November 2009 - Your Chance to Influence by hjkuiw354


									 November 2009                                                                        Issue 85

               north tyneside voluntary organisations development agency

Pages 2-5: VODA News and Events           Pages 12-14: National News and Events
Pages 6-11: Local News, Events & Training Page 15: Spotlight On...

                                     Your Chance
                                     to Influence
         VODA’s AGM and Community Network Conference
   Tuesday 17 November, Wallsend Memorial Hall, 9.30am to 3.30pm
        The Voluntary and Community Sector plays a vital part in contributing to life
      in North Tyneside. VODA’s AGM and the Community Network Conference are
                 your opportunity to share and highlight your contribution.

             This year the Sustainable Community Strategy is being refreshed.
       This is the key document produced by North Tyneside Strategic Partnership,
      which sets out the long-term vision for the economic, social and environmental
                    wellbeing of North Tyneside over the coming years.

     Your Community Network representatives, who sit on North Tyneside Strategic
     Partnership, need your views and experiences to help influence the refresh and
                      ensure your real life examples are captured.
                          Join us for a lively and interesting day!
 To book your place contact VODA on 0191 200 8555 before Thursday 12 November.

                   VODA Volunteers Win Prestigious Awards
                                                  Two of VODA’s volunteers have received a
                                                  prestigious award at the North East Volunteers
                                                  Celebration event. Martin Lee, 23, from Whitley
                                                  Bay, and Marc Froggatt, 23, from North Shields,
                                                  were announced as the winners of the
                                                  ‘Inspirational Group of Volunteers’ category for a
                                                  short film they made challenging discrimination.
                                                  They were presented with their prestigious
                                                  Award by triple gold medal Paralympics athlete
                                                  Steven Miller. See page 5 for more film news.
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                                 VODA’s Training Programme
 There are still places available on the following courses from VODA, so book now!

 Presenting with PowerPoint: Tuesday 24 November, 9.30am to 3.30pm w/lunch
 Do you ever need to report, inform, influence, train, recommend, persuade or educate
 in your job? If so then discover the key features of PowerPoint and bring your
 presentations to life. Cost: From £15 per person*
 Child Protection: Saturday 21 November, 9.30am to 3.30pm, free w/lunch
 The legal responsibilities and changes to practice you need to know if you work
 with children and young people.
 Recruitment and Selection: Wed 25 November, 9.30am to 3.30pm, free w/lunch
 Is it your responsibility to recruit and select staff that will be working with children and
 young people? If so, this course can help you by looking at recruitment frameworks
 and the priority of making safe appointments. It also highlights the importance of
 writing a good job description and specification, and what to do if it all goes wrong.
 Understanding Outcomes, Thursday 26 November, 9.30am to 3.30pm, w/lunch
 “Outcomes are the effects or changes brought about by the activities provided by an
 organisation.” Funding bodies and commissioners are focusing more and more on
 outcomes. This course will give you an overview of what outcomes are, how they are
 vital to your work and the benefits of focusing on them. Cost: From £15 per person*

 Windows Vista and Office 2007, Tuesday 1 December, 9.30am to 12.30pm
 Discover the new features of these popular applications. Cost: From £8 per person*
 Action Planning for Equality and Diversity, Wednesday 2 December,
 9.30am to 3.30pm w/lunch
 This course will reflect on good practice in the equality and diversity field and examine
 a host of possible action points that will promote equality of opportunity, particularly
 in relation to disability, gender and race. Cost: From £15 per person*

