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.

Networking and collaboration

North East and Cumbria Funders Network 

This network, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, brings together Funders, Social Investors, Local Infrastructure Organisations and Local Authorities to enable members to be better networked and informed and work together more effectively to improve and maximise their support to North East VCSE organisations and the communities they serve.

The Network meets three times a year and holds collaboration meetings to explore areas of interest or concern. To discuss joining please contact

Local Infrastructure Organisations Network

VONNE facilitates this network to bring together VCSE Local Infrastructure Organisations (LIOs) from across the North East to share information, initiatives and projects under-development and to support and initiate collaborative working and influencing.  NAVCA, the national membership body for LIOs also attends and uses the network to engage with North East LIOs.

Tees Valley Infrastructure Partnership

VONNE supports and facilitates the Tees Valley Infrastructure Partnership with colleagues in local infrastructure organisations, providing a space to develop our understanding of the needs of the VCSE sector in the south of the region and framework for engagement with stakeholders including the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

NE VCSE Policy Forum

This initiative, funded by the Millfield House Foundation, supports VONNE and IPPR North to ensure a unified VCSE sector voice to policy makers at a local, regional and national level either by scrutinising and responding to emerging policies and legislation or by pro-actively engaging in the development of regional policies or strategies. Meetings are held quarterly and organisations can join the mailing list by signing up to Policy Forum meetings.

Employment, Inclusion and Skills Network

VONNE facilitates the VCSE Employment, Inclusion and Skills Network for organisations working in these fields across the North of Tyne Combined Authority and wider North East LEP area. The network meets three times per year to provide an opportunity for strategic bodies to engage with VCSE organisations, and to provide a mechanism for VONNE to report back and feed into various strategic boards where they represent the North East VCSE sector.

Project related networks

Health & Wellbeing Network North East and North Cumbria

Our Health & Wellbeing Network is open to anyone in the North East and North Cumbria region from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and the health and care sector with an interest in health and wellbeing. It provides the opportunity for members to receive our regular Health & Wellbeing bulletin containing information about the VCSE Partnership Programme, health and care system developments and research, regional health and wellbeing news, funding and events. There are also opportunities to become more actively involved in the VCSE Partnership Programme though our Forums and sub-groups which are directly engaging at a strategic level with the NHS Integrated Care System (ICS) across the region.  

Healthy Communities & Social Prescribing Network North East and North Cumbria

Funded by the North East and North Cumbria (NENC) Population Health and Prevention Board, VONNE hosts a cross-sector Healthy Communities & Social Prescribing Network for the North East and North Cumbria. This virtual forum works to foster development of collaborative relationships, sharing of information and learning, and to build stronger connections between social prescribing leads within the NHS, Local Authorities and the VCSE sector - including those also involved in the Thriving Communities Network who are based in the North East or North Cumbria.

Going Green Together peer support network

Going Green Together is a project to support VCSE organisations across the North East and Cumbria to address the climate emergency and embed environmental sustainability within their organisations. You can join the network by signing up to our mailing list via the Going Green Together website to receive regular newsletters and information on events, funding and other opportunities to get involved.

LARCH Partnership

Local Access in Redcar & Cleveland and Hartlepool (LARCH) is a  place-based approach to working with charities and social enterprises who are vital in helping tackle local issues, strengthening communities, whilst contributing to resilient and inclusive local economies. Find out more and sign up to the mailing list to receive regular newsletters and information on events, support available and other opportunities to get involved.