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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 North Tyneside VODA’s Sector Connector project came home with the ‘Collaboration and Partnership Working Award’.

The NAVCA Awards have been designed to celebrate local third sector infrastructure – the unsung heroes of our sector – and a total of nine awards were handed out during the evening, including two for the Newcastle CVS. See all the award winners here. 

Robin Fry, VODA’s Chief Executive, said “We nominated our Sector Connector project in the category of Collaboration and Partnership Working as we believe it is a shining example of how the private and third sectors can work together for mutual benefit. Since the project began, over 100 businesses have engaged in Sector Connector, having a hugely positive impact on North Tyneside’s voluntary and community sector. Collaboration is one of our five core values at VODA, and facilitating cross-sector partnerships is a key strategic objective. I am immensely proud of the work that our Sector Connector project has achieved to date, and look forward to seeing what the future holds.”

Sector Connector recognises that, at a time when voluntary and community organisations are being encouraged to be more entrepreneurial, the private sector has skills and experience that are useful to charities, whilst those same charities and community organisations can help businesses to better understand the communities they serve.

The project enables any business, irrespective of size, to engage with its local community, whether it’s through the giving of time by providing one-to-one mentoring and advice; taking part in team volunteering days; sharing skills and expertise by delivering workshops for groups of community organisations; or by becoming trustees.

Businesses involved with Sector Connector offer a wide range of support including:

  • Making free spaces available for voluntary organisations on a two-day Mental Health First Aid training course.
  • Provision of free support to design branding and marketing for a community orchard.
  • Delivery of a workshop on ‘getting the most out of your team’ from a private sector personal coach (feedback from which indicates VCS managers who attended have completely transformed the way that they are working).
  • A collaboration project between the business sector and the voluntary sector to explore the regeneration of North Shields town centre.

VODA is always looking for new businesses to get involved in the Sector Connector project, if you would like to get involved, please contact Ian Dodds.

You can sign up to our Sector Connect e-bulletin here.  

Watch our video for the awards submission…

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Voices from the Frontline Grants

Rosa – the UK fund for women and girls, is pleased to open the fourth round of our flagship grants programme, Voices from the Frontline. The programme offers grants of up to £5,000 to women’s organisations of all sizes for advocacy, campaigning and activism.

To apply or find out more about Voices from the Frontline please read the application guidance.

There are also two ‘How to apply’ webinars. Please register below:

Wednesday 27 March 11.00am to 12.00pm Register here

Tuesday 30 April 12.30pm to 1.30pm Register here

Deadline: 14 May

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Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation Grant

Leeds Building Society Foundation primarily provides funding towards practical items that directly support those in need including those with disabilities, affected by homelessness, or with serious health issues.

Only those areas served by its branches are eligible which, in the North East, include Blyth, Chester-le-Street, Durham, Morpeth, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Shields, South Shields, Tynemouth, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.

Donations usually fund items of “capital expenditure” i.e. items must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the charity’s running costs. In 2017 136 grants were awarded, totalling £133,277 were made.

Deadline: 12 June

Read more and apply here

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People’s Health Trust Active Communities funding programme opens 10 April






Active Communities will be opening the Active Communities programme in Health Lottery North East & Cumbria. For this round of funding they will be targeting Newcastle, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland, North Tyneside, Allerdale, Copeland and Barrow in Furness, and will only be accepting applications from these areas. They are particularly looking to focus on Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside.

Active Communities invests in local ideas which:

  • Are designed and led by local people;
  • Support their neighbourhood or community to come together to address an issue that is important to them
  • Create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly;
  • Are for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country.

Are either:

  • Small and local, for example, involving residents living in a few streets, an estate, a small village and working in one or more of our ‘fundable neighbourhoods’
  • A community of interest: a group of people who have shared experiences, characteristics or common interests and wish to come together to address specific issues that are important to them. They may live across a wider area.

Opens for applications on 10 April for four weeks. For funding alerts, sign up to their mailing list.

Read more here.

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Volunteers’ Week Resources from NCVO

Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.

Volunteerssweek.org has a range of resources available for organisations wishing to get involved, from running an event to using social media. Organisations are also encouraged to share their stories on social medai using #VolunteersWeek.


