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Please note the next e-bulletin will be issued on 10 August.

Dragons wanted for Pitch Perfect events

We're looking for members of the voluntary and community sector, local businesses and residents to take part in two Soup Dragon events, offering young entrepreneurs advice and expertise on their ideas for community projects. The events, which are part of VODA’s National Citizen Service programme, will be taking place from 2pm to 4pm at The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields on Wednesday 26 July and Wednesday 16 August.  Read more here or contact Robin Fry at VODA on 0191 643 2626.

VODA Photography Competition now open for entries

We want to see your images on the theme of 'Community Action' for our first ever photography competition. There are three prizes and we'll be using the images to promote the value of the sector on our (new) website and in our promotional material. Full details and terms and conditions can be found on our website. The closing date for entries is 1 September 2017.

Extension leads and plugs - free to a good home!

VODA has a number of extension leads and plugs that are surplus to requirements - contact us on 0191 643 2626 if your group or organisation could make use of them. We strongly recommend that groups PAT test the equipment before use and that extensions are not overloaded.


New Charity Governance Code launched


The Code, which has been produced by NCVO along with steering group partners, provides a clear set of governance standards which charities and their trustees can aspire and work toward. Seven principles make up the new code, each with a rationale, key outcomes and recommended practice. Read more here and look out for VODA's own summary in the next issue of VODA News.

Preparing for GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) reform

Every organisation that processes personal data must be compliant with new GDPR and data protection rules that come in to force on 25 May 2018, and this includes charities and voluntary organisations. NCVO has published a 12-point plan, adapted from the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) guidance. Read more here.

What does the future of civil society look like?

Civil Society Futures is an independent inquiry in to the future of civil society. Over two years the inquiry will explore how the sector can adapt to the changing political and economic landscape, as well as how it can shape the future. A call out has been made for members of the public to contribute to the inquiry offering a number of ways to do so. Read more here.


North Tyneside Business Awards

Nominations are now open for the North Tyneside Business Awards, which recognise those business that go the extra mile in the local community. See the poster for details of categories and how to nominate or read more here.

North Tyneside Council’s Engagement Team

North Tyneside Council’s Engagement Team will be out and about across the borough over the summer months seeking views from residents and visitors about the things that are important to them.  If you have any events or fun days that members of the team could consider coming along to, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 0191 643 2828.

Your Big C and Me: North Tyneside support group

The new North East charity supports young people indirectly affected by cancer by providing activities and support sessions throughout their loved ones' cancer journey. See the poster for more information or visit the website.

Trustee vacancy (Treasurer) at North Tyneside Carers' Centre

At an exciting time of development, the Carers' Centre is looking for a Treasurer to join its existing team to ensure that it carries out its charitable purposes and delivers its strategic plan. Read more here or contact Claire Easton on 0191 643 2298 for more information.

Volunteering opportunities with Beach Access North East (BANE)

Beach Access North East (BANE) helps people with physical limitations to access North East beaches through the free loan provision of equipment and wheelchairs. They are looking for volunteers to join the organisation - duties would include meeting clients at the beach, logging out equipment and basic maintenance. They are also looking for volunteers to help in the setting up and running of their information stall at Tynemouth Summer Fayre on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August. For more information telephone 0300 9994444 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Survey for unpaid carers

Healthwatch North Tyneside is aiming to gather feedback from carers about their experiences of giving additional care to the person they care for when the person is in hospital. They have created a short survey to collect carers’ comments - read more here.

Local NHS Services survey

NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group want to hear about people's experiences, positive or negative, of using local NHS services. A short survey has been created to gather feedback with the aim of improving services as a result. Take the survey here.

Free tours of the Sikh Gurudwara throughout the summer

Guided tours of the Gurudwara (the place of community and prayer for Sikhs and others) in Newcastle upon Tyne are taking place each weekday from now until 1 September. Read more here for dates, times and contact details.
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North Tyneside Council Small Grants Fund

Deadline: 9am on 4 September

Following a review of its funding for the voluntary and community sector, North Tyneside Council has reduced the overall funding available to VCS organisations to £25,000 but relaunched a new, fairer Small Grants scheme (with the involvement of VODA and previous grantees). VCS organisations based in North Tyneside can apply for up to £3,000 of funding, though it is expected that most applications will be for smaller amounts. Two appointment dates have been arranged on 8 and 21 August for any organisations that would like help with the application process. Groups should be able to demonstrate how their ideas would help to meet the priorities identified in the Council Plan, Creating a Brighter Future. Read more and apply here.

