Newcastle CVS has produced a new study ‘A Changing Wind. Views from the front line: voluntary organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead working with people with physical and sensory disabilities’.

 The three key issues identified were :

  • the ongoing reform of the welfare benefits system, and the impact in particular on people with disabilities
  • the increasing complexity of people’s needs and increasing numbers of people seeking help
  • whilst at  the same time organisations were themselves going through change in a difficult environment of reducing resources and services withdrawing or closing

Wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary sector in Newcastle and Gateshead.

On the Hoof March includes news of new Gateshead public health investment in the voluntary and community sector; highlights from the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum on welfare reform; a Newcastle safeguarding adults marketplace event; the Little Orange Book, by Newcastle Gateshead CCG; Well Newcastle Gateshead; and the update on integrating health and social care in Newcastle and Gateshead links to a slide of facts and figures: If Newcastle Gateshead was 100 people...

Advocacy Centre North, part of Newcastle CVS, has just been awarded an exciting contract to deliver statutory advocacy services across the Borough Council of Gateshead to vulnerable residents.

Jacqui Jobson, Director at Advocacy Centre North said:

“I am delighted to extend our services across Gateshead. We look forward to working with our partners in Gateshead Council, to deliver essential advocacy support to people under the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act. Giving vulnerable people a voice is at the heart of our service, and this contract will help us to increase our reach in the region. This contract adds to our existing portfolio of services in Gateshead, where we already provide a voice, access to services and uphold the rights of people with neurological conditions, those with complex needs, those leading chaotic lives and those struggling to navigate within the welfare system. The contract is initially for two years with a further two year extension and we intend to start networking across Gateshead from April 2017 to raise our profile.”

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Advocacy Centre North have launched a Crowdfunding campaign inspired by the film I, Daniel Blake. We need your help to raise funds to provide a new Welfare Advocate to support people like I, Daniel Blake.

The I, Daniel Blake team and Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake Director) have been supporting us by tweeting and publicising our campaign. They have also backed us up by providing us promotional materials and merchandise that we are able to give as a reward to those £100 pledgers!

Advocacy Centre North are very excited about this new adventure and hope you will support them through donations and by sharing far and wide through your networks, mailings, social media and beyond.

See the campaign here

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For the last few years Newcastle CVS has published a newsletter on what was happening in Newcastle to celebrate International Women’s Day. This year we have extended it to include Gateshead activities. We put out a call three times for information and we would like to say thank you to those individuals, groups and organisations that have organised events and activities. Please circulate this around your networks and if you are not doing something this year, you might want to consider organising something for IWD 2018!
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Advocacy Centre North is delighted to have just been awarded a contract to deliver statutory Independent Advocacy. This service will provide a combination of instructed and non-instructed advocacy across the Borough of Gateshead for the next two years.

We are therefore seeking Independent Advocates to develop and deliver this service. The role will involve: developing and promoting the service; recruiting & training volunteers; and providing a range of statutory advocacy services in relation to health and social needs under the Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Care Acts and advocate for vulnerable people in the community as appropriate.

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A huge warm welcome to our new members in Newcastle and Gateshead:

  • Children's Food Trust
  • Chopwell Drama Group
  • Edberts House
  • Equal Arts
  • Friends of Elswick Pool
  • Gateshead Carers Association
  • Gateshead Youth Council
  • Groundwork North East and Cumbria
  • Jigsaw Recovery Project CIC
  • Leam Lane Community Centre Assn
  • Marie Curie - Tyne & Wear Helper Service
  • Next Steps
  • Orange Box North East CIC
  • Ravensworth Golf Club Ltd
  • Ryton & District War Memorials Project
  • Specrum Enterprises CIC
  • Tell Us North
  • Thirteen Group
  • Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Newcastle CVS has made a response to Improving Lives: The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper.

It is a stark statistic that only 8% of employers report they have recruited a person with a disability or long term health condition over a year; we ask should there be more focus on the role of employers and of access to employment tribunals? Should there be more use of the Equality Act as only 48% of people with a disability are employed, compared to 80% non-disabled people. Whilst the Green Paper makes the case to employers, legislative change has always been required to tackle discrimination.

Wellbeing, health, and social care news

for people working in and with the voluntary sector in Newcastle and Gateshead

This month On the Hoof includes an invitation to a consultation meeting on the green paper, Improving lives: work, health and disability; the Wellbeing and Health Open forum; joint management arrangements for North Tyneside CCG with Newcastle and Gateshead CCG; a call for views about the Accessible Information Standard; updated Safeguarding Adults information sheet; and asks if you have difficulty in getting DBS checks.

Newcastle CVS has made a response to the draft Northumberland, Tyne, Wear and North Durham Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). 

Contact us

Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

Tel:      0191 232 7445
Fax:     0191 230 5640
Email: information@cvsnewcastle.org.uk