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Responsible Technology Leadership for Charities and Social Enterprises
Doteveryone is hosting a series of one-day seminars to help leaders of social enterprises and charities already deliveri
20 Feb 2019
Office for Civil Society: Preparing for EU Exit
The Office for Civil Society aims to support civil society during the process of EU exit. They want to ensure the sector has access to all of the information the government has made available on preparing for EU exit and ensure that civil society sector organisations have an opportunity to let the government know any views or concerns it may have. They have published a special bulletin on preparing for EU exit which will be of interest to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
11 Feb 2019
The inaugural NAVCA Awards are now open for nominations from our members. There are nine categories including leadership, story telling and rising stars, and we'll be announcing the winners at a ceremony on 19 March in London. The closing date for nominations is Sunday 24 February 2019. Find out more.
11 Feb 2019
Applications open for ageing accelerator
North East businesses and start-ups developing innovative solutions in the ageing sector can now apply to take part in our full Ageing Innovation Accelerator. Following an intensive series of workshops to outline some of the challenges and opportunities associated with an ageing society, the accelerator provides a package of support to help budding innovators bring their ideas to market. This includes up to £12,500 of investment from Northstar Ventures and 6 months office space on Newcastle Helix, courtesy of Newcastle City Council.
11 Feb 2019
Charity Ethical Principles
NCVO have published a set of Charity Ethical Prinicples to support charities and provide a framework within which relevant policies and procedures can be developed and reviewed. They can help charities in their decision making and in developing relevant policies and procedures. Dame Mary Marsh led the development of the Charity Ethical Principles, supported by NCVO and a wider advisory group representing the sector.
28 Jan 2019
Tender opportunity: Monitoring and Evaluation Brief
Newcastle United Foundation’s ‘United Futures’ programme will have a direct influence in creating a better future for disadvantaged communities through positive experiences of involvement and inclusion. The Foundation will deliver a ground breaking programme of activity where people of any age and ability can enjoy sport, exercise and personal development opportunities without barriers. They want to appoint an external partner to create a robust framework to show the specific programme outcomes have been delivered.
28 Jan 2019
Tees Valley Local Industrial Strategy
Tees Valley has been identified as a ‘wave 2’ area to develop a Local Industrial Strategy (LIS). It is important that the LIS is informed by local intelligence, and that the priorities identified set a shared course to increase productivity in the region. To ensure that there is broad stakeholder involvement to develop the strategy Tees Valley Combined Authority will be holding a series of 'Sector Challenge' engagement events over the coming months (based around priority sectors and the key themes, or foundations of productivity).
23 Jan 2019
Invitation to quote - communications and marketing
Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind are inviting consultants to quote for the following: Developing a communication strategy. Implementing a communication strategy. Support with regular communication activities. Submissions should include details of:
18 Jan 2019
Consultancy offer for VCSEs
Newcastle University Careers Service is offering the opportunity to social enterprises, charitable organisations and start-ups to have a team of skilled students work on proposing solutions to a challenge you face in your organisation, who will produce a report giving a full overview of their approach and a fully costed and rationalised ‘solution’ – the idea being that your organisation could pick up the report and make it happen.
14 Jan 2019
North East benefits from £11.5 million Loneliness Fund
A number of North East based VCSE organisations have been awarded funding from the Government's £11.5 million Loneliness Fund. Amongst the 126 grantees are:
14 Jan 2019
Local Charities Day 2018
Friday 14 December is Local Charities Day, celebrating the fantastic work local charities do around the country. The North East is home to approximately 7000 voluntary, community and social enterprises, nearly half of which have a turnover of under £10,000. Find out more about the North East VCSE sector on our infographic taken from the last Third Sector Trends study. There are a number of ways to get involved:
12 Dec 2018
New programme launches to improve third sector access to European funds
Civil Society Involvement (CSI) will work to help third sector organisations access European Funding ahead of Brexit and to shape future legacy funds. The new programme has launched to help voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across England access European funding for the remaining 2014-2020 programme. The project will also work to influence the shape of future legacy funds post-Brexit, including the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).
7 Dec 2018
The Charity Awards 2019
Applications are now open for the 2019 Charity Awards. Ten individual awards are given for charities working in different sectors, and an overall winner and lifetime achievement winner are also celebrated. The deadline for applications is Friday 22 February 2019, with judging taking place in April. The presentation ceremony will take place on Wednesday 5 June. Visit charityawards.co.uk for full details.
3 Dec 2018
Tender opportunity: Clinical Governance Consultant
Changing Lives have a tender opportunity for a Clinical Governance Consultant working in Gateshead. They are looking to procure a consultant to review current governance arrangements and make recommendations in relation to current processes, building capacity to provide robust supply chain management of clinical sub-contractors as well as future and ensure we are able to provide maximise opportunities for other clinical areas of work. A full list of key tasks is included in the specification.
