Supporting the sector to thrive

As well as offering grants, the Community Foundation offers a sector support programme to strengthen governance, income generation and planning.

Through the programme we offer advice, broker training and development and match individuals offering time and skills to help groups in our area be more effective and resilient.


Trustee and Skills Match

Trustee and Skills Match at the Community Foundation is a free service facilitating the recruitment and support of individuals wanting to offer their time, expertise, lived experience and fresh perspectives to local charities and community organisations in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. 

Individuals can offer their time on a project by project basis or give a longer term commitment as a trustee. In particular we support individuals in their first trustee role.

Trustee Match

Trustee Match members are offered a wide range of learning and support opportunities, including an initial one-to-one discussionwebinars and informal gatherings to explore the trustee role, in addition to complementary training provided by our partners. 

"The Trustee Match Scheme is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who wishes to join a Board, and support organisations across the North East. It can be difficult finding the right organisation, and fully understanding your responsibilities, but the Community Foundation has great resources to help everyone.”  

Radha, Trustee Match member 

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please complete the Advisor Registration form 

Organisations seeking trustees are supported to increase diversity and explore new governance models to enhance inclusion and resiliance. Previous training has included ‘Diversity and Boardroom Behaviour’ for CEOs and Chairs of charities.  

“I am extremely grateful to the Community Foundation’s Trustee Match. I went to the Community Foundation as we have worked with them over the years and can rely on them for understanding, helpfulness and professionalism.

NIWE has successfully recruited excellent trustees through the scheme. The process was clear and straightforward and staff followed up to check that all was well. I would highly recommend it!”

Ann Dymyd, Chief Executive, NIWE

If your organisation is seeking new trustees please complete the Organisation Registration form  

Skills Match

Skills Match links individuals and business partners with charities to provide a wide range of pro-bono support on topics including strategic planning, HR and digital media. Support is offered through a combination of one-to-one consultation, webinars and workshops. We are thrilled to be working with Accenture, Muckle LLP, Sail Creative, Wrigley’s LLP and Young Trustees Network, in addition to independent consultants.  

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to help them and looking forward to supporting them to review their strategy and recruit new trustees.”  

ION Charity Consulting 

“We are thrilled to be working alongside Community Foundation. So far this relationship has helped us widen our charity network massively, we are incredibly grateful for all of the new connections provided by Colette from Community Foundation. We are looking forwards to the future and the exciting opportunities this holds”

Accenture Newcastle Charity Team 

" That was a good choice [of consultant] and went extremely well and we are hoping to have another meeting with them shortly”

Beneficiary organisation 

To access support to inspire your governance strategy, please complete the Organisation registration form 

More support

North East Skills Sharing Group

We bring together bodies facilitating cross-sector support to better promote to people and organisations the pathways available to give or benefit from expert skills. The group includes Business in the Community, Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, County Durham Community Foundation, Cranfield Trust, Office for Civil Society, Pilotlight, Sector Connector (North Tyneside Voda), SkillsBridge and VONNE, There is a dedicated website here.

Building Future Sustainability

A programme we created with Mark Butcher Associates to provide high quality but low cost training to support greater sustainability for ‘mid-range’ charities and community groups. There is a dedicated website here.

North East Together - Leaders Network for Social Change

Run from Newcastle University’s Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise with support from us to facilitate collaboration and support among leaders of social change. The network hosts quarterly events where leaders hear from speakers, meet one another and collaborate. You can sign up and find out more here.

Ethical Property Foundation

Many voluntary organisations own or manage property and with asset transfers this is set to increase. We are working with the Ethical Property Foundation to bring their expert workshops to the region but also to publicise their property advice service. You can find out about their 2017-19 National Programme for Property Education here.

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