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  • Strengthening your Organisation

    Tuesday 12 March 2019, 1:3-pm - 5:15pm

    The Association of Chairs look forward to welcoming you to their second Beacon workshop in Newcastle which aims to provide you with the knowledge and tools to ensure your charity has the strategy, resources and processes to succeed. This workshop will help you to be clear about what needs to be in place and ensure that it happens. It will support you to identify the boundaries between planning and overseeing the work and the separate task of carrying it out. You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.

    This workshop is only open to those who have registered with the Beacon Programme. If you are the Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in England with an annual income of under £1 million, please join the programme and then book your place.

    Spaces are still available for this event (£20.00). 

    Location: Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ

    Further details and booking

  • Media Trust Digital Skills Masterclass

    Thursday 16 May 2019

    Following a fully booked session in November 2018, Media Trust will be returning to Newcastle in May with another Digital Skills Masterclass. The free one-day course is a beginner level workshop aimed at charity professionals who have communications as part of their job role, or for senior leaders and trustees who are interested in developing their organisation’s digital communications. The workshop will cover social media brand, content marketing and Google Analytics, in partnership with Google Digital Garage.

    Location: Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

    Book your place

  • Cultural Competency Session

    Are you a frontline worker for a health or community service in Newcastle? How confident do you feel about understanding and talking to our diverse community? ‘Culture’ embraces a broad range of aspects, from religion to disability, and communities vary greatly from one local area to another so we have devised a flexible programme to build confidence and help you to deliver the best service possible in your community.

    Our 2.5 hour Cultural Competency Session is a face-to-face interactive learning programme with activities and open discussion that we will tailor to your practice / organisation requirements; a safe space in which to ask questions and listen to real life examples about how improved cultural knowledge has been used to break down barriers and improve services.

    By the end of the session you will:

    • Recognise why it is important to have an understanding of different cultures and beliefs
    • Understand key aspects of your local community cultures and wider Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Newcastle
    • Feel confident in applying this knowledge to your practice
    • Be able to highlight areas for improvement in your own practice and come up with new ideas for enhancing the services you deliver
    “Big thanks to Hamna. The training was great and the discussion on how we can improve our work with BAME communities has continued well into the afternoon.” Newcastle Stop Smoking
    “Fab training, really relevant, easy to follow, fun and interactive.” Health Works

    Requirements, info and booking:

    • Our Cultural Competency Session has been designed by Newcastle CVS and is funded and approved by Newcastle Public Health
    • The programme is free to organisations with frontline medical and non-medical staff delivering services to residents in Newcastle
    • You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge of cultures
    • We can either arrange to visit your premises to deliver the session or provide an external space according to your preference

    To arrange a session please contact Hamna Begum on 0191 232 7445 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    We have a selection of dates now available at our office for bookings:

    If you are an organisation outside of Newcastle, please contact Vicki Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about our HAREF (Health and Race Equality Forum) training opportunities.

    “I felt I was being sent to another boring training programme, where I would be given information that I already knew about, but I was blown away by this session!! It was great to listen to other people about their experiences. We shared best practice amongst each other and I really feel confident to go out there to work with the BAME communities. I thoroughly enjoyed the training.”
    “I will feel more confident about reaching out and communicating with potential service users from BME communities. Hopefully we as a service can target better and offer new services to BME local communities.”
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Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

Tel:      0191 232 7445