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  • CHYP ING: Partnerships and Strategic Working

    Wednesday 24 April, 1pm - 4pm Breeze Creatives, Bamburgh House, Market Street East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BH

    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 first of our three CHYP ING Forum events that we are hosting this year. Each of the Forums has a distinct and current theme, and the first of these is partnership and strategic working.

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

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  • Skillsbridge Masterclass - Insurance for Charities

    Monday 29 April, 1:30pm - 3pm, 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 April will cover insurance for charities from Henderson Insurance Broking Group.

    What insurances should charities, community groups and social enterprises have? This 1.5 hour session will walk through different types of insurances, which ones are mandatory and which ones are advisable.

    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.

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  • Good Governance - what you need to know to be effective

    Tuesday 30 April 10:30am - 12:30pm

    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. to let us know and cancel your booking on Eventbrite. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

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  • Good Fundraising

    Tuesday 7 May, 2pm - 4pm, 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:

    • Identify a broader range of funding sources
    • Understand about meeting funders expectations in a funding bid
    • 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. 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.

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  • GDPR - what you need to know and do

    Thursday 9 May, 10:30am - 12:30pm

    Aimed at organisations with an annual income of below £50,000, this session covers:

    • The new data protection regulations, explaining the changes you need to be aware of, and;
    • Provides a 12 point plan to help you take the right data protection steps for your 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. 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.

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  • Wellbeing and Health Open Forum

    Thursday 9 May, 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 first 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 first of these is 'Food and the voluntary sector'. This will look at the wide range of initiatives involving food in our region. Many of us are familiar with the work of local foodbanks and similar organisations that are responding to food poverty, but food and activities relating to it are at the heart of many projects, for many reasons: combatting isolation, making links between different communities, promoting wellbeing, empowering people with life skills and new opportunities for employment, and not least, simply for the enjoyment of making and eating food together.

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

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  • Crowdfunding: what you need to know to be successful

    Monday 13 May, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

    You might have heard about Crowdfunding but do you know what it is?

    This session will give participants an understanding of the basics:

    • How Crowdfunding works
    • The pros and cons of using it to raise money for your cause
    • What you need to do before starting a campaign

    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. to let us know and cancel your booking on Eventbrite. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

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  • HAREF Network Meeting: 22 May

    Wednesday 22 May, 9:15 - 11:30am, Breeze Creatives, Bamburgh House, Market St, NE1 6BH

    The next HAREF Network meeting will give everyone the opportunity to provide an update on their own organisation and current news. We are keen that those in the HAREF Network find better ways to share information and develop partnership working, so this will give everyone the chance to find out more about what others are doing. We will also share what support services are available from the Support and Development team and Advocacy Centre North at Newcastle CVS.We will also be discussing the development of HAREF Allies, and how they will work with the Network - more information to follow about this! We will be looking at what topics the Network want to discuss at future meetings such as:

    • How does the Network want health services to engage with them
    • How to arrange health talks about specific health conditions for community groups
    • How to make a complaint in the NHS

    If you are part of the HAREF Network and you want to confirm your attendance at the meeting contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • 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

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  • NCSC Cyber Security Training

    Thursday 16 May, 10:30am - 12:30pm

    The average cost to a charity of a cyber security breach has been calculated to be around £1,030. The session will be broken into three main parts:

    • What cyber attacks could a small charity fall victim to?
    • 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.

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

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  • Mental Health First Aid - Adult MHFA Two Day

    Tuesday 14 May and Tuesday 21 May, 9am-5pm, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle, NE1 8AF

    Newcastle CVS in collaboration with Citizens Advice Gateshead is delivering Mental Health First Aid training for voluntary and community organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead. The two-day course will enable you to qualify as a Mental Health First Aider. It will provide you with:

    • An in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing.
    • Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.
    • Confidence to step in, re-assure and support a person in distress.
    • Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
    • Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to further support

    The fee for this course £300 per person. There is no charge for MECC partner organisations.

    When you book you will recieve a invoice to your organisation.

    If you are unable to attend please notify Newcastle CVS at least five working days in advance of the course start date for a full refund.

    If you have any further queries please get in touch with us. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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  • 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.”
  • 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 organsations (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

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

    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..

    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

  • 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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