0191 643 2626
admin@voda.org.uk

VCS

Joseph Rowntree Foundation – UK Poverty 2018 & Minimum Income Standards

Two recent reports from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), UK Poverty 2018 and Households below a Minimum Income Standard: 2008/09 to 2016/17, highlight the increasing number of children living in poverty and households living below the Minimum Income Standard.

UK Poverty 2018

The JRF annual report which examines the nature and scale of UK poverty and the effect of the UK poverty rate on the people gripped by it.

The report examines how UK poverty rates have changed in our society over the last few years, as well as over the longer term. The research focuses particularly on changes to poverty among children and workers, as well as giving an overview of trends among pensioners and other groups.

This research reveals that, in our society:

  • Child poverty has been rising since 2011/12;
  • 4.1 million children are living in poverty, a rise of 500,000 in the last five years;
  • Four million workers are living in poverty –a rise of more than half a million over five years; and
  • In-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment, driven almost entirely by increasing poverty among working parents.

Read more and download the report here.

Read more

Suicide Prevention E-Learning for the VCS

Public Health Engiand and NHS Health Eduction England have developed an online learning programme to help people feel more confident to talk about suicide. It has been developed for the wider public health workforce including voluntary sector, blue light services, prison staff and prison listeners health and social care.  It was developed by a range of experts including experts by experience i.e. those people who have attempted to take their own lives and those bereaved and affected by suicide.

The purpose of the programme is to support the ambition of reducing the stigma associated with suicide, to help everyone see that simply asking someone how they are and talking about suicide can really help. The programme supports learning and development in suicide competence at level one.

There is no formal assessment but the learner is encouraged to stop and reflect on the learning as they progress through the course and can print out a certificate on completion of the course as evidence of professional development. The programme takes approximately between 60-90 minutes to complete.

Read more and access the e-learning programme here.

Read more

North of Tyne Combined Authority and VCS Engagement

North of Tyne Combined Authority would like to invite you to a Joint NTCA- VCS Closer Working Event in March 2019. The event will be an opportunity to update our voluntary, community and social enterprise partners on the current work programme of the Combined Authority and the key emerging priorities. They will also consider how other Mayoral Combined Authorities are working with their respective VCSE sectors. Through round table discussions, they would like your input as to how best to engage going forward. This will then form the basis of a jointly agreed partnership approach which will set out some key principles and commitments for co- working and governance structures/processes going forward.

There are three choices of dates and venue.

  • 11th March 10-12.00 pm in the Pandon Room, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • 12th March 10-12.00 pm at the Linskill Centre, North Tyneside
  • 14th March 10-12.00 pm at Northumberland Hall, Alnwick (tbc)

Please hold these dates in your diary for now. A further link will be shared where you can register for the event of your choice in due course.

Your views, input and involvement will be very much welcomed in what we hope will be the start of some fruitful close collaboration. Each event will be led by a respective Cabinet Member from the Combined Authority.

Read more

North of Tyne Devolution Update

Robin Fry provides an update on the North of Tyne Combined Authority…

Last month, along with my counterparts in Newcastle and Northumberland, I met with officers from the new North of Tyne Combined Authority. During the meeting we received an update on progress made so far and began to explore how the voluntary and community sector can be most appropriately involved.

Those of you who attended the most recent stakeholder event will have heard various politicians acknowledging the importance of engaging with the sector. I was particularly pleased to hear the  new interim North of Tyne Mayor, Norma Redfearn, speaking so passionately about what the sector can offer.

Although the Combined Authority is now in existence, most of the work programme work will not commence until after the Mayoral elections in May 2019. In the meantime an ‘Economic Vision’ has been published on the North of Tyne website, setting out some key priorities. This document does not make any reference to our sector – something we are keen to address.

The ‘Inclusive Economy’ agenda is fundamental to the North of Tyne combined authority and will consist of specific programmes of work but it will also be a cross-cutting theme across other areas of work. The Inclusive Economy Board is where we see a key role for VCS representation and a commitment has been made to ensure this will happen. The Combined Authority has also committed to having a ‘VCS Ambassador’ who will attend Cabinet meetings in an advisory capacity.

In order to move these promising conversations forward we have agreed to hold VCS events in North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland, each with the same format and content. The purpose of the events will be to bring VCS organisations up to speed with devolution progress and discuss how the sector can most effectively be involved.