Scottish Power Foundation

Deadline: 31 July so you'll need to be quick

Grants of up to £25,000 are available to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations  for projects addressing the following themes:
  • The advancement of education
  • The advancement of environmental protection
  • The advancement of the arts, heritage, culture or science
  • The prevention or relief of poverty and the relief of those in need by reason of disability or other disadvantage
  • The advancement of citizenship and community development
Priority will be given to projects that address one or more of the following objectives of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (see the website for details). Funding is for one year only. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: Local Environmental Action (LEAF)

Deadline: 1 August

The Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF) exists to help people to deliver projects that tackle environmental issues in their local area within Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Grants of between £250 and £20,000 are available to voluntary and community organisations for revenue and/or capital projects.
Priority in 2017/18 will be given to applications covering one or more of the following specific environmental themes:
  1. Pollution and litter
  2. Woodlands and trees
  3. Sustainable transport (e.g. walking and cycling schemes)
Applications of up to £2,000 can be submitted any time. Applications for funding of between £2,000 and £20,000 will be considered twice a year – the next deadline for which is 1 August. Read more and apply here.

Comic Relief Care Home Challenge

Deadline: noon on 4 August so you'll need to be quick

UK-based care home providers (both charity and non-charity) can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to deliver activities to improve the wellbeing of residents, and help staff and residents forge stronger relationships. There is particular interest in activities as an opportunity to build bigger positive change within care homes that will be sustained beyond the life of the funding. As this initiative sits under Comic Relief’s ‘Health and Wellbeing’ programme area, applications which encourage physical or mental activity, movement and increased mobility, social connections and engagement for residents will be prioritised. Care homes must be registered with the Care Quality Commission. Read more and apply here.

Community Foundation: Combatting Isolation

Deadline: 12 noon on 17 August

Community and voluntary sector organisations with an income over £50,000 can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects of up to one year's duration through this new Community Foundation fund. Applicants must have a substantial track record of supporting older people in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The fund will support discrete programmes of activity of up to one year's duration that:
  • facilitate the active participation of older people in community life and/or
  • address the problem of older people’s social isolation, for example through the provision of leisure, learning and vocational opportunities
Read more and apply here.

Comic Relief: Active Ageing Fund

Deadline: noon on 29 August

New £1.5 million fund to engage older people aged 65 and over from 'harder to reach' groups to get involved in opportunities which use their skills , knowledge and experience to contribute to their communities. Comic Relief are looking to fund creative, fresh approaches that provide meaningful roles for older people and ensure they are recognised and valued for their contribution. Proposals are welcome for between £40,000 and £80,000 for up to three years work in the UK. Read more and apply here.

The Fore

Deadline: 29 August

Provides grants of up to £30,000 for up to three years to small registered charities (annual income less than £1 million). They make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation, for example, enabling your organisation to take a step forward in its development or giving you the chance to do something you couldn't before. There is a simple application process but this is a first-come first-serve basis fund and once the allocation for each round is reached it will be closed. Read more and apply here

Sport England Families Fund

Deadline for expressions of interest: 3pm on 31 August

Offers grant between £50,000 and £500,000 for up to four years to projects that will increase activity levels of families in lower socio-economic groups with children aged 5 to 15 and support families to be active together. There is a lot of supporting information in the Fund Prospectus, including the challenges Sport England are trying to address with this fund and guidance on the application process. Read more and apply here.


Deadline: 22 September

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. Read more and apply here.

Greggs Foundation: Local Communities Project Fund

Deadline: 29 September

Makes grants to eligible organisations who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community (including people who are: disabled or suffering chronic illness; living in poverty; voluntary carers; homeless; isolated older people). Grants of up to £2,000 are available to projects that improve resilience in communities, including sessional activities/respite support, equipment for activities, trips and residential breaks. Please note, large organisations with an income over £300,000 are unlikely to be successful. Read more and apply here.
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