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Newcastle and Gateshead Wellbeing and Health Open Forum

13 February, 12 noon to 4.15pm

at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle

Join in with

  • Lunch and Newcastle and Gateshead Marketplace
  • Conversation not Confrontation launch and pledge
  • Wellbeing and Health Open Forum or
  • Hate Crime Awareness Workshop

Conversation not Confrontation: We are creating an easy-to-use and uncluttered website with information and advice about tackling prejudice and discrimination in the community settings we work. Aimed at front-line staff, who are busy with anything from serving lunch, running a youth group, or helping someone with using a computer, Conversation not Confrontation will help tackle prejudice whenever we hear it.

We’d like to invite all kinds of organisations from across Newcastle, Gateshead and the wider region to showcase your work around community cohesion and building resilient communities, to participate in the Conversation not Confrontation campaign.

Make a pledge to support Conversation not Confrontation.

The Discovery Museum is accessible. BSL interpreters are booked for the Conversation not Confrontation launch and the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum. Please let us know if you have any other requirements which would enable you to attend and enjoy this event. Call Jaz Nagra on 0191 235 7011.

To book your place, choose your choices from: lunch and marketplace; Conversation not Confrontation launch; and either Wellbeing and Health Open Forum, or Hate Crime Awareness Workshop. You need to scroll down to view all four options. Visit https://wellbeingandhealthopenforumcnotc.eventbrite.co.uk

To all Gateshead and Newcastle-based voluntary and community organisations and CICs:

Dear Colleague,

I know you are frequently asked to fill in surveys, but this is an independent local study, and we can look to see if there are any trends, based on our previous work. Is your income going up or down, what about demand for your services, do you have reserves, what are the big issues for you?

We are launching this survey and we need you to help us present the picture of what life is really like in the voluntary and community sector locally. We know the information is used by decision-makers so we need as many of you as possible to take the survey. I will be presenting the findings from this study to Gateshead Council and Newcastle Council, so it’s important for you to have your say. It should take no longer than fifteen minutes and it gives you a chance to present your views. 

Please fill in the survey and respond by 5pm FRIDAY 2 February 2018.

Please help us to Take the Temperature locally by going to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/vcssurvey2018newcastlegateshead

Thank you,

Sally Young 
Chief Executive
Newcastle CVS

Welcome to On the Hoof December 2017

With festive hoof beats and sleigh bells in the snow

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

On the Hoof December includes:

Newcastle & Gateshead Wellbeing and Health Open Forum: Join in with Conversation not Confrontation, and Hate Crime Training; Safeguarding and social media information sheet; A Life Worth Living: Suicide Prevention training; Inequalities – it never rains but it pours; Children & Young People Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Resilience Group; Adult Social Care Information and Advice Network Event; Newcastle Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2018 to 2021; NICE quality standard on Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups: promoting health and preventing premature mortality; Child consent; Safeguarding a key governance priority for all charities; Free safegurding training

 

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

On the Hoof November includes:

  • BAME Health & Wellbeing Development Support at Newcastle CVS
  • Right care, time and place: CCG Urgent care reform in Newcastle
  • Children & Young People Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan
  • DIY Advocate, Advocacy Centre’s North new app
  • DBS checks information sheet update
  • Gateshead Safeguarding Training offer
  • Newcastle Council budget 2018 to 2019 consultation event
  • NHS 111 BSL Service
  • Victim and Survivor Voices from the Truth Project

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

  • Asylum Matters
  • CGL - Gateshead
  • Crossings Community Group
  • First Light - Gateshead Veterans Support Group
  • Friends of Felling Park and Town Centre
  • Happy Cuppa
  • Newcastle West Rotary Club
  • Shoe Tree Arts
  • Slow Shopping
  • The Josephine and Jack Project
  • West End RFC
  • Winlaton Vulcans Rugby Football Club

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO, will be a guest speaker at Newcastle CVS’ AGM

Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (Newcastle CVS), which supports voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead, is delighted to have Sir Stuart Etherington, the Chief Executive of NCVO, as a key speaker at its AGM on Monday afternoon, 13 November this year.

