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  • About our Skills-Building Sessions

    We offer free Skills-Building sessions that help you develop the specialist skills, knowledge and confidence you need to run your organisation successfully. These cover themes like fundraising, governance (running effectively), GDPR (handling data) and cyber security (protecting your organisation online).

    Who is it for?

    Anyone involved in running a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation operating in Newcastle and Gateshead is eligible to attend the free Skills-Building Sessions. If you are from an organisation based outside of Newcastle and Gateshead, please get in touch about our tailored sessions: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

    What do people say?

    “Sound advice and straightforward. Informed about all different types of funding”

    “A big help to me and my objectives”

  • About our Focused Networking Events

    “Meeting other people with good ideas”

    We run Focused Networking Events throughout the year to provide organisations with a platform to share and learn about good practice, identify trends and enable all of us to make the best use of our skills and scarce resources.

    Events by and for voluntary and community organisations

    Our events are specifically for our charitable and voluntary community. We identify current issues and opportunities that we can work on together from our own experiences as a charity and our direct work with local organisations. The Focused Networking Events are your chance to highlight what matters so let us know if there’s a burning issue that affects your community.

    Structured to help you get the most out of the day

    Each networking event follows a current and relevant theme. We invite a range of key speakers from not-for-profit or social enterprise organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead to share their experiences and inspire new ideas. A question and answer panel gives everyone the chance to open up discussion on the theme, which is then followed up with focussed group discussions and an informal networking break.

    What do people say?

    “Great opportunity to network and understand how organisations can work together to fulfil a common cause”

    “Moral support – running a charitable organisation in these times is really challenging”

    “The most beneficial part was the focused conversations”

    Who can attend?

    We welcome people who are involved in any way in any voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation operating in our local area. This includes people with ideas but who have not yet formed an organisation. We also welcome representatives from statutory or private companies but please get in touch before booking so we can check that the event is appropriate for you. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0191 232 7445.

     

  • Developing a Fundable Project

    Tuesday 10 March, 1pm - 3pm

    Do you struggle writing successful funding bids? This session will take you through the key practical steps in describing the essential elements of your project, to tell funders what they need to know.

    This session will cover:

    • What you need to have ready in advance
    • Choosing the right funders to approach
    • How to describe the essential elements of a fundable project
    • How to avoid causing unnecessary alarm bells to ring for funders, that might prevent them funding your idea

    Funders are increasingly asking for applications with a limited number of words. This session will help you understand why, and help you make every word count

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Connected Voice, Higham House, NE1 8AF

    This event is free to voluntary and community organisations operating in Newcastle and Gateshead. There are a limited number of spaces and they are in high demand. Please confirm if you are unable to attend this event by giving at least 48 hours notice. Cancel your booking on Eventbrite or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

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  • Introduction to Safeguarding

    Thursday 12 March 2020

    This session is for you if you are new to the world of safeguarding. It will give you an overview of the key issues about both adults and childrens safeguarding that any community organisation, charity or social enterprise needs to know.

    By the end of this session you will:

    • Have an entry level understanding of safeguarding
    • Know to how to recognise and report abuse or harm
    • Understand the importance of responding to safeguarding concerns
    • Feel able to begin making safeguarding part of your day to day activities

    This event is part of Safer Culture North East, a partnership between VONNE, Connected Voice, Durham Community Action, Catalyst Stockton-on-Tees and Northumberland CVA, funded jointly by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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    Location: Good Space, Floor 2, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QE

    This event is free to voluntary and community organisations operating in the areas covered by the partnership. There are a limited number of spaces at our free training events and they are in high demand. Please confirm if you are unable to attend this event by giving at least 48 hours notice. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know and also cancel your booking on Eventbrite. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

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  • Good Governance - Running your organisation effectively

    Thursday 19 March 2020, 1pm - 3pm

    Are you completely confident that your board or management committee is following charity legislation and rules, as well as following the rules of your own organisation? Do you feel entirely clear about your individual and collective responsibilities, and what might happen if things go wrong? If not, then this session could be for you.

    It covers the essential elements of the roles and responsibilities of charity trustees, and community group management committee members.

    Aimed at new management committee members and trustees, or those in need of a refresher. This session is also open to staff members who support the work of their committee or board. This session covers:

    • The legal responsibilities committee members and trustees have in governing, managing and running an organisation, and;
    • Good governance practice and how committee members and trustees can reduce risks of governing an organisation.

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Connected Voice, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

    This event is free to voluntary and community organisations operating in Newcastle and Gateshead. There are a limited number of spaces at our free training events and they are in high demand. Please confirm if you are unable to attend this event by giving at least 48 hours notice. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

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  • GDPR - what you need to know and do

    Thursday 26 March 2020, 1pm - 3pm

    Aimed at organisations with an annual income of below £50,000, this session covers:

    • The new data protection regulations, explaining the changes you need to be aware of
    • Provides a 12 point plan to help you take the right data protection steps for your organisation.

