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We were saddened to hear that Carole Howells passed away yesterday, 24 June 2015. Our thoughts go out to those closest to her.

Carole was Chief Executive here at Newcastle CVS for 22 years when she retired six years ago. She continued to be involved with TDI (The Derwent Initiative) and Involve North East as a trustee and Chair respectively. Carole was also instrumental in helping to establish the Community Foundation (Tyne, Wear and Northumberland).  She was a member of the Tyneside TEC board, a governor of Newcastle College and a member of the North east Regional Committee for the National Lottery Charity Board.

Carole contributed enormously to the voluntary sector in Newcastle and steered Newcastle CVS through to being a sustainable organisation. She actively promoted and represented the voluntary sector at a number of different levels, and made sure we were not ignored. She was awarded an MBE for her services to the voluntary sector

Carole's funeral has been arranged for Monday 6 July at 2.15pm at the crematorium on the West Road, Newcastle.

The North East Combined Authority (NECA) has published the report of a series stakeholder events carried out in March to gauge support for its case for North East devolution.

NECA twelve proposals or ‘asks’ from central government for areas of increased local responsibility and decision making were generally welcomed by those who took part in eight events, held across the NECA area, or responded with written submissions.The detailed feedback is now being used to inform a full devolution prospectus that will be developed over the coming months.

The consultation identified additional priorities to be considered as part of a devolution package as well as highlighting consideration by NECA needed to ensure clarity about decision making and shared approaches to dialogue with government ministers.

Clear messages were given too about involving the voluntary sector and communities of interest or identity. Newcastle CVS will be seeking to ensure that Newcastle’s communities and voluntary sector has a voice in the coming devolution debates at a local regional and national level. 

The Newcastle Gateshead CCG has launched an innovative scheme to support local voluntary and community organisations to deliver some of the aspirations of the Better Care Fund in Newcastle.

The CCG has invested £100,000 into supporting local cluster areas, based around GP Practices in Newcastle. Each cluster area has identified its priorities, and some clusters have joined together to maximise the funding available.

Local voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for funding up until 31 July 2015.  Decisions will be made in August, and the projects will start in October 2015, for up until one year. There will be a requirement to state key outcomes, planned activities, how organisations will support local people to achieve positive health outcomes, and how this will be measured.

For additional information, please read the guidance notes and application form.  The fund process is being administered by Newcastle CVS. Guidance and an application form are available here. 

For any queries please contact Sally Young on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.