30 Nov 2018
Manifesto for Change
The fundraising profession is less diverse than the charity sector as a whole, and less diverse than UK society. Throughout the profession there is under-representation of BAME, LGBT+ and disabled people and men, with unequal progression for women fundraisers. The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) have launched a Manifesto for Change as part of the Change Collective - a movement to make fundraising an equal, diverse and inclusive profession where everyone is the right fit. The Manifesto's desired outcomes:
26 Nov 2018
Call for expression of interest to host NE Child Poverty Commission
Call for expression of interest to host NECPC issued by the independent chair (Jane Streather)
26 Nov 2018
Young women's leadership programme mentors needed
The Angelou Centre in partnership with FORWARD - a leading African diaspora women's campaign and support organisation are delivering a programme that will not only enable participants to address pertinent social issues, but will enhance the self-efficacy and employability of young minority ethnic women in the North East.
22 Nov 2018
Civil Society Futures: final findings released
The independent inquiry into the future of civil society has released its final findings, following two years of consultation involving over 3,000 people and over 50 events, including the VONNE annual conference 2017.
21 Nov 2018
Charity Digital Code launched
The UK’s first digital code of practice for charities has launched, providing practical advice on improving your digital capabilities. The Code was shaped through a consultation and pilot phase, during which VONNE inputted into the development, and there are two versions of the code, one for larger charities and one for smaller organisations. The Code includes seven principles to be considered by charities wanting to develop their digital activity:
16 Nov 2018
The value of volunteering in the North
This new report into volunteering in the North has been published by IPPR North. The bedrock of civil society is its core of small and informal groups where people have come together to make a difference to their local areas. Most of these organisations have no employees and their financial resources are often very limited. But they survive and thrive because of the hours of work put in by their unpaid volunteers.
12 Nov 2018
Charity Sector reaction to the Autumn Budget 2018
On Monday afternoon Philip Hammond delivered the latest Budget. This included key funding announcements for Universal Credit, the NHS and local government as well as a small number of targeted announcements for charities.
30 Oct 2018
EU Settlement Scheme Grant Funding from Home Office
25 Oct 2018
NAVCA launches 'Collaboration in Practice'
NAVCA has launched this 'collection of stories about good things that happen when we work together'. Provided by local infrastructure organisations throughout England, the publication showcases a variety of examples from NAVCA members. Collaboration in Practice can be read via Issuu from the NAVCA website.
22 Oct 2018
How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal
Government continues to publish technical notices on how individuals and organisations should prepare in the scenario that the UK leaves the EU with no deal. Numerous technical notices apply to civil society organisations as well as their employees and beneficiaries. For example, there are multiple notices on how organisations who apply and receive EU funding should prepare. Visit www.gov.uk for further details.
22 Oct 2018
From 2-16 November the #iwill campaign are calling for greater involvement to further empower and celebrate the stories of young people by enabling them to describe the impact they’re having on the communities and causes they care so much about. The #iwill campaign promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves.
22 Oct 2018
Charity Governance Awards 2019
The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities both small and large. We all know that effective governance makes a difference. And by sharing examples of inspirational trustees and brilliant boards we want to show how great governance and doing good go hand-in-hand.
22 Oct 2018
Opportunity with NCS: Be part of something amazing for young people
National Citizen Service (NCS) have opportunities for potential suppliers to bid for new contracts, supporting the delivery of the NCS programme and recruitment of young people to experience the NCS programme. They are seeking organisations who can play to their strengths and there are two types of contracts available in the North East, London and South West regions.
10 Oct 2018
Charity Commission publishes new five year strategy
The Charity Commission has unveiled a new five-year strategy for the sector, demanding higher standards of behaviour. In her speech launching the Strategy Baroness Stowell said that charities must do more to set a good example and hold themselves to the highest standard of charitable behaviour. The Strategy includes five objectives:
8 Oct 2018
Consultancy offer for VCSEs
Newcastle University is inviting voluntary, community and social enterprises to participate in and benefit from an exclusive opportunity to develop practical solutions to current challenges that your organisation may face. The aim is to collaborate with a small team of enthusiastic students, who will apply their valuable and diverse experience and expertise and provide you with relevant, real world solutions to those challenges, over the course of a 9-week University module project 'Developing Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Employability'. Previous projects include:
8 Oct 2018
Briefing paper looks at Brexit ‘unknowns’
The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper discussing some of the main ‘unknowns’ surrounding the Brexit process and the withdrawal agreement that is currently being negotiated with the EU. The paper covers areas such as the UK’s future relationship with the EU, the Irish border question, free movement of people, food and farming, and international and defence relations. Whilst some of the ‘unknowns’ flagged up in the first Brexit Unknowns briefing paper in November 2016 have now been somewhat or largely clarified, others are still unknown or largely unknown.
5 Oct 2018
Call to turn Civil Society Strategy into £7bn of action
Charity sector leaders have called on Philip Hammond to build on the 'vision' set out in the Civil Society Strategy by taking action on dormant assets and the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Hammond will deliver the autumn budget on 29 October and leaders are calling on him to designate the £2bn identified by the Dormant Assets Commission in 2017 for "strategic, long-term investment in civil society organisations".
8 Oct 2018
Free tool to help charity leaders understand value of digital
A new toolkit called Why do digital? has been launched to help charity chief executives and trustees understand the benefits of embracing new technology. Topics covered include key trends, fundraising, service delivery and culture. If you sign up for the resource you'll receive an email once a day with ten "bite-sized" pieces of content that can be read in two minutes. Sign up is via www.platypusdigital.com.
