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A Yellow Warning of Ice (with a mention of wintry showers in the text of the warning) has been issued. Its medium likelihood, low impact and valid from 22:00 today to 11:00 tomorrow. It’s also worth mentioning for that there is a Cold Weather Alert Level 2 in place until Monday morning, which will be reviewed, and if necessary, extended in due course.


If you run, work or volunteer for a small charity in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and want to develop your organisation’s fundraising then this free event is for you.

Delivered by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland with support from local infrastructure organisations and funders this seminar will look at fundraising for small charities but also cover issues including volunteering and finances, vital to making fundraising a success.

The session will cover:

2019 National Campaigner Awards – Deadline 21st January 2019

Each year, the Sheila Mckechnie foundation celebrates the best campaigns and campaigners – whether working locally or nationally, and from individuals and community groups to people working in large organisations. Our interest is in finding those who have made change happen – most effectively, creatively and courageously. So, if you know someone or an organisation who you think deserves to be celebrated, please do nominate them. You can also nominate yourself!


Lets Rock The Retro Festival 

Volunteer with child Bereavement UK at 


Let's Rock The North East - Herrington Country Park, New Herrington, Houghton-le-Spring DH4 7EL on Saturday 8th June 2019 


For more information and how to register contact: OR Telephone 0141 352 9995


Enjoy the Festival for FREE!


Reasonable expenses can be reimbursed



Beat ‘Blue Monday’, the most difficult day of the year, by getting together for a friendly cuppa and raising funds for Samaritans to provide emotional support, say Samaritans volunteers in Sunderland.

The charity is declaring 21 January Brew Monday and asking friends, neighbours and work colleagues to help Samaritans simply by taking time out for a cuppa and a chat.

Are you a community business that benefits your local area and wants to increase its impact and sales?

There’s an exciting opportunity for a learning programme and a match-trading grant of up to £10,000 for community businesses who wish to develop their trading model. The programme is run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Power to Change and runs from June 2019-March 2020. There is no cost involved as we exist to support organisations that make a difference. The application window is now open until February 14th.

The event is primarily aimed at organisations that can deliver training for the current workforce & those at risk of redundancy.

Places are limited, so please only register if you meet this criteria.

Small Grants up to £5,000

Introduction and background

West Area Committee would like to invite interested local Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups and non-profit making organisations to submit proposals to deliver projects in the local community which enable increased access to IT equipment and services and support residents accessing IT provision.  Wards covered by the West Area are Barnes, Pallion, Sandhill, Silksworth, St Anne’s and St Chad’s.

Now in its fourth year, the awards aim to recognise and reward great charity governance by shining a spotlight on your success stories and awarding £35,000 in prizes to winning charities.

Three new publications from the Office for National Statistics are available, which form an important contribution to our collective efforts to reduce loneliness.