 To book your place contact VODA on 0191 200 8555 or email *Course costs: £8 to £85 based on size and
 location of organisation - visit for a full breakdown.
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                                     VODA - What Do We Do?
                                  In the third of a series looking at what VODA does and its
                                  projects, we focus on the Local Involvement Network (LINk).
                           What is LINk? LINk is a network of people, groups and
                           organisations that want to make health and social care
                           services better for everyone. LINks were set up in April 2008
 in every part of England as the new way of giving people a stronger voice in how
 services are planned and delivered. Membership of LINk is free and anyone can join.
 What does LINk do? LINk finds out and listens to what communities think about
 health and social care services. It then works with the people and organisations who
 commission, plan and run these services to ensure that people’s opinions and ideas
 are heard and acted upon. LINk has a number of legislative powers to make sure that
 this happens. We also have the power to enter services and view how they operate.
 What has LINk done so far? Based on what people told us at our launch events
 and the research we have undertaken since, LINk has been working on a number
 of projects. Our website has full details, as well as
 downloadable versions of our Annual Report and newsletters.
                                           Forthcoming Events
 Quality Account Meeting: Wednesday 25 November at Wallsend People’s Centre
 This event will see Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust give people the
 chance to find out more about Quality Accounts and how to comment on them.
 The session takes place from 2pm to 4pm.
 LINk Representatives Introductory Session, Monday 30 November (venue tbc)
 There are a number of external groups that LINk has an entitlement or has been
 invited to be a part of. Come along to find out how to get actively involved in LINk’s
 work and what being a LINk representative involves. The session takes place from
 10am to 12noon, with lunch included.
 Hospital Discharge Meeting, Friday 4 December at The Oxford Centre
 This event will offer LINk members the opportunity to find out about current hospital
 discharge procedures and to make suggestions and recommendations on how to
 improve the process for patients, their families and carers.
 LINk Annual Event: Thursday 28 January 2010 at The Langdale Centre
 This all-day event will celebrate LINk’s achievements to date and develop new work
 priorities for the coming year. The event will also showcase a range of health and
 social care services and feature health checks, activities and demonstrations.
 For more information about LINk or to book a place on any of these events call
 0191 200 1429, email or visit

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               News from the Volunteer Centre
                           BBC My Story Workshop
                           My Story is a major BBC campaign and competition to
                           gather thousands of true life stories from members of the
                           public. Fifteen of the best stories submitted will be told in
                           a series screened on BBC1, and all will be posted on a
 website. The BBC are running storytelling workshops throughout the North East and
 Cumbria during November in order to encourage people to write and submit their
 story to the competition.

 VODA is hosting a workshop, which will be led by a professional writer, on Thursday
 26 November at The Shiremoor Centre, between 10am and 2.30pm. If you have a
 story to tell and want to talk a bit, laugh a bit, and think a bit then come along to get
 your story in shape. Volunteers will be on hand to help you write, record or remember
 your story. Attendees are asked to bring a photograph or object to inspire them.
 Places are limited and will be given on a first come-first served basis. To book your
 place contact Jo Woolley on 0191 200 8567 or email

