From voluntary groups to individual support, we’re here to make sure your voice is heard.

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At the heart of voluntary and community action in Newcastle and Gateshead, we want to improve the quality of life across the region and work towards a fairer future for all. A photo from our funding fare 2019


How do we do this?

At the heart of voluntary and community action for 90 years, we are immersed and rooted in the North East.
We work collectively and inclusively to connect, grow and strengthen our society. We are warm and approachable, and we create opportunities to exchange ideas, learn from and empower one another.

We understand from our own experiences the challenges people face. We truly value people and we won't judge or dictate.
Leading independently and side by side with our communities and partners, we share our resources, skills and expertise to enable people to take meaningful action.

Courageous, resourceful and determined, we will challenge unfairness and ask difficult questions.
Working effectively and accountably to instil confidence. We aim to become stronger and more sustainable to inspire positive and lasting change throughout our community

We believe that diversity should be celebrated and valued, and everyone deserves equality.
Working towards a fairer future for all, we won't stand still. By making an impact on causes big and small, we want to improve the quality of life across the region.

From individuals to organisations, we believe everyone has a right to be heard.
Trusted to listen, understand and advocate, we strive for excellence. We’re open and honest, we stick by people and give our support to ensure their voices are heard.

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Latest News

  • 14 June 2022
    Contribute to this important research led by Durham University and take the Third Sector Trends survey.  This long-term study on voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, cooperatives, societies and clubs (the 'third sector' or 'VCSE' sector) started in 2010. A lot has happened in the North East since we last did the survey in 2019. So it's time to find out what has changed in the last three years. Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing, struggling or going on as normal, we need to hear from you. It's interesting, easy to do, and only takes about 10 minutes. You can do it on your phone, tablet, laptop or PC.
  • 07 June 2022
    This research looked at the ways of getting health information, including how to use the NHS and avoid illness, to people who need it most and have greatest difficulty accessing it. We used the lens of COVID-19 messaging as a way of better understanding effective information sharing.
  • 06 June 2022
    The Vision for Volunteers (shared 06/05/2022) is a project led by NAVCA, NCVO, Sport England, Volunteering Matters, and the Association of Volunteer Managers, as well as others. It aims to establish a culture where volunteering is ingrained in the collective psyche, part of everyone’s life. There are five key themes and aims by 2032

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This week, we’re excited to launch a brand new e-learning course on the essentials of charity finance.
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Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of Connected Voice Magazine. This issue explores the different aspects of meaningful inclusion, and what it means to different people and organisations.


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Higham House

Higham Place

Newcastle upon Tyne


Charity Number:1125877

Company Number: 06681475

Tel: 0191 232 7445


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Higham House


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