VoiCeS Weekly Update 12th March 2015

FREE Introduction to Safeguarding Children training

This course is a 1/2 day introduction to child protection issues for volunteers and paid workers in community and voluntary groups and organisations e.g. Youth/Church/Sports groups, advice centres, drop in centres, community centres etc. 

The aim is to provide participants with a basic awareness of what child abuse is, child protection procedures and your responses to child protection concerns.

Date:      25th March 2015
Time:     09:30am -12:30pm (registration & refreshments from 09:15am)
Venue:   Pegswood Community Hub, NE61 6XG

(Please note: this is a change of venue from originally advertised) 

To book your place, please contact Jennifer at VoiCeS on 01665 713109 or email

Delivered by VoiCeS on behalf of NSCB.  

New Telephone Number For the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

You can now get in touch with the DBS on their new numbers:

DBS helpline: 03000 200 190

Welsh language line: 03000 200 191

Minicom: 03000 200 192

The old 0870 telephone numbers will not be switched off for at least six months to allow you time to adjust, but please start using any of the DBS 0300 numbers from today.

If you are an employer and have any correspondence displaying the DBS customer service numbers, please make sure you update it to show the new 0300 numbers.

How to Use Facebook Videos More Effectively
Charities posting videos on Facebook tend to get a higher engagement rate which can ultimately lead to more donations. Facebook videos also achieve more organic reach in news feed than article shares and other forms of content.

Why? Videos are shareable, eye-catching, and informative. They tell a story about your organisation which can’t be achieved through traditional texts posts, or even photos.

Check out these top three tips for using Facebook video to rally support for your charity:

  1. Educate. Drive viewer interest by teaching them something useful. Make it your mission to tell them your charity’s long term goals in a short, shareable video.
  2. Inspire. Videos with a meaningful message tend to strike a chord among viewers and encourage them to share. Reaching out on an emotive level could also spur them on to become a champion of your cause.
  3. Use ‘Watch Video’ Call-to-Action. Charities are able to draw attention to videos on their website from the cover image on Facebook, using its Call-to-Action button. This can draw people to your website and encourage them to donate.

Source : Charity Digital News 2nd March 2015

North East Combined Authority (NECA) Devolution Proposals

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) Leadership Board is keen to engage with partners and stakeholders in further developing the detail of proposals that will form the basis of early discussions with Government Ministers. 

A number of meetings are being held across the NECA area to discuss the key issues in more detail over the coming weeks.  A workshop for residents and stakeholders in Northumberland has been arranged for 2.30pm - 4.30pm on Thursday 26 March in Committee Room 1, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF.

Follow the links for further information on NECA's proposals, including a letter to stakeholders and a feedback form for stakeholder comments, as part of the consultation event.
If you would like to attend this event please reply to Helyn Douglas,, 01670 620307.

Women’s Empowerment Fund

The Department for Communities and Local Government launched a £250,000 fund to support projects that empower women today.

This is an exciting and new opportunity for charities and voluntary groups to bid for between £2,000 - £20,000 to support work that will empower women and give them the skills and confidence to take a full role in their communities and in particular to challenge the circumstances, where abuse, including child sexual exploitation, can occur.

The Department for Communities and Local Government expects to allocate funds to between 10-20 different voluntary and community groups across the country. Funding is available for one year only.

For further details, including how to apply, the prospectus, application form and criteria can be found here.

Minibus For Hire From Northumberland Clubs For Young People (NCYP)

In February 2014, Northumberland Clubs for Young People Ltd (NCYP); (in partnership with Youth for Christ (North East), The Longbenton Community Network and the Longbenton Detached Youth Work Project) took ownership of a brand new ten-seater minibus, thanks to The North Tyneside Council Play and Youth Capital Investment Fund. 
The minibus, which has been specifically modified to include full disabled access, has provided a much needed ‘new’ resource for many deprived communities within the borough. New opportunities and experiences have been created that have had a real impact on the individual beneficiaries and the wider families and communities.
A variety of organisations and users group have accessed the minibus to date, with over 150 beneficiaries benefiting from the resource.
The minibus is available for hire throughout the year, and offered at a very competitive rate.
If you would like to book the minibus, or simply make an initial enquiry, then please do not hesitate to contact Wendy on 0191 2727494, or email



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