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EU Exit Implementation Group

Through our membership of the EU Exit Implementation Group, the North East VCSE sector’s voice was heard in national conversations around Brexit and its impact, and we're now working to help minimise the disruption on the sector following our exit from the EU.

EU funding

We advocate for the sector’s concerns and priorities in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the proposed replacement for European structural funding, working to influence its design and delivery for the benefit of North East communities.

Tees Valley Combined Authority

We lead on engagement with Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA), working in partnership with Tees Valley Local Infrastructure Organisations and other sector representatives. This work has led to the establishment of a Tees Valley VCSE Economic Growth and Inclusion Working Group.

Employment and skills

Within the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NE LEP) area we represent the sector on:

  • North East Employment and Skills Advisory Panel
  • Employment Inclusion and Progressions Steering Group
  • VCSE Employment, Inclusion and Skills Focus Group

Our partnership with Clinks ensures the voluntary sector in the North East is kept up to date with changes to criminal justice policy and provides the opportunity for a North East voice in Clinks' policy responses.

Informing the sector

We inform the sector about the issues impacting it through our various ebulletins, which are sent to more than 10,000 subscribers.

We also provide intelligence on the North East VCSE landscape to partners and stakeholders.

Sources of support

Local Infrastructure Organisations (LIOs) and volunteer centres are a vital source of support to the VCSE community in the North East and many of these offer support services, such as payroll processing.

We have a directory to help you find your nearest organisation, along with information about these services where available.

North East Local Enterprise Partnership

VONNE'S CEO Carol Botten sits on the board of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP), playing an active role in the delivery of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, as well as ensuring the views of the regional VCSE sector are well represented.

Health and wellbeing

We represent the VCSE sector as a strategic partner in health and care system-wide workstreams that form part of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS), the country's largest ICS which serves more than three million people.

ICS’s have evolved from sustainability and transformation partnerships and bring together NHS providers, commissioners and local authorities to work in partnership with the VCSE sector in planning and commissioning health and care services at a strategic level. VONNE leads on VCSE sector representation within the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) ICS, working with Cumbria CVS.  

As part of this work, we act as regional lead for the Thriving Communities programme.

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