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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 roadmap: Step 1

As announced this week, we've seen lockdown restrictions begin to lift as part of a four-step roadmap for England.

Schools, colleges and practical higher education courses are now open to students, people are allowed to leave home for outdoor recreation and exercise with their household or support bubble, or with one person from outside their household, and care home residents can have one regular visitor. 

If the scientific evidence continues to support this planned progression out of lockdown, then from 29 March, outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed, including in private gardens, and outdoor sports will once again take place. 

We must continue to stay at home until 29 March, after which many restrictions will remain and people should continue to work from home and minimise journeys where possible. 

All the indicative dates in the roadmap remain subject to change, with a minimum of five weeks between each step, including a week’s notice to enable organisations to prepare. Read more here.

Vaccination update

North Tyneside GP-led local vaccination centres
COVID-19 vaccine supply nationally is set to improve end of this week, 11 March. Confirmed deliveries to our local GP-led vaccination services in North Tyneside will allow our teams to deliver more vaccine clinics from 15 March. GPs will be focusing on inviting those in priority group 6 for their 1st dose, as well as those now needing their 2nd dose. Please do not contact your GP about a vaccination, they will contact you when it is your turn. 

National booking service
Those aged 55 and over, (from priority groups 1 to 8) and who are willing/able to travel outside of North Tyneside can now book their vaccine via the national booking service. Use this link to book. Please note: you cannot book a North Tyneside based appointment using this system.

Vaccination clinic at Whitley Bay Islamic Cultural Centre

North West North Tyneside PCN put on a brilliant pop-up vaccination clinic at Whitley Bay Islamic Cultural Centre last week - our Community Health Champion chatted to pharmacist and vaccinator Nadia about about why she believes pop-up clinics in Mosques are crucial to encourage members of the Muslim community to get vaccinated.

Other COVID news

Current grant schemes (LRSG)
North Tyneside Council has issued payments to ratepayers, non-ratepayers and the supply chain up to 31 March. If you have not received an email confirmation or payment. Please contact

Covid testing in schools FAQs
Covid testing in schools – who will get tested? How and where will they be tested? Who has to isolate after a positive test? These questions and more answered by the Department of Education.

ACRE update on community buildings reopening
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has issued new information to help village halls make sense of the latest announcements about the lifting of national lockdown restrictions.Contrary to the government’s announcement on 22 February, village halls will not be able to reopen after Easter, except for a small number of permitted activities. 
Community buildings will instead have to wait until 17 May before they can be hired out for many functions including exercise classes, coffee mornings, performances and celebrations.


Introduction to co-production workshop

Monday 22 March 2pm to 4pm
Are you a North Tyneside VCS organisation interested in finding out more about co-production or citizen involvement? VODA is working with Barnardo's to deliver a free online introduction to co-production for VCS organisations with an interest in co-production or citizen involvement. This session will cover:
  • what it is (and what it is not)
  • why co-production matters
  • how to introduce co-production into your organisation
  • toolbox of methods and techniques
  • models, case studies and illustrative examples

Connection in the community

We're working with local artist Alex Woolley to capture the feelings of connection during a global pandemic. Alex would like to speak with people with a range of experiences and from all walks of life. If you would like to get involved, then you can either complete this short form: or get in touch with us and we'll arrange for you to have a chat with Alex.

Oximetry @ Home March update

Since December, VODA has been running the Oximetry @ Home service which provides Pulse Oximeters to residents with Covid-19 who need to monitor their oxygen levels at home. So far over 30 oximeters have been delivered by volunteers to people who need them and they have proved beneficial.

Mrs W was referred to the Oximetry @ Home service by her GP. She was able to take immediate action when her blood oxygen readings reached dangerously low levels and was admitted to hospital by ambulance despite not feeling any symptoms.

Read more about this service and the people it has helped in the latest bulletin.For further information contact

Volunteering Update

Thank you to our young volunteers!

A huge thank you to children and young people who volunteered with VODA's 'A little bit of time to make someone smile' project during the half term holidays. Young volunteers made cards and wrote messages to brighten up the days of local residents supported by VODA's Good Neighbours project. :Pictured is just a small selection of the fantastic handmade cards we have received so far. Thank you to all who have taken part.

Latest volunteering opportunities in North Tyneside 

View all of the latest volunteering opportunities in North Tyneside in our latest volunteering round-up. Including roles from English Heritage, Cruse Bereavement Care, St Oswald's, the Family Gateway, North Tyneside Citizens Advice, Dreamshine and VODA.