 Volunteers Christmas Party
 The Volunteer Centre is organising a special Christmas party for volunteers and
 placement providers across North Tyneside. This will take place on the evening of
 Friday 4 December at the Blue Flames Sporting Club in Benton. The party will be a
 great opportunity to meet like-minded people and celebrate the great contribution
 volunteers make across the borough. For more information or if you would like to
 attend the event contact Volunteer Centre Manager Robin Fry on 0191 200 8566
 or email
 New Year’s Resolution Training Event
 In January 2010, the North Tyneside Volunteer Network will hold an event to
 give active volunteers within the borough the opportunity to see, and access, what
 FREE training they are entitled to. Details to follow but for more information contact
 Ciara Van Vogt on 0191 200 8568 or email
                  New Staff Member: Abi Smith
                  “Hello, I’m Abi Smith and I’m the new Admin Assistant in the
                  Volunteer Centre. I’ll be keeping a lid on the administration involved
                  in the various projects and helping to monitor the flow of volunteers.
                  I’ve only been here a couple of months so there is still a lot to learn,
                  but I’m really enjoying working with such positive, friendly
                  colleagues. I’m fascinated by people and I love helping them
                  develop. I’ve previously been involved with volunteering as a refugee
                  mentor for NERS, and I am studying for a foundation degree in
 cognitive behavioural counselling. I am also a trained life coach and I’m currently
 working with Life Clubs to set up a weekly group in the area.”
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                        Young Filmmakers Win National Awards!
                            Young filmmakers from North Tyneside have been
                            recognised at a national awards ceremony organised
                            by MTV BOOM!
                            Alison Renfree, 19, from Monkseaton, was announced as
                            winner of the 'Best Original Idea' category for her animated short
                            film 'The Tramp in Me'. Evelina Savickaite, VODA's Youth
                            Volunteer Worker (pictured left), also picked up an award for
                            'Outstanding Club Leader' in recognition of all the support she
                            has offered young people in North Tyneside.
 The event, which was held at the iconic Apple Store on Regent Street in London,
 recognises and showcases the work and the achievements of young filmmakers,
 covering the filmmaking skills demonstrated as well as the community and
 volunteering stories behind the films.
 The following young people from North Tyneside were also shortlisted for awards:
     Martin Lee and Marc Froggatt: Best Community Story for their film 'We Just
     Want to be Treated Like Everyone Else' (see front page for details of Mart and
     Marc’s NEV Award)
     Alison Renfree: Best Camera Work for her film 'Three Man Batman Jam'
     Emma Ramshaw: Best Community Story for her film 'I Want. I Can. I Will Do It!'

 For more information about VODA’s Volunteer Centre and the film work it has
 produced contact Robin Fry on 0191 200 8566 or email

                Calling All Third Sector
                Employability Providers!
 Have you been a sub-contractor / delivery partner to a prime contractor as part of
 a DWP or Job Centre Plus contract? Or have you been put off by your pre-contract
 experiences? Pentagon Partnership is conducting a survey in order to find out what
 works well within the system, what is not so good and how it can be improved for
 commissioners, prime and sub-contractors and - most important of all - for
 The survey is a chance to directly influence the commissioning of future employment
 contracts in Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and Durham. Responses will be fed in to
 the Tyne & Wear City Region Employment Consortium, who will be working with the
 DWP to commission future contracts.
 Download the survey at and
 please reply by Monday 30 November.
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           North Tyneside Council: Looking to the Borough’s Future
 North Tyneside organisations, groups and residents are invited to have their say on
 a vision for the borough in 2030, and an accompanying strategy to cover 2010-13.
 In 2007, North Tyneside Strategic Partnership (NTSP) agreed a vision of what the
 borough should look like in 2030. This followed a wide-ranging public consultation
 process. NTSP members include North Tyneside Council, Northumbria Police, the
 Primary Care Trust, Jobcentre Plus, the Fire and Rescue Service, Tyne Met College,
 the Community Network and VODA.

 NTSP wants North Tyneside to be a borough where everyone can take advantage
 of opportunities to improve their lives, and play their part in building strong, inclusive
 communities where people want to live and work.
 The vision for 2030 formed the basis of NTSP’s ‘Sustainable Community Strategy’
 for 2007-10. As this period is now coming to an end, work is underway to update both
 the vision and Strategy and take them forward for the period 2010-13.
 If you would like to take part, the consultation document can be viewed on the NTSP
 website at from November. Paper copies can be requested
 by telephoning 0191 643 5608. The closing date for comments is 11 December 2009.
 The voluntary and community sector’s impact on this strategy is the focus of this
 year’s VODA AGM and Community Network Conference on Tuesday 17 November.
 See the front page for details or contact VODA on 0191 200 8555.

