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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.

     

  • HAREF Allies Meeting

    Friday 13 September 2019, 9:45am - 12:00pm

    • Do you deliver services, or areas of work, linked to health and wellbeing?
    • Are you committed to tackling health inequalities for BAME communities?
    • Are you a mainstream service or organisation who wants to engage better with BAME communities?

    Then you may be interested in becoming a HAREF Ally, who will support the work of HAREF to give BAME communities a voice and to improve health access. We are holding our first scoping meeting to:

    • Discuss the role of HAREF Allies
    • Identify key barriers of access to services
    • Look at good practice for making services more accessible.

    This meeting will be co-delivered with Anya Bonner from Just Fair and the Social Rights Alliance North East. She will be helping us all look at how social rights are an important consideration for anyone providing health care, and how safeguarding these rights are good practice to improve accessibility and engagement.

    This meeting is for anyone involved in delivering mainstream health and well-being services, who would like become a HAREF Ally, and who are committed to tackling health inequalities for BAME communities.

    Numbers are limited for this meeting, and you can sign up through Eventbrite.  We ask that only one person per organisation, or per department in a large organisation, signs up to attend.  For more information, or if you have any queries contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Location: Breeze Creatives, Bamburgh House, Market St, NE1 6BH

  • Wellbeing and Health Open Forum

    Wednesday 25 September, 1pm - 3:30pm,

    WHOF: Arts, Culture and Wellbeing

    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 third 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 'Arts, Culture and Wellbeing'.

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

    Book your place

  • North of Tyne CLLD (Community Led Local Development) Funding

    Thursday 26 September 2019, 1pm - 3pm 

    Delivered in Partnership with North of Tyne CLLD. The current Round Three for applications closes* on 29th November

    This session is for you if you want to know more about European Union CLLD funding and:

    1. Have ideas for projects in the CLLD area (see map on website https://northoftyneclld.weebly.com/the-clld-area.html) covering some of the most disadvantaged areas of Newcastle and Wallsend.
    2. Seek to design and deliver projects that will contribute to increased employment, develop businesses and improve opportunities to enhance local life.
    3. Want to support people in the following categories
    • Women, especially those who have struggled with any kind of economic activity
    • People from ethnic minorities
    • People with disabilities (including people with mental health issues)
    • Carers
    • People who have never worked
    • People who are between 50 and 64

    * Round 3 closes on the 29th November and is not Brexit dependent. There will still be a Round 4 in 2020, unless in the unlikely event of all CLLD funding being allocated in Round 3

    North of Tyne CLLD is funded by European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund as part of 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme.

    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

  • Good Fundraising: Planning for Success

    Tuesday 1 October 2019, 1pm - 3pm, Ray Dixon Room, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, NE1 8AF

    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

    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

  • Good Governance - Running your organisation effectively

    Thursday 3 October 2019, 1pm - 3pm

    Aimed at new committee members / trustees or those in need of a refresher. This session covers:

    • The legal responsibilities committee members / trustees have in governing, managing and running an organisation, and;
    • Good governance practice and how committee members / trustees can reduce risks of governing an organisation.

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, 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 your place

  • Social Investment and the North East Social Investment Fund

    Thursday 10 October 2019, 1pm - 3pm 

    Delivered in Partnership with NorthStar Ventures

    The North East Social Investment Fund is a £10.2m fund set up to support charities and social enterprises across the North East of England. If you've ideas for positive change around these issues, this session may be for you:

    • Reduction in homelessness
    • Reduction in debt and poverty
    • Improvement in health and social care needs
    • Improvement in mental health provision
    • Improvement in offender rehabilitation
    • Reduction in unemployment
    • Regeneration of deprived communities

    Investments range from £100k to £1m and can be used for a wide range of purposes, including operational costs, working capital, asset purchases, or a combination of purposes.

    The fund’s aim is to increase or protect an organisation’s ability to deliver social impact.

    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

  • 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:

    • Cultural Competency, Tuesday 17 September, 10am - 12:30pm  (Book online)
    • Cultural Competency, Thursday 17 October, 10am - 12:30pm (Book online)
    • Cultural Competency, Tuesday 12 November, 10am -12:30pm (Book online)
    • Cultural Competency, Tuesday 10 December, 10am -12:30pm (Book online)
    “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.”
  • Gateshead Funding Fair - 14 October

    Monday 14 October, 1pm - 4pm

    Venue: The Hub, Family Church Gateshead, Swan Street, Gateshead, NE8 1QB

    Make your ideas for positive change happen at the Gateshead Funding Fair 2019

    • Bringing people with ideas together with funders
    • 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.

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

    Book a place

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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