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What financial support is available if I need to self isolate?

  • If you cannot go to work you should find out from your employer whether you are covered by their sick leave or special leave policy. If you cannot get sick pay from your employer, you might be able to get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or another type of financial support:
    • New Style Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) if you cannot get SSP, you’re under State Pension age, and you have made enough National Insurance contributions over the last 2 to 3 years – you could also get it if your child has symptoms or is self-isolating
    • Universal Credit if you or your partner are under State Pension age and you have less than £16,000 in savings – you might be able to get it at the same time as SSP or New Style ESA. For help claiming Universal Credit, call Citizen’s Advice Help to Claim on 0800 144 8 444 Their dedicated Help to Claim service can support you in the early stages of your Universal Credit claim, from the application through to your first payment.
    • Pension Credit if both you and your partner have reached State Pension age – you might be able to get it at the same time as SSP

For more information:

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Skills for People’s keeping people connected service North Tyneside

Many people with learning disability and /or autism will become increasingly vulnerable during the current Covid-19 crisis.

If you come across vulnerable people, then please refer them to the new telephone support service:

Keeping People Connected : 0191 281 8737

The service is funded by the North Tyneside CCG and aims to help people by keeping connected with them.

They will receive regular calls from specialist staff to access and support them with understanding, practical issues, and signposting where additional help is needed.

Simply ask the person to call, or if it is easier for them give them the email connected@skillsforpeople.org.uk, or it may be easier if you ask for permission to email them their details and Skills for People will then call/email/text, confirm consent and provide ongoing support.

Even if you are not sure if a person has a learning disability and/or autism but it’s clear they are feeling isolated and in need, you can refer them to this service.

The service has a well-developed assessment process which will enable them to evaluate how safe a person is, what additional help they may need, and then to support them to access that help from existing community services and the voluntary sector.

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Chair Talk: new VODA facilitated free Chairs’ network

The role of Chair or Vice Chair can often seem challenging, leadership can be feel isolating. Do you sometimes think it would be good to talk to other chairs that also face similar demands? Would you like the chance to discuss issues and opportunities, share good practice and participate in peer to peer learning with other North Tyneside organisational Chairs and Vice Chairs?

Collaborate in seeking solutions to hot topics such as:

  • Effective trustees and governance
  • Board diversity
  • Trustee Recruitment
  • Training
  • Staff management

Louise Sneiders, Chair at YMCA North Tyneside says: “As a new Chair I’m getting to grips with my role and would love to connect with and learn from others in a similar position. It can feel like an overwhelming responsibility at times, so meeting others, even for a chat over a cuppa would help.”

As part of our Trustee support network VODA is offering to facilitate a free Chairs’ network providing the venue and resources to get things started.

For further information or to register your interest contact Keith Hardy, Core Services Manager at keith.hardy@voda.org.uk or call 0191 643 2636.

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Acorns drop-in session for young people aged 14-25

Are you aged 14-25? Are you frightened by someone you are dating, or worried about violence at home? Maybe you have concerns about a friend? The Acorns Project runs a weekly confidental drop-in session for young people affected by domestic abuse in North Tyneside.

The sessions run every Monday from 4.30pm to 6pm. No appointment necessary.

Acorns Project: 7 Alma Place, North Shields, NE29 0LZ

Contact admin@acornsproject.org.uk or call 0191 349 8366.

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Moving On Tyne & Wear: Weekly drop-in sessions at VODA

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that VODA is a delivery partner in the Moving On Tyne & Wear programme?

Moving On Tyne & Wear helps people who live in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside and are unemployed due to their physical or mental health.

Support through the programme is delivered on a one-to-one basis – every person on the programme receives a unique service which completely depends on their needs.

As part of the Moving On Tyne & Wear programme, VODA works with North Tyneside Council to provide volunteering opportunities and related support to people who are looking to overcome health barriers and access further training, education and employment. We can help MOTW participants to access meaningful volunteering opportunities across the borough with both voluntary and community sector organisations and within North Tyneside Council itself.

In order to give more information to anyone interested in finding out about the programme and the support on offer, we are holding Moving On Tyne & Wear drop-in sessions every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon at VODA, beginning on 13 February. There is no need to book a place at these sessions, simply call in to our offices at the Queen Alexandra Campus and ask to speak to the Moving On Tyne & Wear team.

Read more about the project here

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Sector Connector Offers of the Month: February 2019

Carney Consulting Ltd is offering a free place for voluntary organisations on their Mental Health First Aid course which runs across the year. At a time when there is a need for voluntary organisations to support people with increasingly complex issues, this two day course will help participants to spot the early signs of a mental health issue to feel confident in offering help and support to people with a range of mental health issues.

