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We are currently recruiting a Business Development Specialist
  • 37 hours per week
  • £24,799pa plus £2,500 bonus based on performance

Connected Voice (formerly Newcastle CVS) is the principal voluntary and community sector infrastructure organisation for Newcastle and Gateshead.  Our mission is to support the development of voluntary and community action that is effective, sustainable and brings about positive social change.

We are looking for a Business Development Specialist to join our team.  The role offers an exciting chance to develop commercial services and increase sales across the organisation as part of our commitment towards achieving greater sustainability.

From Monday 4 November we will be changing our name from Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service to Connected Voice. At the same time we are refreshing our brand with a new set of values and a new look and feel that better reflects what we do. It’s been a long journey to reach this point and we couldn’t have done it without the support of Sarah and Michael from Altogether Creative who have worked so hard to understand and capture who we are.

“Newcastle CVS is justifiably proud of the standards of service provided”

Investors in People is a quality standard for people management and a sign of an outperforming place to work. We are delighted to share that we have been re-accredited for Investors in People until 2022.

  • Infrastructure Officer (Gateshead)
  • Salary £25,463 pro rata
  • 30 hours a week

Newcastle CVS is looking for a proactive, dynamic and agile person to join our high performing Infrastructure Support Team. The role will involve directly supporting and developing community groups, charities and social enterprises in Gateshead with areas such as funding, governance, legal structures, policies and procedures, and organisational development.  

“A canary in a coal mine is an advanced warning of some danger. The metaphor originates from the times when miners used to carry caged canaries while at work; if there was any methane or carbon monoxide in the mine, the canary would die before the levels of the gas reached those hazardous to human.”

Gateshead and Newcastle both have proud mining traditions. Canaries were often kept, definitely not as pets, but as ‘early warning systems’ for the dangers ahead. The Newcastle CVS series of studies from 2010 has indicated that voluntary and community organisations are often the first places to recognise and identify the troubles ahead - Universal Credit (and wider welfare reforms), personal debt, food and fuel poverty, increase in mental distress, the growth of hate crime, the lack of opportunities for children and young people, the shrinking state and the growth of loneliness and isolation. For these reasons, we can be regarded as ‘canaries in the coal mine’.

The Newcastle CVS study of the Gateshead and Newcastle voluntary and community sector (VCS) offers a snapshot of local organisations and the issues and challenges that we have to face.

The European Union (EU) Settlement Scheme is for any EU citizen from outside the United Kingdom, who currently lives in the UK, and wants to stay after the UK leaves the EU. The Home Office has  funded Riverside Community Health Project and The Children’s Society locally to help those people eligible to make an application through the scheme, in order to get Settled Status.  Advice on the EU scheme can only be given by practioners with appropriate legal qualifications, and all staff from these three organisations are qualified. It is free to access their support.

We had an enthusiastic turnout for this year's Newcastle Funding Fair - bringing people with ideas for positive change together with funders. Thank you to all who attended and to the funders and exhibitors who helped shape this excellent event.

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Lisa Goodwin has been appointed as the Chief Executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service, the voluntary sector support organisation for Newcastle and Gateshead. Lisa will take up the post on 1 October, 2019.

Lisa has a strong track record in the voluntary sector of partnership development and income generation, working for VONNE since October 2018 as Deputy Chief Executive and previously as Chief Executive at North Tyneside VODA between October 2011 and October 2018. Lisa has worked in charity infrastructure roles for most of her career, including at East Durham Trust and Voluntary Arts.  Lisa is an active volunteer and lives locally with her young family.

  • £57,806 to £60,891 per annum
  • 37 hours per week

Newcastle CVS is a well-established registered charity and infrastructure organisation providing a trusted, independent voice giving support to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and to individuals who struggle to be heard. 

We are seeking a forward-thinking and innovative Chief Executive to help Newcastle CVS deliver the strongest possible impact for our communities, organisations and residents in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Sally Young will be stepping down from the role of Chief Executive towards the end of the year. Sally has led Newcastle CVS to be the effective voice of the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and Gateshead for over eight years; making a difference to the lives of thousands of people in Tyneside through the work of the organisation. Replacing Sally in the Chief Executive role will be a difficult task.

Read the full announcement from our Chair, Simon Elliott.

A recruitment process is now underway and you can read and download the recruitment pack here

Sally said, “This has been a fantastic job but I recognise that in its 90th year, with a new brand and name, and a changing environment, Newcastle CVS will need new energy and creativity for the years ahead. I have been privileged to work in a great organisation, with excellent staff supporting an active and dynamic sector. This is probably the best job in the North East.”


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