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Sector Connector special edition bulletin

The latest issue of the Sector Connector bulletin, aimed at Sector Connector business partners, was a special edition printed magazine, which was facilitated by our Sector Connector partnership with yourPrintDepartment.

You can read the full bulletin here.

If you would like to find out more about Sector Connector, please get in touch.

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New look for Sector Connector

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re delighted to reveal our new look Sector Connector logo and strapline, which has been kindly developed for us via a Sector Connector partnership with yourPrintDepartment in North Shields.

The new logo has been developed in response to the changing nature of Sector Connector and more accurately reflects the professional standard of the project and what it does. Thank you to the team at yourPrintDepartment for your support!

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Citizens Advice North Tyneside

North Tyneside Citizens Advice is a registered charity with a Board of Trustee Directors, who help oversee the running of the charity and decide on future strategy and priorities.

Although some of the Trustee roles require specific skills, they welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and experience. As the Board of Trustees tends to meet in the evenings, this role could well fit with other full-time employment or responsibilities. If you would like to play a central role in a well-known and respected charity, this volunteer role might be just what you’re looking for.

See existing board of trustees here.

Read more and apply here.

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Walking With in North Tyneside: Volunteer Trustee

Walking With in North Tyneside supports asylum seekers, refugees and other members of the local community in North Tyneside with a clear focus at present on Wallsend. Based currently in Wallsend centre. They provide a food bank, clothing bank and targeted support for asylum seekers, those seeking refugee status and members of the community in need. Having been in operation for 18 years, the organisation is supported by a wide range of bodies, including local churches, schools, community groups and individuals. There is a team of dedicated volunteers who work directly with the clients, particularly during open house sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. They also provide craft sessions, a conversation café and English lessons, all delivered by the volunteer team. There is always a warm welcome to anyone to join this team.

Walking With is managed by a full time manager who reports to the Board of Trustees. They are seeking two/three individuals to complement the team by becoming volunteer trustees to share in the overall management, oversight and development of the organisation. The board meets formally up to six times per annum with the opportunity to attend open house sessions, development groups and training opportunities as appropriate. Trustees are also encouraged to take specific responsibility for oversight of a particular aspect of our work, e.g. safeguarding, volunteer support, financial monitoring. This is a particularly exciting time to join the organisation as they are currently are seeking to expand our provision, increase our overall volunteer team across the piece and generally to increase the scope of their operation substantially. They therefore seek trustees who can contribute to this development, who are energetic, optimistic and flexible. Induction and training are given.

What skills do I need?

Individuals who offer financial, administrative, organisational, fundraising, analytical and technical skills. However, a genuine appreciation of the needs of the client group, a willingness to learn how this group is best supported and a shared conviction that together Walking With can make a real and enduring difference in the lives of those who turn to them for help is of prime importance. If this is an area which interest you, and to which you feel you could contribute meaningfully, then they would love to speak with you. Learn more by visiting the Walking With website.

Read more here. 

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Rising Sun Farm seeking new Trustees

The Rising Sun Farm Trust manages a 70.8 hectares (175 acres) farm within the Rising Sun Country Park, which includes pigs, poultry, sheep, a livery, food house & bakery and day care centre (a centre for adults with learning difficulties). The surplus generated from the farming activities goes back to the Trust for investment into the farm for the benefit of the local community and to ensure the long term stability of the farm and its Trust. A partnership arrangement exists between the Trust and North Tyneside Council with a view to managing the entire country park in a joined up and coherent approach.

The farm and country park are free and open to all. There are self-led walking trails and the country park’s Countryside Centre contains a restaurant. Fresh home-grown produce can be purchased at the farm.

The Trust promotes information and educational activities on horticulture and livestock production, provides advice and support on the growing and cooking of healthy foods and provides a welcoming and engaging environment for leisure and recreation activities for local residents.The Trust aims to provide a thriving, high quality, working farm providing opportunities and resources for education, learning, recreation and participation for the community of North Tyneside.

Trustee Responsibilities:

  • To oversee the management of the Trust’s commercial Trading Company
  • To ensure the Trust is meeting its charitable objectives
  • To comply with the charity’s governing document and the law
  • To act in the charity’s best interests
  • To manage the charity’s resources responsibly
  • To act with reasonable care and skill
  • To ensure the charity is accountable
  • To reduce the risk of liability

Main duties:

  • To attend quarterly trustee meetings

Commitment:

  • Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Rising Sun Farm prior to their first board meeting.
  • Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings, which are held four times a year.