         VONNE’s AGM, Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony
 VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East) is holding its annual
 conference, ‘Surviving not Thriving: How can the Government help the third sector
 out of the recession?’ on Thursday 26 November at the Radison Hotel, Framwellgate
 Waterside, County Durham. The event will begin at 12.45pm with official AGM
 business and lunch, followed by the conference which begins at 2pm.
 Keynote speaker at the conference will be Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree
 Foundation Julia Unwin CBE, who will discuss what Government can next do to
 help the third sector through the recession. The event is your chance to hear and
 debate with high profile speakers and key policy makers and to help form a manifesto
 for the North East’s third sector. The conference will also be the launch of VONNE’s
 latest findings six months on from its first ‘Surviving not Thriving’ survey.
 The conference will be followed the North East VCS Awards Ceremony at 5.45pm.
 For more information or to book your place online visit
 or contact VONNE on 0191 233 2000 or email

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                        Invitation to Specialist Support Providers
 Serco Welfare to Work is seeking expressions of interest from community-based
 organisations interested in working with them to deliver Flexible New Deal. This is the
 government’s flagship employment initiative to support long-term unemployed people
 in to decent, sustainable work. The programme is currently being tendered in 14
 regions, including Northumbria, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear and County Durham.
 Serco would like to engage with organisations that can provide specialist support
 services to jobseekers to wrap around its core delivery network. Examples of specific
 expertise it is looking to support are: homeless people, lone parents, people from
 BME communities, people with mental or physical health needs. It is also seeking
 providers of vocational training such as: food hygiene courses, IT literacy and first aid.
 Become a Specialist Support Provider
 Serco would like to hear from local community-based organisations interested in
 becoming part of its network of Specialist Support Providers. This might include
 delivering services in the following ways:
      Supplying: providing support or training to meet individual jobseekers’ needs
      Providing: delivering an existing service to local residents
      Engaging: working alongside the network to engage with jobseekers
      Influencing: advising Serco’s delivery network on how to improve services to
      a particular customer group
     For more information visit or email

            Consultation on a North East Charter for A Good Death
                              NHS North East has worked with a range of partners to
                              develop the UK’s first Good Death charter, which outlines what
                              people can expect as they come to the end of their life, and
                              how their families, friends and carers can also be supported.
                              For further information please see
                        NHS North East has commissioned an independent research
                        organisation, Explain, to collate views on the charter. As part of
                        the consultation Explain are looking to speak to representatives
 from within voluntary organisations in order to understand their views and also to
 patients who are dying and their carers as obviously their feedback on the charter is
 The discussions will be handled sensitively and confidentially, so if this is something
 you feel you could play a role in, please contact Rebecca Johnson on 0191 261 5261

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             Migration Support Project at Wallsend People’s Centre
 Wallsend People’s Centre, along with North Tyneside Strategic Partnership and
 Northumbria Police, has been successful in obtaining Government Office North East
 funding from the Migration Impact Fund. The project opened in September 2009 and
 will run initially for six months, pending further funding.
 The underlying aim of the project is to build capacity within the migrant community
 and assist on the pathway to full and active British citizenship. The project will provide
 direct support, assisting migrant communities to understand rights and laws in the UK
 and to access services, training, volunteering, employment and social events.
 For more information about the project telephone 0191 263 5029 or email

