Our Hate Crime Advocacy service has seen a marked increase in referral rates during the Covid-19 pandemic with a 35% increase between July and September compared to the same period last year.

Following a spike in COVID-19 cases across the region, increased restrictions will be in place across the North East from Friday 18 September.

Similar to other health, social care, and voluntary services, in March 2020, almost overnight, the way independent advocacy support was delivered had to shift dramatically. The coronavirus pandemic required an urgent and immediate response which, at the time had meant changing the sector’s usual and preferred approach to supporting people. It also shone a light on and exacerbated inequalities.

Newcastle City Council has raised the city’s COVID Control plan to amber following a spike in cases across the region. The move comes as the city joined Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside on Public Health England’s Watchlist as an area of enhanced concern. 


Statement on behalf of the leaders of the seven North East local authorities and the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

Gateshead residents and businesses are being urged to closely follow public health guidance after a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases. Gateshead saw its infection rate rise to 94 new cases in the last week, a rise from 32 from the previous week, equating to 45 cases per 100,000 people. This places the borough at significant risk of being placed on the Government’s watch list of areas of concern.

It’s important we all continue to take steps to prevent the spread of the illness, and support our staff and volunteers in different ways as restrictions change.

The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded the Connected Voice Haref Project over £20,000 for its work to support BAME communities across Newcastle and Gateshead throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


During the COVID-19 lockdown Connected Voice and our Support and Development team have continued to support the wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead.



Over £50,000 has been raised through our Citylife Line appeal and grants have been awarded to local organisations in Newcastle who have been working tirelessly to support the most vulnerable people and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


In her latest blog Lisa Goodwin, our Chief Executive, reflects on the Black Lives Matter campaign and the issues of tackling racism and structural inequality in our Voluntary and Community sector (VCS).


Connected Voice is thrilled to welcome you to this virtual version of our Funding Fair - running from 17 June to the end of July - our biggest virtual event yet!