Lonely Not Alone campaign

The Co-op Foundation is looking for young people aged 13 to 22 to help build this year’s Lonely Not Alone campaign.
✅ Young people aged 13 to 22 years (particularly those who have felt lonely in the past and want to use creative ideas to help others)
✅ Applicants will initially need to be available to meet over Zoom from Monday 12 to Saturday 17 April.
✅ And because it’s online young people can apply from anywhere in the UK!
✅ The campaign partners at Effervescent can loan some technology if needed.
Apply online before 9pm Wednesday 16 March.

"Pivoting", "adapting", "re-focusing" - a webinar for charities

Tuesday 23 March at 10.30am
In the first in a series of free webinars aimed at charities. Ward Hadaway is hosting “Pivoting”, “adapting”, “re-focusing”. Simon Brown, a partner at MHA Tait Walker will start by looking at “Maintaining good governance in the midst of a pandemic and watching out for potential pressures on the charity’s financial health”. After that Hollie Ball, an employment specialist at Ward Hadaway, will talk about “Adapting to survive – what flexibility can you expect from your workforce”. Book your place here.

Strategy Fundamental Masterclasses from Virgin Money Foundation

The Virgin Money Foundation is hosting a series of strategy masterclasses which will give you key insights, skills and practical tools to help develop you develop your organisations strategy. There are three sessions available; each session covers a different topic and it is recommended you attend all three, where possible.

FIre Service Re-Robe pack giveaway

The Tyne and Wear Fire Service has a large number of Re-Robe packs which are normally used in contamination incidents to donate. Casualties place all their clothing and belongings into a bag and are given a Re-Robe pack to wear until they are ready to be decontaminated. Each pack comprises: socks, rubber shoes, showerproof jacket/trousers, towel/blanket, green suit (disposable), hair net and sanitary towel.

They have 278 Adult and 128 Junior packs to donate, plus an additional 560 Adult and 140 Junior packs with just the showerproof poncho, shoes and socks. Read here for more information and suggestions of how they can perhaps be used creatively by local charities and groups.  

Sector News

Budget 2021: What you need to know

Review all of the measures announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Budget.

Charity sector reactions to Budget 2021

Charity leaders have described the latest Budget as disappointing and suggested the government does not recognise the value of the sector. Read more in this blog from the Civil Society

#NeverMoreNeeded Coalition reacts to Budget 2021

The #NeverMoreNeeded coalition, which represents thousands of social change organisations and charities across the UK, has responded to the budget announcement by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak.

IVAR Chasing against time

Briefing 14 on the challenges faced by VCSE leaders during the Covid-19 crisis shares the experiences of 33 charities through online peer support sessions, between 4 December 2020 and 20 January 2021.  

Veterans: NHS mental health services

The NHS has launched Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service and new emergency veterans high intensity service. Specialist care and support for Service leavers, reservists, veterans and their families. North of England contact: 0303 123 1145 or email

The impact of COVID-19 on England’s youth organisations

A new publication from UK Youth reports that COVID-19 is having a significant, negative impact on young people and 66% of participating youth organisations are experiencing an increase in demand for their services. 

Mental health resources for children, students, parents, carers and school/college staff

The Department of Education has put together a list of useful links and sources of support so that children and young people, parents, carers, and school and college staff can get the advice and help they need.

Local News & Events

2021 Census - 21 March

The census, which this year will be digital first, takes place every 10 years across England and Wales, giving a detailed snapshot of all people and households from all walks of life to inform decisions on services that shape our communities.

Census day is on Sunday 21 March and there's a range of support available for anyone that may need help filling it in at

Grants to improve the energy efficiency of people’s homes in North Tyneside

Residents are set to benefit from a scheme aimed at tackling fuel poverty and cutting carbon emissions in North Tyneside.
The council has successfully bid for £3.4m from the Government’s Green Homes Grant scheme, which offers homeowners up to £10,000 to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.From April 1, people with a household income below £30,000 and a low energy-efficient property will be able to apply for the full cost of having a range of energy-efficient and low carbon measures installed at home. The council is working in partnership with e.on to deliver the scheme. Read more:

Free training on mental health and suicide awareness

As part of the North East & North Cumbria Suicide Prevention Network, North Tyneside Council is offering a range of FREE mental health courses for people who work in the borough. The free courses cover different issues from emotional resilience to suicide prevention and are available to anyone working in North Tyneside.They aim to raise awareness and increase confidence and competence of participants to be able to support those who maybe struggling with their mental health.To book or for further information please contact: Email: Tel: 0191 477 4545

