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  • Newcastle Funding Fair - 6 June

    Thursday 6 June, 1pm - 4pm, Northumbria University Student's Union Building

    Make your ideas for positive change happen at the Newcastle Funding Fair

    For Voluntary and Community Organisations (Delegates):

    • Bringing people with ideas together with funders
    • Launch of this year's Newcastle Fund
    • Key trends in the local voluntary and community sector
    • Tips on finding the right funder to approach
    • Support in describing the change you want to make
    • Good Fundraising tips

    Some funders will be operating an appointment slot system so we strongly advise that you come prepared so you can communicate your idea quickly and clearly. Download this handy tool to help you communicate your idea quickly and clearly to funders

    For Funders (Exhibitors):

    • A chance to hear people's ideas that might meet your funding priorities
    • Key trends in the local voluntary and community sector
    • Clarify your funding priorities to a range of potential applicants
    • A chance to engage with people so that your receive clear and appropriate applications
    • Last year was attended by over 250 delegates

    Please book your Exhibitor tickets through eventbrite for each person attending from your funding organisation. Exhibition stands will be arranged separately. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Exhibitors Confirmed So Far:

    Funders and Funding Bodies:

    • Ballinger Trust
    • Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
    • Greggs Foundation
    • National Lottery Grants for Heritage
    • National Lottery Community Fund
    • Newcastle Building Society
    • Newcastle City Council Newcastle Fund
    • Newcastle City Council Community Led Local Development (CLLD)
    • Newcastle City Council Ward Grant Aid
    • North East Social Investment Fund (Northstar Ventures)
    • Rothley Trust
    • Sir James Knott Trust
    • St Nicholas Educational Trust
    • Street Games (Best Summer Ever)
    • Well Newcastle Gateshead
    • Your Homes Newcastle

    Newcastle CVS Support and Development team will be on hand to assist you to get the most out of the day.

    Information and support exhibitors

    • Newcastle CVS Funding Helpdesk
    • Newcastle CVS Services - Advocacy Centre North, HAREF, OurGateshead
    • InformationNow
    • Newcastle City Council Communities Team
    • Newcastle CVS Ellison Services - Finance
    • Northumbria Police Cyber Security
    • Volunteer Centre Newcastle

    The Newcastle Funding Fair is presented as a collaboration between Newcastle CVS and Newcastle City Council.

    Find out more and book your place as a Delegate or as an Exhibitor

  • Wellbeing and Health Open Forum

    Tuesday 25 June, 1pm - 4pm, Breeze Creatives, Bamburgh House, Market Street East, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6BH

    Newcastle CVS supports and organises the Wellbeing and Health Open Forums for community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations working in Newcastle and Gateshead. This is a platform to share and learn about good practice, identify trends and enable all of us to make the best of our skills and scarce resources.

    This is the second of our three Wellbeing and Health Open Forum events that we are hosting this year. Each of the Forums has a distinct and current theme, and the theme for this event is 'Meeting the needs of minority communities'.

    The programme for the day is still in development, and we'll be giving further details as these are confirmed

    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.or book onto one of the following dates:

    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.”
  • Chair to Chair

    Thursday 4 July, 5:30pm - 8:15pm

    We have partnered with the Association of Chairs to bring you a unique event: Chair to Chair - a free networking event for Chairs and Vice Chairs.

    Ever wish you could talk to another Chair / Vice Chair who faces similar challenges and opportunities? Someone who has already been there and done that, who understands and has experience you can learn from? Chairs (and Vice Chairs) often say that they find it really helpful to meet each other to share challenges and solutions.

    This free event will give you the chance to meet other Chairs. Book now for this structured event. Includes light buffet.

    Please share this information with your Chair.

    Location: Central Newcastle

    Book your place

  • Skillsbridge Masterclass - HR and Employment Law

    Tuesday 9 July, 10am - 1pm, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

    SkillsBridge is our programme that brings in external professional expertise to cover a range of specialist areas relevant to local charities, community organisations and social enterprises. Our SkillsBridge Masterclass in July will cover HR and Employment Law by Holgate HR

    The Masterclass will cover:

    • Overview of essential employment law
    • Managing restructures and redundancies
    • Performance management
    • Discipline and grievence

    This event is free to voluntary and community organisations operating in Newcastle and Gateshead. There are a limited number of spaces at our free training events and they are in high demand. Please confirm if you are unable to attend this event by giving at least 48 hours notice. Please cancel your booking on Eventbrite. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any issues or questions. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

    Book a place

  • Beacon Programme for Chairs and Vice Chairs

    Are you a Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in the north east? The Beacon Programme has been researched, designed and created for you!

    At Newcastle CVS we think the Beacon Programme sounds great and would strongly encourage you to take advantage of what is on offer, as this will help your organisation strengthen and become more sustainable. Spaces for the workshop are limited, so click here today to register. The programme will be delivering a series of workshops in 9 locations all over England and providing a wide range practical resources tailored to the specific needs of Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income below £1 million).

    Next workshop in Newcastle:

    Managing Relationships and Board Dynamics

    The leadership role of Chair means that you need to manage dynamics amongst your trustees and between your trustees and staff or volunteers.  This can be a complex and challenging task.

    This workshop aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you navigate this challenge and effectively work with your trustees and key individuals such as your CEO or operational lead.  It has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind.

    Book your place

  • Gateshead Funding Fair - 14 October

    Monday 14 October, 1pm - 4pm, venue to be confirmed

    Save the date - more information to follow

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