VONNE's annual conference and AGM for 2021 will be held virtually once again, and will examine the topic of digital inclusion and how we can work together both within and beyond the sector to ensure equitable access to digital tools and technologies for all our people and communities.
A discussion panel will include speakers including Paul Hewitson from HartlePower, Amanda Bailey from The North East Child Poverty Commission, Andy Dean from Community Action Northumberland, Jacob Lant from Healthwatch, Adam Parnaby from Newcastle University's Open Lab and Michelle Rainbow from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, who will each at the issue from different perspectives and the implications and considerations for the sector. We'll then break into discussion groups to interrogate aspects of the debate in more detail and come up with the keys asks from the sector’s perspective.
Framed by what we've learned and experienced since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the needs, challenges and opportunities for the North East VCSE sector and its beneficiaries will be considered, paving the way for local action and innovation.
VONNE is part-funded by ERDF as part of the Catalysing Innovation in North East Clusters 2021-2023 project, delivered by the Innovation SuperNetwork.
Innovation SuperNetwork includes the Catalysing Innovation in North East Clusters 2021-2023 project, which is receiving up to £1.28m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
The Northern Powerhouse is a key aspect of this Government’s approach to addressing the productivity gap in the North and ensuring a stronger, more sustainable economy for all parts of the UK. Alongside over €1.5 billion of European Regional Development Fund support for businesses and communities across the North, the government has awarded £3.4 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Northern Powerhouse.