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How to encrypt a UBS stick

How safe is your USB stick? Many people often need to store important information such as client’s personal details, and transfer it between devices, but what would happen if you lost it?

Ruth Barnes at MVDA has created some simple instructions on how to encrypt a USB stick for Windows users. 

Easyread coronavirus information

Navca has shared this useful easyread information about the coronavirus situation. Please download or share it where appropriate.

South Tees Social Prescribing Business Case

As Social prescribing is beginning to get more and more air time in terms of meetings, events and publications here at MVDA we thought it might be of interest to share with you some of our early thinking that shaped the development of the South Tees Social Prescribing Business Case which we developed way back in 2014/15.

However, it is fair to say that this thinking is still the basis of social prescribing in general and we hope you find this information helpful and useful.  The information includes:

  • The Executive Summary from the original Business Case
  • Our concept delivery model
  • A performance framework
  • A possible referral pathway

Research tools for measuring impact on wellbeing

Here are some tools you can use to measure the impact of your work on the wellbeing of the people involved with your organisation. Remember to take your baseline data before you begin work with the person.

These websites contain useful instruction on how to use ICECAP O and Warwick Edinburgh measures:


Warwick Edinburgh

Talent Match Middlesbrough Legacy Event Resources

Key messages generated by the Talent Match Middlesbrough (TMM) Young People's Panel (YPP) as to the importance of their involvement in key decisions across the programme and the confidence that gave them. This has driven MVDA's approach to involving young people. 

Risk Management toolkit

Lloyds Bank Foundation have designed a free risk management toolkit with templates to help you to manage your charity’s risks.

This guide will help everyone in your charity learn how to:

  • identify, record and manage risk
  • rate your risks
  • create controls for your risks
  • monitor risk


GDPR Toolkit

This toolkit is a very helpful guide for Voluntary and Community Organisations to help them get everything they need in place to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA) is our sister organisation in North Tyneside; they have granted us permission to share this toolkit in Middlesbrough. The toolkit is for smaller organisations, so if you have employees or hold contracts for services you will need to seek additional support and guidance.

Legal Compliance checklist by NCVO

NCVO has produced a compliance checklist for voluntary organisations to help make you know about the legislation and regulation that applies to you and how to ensure compliance.

A vital component of organisational effectiveness is ensuring compliance with legislation. This involves not only being sure of all of the legislation that applies to your organisation and complying with it, but also being able to demonstrate compliance by keeping records of checks, having policies and procedures around the legislation, and evidencing that people are taking responsibility for compliance.

Counter fraud checklist for charities

Charity Finance Group has produced this counter fraud checklist for charities. This checklist is designed to help you to establish (or strengthen) a counter-fraud policy and to cultivate the right culture in your charity to help deter the dishonest minority.