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North Tyneside

Working With the VCS – population health management in North Tyneside

‘Working With the VCS’ is a free quarterly event organised in partnership by North Tyneside Council and VODA and open to any organisation delivering services in North Tyneside.

The next event on 10 December at the Evo Centre in the Royal Quays, will explore the role of the voluntary and community sector in supporting the health and wellbeing of North Tyneside residents. This interactive event will bring together local health professionals, charities, community organisations, commissioners and others to:

  • Explore and influence current health initiatives in North Tyneside such as Social Prescribing and Primary Care Networks
  • Showcase existing voluntary and community sector provision focussing on tackling loneliness, encouraging healthy behaviours and partnership working
  • Develop new relationships to identify ways of working together more effectively

Book your place here.

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Ringtons Fund

Ringtons Fund provides grants to support activities that particularly benefit older people, families, people with disabilities or women only projects. Projects that address poverty and disadvantage are favoured and this should be referred to in the application.

Activities supported can include, for example, community events, learning opportunities, sessions offering advice and support and holiday clubs. Applicants may wish to consider projects that address food poverty as promoted through the Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report on Food Poverty.

Groups must be registered charities and smaller organisations will be prioritised for support. All applicants must meet the general conditions of the Community Foundation, and have a track record of funding with us.


Grant Range: £750 to £5,000

Deadline: 25 October

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The Northern Powergrid Community Fund

The Northern Powergrid Community Fund supports grassroots projects that strengthen vulnerable communities. This includes out of school educational activities and environmental activities located in ex-industrial areas in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Please note – the Fund does not contribute to larger project costs.

Grant Range: £1,000 – £5,000
Deadline: 11 November 12 noon

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The Joicey Trust

Grants are made across a wide spectrum for either revenue (including ‘core funding’) or capital expenditure. Applications for research (and research costs within core funding applications) will not normally be supported. The Trustees also generally exclude applications from charities that are not registered within the beneficiary area and where gross incoming resources exceed £1 million as any award would be a very small addition to these resources.

Trustees’ meetings take place twice a year: usually late January/early February and late June/ July

Deadline: Applications should be submitted to the appeals secretary in time to allow for any queries to be resolved by 30 November or 31 May in each year for consideration at the next Trustees’ meeting: early applications are therefore encouraged.

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Berwick Community Trust – Community Renewable Energy Legacy Fund

The CoRE Legacy Fund provides grants to support projects in the North East that will enable communities to reduce their energy consumption or help them benefit from renewable energy technologies with grants of up to £5,000.

The intention is to support North East communities through a wide range of renewable energy or demand reduction projects. This might mean installing equipment, undertaking a feasibility study or training, conservation and reduction of waste energy, education and public engagement work that develops the ability of communities to better manage the generation or use of energy.

Registered Charities, constituted sports clubs and community groups are eligible to apply as are social enterprises demonstrating clear social and community value. The fund will be flexible and is willing to consider imaginative and innovative projects that may be developmental in nature.

Deadline: 31 October

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Masonic Charitable Foundation – Small Grants

The Foundation awards grants of up to £15,000 over up to 3 years (unrestricted) to support disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society.

Current priority areas open to application:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people (aged up to 25). Grants can be offered to charities that provide the following:
    • Mental and physical health support.
    • Learning and development.
    • Parental support.
    • Pastoral and advocacy support.
  • Reducing isolation in later life (aged over 50). Grants can be offered to charities that provide the following:
    • Mental and physical health support.
    • Gateway and access to service.
    • Community based approaches.
    • Advocacy, social and welfare support.

Charities must have produced their first set of accounts and be able to demonstrate a track record of service delivery and have an income of less thank £500k. The total amount requested should not exceed 15% of the charity’s income.

Next deadline: 3 January 2020

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Building Steps to a Brighter Future Programme

Building Steps to a Brighter Future is a community intervention project for North Tyneside in partnership with Tyne Metropolitan College, Engaging Pathways CIC, FIRST, YMCA North Tyneside, NE Youth, Meadow Well Connected, Northumbria Youth Action, Excel North East, Family Gateway and North Tyneside Council.

