VINe

 

Face to face networking takes time.  Opportunities are not always available at a time and place that suits everyone and besides, it's often just too difficult to justify the time out of the office.

Northumberland VINe could be the solution you're looking for.

 
Volunteer, trustee, CEO, team leader, manager, or officer; Whatever your role in Northumberland's voluntary and community sector, you can be part of the conversation on the VINe.
 
Through the Northumberland VINe (Voluntary (Sector) Information Network) you can raise issues, promote activities & events, offer support and develop greater partnership working, or simply discuss the weather.Once you become a member you'll be able to send emails to a dedicated email address, which will then automatically send them to every other member. You can choose to receive emails immediately or as a daily digest.
 
To join the conversation, simply send us your name and email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
 

North East charities are currently being targeting by scammers.
 
Someone will phone to thank you for your involvement or support of some vague community initiative – it may be crime and safety, health, education, etc. – and will thank you on behalf of one of the emergency services.  They will then tell you that they are going to publicise the success of the initiative by distributing a magazine to every house in your area and they will ask you to help contribute to the cost by placing a full or half page advert, which needs to be pre-paid.  Once you send the money, of course, you hear no more.
 
Please make sure that your staff, particularly your finance teams, are aware of this scam.

NCVO has now published the final ‘charity ethical principles’ that aim to support charities, their governing bodies, and those who work and volunteer in and with them in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts, and make charities a safer place.
 
The document is intended to enable; it draws together and underpins what many charities do already, and which all charities aspire to do.  The principles set out a framework for the ethical execution of charitable purpose, regardless of the charity’s size, type or area of operation. They can help charities in their decision making and in developing relevant policies and procedures.
 
The principles are voluntary.  They should be viewed as a benchmark of good practice, and are complementary to existing sector codes.  They set standards that are often higher than those required by law.  Read the principles online or download as a PDF (115KB).

Newsletter 1 July 2018 Page 01

 

We're launching a new magazine-style newsletter this month.

Our first issue is full of news about what we've been up to recently and also introduces you to all the members of our team, with a short bio on each. Four Corners will be published twice per year in July and March so along with our Annual Review, which is published in November, you can expect a publication every four months.

Download Issue 1 of Four Corners.

Community Foundation

 

In an ideal world, charities would continue for generations providing vital services and activities to support those most in need and enrich local communities. However, there are occasions where a charity has no choice but to close, a decision which is never taken lightly by its Trustees. In these situations there are often some funds left over which may be able to be distributed to its beneficiaries. If this is not possible an alternative is to pass the funds to the Community Foundation. There are a number of options to consider and the Foundation can advise on the best option with the outgoing trustees to reflect the charity’s legacy: 

 

  • Vital community funds tackle the region’s most pressing needs now and in the future. We also have dedicated area funds that support groups in each of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

 

 

  • Named ‘field of interest’ funds support a particular place or cause but without the donors being hands on as we select groups that match the donors’ interests. These funds start at £25,000 for endowment or £10,000 for an annual* fund.

 

  • If the outgoing trustees want to nominate fund advisors to recommend grants from shortlists provided by the Foundation, and there is at least £50,000 to give, then a named ‘panel advised’ endowment fund can be set up or £30,000 for an annual* fund.

 

(*Annual funds are spent out over a year or an agreed period of time)

 

To discuss options for making a gift to the Community Foundation contact Lisa Cappleman, Principal Advisor, Giving & Philanthropy on 0191 222 0945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Northumberland CVA has been asked to continue delivery of Northumberland County Council's VCS Support Services commission for a further year while they consult on the future of funding for support services for the sector beyond 2019. If you'd like to read about our delivery on the Commission so far please take a look at the review document.

   For the next year April 2018 to March 2019 we are planning to deliver the same services as previously commissioned. If you would like to discuss any aspect of these services please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01670 858688.

Stop Loan sharks

 

Over 310,000 households in the UK use illegal money lenders every year and problems caused can include often serious physical and mental health issues.

Now the North East Region Illegal Money Lending Team has produced an NHS Health Guide for Health Care Professionals around recognising such issues in colleagues and patients and giving information on where they can access Loan Sharks Advice.

Download the guide.

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We're finding recently that some people are feeling very confused about the various memberships we offer - and that's perfectly understandable given that we often talk about the three entities almost in the same breath, so here's a quick rundown on each of the memberships we offer with links to find our more:

 

Northumberland CVA:

Now in our 30th year of providing support to the voluntary and community sector (and previously operating under the name Wansbeck CVS), Northumberland CVA is an independent membership organisation offering infrastructure support for the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland.  It is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. 

We provide information, support and training on funding, governance, project development and volunteer involvement to help voluntary and community groups operate safely and legally and support them to grow and thrive. We also represent the interests of the voluntary and community sector at a strategic level, working with key local partners across all sectors. In addition, Northumberland CVA offers a range of Specialist Services including intensive funding support, bespoke training, business planning, project management and monitoring, as well as payroll services.

Having a strong membership helps us to achieve our mission to engage, stimulate and inspire the creation and development of strong, sustainable and vibrant communities in Northumberland and the surrounding areas.

Membership of Northumberland CVA is free and open to any voluntary and community sector groups, clubs and organisations based within or operating in Northumberland, regardless of size.

Becoming a member of Northumberland CVA allows you to show your support for our mission and influence the way we develop in the future. Membership also offers a range of valuable benefits.

Why not join us. We’d love to have you as a member of Northumberland CVA.  Visit www.northumberlandcva.org.uk/about/membership to find out more about the benefits of membership, and download a membership application form.

 

Northumberland Trustees' Network:

As a result of a scoping exercise in 2014 on the needs of trustees, Northumberland CVA (then operating as Wansbeck CVS) was asked to lead on the creation of a new network for trustees and we were awarded two small grants from The Hadrian Trust for that purpose. Following consultation, Northumberland Trustees’ Network was launched in June 2016.

Membership of the network is free to trustees of organisations that are members of Northumberland CVA as well as to any groups in Northumberland with an income below £10k. It costs less than £1 per week (£50 per year) for others. 

The network offers access to a huge online bank of over 400 resources that offer guidance in every aspect of a trustee's role and members receive additional monthly e-bulletins featuring changes in the law and updates on essential guidance. Find out more about the network at www.northumberlandtrustees.org.uk.

 

Northumberland VCS Assembly:

The Assembly is an inclusive, independent and influential voice for the voluntary and community sector in the county. It is a mechanism for better engagement and influence with public sector partners and strategic partnerships to shape and respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in Northumberland.

The Assembly is currently being facilitated by Northumberland CVA under our Northumberland County Council VCS Support Services commission. It is a separate entity and is not a part of Northumberland CVA. It has a democratically elected Executive Committee of twelve members, drawn from across the spectrum of Northumberland’s Voluntary and Community Sector. Find out more about Northumberland VCS Assembly at vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/.

North East Migration Partnership

 

Alison Robinson, North East Migration Partnership Officer, has shared some useful resources:

Alison has also made an offer of free ESOL training for volunteers in the form of a 2 or 3 hour session based on her extensive experience of working with Pre-Entry learners, and any other help she can offer in her role as regional ESOL Coordinator, especially with regards to Syrian learners.

Contact: Alison Robinson, North East Migration Partnership Officer at Middlesbrough Council by calling 01642 729451 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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