Face to face networking takes time.  Opportunities are not always available at a time and place that suits everyone and besides, it's often just too difficult to justify the time out of the office.

Northumberland VINe could be the solution you're looking for.

Volunteer, trustee, CEO, team leader, manager, or officer; Whatever your role in Northumberland's voluntary and community sector, you can be part of the conversation on the VINe.
Through the Northumberland VINe (Voluntary (Sector) Information Network) you can raise issues, promote activities & events, offer support and develop greater partnership working, or simply discuss the weather.Once you become a member you'll be able to send emails to a dedicated email address, which will then automatically send them to every other member. You can choose to receive emails immediately or as a daily digest.
To join the conversation, simply send us your name and email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Northumbria Police provide hour long workshops on the following topics: Raising awareness of PREVENT, hate crime, cyber-crime – scams, wildlife crime, crime prevention – safeguarding, and Claire’s Law/Sarah’s Law – Safeguarding.  Other workshops could include knife crime and gangs. If your community or voluntary organisation is interested in any of the above workshops and would like the Police to come out and talk to your group please call 07736 193410.

On Monday 1 July, the Leaders of the Borderlands Councils and UK and Scottish Government Ministers signed a Heads of Terms agreement setting out the framework, projects and programmes that are included in the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. This announcement is the result of collaborative cross-border working between the Borderlands Councils and has secured a £394.5 million investment package for the benefit of our region - made up of UK and Scottish Governments’ investment combined with financial support from the Borderlands partners.


Further details can be found in the Borderlands July newsletter.

North East charities are currently being targeting by scammers.
Someone will phone to thank you for your involvement or support of some vague community initiative – it may be crime and safety, health, education, etc. – and will thank you on behalf of one of the emergency services.  They will then tell you that they are going to publicise the success of the initiative by distributing a magazine to every house in your area and they will ask you to help contribute to the cost by placing a full or half page advert, which needs to be pre-paid.  Once you send the money, of course, you hear no more.
Please make sure that your staff, particularly your finance teams, are aware of this scam.

Newcastle Building Society has a series of talks that can help people understand more about their finances, make the most of them and protect them for the future.  They are offering these talks free to local groups, charities, clubs and associations:

  • Retirement - Why do they keep changing the rules?
  • Investment - You worked hard for your money, it’s time it did the same for you!
  • Locks, Stocks, and Conmen - Is someone trying to steal your money?
  • Tax breaks & Toy boys - Whether or not you have a Will in place, are you sure your wishes will be fulfilled?
  • Dementia Friends - Why not become a Dementia Friend?
  • First-Time Buyers - Helping you take your first steps on the property ladder


Download the flyer to find out more about these talks. 

If you would like Newcastle Building Society to deliver one or all of these to your community group free of charge, please get in touch with Kelly Beattie, Cramlington Branch Manager on 01670 735813 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lynemouth Power Station is asking members of the local community to get in touch and nominate a worthwhile cause that could benefit from a variety of office furniture, free of charge.


The plant, which employs over 150 people in South East Northumberland, is currently in the final stages of a major civil engineering programme, one of the largest projects being undertaken in the North East, converting from fossil fuel to biomass electricity generation. And, furniture that was once necessary as part of this process is now no longer required.


Staff are therefore looking to donate 27 oak, conference-style tables to a few worthy causes in much need of equipment to benefit those living in and around the power station and in South East Northumberland. These could be small, locally-based charities delivering vital support services, community initiatives helping residents and young people, children’s sports or youth clubs, schools, activity groups, social venues and so forth.


Janet Mole of Lynemouth Power explained, “We’d really like people to get in touch if they know of any local charity, school or community-based initiative that would benefit from this furniture. The tables are in excellent, almost new condition and would be ideal for a variety of causes. It’s also a great way for us to recycle our resources to help the environment and benefit people in our local community.”


Anyone wishing to nominate a worthy cause for the office furniture should email Janet directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


NCVO has now published the final ‘charity ethical principles’ that aim to support charities, their governing bodies, and those who work and volunteer in and with them in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts, and make charities a safer place.
The document is intended to enable; it draws together and underpins what many charities do already, and which all charities aspire to do.  The principles set out a framework for the ethical execution of charitable purpose, regardless of the charity’s size, type or area of operation. They can help charities in their decision making and in developing relevant policies and procedures.
The principles are voluntary.  They should be viewed as a benchmark of good practice, and are complementary to existing sector codes.  They set standards that are often higher than those required by law.  Read the principles online or download as a PDF (115KB).

North of Tyne Combined Authority



Events took place in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland during March that offered an opportunity to update voluntary, community and social enterprise partners on the current work programme of the Combined Authority and the key emerging priorities.  How other Mayoral Combined Authorities are working with their respective VCSE sectors was also considered. 

Round-table discussions took place on how best to engage going forward and the information from these will now form the basis of a jointly agreed partnership approach which will set out some key principles and commitments  for co-working and governance structures/processes for the future.

Download the presentations and the agenda from the Northumberland meeting below:


Northumberland County Council has launched a new ‘Discover our Land’ campaign to shine a light on the county as somewhere to visit, to raise a family, to build a career and to establish, invest and grow a business.

Encouraging start-ups, business growth and international trade in Northumberland is one of the key aims of the campaign, which will showcase some of the county’s leading businesses to inspire more entrepreneurs to create jobs and economic prosperity. This exciting new campaign will issue a rallying cry to inspire people to be part of Northumberland’s story, as told by the people who know it best - those that are proud to live, work, visit or invest here. Read more.

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