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We have a number of short, part-time courses available which can help adults to enhance their skills for employment and to develop their skills for a range of different jobs.

If you have anyone in mind that would be interested we are hosting an event next week!

Location: Bede Campus
Date: Tuesday 11th December
Time: 1pm - 3pm 

Call for Projects from Sunderland City Council 

The Sunderland Community Led Local Development programme, supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds, is launching its next call for projects the week commencing 3 December 2018 for organisations interested in delivering activities under 2 strategic objectives:

(1) Boosting enterprise and entrepreneurship; and

(2) Improving community capacity, partnership working and social innovation.

An accelerator for ambitious social ventures wanting to scale their impact

Expressions of interest are now open for year 2 of ‘Thrive – Access to Employment’, an accelerator programme which provides intensive support to social ventures wanting to scale up quickly.

You may have heard about a really good, secure savings scheme backed by the Government called - Help to Save, available for qualifying claimants of Universal Credit (as well as people receiving Working Tax Credit or have a nil award of Working Tax Credit but are receiving Child Tax Credit)

Universal Credit (UC) is a benefit that is replacing 6 current benefits:

The independent inquiry into the future of civil society has released its final findings, following two years of consultation involving over 3,000 people and over 50 events, including the VONNE annual conference 2017.

Sunderland City Council would like people to complete the survey electronically if they are able. They would also like people to register their details at the end of the survey so we can alert them to future council consultations that they may be interested in. However, if people would like support completing the survey, or would like a paper copy of the survey they can contact the council on 0191 561 1614 or email .

During November the council has been asking residents to complete a residents’ survey, which has been sent to 10,000 randomly selected households across the city. This is looking at what is important to our residents and asking views about core council services. A company called BMG are undertaking this work on the council’s behalf.

Will award Government funding of up to £250,000 to pilot better ways to sustain lifelong involvement in voluntary and community activities and attract more diverse older volunteers.

An age-friendly, inclusive approach to supporting volunteers would enable people to continue contributing to their community through major life changes like illness or bereavement.

Living Coast

We want to hear from you

The Marine Conservation Society & partners want to understand how the English coast can be easier for everyone to access. We know that being by the sea is good for you, but we also know that it can be difficult to get there. We’re exploring the reasons why more people aren’t able to enjoy the England Coast Path, which provides public access to over 2,500 miles of coastline and plenty of health and well-being benefits.

Do you have a spare half-hour between 12th & 16th November?

The PCC for Northumbria, Dame Vera Baird QC, and Northumbria Police Chief Constable, Winton Keenen have a vacancy on their Joint Independent Audit Committee.  Meeting 4 times a year the committee considers governance, assurance, risk management and statutory financial duties for both organisations.  We need a member with understanding of these areas whilst also bringing a broad awareness of changing policing needs, support for vulnerable victi