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Volunteers recognised with North Tyneside Chairman's Commendation Awards

VODA volunteers were among those presented with awards by Councillor Cath Davis MBE at the recent ceremony, including young volunteer Harry James (pictured far left) and volunteers from our Good Neighbours project and its shopping scheme, represented by (from second left to right) Beverley Wilkinson, Debbie Wood and Bill Magdwich. Read more here.

Meet the Volunteer Centre

VODA's Volunteer Centre provides support and information to volunteers and to organisations that involve volunteers - we also have a number of exciting new volunteering projects to tell you about. This creative event is aimed at professionals who want to find out more about the Volunteer Centre and how to get clients involved. For more information contact Robin Fry at VODA on 0191 643 2639.

VODA vs Collingwood Bowling Club - Third time lucky?

Our annual friendly bowls match again North Shields' Collingwood Bowling Club takes place later this week - will it be third time lucky for VODA or will it be another (crushing) defeat? Keep an eye on our website and Twitter feed for the results!

Next North Tyneside Volunteer Network meeting: Monday 3 July

The Network provides a friendly and supportive environment for organisations involving volunteers to share good practice, exchange ideas, develop joint initiatives and attend shared learning opportunities around volunteer management. The next meeting takes place at VODA on Monday 3 July, 10am to 11.30am - read more here or book your place by contacting Robin Fry on 0191 643 2626.


Small Charity Week

Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world. Events, campaigns and related resources can all be found on the website.

One of VODA's core roles is to support small charities operating in North Tyneside by providing advice, support, information and training. Contact us for more information.

What does the Queen's Speech mean for charities?

Following the General Election and the subsequent Queen's Speech, NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) has summarised some of the key points for charities, including what Brexit negotiations mean for the sector. Read more here.


Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Planning Event

Wednesday 28 June, 9.15am to 12.30pm at North Tyneside Council Chamber, Quadrant, Silverlink North 

The session will look at key health and wellbeing issues for the borough and how partners of the Board can work together. This is a great opportunity to directly influence the future of North Tyneside's Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board over the next year.

The event is open to all Health and Wellbeing Board members, as well as the other key partnership boards and groups across health, social care and wellbeing services in North Tyneside, including VCS organisations. Booking is essential. For more information or to book your place, please contact Michael Robson at North Tyneside Council on 0191 643 5359.

Free session with ex-pension minister, Sir Steve Webb

Tait Walker Chartered Accountants are holding a free event with Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy at Royal London Insurance. Sir Webb, who was also the longest serving Minister of State for Pensions between 2010 and 2015, will present his thoughts on his time in Government, the state of the nation’s retirement planning now and where we go from here. The talk takes place at Tait Walker's Regent Centre office in Gosforth, Newcastle, on Tuesday 27 June, 3.30pm to 4.50pm. Places are limited and must be booked. Read more here or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Heart of the Community Business Awards

Barnardo's seeking Supported Lodgings hosts

Could you offer short-term lodgings and support to a vulnerable young person? Barnardo's provide supported lodgings to young people who are either leaving care or who are homeless - they are seeking hosts as part of the scheme. Read more here or telephone Barnardo's 0191 253 2127.

NE Youth: Youth Action Employability programme

Delivered over the week beginning 10 July, this programme is for young people aged 16-25, who are not engaged in education, employment or training. The programme is delivered in a fun and engaging youth work style, and includes a networking masterclass, planning and running a pop up café for a day, and an interview with Starbucks for anyone who is interested. Read more here.

Social Investment Networking Breakfast and 1-2-1s

Northstar Ventures are holding a networking breakfast session for North East VCSE organisations on Thursday 6 July, 8am to 10am at the Tyneside Cinema Café in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Northstar will also be offering informal 1-2-1s with their Social Investment managers, on a first come first served basis. So if you'd like to have a chat about your ideas, learn more about how social investment works, or just want to introduce yourself, let them know. For more information or to book your place email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , specifying if you'd like to also book in for a 1-2-1, and if you have any dietary requirements. Read more here.

Trustee vacancies

Among local organisations looking for new trustees are:
If you are looking for trustees and would like VODA to help publicise the vacancies, please get in touch.

Job vacancy at North Tyneside Carers' Centre

Young Carers Activities Sessional Support Worker, £9 per hour

The post holder will play a key role within the Young Carers Project providing support to young carers age 5-18 who are accessing the Activities and Breaks Service. The activities allow young carers to access a regular break from their caring role. Activities are run on week nights and during school holidays Monday to Friday. Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 5 July. Read more and apply here.

Job vacancy at Key Enterprises

General Manager, salary negotiable based on candidate's skills and experiences
Key Enterprises has been providing services to people in the North East with mental health problems and learning disabilities since 1983. The company is looking to appoint a new General Manager with the skills and experience to lead the company to ensure the delivery of its strategic aims and to grow the range and quality the service provides to local people. Closing date for applications is noon on Friday 30 June. Read more and apply here.
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LA7 European Social Funding (ESF) Grants 

Deadline: 31 July

Grants of up to £15K are  available to third sector organisations to support unemployed and economically inactive people to help their progression towards further learning and employment. Projects should support a range of activities which may include: initial help with basic skills; skills development; training, advice and counselling; confidence building. Read more and request an application pack here.

Stop Loan Sharks Fund (last chance to apply)

Deadline: 30 June

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to community projects that:
  • Contribute to raising the awareness of the dangers of using loan sharks
  • Prevent crime and disorder and publicises the Stop Loan Sharks message
  • Promote the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) in communities
  • Encourage reporting of loan sharks
Read more here or download an application form here.

Rosa: Women to Women Fund

Deadline: 6 July

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available to groups with an income of under £100,000 per year. This will support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women: from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making – and much more besides. They are interested in funding work that increases impact and sustainability - grants can pay for core costs such as staff salaries, office rent and staff training; as well as project costs such as drop-in support services, mobilising volunteers and outreach. There is a two-stage application process. Read more and apply here.

Greggs Foundation: North East Core Funding

Deadline: 30 August

Offers grants of up to £15,000 a year, for up to three years, to help cover core running costs. The programme supports organisations (with a turnover of £300,000 or less) that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in the North East, particularly those that support:
  • people with disabilities
  • homeless people
  • voluntary carers
  • older and isolated people
Read more and apply here.

News from the Dulverton Trust

The Trust has announced that the Four Acre Trust has granted them £400,000 enabling them to make additional grants under the Youth Opportunities and General Welfare categories of their own funding streams during 2017/18.

The application process remains unchanged. The Trust offers registered charities (including CIOs) grants to medium-sized charities (with an income of between £200,000 to £5 million) whose work falls under one of the following priority areas:
  • Youth opportunities
  • General welfare
  • Conservation
  • Preservation
  • Peace and Humanitarian support
Read more and apply here.

Old Possum's Practical Trust

Makes grants of between £500 and £5,000 for artistic, aesthetic, literary, musical or theatrical projects. All applications must demonstrate a high level of sustainability and contextual impact. Priority will be given to those which have an impact on future literary work and display enterprise in their artistic endeavour. Read more and apply here.
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