North East at their Office base in Meadow Well Connected, Waterville Road, North Shields NE29 6BA.

 

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Beach Access North East seeks volunteers!

Beach Access North East (BANE) is a user led charity group that promotes social inclusion, independence and choice for all disabled and elderly people across the North of England. They are dedicated to providing access to the beaches at Blyth South Beach, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and North Shields with beach accessible wheelchairs for people who would usually not be able to access the beach. This year they are expanding to include beach walkers and wheelchair-safe matting and in the future they hope to purchase a van to transport equipment to more remote areas and a mobile changing place facility – a Mobi-loo.

Beach Access North East has a new storage container for their wheelchairs being placed at Whitley Bay in early June and are seeking volunteers to promote the service and loan out equipment, ideally for a half day at a time. No lifting is required and you are not expected to transfer people to the beach. They also need volunteers to help distribute flyers to local businesses, libraries, clinics etc.If you would like to help, please visit their website.

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Useful Vision – Call for Volunteers

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Vision organises a range of entertaining and stimulating activities for vision-impaired children and their families across the North East. They also run skills workshops for older children and teenagers who have sight loss to help them develop the skills and confidence to move towards positive living; as well as very sensory focused toddler groups for the younger children.

They are looking for volunteers to help run their activities. The Activity Volunteer will work alongside the events coordinators to ensure that the activities and skills workshops run smoothly so that vision impaired children, and their families, have an enjoyable experience. They run approximately two family days per month over weekends, monthly baby and toddler groups and additional workshops and days out over the school holidays. Volunteers can commit to as many or as few activities as they can manage – Useful Vision always give plenty of notice of up-and-coming activities.

All volunteers will receive Visual Awareness Training, undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and receive regular support and supervision.  All volunteer costs will be reimbursed.

Read more here or email Louise at louise@usefulvision.org.uk for further information.

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Newcastle University Internship Schemes

 

 

The  Newcastle University Internships Scheme provides businesses and the VCS across the North East with the opportunity to utilise one of their talented students within a project based internship. They are designed to offer a cost effective, flexible solution to business needs, bringing a fresh perspective that will have measureable benefits to your organisation. The internships are open to all current Newcastle University students, of all courses and stages, so there are a huge range of internships they can advertise. They can facilitate the internship, providing all administrative support, so the student doesn’t have to be employed by you and funding may be available through the Careers Service to eligible SMEs to subsidise part of the student bursary. There is both term-time (100 hours) and summer (up to 10 weeks full time) internship options available.

The Santander Universities Internship Programme can provide funding to support the recruitment of a Newcastle University graduate for up to the first 10 weeks of their employment. To meet the National Living Wage, through the scheme the graduate must earn a minimum of £306.26 per week and you can claim back £1531.30 after their first 10 weeks.

With both schemes they can offer a recruitment service including shortlisting and arranging interviews.

Finally, any vacancies can be advertised for free by registering for the employer portal here, this will allow businesses to upload and manage vacancies directly. All current students and graduates from the last three years have access to this service.

If you would like any more information, please contact Kate Chambers, Internships Manager, kate.chambers@ncl.ac.uk or 0191 208 5183.

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Child Health and Wellbeing Survey – North East and North Cumbria

North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network wants to gather views of those from all sectors involved with children and young people in a short survey, as part of their change programme starting in February 2019.

The Child Health and Wellbeing Steering Group’s key objective is: to achieve meaningful and realistic plans for engagement across the North East and North Cumbria to effectively design and deliver improved outcomes for our children. This work aims to include colleagues from local authorities, education, physical and mental health, voluntary sector organisations, community and faith groups and all other organisations involved with children’s services.

The steering group is part of a small, but growing piece of work in the North East and Cumbria that plans to make a real difference to children’s services.

Read here to find out more and complete the survey.

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The Archer Trust

The Archer Trust is a UK Christian charitable grant-making trust. They aim to support small charities, for whom the grant will make a big difference, who provide aid or support to a defined group of “needy or deserving” people (e.g. those with physical or mental disabilities or the disadvantaged).

The Trust prefer to support organisations working in areas of high unemployment and deprivation and favour charities that make good use of volunteers.

Grants between £250 – £3,000. Registered charities. No deadline (meetings usually March and November).

Read more and apply here.

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RW Mann Trust

 

 

The Trust’s objectives are wide-ranging but it exists mainly to help improve the lives of people and communities in the North Tyneside, South Northumberland and East Newcastle area of the North East.

Grants made vary between regular annual contributions, small one-off donations and grants for capital projects.  The Trust makes grants of between £100 and £10,000, but the average size of grant awarded is £1,000.

Most of the beneficiaries in recent years have been youth groups (both uniformed and non-uniformed), children, people with disabilities, older people, schools, colleges, councils for voluntary service and other advice agencies.

There is a simple application process and a quick turnaround on decisions.

Read more and apply here

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The Catherine Cookson Trust

 

 

 

 

 

The Catherine Cookson Trust supports a wide range of activities including education and training, environment and conservation, arts and culture as well as general charitable purposes. The Trust’s principal aim is to identify and meet the local needs of the area in which Dame Catherine was brought up and resided. In particular the Trust supports work with young or disadvantaged people.

The Trustees funds registered charities and prefer projects and schemes which involve or are directed towards capital expenditure.

They do not generally consider applications for core funding or on-going financing, applications with a foreign element, individuals or applications for Sports Clubs/Associations.

There are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Although grants awarded range from between £250 and £10,000, the majority of grants are not above £1,000.

Application process: Catherine Cookson Trust website

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Community Foundation: Enviresearch

 

 

 

The Enviresearch Fund supports activities that inspire children aged 10 to 13 to learn about science by adding that extra ‘wow factor’ to the school curriculum through visits to museums, field trips, inviting scientists into schools and activities outside school.

This is a rolling programme, there are no deadlines for applications.

Grant size: Between £250 and £1,000, with one or two larger grants of up to £4,000 made

 

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