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.

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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/.

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.

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.

 

FREE online Community Directory listing, and complimentary membership of Northumberland Trustees' Network

We are updating the information we hold on our members to ensure we have only the most up-to-date details on file in preparation for additional benefits of Northumberland CVA membership, which is free to voluntary and community groups and organisations that operate in Northumberland:  

Online Community Directory: We will soon be offering our members FREE listings in an online community directory that allows the facility of searching for organisations by name, the services they provide, the client groups they work with and the geographical areas of Northumberland in which they work, as well as by venue and by the meeting spaces they offer.

If you’d like to be listed in the directory and you are already a member of Northumberland CVA, please complete our update form

If you are not yet a member of Northumberland CVA, you can complete our application for membership form.

 

Complimentary membership of Northumberland Trustees’ Network:  Membership of the network normally costs £50 per year for organisations with a turnover of £10,000 or more (free to those with a turnover below £10,000).  Now it is free to Northumberland CVA members.  All you need to do is complete the network application form so we can register your individual trustees to give them access.

Members of Northumberland Trustees' Network receive additional monthly e-bulletins that are full of news on legal updates, governance issues, consultations, events and networking opportunities.  They also have access to a huge library of over 400 useful resources. If you are not yet a member of Northumberland CVA but would like to join to get complimentary membership of Northumberland Trustees’ Network, you can complete our application for membership form

If you are a member of Northumberland CVA but we do not have the contact details of your trustees, please complete our update form.

If you want to be a member of Northumberland Trustees' Network but not Northumberland CVA, simply complete and return our application form for Northumberland Trustees' Network.

 

Membership of Northumberland CVA also offers the following benefits:

  • Free job advertising via the fortnightly e-bulletin ( distribution list of over 950 contacts) and the Northumberland CVA website
  • Reduced rates for events/training offered by Northumberland CVA, Northumberland VCS Assembly or Northumberland Trustees’ Network
  • Cheque handling service
  • Northumberland CVA voting rights  
  • Reduced rates for room hire at Northumberland CVA premises
  • Reduced rates for hire of Northumberland CVA equipment
  • Reduced rates for office services

If you’d like to find out more about membership of Northumberland CVA and Northumberland Trustees' Network, or you are not sure whether you are already a member, please call Jackie Auld on 01670 858688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Volunteering: Same Book, New Chapter

 

We’d like to start what we hope will become a series of blogs giving volunteer perspectives on volunteering in Northumberland with an anonymous blog written by one of our own volunteers, entitled ‘Volunteering: Same Book, New Chapter’.
 
We do hope that other volunteers will come forward to tell us about their own volunteering experiences – anonymously too if they prefer.  If a volunteer’s experiences have not all been positive, they may find it much easier to tell their story if they know they and their organisation need not be identified.  And our own Anonymous Blogger is happy to meet with volunteers to chat about their experiences and help them put something together.
 
If your organisation involves volunteers, please let them know about ‘Volunteering Adventures in Northumberland’.  They (or you) can contact our Anonymous Blogger by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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