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On the Hoof brings you wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and beyond. 

November’s includes: the Deciding Together consultation, which in Newcastle is about older people's and adult's inpatient services, and adult community services; and the work of Expanding Minds, Improving Lives to change children and young peoples' mental health services.

There are two exciting part-time opportunities to work at Healthwatch Newcastle. We are looking for a Project Manager and a Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator with the motivation, initiative and experience to help build on our continuing success.

The closing date for completed application forms is 12 noon on 27 November. Interviews will be held w/c 9 December.

For more information and to apply visit

'Building a picture: second report' illustrates the scale and depth of services and activities for children and young people offered by voluntary organisations in Newcastle upon Tyne. The report brings together information from23 voluntary organisations. While they vary in size the majority are in the £100,000 to £250,000 band; they spend more than £4.7 million on services and activities for children and young people, and provided 803 hours of weekly face to face services and support.

Building a picture October 2015

October's On the Hoof brings news of a new Wellbeing for Life Board task and finish group on NPS; the launch of Deciding Together NHS public consultation with an event on 12 November; Expanding Minds, Improving Lives listening events to improve children and young people’s mental health services; Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report, and safeguarding resources.


September’s On the Hoof includes highlights of the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum; headlines from the report Paint a Canvas; the Newcastle Gateshead CCG third sector development and innovation fund awards; health and social care integration news; and consultation events

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Jacqui   Jacqui Jobson, Director at Advocacy Centre North                  

You might have heard about some of the changes here at Advocacy Centre North so I thought I would give you an update on the services we will be delivering in the future.

First of its kind Neurological Advocacy service
We are excited to announce our new Neurological Advocacy service for people in Newcastle and Gateshead, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and in partnership with the Northern Neurological Alliance. Dot Lee and Gem O'Connor will be working with volunteers to support people with neurological conditions. This is a first for the North East and we hope to build on this over the next three years. We will start to take referrals in September.

Existing services
We will continue to deliver the Mental Health Advocacy service, with Jane Cater leading a team including; Helen Chandler, Margaret Mound, Bob Finch and Ruth Stanforth. We look forward to developing this work further and reaching people in the community who need support. 

The Community Advocacy service will be led by Paul Whitlock with a team made up of: Claire Crawford, Angela Walls and Steven Wingate. They will supervise over 35 volunteers to support people with disabilities, as well as offering direct support to our service users.

Our BME Advocacy service, also led by Paul, has a range of experienced bilingual advocates who provide advocacy into BME communities in Newcastle, including Shervin Khademi Nouri, Leila Radmard, Elton So and Samina Zia.

Our Fulfilling Lives service will be funded for another year and we say goodbye to Rose Dean as she goes off to college and Shaun Morton will be joining Jen Okon and teams across our five other delivery partners.

What’s in the pipeline
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding to provide advocacy support to people in GP surgeries and within the criminal justice system. We will let you know more soon.

More about us
We recently made a short film about advocacy and what it means to our service users - have a look here . Watch out for the launch of our longer more detailed film about advocacy called ‘It’s a win win!’

Jane Cater, Paul Whitlock, Melissa Girling and I are the senior team and we are the people you are most likely to come across at external events and meetings. Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any more information about our services. We look forward to continued strong working relationships with you in the future to the benefit of adults in vulnerable circumstances.

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An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Finance Officer to join a growing team in a well-established charity accountancy service based in the centre of Newcastle.

Newcastle CVS is the major infrastructure body supporting the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle. Its subsidiary trading company Ellison Services provides accountancy and payroll support mainly to charities and voluntary organisations including Newcastle CVS.  The Finance Officer will have responsibility for the delivery of a financial accounting service for a number of Ellison Services clients and will ensure that the finances of Ellison Services clients are completed efficiently.  The role will also assist in providing an effective and efficient payroll service to the charity sector.