8 Oct 2018
Charity Finance Week 2018
Civil Society are celebrating excellence in charity ﬁnance practice through a dedicated week of events, content and thought leadership initiatives. There are events throughout the week and you can follow the conversation on Twitter at #CharityFinanceWeek
8 Oct 2018
GeNErosity Festival of Philanthropy and Giving
County Durham Community Foundation announce ‘GeNErosity – A Festival of Philanthropy and Giving in the North East’ taking place from 7th–27th November 2018 in partnership with Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Newcastle University.
4 May 2018
Heat Heroes Awards 2018
NEA has launched the Heat Heroes Awards 2018. The awards aim to recognise individuals within communities in England and Wales who have made a significant contribution to helping those struggling with the effects of fuel poverty. If this sounds like someone you know, just send a submission of no more than 500 words by 16 November. Download the flyer and application form for full details (PDF: 1.89 MB).
24 Sep 2018
Call for generous unsung heroes in communities across the North East
The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is calling for people to nominate their unsung heroes in the community, who donate their money and time to worthwhile causes, but rarely have their generosity recognised publicly.
24 Sep 2018
North East Charity Awards: shortlist announced
The judging panel for the North East Charity Awards, including VONNE's outgoing CEO Jane Hartley, have announced this year's shortlist: Outstanding individual contribution to charity: Stewart Bailey; Carol Briggs; Ivan Hollingsworth. Uniquely North East award: Blyth Star Enterprises; The Children’s Foundation; Foundation of Light, MFC Foundation and Newcastle United Foundation. Outstanding social enterprise award: TTE Technical Training Group; Urban Mushrooms; YMCA North Tyneside.
17 Sep 2018
Brexit will be bad for charities and beneficiaries
This is the message being delivered by the Charity Finance Group (CFG) in its recent report on the impact of Brexit on charities. CFG is calling on the government to adopt a six-point plan to create a better outcome for the sector. The organisation’s recommendations to government include securing complete freedom for the UK to change VAT rules, to ensure services are funded to the same level that they are currently funded by the EU and for the UK to remain able to flexibly pool resources to access EU funds in key areas such as international aid.
14 Sep 2018
A Quiet Crisis: local government spending on disadvantage
Lloyds Bank Foundation have published new research undertaken by New Policy Institute which looks at local government spending on disadvantage across England since 2011/12. Some of the key findings include:
14 Sep 2018
Northern Powergrid gets animated about supporting vulnerable customers
Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for keeping the lights on across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is getting animated when it comes to helping customers who may be more vulnerable in a power cut. The electricity network operator has launched a series of new animations to share how it can provide extra support to customers who join its Priority Services Register and is working with a range of partner organisations across the region to reach out into communities and encourage more people to consider signing-up to the free service.
13 Aug 2018
Start preparing now for the 2018 charity annual return
The Charity Commission are introducing a tailored annual return and will be including new questions. It will available to use by the end of August but you can start preparing for the return now. Find out more and view the questions you'll be asked at www.gov.uk.
13 Aug 2018
North of Tyne’s £600m devolution deal moves closer to reality
The final stage in the process to create a new North of Tyne Combined Authority and unlock a £600m investment fund for the region is set to get underway. On Monday 23 July, Prime Minister Theresa May will announce on a visit to the North East that the Government will lay legislation in Parliament to formally conclude the historic devolution deal and transfer unprecedented new powers from central Government to local people in the North of Tyne.
13 Aug 2018
Introducing a new Civil Society Strategy
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have launched the first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years, which will build stronger communities by bringing businesses, charities and the public sector together, and put communities and charities at the heart of decision-making. The strategy includes plans to:
9 Aug 2018
2019 GSK IMPACT Awards - Core funding and free training for health charities
GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.
9 Jul 2018
Have your say on the Charity Digital Code of Practice
The Charity Digital Code of Practice consultation launched this week. The Code aims to help charities increase impact, develop skills and improve sustainability. The Code will be developed by a steering group of charity leaders and VONNE was delighted to be able to feed into the user testing. There will be a version of the code for small charities, as well as another version for larger organisations, and leadership will be a key theme; encouraging charity leaders and trustees to incorporate digital activity into strategy and governance.
6 Jul 2018
The Queen’s Award 2019
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their communities. Nominations for The Queen's Award 2019 are now open. Visit the website to find out more. The closing date for nominations is 14 September 2018.
4 Jul 2018
North East Charity Awards 2018
The North East Charity Awards returns for 2018 to recognise the hard work and innovative thinking by our local charities and individual fundraiser. It's a wonderful way to celebrate the contribution of the sector in the North East. Charity categories include: Uniquely North East Outstanding Social Enterprise Charity Leader of the Year Volunteer of the Year
4 Jul 2018
UK Social Enterprise Awards 2018
Applications are now open for the 2018 UK Social Enterprise Awards. The Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply, and there are specific categories that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for.
18 Jun 2018
Two North East charities win Weston Charity Award
Carers Trust Tyne and Wear and Independent Advocacy North East are today announced as a 2018 Weston Charity Awards winner and will receive a core grant of £6,500 and a year’s strategic planning support.
13 Jun 2018
North of Tyne Devolution deal reached
Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside councils are a step closer to a North of Tyne Combined Authority after a vote in favour of the plans. Read more on northoftynedevolution.com.
