North East Skills Sharing

Organisations that can help

There are a range of organisations across the North East who help bring businesses and charitable organisations together.

Business in the Community

Business in the Community supports companies in the North East to integrate responsible business practices, and connects them with local communities to help them tackle the most pressing social issues in the region. BITC offer a range of volunteering programmes to inspire companies to tackle key social issues, and they aim to make employee volunteering normal practice within business.

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Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland

The Community Foundation runs two programmes to support skills sharing.

Community Ventures provides in-depth support to voluntary organisations in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, helping the sector to be as effective, responsive and resilient as possible. The programme provides time and expertise from highly-skilled businesses and individuals who work, pro bono, with organisations over a sustained period of time.

Trustee Match matches volunteers with specific skills and expertise looking to become trustees with organisations seeking trustees with that expertise.

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The Cranfield Trust

Through more than 850 volunteer management consultants, the Cranfield Trust provides charities with pro bono business expertise, focusing on Leadership and Strategic Direction, People Management, Financial Management and Sustainability, Performance and Impact. HR is also a speciality. Regional / national in scope, the trust can support organisations whose primary purpose is to address issues of poverty, disability or social exclusion.

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The Federation of Farms and City Farms and Community Gardens

The Federation is keen to hear from businesses who want to help them ‘plant a seed and grow a community, as well as getting some great PR and fulfilling your Corporate Social Responsibilities’, and see ESV as a key part of this. Regional / national in scope.

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Professional Services Group (Tees Valley Community Foundation)

A professional volunteering service where local professionals donate their time and services to be then matched to the needs of small voluntary and community groups (turnover less than £100k pa) in the Tees Valley.

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Sector Connector (North Tyneside VODA)

Support for businesses to get more involved with the community in North Tyneside by linking them with small local voluntary groups that need help. Businesses, of all sizes, have offered support in areas such as financial management, health and safety, graphic design, HR, IT and PR.

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Bringing support to voluntary and community sector organisations across the North East, through a coordinated programme of professional volunteering. SkillsBridge taps into expertise in the private and public sectors to give voluntary and community organisations the skills and tools that they need to survive and thrive in the current economic climate.

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Pilotlight is a unique, capacity building charity offering free tailored strategic planning support to charities and social enterprises that are tackling disadvantage in the UK. Pilotlight matches directors from charities and social enterprises with teams of senior business people and facilitate a year-long engagement to plan for sustainability, development and growth. Regional / national in scope.

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Other key players

In addition to the projects listed above, we see the following organisations as having a key role to play in developing links between sectors:

This website has been produced by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland in its role as facilitators of the North East Skills Sharing Group. For a discussion about the content of the site, or the Skills Sharing Group itself, please contact Adam Lopardo or Jon Goodwin on / / 0191 222 0945.