Spring into Action with Age UK

Running from 15 March to 30 April, Spring into Action with Age UK North Tyneside features a range of physical and social activities to keep you entertained this spring, all in the comfort of your own home using Zoom on a laptop, tablet or smart phone. View the timetable of events here

Helix Arts Common Connections programme

Tuesdays at 3pm starting 16 March
Helix Arts are offering a host of free, creative online sessions for adults aged 50+ as part of Age UK North Tyneside's Spring into Action programme. Over the next few weeks they are inviting you to make art together with a range of different artists every Tuesday - some of these will also lead to regular sessions during April and May. All the art created in sessions will be shared and celebrated in a digital exhibition on View the timetable here.

People's Powerhouse listening event

Monday 22 March 10am to 12.30pm
Have your say about how we reset after Covid-19 with the People’s Powerhouse. Between 11am and 12pm the event will be joined by three of the Northern mayors: Andy Burnham, Steve Rotheram and Jamie Driscoll, who want to hear from you about what needs to change.They will hear your priorities for how we create a re-set for the future, together. They will also share what they’ve learnt during the last 12 months and talk about the role of a metro mayor during the pandemic. Book your free place here.

North Tyneside Carers' Centre sessions for Professionals 

These events are aimed at professionals. To sign up call 0191 643 2298 or email

Thursday 8 April 2pm to 3pm: Supporting Adult Carers During Covid-19 information sessions. Hear more about the challenges that adult carers are facing during this difficult period and discuss the support that the Centre is offering at this time.

Tuesday 13 April 10am to 11am: Dementia Friends (Alzheimer’s Society). During this informal and interactive session, you will increase your understanding of dementia, and think about the small things that you can do to make a difference to people affected by dementia in your community.

Wednesday 23 June 1.30 to 3.30pm: Carers’ Awareness. This session will help you gain an understanding around who is a carer and what can be involved in their caring role. Be aware of what support and information carers need to carry out their role


Digital Accessibility webinar from CAST

Speakers from Galloway's Society For the Blind, Aspire Consultancy, ProjectFunction and AbilityNet shared advice and answered questions on digital accessibility. Watch in full here.

Free digital advice from Digital Candle

Digital Candle is a free service for charities who want a one hour call with a digital expert. Charities can get advice on any aspect of digital or digital marketing, from digital strategy to Google Ads and from remote service delivery to social media.

NHS England Safeguarding app

The NHS Safeguarding app has been developed to act as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, carers and citizens. It provides 24-hour, mobile access on up to date legislation and guidance across the safeguarding life course. It can be accessed via Apple iOS, Google Play or it can be downloaded by visiting your device’s appropriate app store and searching for ‘NHS Safeguarding’.

NCVO’s new digital and technology hub for charities

Earlier this week, NCVO launched a raft of new digital, data and technology content designed to help voluntary sector organisations become more digitally confident. Start your digital journey with step-by-step guides, useful tips and practical advice at the new information hub.

10 Facebook Best Practices for Nonprofits

Find out what makes a good Facebook page in this blog from Nonprofit Tech for Good. 

Writing for the Web: Developing Voice, Tone and Editorial Structure

Read this article on best practices to ensure your web copy is clear and compelling.

Jobs & Trustee Vacancies

Job Vacancies with Coping With Cancer North East 

Communications and Fundraising Officer: To deliver the Charity’s communications and fundraising strategies in an effective and innovative manner, with best practice quality standards. Salary £28,000 pro rata, 25 hours per week. 
Quality Assurance Manager: To deliver the Charity’s Quality Management system in an effective and accurate manner, with best practice quality standards. Salary £30,000 pro rata, 16 hours per week. 
Please apply for both positions through and search for 'Coping With Cancer'.

Job Vacancy: Education Officer

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in coordinating and delivering the new Depaul Education Programme in a range of settings, including schools, colleges and Pupil Referral Units. You will be responsible for running workshops and smaller sessions on related issues such as healthy relationships and conflict resolution, to service users, parents and teachers. Location: Whitley Bay or Middlesbrough. Full time. Salary: £22,899 per annum + pension and benefits. Deadline: Sunday 14 March 12pm. Read more and apply here.

