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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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Organisation of the Year: Earsdon and Wellfield Community Association

The Earsdon and Wellfield Community Centre is a warm and welcoming community resource centre based in what was once the old village school. Many of their users come from the Earsdon and Wellfield community with others users coming from nearby Shiremoor, Blyth, New York and East and West Holywell.

The centre is open six days a week and provides regular, affordable activities for all age groups, including dance (with special sprung wooden floors), craft classes for children and young people, fitness and art groups for adults. They also hire rooms out at very accessible rates and put on annual events and fairs and a highly popular beer festival every May which regularly attracts 450+ people and is a major source of funding for the centre.

Since the association took over the running of the building, it has been developed and upgraded on the original footprint to provide five areas for community use accompanied by a new toilet block, disabled toilet, instant hot water, modern kitchen, internal decoration and much more. All these improvements have enabled diverse groups to use the centre including mental support, combating loneliness, SOB’s (Survivors of Bereavement through suicide).

The centre prides its self on encouraging and promoting small groups to start up and develop within the centre including craft classes, jewellery making, quilting, sowing, art clubs and fitness and dance. These groups are for all age ranges and are accessible to the wider community.

The centre is self-sufficient relying upon funding from room hires and special events such as race nights, children’s parties and an annual beer festival which subsequently become an annual event sponsored by local businesses and supported by numerous volunteers including local musicians. Due to the committee’s enthusiasm and commitment to volunteering the footfall has increased from to 15k to over 30k in the last eight years. They are able to enlist helpers with diverse skills to help and maintain centre and this helps manage the very small amounts of funds available to keep the centre open all day everyday if it’s needed.

They also work closely with local organisations like VODA and North Tyneside Council, hosting community events like Working With the VCS, serving as a voting venue for elections and are they are continuing to renovate the centre in response to feedback from the users.

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VODA Award Winners 2018!

We are delighted to share the stories of our award winners for 2018, who were presented with their prizes at our recent AGM by Chairman of North Tyneside, Cllr Tommy Mulvenna.


Organisation of the Year

Pathways4All

Pathways4All is a parent-led charity providing a range of activities and events specifically tailored for children with disabilities and additional needs and their families.

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Volunteer of the Year

Ryan Wright

Nominated for his voluntary work with Phoenix Detached Youth Project, Ryan has been instrumental in inspiring other young people and groups to get involved in the local community and in the planning, fundraising and launch of The Phoenix Bowl skate park, which opened earlier this year. Read more…


Young Volunteer of the Year

Dylan Weatheritt

Fourteen-year-old Dylan was nominated for his commitment and dedication to fundraising and volunteering with Out of Sight, a charity which provides free outings, events and respite holidays for children with visual impairments and complex disabilities, and their families. Read more…


Community Friendly Business Award 

Technology Services Group (TSG)

TSG were recognised for their involvement in VODA’s Sector Connector project, in particular their donation of laptops which has helped people and volunteers in the community to carry out short-term social action projects around youth employability, Universal Credit applications and awareness raising campaigns.

 


Community Friendly Business Award

Turncoach

Ali Donkin of Turncoach was presented the Community Friendly Business Award for delivering several free workshops on team building and personal development for the benefit of voluntary and community groups and young volunteers in North Tyneside.

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