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VODA’s AGM and Awards Presentation 2019

Our Annual General Meeting and awards presentation took place on Wednesday 23 October at the Linskill Centre in North Shields.

As well as a presentation of VODA’s latest annual report and accounts, the event featured keynote speaker Wendy Burke, Director of Public Health at North Tyneside Council, who discussed Population Health in North Tyneside and the role of the voluntary sector.

We also announced the winners of VODA’s North Tyneside VCS awards. Earsdon and Wellfield Community Association was the winner of Organisation of the Year. Volunteer of the Year was Rizwan Ali, from Walking With in North Tyneside, Young Volunteer of the Year went to Bobbi-Lou Taylor from Tyne Met College and the Trustee of the Year was Anna McConville from Pathways 4 All, as well as a special commendations for Young Volunteer Abi Jackson from Creative Minds and to the Tynemouth Scouts. Read more about the award winners here.

In addition, three local businesses –  Carney Consultancy, Bell Group and Accenture – were presented with their Community Friendly Business Awards by Ian Dodds, who coordinates VODA’s Sector Connector project. Read more about the Community Friendly Business Award winners here

 

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Young Trustee opportunity at the North Shields Heritology Project

The North Shields Heritology project is delighted to be recruiting a second Young Trustee to work alongside the existing five Trustees (including one Young Trustee).

The project aims to bring the stories of North Shields Fish Quay to life for locals and visitors using technology including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Immersive Sound experiences. The stories will be told through the mediums of music, poetry, dance, spoken word and drama. The young trustee will help them to understand the requirements of the young people and how they engage with the latest in technology, so this important group feels included in the work they do. There are six trustee meetings per year and there will also be the opportunity to attend other meetings, seminars and events.

If you would like to get involved, please download the new opportunity form and email it to heritologists@gmail.com 

Should anyone wish to ask any questions prior to expressing an interest, please email heritologists@gmail.com or telephone Jonathan Barrand (Chairman) on 07913 344 854 for an informal chat.

 

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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.

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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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Dyslexia North East

Dyslexia North East – a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee which aims to support families with dyslexia, including adults and children, to enable them to achieve their full potential. Dyslexia North East seeks to promote knowledge, skills and understanding of dyslexia across the Community in Schools, Colleges and Businesses. They are seeking two new trustees:

  1. A trustee to help write funding bids and seek new donors. Must be degree educated with fundraising experience.
  2. A trustee to help and support teachers and train volunteers. Must be degree educated with a teaching qualification. AMBDA or similar. Knowledge of dyslexia.

The charity is looking for Trustees who are outward-looking and who understand about the importance of helping people with dyslexia and their families, and to improve their life opportunities in the community and the workplace.

Trustee meetings are held once a month at Royal Grammar Junior School, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RX.

If you are interested, please contact Dyslexia North East at their Office base in Meadow Well Connected, Waterville Road, North Shields NE29 6BA.

 

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