Charities set to pitch for funding

A similar funding fair organised VODA, which was held at the Linskill Centre last October.
A similar funding fair organised VODA, which was held at the Linskill Centre last October.

CHARITIES and community groups in the borough are being given the chance to pitch for funding.

North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (Voda) has arranged a series of workshops giving groups the chance to ask potential sources of grants about applying for cash.

The first session takes place next Wednesday, from 2pm to 3.30pm, at the Shiremoor Centre, in Earsdon Road.

It is being held jointly with the Hadrian Trust.

Grants it hands out usually range in size from £500 to £2,000.

Trust spokesman Pauline Dodgson said: “I’m looking forward to the event.

“I’m hoping to meet a lot of different groups and to give them the information they need to make strong applications.

“I like the format of the event as it gives people the chance to have a conversation and ask questions on a more face-to-face basis.”

Sue Reed, Voda’s funding adviser, added: “These workshops are an excellent opportunity for local groups.

“It allows them to ask specific questions tailored to their interests and needs and to receive direct answers and information from the funders.

“We’ve had a lot of success with similar events in the past, with both local groups and the funders telling us they can learn a lot from this type of session.”

Further events are planned for the coming months, including workshops with the Community Foundation for Tyne and Wear, the Sherburn Trust, and Children in Need.

Places at all sessions are limited, so booking is essential.

For more information, call (0191) 200 8555 or e-mail sue.reed@voda.org.uk