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

Our Trustee and Skills Match programmes matches individuals offering time and expertise with organisations looking to strengthen their boards and grow their skills. Trustee Match and Skills Match volunteers and organisations get to network and share ideas at events and online. Areas of expertise on our roster include:

  • governance and legal issues;
  • strategy, business planning and service design;
  • fundraising and income diversification;
  • operational issues including ICT, finances and human resources;
  • marketing, communications and public relations;
  • coaching and mentoring of leaders;
  • organisational culture.

Our volunteers act as critical friends. They won’t do the work for you, so you need to be ready, willing and able to commit your own time to make your organisation more resilient. It will be worth it!

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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