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Volunteer Buddies needed!

We are looking to recruit more Good Neighbours Volunteer Buddies to support North Tyneside residents who have been shielding. The buddy roles have been designed to support people who may be feeling anxious about taking their first steps back into the world after many months shielding at home, often on their own.
  • Garden Gate Buddy for socially distanced garden / doorstep friendly chats
  • Walking Buddy to help people to enjoy the outdoors on a socially distanced walk
  • Shopping Buddy to support people with their first shopping trips after shielding
This is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local people. 

Useful Services in North Tyneside leaflet update

The latest version of Useful Services in North Tyneside is available now. The leaflet, created in partnership with the Ending Loneliness in North Tyneside campaign, SIGN directory and North Tyneside Council, signposts residents to a range of support via local organisations and includes mental health, families, disabilities, physical health, carers support and telephone befriending.

You can download a PDF of the leaflet here. If you have a service you would like adding to the leaflet, please email

Working With the VCS online event

Monday 14 September 10am to 11.30am
Our next Working With the VCS Zoom event will include an update on the Poverty Intervention Fund and a new community initiative to help prevent a local COVID-19 outbreak. There will also be an update on discussions held at our last event about Neighbourhood Ambassadors, Digital Inclusion, the SIGN Directory and Volunteering. Register your attendance here.

Volunteering update

The latest volunteer roundup includes a number of new roles with Meadow Well Connected, Telephone Advice-line volunteers for North Tyneside Citizen's Advice, the Sightloss Council of Tyne & Wear is seeking new council members who have lived experience of sight loss and Changing Lives is recruiting for their Women's Hubs. You can view these and more in our latest volunteering update blog.

Could you be a volunteer champion?

We looking for people who would be willing to champion volunteering amongst their colleagues on their return to work. If this is something you would be willing to consider, please contact to discuss further.

Webinar: Supporting charities to raise funds in an uncertain world

Tuesday 15 September 10am
Lancaster Wealth and Investment Management is hosting a free webinar aimed at helping charities to raise funds. The session will focus on legacy (how and why people donate in the Will – and how to do it properly), and maximising gifting – specifically gift aid and payroll giving. Read more and sign up here. 

One-to-one support on cash management solutions

Lancaster Wealth and Investment Management is also offering one-to-one support on cash management solutions for emergency and uncommitted funds and on how best to engage with private donors. If you are interested in this type of support, please contact

Sector News

Charity Commission launches new Register of Charities

Find information about registered charities in England and Wales, including what the charity does, who the trustees are and income and expenditure figures. Read more here.

Eight in 10 poorer UK families are left feeling worse off since lockdown began

New research this week from Child Poverty Action Group has shown the continued impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on families on low incomes. The Government must strengthen the social security lifeline to keep families afloat in these turbulent times.

Free Canva Pro for Non-Profits

If your organisation is an eligible nonprofit, you can access Canva Pro for free as part of the Canva for Nonprofits program.

Free toolkit for designing and delivering online sessions

This Designing and Delivering Online Sessions toolkit from the Lloyds Bank Foundation provides an overview of how to create engaging sessions for an online audience. It is designed for use by people of all levels of experience or prior knowledge and provides an introduction to delivering online sessions. 

Landing a grant: ten top tips

This blog from the Directory of Social Change (DSC) share their top ten practical tips to help boost your chances of securing a grant.

Dedicated Chatroom for Women Affected by Gambling Harms

Saturday 12 September from 7pm to 8pm
GamCare is hosting an online group chatroom session aimed at women, or those who identify as female, who are affected by gambling related harms. Read more and sign up here

Webinar: coronavirus learnings, practical advice, and planning for the future

Wednesday 16 September 1pm to 2pm
This free webinar from Brachers LLP will focus on practical legal advice, financial guidance and coronavirus learnings, and is tailored specifically for those involved in the charity sector. Sign up here

New risk management webinar series with NCVO & Zurich 

In partnership with Zurich, NCVO is running a series of risk management webinars for charities. Places are filling up fast. The three topics are:

#BeMoreDigital Fundraising Day

Thursday 15 October 9am to 1pm
This free virtual event from Charity Digital will help charities navigate an exciting era of digital fundraising. Sign up here.

Local News

North Tyneside Council Business (& VCS) Recovery Programme

The new Business Recovery Programme from North Tyneside Council offers quick, free and practical hands-on support to businesses in North Tyneside to aid their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This support is also open to the voluntary and community sector and includes:
  • Build of a full e-commerce website for your business
  • Spotting new opportunities and diversification
  • Job rescue planning
  • Advice and set up of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Google platforms and advertising
  • And much more

The Great North Run Reimagined

The Great North Run cancellation means we can’t all get together to run the famous 13.1 mile route on 13 September, so they’ve launched Great North Run Reimagined - a campaign to ensure runners and charities can still mark the occasion. Deadline for entries: Wednesday 9 September. Read more and sign up here

VONNE sector digital skills surveys 

There's still time to submit your responses to the VONNE digital skills surveys. Please take a moment to complete them to help VONNE get a comprehensive picture across the VCSE sector locally. There is one for individuals to share their needs and and the other for VCSE leaders to give an overview of the needs within their organisations. Responses will be aggregated anonymously and both surveys close at 12 noon on 14 September.