9 May 2018
Civil Society Futures: first year findings report
The interim report of the first year findings from the Civil Society Futures Inquiry has been published, exploring facets of this question: what should civil society’s priority be over the next 10 years? The findings point to giving people and communities more power over their lives – which is an easy thing to say and a hard thing to do.
27 Apr 2018
Tender opportunity: Evaluate Talent Match North East Youth Coach Academy
The Wise Group wishes to commission an appropriate consultant(s) to conduct an evaluation of the Talent Match North East Youth Coach Academy and to provide some formative views on how the Academy could continue into the future. They are interested in understanding the impact of upskilling youth coaches, who support young people on programme, and understanding best practice that can be shared with other employability programmes.
9 Apr 2018
Creating positive change in Hartlepool
A project in Hartlepool led by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation is one of 20 Place Based Social Action (PBSA) initiatives announced by the Big Lottery Fund. It is set to receive a share of £4.5 million government and National Lottery funding. The Hartlepool Action Lab is a project that brings together community members and groups, businesses and the public sector to work together on issues that affect people in the area.
26 Mar 2018
Third Sector Awards
The Third Sector Awards 2018 are now open for entries. There are 25 categories to enter and showcase the work and valuable contributions you and your team have made. Categories for this year’s range from Fundraising Team of the Year, Charity Partnership of the Year, Volunteer Team of the Year and of course the all important, Charity of the Year. Deadline for early bird entries is Thursday 3 May and you can find out more on the Third Sector website.
26 Mar 2018
National Fundraising Awards
The National Fundraising Awards recognise outstanding fundraising campaigns in the UK. They are free to enter and are open to charities of all sizes in the UK. For details on how to apply please visit www.nationalfundraisingawards.org.uk. Nominations close on Friday 23 March.
16 Mar 2018
Free skills support for North East organisations
A package of free training courses, managed by Gateshead College, is available to help improve skills. Go>Grow is a regional skills and enterprise programme, launched in partnership with 30 local training providers, and comes on the back of £15m of funding secured by Gateshead College from the European Social Fund through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). It also has the backing of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and North East England Chamber of Commerce.
7 Mar 2018
Free business support for charities from Pilotlight
Pilotlight offers charities and social enterprises free access to strategic business support through their Charity Partners Pilotlight Programme. Senior business leaders (Pilotlighters) are matched with the needs of the charity and, through a facilitated programme, the team will coach, mentor and give advice to help achieve strategic goals. For more information and to register interest please visit www.pilotlight.org.uk.
9 Mar 2018
Will you enter the Small Charity, Big Impact Awards?
Through the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards, small charities and community groups can highlight their work and the impact they make on a local, national and international level. Winners of an award receive a package of benefits to help showcase the impact they make, including a film about their charity, an impact assessment provided by the FSI and two development sessions for the charity’s CEO. We would love to see some VONNE members enter the awards to showcase the far reaching impact you have in communities!
9 Mar 2018
Improve your cyber security quickly, easily and at low cost
Small charities are increasingly reliant on IT and technology. We all know how disruptive it is when emails or phone lines are down for a day; but, if something more deliberate and malicious was to occur, the consequences could be much more severe and long lasting. And, due to the random nature of these attacks, charities are no more protected against them than anyone else.
9 Mar 2018
Civil Society Strategy launched
After announcing it last year, the government have launched a 12 week consultation with a public call for evidence to inform the new civil society strategy. The strategy aims to improve how government and public bodies interact with the VCSE sector. The consultation is split into four sections:
27 Feb 2018
Tender: Angelou Centre seeks market analysis
The Angelou Centre, a black feminist organisation, seeks a consultant/s to provide market analysis and to help the organisation reflect on the current state of play in respect of priorities identified following its Organisational Strength Review. These include analysis of: current trends, data and programmes, performance and impact as well as opportunities for future growth and development.
19 Feb 2018
Tender: Housing domestic abuse and serial victims research
Oasis Aquila currently delivers support to victims of domestic abuse through the Domestic Abuse and Serial Victims (DASV) department. They wish to appoint a researcher to produce a report which will inform the shape of DASV service moving forward. The contract value for producing this report is £5000 and the deadline for the report is 1 May 2018.
19 Feb 2018
Tender opportunity: Evaluate Linskill's Reaching Communities/Buildings project
Linskill & North Tyneside Community Development Trust invites expressions of interest from experienced individuals, small businesses and organisations to undertake an evaluation of the revenue aspect of Linskill’s Big Lottery Funded “Reaching Communities / Buildings” project 2017 to 2021. The commissioned work includes:
16 Feb 2018
Invitation to Tender for Talent Match
The Wise Group, on behalf of Talent Match North East, wishes to commission a provider to deliver a project to secure vacancies for Talent Match-subsidised six month jobs, or apprenticeships, for young people on the programme. The project will create job opportunities and match young people with the right opportunity. The Jobs Fund project will run from 1 April 2018 until 30 September 2018 and support a minimum of 30 young people.
9 Feb 2018
VONNE contributes to key Brexit messages for North East
VONNE has contributed to the publication of key messages about priorities for the North East as the UK and European Union negotiators continue Brexit discussions. The North East Brexit Executive Group's key messages can be read on their website.