This project is for young people 18 to 29 who are not in work or inactive due to multiple barriers and need a range of support and interventions to get them job ready and into sustainable employment or self-employment using a one person, one plan approach. This is done through a variety of methods such as one to one support, small group work, offering training and development opportunities or online support. Young adults referred into the project will be supported to help them move towards employment by identifying the individuals barriers, and seeking ways to overcome them through a range of needs led interventions. 

NE Youth would like North Tyneside organisations to refer young adults suitable for the programme. This programme is very flexible and can be used alongside your already existing delivery and can add capacity and value to complement your services. Alternatively, you may have wanted to offer an employability programme but didn’t have the funds or the capacity, then they could support with this through partnership opportunities.

 If you’d like more information contact louise@neyouth.org.uk or erin@neyouth.org.uk) or give us a call 0191 272 7494.

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Sport North Tyneside: Inclusive sports for all ages

North Tyneside Council’s Sport North Tyneside team organises inclusive and disability-specific sporting opportunities for both disabled and non-disabled people to take part.

These include archery, badminton, boccia, football, multi-sport, sign and splash, trampoline and rebound therapy. There are also free ‘No Limits’ sessions during term time for ages up to 16, where young people with a disability (siblings are welcome too) can try lots of different activities with qualified coaches, or simply relax in our multi-sensory room.

Swimmers with additional needs are very welcome to come for a swim at any time; there are also extra sessions for swimmers with additional needs. All North Tyneside Council swimming pools have poolside hoists which a member of staff will operate for you. View the programme online.

In addition, if you have a hearing-impaired child aged 4-10, The Lakeside Centre in Killingworth runs swimming lessons with a BSL interpreter working alongside the instructor. Call (0191) 643 4177 for details, the next block of lessons starts after half term.

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Information for GP Surgery Screens

VODA has been working with North Tyneside CCG to make it easier for VCS organisations to promote their services to patients.
Screens are now widely used to call a patient’s name so it’s a great way for people to find out about support they can get and activities they can go along to in their local community.

What can I send?
They will publish information which relates to improving an individual’s health and wellbeing. This can include opportunities around fitness, decreasing social isolation, encouraging someone to become more involved in their community, opportunities to
learn new things and support, advice & information services.

How do they want it to look?
More visual information is preferred with less written content so that it is eye catching to the patient and easily readable – it won’t be on the screen for long so something that will grab someone’s attention with key information available. Please be mindful of any copyrighted imagery.

What format should it be in?

  • All information would need to be in landscape to allow it to display correctly on the screen.
  • Formats that can be accepted are: jpg, png, PDF, mpeg, mp4 & mov.
  • They cannot publish Microsoft Word or Excel.
  • Font size should be between 12-14 and plain font should be used such as Arial or

Can I send information to specific practices?

Yes. If you only work in a small area please let them know and they can target certain practices.

Who do I contact?

If you are a small group and need support to design information for the screens please contact: victoria.logan-coulsey@voda.org.uk

The main contact for sending information for GP surgery screens is: marc.rice@nhs.net

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Launch of North Tyneside online safeguarding procedures

The Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) currently provide multi-agency safeguarding procedures (which inform your organisation’s procedures), these are available on the NTSCB website.

From Monday 16 September 2019 the procedures will be moving to an online portal and will be shared with our regional neighbours; North and South of Tyne.

Find out more and keep your practice up to date

Book onto one of our information sessions to be held at The Linskill Centre North Shields on Thursday 19 September.  The sessions are 1:30 – 2:30; 2:45 – 3:45 and 4:00 – 5:00.  To reserve your place click on this link which takes you to North Tyneside Council Learning Pool.

Please note delegate numbers are restricted – so book early!

If you have any queries contact Sue Burns sue.burns@northtyneside.gov.uk

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