We support, promote and develop voluntary and community action in Middlesbrough.


We advertise events and training of interest to clients, staff and volunteers of voluntary organisations in Middlesbrough.  We can advertise your event or training on our website for free.

An Introduction to Advocacy

30 August 2018 - 10:00am to 4:45pm

Advocacy is about safeguarding people who are vulnerable and discriminated against or whom services find difficult to serve. Empowerment people who need a stronger voice by enabling them to express their own needs and make their own decisions. Enabling people to gain access to information, explore and understand their options, and to make their views and wishes known. Speaking on behalf of people who are unable to do so for themselves.

We will be exploring the varying approaches and skills required to be an advocate:


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Find a Funder carousel: BBC Children in Need

7 September 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Come and meet Chris Turner, Regional Grants Officer (North) at our carousel style event.

Format of the day to be confirmed, we will contact those who have booked onto the event nearer the time with further details.

BBC Children in Need give grants for children and young people  of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:


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Partners in Prevention: supporting improved outcomes for children, young people and their families

11 September 2018 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

This exploratory session will provide VCOs with the opportunity to consider what prevention means to them and how we might work to increase our collective focus on improved outcomes for children, young people and families in Middlesbrough.  The session will be framed around local priorities, issues and opportunities and it will provide attendees with a chance to consider prevention in specific areas of interest.  

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Cancer Rights at Work - Free TUC Bitesized Briefing

8 October 2018 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Cancer is a workplace issue. It now affects one in three people, and each year in the UK there are approximately 90,000 people of working age who receive a cancer diagnosis. The chances are that people in yo​ur workplace will be affected - either directly through being ill themselves or through a close relative having the disease. In this taster you will have an awareness of cancer in the workplace, its causes and effects and become familiar with employment rights and benefits and how they can be used.

The taster session will cover, 


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Menopause at Work - Free TUC Bitesized Briefing

8 October 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

The menopause is a natural part of ageing that usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. There are 3.5 million women workers over the age of 50 in the UK, which is almost half (45%) of the over-50 workforce. This session is aimed at workers who would like to learn more about the symptoms and how it affects women in the workplace. The session will also look at what support is available and how Employers and Trade Unions can help. 

These courses are open to Trade Union Representatives, members, families and friends.


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