VODA will be hosting the North Tyneside VCS event on Tuesday 12 March from 9.30am to 12 noon, on place of our regular Working with the VCS Event, at the Linskill Centre, North Shields. Booking details will be shared on our website and social media channels. Please do get in touch if you require any further details.

Read hear for all things North of Tyne.

Read more

Working with the VCS event

In December we held a Working with the VCS ‘Christmas special’ at Pathways4All. The event was attended by 32 people from 25 different organisations. Not only was this an opportunity to enjoy mince pies and hot drinks with colleagues and friends, it also enabled us to shine a spotlight on what an amazing voluntary and community sector we have in North Tyneside.

Everyone fully embraced the festive theme as they shared information about their key successes in 2018 (why they are on the ‘Good List’) as well as their ambitions for 2019 (what’s on their Christmas wish list). It was amazing to hear about Whitley Bay Big Local’s collaborative plans to tackle social isolation this year, the fantastic number of support sessions offered last year to asylum seekers and refugees by Walking With North Tyneside,  SomeOne Care’s plans to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and the ambitions of Earsdon and Wellfield Community Centre to develop more provision for young people.

There was also an opportunity towards the end of the event for organisations to identify key areas of work that they would appreciate some support with, as well things they can offer to others. Amongst the 44 calls for help were things such as help with volunteer recruitment (in particular support to identify new trustees), support to secure funding and opportunities to develop new networks and promote specific areas of work. There were 47 separate offers of support from attendees covering everything from access to facilities to free training. HealthWatch North Tyneside shared their offer of small grants for working with children and young people about their health and social care issues, while the Linskill Centre pledged to offer support and advice on the community asset transfer process. Earsdon and Wellfield Community Association even offered access to their Race Night equipment for fundraising!

In addition, Craig Anderson from North Tyneside Council gave an informative presentation about the North Tyneside Data Store, highlighting the key data sets that are available and the different ways organisations can access the information. The Ward Profile information demonstrated provides quick and easy access to some of the most regularly requested data. This could prove to be a really useful way to support organisations in evidencing need for increased services and investment from funders. You can access the data store here. 

The next Working With the VCS Event takes place on 12 March from 9.30am to 12 noon at The Linskill Centre, North Shields. The event will focus on the new North of Tyne Combined Authority – spanning Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Read more

Video – North Tyneside VCS: 2018 successes & 2019 ambitions

At a recent event we asked local voluntary and community organisations to share their successes from 2018 and ambitions for 2019. This is what they told us…

Read more

Survey – VCS and the higher education sector

VODA is working with Newcastle University to explore ways in which the voluntary sector could benefit from a closer relationship with higher education establishments. We know that some organisations already have long-established links with Universities, whilst others might not know how to access support. We would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete a short survey to help inform this work. If you would like to discuss this subject in more detail, please contact Robin Fry at VODA. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as things progress.

Complete the survey here.

 

Read more

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

Read more

New recruitment services from VONNE

 

 

 

VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East) has launched two new services to help make the recruitment process easier for the voluntary and community sector. Recognising that many organisations don’t have specialist HR staff, and recruiting the right person for teams takes time that could be better spent on your day job, VONNE has developed a:

  • New recruitment support service that can help you by managing the process from job advert to interview, and
  • A salary benchmarking service, which makes use of the valuable data it holds on sector jobs in the region to provide you with insight into fair and appropriate wages

Read more here

Read more

Is your organisation in good ‘health’?

 

 

 

 

Good governance is a vital part of how voluntary and community sector organisations operate and are held accountable for what they do. Any Improvements you put in place can help with funding applications, sustainability and the avoidance of legal problems.

Health checks are an increasingly accepted way of identifying how your organisation really works and whilst primarily aimed a smaller organisations they can be used as a starting point for larger organisations.

Changing regulations, legislation and guidance can result in the need to update or change your policies, procedures, documentation and practice.

They act as a barometer of how well your organisation is working overall and enable trustees, staff and volunteers to analyse what is working well and what requires attention or further action.

VODA’s Health Check Tool is available online here (along with a number of other useful Information Sheets and resources). We can help you to complete the check and are available to discuss how best to support your groups development – contact us for more information and to arrange a ‘health check’ with our team.

Read more