7 Feb 2018
Website from IVAR for CEOs and trustees
The Institute for Voluntary Action (IVAR) have published a website containing a range of resources for charities, social enterprises and community organisations. The resource is designed to make useful and usable insights quick to find and digest. By sharing findings developed over 17 years of close collaboration with the voluntary, public and funding sectors, IVAR is aiming to help leaders make informed, confident decisions about the future.
5 Feb 2018
NAVCA brief for smaller charities
NAVCA recently attended a roundtable with the Fundraising Regulator to discuss its work with smaller charities. They've produced a brefing containing the key points from the event available from their website.
5 Feb 2018
Community learning with Durham Community Action
Durham Community Action are running a series of community learning courses including: Trustee and Good Governance Managing Finance Introduction to Managing Volunteers For full details and how to book visit the Durham Community Action website.
2 Feb 2018
Prison reform and family ties
Nepacs are holding an event on 6 March 2018 for people who visit north east prisons. The Visitors' Voice event will take place on Tuesday 6 March 2018 from 10am to 2pm at Bowburn Community Centre, Bowburn, County Durham, DH6 5AT. Free lunch and refreshments will be provided.
2 Feb 2018
Have your say on North of Tyne Devo Deal
Consulation on the 'minded to approve' Devolution Deal for the North of Tyne area closes on Monday 5 February. If you want to have your say you can read the relevant information and contribute online or pick up a hard copy of the consultation and questions at your local library or customer service centre.
5 Jan 2018
Government rejects latest proposal to plough proceeds from Northern Rock sell-off into North East charities
As featured in the Evening Chronicle on 11th September and on 4th December, Newcastle City Council is the latest organisation to write to the Treasury to ask them to consider channelling a proportion of the profits made on Northern Rock assets into the charity sector of the North East.
4 Dec 2017
Weston Charity Awards
The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation to celebrate and support great front-line charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community. The Awards help charities to plan for sustainability, development and growth through a year-long programme. Our Award holders finish the process stronger, more effective and fit for the future. 20 winners will be selected this year and will receive a fantastic package of benefits:
6 Dec 2017
The Charity Awards 2018 Launched
Since 2000, the Charity Awards has recognised excellence in the leadership and management of charities. The Awards, which are free to enter, provide a perfect opportunity for you to propel your charity’s work into the spotlight, to influence policymakers and funders and to boost the morale of your staff and stakeholders. The Awards are now open for applications. The deadline for applications is 23 February 2018. Find out more on the Charity Awards website.
6 Dec 2017
Local Charities Day 2017: Get Involved and Show Support
Local Charities Day this year takes place on Friday 15 December and will highlight the work of small charities that are making remarkable differences in their communities.
6 Dec 2017
'North of Tyne' Devolution Deal
Today, Wednesday 22 November, the Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced in the Budget that a 'North of Tyne' Devolution Deal will be officially launched. Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland will come together to form a new authority which will include an elected mayor. The deal will be worth £600m over 30 years. Read coverage on the Chronicle website.
22 Nov 2017
Government launches new charities strategy
The government has announced plans for a new civil society strategy that will coordinate and improve how public sector bodies interact with the charity sector. Implementation will be led by Tracey Crouch, minister for civil society. The strategy will explore ways to build new partnerships within and between sectors and communities but will not include any addtional funding for the sector.
17 Nov 2017
Spaces for Change looking for young leaders
Spaces for Change (S4C) is a UK wide programme that finds, funds, supports and connects young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures that unlock the potential of unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, especially other young people. From 2016-2019, they will be supporting 100 young leaders with project funding of up to £5,000, a dedicated Award Manager providing tailored and cohort support, as well as peer to peer networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning.
8 Nov 2017
Small Business Awards North East
The Federation of Small Business (FSB) has launched the Small Business Awards and there are two categories which may be of particular interest to the VCSE sector: the Community Award and Ethical Business Award. The Awards are open to non members of FSB and the deadline for entries is Friday 24 November. For more details please visit the FSB website.
8 Nov 2017
ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
North East Together: Leaders Network for Social Change and People Purpose Planning are organising this Level 5 Certificate in collaboration with Newcastle University Business School.
25 Oct 2017
Barbara Gubbins named Alternative Business Person of the Year
The Alternative Business Awards event was held at St James' Park to raise funds for The Percy Hedley Foundation and the main award of the night was given to Barbara Gubbins CBE, Chief Executive of County Durham Community Foundation and VONNE trustee. A full round up of the event can be read on the Chronicle website. VONNE is delighted that Barbara has been recognised in this way - congratulations!
20 Oct 2017
Local charity Chief appointed to a national role
Newcastle CVS Chief Executive, Sally Young, appointed Vice Chair of NCVO Board NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is the national charity that champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They do this by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations nationally.
18 Oct 2017
North East Charity Award Winners
The third annual North East Charity Awards winners were announced at a ceremony on Thursday 28 September at the Boiler Shop, Newcastle. The Awards celebrate the fantastic contribution of the VCSE sector in the North East and this year they had over 250 nominations. VONNE's CEO Jane Hartley acted as a Judge for the Awards and particular congratulations go to
2 Oct 2017
Yes We Can - Leadership and management for social change
A new leadership and management development programme for leaders and managers of projects, organisations and initiatives delivering social change across the North East region. VONNE and the programme organisers are offering VONNE Membership+ holders a £50 discount per place if you sign up before Monday 2 October.
