Partnerships and collaboration

Safer Culture North East

We're working in partnership with local infrastructure organisations to highlight the importance of safeguarding, highlight best practice, and run awareness raising and training sessions.

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 around three million people.

ICS’s 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, via the VCSE Partnership Programme, working with Cumbria CVS.

This consists of a Health and Wellbeing Network that is open to all, a Partnership Forum for strategic health and wellbeing VCSE leads, and topical sub-groups that work alongside ICS workstreams. The VCSE Partnership Programme enables VCSE organisations to engage and collaborate with health and care system structures at all levels, and provides one point of contact for the ICS to engage with our sector.

As part of our work around Health and Wellbeing, we also act as regional lead for the Thriving Communities programme.

Criminal Justice

Through our partnership with Clinks we provide support to voluntary organisations working in the Criminal Justice System. Specifically, coordinating the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) work.


We convene the Membership+ supporter Chief Executive Network to encourage peer learning and support and the North East Funders Network to share learning and best practice amongst regional and national funders.


Through collaboration with specialists we aid delivery of governance support to the sector.

Digital and Innovation support
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Working with leaders in their field, we're delivering a programme of innovation support to the North East voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. This includes collaborating with Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley, Generator, and Steam Digital on Digital Pathfinders. This free programme of support helps charities, social enterprises and small businesses across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland become more successful and resilient by adopting digital technology.

Tailored to your organisational challenges, whether you have limited resources, are confused by the jargon around digital technology, or simply don't know where to start with adopting digital, this programme has been made possible by funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority and Digital Catapult.

North East Social Prescribing

With NHS England and other stakeholders we have established a North East Social Prescribing Network Steering Group and host the Regional Social Prescribing Facilitator. Working together to enable social prescribing to become part of the routine accessible, sustainable health offer across the region, we are ensuring we support and build on existing voluntary and community sector infrastructure and asset based approaches.

To join the Network, receive invitations to events, and access the online learning platform please contact

North of Tyne VCSE Engagement Group

VONNE, along with local infrastructure colleagues in the North of Tyne region, sits on the North of Tyne VCSE Stakeholder Group, working to build capacity, sustainability and be a catalyst for an inclusive economy.

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.

Action on climate change
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The mission of the VONNE Climate Action Alliance is to support the communities of the North East of England to confront the climate crisis using the hard lessons drawn from our past, the strengths of our community life in the present and the hard science that must inform our future, to guide and empower our actions.

The VONNE Climate Action Alliance is also a founding member of the North East England Climate Coalition, which is our region’s contribution to the urgent, radical and at scale response demanded by the global climate emergency, calling for net zero emissions which, if achieved, will mean that the birthplace of climate change – the North East of England – will be no longer contributing emissions, and can instead become a leader in our response to the climate emergency.

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