                                      Local News Snippets…
    Tynemouth Mencap Charity Disco: Tynemouth Mencap are hosting a charity
    disco on Thursday 19 November at King Street Club, North Shields, from 7pm to
    11pm. Tickets cost £5 (with buffet) from the Learning Disability Federation. For
    more information contact Bryan on 0191 252 2820 or Kash on 0191 262 7922.
    Age Concern Room to Hire: The Age Concern Charity Shop at 25-29 High Street
    East in Wallsend, has an upstairs training/conference room available for up to
    20 people. The room can be hired at £15 an hour, which includes tea, coffee
    and homemade cakes. To book the room contact Doreen on 0191 263 8237.
    Event for Community-Based Energy Projects: Are you a local voluntary or
    community group that wants to find out more about installing small-scale energy
    systems? The Community Foundation is holding a lunchtime seminar on Monday
    16 November at Tyneside Cyrenians, Newcastle, on the subject. To book contact
    Katie Wellstead on 0191 222 0945 or email
    Vacant Office Space at Mea House: A rare opportunity has arisen for charities to
    rent office space in MEA House in central Newcastle when leases are renewed at
    the end of the year. Two offices of around 500 square foot will become available,
    offered at a rental of £5.39 per sq ft (with an additional service charge of £10.70
    per sq ft). Tenants will also have free use of top floor meeting rooms.
    Visit for more information or contact MEA Trust Secretary
    Diane Lennon on 0191 232 7783 or email
    Fighting All Cancers Together (FACT): are holding a Ladies Pamper Evening on
    Saturday 21 November at FX Lesiure, Team Valley, Gateshead from 7pm to 10pm.
    This event includes use of the pool and spa and features holistic and
    complimentary treatments, plus buffet and refreshments. Tickets are £12.50.
    Telephone 0191 442 0833 or email to book.
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                                      Local Events Round Up
    Community Alliance Roadshow: How will you generate your income in the
    future? Thursday 12 November at The Linskill Centre, North Shields, 10am to 2pm
    This one day event is aimed at community organisations that are concerned about
    their future funding and want some top tips on contracts, commissions, loans,
    trading and more. Cost, including lunch is £25 + VAT per person.
    Contact: Susan Heads on 01670 518150 or email

    Tackling Knife Crime Training & Toolkit
    12 and 13 November at Fairbridge Tyne & Wear, Benwell, Newcastle, free
    This two-day training course looks at the best practice activities that can be
    applied to working with young people when tackling the subject of knife crime.
    Contact: telephone 0207 928 6016 or email

    Participation Works: Ready, Steady Change
    Thursday 12 November at Centre for Life, Newcastle, 9.45am to 4.30pm
    This one day course introduces participants to a selection of training methods
    and tools to enhance their skills and knowledge in increasing children and young
    people’s effective participation in decision-making.
    Contact: 0845 603 6725 or book online at

    Make a Date with Age Concern North Tyneside at The Bradbury Centre,
    North Shields, Wednesday 18 November 9am to 10am and
    Monday 23 November 3.30pm to 4.30pm
    This speed-dating style event gives you the opportunity to meet seven key
    members of staff and find out about all the different ways Age Concern can help.
    Contact: Lesley Turner on 0191 280 8498 or email

    PNE Group Lunchtime Lecture: Is the Great Recession Over?
    Friday 27 November at Gateshead Old Town Hall, 12.15pm to 2pm
    Special guest, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England Charles Bean discusses
    how far we may have come through the recession and what the Bank sees as the
    way forward. There is also the chance to network and share ideas over lunch.
    Contact: Andy McChlery on 0191 423 6218 or email

