Welcome to Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency
In order for local groups to deliver their services effectively, Voluntary Sector Local Development Agencies have been established throughout the country to provide support and advice. In Hartlepool this work is undertaken by Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency (HVDA).
Through HVDA groups are able to access appropriate advice and information on a wide range of issues from charitable status, to managing a group, raising funds or developing meaningful partnerships with other agencies. With this help, groups can flourish and expand their services and/or activities to the community. HVDA encourages voluntary action in a number of ways:
Working with volunteers.
Supporting and developing voluntary and community organisations including access to funding.
Building links between voluntary organisations and developing partnerships with other agencies.
Promoting the role and value of the voluntary sector.
To download our 'Welcome to HVDA' document please click here. The document also gives details on what you can expect from HVDA and how you can help to improve the services offered by us.
In 2012/13 HVDA:
Provided support for a total of 563 volunteers
Provided a range of capacity building support to 252 VCS groups
Disbursed grants to projects undertaken by 44 VCS groups totalling £178,832
Helped 37 VCS groups to access £194,582 in funding from external bodies
Supported the involvement of 780 residents in local decision making via Healthwatch and 50+ Forum.
What is a Men's Shed?
A Men's Shed is like 'the shed at the bottom of the garden' but bigger and most are run by the men themselves. They are community workspaces where you can do practical projects of your own choosing and at your own pace. In a Men's Shed you can work on your own or in a group; on your own projects or for the community. Men learn from each other and many say they get a greater sense of achievement and purpose.
Men's Shed brings together men to share their skills, have a laugh and a cup of tea while working on practical activities of their choice.
Who can join? Men aged 60 years and over and membership is free. For further details of Men's Shed in Hartlepool, contact Peter Gowland on 01429 262641.