Building resilience

As well as managing grants, the Community Foundation brokers training and development to help groups in our area be more effective and resilient.

With the support of the Garfield Weston and Esmée Fairbairn Foundations, we have invested in governance, business planning and income generation programmes. 

Trustee and Skills Match

Trustee and Skills Match at Community Foundation is a free service facilitating the recruitment and support of individuals to become trustees at local charities and community organisations in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Trustees bring a variety of knowledge, experience and expertise. Our partner organisations also provide training and support to help the sector grow.

Trustee Match recruits professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds and skills, to provide:

–          legal advice and guidance

–          financial guidance (non-treasurer positions only)

–          human resources, risk analysis and change management

–          fundraising, marketing and income generation

–          strategic planning

Trustees have expressed interest in charities working in the following areas:

–          housing and homelessness

–          services for older people and vulnerable adults

–          young people and education

–          arts and culture

Colette Harrison, Development Officer, Sector Support at Community Foundation says:

“Trustee and Skills Match is a free service supporting charities to recruit talented trustees to strengthen governance. We are ambitious in pursuing greater diversity on boards and actively seek opportunities to bring tailored expertise to local organisations. If you are interested in becoming a trustee or seeking a new trustee for your board, please get in touch.”

To express an interest in receiving support from one of our advisors download and complete the organisation registration form below.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee or a skills advisor to help organisations please download and complete the advisor 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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