Networks and Training

Networks and Training opportunities for people working in the Cultural and Heritage sector (Updated November 2020) 

Networks and Training for Freelancers in Northumberland

In 2021 Culture Northumberland are partnering with Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers, Mortal Fools and Green Croft Arts to bring you a series of network and training events via zoom.

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Business Northumberland 
A team of specialists with a passion to help businesses across the North East to grow, providing bespoke and tailored business advice to SMEs across Northumberland and the wider North East. Support for local businesses through all stages of their growth journey with a wide range of services.  Watch the video of Claire's interview with Rachel Williamson Growth Advisor here. 

Tyne and Wear Cultural Freelancers- Network

This is a group for people working in the cultural sector in Tyne and Wear, or connected to Tyne and Wear. You don’t need to be freelance to be part of the group, but you do need to be up for entering into collaborative and helpful conversation! Join here. 

Webinars and Online Support

The latest Arts Professional Development Opportunities

A huge range of online seminars available here from working with a Covid audience to Dementia and Imagination.

Claire Venus  - Creatively Conscious is offering mentoring sessions for refocus on creative project ideas and productivity.   She can also support with ACE project grants. 

Jason Thompson -  Sound Ideas Media is running weekly support and advice webinars for those wanting to understand the opportunities and options for creating digital content to use online.

Mortal Fools - Various training opporunities for freelancers

Emma Rothera - Photography Mentoring

Collated Advice in response to Covid-19 Pandemic (March 2020) 

Five steps towards a new future (Arts Professional)

A structured reflection process can support arts leaders to find tentative answers to the overwhelming problems they are facing. Richard Watts offers a framework to guide the process.

Arts Council England 

Feedback / articles/ ideas to support the effects of COVID-19


  • Helpful online learning from North East Chamber of Commerce 
    Earlier this week, VONNE member the North East Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar, in partnership with Newcastle law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, on key themes for charities and not-for-profit organisations in relation to Covid-19. In case you missed it, the session was recorded and can be accessed using the code 7v+7Y@=2.

  • Making the most of Government advice

  • What to consider with your current grants and/or if you have social investment

  • Navigating your relationship with banks

  • Operational and business planning

Heritage Digital

An excellent selection of free online webinars and training for the heritage sector. Find out more

PEC - Creative Policies and Evidence Centre

New guidelines and advice on sector recovery.

Whatworkswellbeing has published new evidence on how places and spaces impact on wellbeing and loneliness for participants of cultural project and programmes.

Voluntary Arts - Remote Working

Charities advice:


Coronavirus and governance: What charity trustees need to think about


Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector


Legal / Staffing:


Freelancers / self-employed:


House of Commons Public Bill Committee Amendments: Coronavirus Bill pages 14-18


Chancellor Reveals Covid-19 Self-employment Income Support Scheme


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