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  • Networking and learning opportunities for charities and community organisations

    We have launched a new series of online Skills-Building Sessions beginning 12 May:

    This page is updated regularly so please check back often.

  • 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”

  • Keeping your organisation safe online

    Thursday 28 May 2020, 1pm - 2:30pm 

    This online 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,

    We'll also be covering some of the key issues in cyber security issues in the current situation with COVID-19.

    Delivery method

    This online session will be delivered remotely using Zoom . Don't worry about any of the technical issues, or be put off by media stories about Zoom being misused or a safety risk - these rare instances have been due to session hosts not using security protocols. We have taken every step to make this as simple, accessible and secure as possible. We will be able to advise on how to access the session easily and without having to download software. Zoom can be accessed by a smartphone, or any device with a camera and microphone such as a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.

    For security and practical reasons:

    You can only book one place for yourself, using the email address you use on the device you'll be using to participate in the online session. If a colleague wants to attend, they will need to book separately themselves.

    You must give us all the essential information requested so that we know your registration is genuine. We may check with you, especially if you aren't from an organisation known to us

    Joining instructions including the secure password, together with any handouts or worksheets, will be emailed to you 24 hours ahead of the session start time by the named person hosting the session. It is essential you do not share this with anyone not registered to attend. Anyone not on the registration list will not be allowed into the session.

    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.

    Book a place

  • Funding - Future planning and 'Recovery' funding sources

    Thursday 4 June, 1pm - 2:3pm

    This online session will help you to develop a strategy for your organisation's recovery from the challenges of COVID-19. It will cover:

    What funding sources are available

     

    Planning for success in a strategic approach to your fundraising, including

     

    • Identifying a broader range of funding sources to create a diverse funding base
    • What to take into account in planning ahead and why it is crucial to success
    • How best to fit fundraising into the other demands of your role
    • What kinds of funding advice and support are available from Connected Voice Support and Development

    Delivery method:

    This online session will be delivered remotely using Zoom . Don't worry about any of the technical issues, or be put off by media stories about Zoom being misused or a safety risk - these rare instances have been due to session hosts not using security protocols. We have taken every step to make this as simple, accessible and secure as possible. We will be able to advise on how to access the session easily and without having to download software. Zoom can be accessed by a smartphone, or any device with a camera and microphone such as a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.

    For security and practical reasons:

    You can only book one place for yourself, using the email address you use on the device you'll be using to participate in the online session. If a colleague wants to attend, they will need to book separately themselves.

    You must give us all the essential information requested so that we know your registration is genuine. We may check with you, especially if you aren't from an organisation known to us

    Joining instructions including the secure password, together with any handouts or worksheets, will be emailed to you 24 hours ahead of the session start time by the named person hosting the session. It is essential you do not share this with anyone not registered to attend. Anyone not on the registration list will not be allowed into the session.

    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. 

    Book a place

  • Introduction to Safeguarding

    Tuesday 2 June 2020, 10am - 11:30am

    This online 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

    Delivery method

    This online session will be delivered remotely using Zoom. Don't worry about any of the technical issues, or be put off by media stories about Zoom being misused or a safety risk - these rare instances have been due to session hosts not using security protocols. We have taken every step to make this as simple, accessible and secure as possible. We will be able to advise on how to access the session easily and without having to download software. Zoom can be accessed by a smartphone, or any device with a camera and microphone such as a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.

    For security and practical reasons:

    You can only book one place for yourself, using the email address you use on the device you'll be using to participate in the online session. If a colleague wants to attend, they will need to book separately themselves.

    You must give us all the essential information requested so that we know your registration is genuine. We may check with you, especially if you aren't from an organisation known to us

    Joining instructions including the secure password, together with any handouts or worksheets, will be emailed to you 24 hours ahead of the session start time by the named person hosting the session. It is essential you do not share this with anyone not registered to attend. Anyone not on the registration list will not be allowed into the session.

    Safer Culture North East

    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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    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.

