This issue focuses on the cost of living crisis. We meet with three local organisations, Edberts House, Citizens Advice Gateshead and Citizens Advice Newcastle to hear about the essential advice, support and services they provide to their local communities.
We also learn from the North East England Chamber of Commerce how issues around the cost of living are more broadly affecting businesses and families, and what actions they are taking to address poverty.
There’s updates from the Connected Voice Haref and Advocacy teams about how they are supporting people, communities and organisations, and we also hear from our Commercial Development Executive, Sally Adams, about why now is the best time to be thinking about how you can make a profit to fund your charitable work.
Our Chief Executive, Lisa Goodwin, reflects on our work in managing the VCSE Cost of Living Crisis Fund.
Lastly, Jo Curry at Sir James Knott Trust shares their funding priorities in these turbulent times, and offers helpful advice around how to ensure finances are in order when applying for grant funding