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10 tips to help your project reduce loneliness

NPC (New Philanthropy Capital) has published a resource for grant holders of the Building Connections fund which can be used widely for projects that are tackling loneliness.10 tips to help your project reduce loneliness focuses on how services are delivered, rather than what they deliver. It is designed to help organisations plan and implement projects to work more effectively to reduce loneliness and focuses on opportunities to incorporate best practice.

These tips focus on how services are delivered, rather than what they deliver. The aim is to help you plan and implement projects so that they work more effectively to reduce loneliness.

These tips focus on opportunities to incorporate best practice. The diversity of types of loneliness, types of interventions, target beneficiaries and locations are such that there will never be a one-size-fits-all approach to fighting loneliness.Drawing out promising factors, mechanisms and approaches that make existing interventions more likely to be effective. As some tips emphasise, approaches should be personalised and localised to tackle loneliness.

Find out more and access full the resource here.

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The John D Fund at the Community Foundation

The John D Fund at the Community Foundation supports creative activities for young people aged 8 to 19 years. Grant requests of between £750 to £2,500 are considered from registered charities and voluntary community projects based in Tyne & Wear or Northumberland. Focus is to encourage young people to enjoy their free time and which could inspire them to take up a creative hobby.

To apply for funding, your charity or constituted community group must meet the following criteria:

  • Recognised voluntary community group or charity within the Tyne & Wear or Northumberland area.
  • Fun, creative artistic projects that encourage children and young people, aged 8 to 19 years, to enjoy their free time and may be inspired to take up a creative hobby.
  • Out of school projects only and NOT IN ANYWAY linked to accreditations or exams.
  • Project must be at a stage where it can start within 3 months of receiving the grant.
  • The funding must be used for a specific project – not just a donation to a larger project cost. i.e. full project budget should be between £750 and no more than £2,500.

Deadline: 21 June, 12pm

Read more and apply here.

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Comic Relief – Ahead of the Game: Sport and Mental Health Fund

Grants of £150,000 to £450,000 over 3 to 5 years are available for projects that combine improving mental wellbeing with sport or physical activities with specific therapeutic elements. The programme targets the most marginalised people, in the most disadvantaged communities. In the UK it will focus on supporting organisations to use sports-based approaches to support people who are already experiencing mental health problems, whether these are self-determined or diagnosed.

Organisations should consider the following components in their projects:

  • Social support.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Addressing stigma.

Applications should represent less than 40% of the organisation’s total income in any one year. Capital costs should make up less than 25% of the funding amount applied for.

Deadline: 31 May at 12noon

Read more and apply here.

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Little Free Library unveiling

This week we unveiled our Little Free Library at The Rising Sun Country Park. This project was developed and constructed with students from Longbenton High School Melrose department with support from SAINT and CAN DO volunteers.

Little Free Library is a community scheme where members of the public are encouraged to take and leave their favourite books. We think The Rising Sun Country Park is a great venue for the Little Free Library and we hope that visitors to the centre will enjoy borrowing and leaving books when at the park.

We had a fantastic time building the Little Free Library and the young people involved learned some valuable skills in construction, teamwork and joinery. Our volunteers also got a lot out of working with these young people to achieve their goal of installing the Little Free Library.

A big thanks to Heather and her team at The Rising Sun Country Park for installing it and to Bay Plastics for providing us a free cut to size Perspex window.

You can view our library on the world map and read more about Little Free Library here

If you have an idea for a community or social action project, please get in touch.

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New Back Buddies scheme launches!

We are seeking donations of food for children at risk of food insecurity. Bags of snacks will given to a child to take home from school at the weekend when free school meals aren’t available. You can help by buying items from our wishlist and donating them to The Bay Foodbank directly or at The Bay Foodbank donation sites across North Tyneside. Please only buy items from the wishlist – this has been developed with a children’s nutritionist.

Packing parties will be held weekly throughout June and July 2019. This is a fantastic group volunteering opportunity. If you would like a donation bin or if you would like us to collect your donations please get in touch.

 

 

For health and safety reasons, we cannot accept donations of sweets, nuts, hot dogs, “fruit” drinks made without fruit juice, fizzy pop, crisp, home prepared food including canned/jarred fruits, vegetables and preserves.

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Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme (UK)

The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities (turnover less than £150k) – especially those working at grass roots and local community level – in any field, across a wide range of activities.

One-year grants of £1,000 to £10,000 for core costs, equipment or project funding are available for charities that can show such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. Demonstrating ongoing sustainability is also important, particularly if the charity has recently lost local authority or other regular funding.

Applications will be received at all times but it may take up to four months to obtain a decision from Trustees. If applying for funding towards a capital project charities should apply towards the end of their fundraising campaign, when the majority of funding has been raised and they have an estimated start date for the works. Please note that the Foundation does not fund feasibility studies.

No deadline.

Read more and apply here.

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Weavers’ Company (Grant – UK)

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related charitable and sociable organisation, is offering grants of up to £15,000 to small charities for projects working within the following priority areas:

  • Supporting offenders and ex-offenders – work that addresses the social and economic problems faced by this group and their families and provides them with support, life skills training and a way back into education, training and/or employment, so that they may reintegrate and make a positive contribution to society.
  • Helping disadvantaged young people – projects working with disadvantaged young people (normally aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society.

The Trustees prefer to support projects where our grant will be used for an identified purpose, although they will consider applications for core funding for new projects, such as general administration and training, that enable an organisation to develop and maintain expertise.

They particularly welcome applications for pump-priming grants from small community-based organisations where the grant would form a major element of the funding. They also welcome new ideas and projects that could inspire similar work in other areas of the country.

Local organisations should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK or in larger areas should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year. Applicants must show that they have investigated other sources of funding and made plans for the future, which should include replacement funding if appropriate.

Deadline: 1 July

Read more and apply here.

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Interview with volunteer Emma Ramshaw

Emma Ramshaw has been volunteering with VODA in North Tyneside since 2008. During that time she has changed the lives of hundreds of young people. Emma was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year at the Pitman Superachievers Awards for her hard work and dedication. Emma volunteers for a variety of charities and organisations including VODA, The Prince’s Trust and NCS and despite her own uphill battle, she continues to create change in our local community.

We interviewed Emma to find out more about her volunteering experience and what motivates her to continue to help others…

Emma Ramshaw – North Tyneside VODA volunteer, part one from Robin on Vimeo.

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VODA Volunteer Emma Ramshaw wins Volunteer of the Year Award

Emma Ramshaw, who volunteers for a variety of charities and organisations including VODA, The Prince’s Trust & NCS, has won the Volunteer of the Year award at the Pitman Superachievers Awards 2019.

Emma was nominated by the award by VODA’s Social Action Worker Josie Robinson, who works closely with Emma when she volunteers with VODA. Josie spoke about why she nominated Emma for the award: “For over ten years, Emma has given up her free time to a variety of charities and organisations, helping to care and enabling young people to reach their potential. Despite her own uphill battle, Emma continues to create change in our local community. She is engaging, funny, clever, dedicated and passionate about everything that she does. I couldn’t do the work I do with young people without Emma; and I am very lucky to not only call her a colleague, but a valued friend. She is the kindest person I know and she absolutely deserves to be recognised for her many years of volunteering in North Tyneside.”

Robin Fry, VODA’s Chief Executive commented: “We are very proud of Emma, she is an exceptional person who deserves to win this award for her hard work and dedication. Emma has volunteered with VODA for ten years, and despite the challenges she faces in her own life, she continues to help her local community. Her work empowers others and makes a real difference to people’s lives.”

Visit the Pitman website to view the full nomination and to read about the other winners.

 

 

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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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