Effective bid writing & Organisational governance courses delivered bi-monthly. Bringing in external organisations to inform, and inspire learn around topics such as marketing, recruitment and other topics beneficial for the community sector.
VCS Sector Connector, twice monthly (first & third Tuesday of the month at 10am). As the team benefit from a birds eye view of the sector, we are always on the look out for complementary connections to be made and therefore proactive in making individual introductions for the benefit of all parties.
Funder Forum, bi-monthlyand regular updates via newsletter, social media and announcements during the Sector Connector. The team have regular conversation with local, regional and national funders and understand current grant giving trends as well as sustainability concepts around fundraising and social investment.
Supporting people wanting to start new initiatives for community benefit. This could be small informal voluntary groups, new community businesses, CIOs and more. We help explore the right set up arrangement before assisting them to move into the sector with confidence, feeling well- informed and well connected.
Every community and voluntary sector group in the town can benefit from free advice & assistance to set up, level up and connect to the vibrant and supportive network that is the Hartlepool VCS and Community Sector
I’ve worked in and for the voluntary & community sector for much of my working life – beginning back in Leicester in the mid-1980’s – including as a self-employed facilitator, various roles within local government, as a Programme Manager for a regeneration partnership and now in the role of Development Officer with the charity Hartlepower CIO. A second strand to working life has been as a counsellor/therapist and teacher.
With my fellow Hartlepower CIO Development Officer, Juli Simons, our roles are to champion & support Hartlepool’s voluntary & community sector. This includes convening networking forums (e.g. the twice monthly VCS Sector Connector meetings), sharing information & opportunities, assisting the formation & development of new charities and social enterprises (e.g. Play Out Hartlepool), facilitating training for the VCS (e.g. Funding Bid Writing and Governance) and encouraging collaboration.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
When asked about my history with the voluntary sector in Hartlepool I start with saying I've been there wore the T-shirt. My progression has been as project beneficiary, volunteer, trainee, project worker and co-ordinator for some great town based organisations before moving into starting my own community business. I live in the town and still volunteer as a primary school governor and charity trustee.
Our role is helping to establish and support VCS groups, small businesses and social enterprises with development support, funding advice and governance.
During the last year we have worked hard to connect organisations in Hartlepool to each other and to the public sectors to help improve relationships - explore more partnership working and understanding of each other and how we fit together with the complex picture of communities in our town.
My email is: email@example.com
Working in the Voluntary Sector is a new experience for me. I'm employed as coordinator for Hartlepool Food Council who are a group of semi-autonomous organisations who all offer some form of support around food provision.
My role involves identifying solutions to issues around food, such as reducing waste, improved partnership working particularly around the logistics of sharing food throughout the network and helping the member organisations to coordinate community-led projects.
During the last 6 months, Hartlepool Food Council have developed a close working relationship and together they share the joint mission to better help communities to remove barriers relating to nutrition for health, access to nutrient dense foods and social isolation
My email is:
I'm employed as COVID Officer Engagement via the council but based at Hartlepower
I have a counterpart in the Support Hub, Julie French - Together our roles consist of communicating information passed down from Public Health, listening to communities and feeding back ideas and concerns around COVID via the same channels to inform change within services, information etc.
We will be looking to recruit COVID champions where information can be passed on to family, friends, communities and work colleagues.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I am the Micro-Enterprise Development Worker with Hartlepower CIO.
My role has been funded by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult Social Care commissioners, who are looking at finding new, creative ways to provide adult social care in ways that promote personal independence and lead to a thriving life. They believe that micro-enterprises are part of the solution to the challenge posed by an ageing population and ever-diminishing council budgets.
My overall goal is to build a network of small businesses/enterprises managed and run by people who are inspired by helping others and relish the opportunity to work for themselves whilst making a difference in their community.
My email is email@example.com
I have recently been appointed as the Hartlepool Financial Inclusion Partnership Co-ordinator, this role has been funded by Hartlepool Borough Council.
Hartlepool Financial Inclusion Partnership brings together private, voluntary, community sector and Advice and Guidance agencies to enable collaborative working to support vulnerable residents of Hartlepool and help reduce financial burden.
My role is to provide full administration support, co-ordinate and drive forward the partnership by identifying potential funding sources to support their work and in due course explore all opportunities to develop a Credit Union.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm Stephanie - together with Rachel my colleague, our aim is to listen to as many residents as possible from the Victoria Ward, to hear what they want from their community, make connections with key members of the ward and plan future activity that will strengthen the community there
Info to come
I am employed by Hartlepool Borough Council a VCS Officer where I am seconded to Hartlepower for 3 days per week working with my colleagues in supporting groups and charities.
I have been Involved in the VCS for 30 years, starting off as a Parish Councillor and volunteering for many years in the VCS, and still volunteer today. I have worked across County Durham and Gateshead and now Hartlepool, where I hope I can support groups and organisations.
My role involves me getting to know communities within Hartlepool and providing infrastructure support to the VCS. This includes offering governance & funding support, training, asset transfer and working with Hartlepool Council Learning & Skills service to actively promote the service offered.
My Email is: email@example.com
Funder Forum held on the 1st of December 2020 Funders attending were: Hartlepool Borough Council Community Pot The National Lottery Community Fund The Hospital of God Teesside Philanthropic Foundation North Star Ventures The PFC Trust Thanks to all that attended.
The recording of a recent talk from Helen Sanderson - founder of Wellbeing Teams, an innovative care agency - Blending digital leaps and self managing teams with genuine thought for the people being cared for.
Hosted (virtually) by The Wharton Trust and Hartlepower featuring presentations from: Stuart Macdonald - Associate director for the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) Frances Northrop - Associate Fellow (Local Economies) New Economics Foundation
Helen Johnson, Marketing Director of a multi Million Pounds Business has a career in marketing spanning more than 30 years and generously offered our networks some time for Small Charity Week 2020 to share her skills and expertise.
Filmed at the event at the Energy Hub "Commissioning in Complexity", a recording of the presentation by Carol Botten of the work of Dr. Toby Lowe - focusing on commissioning, positive learning cultures, human learning systems and self-organising teams.
A presentation by Hospital of God Grants Officer Lawrence Macnelly on funding available, changes and advice on what makes a good application