Who we are & what we do
Working together to improve communities Inspire South Tyneside (IST) is the infrastructure organisation for the voluntary and community sector in South Tyneside providing information, advice and support towards improving the capacity and sustainability of the sector. It can be referred to as an ‘umbrella’ organisation for the sector, or a Local Development Agency (LDA).
In 2017 South Tyneside Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) and HealthNet merged, as wide consultation with the sector and our partners identified a single infrastructure organisation was needed to better support the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) in South Tyneside. Inspire has been created with a clear remit to represent and advocate on behalf of the sector and develop and promote opportunities to generate increased local voluntary action to achieve a more sustainable future for local community organisations.