Rural Together 24 – East Cleveland

Calling all community groups in East Cleveland!!

On Thursday 21st March Tees Valley Rural Action will be hosting the first Rural Together event and you are invited!

Join us for an engaging and entertaining event, where you can create new connections, strengthen community bonds, and discover ways to promote sustainable change.

A full list of speakers supporting the theme Go Green for your community hall with market stalls for information and advice will be announced shortly.

One of the most exciting parts of our event is showcasing ideas and initiatives from the local community that you can participate in. Is your community group in need of a small amount of funding to kick-start your sustainable initiative? This could include organizing a litter pick, launching an environmental project, or implementing small-scale recycling programs. The opportunities are endless!
Click here to register your attendance at the network event or find out more information.

Funding Opportunity for Community Projects Based on Sustainability – Go Green

The theme is sustainability and we’re offering a unique opportunity to pitch your project in a “dragons den” style scenario. Only three spaces are available to pitch your project to the audience. The top three groups will receive funding as follows: 1st place £750, 2nd place £500, and 3rd place £250.

Please note that only three groups will be invited to attend on the day.  All 3 groups will be awarded funding. This funding is welcomed from East Cleveland Good Neighbours – Big Local

Click here to apply for one of three community groups who will pitch at the event.

Job Advert – Deadline Extended – East Cleveland Community Development Officer – TVRA

Deadline Extended – East Cleveland Community Development Officer


“Are you driven by community strength and delivery and have an interest or experience in making communities stronger, better places to live, work, volunteer, and visit? Do you think you have what it takes to project manage and liaise with our wider community, all for the benefit and development of East Cleveland?”

We’re seeking a passionate and driven person to ensure our rural area connections across East Cleveland are of value to the community.

Then this exciting opportunity may be exactly what you are looking for!

Join our team as the Community Development Officer and help make a real difference to East Cleveland.


  • 3-year Fixed Term Contract
  • 28 hours per week
  • Salary £24,958 (pro rata equivalent £19,958)
  • The standard paid annual leave entitlement
  • TVRA operates a workplace pension scheme

Purpose of the Post

To work with the TVRA team to develop a new National Lottery Community Fund initiative that responds to emerging needs using Asset Based Community Development.

We welcome applications from all sections of our community.

If you wish to apply for this position further job specification and post details can be found on the following links.

Job Role and Person Specification

Application Form

Application notes

For further information about the role, please get in touch on 01642 213852

Details of how to rerun the application are on the application

Closing Date for Applications: midnight Sunday 20th August 2023

VCO Training – Writing Better Funding Applications and Evaluate Projects

This is a programme of training and information sessions for voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) working in or across Cleveland who can support people affected by, involved in, or at risk of serious violence.

These sessions are aimed at developing VCOs to develop their skills at making funding applications. The training will also cover how to showcase their work and impact through a meaningful evaluation process. The aim is to help organisations to be more successful when applying for future funding opportunities from Cleveland Unit for the Reduction of Violence (CURV).

Book your place click on the following link here

East Cleveland Good Neighbours Big Local- Soup Funding Event

Calling all East Cleveland Community Groups 📢📢📢📢

East Cleveland Good Neighbours Big Local are sending a warm invite for community groups to come along to our next Soup Funding event on:

Friday 24th Feb at 12pm at Loftus Community Hub CIC

This is an opportunity for your East Cleveland groups to gain up to £500 funding, network or discover more about the new East Cleveland Good Neighbours – Big Local.  Walk away with funding for an up and coming community activity, find out on the day who has been successful. Think Dragons Den without the Dragons but a friendly group of likeminded people whose aim is to do great things in the community.
If you attended our first event please spread the word as the networking alone was beneficial.
Please see the photos below for more information about our people power event.
We will welcome you all to begin the event with a quick lunch before you use your people power to decide on the funding on the day.
Community Groups applying for funds. Your application for funds just click ➡️ here
Please apply under one theme only.
Deadline is 21st February for pitcher applications, we promise this is short and sweet.
Attendees at the event to network and use your people power to vote your event registration please click ➡️ here
Deadline is 21st February for attendee registration.
Please share with other local groups and projects.
For our People Power in Action Event. #PeoplePower #funding #eastcleveland


Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency, in partnership with Tees Valley Rural Action is delighted to announce the opening of the Redcar and Cleveland Staying Well Fund on behalf of the Durham, Darlington and Teesside Mental Health and Learning Disability Partnership.

This is an opportunity for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations to apply for either revenue or capital funding to support new pieces of work from £2,500 to £5,000 that align to the NHS Community Mental Health Framework, which sets out its ambition and challenge to local providers to redesign and realign community mental health teams alongside primary care and voluntary sector services.

Funding is centred around the core community mental health framework principles of which we would welcome bids in line with the following ethos to support our local communities to stay well.  Funding applications will need to address one or more of the following:

  • Bids that support local communities to stay well; for example, this may include supporting individuals with conditions impacting their mental or supporting individuals who are currently in recovery.
  • Bids that enable individuals to contribute to their local communities and to become active participants.
  • Bids that support transitions between services to reduce waiting times and allow for warm transfers: actively supporting individuals to make initial links with, and access, other services where this would best meet their needs. Collaborative working across partners and organisations would be strongly welcomed.
  • Bids which promote individuals supporting their physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Bids which improve quality of life especially in underrepresented groups or those with health inequalities.
  • Bids which recognise the health inequalities of local populations and underrepresented groups in either accessing services or staying well within their local communities.
  • Bids which are people-led and demonstrate that they have spoken to and involved local communities within the design of the activities the applicant is proposing.
  • Bids that show that they have drawn upon the infrastructure and strengths of the area in which they propose to work within and how the proposed work can add value.
  • Bids that lead to a reduction in social isolation.
  • Bids which provide a proactive outreach offer as well as in-reach.

