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.
Potential Lead Body Organisation - Wednesday 29th April 2015 at St Mary's Centre in Middlesbrough
Potential Provider Organisations - Wednesday 6th May 2015 at St Mary's Centre in Middlesbrough
The above work is being undetaken in preparation for the European Structural Investment Funding/Big Lottery Funding allocation for social inclusion activities targeted at those furthest from the labour market.
For further information on the Programme click on the Building Better Opportunities button on the main menu.