    Book a place

  • Needs of BAME communities in Newcastle and Gateshead during COVID-19

    Thursday 11 June, 1pm - 2:30pm

    This online session is for member organisations of the Connected Voice Haref Network. This is a well-established Network of BAME service organisations (or organisations with a specific BAME service) operating in the Newcastle & Gateshead. This particular session is not intended for Haref Allies or a wider audience.

    For more information about the Network, and the wider work of Haref, our BAME health equality project, including the Haref Allies programme, our Ramadan calendars, our services to improve BAME Cultural Competency and other projects, please visit https://www.connectedvoice.org.uk/our-services/haref

    This session will cover:

    • Key trends, issues and concerns for BAME communities here in the North East

    • An overview of support, advice and services available from across the Connected Voice family to BAME community and service organisations, and their service users, including Haref, Advocacy, Charity Business Services and Support & Development.

    • Issues covered will include support around addressing hate crime, guidance on funding and key concerns in safeguarding.

    • An opportunity for Haref Network Members to share their own issues, challenges and successes during the current situation

    If you feel your organisation is eligible and ought to be a member of the Haref Network, but isn't currently, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For more mainstream organisation that would like to share skills and approaches to improving services and delivery to BAME communities, please visit our website and see the work of the HAREF Allies


    Delivery method

    This online session will be delivered remotely using Zoom. Don't worry about any of the technical issues, or be put off by media stories about Zoom being misused or a safety risk - these rare instances have been due to session hosts not using security protocols. We have taken every step to make this as simple, accessible and secure as possible. We will be able to advise on how to access the session easily and without having to download software. Zoom can be accessed by a smartphone, or any device with a camera and microphone such as a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.

    For security and practical reasons:

    You can only book one place for yourself, using the email address you use on the device you'll be using to participate in the online session. If a colleague wants to attend, they will need to book separately themselves.

    You must give us all the essential information requested so that we know your registration is genuine. We may check with you, especially if you aren't from an organisation known to us

    Joining instructions including the secure password, together with any handouts or worksheets, will be emailed to you 24 hours ahead of the session start time by the named person hosting the session. It is essential you do not share this with anyone not registered to attend. Anyone not on the registration list will not be allowed into the session.

    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.

    Book a place

  • How Advocacy is Still Working in COVID-19

    Tuesday 9 June, 1pm - 2:30pm

    This online session is to give an overview of how our range of advocacy services in North-East England have been operating during the current emergency. It is aimed at local voluntary and community organisations, rather than at individuals, statutory services or organisations from outside the North East

    In this session we will cover:

    • An overview of how our advocacy services are currently being delivered

    • Myth-busting any misunderstandings about advocacy not being available, or cannot be acheived effectively remotely

    • An overview of the range of our advocacy services available, who they are for, how they work and how you can refer people to us

    • An outline of the key challenges and concerns affecting our most disadvantaged communities and the individuals in need of advocacy

    Delivery method

    This online session will be delivered remotely using Zoom. Don't worry about any of the technical issues, or be put off by media stories about Zoom being misused or a safety risk - these rare instances have been due to session hosts not using security protocols. We have taken every step to make this as simple, accessible and secure as possible. We will be able to advise on how to access the session easily and without having to download software. Zoom can be accessed by a smartphone, or any device with a camera and microphone such as a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.

    For security and practical reasons:

    You can only book one place for yourself, using the email address you use on the device you'll be using to participate in the online session. If a colleague wants to attend, they will need to book separately themselves.

    You must give us all the essential information requested so that we know your registration is genuine. We may check with you, especially if you aren't from an organisation known to us

    Joining instructions including the secure password, together with any handouts or worksheets, will be emailed to you 24 hours ahead of the session start time by the named person hosting the session. It is essential you do not share this with anyone not registered to attend. Anyone not on the registration list will not be allowed into the session.

    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.

    Book a place

  • BAME Cultural Competency Session

    PLEASE NOTE THESE SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

    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.”
  • 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.

     

  • 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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