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.
A new round of the European Social Fund (ESF) will include support for projects that tackle poverty and improve social inclusion. The Big Lottery Fund is planning to match this funding with Lottery money from 2015 so that they can double the impact or scope of projects and give a more straightforward route to European funding for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
A list of Potential Lead Bodies is now available. For further information click on the Building Better Opportunities button on the main menu.
For further information on how The Big Lottery intends to take the BBO programme forward just click on the following link: https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/building-better-opportunities Downloadable documents can be found at the bottom of the linked page.
A £36,000 pot of cash is up for grabs for community groups in Hartlepool.
The money is to improve people’s information technology (IT) and computer skills, and voluntary and community groups which can offer such a service are being invited to apply for grants.
The money for the scheme is from Northgate Public Services (NPS) Community Fund. To be eligible for a grant, organisations must meet the following criteria:
- Deliver services in the Hartlepool Borough.
- Have been in existence for more than 12 months.
- Be value for money.
- Not be in receipt of funding for similar activities from the council.
The grant money can be used for a variety of purposes, including training courses to enhance core ICT skills, establishing a network of community-based digital champions to help promote an online service, and support the training of local people, schools and teachers
The closing date for applications is Friday, 26th June 2015.