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  • Networking and learning opportunities for charities and community organisations

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  • About our Skills-Building Sessions

    We offer free Skills-Building sessions that help you develop the specialist skills, knowledge and confidence you need to run your organisation successfully. These cover themes like fundraising, governance (running effectively), GDPR (handling data) and cyber security (protecting your organisation online).

    Who is it for?

    Anyone involved in running a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation operating in Newcastle and Gateshead is eligible to attend the free Skills-Building Sessions. If you are from an organisation based outside of Newcastle and Gateshead, please get in touch about our tailored sessions: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    What do people say?

    “Sound advice and straightforward. Informed about all different types of funding”

    “A big help to me and my objectives”

  • About our Focused Networking Events

    “Meeting other people with good ideas”

    We run Focused Networking Events throughout the year to provide organisations with a platform to share and learn about good practice, identify trends and enable all of us to make the best use of our skills and scarce resources.

    Events by and for voluntary and community organisations

    Our events are specifically for our charitable and voluntary community. We identify current issues and opportunities that we can work on together from our own experiences as a charity and our direct work with local organisations. The Focused Networking Events are your chance to highlight what matters so let us know if there’s a burning issue that affects your community.

    Structured to help you get the most out of the day

    Each networking event follows a current and relevant theme. We invite a range of key speakers from not-for-profit or social enterprise organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead to share their experiences and inspire new ideas. A question and answer panel gives everyone the chance to open up discussion on the theme, which is then followed up with focussed group discussions and an informal networking break.

    What do people say?

    “Great opportunity to network and understand how organisations can work together to fulfil a common cause”

    “Moral support – running a charitable organisation in these times is really challenging”

    “The most beneficial part was the focused conversations”

    Who can attend?

    We welcome people who are involved in any way in any voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation operating in our local area. This includes people with ideas but who have not yet formed an organisation. We also welcome representatives from statutory or private companies but please get in touch before booking so we can check that the event is appropriate for you. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0191 232 7445.

     

  • BAME 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?

    This training is an introductory level session and provides a safe space to ask questions and listen to real life examples about how improved cultural knowledge has been used to break down barriers and improve services.

    ‘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.

    The 2.5 hour session has a specific focus on health and is a face-to-face interactive learning programme with activities and open discussion.

    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:

    “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.”
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund: Understanding the new processes

    Tuesday 5 November 2019, 1pm - 3pm 

    The National Lottery Heritage Fund is more than just a new name and branding for the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    Find out more by booking your place for this jointly presented event, in particular looking at what the NLHF defines as community heritage - with its focus on people engaging with their heritage. With a renewed emphasis on inclusivity, and greater devolution of decision-making to regions, could Heritage Fund support be the right direction for you?

    After 25 years of being the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK, distributing £7.9bn to over 43,000 heritage projects across the UK, its priorities have been redefined, its programmes simplified and its processes streamlined. The number of outcomes have been reduced, and a new outcome of 'People will have greater wellbeing' has been introduced.

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, NE1 8AF

    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. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

    Book a place

  • Trustees' Week Helpdesk: Trustee Troubleshooting

    Wednesday 6 November 2019, 1pm - 3pm 

    An informal drop-in session with staff from our Gateshead and Newcastle teams available to deal with all things trustee-related

    Whether you are:

    • A trustee with a query or dilemma you'd like our advice to solve
    • An organisation looking to develop the role, breadth, or skills-base of your board of trustees
    • An individual looking to find out more about what is involved in being a trustee

    Book a place at this event, and we'll be ready to offer our advice and support.

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, NE1 8AF

    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. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

    Book a place

  • CHYP ING: Gang Culture and Youth Crime

    Wednesday 13 November, 1pm - 3:30pm

    Newcastle CVS supports the CHYP ING Forum (Children and Young People In Newcastle and Gateshead) for voluntary sector organisations working with children and young people 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 CHYP ING Forum events that we are hosting this year. Each of the Forums has a distinct and current theme. For this event the theme is Gang Culture and Youth Crime.

    Location: The Hub, Family Church Gateshead, Swan Street, Gateshead, NE8 1BQ

    Book your place

  • Chair to Chair

    Thursday 14 November, 5pm - 7:30pm

    Are you chairing a charity? Ever wish you could talk to another Chair and or Vice Chair who faces similar challenges and opportunities? If so, do come along and share your questions and answers with other Chairs.

    The main topic will be ‘How do I ensure my trustees are effective?’  We’ve chosen it because it was raised by several Chairs in our first Chair-to-Chair in Newcastle in July. We’ll have some ideas to get you started, and then it’s over to you. This peer to peer event is a new approach for us, developed in partnership between the Association of Chairs and Newcastle CVS. Come ready to share your challenges, your ideas and your learning, and make connections with others in your area who may be able to help.

