This years Volunteers Week is taking place from the 1st-7th June.

 

To celebrate community connections and to say thank you to all our amazing volunteers we are inviting you to our Big Thank You Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 1st June from 2-4.30pm, here at Northumberland CVA, 107 Station Road Ashington NE63 8RS.

 

We hope you can join us, please RSVP by calling 01670 858688 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Community Action Northumberland and Northumberland Community Voluntary Action are jointly working with the Ballinger Charitable Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund to commission youth activities to be run by small volunteer-led groups.

Guidelines

  • Commissions will be of either £500 or £1,000, with a maximum of one per group
  • Monies must be spent on direct delivery in support of children and/or young people
  • Commissions will not be awarded to individuals
  • Commissioned sums must be spent within 12 months
  • Any overall project costs to which a commission is awarded towards must be no more than £2,000 in total, and the commission monies will only be released when the project costs have been funded in total – this is included in the 12 month expenditure period above.
  • Commissioned sums must be paid to a recognised community group bank account

Where a commission to a group is not secured, advice and guidance for further development from Northumberland CVA and / or Community Action Northumberland will be provided to move the project forward.

Examples

These are examples only and any other youth-based activity will be considered

  • Purchase of equipment or resources for young people
  • A day trip to a local / regional activity
  • A sessional worker to deliver activities
  • Sports activities which encourage participation

Community Action Northumberland are working with groups that are based in or linked to village halls.

Northumberland CVA are working with any other group.

 

To apply email an expression of interest including the following:

  • Name of your Group
  • Please tell us about your project. (What, where and when)
  • Please tell us about the main costs for your project.

Village hall linked projects should return their EOI to Tracey Morgan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 01670 517178

Projects not linked to village halls should return their EOI to Marc Johnson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel 01670 858688

 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to speak to the awarding panel about your project, in an informal setting at a date to be confirmed.

 

                                            

 

 

As the humanitarian crisis unfolds in the Ukraine, the swift action of the VCSE supporting local communities to provide storage spaces, collection of supplies, volunteers, coordination, organising transportation and often delivering support to those affected, has once again been a testament to the power of Community Voluntary Action.

 

We are encouraging those within our networks to support the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

More than half a million people have fled their homes to escape conflict in Ukraine. Leaving behind jobs, belongings and loved ones, they need shelter, food and water.

Visit the DEC website to find out more about how it brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently.

• £10 could provide essential hygiene supplies for one person for one month

• £20 could provide emergency food for one person for one month

• £30 could provide essential hygiene supplies for three people for one month

• £50 could provide blankets for 4 families [to keep them warm]

• £100 could provide emergency food for two families for one month

 

Visit the DEC website to donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal

 

 

Support for refugees arriving from Ukraine to Northumberland

For those wanting to open up their homes and welcome refugees arriving from Ukraine to Northumberland, Homes for Ukraine have a sponsor toolkit online to guide you through the process.

Welcoming refugees into your home is not a small undertaking nor something you should go into without seriously considering what this might mean to you and those who you live with.

This toolkit and the resources contained in it are designed to give you an outline of the support that you might need to provide if you welcome refugees through the Homes for Ukraine programme.

Find the toolkit here:

Homes for Ukraine sponsor toolkit • Reset Communities and Refugees (resetuk.org)

 

Other useful websites to support you opening up your home:

 

 

This week, we’re excited to launch a brand new e-learning course on the essentials of charity finance.
Understanding Your Charity’s Finance covers the financial responsibilities of charities, records, legal requirements and how to present your accounts. It has been developed with expertise from the charity finance teams at VODA, Connected Voice and Northumberland CVA.

 

 

Elements is an e-learning platform that allows you to study in your own time and at your own pace.
The courses use an interactive mix of videos and questions and you will receive a certificate on completion.
You can start and stop the courses as you wish but each course takes around one hour to complete.

 

 

Enrol on Understanding Your Charity’s Finance today for just £12.

 

Following the successful launch of Elements towards the end of 2021, more than 220 people have signed up to study courses on Good Governance and Good Fundraising.

We’ve taken your helpful feedback to make a number of changes to the platform, and we’re delighted to be able to offer our selection of new and improved courses at a cost of just £12 each:

 

 

Any organisations with an annual income below £10k, can access the course for free. If you qualify for a free course, please email Jennifer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a free coupon code. 

 

“[The fundraising course] really summarised the key points of applications perfectly and was a great skills refresher without containing an overwhelming amount of info”

“Honestly it is such a pleasant learning experience, the way information is presented with high quality sound, quality animation and graphics”

 

 

   

 

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Following the successful launch of Elements training portal for voluntary and community organisations, which saw more than 160 people enrol on the first Good Governance course, we’re delighted to launch our second course – 'Good Fundraising: Success with grant applications'.

We know that fundraising is a priority and key issue for many organisations, and in our collective experience, the most common source of funding for community organisations and small charities is grant-making trusts, and bodies like the National Lottery Community Fund, your local Community Foundation or Council. It’s what people ask us about most often, and it’s something we’ve successfully helped many organisations to build their skills with, and achieve better results.

Good Fundraising has been developed by the three partner organisations – Connected Voice, Northumberland CVA and VODA, bringing together a wide range of skills and experience in supporting voluntary and community organisations across the North East. It’s ideal for those who are new to the role of fundraising but also great for those in need of a refresher. If you’re looking to improve your likelihood of success with grant applications then this is the course for you.

 

Course format and signing up

Elements is an e-learning platform which means you can study in your own time and at your own pace. The course is an interactive mix of videos and questions, and you will receive a certificate upon completion.

Elements is available to access completely free of charge until 31 March 2022.
Please note: you must complete your course(s) before 31 March to take advantage of the free offer. 

