Introduction to Innovation for the VCSE sector: Gateshead

We’re pleased to announce our sixth free introductory session on innovation for the VCSE sector will be coming to Gateshead this December in partnership with Newcastle CVS.

Innovation, Governance, Leadership 

This event is part of VONNE's programme of support to the VCSE sector for Innovation, Governance and Leadership.  

It has been made possible by funding from the ERDF.


This is the sixth free introductory session on innovation for the VCSE sector in the region, this time taking place in Gateshead on 3rd December in partnership with Newcastle CVS.

The half day workshop will be led by innovation expert Michael Coates, MD of Protostar, who has supported organisations across all sectors to embrace innovation and make their organisations more efficient. The session will be fast paced and enlightening.

What is Innovation?

Innovation is rarely about inventing something new, but taking an existing item or process and finding new ways of creating value from it.  

For instance, Age UK, offering a lottery ticket. Charity wrist bands, now so common, were first used by a cancer charity and have been taken one step further by 4Ocean, who make bracelets from the plastic they remove from the ocean and use the funds to remove more.

This workshop will cover:

  • What is the difference between innovation and invention?

  • Why you should be interested in innovation

  • The potential risks of not innovating

  • How it applies to services and work processes (i.e. what you do as a VCSE organisation) and not just products like cars

  • How it can be used to save money

  • What a culture of innovation requires

  • A glimpse of some easy to learn techniques for encouraging innovation.

  • Further support available from VONNE through the programme

Places will be capped at 20 for this workshop, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


December 3rd, 2019 9:15 AM   to   1:00 PM
Youth Focus North East
New Century House
West Street
Gateshead, TWR NE8 1HR
United Kingdom
Phone: 01912332000