Social Innovation Cluster

Our Social Innovation Cluster is delivered by VONNE, the regional support organisation for the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in the North East. They have over 1,600 members to help ensure the sector is treated as an equal partner.

Working with local businesses

VONNE is encouraging innovation in the voluntary, charity and social enterprise sector by offering a programme of support around some key themes:

  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in our sector.
  • Ways of working differently.

The programme has a strong focus on collaboration and peer learning, and includes workshops, webinars and one-to-one support.

To find out more about VONNE’s innovation programme, contact Laura Elliot, Innovation Coordinator.

Anne Fry

Deputy Chief Executive

Anne is responsible for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Cluster. If you’d like to find out about the support available to your VCSE organisation, get in touch.

Email Anne

Laura Elliot

Membership and Communications Support Officer

Laura supports Anne’s work on the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Cluster. If you’d like to find out about the support available to your VCSE organisation, get in touch.

Email Laura

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