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Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grant

In partnership with Subway®, Heart Research UK offers Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 to community projects that focus on heart health and promote healthier, happier longer lives for everyone. These Heart Research UK and Subway® Healthy Heart Grants are available thanks to the fundraising done in Subway® stores and through the Subway Helping Hearts™ Family 5Ks.

Funding is awarded for new and innovative projects that reduce the risk of heart disease in your community. Projects should demonstrate health initiatives such as cooking skills, healthy eating, positive wellbeing and a more active lifestyle, all with a focus on a healthy heart.

Grants are only available to not-for-profit organisations, including:

  • Charities
  • Community groups
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Sports groups

Deadline: 8 April

Read more and apply here.

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Free Basic First Aid Training from the British Red Cross





The British Red Cross is working with local community groups, charities, retirement homes etc, to deliver some basic first aid skills relevant to the participants. The sessions are free and are delivered at your venue. Generally they are approximately two hours but this can be altered to suit.

The sessions are informal and interactive allowing participants to freely ask questions and giving them the information which is relevant. Topics covered are based on the needs of the group, thereby making it useful, with the aim of improving people’s confidence in an emergency situation. They can also run the sessions as a talk as some groups like to have a guest speaker at coffee mornings/evenings etc.

Any groups interested in this training should contact Nikki Willis, Adult Education Coordinator on 07803 013232, 0191 2334183, or email nwillis@redcross.org.uk

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Healthwatch GP Appointments Survey



Healthwatch North Tyneside wants to hear your experiences of accessing appointments at your GP practice with their ‘Good practice? Accessing GP appointments survey’.

The most common issue people talk to Healthwatch about is getting access to their GP. In the recent Healthwatch annual survey, 492 people talked about their experiences of GPs and primary care, 175 of these said that access to GP services could be improved.

Healthwatch wants to hear more about what you think is working well and what you find annoying and frustrating. GP practices have different approaches to accessing appointments and Healthwatch wants to know what you think good practice is so they can recommend changes to how different practices work.

All the feedback received will be used to help improve the services that are offered. Your views and experiences will be shared anonymously, Healthwatch will never share your personal details.

The survey should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete and you can be entered into the £25 prize draw.

Read more and access online survey here.

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Meet the Funders: VODA Funding Fair 2019

Charitable organisations based or operating in North Tyneside are being given the chance to meet one-to-one with some of the region’s top funders, at VODA’s annual Funding Fair on Wednesday 3 April. Taking place between 1pm and 5pm at the Linskill Centre in North Shields, the event is the chance for charities, community groups and voluntary organisations to make up to four 15-minute appointments with funders, giving them the opportunity to discuss their projects, funding needs and get direct advice from the decision-makers themselves.

Funders that will be attendance include representatives from Banks Community Fund, BBC Children in Need, RW Mann Trust, Hadrian Trust, Karbon Homes, Tyne & Wear Sport and more. There is also the chance for participants new to funding to book on to an optional workshop, The Do’s and Don’ts of Making Funding Applications with funding expert Karen Griffiths.

Please note, attendance on the day is by appointment only. Appointments are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. To find out more about the funders and to request a place, please read and complete our booking form. Please allow eight working days for confirmation of your place.


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Brief Guide to Measuring Loneliness for Charities and Social Enterprises




Hundreds of charities, social enterprises and community groups across the country are working to alleviate loneliness and help people feel more connected to each other. But what’s the best way to know if their activities are working?

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has released free ‘A Brief Guide to Measuring Loneliness’, a 12 page guide, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, that includes recommended questions for children and adults, plus an editable questionnaire template, to help organisations assess the effectiveness of their work.

The guide is aimed at anyone wanting to understand the impact of their charity on loneliness, especially people with responsibility for monitoring and evaluation. It takes a realistic approach to evaluation to avoid overloading charities and the people they support with too many questions. It acknowledges the strengths of small organisations in collecting evidence about people’s personal journeys, and gives advice on how to have conversations about a sometimes difficult and sensitive topic.

They also acknowledge that those projects that are trying to alleviate loneliness are also aiming to improve the overall wellbeing of people they work with and offer an online guide for measuring wellbeing impact, which can be used alongside this guidance on loneliness to understand the full effect your activities are having on people’s lives.

Read more and download the guide here.

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