Visit  https://elementstraining.teachable.com/ to learn more about the Good Fundraising course and to create your account.

Each of the Elements partners also offers a range of other information, training and support for voluntary and community groups.  If you're in Northumberland, you can contact Northumberland CVA for support: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01670 858688.

 

 

 

 

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ICS implementation guidance 

There are now 10 guidance documents from the government covering the development of ICS’s.  Guidance that specifically covers working with the VCSE sector can be found in: ‘Building strong integrated care systems everywhere - ICS implementation guidance on partnerships with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’.

The key points of this guidance are that:

The VCSE sector is a key strategic partner with an important contribution to make in shaping, improving and delivering services, and developing and implementing plans to tackle the wider determinants of health.

VCSE partnership should be embedded in how the ICS operates, including through involvement in governance structures in population health management and service redesign work, and in system workforce, leadership and organisational development plans.

The guidance emphasises place-based arrangements and building on current involvement.  It contains a 12-point checklist for embedding the VCSE within the ICS’s governance and partnership arrangements.

By April 2022, the ICS needs to develop a formal agreement for engaging and embedding the VCSE sector in system-level governance and decision-making arrangements, ideally by working through a VCSE alliance (the VCSE Partnership Programme) to reflect the diversity of the sector.

The VCSE Partnership Programme is working with ICS leads to use the checklist as a basis for ensuring the sector is embedded within the ICS.

 

 

 

This image is taken from the guidance and shows the approach to VCSE partnerships   

 

 

Recruitment of Chief Executive

The ICS has completed the interview process to appoint a Chief Executive.  Jane Hartley, VONNE’s Health and Wellbeing lead and VCSE Partnership Programme Lead, chaired one of the four stakeholder panels as part of the recruitment process to give a VCSE perspective on each of the candidates.  The results of the interview process are expected to be announced next month.

 

More information about the ICS

You can find details about the North East and North Cumbria ICS, its aims and priorities, as well as news and the latest health campaigns on the ICS website.

 

How to get involved

If you're not already a member, but wish to play a part in ICS developments at a strategic level, you can join the VCSE Partnership Forum, which meets bi-monthly.

You can sign up for regular programme updates as well as other regional and national health and wellbeing news as part of VONNE’s Health and Wellbeing Network bulletin.

 

    

Northumberland CVA are hosting an online workshop on 9th November 2021 at 2pm with Richard Walton from the Virgin Money Foundation on their Community Anchors' Fund. Organisations based or delivering services in Northumberland are invited to join the workshop.

The Community Anchors' Fund supports those vital, independent, locally-led organisations, committed to driving positive economic, social or environmental change within a community.

The fund offers grants of up to £30,000 to organisations from the North East of England.

To apply to the fund you will need to evidence that your organisation provides a range of services and practical support relevant to the needs of the neighbourhood in which you live.

Book your place on the workshop via Eventbrite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Three North East support charities have launched a new e-learning resource for trustees during Trustees’ Week 2021, which runs from 1st - 5th November.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the Elements Training Portal has been developed by the three organisations: Connected Voice, North Tyneside VODA and Northumberland CVA who have been working in partnership since 2019 to help trustees overcome challenges such as capacity and geography by giving them the opportunity to access quality e-learning 24/7 from wherever they have an internet connection.

New trustees looking for an introductory course to support their work, will be able to sign up to the Elements Training Platform and study its ‘Good Governance’ course in their own time and at their own pace, and can fit their learning around their schedule and priorities.  And what’s more, until the end of December 2021, trustees will be able to access the ‘Good Governance’ course free of charge.

Giovanni Spatuzzi, Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager at Connected Voice said, “Most individuals who become trustees don’t start out with a well-developed knowledge of governance issues.  Instead, they start out with a vitally-important passion for the work of the organisation, and the governance side of things is something they must learn along the way.

“Although we’re just getting started, we want Elements to become the go-to place for people in our sector across the North East, whatever their role, to find flexible, interactive e-learning opportunities that offer a good basic understanding of subjects such as good governance, volunteers and the law, and good fundraising to support them in their work. 

“‘Good Governance’ is our first course.  It is suitable for new trustees and also for existing trustees who are looking to refresh their knowledge.  We’ll be adding new courses very soon.”

Connected Voice, North Tyneside VODA and Northumberland CVA are all well-established and respected membership charities offering local infrastructure support to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in their respective communities across North of Tyne and Gateshead. 

The partnership has a combined membership of over 1,500 organisations, with around 3,500 trustee-led charities covering their geographical areas, so they’re anticipating a high demand for their Elements Training Portal.

As well as this new Elements Training Platform, each of the partners also offers a range of other information, training and support.  If you're in Northumberland, you can contact Northumberland CVA for support: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01670 858688.

To register on Elements and study the 'Good Governance' course free, go to: https://elementstraining.teachable.com/

 

  

 

 

The Elements Training Portal is funded by:

 

 

 

 

As holders of the NCC commission to provide support services to the VCS in Northumberland from June 2014 to September 2021, Northumberland has made some wonderful achievements and we’ve put just a few of them together into an infographic as a celebration of our work over the past seven years. 

Looking just at the practical support we provided, here are some of the headlines:

Over the course of our holding of the commission, we have supported a total of 1,508 groups with information, advice, training and practical help on issues including funding, governance, safeguarding and involving volunteers.

We delivered 16 multi-funder Funding Fairs in 11 different areas of the county, allowing 553 groups to attend 2,456 appointment slots.  That’s a total of 409.33 hours of face to face advice given direct to Northumberland groups by funders as a result of our work.

After receiving our support, over the seven years we have held the commission, groups in Northumberland have successfully raised a total of at least: £14,500,000 to fund their activities.

 

Download the full infographic as a PDF.