BUSINESSES from across the borough have put their names to a ground-breaking new pilot scheme which aims to help the private and voluntary sectors work together in North Tyneside.
Sector Connector, a scheme developed by North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA) has won the backing of North Tyneside Council in its bid to align the sectors and encourage volunteering.
Lisa Gardiner, chief executive of VODA, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the initial take up from the private sector.
“They’ve seen numerous benefits of being a part of Sector Connector and we hope their inclusion from the outset will act as an encouragement for many more to sign up in the coming weeks.
“The traditional support services provided to these groups by organisations such as VODA are more valuable than ever, but we now need to work more smartly and make the most of the help and support that local businesses can offer.”
North Tyneside’s Mayor, Linda Arkley, added: “North Tyneside has a great track record of people and organizations volunteering to deliver the best for the borough.
“We’re very proud of the Sector Connector scheme, which will further reinforce the existing links between businesses and the voluntary and community sector in North Tyneside.
“A thriving voluntary sector benefits the whole community and creates a feeling of wellbeing in the borough.”
Visit www.sectorconnector.co.uk for more details about the scheme.