Trustees & Annual Report
Andy Burtenshaw, while we said a fond farewell to Rob Gibbons, who has been a fantastic advocate for VODA. There was the presentation of VODA’s Annual Report 2019 to 2020 and supporting animation.
Panel Discussion on the impacts of COVID-19
We also could not avoid the hot topic of the year, which although technically occurs in our next financial year, we felt it was important to recognise the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the people, groups and organisations in North Tyneside.
We were delighted that BBC Journalise Luke Walton agreed to host a panel discussion featuring LD:NorthEast, Walking With in North Tyneside, The Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Kerry White, a Good Neighbours beneficiary turned volunteer who kindly shared her personal experience of the pandemic.
You can watch the panel discussion here:
Voices from behind the door
Andy Butenshaw, newly elected VODA Trustee: “Thanks, it has been an incredible session and particularly moved by the end piece as already the first lockdown feels a long way behind us. Enjoyed the panel discussed and especially hearing from Kerry, whose experiences are very different from my own. Great pride in becoming a Trustee for VODA and determined to support and encourage the organisation to face and meet the challenges ahead.”
Charlotte Mulvaney, Linskill Centre: “It’s been a really great engaging meeting – lots to take away, big thanks from Linskill.”
Wayne Dobson, Cedarwood Trust: “Wow…. lost for words…. thank you, this year has been such a blur the piece really hits home the journey of 2020.. fantastic AGM.”
Laura Lowther, St Oswald’s Hospice: “Really powerful piece – deserves as wide an audience as possible. FANTASTIC stuff from VODA, it’s projects and partners.”