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  • Networking and learning opportunities for charities and community organisations

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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.


  • Inspiring Women: Focused Networking Event

    Wednesday 19 February, 1pm - 3:30pm

    Connected Voice presents the first of our six Focused Networking Events for 2020 with Inspiring Women. This will be a memorable event celebrating, sharing and showcasing a range of North East projects by and for women. We've selected a number of talented and dynamic speakers from community, charity and social enterprise organisations across our region . We're also inviting organisations of all types, sizes and purposes to come along and show off what you do for women locally with an exhibition stand in the Organisations and Services Marketplace.

    Inspiring speakers - so far we can confirm these include:

    • Open Clasp Theatre Company - previewing a clip from Sugar, their new work devised by women who are homeless, on probation, or in prison
    • Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland - revealing the hidden issues of sexual violence against older women
    • Smart Works - supporting women to re-enter the workplace in confidence
    • Young Women's Outreach Project - working with young women and young mothers in Gateshead, supporting and guiding them through crises in their lives

    Organisations and services marketplace - An ideal opportunity to show off the ways your organisation supports women. If you would like an exhibition stand space please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'IWD stand' in the subject line. Spaces are limited to 30 organisations, so please let us know as soon as possible. Priority will be given to community, charitable and social enterprise organisations.

    Exploring new contacts, service ideas and potential partnerships - Connected Voice staff will be on hand to help you get the best out of the event

    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.

    Please note - this event is open to everyone. As it's half term, we're able to cover childcare costs to enable as many people to attend as possible. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

    Book your place

  • 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

  • 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.”
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