Representing Sunderland's Voluntary Community Sector Since 1973



"I am just dropping you a line to say thank you for engaging with us over the past 12 months. We can see that you have made a difference for organisations in Sunderland by acting as a link between funders and the VCS sector, and in common sense ways, that we think has previously been missing before your involvement.”

- Regional Funder

Our 2020 Vision:

VCAS are dedicated to supporting, promoting and enabling the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in Sunderland and championing their needs. We have been the trusted VOICE of the sector for over 40 years and are passionate about supporting a vibrant, dynamic and healthy sector that will enable voluntary organisations and charities in Sunderland to thrive.

VCAS are working towards a new strategic vision with key partners across the city that include Sunderland City Council, The CCG and Gentoo. We are here to champion your voice and needs in Sunderland.

Social Updates

Latest Blog Posts

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31/03/20, 12:39

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Furloughed Workers If your employer and yourself wish to remain on the payroll, but there is no work...

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Taking The Temperature 2020 and Community Updates

12/02/20, 10:56

How are your doing? The VCS in Sunderland is always busy and the demands on our time are ever growing with often less resources. So we...

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NCVO Safeguarding Updates

12/02/20, 10:40

Information and guidance In 2019 NCVO and partners updated the safeguarding guidance we offer on Knowhow to include a wide range of...

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Crowdfund Sunderland

12/02/20, 10:25

Supporting communities to crowdfund for projects which matter to their neighbourhood. From music festivals to art installations,...

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Small Charity Week NE 2020 -15th - 20th June

02/03/20, 15:01 Small Charity Week is happening in June, and organisations across the region are working together to put...

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Heritage Fund support for heritage in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

30/03/20, 10:34

This is the latest update from The Heritage Fund, in regards to the support for the heritage sector, following recent government...

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VCAS 2020 News Update 30/03/20

30/03/20, 16:03

Information from East Area Committee Sunderland City Council: Community Resilience Support available in Doxford, Hendon, Millfield, Ryhope

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Coranavirus - advice for VCSE organisations and Fundraisers

13/03/20, 11:44

Following the news that cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have now been confirmed in Newcastle and Sunderland, it’s important we all take...

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Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

19/03/20, 10:01

Community Fund Tyne and Wear: The Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund, will award grants to local charities and community...

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Community and Voluntary Sector Coronavirus Survey

24/10/20, 09:28

VCAS have summarised the results from the survey that was collected immediately to understand the impact of this current crisis on the...

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Everyday People, Everyday Heroes

29/04/20, 12:11

Have you ever sat with a bunch of friends and discussed your top 10 records? The debate can go on for some time and, particularly if...

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Been a funny old week....

19/03/21, 10:33

Well, what with one thing and another ,it has hasn't it? Our Friends in the EU implied that the UK was hogging the C19 vaccines and then...