Community groups give praise to project

A pioneering project helping voluntary groups across North Tyneside has been hailed a success by the communities it was formed to support.

The Government-backed Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) Evolve project was set up to provide community groups and organisations with expert help, support and services in a variety of areas.

It has been praised for offering community groups greater access to a wider range of services and initiatives more cost effectively than before.

The project was delivered by four partner organisations; North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA), Newcastle-based SkillsBridge, Sustainable Enterprise Strategies and national social enterprise company Locality.

The TLI Evolve project partners also cut the costs of delivering the services by 35 per cent through sharing their expertise, contacts and resources.

Lisa Goodwin, chief executive of North Tyneside VODA, said: “The partners involved have worked together to provide a much more comprehensive and joined up service for organisations in North Tyneside.

“Through the partnership we’ve had access to professional support from businesses, expertise on community buildings and social enterprise advice, all of which were able to complement and enhance the support and advice offered by VODA.

“We’ve had really excellent feedback from the groups we’ve supported, and we feel that the TLI Evolve project has made a lasting difference for our local community.”

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