The applicant should have book-keeping and budgeting experience and be proficient in producing accounts to management accounts level.  You should have a good knowledge of accounting principles and procedures and have analytical and problem solving skills. It is essential to have a good working knowledge of payroll processing procedures associated with a high volume payroll office/bureau environment.

The post is on NJC scale 6 point 26 which is currently £22,937. The closing date for completed application forms is 5.00pm 10 September 2015. Interviews will be held week commencing 14 September 2015.

Please do not send CVs.

Newcastle CVS is an Equal Opportunities employer.

There are vacancies for voluntary sector representatives for two multi-sector partnerships in Newcastle; Safe Newcastle and the Progression Forum.

Newcastle CVS is looking for two reps to join the Safe Newcastle Board, the city’s community safety partnership. Along with the voluntary sector, Safe Newcastle partners include the city council, Northumbria police, probation services and health services. Safe Newcastle is responsible for carrying out an annual strategic assessment that informs the Safe Newcastle plan. Current priorities include reducing anti-social behaviour, addressing substance misuse and reducing violence against women and girls.

The Progression Forum is a partnership that includes the Newcastle City Council, representatives from primary and secondary schools in the city, Newcastle College, universities and the voluntary sector. The Progression Forum replaced the 14 to 19 Partnership, widening its scope to include key transition points from primary school through to secondary school and onto further education, apprenticeships and employment. There are two voluntary sector representative vacancies for the Progression Forum.

These partnerships offer the opportunity to influence and shape strategy and service delivery in Newcastle. It is important therefore that the voluntary sector is involved and able to provide a confident, informed and representative voice at the table. Voluntary Sector reps will be supported in their role by Newcastle CVS, our forums and networks offering a source for representatives to be accountable to the wider voluntary sector and ensure that they properly reflect voluntary sector opinions, ideas and responses in Newcastle.

Read our Safe Newcastle information sheet and Progression Forum information sheet to find out more about the vacancies. Also check out Representing the Sector on our website. Deadline for expressions of interest forms for both partnerships is 2pm on 24 September 2015.

Newcastle CVS’s Wellbeing and Health Open Forum has made a response to the City Council’s Adult Services Market Position Statement (MPS). The MPS is a first step in the council’s aim towards achieving a cooperative approach to commissioning adult services.

In 2013/14 the council spent £72.1m on adult services, of which £59.5m was commissioned from other providers. This included a range of provision for people physical disabilities, mental health issues, sensory issues and older people.

With the needs of an aging population to respond to along with changes being driven by personalisation, the Care Act and Better Care Fund as well as further public sector cuts on the horizon, the council needs to consider how it will transform the delivery of adult social care for the city's residents.

In its response the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum acknowledged the impact of cuts to the council’s budget but wants the council to be more explicit about the additional impact 10% cuts in NHS budgets along with more detail on plans for health and social care integration.

There is also a call for more dialogue with the voluntary sector as the council develops its future plans for Adult Social Care. Concern is expressed that current commissioning and procurement systems do not allow for building collective community capacity and developing of flexible and innovative approaches.

Deadline for responses to the Adult Services MPS has passed. Stay informed for what happens next by subscribing to Newcastle CVSs fortnightly e-inform bulletin and becoming a member of the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum and receive our monthly On the Hoof newsletter. 

simon Simon Elliott

Newcastle CVS is delighted to announce that our new Chair is Simon Elliott.  Simon is the HR Leader of Procter & Gamble Newcastle Innovation Centre.  Simon has served as a trustee and Chair of the Board of the Tyneside Cinema and also as Chair of the North Tyneside Regeneration Partnership.  As a supporter and executive member of a local Scout group, he has shaken a bucket outside B&Q more than once!  Simon hopes he will be able to bring his experience in these differing roles to the post of independent Chair of Newcastle CVS.

At the same time, this means we must say goodbye to Ralph Firth who has been our Chair for eight years and steered us through some difficult times.  Ralph has led the board and supported staff and taken the organisation through major changes.  We will miss his thoughtful and consistent support.