Raising Awareness of Women and Gambling free session

Monday 7 September 1pm to 3pm online
This session, part of GamCare Women's programme, aims to raise awareness of how gambling can affect women both as a gambler, but also as an affected other. This sessions covers some of the basics around understanding more about gambling generally and what are some of the risk factors that may lead to problematic gambling, as well as how some of the hidden harms associated with problem gambling which may impact women particularly. Sign up here. View all upcoming sessions in the programme here

COVID Cash Course Newcastle train the trainer session

Next session: Tuesday 8 September 10am to 12.30pm
Do you want to help make a difference in your local community in this time of crisis? Together Newcastle in partnership with the Just Finance Foundation is now delivering this free training course designed to help you to help others who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. COVID Cash Course is a pioneering course which is available for free to individuals and community organisations to help them deliver vital information on Universal Credit, mortgage and credit changes, remotely to individuals in their community. Sign up here. 

Back to School online heritage talk

Thursday 10 September 3pm tp 4pm online
Join Linksill Engage and Encompass for a trip down memory lane to remember your school days. .....cast your mind back to how 'going back to school' felt after a summer of freedom and fun. 

Which school did you attend? Did you have a favourite teacher? Did you play netball or football for the school team? Were you a fan of cross country? Do you remember posing for the yearly class photo? Presented by Dr Kath Smith from Remembering the Past. Sign up here. 

Peer Talk resumes North Tyneside support groups

Wednesday 16 September 7pm to 8.30pm at Whitley Bay Big Local
Peer Talk's peer support group for those living with depression, anxiety and related conditions is returning to North Tyneside. There is no need to book and the event is free to all. If you have any queries, call/text/WhatsApp 07719 562 617 or email For more information on the group's coronavirus policies and procedures, please read here

Free webinar: Free holiday provision in the North East

Monday 14 September 1pm to 2.30pm
Join the North East Child Poverty Commission and stakeholders across the region for this free webinar - held via Microsoft Teams - to consider how we can continue to make the case together for properly funded, universal free holiday provision, and how we can best influence Government policy to make this a reality for children and families in all parts of the North East. Sign up here.

Job Vacancies: Acorns Project

Acorns offers a range of services to support families affected by domestic abuse in North Tyneside and Northumberland. They are recruiting for three new roles based in North Tyneside, click the links for more information:

Job Vacancy: Promoting Independence Coordinator

AGE UK is looking to recruit a Promoting Independence Coordinator to support the charity services to help implement and deliver its new 2025 strategy, contributing to the organisations mission ‘to help people make more of life’. Read the job description here. Salary £20,766pa, 36.25 hours per week. Application packs can be obtained by emailing Application deadline: Noon, 14 September.

Job Vacancy: Haref Engagement Officer

Connected Voice Haref has an exciting opportunity for a proactive, enthusiastic and experienced person to help deliver their work to improve health inequalities for Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Newcastle and Gateshead. This role will lead on the engagement work for Haref by developing and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of BAME and migrant communities, groups and organisations.£22,686pa (pro-rata), 21 hours per week, fixed term to 31 March 2022. Application deadline: 22 September at Noon. Read more here. 

Job Vacancy: Care Coordinator - Complex Lives

Do you have experience of delivering psychosocial interventions; have active listening skills, a high level of resilience and a passion for enabling people to make positive changes? To support a positive shift in power and decision making that enables people to feel informed, have a voice, be heard and be connected to each other and their communities the North Tyneside PCNs are expanding their teams to include Care Coordinators. £20,542pa full time. North Tyneside based. Application deadline: 23 September at Noon. Read more here

Trustee Vacancies in North Tyneside

Funding Update

Barrow Cadbury Trust: COVID-19 Support Fund – re-opened

The Barrow Cadbury Trust COVID-19 Support Fund has opened for a second round of applications for organisations that support refugees and migrants. Early applications are recommended. Read more here.

Keep up to date with all funding opportunities

View all of our COVID-19 funding opportunities in our COVID-19 information centre and all non-COVID funding on our regular funding pages

Funding Deadlines

4 September: Culture Recovery Fund grants round 2 (COVID-19 Recovery)
7 September: Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response (discovery)
10 September: Philip Henman Trust
10 September: National Churches Trusts Gateway Programme
11 September: Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Force for Change (COVID-19 Recovery)
11 September: Lloyds Bank Foundation COVID Recovery Fund (COVID-19 Recovery)
14 September: Radcliffe Trust
14 September: 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards
14 September: TNLCF COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund (COVID-19 Response)
16 September: Phoenix Fund - emergency core funding for BAME communities round 3 (COVID-19)
18 September: Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund (COVID-19 Response)
20 September: Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response (development)
20 September: Reverberate: grassroots heritage funding for 11-25 year olds
25 September: MSE Charity – Building & Developing Resilience (COVID-19 Recovery
30 September: Health Foundation: Covid-19 Research (COVID-19 Recovery)
30 September: Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) - Transformational Project Grants
30 September: Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
30 September: Phoenix Fund - emergency core funding for BAME communities round 4 (COVID-19)
5 October: UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme
7 October: Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
11 October: Centre for Social Justice Awards 2021
30 October: BFI Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas (COVID-19 Recovery)
31 October: Magic Little Grants (COVID-19 Recovery)
31 October: Steel Charitable Trust
31 October: AB Charitable Trust - Migrants and refugees priority stream
31 December: Volant Trust (COVID-19 Response)

VODA Funding Support and Advice

VODA continues to offer support on the identification of suitable funders together with support on writing individual bids – if your organisation is based in North Tyneside or needs funding for beneficiaries based in North Tyneside, please contact VODA Funding Adviser Frank Gillender for free advice and support at

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