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The North East has Consortia for the four sub-regions and one region-wide. Research in these areas has been overseen by VONNE (Voluntary Organisations' Network North East).

Regional Managers: Neil Bennett (07920 726 510) and Sandra Beighton (07920 726 513)

Web:  GONE ChangeUp
          VONNE - Voluntary Organisations' Network North East
          One Voice Network

ChangeUp in the North East region

Gateshead Millennium BridgeGovernment Office North East commissioned six reports, one each in the four sub-regions (Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley), one to look at the region-wide picture and a quantitative survey of VCOs working throughout the region.

GONE set up a Regional Steering Group to advise it on how the money should be allocated, based on the research. Four sub-regional consortia and a region-wide consortium were established and given the task of producing infrastructure development plans for their areas.

VCS agents

GONE and the Steering Group to the Infrastructure Early Investment Programme agreed that VONNE (Voluntary Organisations' Network North East) should be commissioned to oversee work on analysis of infrastructure in the North East.

Consortia in North East region

There are 5 North East Consortia: County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne & Wear, and Region-wide.

pointer Consortia Contacts

Projects

In County Durham the Combine2Win is a multi-stranded project comprised of:

  • A diagnostic tool to help identify the support needs of VCOs.
  • Joint marketing of the support services offered by infrastructure organisations in County Durham.
  • Brokerage and knowledge management - an ICT-based system for tracking the support needs of VCOs and matching these with appropriate service providers.
  • ICT networking for infrastructure organisations.

Five other projects in County Durham concern funding information, volunteering development, a 'community buildings healthcheck', a joint marketing exercise called Lifelines, and a project to devise an 'Open Forum' for Durham's VCS.

Key Documents

pointer VONNE Summary of Research MS Word icon 68k

VONNE - Infrastructure Research

One Voice Network - documents

pointer Capacitybuilders Regional Bulletin - North East acrobat icon 72k

Resources for VCS

A diagnostic tool to help identify the support needs of VCOs - a piece of computer software that will allow advisors to get a detailed picture of a groups' support requirements.

Lead contact and websites

Web:  GONE ChangeUp
          VONNE
          One Voice Network

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