NCVO is the national membership organisation that champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. It represents 13,000 charities in England.

Ahead of Trustees Week, Sir Stuart, who has been Chief Executive at NCVO since 1994, will be speaking about the role of trustees and the value of small and local organisations. He will also be taking a question and answer session open to attendees of the AGM.

Sir Stuart Etherington said:

“The North East’s community spirit is legendary and I know just how committed people across the region are to supporting their local charities. I’m really looking forward to meeting so many of those charities and hearing about their work.

“In particular, in national Trustees’ Week, now is a great moment for us all to thank the many people who give up their time to help run the region’s charities.

“Newcastle CVS does amazing work, often behind the scenes and unsung, to make sure those charities always have access to the advice and training they need. They’re the helping hand that Newcastle and Gateshead’s charities look to for support in countless ways. In uncertain times, they’re an invaluable resource for local charities.”

Newcastle CVS will be live streaming Sir Stuart’s speech through Twitter Live, so ensure you’re following @newcastlecvs to tune in. He is due to speak at 2.25pm. Search Newcastle CVS’ hashtags for all the latest on the AGM - #NCVSAGM17 #EnablesBuildsEmpowers.

You can contact Newcastle CVS on 0191 232 7445; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stuart Etherington NCVO

Welcome to On the Hoof October 2017

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

On the Hoof October includes: Children and young people mental health, emotional wellbeing and resilience group; Moneywise credit union bank accounts; Hate crime awareness workshop; Make Every Contact Count grants; Safeguarding adults board self-assessment; and an ask, Do your workers and volunteers know about child protection procedures?

Newcastle CVS Chief Executive, Sally Young, appointed Vice Chair of NCVO Board
Press release 18 October 2017

NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is the national charity that champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They do this by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations nationally.

Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (Newcastle CVS) who support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead, are delighted to announce the appointment of Sally Young, Chief Executive of Newcastle CVS, as the new Vice Chair of the NCVO board.

Sally, who has worked with, and for charities for the past 30 years, will succeed Matt Hyde, the Chief Executive of the Scout Association, who comes to the end of his second, three-year term as a trustee at NCVO’s annual general meeting on 20 November. Sally is particularly interested in the value of small charities and local community groups, the importance of infrastructure organisations and working to tackle inequality and poverty. She will occupy the role for two years, as she is already in her second three-year term as a trustee.

Sally Young said:

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of Vice Chair at NCVO. I hope to bring the voice of North East charities and community organisations into the national discussions. I’m very aware of all the great work being done locally by volunteers, trustees and charity staff.”

You can contact Newcastle CVS on 0191 232 7445; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Today Newcastle CVS published an open letter to Newcastle and Gateshead MPs and North East MEP’s about the introduction of regulations that mean people will have to prove their eligibility for NHS services. If someone is unable to show they are eligible they may have to pay for community services including midwifery, health visitors and district nurses, community mental health services and advocacy as well as specialist services for homeless people and asylum seekers. 

Introduced in August, the NHS Charging Regulations will this month be extended to cover services provided by voluntary organisations delivering commissioned NHS services. Newcastle CVS believes this will put many voluntary organisation in an impossible position between the terms of their NHS contract and their charitable objectives to provide relief from poverty and inequality. 

Published just before Parliament’s summer recess, these regulations have avoided scrutiny by MPs and that’s why Newcastle CVS is calling on Newcastle and Gateshead’s MPs to subject these new rules to proper scrutiny and Parlimentary debate. The NHS Charging Regulation are an example of bad policy making, which will have minimal impact on the NHS £116 billion budget but a direct and detrimental impact on refugee and asylum seekers, creating a ‘hostile environment’ in which people will be uncertain about their rights of access to health services. 

HAREF, the Health and Race Equality Forum is calling on voluntary and community organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead to send case studies or examples of people who have been refused NHS treatment because of these new regulations. You can email examples to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Welcome to On the Hoof September 2017

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

On the Hoof September includes: up front charges for NHS care for some failed asylum seekers; Delivering Together; the Local Offer in Newcastle and Gateshead; a guide to social prescribing; and safeguarding matters.