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  • 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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Ellison Services is the community accountancy trading company of Newcastle CVS (Council for Voluntary Service). Ellison Services is currently celebrating its silver 25th anniversary. We now employ seven staff and are a specialist in providing a range of quality and cost effective financial services that meet the growing needs of charities, community organisations and social enterprises.  As a charity and VCS finance specialist we offer payroll and auto-enrolment services, book-keeping and financial support training. Alongside this we prepare year end accounts and perform independent examinations, and can complete tax returns for CICs and social enterprises.

Survey: Taking the Temperature in Newcastle and Gateshead

We want to ask you, as a voluntary or community group, what is life like for you in 2019? Is your income going up or down? What about demand for your services? Do you have reserves?

We have been taking the temperature of the local voluntary sector for some years. The information you provide helps us to identify sector trends and lobby decision makers. The findings are available to everyone so you can also them for your own funding strategies.

Help us present the picture of what life is really like in the voluntary and community sector locally. The survey should take no longer than fifteen minutes and it gives you a chance to present your views.

Please respond by 5pm Friday 3 May. This is your chance to have your say.

Take the survey


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