29 Sep 2016
Introduction to Government Communication Service North
As part of the Prime Minister Office and Cabinet Office communications team, the Government Communications Service (GCS) works closely with both Number 10 and departmental colleagues to turn national campaigns into local ones across the whole of the north region. GCS is based in Leeds and produces local campaign plans, recruit local partners and stakeholders, and creates and publishes local content to help bring these campaigns to life.
16 Aug 2017
Speakers Announced for VentureFest Tees Valley
A pioneering engineer from a technology leads business and a celebrated cardiac surgeon are among a line-up of experts who will reveal how Tees Valley businesses can benefit from ideas generated in some surprising places. Organisers of the area's innovation conference VentureFest Tees Valley announced the first of their speakers for the event which takes place on 13 September at Wynyard Hall.
2 Aug 2017
North East Charity Awards Launched
The Awards, which recognise the best charities in the North East, are running for a third year. This year’s event takes place at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle ’s Stephenson Quarter on September 28. Charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises and businesses can enter any of the categories. The closing date is August 11.
14 Jul 2017
New Governance Code
The Charity Governance Code has been published with a number of new recommendations for charities.
24 Jul 2017
Newcastle University Politics Work Placement Module – Looking for Host Organisations
In 2016 the Politics Department at Newcastle University developed a work placement module in response to student demand for work experience opportunities. It proved very successful with positive feedback from both host organisations and students. Interest has grown and planning is now underway for the 2017/18 academic year. We are currently looking for organisations who may wish to take part.
20 Jul 2017
Search for innovative Tees Valley businesses
VentureFest Tees Valley are looking for 15 businesses who dare to do things differently to take part in the Innovation Showcase exhibition. This is a key element of the programme dedicated to shining the spotlight on the innovative products, services and business models of local companies and entrepreneurs. It is open to social enterprises (as well as others), operating in all sectors. Foe details and how to apply please visit the VentureFest website.
12 Jul 2017
Three Cheers for Volunteers!
Durham Community Action welcomed around 200 volunteers, nominees and VIP guests to their Volunteering Celebration event at Beamish Museum. The event recognised and showcased the volunteering achievements of individuals and groups; volunteers and their guests visited the 1900’s towns and exhibits, enjoyed refreshments in the tearooms and all nominated volunteers received certificates at a formal ceremony in the Masonic Hall. Jo Laverick, Executive Director of Durham Community Action said of the event:
7 Jul 2017
North East Equality Awards open for applications
The 2017 North East Equality Awards celebrates 14 years of outstanding equality and diversity practices across the public, private and not for profit sectors. Applications are invited for the following award categories:
26 Jun 2017
Congratulations to Barbara Gubbins CBE
VONNE would like to extend warm congratulations to Barbara Gubbins on being awarded the CBE for services to the voluntary sector. Barbara is currently Chief Executive of the County Durham Community Foundation and a member of VONNE's Board of Trustees.
19 Jun 2017
PCP recognised by Queen’s Award
VONNE Silver members Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, one of only two organisations in County Durham, and one of six across the whole of the North East!
12 Jun 2017
Yes We Can - Leadership and management for social change programme 2017/18
A leadership and management development programme for leaders and managers of projects, organisations and initiatives delivering social change across the North East region.
8 Jun 2017
Invitation to tender for the provision of female specific services
Background The Northern Inclusion Consortium is inviting interested parties to tender for the supply and delivery of a service across the five Tees Valley Local Authority areas (Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland) to:
27 Apr 2017
Enabling Social Action - new resources for commissioners
Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve important problems in their communities. When the public sector works with communities – listening to citizens, growing their capacity to act, and working with them as equals – social action can become a powerful way of meeting people’s needs.
21 Mar 2017
Northumberland Community Development Network Training Programme Spring 2017
16 Mar 2017
Charity Commission Update: Changes to fundraising legislation and reporting in charity Annual Reports
The changes are introduced by the fundraising sections of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. They will help charities to demonstrate their commitment to protecting donors and the public, including vulnerable people, from poor fundraising practices The new law will also help to ensure that fundraising standards form part of the agreements between charities and any commercial participators or professional fundraisers with whom they work. There are 2 new requirements:
13 Mar 2017
Shaw Trust Partnership Opportunities – DWP Work and Health Programme
Shaw Trust has been shortlisted in five Lots under the DWP’s Framework Umbrella Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services. They are the only charity to make it through to this stage and are now able to tender for the DWP Work and Health Programme which includes a North East LOT area: North East (North East, Tees Valley, North and East Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, North and North East Lincolnshire)
30 Jan 2017
Whitley Bay Big Local Seeking Benefit and Debt Advice Service Provider
Whitley Bay Big Local Seeking Benefit and Debt Advice Service Provider Whitley Bay Big Local, the ten year Big Lottery funded community led programme is looking to commission an experienced service provider to deliver benefit and debt advice in the Whitley Bay Big Local area and its immediate surroundings. The contract, valued at £10,000, is to be awarded for a 12 month period beginning on 1st March 2017.
