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VODA Photography Competition - Enter now!

We have launched a photography competition for the voluntary and community sector of North Tyneside. We'd love to see your images on the theme of 'community action' - anything from events you've held and trips you've organised to your day-to-day work in the community. Entries will be judged by a panel of VODA board members, staff and volunteers. The closing date for submissions is Friday 1 September 2017 and by submitting your image, you are giving VODA permission to use your photograph on our website and in other promotional material. Read more here, including full terms and conditions.

Workplace Mental Health Awareness: Free workshop on 27 April

Our next free Sector Connector workshop will help you to gain a basic awareness of potential mental health problems in workplace settings, how to support employees experiencing mental health problems and how to maintain a healthy workplace. Delivered by Tyneside and Northumberland Mind, the session takes place on Thursday 27 April, 10am to 12 noon at VODA. Read more and book here or telephone 0191 643 2626.

Summer Volunteer Recruitment Fair: 3 June

Thinking about volunteering over the summer? Looking for a new challenge or want to help a cause you care about by offering your time and skills? Find out about some of the fantastic volunteering opportunities available in North Tyneside at our next Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday 3 June, 10am to 2pm at North Shields Library.

There will be a wide range of organisations attending which involve volunteers in their work. Come along to meet them and find out if there's an opportunity to suit you!

Read more here.


General Election - what should charities be doing?

In light of the Prime Minister's announcement that a General Election will take place on 8 June, charities are being encouraged to follow guidance issued by the Charity Commission on what activities are and are not appropriate. Read the guidance here.

National body NCVO and Civil Society magazine have also published guidance for the third sector in the run up to the election.

Template accounts pack for charitable companies

The Charity Commission has launched a new accounts templates pack to help trustees of small charitable companies with an income of under £500,000 prepare their accounts. Read more here.

Volunteers' Week 2017 - resource pack

A resource pack has been published for any organisations preparing events during this year's Volunteers' Week, which takes place from 1-7 June. Read more here.


North of Tyne Devolution: An update

The three North of Tyne local authorities (Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland) are clear in their commitment to devolution of powers and significant funding to the North East, and have begun formal negotiations with Government for a new North of Tyne devolution deal.

Read VODA's update on North Of Tyne Devolution here.

North Tyneside Council Chairman's Commendation Awards open for nominations

The Chairman’s Commendation scheme is designed to recognise the contribution of volunteers, raise the profile of volunteering and increase awareness of the valuable work undertaken by volunteers.  Nominations are sought for individuals or groups where voluntary activity is undertaken within the borough of North Tyneside. The closing date for receipt of nominations is Wednesday 17 May when all entries will be considered by the Commendation Award Panel. Thereafter, successful nominees and their nominator will be invited to attend an awards presentation in the Council Chamber at the Quadrant building. Read more and nominate here. Alternatively you can request a paper copy of the nomination form from Carol Girvan on 0191 643 5347.

Volunteer community members required for North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board

North Tyneside Safeguarding Children Board (NTSCB) is looking to recruit a resident of North Tyneside to become a Lay Member of the Board. This is a great opportunity to help make sure that all of the council's agencies are effectively safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children across the borough. The closing date for applications is Friday 26 May. Read more here.

New Beach Access charity to launch

Newly registered charity Beach Access North East (B.A.N.E) aims to provide equipment to support people with physical disabilities, to allow them to enjoy as much freedom as possible on local beaches. The Scheme will launch on 29 May with wheelchairs at Tynemouth between 10am and 12 noon and at Blyth South Beach between 2pm and 4pm. The charity is also seeking volunteers to administer the scheme, help with fundraising and to book the wheelchairs out and in at the two locations. Visit the website for more information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Launch of new heritage project at the Linskill Centre

Following the success of the 'Linskill Life' project, the Linskill Centre in North Shields is to launch a new heritage project which aims to capture and celebrate the community history of the Centre from 1984 to the present day. The Linskill Life After School project will officially launch at two drop-in events on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 May. They are also looking for stories and memories from anyone who has used the Centre during this time. Read more here or contact Cath Walshaw on 0191 257 8000 for more information.

Interest in an over 50s LGBT group in North Tyneside

Age UK North Tyneside are exploring the possibility of starting a new LGBT support group for over 50s in North Tyneside, in addition to the transgender group they already have. They have produced a short survey to gather views on the idea - read more here.

Job Vacancies at YMCA North Tyneside

YMCA North Tyneside is looking to recruit a number of roles:
  • Full-time Nursery Manager at its new nursery in North Shields: closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 28 April. Read more and apply here.
  • Sleep-In Housing Support Worker: closing date for applications 12 noon on Friday 5 May. Read more and apply here.
  • Night Concierge (2 x part-time roles): closing date for applications 12 noon on Friday 5 May. Read more and apply here.
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Police and Crime Commissioner's Community Fund - last chance to apply

Deadline: 30 April

Groups supporting their neighbourhoods and communities are invited to apply for grants of up to £2,000 for community activities or projects supporting key priorities in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan, which are:
  • Reducing anti-social behaviour
  • Promoting crime prevention
  • Building community confidence
To apply for the grant groups should submit an application form saying what they want to achieve from the project and how it specifically supports the priorities within the Police and Crime Plan. Read more and apply here.