    Empowering People: The International Day of Disabled People
    Thursday 3 December at Disability North, Newcastle, 10am to 3pm, free
    This event celebrates the achievements of Disability North and its partners, and
    also promotes the inclusion, independence and participation of disabled people
    in the North East region.
    Contact: Telephone 0191 284 0480 or email
    You can also download a booking form from
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      Special Feature: Tendering and Procurement in the Third Sector
 Voluntary and community organisations play a huge role in the delivery of services in
 North Tyneside. In a competitive market, it’s vital that these organisations are equipped
 with the knowledge and skills they need to compete for contracts. In order to help,
 VODA interviewed Andrew Lowe, Procurement Manager at North Tyneside Council:
 VODA (V): Andrew, could you tell us a little bit about your role?
 Andrew Lowe (AL): As the Procurement Manager, my role involves making sure that
 the Council gets best value for money for the goods and services that it wants to buy
 from external providers. By managing the Strategic Procurement Unit, it is basically my
 responsibility to ensure that the needs of the Council, in terms of goods and services,
 are met.
 V: Can you describe the process of procurement in simple steps?
 AL: 1. North Tyneside Council identifies a need in service delivery or goods -
 this is often because of new government legislations or new initiatives.
 2. An ‘options appraisal’ is then carried out to determine whether the council could
 deliver this internally or they would like an external organisation to provide the service.
 3. If the latter is the case, a tender specification will be created, which gives
 a description of the service that we want to buy and details of cost.
 4. At this point the specification is advertised, but certain rules and regulations
 have to be followed. If the tender is:
       between £10,000 - £50,000, we have to receive a minimum of three quotes
       over £50,000, it will be sent out to open advert and placed on the North Tyneside
       Council website, among other places.
 5. When applications are received from organisations wishing to bid they are scored,
 based on their answers and how they have demonstrated value for money.
 The organisation with the best score wins the contract.
 V: Does your team do any targeted work with the voluntary and community
 AL: Every organisation that submits a tender is treated the same; it’s vital that we
 operate a fair and equal process. We do, however, recognise the value of the third
 sector - we know that voluntary and community organisations have specific knowledge
 of both geographical areas and the fields that they work in. We’re also always keen to
 encourage local organisations and businesses to submit bids. In the past we have
 worked with VODA to organise training sessions to help organisations improve their
 understanding of the PQQ (Pre-Qualification Questionnaire) document. We are also
 keen for people to ask us questions; we know that sometimes procurement is a difficult
 process, but we are here to help!
 5) What is the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) and why is it needed?
 The PQQ enables organisations to demonstrate how they meet certain criteria required
 to deliver a tender. This can be in terms of finance, health and safety, equality and
 diversity or quality assurance. The questionnaire allows organisations to show their
 expertise and knowledge in their area of work.                              Continued...
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The PQQ is used as a means of evaluating applications from organisations; to help us
identify whether they are suitable or not to tender. There are two procedures that we
use: the open procedure, where tenders are sent to all organisations who respond
to the contract advert, and the restricted procedure which is a two stage process,
where the PQQ is used to help us carry out the initial evaluation.
On some occasions, and we are hoping to do this more in the future, we break the
contract down into ‘lots’. This means that there will be more opportunities for smaller
organisations to bid for smaller contracts. The ‘lots’ could be based on geographical
area or service area.
V: How can organisations find out about new tender opportunities?
AL: We advertise most tender opportunities on websites, as this enables the details
to be available for longer time periods:
      North Tyneside Council website:
      Tenders Electronic Daily:
      OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union):
      Supply 2 Gov:
      NEPO (North East Procurement Organisation) portal:
It would be useful for organisations to register on these websites because it will
enable them to receive email updates about what opportunities are available.
V. Are there any up and coming opportunities?
AL: Yes, here’s a list of forthcoming tender opportunities:
    Furnished tenancy scheme                                 Criminal justice intervention team
    Electronic monitoring of homecare                        Garden maintenance scheme
    Door entry system service and repair                     Weed control services

V: What is the best piece of advice you could give to a voluntary or community
group who are thinking about tendering?
AL: I would give two pieces of advice here. One is to access the internet and make
use of the websites that are available. If you don’t have access at work, you can visit
local libraries and other community venues and get online there. Second piece of
advice is to communicate - speak to the Procurement Unit and ask them any
questions you have. They are there to provide advice and support.
The Procurement Team have also produced a useful guide: How to do business
with North Tyneside Council: A guide for providers of suppliers and services.
This is available on request.
   For more information contact: Andrew Lowe, Procurement Manager on
0191 643 5651 or email
  If you are a group or organisation that wishes improve your understanding of the
PQQ system register your interest by contacting Katie Knowles on 0191 200 8563.
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               National and Sector News, Events and Training
                   Official Guidance on Vetting & Barring Scheme
 The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) has released official guidance on the
 new vetting and barring scheme, which was launched in October 2009 to protect
 young and vulnerable people:
    Must not knowingly employ a barred person in regulated activity or as a volunteer
    If you dismiss or cease using a person because you think they harmed or pose a
    risk of harm to children or vulnerable adults, you must refer the case to the ISA
    If you are barred from regulated activity, you must not work or seek work from
    which you are barred
 Three key changes which are forthcoming:
     July 2010: new entrants to work with vulnerable groups can register with the ISA
     Nov 2010: new entrants must register with the ISA before starting work
     April 2011: existing workers can start to register with ISA
 ISA registration will not replace the need for Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure
 but represents an extra level of protection.
 If you are an organisation or individual who undertakes paid or voluntary work with
 children or vulnerable adults, these changes will affect you. If your organisation has
 an HR or finance department, those staff should also be aware of the scheme and
 the legal requirements around ISA registration.

