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Statistics regarding victims of sexual assault over 50 years of age have historically not been collected. This is just one of the many compelling learnings I took from one of the most impactful events I've been to in my communications career, and as someone whose working life has been built on continuous professional development, I've been to a few.
In this post management consultant and innovation professor, Michael Coates, guides us through the fundamentals of innovation in the VCSE sector.
When I first started running innovation workshops aimed at the VCSE sector, I would launch the sessions saying that many VCSE organisations have remained static and not innovated.
We’re delighted to be partnering with sounddelivery on its annual flagship charity conference, Social Media Exchange, which is taking place for the very first time in Newcastle in just three weeks time, on March 5th.
With a fantastic panel of inspiring speakers, this conference is the perfect opportunity to kick off 2020 with a creative boost – gaining the skills, confidence and tools to harness the power of digital storytelling.
In partnership with Consult and Design we've been hosting a series of events which aim to bring the social sector together with the tech sector to promote innovation, collaboration and digital transformation. The events have been made possible by funding from the ERDF.
So far we've held three events in different locations around the North East and over 70 people have attended to hear from each other how technology can be used to drive social action.
'Digital', 'innovation', and of course don't forget 'digital innovation' are buzz words at the moment, particularly within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
Following our series of Hear from a Peer: Growth and Resilience events which invited organisations who had experience with social investment to share their stories with peers, Carol Botten explains here why we held these events, and what we hope we've achieved through them.
Many leaders in the sector I speak to recognise that the world we inhabit now is the ‘new normal’.
All of us today who are in leadership positions will be held to account in the future as to what we did to help combat climate change.
This is no longer a “specialist issue” that we can leave to the environmental organisations to focus on. It is now an issue for us all.
Here in the North East we have a special responsibility.
The North East was the home of the Industrial Revolution. It was our miners who first released coal from the deep mines, and opened up the great North Coalfield to the world.
VONNE’s annual conference ‘Tackling Poverty Together’ last Thursday 1st December highlighted the increasing levels of poverty and child poverty both regionally and nationally. It also explored the public perceptions of poverty in the UK and a dominant pattern of thinking in public understanding that new research refers to as the ‘Culture of Poverty’ giving rise to the stereotype of the ‘benefit scrounger’.
Senior leaders from the voluntary community and social enterprise sector came together to discuss how to plan and prepare for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at the VONNE annual conference on Thursday 18 October in Sunderland, an area which voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU.
The event was framed very carefully, in an introduction from Chair of VONNE Sir Paul Ennals CBE, to allow all delegates to engage in respectful debate, no matter how they voted or what their political views. The aim was to try and discuss the challenges and opportunities of Brexit.
I am delighted to announce that I am going to be working with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to explore the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) approach.
Redcar and Cleveland are one of six new areas to join the national network, bringing the total number of areas to 27.
Many believe that 2019 is going to be historic for the UK, a year of continued uncertainty and challenge. However, with uncertainty comes opportunity.
The VCSE sector has a strong history of rising up to address new challenges in society, shaping the future and ensuring the voices of communities and individuals are heard.
We are two weeks into January and we have already seen significant political and policy developments of interest to the sector and opportunities to build upon developments and announcements from the previous year.
I love recruitment.
How many of you can say that?!
I love the whole process, I love meeting new people and I love the fact that you get a shiny new person in your office at the end, and if you find someone that likes drinking copious amounts of tea, you’re a winner my friend.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very long process, which takes a lot of your time and energy and that’s time and energy you could be spending on other things.
Lisa Goodwin, Deputy Chief Executive of VONNE reflects here on her role promoting innovation within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in the North East.
Last night, while I was attempting (unsuccessfully) to fit a drawer back on to its runners for the tenth time, a quotation which was used in our recent Introduction to Innovation workshop came back to me:
Facebook didn’t exist when I first started at VONNE. Nor YouTube or Twitter. Looking back on my 13 years at VONNE as Communications Manager, my job in 2003 is hardly recognisable in today’s world. I certainly don’t miss the all hands on deck stuffing envelopes with our printed newsletter ‘The VINE’, and the accompanying significant postage costs.
The VONNE conference on 'Tackling Poverty Together' on the 1st December, was followed by a screening of I, Daniel Blake. We are featuring this guest blog from Abigail Paul Scott of Joseph Rowntree Foundation:
Apparently it takes 100 days to get into a new role. I've been in post as the new CEO of VONNE for 40 days and thought it would be a good chance to reflect on my experiences so far. For the first few weeks I felt totally overwhelmed as I had been in my previous job for 15 years so I knew it inside out and got used to feeling confident in my role. Now here I was feeling like the new kid on her first day at the new school not knowing how to do anything or how anything worked and that's a scary feeling for someone who likes to be in control.
You'll have no doubt noticed that we've has launched a new website recently. I hope you're finding it easier to use and appreciate the new features such as improved resource library, online membership, adding jobs and events quickly to name but a few. We've certainly put in a lot of work to improve it and still take the best bits from our old, well-loved, but sadly ancient site.