Comic Relief Community Cash

Deadline: 12 noon on 5 May

Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for projects of one year's duration. The fund will support work where there is a clear evidence of a beneficial impact on people's lives who are excluded or disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disabilities, race, sexuality or gender. Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations (income of less than £100,000) in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community. Please see the guidelines for examples of activities that will be funded. Read more and apply here.

#iwill Youth Social Action Fund (Comic Relief)

Deadline: 12 noon on 12 May

Comic Relief is currently inviting proposals which engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in creative and meaningful youth social action. Projects should be able to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant’ young people in their own community; and demonstrate how they will engage those young people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action. Youth social action can include any activities around campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which can create a double benefit for communities and the young person themselves. Priority will be given to activities focused on the following areas:
  • Mental Health
  • Children in care, or those who have left care
  • Homelessness
  • LGBTQ+
Grants of between £20,000 to £50,000 per year for up to three years (with a maximum of £150,000 in total). Read more and apply here.

Greggs Foundation: North East Core Funding Programme

Next deadline: 18 May

Awards grants to smaller charitable organisations based in the North East of England that make a difference to people in need, with a focus on projects based in areas of high deprivation. Organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be considered. Grants of up to £15,000 per annum for up to three years are available to organisations that are supporting otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those in the following priority groups:
  • People with disabilities
  • Homeless people
  • Voluntary carers
  • Older and isolated people
The programme supports the core revenue costs of organisations rather than project costs or positions. Preference is given to funding existing work with a proven track record, rather than new work. Read more and apply here.

Bupa UK Foundation: Healthy Futures - Empowering young adults

Next deadline: 19 May

The Healthy Futures funding programme focuses on young adults aged 18 to 25 - the Foundation is specifically interested in projects that will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of young adults who face ongoing health challenges, supporting and empowering them to live life to the full. They are looking to fund practical projects designed to engage and support people directly. The majority of grants awarded are for £20,000 or under (though a small number of larger grants have been awarded). Read more and apply here.

John D Grassroots Fund

Next deadline: 4pm on 26 May

Supports community groups based in Tyne & Wear, with an annual income of under £75k, that wish to run out-of-school activities for children and young people. Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available for creative/artistic activities for children and young people that encourage them to be creative, have fun, and which could inspire them to take up a creative hobby/pastime - see the guidelines for examples of projects. Grants can cover sessional tutor and delivery costs; creative resources and materials; or local trips and relevant outings. Read more and apply here.

Joicey Trust

Next deadline: 31 May

The Trust makes grants to registered charities in the North East for a wide range of capital and revenue projects. Application forms can be downloaded from the website and returned via email or post. Read more here.

Bright Ideas Fund (Round 2)

Next deadline: 31 May

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give community groups the support and tools to set up a community business. It will also offer groups the early stage finance needed need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs. Grants of up to £20,000 are available (average is expected to be around £14,000). Support on offer includes an online induction, Community Business development plans, mentoring and visits, and regional networking events. Read more and apply here.

Austin Hope and Pilkington Trust

Next deadline: 31 May

Grants of up to £5,000 to registered charities with an income over £500,000 are available for projects that relate to music and the arts. Priority is given to projects that focus on
  • homelessness
  • domestic abuse
  • prisoners/offenders
  • training/education
  • counselling/support
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • activities for those with limited access or opportunities
Read more and apply here

Sir James Knott Trust

Next deadline: 16 June
The Trust supports community projects in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and County Durham, which come under one of the following themes:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Issues and Events
  • Education and Training
  • Environment
  • Health and Sport
  • Heritage
  • Housing
  • Public Services
  • Service Charities
The average grant amount is £4,500 but the Trust can fast-track applications for under £1,000. Applications should be made in writing, including the information specified on the website. Read more and apply here.

Heritage Lottery Fund: Young Roots Heritage

Rolling programme 

Grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 are available to organisations that provide young people aged 11-25 with opportunities to plan and deliver a heritage project. Successful projects should help young people learn about heritage, acquire new skills and interests and connect them with their communities. Projects should be led by a partnership between heritage and youth organisations and applicants must be able to demonstrate that young people have been involved. Applications from BAME and disability groups are encouraged. Please see the website for examples of previously-funded projects. Read more and apply here.

Garfield Weston Foundation - new website and guidelines

Rolling programme 

The Foundation provides one-off grants are available to registered charities in the UK for a wide range of projects in the areas of: welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education, health and museums and heritage. There are new downloadable guidelines available on the Foundation's new website, along with case studies of previously-funded projects. There are two grants programmes: regular grants of up to £100,000; and major grants over £100,000 (please see website for details). Read more and apply here.
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