The Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector plays a key role in delivering services to those people living in poverty and campaigning for long-term structural change.

  • 500,000 people – including 150,000 children - in the North East live in poverty.

  • The majority of them are likely to live in households where at least one person is working.

  • £1 in every £5 of public spending goes on services that are necessary because poverty exists.

A range of VONNE members are focussed on poverty alleviation while many others work with those on low incomes or who are otherwise struggling to make ends meet.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is campaigning for a poverty-free UK, underpinned by detailed research, policy suggestions, and practical advice and support.

We Can Solve Poverty in the UK is JRF’s comprehensive strategy to tackle poverty in the UK. 


  • Read the latest Poverty news from VONNE.
  • VONNE’s Annual Conference 2016 was themed Tackling Poverty Together. There are a range of presentations and blogs from speakers including the JRF, the North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) and the Bishop of Durham.
  • Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 Briefing Note developed by the NECPC.
  • The North East Child Poverty Commission (NECPC) is a stakeholder group that believes that all children should have an equal chance in life and includes senior representatives from a range of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. 
  • Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.
  • Poverty Proofing Tool for voluntary organisations, developed by Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (CVS).