12 Jan 2017
Expressions of interest sought for North East Community Business club
Social Enterprise Acumen is calling for Expressions of interest from Community Businesses (see criteria) from across the following areas to become ‘Ambassador’ Organisations, paid up to £3k for the role: 1) Northumberland 2) North Tyneside/Newcastle 3) Gateshead/South Tyneside 4) Sunderland/Hartlepool 5) Darlington/Stockton 6) Middlesbrough Cleveland They are looking for the following commitment from Ambassador Organisations:
9 Jan 2017
Invitation to Tender: External Evaluation of the Wise Steps Programme, Tyne and Wear
Deadline for receipt of tender proposals: Noon 9 Jan 2017 Value: £20,000 excluding expenses and VAT Contract Start Date: February 2017 Contract End Date: May 2019 Download tender The closing date for submissions of proposals is noon on 9 January 2017 and must be sent electronically via e-mail to: Emma Ward Evaluation Officer
5 Dec 2016
Yes We Can Leadership & Management for Social Change - development programme - last few places remaining
A new leadership and management development programme for leaders and managers of projects, organisations and initiatives delivering social change across the North East region. Click here to view an information flyer. Who is this for?
7 Nov 2016
ITT: Evaluation of Talent Match North East Programme
Deadline for receipt of tender proposals: 25 November 2016 Value: £40,000 excluding expenses and VAT Contract Start Date: January 2017 Contract End Date: January 2019
7 Nov 2016
Shortlist revealed for North East Charity Awards
A shortlist of the North East’s top charities and third sector organisations has been revealed for the North East Charity Awards. The event has 11 categories which seek to celebrate the very best individuals and organisations making the region’s charity sector so strong.
29 Sep 2016
Whitley Bay Big Local to Commission a Credit Union for the Town
Whitley Bay Big Local, the Big Lottery funded community led partnership, is looking for a credit union to deliver a £10,000 contract in the town over the next 12 months. The resident led volunteer board is hoping to establish an active credit union which will encourage local people to join, save and arrange loans, whilst also working with local schools to arrange drop-ins and positively promote the idea of saving amongst pupils.
4 Aug 2016
New EU public procurement rules: Less bureaucracy, higher efficiency
Published by European Commission Since 18 April 2016, three directives on public procurement and concessions adopted in 2014 have profoundly changed the way Member States and public authorities spend a large part of the €1.9 trillion used on European public procurement every year.
19 Jul 2016
Charity sector responds to Brexit
The charity sector has reacted to the news that the UK public has voted to leave the EU, read more here.
29 Jun 2016
Brexit: Implications for the voluntary sector
The full political, economic and social consequences of last week’s EU referendum will take some time to fully understand. In the meantime, NCVO have published an initial briefing covering the main political, funding, social, regulatory points and the role of civil society: Brexit: Implications for the voluntary sector (PDF) NCVO will be producing further guidance in the coming weeks and months.
28 Jun 2016
North East Charity Awards 2016 launched
The best charities and social enterprises in the North East will be recognised later this year with the return of the popular awards night launched by The Journal.
27 Jun 2016
Your UK Parliament, Your Stories
The UK Parliament wants to publicise stories that highlight occasions when the public, either individually or as part of a wider group, have been able to connect with them. This might take the form of contacting an MP or Peer, signing a petition, submitting evidence to a select committee. Are you able to provide examples that others might hear and think 'they made a difference - perhaps I could too'? The outcome might be that someone felt they were listened to; decided it was worth them voting; decided to get more involved in local democracy.
26 May 2016
Nancy Doyle appointed to lead Virgin Money Foundation
Newcastle-based Virgin Money Foundation has appointed a new executive director to lead the charitable organisation. Nancy Doyle, the current chief executive of Oasis Aquila Housing and vice chair of VONNE will take up the role in the summer. Congratulations Nancy! Launched last year with an initial £8m of funding pledged by the UK Government and Virgin Money, the Virgin Money Foundation was established to promote sustainable regeneration in economically and socially deprived communities.
28 Apr 2016
#charityis campaign launched to challenge negative perceptions
On Monday Charity Bank launched #CharityIs, a week-long opportunity to champion the charity sector. The campaign asks what does charity mean to you? If you type ‘charity is’ into Google, the predictive text will tell you ‘charity is bad’. The #CharityIs campaign wants to challenge these negative perceptions by highlighting the great work done by charities around the country. People are encouraged to get involved and share what #CharityIs to you.
17 Mar 2016
North East Combined Authority Consultation for Transport Manifesto
North East Combined Authority (NECA) have begun a consultation on a 20-year Transport Manifesto that covers both urban and rural areas of Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland.
3 Mar 2016
Talent Match job subsidy opportunity for employers
The Talent Match Partnership currently work with a large number of young people aged 18-24 years old to support them to develop their skills and experience while helping them to access employment. Many of these young people have worked with Youth Coaches for over a year and are job ready but need an opportunity from an employer to prove themselves in the world of work.
3 Mar 2016
Breaking Into News scheme
ITV has launched its annual scheme known as Breaking Into News which offers young people aged between 18 and 25 the chance to spend time in a regional newsroom with the aim of producing a news report of their choice. They will be mentored through the process by a journalist. Breaking Into News is now in its fifth year and is run in conjunction with the Media Trust. ITV very much welcome applications from young people from all backgrounds and are keen to spread the word about this opportunity. For further details and an application form follow the link below:
19 Jan 2016
Nominations open for New Year 2017 Honours
The UK honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public life or have committed themselves to serving and helping Britain. There are two awards rounds each year; The New Year Honours (1 January) and the Queen’s Birthday Honours (June).
