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Advocacy Centre North, part of Newcastle CVS, has launched a new Welfare Advocacy service, thanks to donations from 45 people. The funds are being used to support adults in Newcastle with disabilities and physical or mental health needs who are in crisis and in need of advocacy support around poverty and benefits, supporting them to develop skills to navigate through the system.

Advocacy Centre North set up this service in response to the recent film I, Daniel Blake, filmed on location in Newcastle, which highlighted the problems many people face when trying to find their way through the welfare system. Like Daniel and his friend in the film, many people who have fallen on hard times and are in desperate need of support, feel caught up in a complicated process that is hard to understand and find a way through.

Jacqui Jobson, Director of Advocacy Centre North, said:

“I’d like to thank everyone who has donated to our campaign so far. Watching Daniel’s journey as he struggles to navigate the complexities of the system really resonated with our team, as our Advocates support people going through exactly the same difficulties. Our service users, some who have disabilities, are older people or in vulnerable families should not have to go through the process alone. Having an Advocate standing shoulder to shoulder with them, who understands their needs and can help communicate them to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can make all the difference. Having someone by their side who understands their rights is essential.”

Please contact Advocacy Centre North if you would like to make a donation to enable this vital service to continue.

To make a donation or to find out more about the service or to make a referral go to www.advocacycentrenorth.org.uk

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a HAREF Network Co-ordinator within Newcastle CVS, based in the centre of Newcastle.

Newcastle CVS is the major infrastructure body supporting the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and Gateshead. We have a particular focus on tackling inequalities. We were approached by HAREF (Health and Race Equality Forum) earlier this year and it is now moving to be part of Newcastle CVS. We are committed to supporting the HAREF network to continue its effective practical and strategic work. This post will deliver part of the work within the Newcastle and Gateshead CCG contract and also further develop the HAREF work, particularly into Gateshead. The HAREF Network Coordinator will develop and sustain the HAREF Network in order to influence commissioners and service providers in order to reduce health inequalities in Newcastle and Gateshead.

The applicant should have an understanding of the challenges and benefits of working with different communities, and an appreciation of community development work, particularly with people from minority / marginalised groups. They should have good communication skills, both verbal and written and have a flexible approach to their work. This role is essential to the future development of HAREF.

The post is on NJC scale SO1 £25,951pa pro rata for part time working (30 hours). A flexitime system is in operation.

The closing date for completed application forms is 12 noon Thursday 6 July 2017.

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NCVS is an Equal Opportunities employer.

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According to John F Kennedy “politics is too important to be left to the politicians”.

We asked more than 700 voluntary organisations and community groups to tell us what they think the most important issues are for the people we work with and local communities in Newcastle and Gateshead. We have written a voluntary and community sector manifesto to reflect the top issues and discussion at the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum last Tuesday.

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

On the Hoof May includes: highlights from the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum on Health and Social Care Integration; changes for CCG engagement in Newcastle and Gateshead; all about STPs and why they matter; Deciding Together, Delivering Together; consultations in Newcastle and Gateshead; and safeguarding matters.

According to John F Kennedy “politics is too important to be left to the politicians”.

That’s why Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service is organising an Alternative Hustings on Sunday 4 June, 1pm to 4pm at Northern Stage.

We’ve asked more than 700 voluntary organisations and community groups to tell us what they think the most important issues are for the people we work with and local communities in Newcastle and Gateshead.

The top four issues will form the basis of four workshops sessions that will be led by experts in those fields. We will be asking candidates from the main political parties in Newcastle and Gateshead to participate in the workshops which will come up with questions. The second part of the session will be an opportunity to put these questions to the candidates in a hustings.

If you think political campaigning is becoming increasingly managed, this is an opportunity to engage directly with candidates asking for your vote and to ensure they understand the issues that voluntary and community organisations are dealing with every day.

To book your place visit Northern Stage

For more information about the Alternative Hustings email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Advocacy Centre North and Newcastle CVS team would like to thank all of our donors who have helped us to help our users through our I, Daniel Blake inspired Crowdfunding campaign. We have recruited a dedicated Welfare Advocate who is currently working to provide the hugely sought support of those lost or finding it very difficult to get through the complex process of the welfare system. This has affected many as we have detailed in our online blogs and case studies, affecting their mental health and wellbeing and impacting on their lives. This is an ongoing issue and battle, but the funds you have given us will allow us to make that start to help those people in need. So, we wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all who have supported us, whether by promoting our campaign or donating! We want to continue this support to those people like Daniel from the I, Daniel Blake film, so if you would like to donate to go towards continued support, you can do so here.

Your help is much appreciated and our hope is to continue this work into the future. Thank you.

Two of our Crowdfunding rewards promised to state the names of donors who claimed the reward onto our website. So here they are and thank you for your support: 

  • Graham Brewis
  • Hellen Giblin-Jowett
  • Alan Ramsay
  • Paul Hemphill

Advocacy Centre North, part of Newcastle CVS, has been awarded funding from People’s Postcode Trust to deliver an exciting advocacy service, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The service supports vulnerable adults in Newcastle and Gateshead who have suffered discrimination or disadvantage and also helps them to develop skills to self-advocate.

Jacqui Jobson, Director of Advocacy Centre North, said:

“I am delighted that we are now able to provide much-needed advocacy to people who have suffered discrimination or disadvantage, for example because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexuality or disability. We will provide them with a voice and support them to have their rights upheld and access services from a rights-based perspective using the full legislative and human rights toolkit.”

To find out more or to make a referral go to www.advocacycentrenorth.org.uk

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It’s time to consider safeguarding in your summer organisational check-up, to be ready as funding opportunities come around. Many funders including local authorities, Community Foundations and Children in Need are likely to check your safeguarding policies and procedures, and maybe ask about recent safeguarding training as part of the application process. 

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

  • Friends of Heworth Grange
  • Friends of Saltwell Park
  • Gateshead Clubhouse
  • Girls Friendly Society - North East England
  • Headway Newcastle and North Tyneside
  • Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance
  • Leazes Homes
  • Low Fell Library Association
  • North East Sikh Service
  • Parish of Winlaton St Paul's Church
  • PeerTalk
  • Regal Respite t/as Royal Respite
  • RNLI
  • Saltwell Park Model Boat Club
  • Tyne & Wear Sport
  • Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust
  • US Active
  • Vision Christian Fellowship
  • Waka Waka Africa North East

SkillsBridge is aimed at bringing support to voluntary and community sector organisations through a coordinated programme of professional volunteering. SkillsBridge taps into the expertise in the private and public sectors to give voluntary and community organisations the skills and tools that they need to survive and thrive in the current economic climate. SkillsBridge has been creating these partnerships over the last six years, and many have formed enduring relationships, many thousands of hours of professional volunteering have been given, and hundreds of local voluntary and community organisations have benefitted.
 
SkillsBridge is now moving to be part of Newcastle CVS, but will continue to offer a service across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Durham. Andrew White will continue to coordinate SkillsBridge support in the interim ahead of a Project Officer being appointed in due course.
 
In the meantime, all current partnership arrangements will continue as now. If you have any queries or would like to request support from SkillsBridge, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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