 At first the scheme will only affect new employees and volunteers, but over time will
 be phased in to include current employees and volunteers.
 Guidance documents are available from the website
                                                Stop press…
 Children’s minister Ed Balls has asked Sir Roger Singleton (Chair of ISA) to review
 the government’s plans for the Vetting & Barring Scheme after its initial proposals
 were met with widespread criticism and confusion. VODA will report on any
 developments as and when they happen.
   For more information about the Scheme visit or for advice from
 VODA email

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                          Companies Act - Final Implementation
On 1 October 2009, the Companies Act 2006 reached its final stages of
implementation. The changes made as part of the Act affect every company operating
in the UK. Listed below is a summary of changes that may affect your company:
1. Directors’ addresses protected from disclosure: Every director will have a
service address and a usual residential address. The service address for each
directorship will be publicly available. The residential address will only be made
available to public authorities and credit reference agencies. From 1 October, a
director’s current residential address will automatically become the service address.
2. Easier to set up a company: A number of changes have been made to make
it easier to set up a company. There are also changes to company governing
documents: the articles of association will include the company’s objects, liabilities
and assets – all of which were previously in the memorandum.
3. Notifying Companies House of articles changes: You must send any
amendments to the company’s articles to Companies House within 15 days. If you
do not comply with this requirement you will commit an offence and could be liable
to a civil penalty of £200. This is in addition to any liability to criminal proceedings.
4. Alternative address for registers
A company’s registers may be held at the registered office address or at a single
alternative inspection location (SAIL). You must notify Companies House if you set up
a SAIL address or if the SAIL address is moved, and you may only have one SAIL
address for a company at a time.
5. Guidance: Companies House has produced guidance notes which explain the
changes and give step-by-step instructions on how to form a company, what you
need to send them during the life of a company and how to dissolve a company.
6. Forms: All Companies House forms will change and must be used from
1 October 2009. If you use an old form it will be rejected.
7. Dealing with Companies House online
Most information can now be filed electronically using WebFiling or a suitably
enabled software package. It can be cheaper too for some fee bearing forms.
8. Protecting your company from hijack
From 1 October, the Registrar’s Protected Online Filing (PROOF) scheme will operate
under the framework of the Act (section 1070). PROOF customers are protected from
unauthorised changes to their company details. They agree with the Registrar that
they will only file certain documents electronically. This can now easily be done via the
WebFiling using the company’s authentication code.
For more information visit If you are considering setting
up your group as a Company, VODA offers support and guidance on the process.
For more information call 0191 200 8563 or email

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       Impact of the Recession                                  Revised Compact Delayed
 The Charity Commission has published                        The publication of the revised Compact,
 its latest survey on the impact of the                      which sets out how voluntary and
 economic downturn on the charitable                         public sector organisations should
 sector. Carried out in September 2009                       behave towards each other, has been
 the survey shows that 56% of those                          delayed. The new version was expected
 charities surveyed had been hit by                          to be unveiled during Compact Week
 the recession. The survey report                            (2-8 November) but it now expected
 can be downloaded from:                                     “before the end of the year” according                          to a Cabinet Office spokesperson.
    The Charity Commission website                              For more information visit has a                , telephone the
 number of resources for coping with                         Compact Commission on 0121 237
 the impact of the recession.                                5900 or email

