Partnerships and collaboration

Small Charity Week North East 2020

Small Charity Week 2020 took place June 15th-21st to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s smallest charities, organisations that make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the globe. For the first time, 20 organisations from across the North East’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector put their own stamp on the week in the region, by coming together to create Small Charity Week North East.

Social Tech Meets

Working in partnership with Consult and Design, our Social Tech Meets bring the social sector together with the tech sector - to promote innovation, collaboration and digital transformation.

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 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 in planning and commissioning care and providing ‘system’ leadership at strategic level.  

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.

Innovation Support

Working with leaders in their field, we're delivering a programme of innovation support to the North East voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

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.

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