We are here to support, promote and develop voluntary and community action in Middlesbrough


It’s Nice to be Nice

27 February 2018 - 12:29pm

I was browsing through my Facebook page recently and came across a heart-warming story about a local bus driver. A school girl had missed her bus, but the bus driver noticed her in his mirror as he was pulling out. Unable to stop, he drove around the block and picked her up on the second time around. The passengers gave him a round of applause and organised a whip round.

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Why we're supporting Recovery Connections’ #familiesconnected campaign

16 February 2018 - 2:35pm

Nothing is more likely to bring a tear to your eye than a story that resonates with your own struggle. Sitting in the audience at the recent Recovery Connections AGM I was impacted deeply by the courage of a mother who had braved this packed event to share publicly her experience of trying for many years to support her daughter, addicted to substances.

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A day in the life of a Community Connect development officer

29 January 2018 - 2:17pm

Ever wondered what it looks like? Its not all cups of tea and cake!

I will spare you the details of the chaos that occurs before my working day officially starts; all I will say is that I have a 16-month-old son who is very strong willed and neither getting dressed nor teeth brushing are on his list of priorities. 

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Only the lonely

21 December 2017 - 10:24am

We have all heard about the impact of loneliness and social isolation; equating to the damaging effects of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We have reports and studies coming out of our ears.

We know it’s a huge issue but what are we doing about it?

Since October this year I started working on a relatively new service, Community Connect, as a development officer.

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Do you have trustees or senior staff with previous convictions?

13 November 2017 - 1:38pm

Next summer will see the final piece of legislation of the Charities Act 2016 come into force, meaning people with certain convictions are disqualified from working as senior managers, financial directors or volunteering as trustees in charities across England and Wales unless a waiver is applied for and granted by the Charity Commission.

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