What skills do I need?

You don’t need to have any specific skills or experiences to apply for this role, however all trustees must have:

  • a commitment to the mission of the Farm Trust
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of the Trust

The Trust is keen to hear from people who have skills and experience in the following areas:

  • management
  • accounting
  • HR
  • charity governance

Read more here.

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Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF): Transforming Places Through Heritage

This programme is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. Charities and social enterprises can apply to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

The programme aims to support projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres, helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper. It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones. Together, these programmes form part of the Future High Streets Fund, administered by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Grants available:

  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work.
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs.
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns.
  • Transformational Project Grants: up to £350,000, for transformational capital projects. Opens for first round project enquiries from 29 July 2019 (second round to be announced in 2020).
  • Community Shares Booster Grants: further info to be announced.

The programme will focus on places where strategic regeneration programmes are planned or are already underway. This includes Heritage Action Zones or places that have secured funding through the Future High Streets Fund. Historic building projects located within other area-based regeneration programmes, such as Townscape Heritage areas or where an applicant can demonstrate a significant community-led strategic approach is in place, will also be considered. Projects should not be standalone but sit within a wider initiative to regenerate and bring a new purpose to the immediate surrounding area.

Deadlines:

  • Applications requesting up to £15,000: Last day of each calendar month. Decision within 8 weeks.
  • Applications for more than £15,000: 29 July 2019 for September decision meeting or 21 October 2019 for December decision meeting.
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D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

The Trust funds UK charities working for the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement with grants of £500 to £5,000 (typically for one year). More specifically, this can include the following:

The Arts

  • Promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts for young people.
  • Access to the arts for the elderly and people who have least access to them.
  • Performance development opportunities.
  • Engagement with young people on the fringes of society through music and drama projects to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion.

Medical Welfare

  • Provision of music and art therapy to improve quality of life and in palliative care and in hospices.
  • Support for charities concerned with alleviating the suffering of adults and children with medical conditions who have difficulty finding support through traditional sources.
  • The welfare of those who care for others through the provision of breaks for carers without regular support.
  • Engagement with young people on the fringes of society to improve their employability and diminish the risk of social exclusion

The Environment

  • Conservation of the countryside and its woodlands.
  • Protection of species within the UK and their habitats under threat or in decline.
  • Heritage conservation within the UK based on value to and use by the local community.
  • Rural crafts and skills in heritage conservation.
  • Social and therapeutic horticulture.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.

Deadline: 14 October

Read more and apply here. 

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British Cycling: Places to Ride Programme

Grants of £1,000 to £500,000 are available for organisations developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new – or the improvement of existing – cycling facilities in communities. Funding can be used for small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling.

The aims of the programme are as follows:

  • Encourage more people from a range of different backgrounds to engage with cycling in all its forms. Provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment, focusing especially on provision that responds to the needs of women/girls and people with a disability.
  • Invest in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. Recognise the wider benefits of riding a bike to enable societal benefits such as community cohesion, reducing social isolation and promoting health and well-being through prevention.
  • Deliver a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, that will continue to be deliverable in the future.

Deadline: No deadline – decision every 12 weeks

Read more and apply here.

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2020 GSK IMPACT Awards – funding and free training for health charities

The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million.

Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500. In 2020 there will be three days of training leading up to the GSK IMPACT Awards ceremony in London. After this participants will be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network which connects past award winners both online and at meetings, to get and give support, share best practice and continue their professional development. Many participants have commented that the training, the new ideas and enthusiasm that they take away, and the connections they make is even more important than the award money.

Read more and apply here. 

Deadline: 23 September 2019

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Bright Ideas Fund

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000.

The Bright Ideas Fund is funded by Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, and delivered by Locality, the national network for community organisations, in partnership with Co-operatives UK, the Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK.

There will be additional funding rounds in:
• February 2020 to April 2020,
• August to September 2020,
• February 2021 to March 2021

Watch the Bright Ideas Fund webinar
The webinar for Round 6 funding took place on Tuesday 16 July at 11am. You can watch the recording here.

The webinar will help you understand what the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is about and whether you can apply. It runs through what the programme offers, the criteria, application process and have examples of what we’ve funded in previous rounds.

Deadline: 30 September

Read more here.

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