14 Jan 2016
Building Future Sustainability training for VCSE
Building Future Sustainability The Community Foundation for Tyne and Wear and Northumberland is putting on a programme for the VCSE sector to bring in more money, from more sources, more regularly next February and March 2016. What is Building Future Sustainability?
10 Dec 2015
Regional winner of North East charity award announced by Garfield Weston Foundation
The first ever North East regional winner of the Weston Charity Awards, that sees charities across the North of England being mentored by senior business leaders, has been announced.
25 Nov 2015
Middlesbrough woman wins Point of Light award
A Middlesbrough woman who has been the driving force behind Middlesbrough’s Powerchair Football Club for the last three years has been awarded a Point of Light from Number 10, a national award which recognises outstanding volunteering.
18 Nov 2015
Compact Voice Awards: North East winners
The winners of this year’s Compact Awards have been announced at a ceremony held by Compact Voice last night. The Compact Awards celebrate excellent partnership working taking place between local and national government and the voluntary and community sector.
18 Nov 2015
Compact Awards open for nominations
Nominations are now open for the Compact Awards, the annual celebration of outstanding Compact working across England. Award winners will be chosen from groups, individuals, organisations and activities that demonstrate the very best of cross-sector partnership working. Winning an award can help you to gain recognition of your work, raise awareness of your local Compact, and demonstrate your impact. Many past winners have also received press coverage locally, helping them to raise the profile of their organisations.
6 Aug 2015
Shortlisted finalists announced for North East Charity Awards
The shortlist has been announced for the North East Charity Awards 2015 following a judging panel considering over 170 nominations. See the list of shortlisted finalists
23 Sep 2015
Local MP Ian Lavery appointed shadow minister for civil society
Ian Lavery has been appointed shadow minister for trade unions and civil society. Lavery is the MP for Wansbeck in Northumberland, and was elected to Parliament in 2010. He was re-elected in 2015 with a majority of more than 50 per cent.
23 Sep 2015
Festival goers urged to stay CO savvy this festival season
A worrying number of festival goers aren’t aware of the risks of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning while camping at festivals, a safety campaign is warning. #TunesnotFumes, a joint initiative by National Grid PLC, Northern Gas Networks, SGN and Wales & West Utilities, will raise the profile online about risks of poisoning through the use of BBQs, stoves and heaters at festival campsites.
2 Jul 2015
Entries open for NE Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
Female entrepreneurs from across the North East are encouraged to enter this year’s WIN Awards 2015. Launched at NECC's recent Inspiring Females Conference, this year’s awards programme spans 12 categories. The 2014 event, organised by the Women’s Advisory Board and chaired by Women Into the Network (WIN), celebrated the achievements of Learning Curve co-founder Judith Moran, Pink Boutique entrepreneur Alice Blackie and Lingotot’s Angela Sterling. This year’s 12 categories include:
18 Jun 2015
Supporting North East Veterans through Information Sharing
FiMT, ANEC and Newcastle University study
10 Jun 2015
North East winners of Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service were announced this week with 8 organisations honoured for their contributions to their local communities. This year 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups were selected as winners out of a pool of 370 nominees across the United Kingdom. The number of winners represents a 60 per cent increase from 2014. The Award was launched in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. The award is the most prestigious available to voluntary organisations and is the equivalent of an MBE for an individual.
4 Jun 2015
Winners of Weston Charity Awards announced
The winners of an award that will see charities across the North of England being mentored and coached by senior business leaders have been announced. The Garfield Weston Foundation expanded the Weston Charity Awards to reach more organisations after a successful first year working with charities in the North East.
4 Jun 2015
Apply for the 2016 Clore Social Fellowship
Clore Social develops leaders with a social purpose so they can transform the world around them and has just begun recruiting for the UK's top social talent, ready to appoint a new cohort of outstanding leaders to the 2016 Clore Social Fellowship. The Garfield Weston Foundation is once again supporting a Specialist Fellowship for the North East as part of next year’s intake.
14 May 2015
£3,000 bursaries for frontline workers
Lankelly Chase Foundation are inviting applications for bursaries offering £3,000 to take part in their Systems Changers programme. Read on for further details from them on the programme. Systems Changers is a new programme from Lankelly Chase Foundation for people working in the area of severe and multiple disadvantage (homelessness, domestic violence, contact with criminal justice, mental health etc).
24 Apr 2015
Northern Gas Networks launches Community Promises
Northern Gas Networks (NGN), the gas distribution company for the North of England has launched its Community Promises as part of Responsible Business Week 2015. The document, which can be downloaded from their online community outlines NGN’s commitment to support, protect and educate the communities in which it operates. To mark the launch of Community Promises, NGN will make a £2 charitable donation on behalf of anyone who joins its new online community before the end of May 2015*.
24 Apr 2015
Volunteering news round-up from NEV
North East Volunteers, the virtual network of volunteer managers, has a round-up of news updates on volunteering:
26 Feb 2015
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