    This event is free but there are a limited number of spaces and they are in high demand. For this reason, we ask you to pay a £5.00 deposit on booking which will be returned to you following your attendance of the event. If you are unable to attend this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. giving us at least 48 hours notice. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £5.00.

    Please share this information with your Chair.

    Location: Central Newcastle

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  • Climate Emergency: Making practical changes in your organisation

    Tuesday 19 November, 1pm - 3pm

    Climate change is an issue that everyone is talking about, but it can be hard to identify practical steps that your organisation can put in place. This session will look at:

    • How funders are increasingly looking for organisations to have an effective environmental policy
    • What elements should be in a contemporary and meaningful environmental policy
    • How can you engage the communities you serve in making a difference
    • Ten acheivable and practical things you can do to make a difference
    • The session will be especially useful for organisations that do not currently have an environmental policy or procedures, or are looking to update existing ones to reflect the declaration of a climate emergency.

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, NE1 8AF

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

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  • Developing a Fundable Project

    Thursday 21 November, 1pm - 3pm

    Do you struggle writing successful funding bids? This session will take you through the key practical steps in describing the essential elements of your project, to tell funders what they need to know.

    This session will cover:

    • What you need to have ready in advance
    • Choosing the right funders to approach
    • How to describe the essential elements of a fundable project
    • How to avoid causing unnecessary alarm bells to ring for funders, that might prevent them funding your idea
    • Funders are increasingly asking for applications with a limited number of words. This session will help you understand why, and help you make every word count

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, NE1 8AF

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

    Book a place

  • Financial Procedures: Getting the key elements right first time

    Tuesday 26 November

    Do you feel completely confident you're on top of your financial procedures as a small or medium sized organisation? This session will cover the steps you should have in place to make sure you're doing things right first time

    The session will cover things such as:

    • Dealing with fundraised income
    • Book-keeping and keeping track of what and how you spend
    • Banking essentials
    • Handling petty cash

    Ahead of the session, we'll be asking people who have registered to tell us about their key concerns, so that we can shape the session to suit.

    This session is aimed at small and medium sized organisations, and will be especially useful if you're either newly established, have recently grown, if your procedures have been developed over time without planning, or simply looking to refresh your procedures to make sure you're doing things right.

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, NE1 8AF

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

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  • Cyber Security for Your Organisation

    Delivered in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre, this session will cover the essentials to ensure your organisation is cyber secure.

    Did you know the average cost to a charity of a cyber security breach has been calculated to be over £1000?

    The session will cover:

    • What kinds of cyber attacks a could target a small charity?
    • What simple steps can you take to enhance your cyber security?
    • What should we do if we suffer a cyber attack?
    • After the session you will be provided with NCSC’s Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide, and Actions Checklist to help you put your new knowledge into practice.

    Cost:

    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. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know and also cancel your booking on Eventbrite. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

    Newcastle session 

    (Open to organisations from either Newcastle or Gateshead)

    Thursday 17 October, 1pm - 4pm

    Location: Northstar Ventures, 5th Floor, Maybrook House, 27-35 Grainger Street, Newcastle, NE1 5JE

    Book a place

    Gateshead session

    (Open to organisations from either Newcastle or Gateshead)

    Thursday 28 November, 1pm - 4pm

    Location: St Mary's Heritage Centre, Chancel Room, St Mary's Church, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU

    Book a place

  • Good Fundraising: Planning for Success

    Thursday 5 December 2019, 1pm - 3pm

    This session is for you if you are new to the role of fundraising in your organisation, or have been doing this for a while but want to improve your chances of success.

    The session will help you in planning for success in your approach to fundraising:

    • Identify a broader range of funding sources
    • Understand about meeting funders expectations in a funding bid
    • Understand how planning ahead is crucial to success
    • How to structure a bid to clearly set out what you want and need
    • How best to fit fundraising into the other demands of your role

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, NE1 8AF

    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. Cancel your booking on Eventbrite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know. 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:

    Thursday 28 November, 1pm – 4:45pm, NE1

    Are you a Chair / Vice Chair of a charity with an income under £1m? Don't miss the Beacon Programme's 'Developing an Effective Board Team' half-day workshop in Newcastle on 28 November.
     
    This workshop aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop your board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  The workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind; such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.
     
    The workshops costs £20 and there is a travel bursary for organisations with an income under £100k if booked a month ahead of the session.
     
    Find out more and book your place

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