          Employment Matters                                 Gingerbread Events: All You Need
                                                                to Know About Tax Credits
   National Minimum Wage:
   From 1 October, National Minimum                          Do you work with single parents? If so,
   Wage rates have increased to £5.80                        Gingerbread are running a series of
   an hour for workers aged 22 and                           free courses for professionals working
   above, and £4.83 an hour for workers                      in the voluntary and community sector
   aged 18 to 21. For more information                       about tax credits and their impact.
                                                             There are two levels of the course:
   New PAYE Regulations:                                     Introductory: aimed at people who
   mean that employers with fewer                            have little or no prior knowledge of
   than 50 employees will be required to                     tax credits, this course will give you
   file Employer Annual Returns online                       an overview of the system and an
   from the tax year ending April 2010.                      understanding of its elements.
   For more information visit
                                                             Intermediate: aimed at individuals who
                                                             have been working with clients who
                                                             are claiming tax credits, and who want
   NJC Pay Scales:
                                                             to extend their existing knowledge.
   Final agreement has been reached
   on the scales for 2009/10. In general,                    Courses are taking place around
   they represent a 1% increase but                          the country with dates including
   there is a higher increase for some                       Middlesbrough (Nov 12) and
   of the lower scale points.                                Manchester (18 Nov). Places are
   For more information visit                                allocated on a first-come first-served                          basis. For more information or to book
                                                             a place visit
Supporting Volunteers and the Voluntary & Community Sector                                             14
                                                                          November 2009

             Tyne Youth and Community Centre
             For our latest Spotlight On… we spoke to Chairman Graham Marsh about
             the centre’s facilities and Prime Ministers past and (possibly) future!

Originally founded in 1949 as Tyne               (pictured), a large gym area with changing
Boys’ Club, Tyne Youth and Community             rooms, the flexible Millennium Room
Centre is this year celebrating its 60th         which can also be used for training or
anniversary. It has stood on its current site    meetings, and a fully fitted kitchen, which
on Mariners Lane, Tynemouth since 1964           came about thanks to a former Prime
but following a Lottery grant of £388,235        Minister! In 2006 Tony Blair contacted
in 1999 was completely renovated and             Virgin Radio on behalf of Graham Marsh
is now a hub of local activity with a            and won a competition that netted the
number of excellent facilities.                  Centre £8,500.
The Centre plays host to a range of              That’s not the club’s only brush with
groups and organisations, including              party political leaders. It was proud to
CAN (Community Access Network),                  host the Conservative Party launch for
Learning Disabilities Federation (LDF),          the European election campaign in May
judo classes (every Wednesday and                2009. Party leader David Cameron MP
Thursday) and The Phoenix Walking Club.          addressed an audience of 140 people
It is also proud to regularly host the British   in the main hall and the proceedings
Judo Association, local rock bands and           were broadcast live on Sky News and
two local residents associations.                BBC News 24.
VODA has a long history of working               There are currently opportunities for
with the Centre - it helped to amend its         groups and organisations to rent space
constitution when it changed from the            at the Centre, on Tuesday and Friday
Boys’ Club and has been happy to help            evenings and all-day Sunday. Groups
with a number of funding applications            that are compatible with CAN are also
since. Chairman Graham Marsh said                welcome to hire rooms during the day
“I always look at the Funding Update             from Monday to Thursday. Rates are
and have received grants from a number           extremely reasonable (under £40) and
of those mentioned in it – Lloyds TSB            any parties interested in hiring these or
Foundation, Sir James Knott Trust,               other facilities should contact Chairman
Community Foundation and more. I also            Graham Marsh on 07950 634008 or
always make sure I pass the information          email
on to the groups who use the centre so
they also know who to apply to.” VODA’s
Community ICT Trainer helped to set
up and establish the Centre’s IT suite
and internet access, which offers an
ideal space for training and meetings.
The Club’s other facilities include: a coffee
bar and informal space with pool tables

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    November 2009

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