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Sally  Sally Young, Chief Executive 

For the last eight years I have been asking local voluntary and community organisations their views on how life is for them and for the people and communities they support.

I’ve just written up the report (GaN Canny 2018) after 168 organisations responded from Gateshead and Newcastle. It is both uplifting and bleak.

Sally  Sally Young, Chief Executive 

Most people will have been repulsed at the events that took place last week at the President’s Club. Let’s be clear, this is nothing to do with charity and all about men behaving badly. But this episode has given some charities an ethical dilemma about what to do with the money.  Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and others have been criticised in the Daily Mail and other media outlets for returning the donations.

Having spoken to a few charity leaders, there are clearly different perspectives on this and each organisation needs to decide its approach, based on its ethics and values.

pic of vicki  Vicki Harris, HAREF Network Coordinator

We’ve had a really busy and interesting time delivering workshops to 300 4th year medical students at Newcastle University. Working with the Regional Refugee Forum (RRF), we have run 16 workshops using HAREF facilitators and members of the RRF. The aim of the workshops was to give the students ‘food for thought’ about meeting the health needs of people seeking asylum in the UK.

Sally Sally Young, Chief Executive

Lord Beecham, our Vice President, recently described Universal Credit as “the poll tax of our time”. Sir Jeremy has been a serving Councillor in Newcastle upon Tyne for over fifty years. Benwell and Scotswood, the ward he represents, is among the poorest in the country. Newcastle was one of the first cities to pilot Universal Credit two years ago. Universal Credit is rolled out to Gateshead this week.

Martin Martin Gollan, Support and Development manager

For some children in Newcastle and Gateshead the return to school last week will mean from Monday to Friday they can expect a regular hot meal. During the six week summer holidays, the West End Foodbank ran a holiday club which provided food for 40 primary school pupils. Each week the foodbank feeds around 400 school children.

Northumbria University’s Healthy Living Lab recently carried out a nationwide survey of holiday clubs that provide food and other assistance during the summer holidays to children from low income families. 

Louise  Louise McGlen, Funding Advice Office

In the current economic climate when competition for funding is fierce, even the most amazingly well run organisations and projects have to be prepared for rejection.

Louise   Louise McGlen, Funding Advice Officer

4 Considerations before you start to Crowdfund for a not for profit

 Louise     Louise McGlen, Funding Advice Officer

We are increasingly hearing from organisations that are finding the approaches that worked for them in the past are no longer a safe bet. Here are four steps to improving your chances of success.

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Candidates and chair Simon Elliot at the Alternative Hustings 

Yesterday, Sunday 4 June, we held our Alternative General Election Hustings hosted by our friends at Northern Stage. The format of the afternoon was different from the usual hustings format because it was for voluntary and community organisations rather than individual voters. Therefore a few weeks ago we asked NCVS members to tell us, from a list of twelve, what their top four election issues are?