|Our responses to consultations|
Newcastle CVS tries to respond to those consultations which are appropriate and relevant to the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle. We try to respond to national consultations so our voice is not drowned out by those from the south east! We sometimes hold events and workshops to explore our members' views in more depth so that we can make a fuller response. We use the professional skills and experiences of our staff and partners in responding to consultations. We feel strongly that there should be sufficient time given to make appropriate responses and we retain the right not to respond where we believe the processes are inappropriate or the issues are predetermined.
Wellbeing for Life Strategy consultation
The Wellbeing for Life Board, which includes representatives from the voluntary and community sector, is asking people who live, work or learn in the city to provide feedback on the draft Wellbeing for Life Strategy (Newcastle's statutory Health and Wellbeing Strategy). In addition to feeding back on the content of the strategy itself, voluntary and community sector organisations are asked to think about what they can do to play a part in the changes required. The Wellbeing for Life Strategy consultation closes on 31 May and runs alongside the Public Health consultation (below) which continues into June and July.
For details visit the Let Talk website www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk/consultations/index/80
Newcastle CVS and Newcastle City Council are held a facilitated discussion with the voluntary and community sector on 22 May and will make a response.
Public Health consultation on commissioning priorities
As part of their new leadership role for public health, the City Council has developed a new vision for public health in the city and produced eight theme briefings outlining its new responsibilities for commissioning a range of “public health services”. The briefings include existing service provision, and their intentions to change or re-configure what is commissioned from 2014. Currently the public health budget is about £20.7 million, much spent on commissioned services in Newcastle, much of it provided by the voluntary sector. Proposals include investing in the Newcastle Fund and the creation of a new Wellbeing Fund.
One of the briefings is titled Children and young people and is about support to breast feed, unintentional injuries, and school nursing. The other briefings cover both adults and children, such as drugs and alcohol, obesity nutrition and physical activity, and sexual health.
This is a consultation which closes on 17 July, and a voluntary sector meeting is planned for June. To find out more visit www.letstalknewcastle.co.uk/topic-walls/wall/87
The Newcastle Compact is an agreement between Newcastle City Council and the voluntary and community sector is Newcastle which describes their relationship. Newcastle City Council and Newcastle CVS have agreed the need to refresh the current Compact and its codes and have produced a draft document for consultation. The deadline for responding to this consultation is 10 May.
To read the draft compact visit http://digbig.com/5bhedw
To respond to the consultation visit http://digbig.com/5bhedx