Job Vacancy; Family Entrepreneurs 

Family Gateway is recruiting Family Entrepreneurs to support their growing portfolio of programmes that work with families, children and young people. As a Family Entrepreneurs you will be required to provide support to families who are experiencing a range of issues that are preventing them, their children and young people living fulfilling lives across communities in North Tyneside, South-east, Northumberland and Newcastle. Full time, salary £18,500pa. Deadline: Friday 19 March at 5pm. Download the job advert here.

Job Vacancy: Compliance & Support Officer

Northumberland CVA is seeking a Compliance & Support Officer to work with the Partnership and Performance team and other staff and partners. The post holder will form part of a team of staff responsible for the delivery of the programme and be responsible for ensuring all beneficiary files are compliant with stringent auditing requirements, ensuring evidence requirements are checked to high compliance standards. Salary: £24,982 per annum, full time. 12 month fixed term contract to 31 March 2022 (subject to funding). Deadline: 9am Monday 22 March. Read more and apply here

Job Vacancy: Fundraiser and Bid Writer

The Cedarwood Trust is seeking an experienced fundraiser and bid writer to support their revenue funding. The focus of this post is funding from statutory bodies, tendering for contracts and applications to trusts and foundations. This role will suit a candidate with demonstrable experience of working in deadline-driven environments and with non-profit, statutory, or academic grant writing. Full time, salary 18,000 to 22,000 per annum. 12 months contract. Deadline: Monday 22 March. Read more here.

Job Vacancy: Support and Development Officer

Connected Voice is looking for a new member of their Support and Development Team. The role will involve directly supporting and developing charities, social enterprises and community. Salary £26,317 pro rata, 30 hours per week. Deadline:12pm Thursday 25 March. Read more and apply here.

Job Vacancy: In-house Children's Counsellor/Play Therapist

Acorns offers a range of therapeutic and support services for children, young people and families affected by domestic violence and abuse, in North Tyneside and Northumberland. They're looking to recruit a qualified, registered play therapist or children’s counsellor to work as part of a close knit team delivering their Recovery Service in North Shields, supporting children aged from 4-18 to recover from their traumatic experiences of domestic abuse.Salary £22668.00 to £24185.00 pro rata, 25 hours per week. Deadline: 5pm Friday, 26 March. Read more and apply here.

Job Vacancy: Community Coordinator

The MHA Communities Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and running a programme of activities, the scope of which will vary depending upon local need based in West Gateshead and adjacent Derwentside areas, some travelling will be required. Their office is based in Chopwell. MHA's services tackle loneliness and social isolation and promote independence and wellbeing. Salary £18,405 per annum (pro rata), 18 hours per week. Deadline; Sunday 11 April. To apply - visit the website career search and enter "community coordinator" in the keyword search. 

Trustee Vacancies in North Tyneside

Funding Update

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

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales grants Q&A

The foundation is awarding a total of £9.5m in unrestricted funding to 190 charities. This will be two-year unrestricted grants of £50,000 alongside capacity building support to help charities identify and act on any organisational challenges they may be facing. Join this webinar to find out more.Or you can apply here.

Funding open for devices and data for people with learning disabilities

Applications are welcome from organisations operating in England that support people with learning disabilities, including self-advocacy groups, community-based organisations and those that provide support to people where they live. As an emergency response project, applicants should be prepared and able to begin immediate delivery of the Digital Lifeline programme. As well as the devices and data, delivery partners will get a grant of £100 for every person they support; the minimum is 10 people (with a grant of £1k). Deadline: 12pm on 15 March 2021. Read more here.

Funding Deadlines

11 March: Small grants for VCS organisations
15 March: Digital Lifeline
22 March: Greggs Foundation North East Core Funding
22 March: Local Leadership and Integration Fund
25 March: The Women Thrive Fund 
26 March: Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund 
31 March: William and Jane Morris Church Conservation Grants
31 March: Sea-Changers Main Grants Programme
1 April: Youth Music Fund A
15 April: National Lottery Community Fund: Climate Action Fund – Round Two
21 April: Crowdfund North of Tyne
21 April: Baring Foundation's Arts Programme 
30 April: Concertina
30 April; the7stars foundation - Shine Bright Fund
30 April: Thomas Wall Trust
30 April: Newcastle Building Society Community Fund
7 May: Leche Trust
10 May: Warburtons – Community Grants Scheme
31 July: Ironmongers Company
31 July: Volant Trust – Covid-19 Response Fund
31 October: Magic Little Grant Fund

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

About VODA

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