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Connected Voice, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

    This event is free to voluntary and community organisations operating in Newcastle and Gateshead. There are a limited number of spaces at our free training events and they are in high demand. Please confirm if you are unable to attend this event by giving at least 48 hours notice. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

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  • Earth Day - Making a local difference: Focused Networking Event

    Wednesday 22 April, 1pm - 3:30pm

    Connected Voice presents the second of our six Focused Networking Events: Earth Day-Making a local difference

    Looking for inspiration for your project to help people eat cheaply, reduce waste, make a difference to the climate emergency? It’s simpler and less trouble than you might think, and you don’t have to be a die-hard eco-warrior to want to make some small, achievable changes. Come along to our next Focused networking Event on Earth Day. At Earth Day- Making a local difference we’ll have a range of speakers from innovative and inspiring local organisations doing just that.

    With practical demonstrations and activities that you can use in your own community, this is an event that you really shouldn’t miss. Whether you’re unsure how climate change might affect you or you’re bursting with ideas to share, this networking event will have something for everyone.

    Our Focused Networking Events are primarily for community, charity and social enterprise organisations in Newcastle, Gateshead and the wider North-East region to share and learn from one another. Delegates from the public and private sectors and individuals are very welcome to attend.

    Location: Breeze Creatives, Bamburgh House, Market Street East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

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  • BAME Cultural Competency Session

    Are you a frontline worker for a health or community service in Newcastle? How confident do you feel about understanding and talking to our diverse community?

    This training is an introductory level session and provides a safe space to ask questions and listen to real life examples about how improved cultural knowledge has been used to break down barriers and improve services.

    ‘Culture’ embraces a broad range of aspects, from religion to disability, and communities vary greatly from one local area to another so we have devised a flexible programme to build confidence and help you to deliver the best service possible in your community.

    The 2.5 hour session has a specific focus on health and is a face-to-face interactive learning programme with activities and open discussion.

    By the end of the session you will:

    • Recognise why it is important to have an understanding of different cultures and beliefs
    • Understand key aspects of your local community cultures and wider Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Newcastle
    • Feel confident in applying this knowledge to your practice
    • Be able to highlight areas for improvement in your own practice and come up with new ideas for enhancing the services you deliver
    “Big thanks to Hamna. The training was great and the discussion on how we can improve our work with BAME communities has continued well into the afternoon.” Newcastle Stop Smoking
    “Fab training, really relevant, easy to follow, fun and interactive.” Health Works

    Requirements, info and booking:

    • Our Cultural Competency Session has been designed by Newcastle CVS and is funded and approved by Newcastle Public Health
    • The programme is free to organisations with frontline medical and non-medical staff delivering services to residents in Newcastle
    • You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge of cultures
    • We can either arrange to visit your premises to deliver the session or provide an external space according to your preference

    To find out more please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or book onto one of the following dates:

    “I felt I was being sent to another boring training programme, where I would be given information that I already knew about, but I was blown away by this session!! It was great to listen to other people about their experiences. We shared best practice amongst each other and I really feel confident to go out there to work with the BAME communities. I thoroughly enjoyed the training.”
    “I will feel more confident about reaching out and communicating with potential service users from BME communities. Hopefully we as a service can target better and offer new services to BME local communities.”
  • Keeping your organisation safe online

    Tuesday 28 April 2020, 1pm - 4pm 

    Did you know the average cost to a charity of a cyber security breach has been calculated to be over £9000?!

    The session will help you be more confident about the essential things you need to know, and practical steps you can take, to keep your organisation safer in the digital and online world. :

    • What kinds of cyber attacks could your organisation be vulnerable to?
    • What simple steps can you take to stay safer online, using emails and using electronic systems?
    • What should you do if your organisation is attacked

    To help you put your new knowledge into practice you will be provided with:

    • NCSC’s Cyber Security Small Charity Guide, and
    • Their Actions Checklist

    This Connected Voice Skills-Building Session is delivered in partnership with the National Cyber Security Centre

    Location: Ray Dixon Room, Connected Voice, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle, NE1 8AF

    Cost:

    This event is free to voluntary and community organisations operating in Newcastle and Gateshead. There are a limited number of spaces at our free training events and they are in high demand. Please confirm if you are unable to attend this event by giving at least 48 hours notice. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know and also cancel your booking on Eventbrite. If you are unable to attend and do not give notice then you will be charged £20.00.

  • Beacon Programme for Chairs and Vice Chairs

    Are you a Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in the north east? The Beacon Programme has been researched, designed and created for you!

    At Newcastle CVS we think the Beacon Programme sounds great and would strongly encourage you to take advantage of what is on offer, as this will help your organisation strengthen and become more sustainable. Spaces for the workshop are limited, so click here today to register. The programme will be delivering a series of workshops in 9 locations all over England and providing a wide range practical resources tailored to the specific needs of Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income below £1 million).

    Next workshop in Newcastle:

    Thursday 28 November, 1pm – 4:45pm, NE1

    Are you a Chair / Vice Chair of a charity with an income under £1m? Don't miss the Beacon Programme's 'Developing an Effective Board Team' half-day workshop in Newcastle on 28 November.
     
    This workshop aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop your board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  The workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind; such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.
     
    The workshops costs £20 and there is a travel bursary for organisations with an income under £100k if booked a month ahead of the session.
     
    Find out more and book your place

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Contact us

Higham House, Higham Place,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF


Tel:      0191 232 7445
Email: connect@connectedvoice.org.uk

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