About Us

About Us

VONNE is the regional support body for the North East Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

We represent our 1,300+ member organisations through our involvement in many regional and national networks. Through our work, we influence policy making, direct financial support and develop programmes and projects to strengthen the sector.

“VONNE encourages ambition and thinking out of the box, not afraid to lead from the front if that’s what’s required to get something started.”

VONNE’s mission is to support the development and sustainability of a strong, effective and well governed VCSE community and promote engagement, involvement and collaboration with the sector as a valued partner. 

Carol Botten Chief Executive

VONNE's strategic aims

  • To be the expert source of knowledge and intelligence on the VCSE sector in the North East with a particular focus on the existing and emerging needs of the people and communities it serves.

  • To be a source of information to the VCSE sector on issues that impact upon it.

  • To raise the North East sector’s profile and be a leading voice for it.

  • To support external stakeholders to effectively engage and collaborate with the VCSE community, through effective system change and new approaches.

  • To support the North East VCSE sector to be effective, ambitious and enterprising.

  • To be an effective and sustainable organisation.

VONNE's values

We strive for excellence

We aim to provide the highest quality of service to our members, our stakeholders and the wider VCSE sector.

We value transparency

We strive to be open in our work, share how and why we do things and involve our wider membership in our decision making and strategic direction.

We champion inclusivity and fairness

We believe that diversity should be celebrated and we champion equality across our work and support the VCSE sector to do likewise.

We encourage learning and sharing

We practice ‘working in the open’ and sharing our experiences, knowledge and skills with others to strengthen and develop the sector.

Annual Review and Accounts

VONNE produces an annual report and full accounts (to year end March 2022) which is sent to the Charity Commission

Find out more about how VONNE engages with the North East VCSE sector

Head to our Impact Hub to find out more about how VONNE engages with the North East VCSE sector, and to watch our most recent Annual Report video. 


What we do

Providing information and intelligence

We support charities, voluntary and community groups, and social enterprises to be well informed on the policy, practice and strategy developments that affect you. We work strategically
to ensure your voice is heard and that we share all the information we have that is relevant to your organisations and the wider VCSE sector.

Projects and partnerships

To support the development and sustainability of VCSE organisations, we respond to the needs of the sector through collaboration with partners and industry experts. Together, we deliver meaningful and impactful thematic projects and partnerships that will strengthen the resilience organisations and the wider sector.

Support and resilience

VONNE offers support to our members and other VCSE organisations through a variety of services, including recruitment support, funding information and specialist consultancy. Find out more about the support we offer through the Services section of our menu above. We also provide signposting to your local infrastructure and support organisations through our LIO Directory.

An influential voice for the sector

We use our position to raise the profile of the VCSE community and ensure it is valued as an equal partner. We're recognised as a source of intelligence and are frequently invited to contribute to strategic government policy discussions and consultations, representing the sector both regionally and nationally.

Networking and collaboration

Our reach, through our membership and that of our partner organisations, includes 15,000 regional organisations. We facilitate networks to strengthen the VCSE sector, acting as a ‘connector’ to bring people and organisations together to strengthen our collective voice, encourage collaboration, shared learning and to make things happen.


VONNE offer a programme of exclusive and inclusive events throughout the year from webinars and masterclasses to programme information sessions and policy forums. Find out latest events and register your place here.