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We’re following the Government guidance on reducing unnecessary social contact that might risk transmission of the virus in the community. Here’s our best advice based on our own experience, and what we know many organisations have already put into place

Last updated: 22 June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are updating our news pages with advice and information for voluntary and community organisations.

We were blown away by last week’s response to our first Focused Networking Event of 2020: Inspiring Women. With International Women’s Day on the horizon, this was the perfect opportunity for local organisations to come together to celebrate and showcase a range of North East projects by and for women.

The event was fully booked and with well over a hundred delegates, speakers and exhibitors, there was a supportive, passionate and motivating atmosphere in the room that is difficult to capture in pictures and words.

Many, including our own team, came away feeling truly inspired and it’s easy to see why when you look at the tweets and Facebook posts under #InspiringWomenNE that offer a glimpse of what the talented speakers had to say.

Inspiring Women colour

Postponed until further notice

 

Our Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday 21 April  at St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Oakwellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2AU. This is the building at Gateshead Quays, just below The Sage Gateshead.

Tea and coffee will be available from 2.00pm and the meeting will start at 2.30pm. We will finish with afternoon tea, coffee and cake at around 4.00pm and there will be plenty of time for networking after the formal part of the meeting.

The theme of our meeting this year is Doing Good in a Digital World, and we will be hearing from organisations who are embracing innovation, and making a difference using digital.

We’re delighted to be awarded funding for the fourth year running by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria to provide our Hate Crime Advocacy Service.

"I think your service is great as without it a lot of people like myself would not get the help and advice we need"

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is a crime that you think was motivated by prejudice or hate because of what you look like or how you live your life. This can include your (or someone else’s):

  • Disability (including mental health and learning disability)
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Trans/gender identity

An exciting new project will transform our Skills-Building offer, helping more people to get the training that they need. We’ve secured £15,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund to work in partnership with Northumberland CVA and North Tyneside VODA to design, develop and trial a new online digital training offer that will help us better meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Connected Voice Advocacy

Independent Hate Crime Advocate

Contract Type

The position is initially funded up to 31 March 2021 (with the possibility of future funding)

Hours

30 hours per week

Application deadline

9.00 am on 2 March 2020

Interviews held:

9 March 2020

Based

Newcastle city centre

Salary

£23,573 - £26,999 -  depending on experience and qualifications

Employer

Connected Voice

Connected Voice is a charity and 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.  Connected Voice Advocacy (formerly Advocacy Centre North) is a service delivered by the charity and provides a free, independent, high quality and ethical advocacy service.

International Women's Day is Sunday 8 March - a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, the campaign theme is #EachforEqual 'an equal world is an enabled world'.

There's lots happening in Newcastle and Gateshead and we'll be sharing a programme of events on social media and in our fortnightly bulletin, Connected Voice News. What are you doing in celebration of International Women's Day? Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will include your events on our website.

We’re excited to share that after 18 months of hard work the new OurGateshead website is now live! Visit www.ourgateshead.org to see what’s new.

OurGateshead new logo

Connected Voice Advocacy - Independent Advocate

Contract Type

Permanent (sessional available)

Hours

Up to full time (37 hours per week)

Application deadline

12 noon on 24 February 2020

Interviews held:

5 March 2020

Based

Newcastle city centre

Salary

£23,573 - £26,999 -  depending on experience and qualifications

Employer

Connected Voice

 

Connected Voice is a charity and 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.  Connected Voice Advocacy (formerly Advocacy Centre North) is a service delivered by the charity and provides a free, independent, high quality and ethical advocacy service.