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VODA launches North Tyneside VCSE Awards 2021

VODA is delighted to announce the VODA VCSE Awards 2021. These awards are to celebrate the outstanding work of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector in North Tyneside over the past year.

Robin Fry, Chief Executive at VODA commented: “The last year has been the most challenging we have faced in our sector, with so many organisations, groups and individuals stepping up to support the most vulnerable members of our community when they needed it most.

“We did not hold our awards in 2020 as we worked alongside North Tyneside Council with their inaugural Spirit of North Tyneside celebration. However, I believe that it is important to return to them this year, as we return to hosting our AGM in person, in order to shine a light on the truly outstanding achievements of the VCSE sector in our borough.”

The awards are split into 4 categories, which are open to nominations from VODA’s members (sign up to be a VODA member). The awards include:

  • Trustee of the year
  • Young volunteer(s) of the year
  • Volunteer(s) of the year
  • Voluntary or community organisation of the year

These awards are open to all Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations and groups, and their volunteers and trustees, who support the borough of North Tyneside with their activities. View the 2019 winners here.

Please note: These awards are open to all VCSE sector organisations and groups in North Tyneside, as well as their volunteers and trustees. Unfortunately, due to the awards being judged by a panel of VODA’s Trustees, we cannot accept nominations for VODA volunteers or trustees (unless it is in connection with their involvement with a different VCSE sector organisation / group within North Tyneside).

⇒ Click here to make your nominations ⇐

Nominations close at 9am on Thursday 28 October 2021

The winners will be invited to VODA’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 23 November, 9.30am to 11am at the Linskill Centre in North Shields, where they will be presented their awards. The event will also feature the Sector Connector Business of the Year award.

Book your place at VODA’s AGM.

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British Cycling: Places to Ride Programme

Grants of £1,000 to £500,000 are available for organisations developing cycling activity in their community for the development of new – or the improvement of existing – cycling facilities in communities. Funding can be used for small-medium scale facility improvements or equipment through to large-scale new build facilities across all types of cycling.

The aims of the programme are as follows:

  • Encourage more people from a range of different backgrounds to engage with cycling in all its forms. Provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment, focusing especially on provision that responds to the needs of women/girls and people with a disability.
  • Invest in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. Recognise the wider benefits of riding a bike to enable societal benefits such as community cohesion, reducing social isolation and promoting health and well-being through prevention.
  • Deliver a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, that will continue to be deliverable in the future.

Deadline: No deadline – decision every 12 weeks

Read more and apply here.

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Free Basic First Aid Training from the British Red Cross





The British Red Cross is working with local community groups, charities, retirement homes etc, to deliver some basic first aid skills relevant to the participants. The sessions are free and are delivered at your venue. Generally they are approximately two hours but this can be altered to suit.

The sessions are informal and interactive allowing participants to freely ask questions and giving them the information which is relevant. Topics covered are based on the needs of the group, thereby making it useful, with the aim of improving people’s confidence in an emergency situation. They can also run the sessions as a talk as some groups like to have a guest speaker at coffee mornings/evenings etc.

Any groups interested in this training should contact Nikki Willis, Adult Education Coordinator on 07803 013232, 0191 2334183, or email nwillis@redcross.org.uk

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Allen Lane Foundation – Social Cohesion Programme (UK)

This is a new funding programme, which will focus on funding projects that aim to proactively break down barriers and tensions between different groups of people, and build a more cohesive and inclusive community for all. The aims are as follows:

  • Proactively work towards building better community cohesion and trust, and encouraging respect and understanding in the local area.
  • Proactively promote the inclusion of marginalised groups and individuals in the life of the local community.
  • Fund work which breaks down barriers and tensions in the local community thereby reducing feelings of division and “them and us”.

The Foundation is seeking applications from community-led grassroots groups and organisations that have a focus of work being at a very local/community level; this could be a housing estate or distinct community.

Applications will be particularly encouraged from areas of high deprivation – but not exclusively – and the Foundation is keen to support communities in coming up with their own solutions to local issues of division. New initiatives and those that may have been tried before or are on-going are considered as long as the work has lasting benefits for those people the projects are aimed at.

In 2018, of the 153 grants awarded 112 were single grants with the remainder being for two or three years. The majority ranged from £750 to £15,000.

No deadline.

Read more and apply here.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.


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Banks Community Fund

Banks Community Fund

The Banks Community Fund provides support to community groups, voluntary organisations and environmental projects that are charitable, educational, philanthropic or benevolent in purpose, are located within close proximity of a current or proposed Banks Group development and provide benefit to the local community.

Funding will be awarded to projects that aim to do the following:

  • Bring land back into use.
  • Reduce or prevent pollution.
  • Provide information on sustainable waste management.
  • Build, improve or maintain public parks or amenities.
  • Build, improve or maintain community buildings or amenities.
  • Improve quality of life in a local environment.
  • Promote or conserve biological diversity through the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat or the maintenance or recovery of a species in its natural habitat.

Organisations must be open to the community (public) and allow access to your premises/project for a minimum of four evenings per week or two days per week or 104 days per year.

7 February 2019
9 May 2019
8 August 2019
7 November 2019

Read more and apply here. 

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