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 13thMarch 2023 and applicants will be notified by the week commencing 20th March 2023.

Download the guidance notes Staying-Well-Application-Process and you can apply by clicking here: for the online application 

Village Halls Week 2023 New Year Round 2 of Nuts & Bolts Funding Training

The development of a grant application can be a tricky and overwhelming task. We have teamed up with Woodsmith Foundation and RCVDA to provide the background work that is required to start writing quality grant applications.

Our fun and interactive sessions will include a speaker from the Woodsmith Foundation (formerly Sirius Minerals Foundation) to ensure Redcar & Cleveland groups can produce quality applications to meet their funding guidelines.

This is your opportunity to meet the funder and develop your funding application skills. We will be detailing, tips and trips and do’s and don’ts. Giving you an opportunity to use case studies and develop your own applications on the day.

Over two separate dates and venues.  Each day is the same time. Registration from 9:30am, session is 10am-1pm. Lunch is provided.

24th January 2023  – FROG, Grange town United Community Hub, Derwentwater Road, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, TS6 7PY.

26th January 2023 – ECHO Building, Emmanuel Church Office, Macnay Street, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, TS12 1LE.

Sometimes 1 day just isn’t enough therefore RCVDA will be offering 1 to 1 tailored sessions to support your future funding applications.  Once the face to face training sessions are completed an online highlight video will be available on our website.

To register your place please click here to secure your spot numbers depend on venue so please don’t miss out.

Third Sector Trends in North East England 2022 – Survey Launch

Third Sector Trends in North East England 2022

This long-term study on voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, cooperatives, societies and clubs (the ‘third sector’ or ‘VCSE’ sector) started in 2010.

A lot has happened in the North East since we last did the survey in 2019. So it’s time to find out what has changed in the last three years.

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing, struggling or going on as normal, we need to hear from you.

It’s interesting, easy to do, and only takes about 10 minutes. You can do it on your phone, tablet, laptop or PC.

If you’re ready to start the survey, click this link:  Join the Third Sector Trends survey here

We build a picture of how organisations and groups work and what they achieve. This helps funding organisations decide how to invest in organisations like yours.

Further information on the downloadable document with links etc Third Sector Trends in North East England 2022 (002)

All answers are securely stored completely anonymously.
If you want to know more about the study, contact Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3RH,

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Protecting Children and Adults

What is Darlington Safeguarding Partnership?

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership (DSP) was established in accordance with the Children Act 2004 (as amended by Children and Social Work Act 2017) and Chapter 3 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

Safeguarding responsibilities are placed on police, health and local authorities to work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  The three organisations have equal responsibility for setting out the safeguarding arrangements in Darlington.

Although the statutory guidance is applicable for child safeguarding, the Statutory Safeguarding Partners in Darlington agreed the arrangements will cover Child and Adult Safeguarding arrangements.

The new arrangements provide a greater opportunity of strengthening partnership working across adults and children, ensuring everyone in Darlington can live their lives, safely.

Within the following website you will discover information for reporting a concern for both adults and children, training opportunities and advice and guidance

Darlington Safeguarding Board – Home (

Training opportunities for Registered Charities and Voluntary Community Groups.  There are no charges for registered charities or Voluntary Community groups within the Borough of Darlington. Unless they book a place and do not attend without prior cancellation.

For more information please click on this link Darlington Safeguarding Board – Training Programme (

Teeswide Safeguarding Adults

Tees Safeguarding Adults Board

The Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) is the statutory body that sets the strategic direction for safeguarding adults.

The Board is responsible for protecting and promoting an adult’s right to live an independent life, in safety, free from abuse and neglect in the Boroughs of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-On-Tees.

The Board is made up of six statutory partners:

  1. Cleveland Police
  2. Hartlepool Borough Council
  3. Middlesbrough Borough Council
  4. Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
  5. Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
  6. Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

There are a number of other member organisations across the statutory, voluntary and community sectors involved in safeguarding adults across Tees. The Board also has strong links with local strategic partners including the Tees Safeguarding Children Partnerships.

The statutory requirements of the TSAB are to:

  • Produce an Annual Report
  • Produce a Strategic Plan
  • Conduct Safeguarding Adults Reviews

Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (

You will find a range of free resources including posters and leaflets for your village hall or community buildings

Leaflets & Posters | Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (

Where to find support in your local area

Find Support in Your Area | Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (

You can access free training within the Tees Area for statutory, voluntary or not for profit organisations – through the E-Learning portal or the training Course & Events Section

Safeguarding All (Adults & Children) E-Learning | Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (

The Board hosts its own Social Media and You Tube Channels, here you will find important updates on legislation, awareness days and the multi-agency training courses available to book.

For more information please visit / follow:- @TeeswideSAB