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November 13 saw the last of our Focused Networking Events of 2019, introducing our new brand identity and our new Chief Executive, Lisa Goodwin, and opened by Kim McGuinness – Northumbria’s new Police and Crime Commissioner

A range of key speakers from not-for-profit or social enterprise organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead shared their experiences to inspire new ideas with representatives of more than 50 local organisations.

In the lead up to the General Election on 12 December, we have put together five important questions to ask your candidates, four of which are based on the key issues which have emerged from our most recent research report, Canaries in the Coalmine. The final question is on climate emergency.

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.