|Network of networks breakfasts|
Newcastle CVS holds occasional breakfast and day time meetings to enable local voluntary networks and organisations to come together to discuss and share key issues about the sector. It provides a mechanism for collective action and articulating the sector's views.
Newcastle CVS hosted a networks meeting in its offices at Higham House on 28 January 2013. The main topic was Newcastle City Council's draft budget for 2013/16, which proposed cuts of £100m over three years.
Newcastle CVS hosted a networks meeting at the Carnegie Building on 27 March 2012 which looked at commsioning, contracting and collaboration and mapping the contribution of the voluntary and community sector to the City
November 2011 - fourth networks meeting
Newcastle CVS hosted a networks meeting on 16 November at Northern Stage. Cllr Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council attended the first half of the meeting and spoke about the challenges ahead facing the city and the council.
June 2011 - third breakfast meeting
This third breakfast meeting was held on 29 June 2011. It was an opportunity to find out how voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) are coping with cuts in public sector funding and changes to national policy in areas such as housing and benefits.
The meeting revealed the impact changes are having on the sector and the communities VCOs work with and signalled an increasing pressure on the sector to provide services and meet the needs of beneficiaries.
October 2010 - second breakfast meeting
On 27 October 2010, Newcastle CVS hosted a second breakfast meeting which included an update about what we knew locally about the impact of public sector budget cuts and changes to national policy. There was a discussion about how voluntary and community sector organisations could respond. The meeting took place the same day as the Newcastle City Council's Executive Committee meeting at which they received a set of reports on the Comprehensive Spending Review and the council's Budget Process 2011/12.
July 2010 - first breakfast meeting
Newcastle CVS invited voluntary and community organisations in Newcastle to a breakfast meeting at MEA House on 7 July 2010 to begin a dialogue about how the sector could respond to the rapid changes being announced to public sector services by the coalition government and to the 25% spending cuts contained in the emergency budget.
The breakfast meeting was an opportunity to share what was known to date about the effect locally of national changes to public policy and to affirm that a thriving voluntary and community sector is essential to a healthy civil society and particularly important for those communities which are often the most disadvantaged and with which the sector does so much work.