There are seven courses planned for 2019. The next available course is on Tuesday 30th April & Tuesday 7th May. The number of free training places are limited, so please contact Ian Dodds now if you are interested in this opportunity.


HSBC is offering to deliver free financial well-being workshops for voluntary sector employees or beneficiaries. 1 in 3 employees say that they are distracted at work by financial concerns. Please contact Ian Dodds now if you are interested in this opportunity.


Sector Connector Workshops: As part of Sector Connector, a number of businesses volunteer to deliver free workshops on a range of topics that may be beneficial to the voluntary and community sector. As such, if there are any particular topics or business skills that you think your organisation might benefit from and that could be the subject of a future Sector Connector workshop, please get in touch with Ian Dodds.

Details of new Sector Connector workshops for 2019 have now been announced – read more and book your place here

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The Base LGBTQI+ support for 10-13 year olds

 

 

The BASE youth service at Barnardo’s in Whitley Bay is launching a new support group for young people aged 10-13 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

Taking place on Mondays from 4pm to 7pm at The BASE (26 Esplanade, Whitley Bay), the group will offer a safe space to meet other young people who are going through similar experiences. Food and refreshments are provided.

For more information contact Justine Carmichael on 0191 253 2127 or 07810540399.

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Volunteers wanted to help people with their Universal Credit applications

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project are supporting local people with their Universal Credit applications now that the new benefit is being rolled out in North Tyneside.

Universal Credit is a working age benefit. This means it is payable from 18 years up to Pension Credit qualifying age. It can also be paid to 16 and 17-year olds in limited circumstances. To date, Universal Credit has only been available to single claimants but from 2 May 2018 it has become available in North Tyneside to couples and families making a new claim for certain benefits.

Due to this being a new benefit system, and the fact that all applications need to be made online, a number of individuals are facing difficulty completing their applications. SAINT volunteers have been supporting those who access The Citizens Advice Bureau in North Shields for Universal Credit advice to make their online applications.

We are currently looking for more volunteers to get involved and help people overcome the barriers to claiming Universal Credit. The volunteers currently meet on Thursdays between 10am and 1pm – training is provided but please note, a good level of IT skills is essential to this role.

Download the full volunteer role description for more information or contact Josie Robinson at VODA for further details.

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Direct Payments support group for North Tyneside carers and parents

 

 

 

 

Direct Payments are made to people who have been assessed as having social care needs and are eligible for Council-funded support. Instead of the Council arranging services for you, they will pay money into a pre-paid current account for you to buy the support you need in the way that you choose.

Aims of the Support Group

  • To offer peer support and information about the benefits of Direct Payments or the process associated with it
  • To provide a platform for people to share their own experiences or represent the views of the wider community
  • To ensure that the service reflects the needs of the people who use them
  • Enable people to share good practice and raise areas of concern
  • Give ideas and suggestions on how services could be improved

Meetings are held quarterly at the Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields NE30 2AY between 10.30am and 12 noon.

Meeting Dates

  • 13 November 2018
  • 12 February 2019
  • 14 May 2019
  • 13 August 2019
  • 12 November 2019

Please contact for further details or to book your place:
Paula Peart, Community and Health Care Forum, 205 Park Road, Wallsend NE28 7NL
Tel: 0191 2954233
Email: paula.chcf@btinternet.com

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Good Neighbours volunteers visit Tynemouth Lifeboat Station

Volunteers from our Good Neighbours project recently enjoyed a visit to Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station, to learn all about the local rescue service and its fascinating history.

The volunteers, who give up their time to support people in the North Tyneside community with small household jobs, basic DIY, shopping and running errands, usually meet monthly at VODA’s offices to discuss their roles, share experiences and receive training and support. But Ian Brigstock, who coordinates the Good Neighbours project, wanted to give something back to the volunteers themselves and get them out and about in the community. “Our volunteers really deserve some recognition and reward for what they do – they support some of the borough’s most vulnerable people with day-to-day tasks and that makes such a difference. Arranging this visit was just our way of saying ‘thank you.’  We’re really grateful to Tynemouth RNLI too for what was a fascinating visit and we’re looking forward to arranging similar visits over the coming months.”

Volunteer Debbie Wood said: “I really enjoyed going down to Tynemouth RNLI with a really nice group of people. We had a talk from one of the lifeboat volunteers about the work they do and the lives they safe. We also got to see the inshore and all-weather boat and try on the life jackets – there’s a picture of me wearing one!”

The Good Neighbours project is looking for more volunteers – this is a great, flexible volunteering opportunity to help people in your local community. Training and support are provided. Read more about the project here.

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