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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.

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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.”

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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.


Newcastle CVS is recruiting a BME Health and Wellbeing Development Support Officer. This is an exciting new post to deliver a comprehensive, cross sector training programme and support community based interventions to improve health outcomes for Newcastle’s BME and migrant communities. 
We are looking for someone with a good understanding of the health and wellbeing challenges affecting BME communities and experience of designing and delivering training programmes that have clear learning outcomes. You will have experience of working in different communities and of community development work, particularly with people from minority / marginalised groups.

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Equality and diversity policy
Ex-offenders policy

The House of Lords has apponted a Select Committee to consider issues of citizenship and civic engagement in the twenty-first century. Committee chair, Lord Hodgson of Astely Abbots said "Britain has experienced many changes in recent years and this has put new stresses and strains upon it. Citizenship and civic engagement are a vital part of the 'glue' that maintains a cohesive and tolerant society". 

The committee has called for evidence (deadline for submissions is this Friday 8 September) asking among other things, what is the meaning of citizenship and civic engagment in contemporary Britain, what are the rights and responsibilties attached to citizenship and what role does the government and society have supporting citizenship? 

Newcastle CVS has made its submission to the Select Committee, reflecting on the experience of communities and voluntary organisations in Gateshead and Newcastle as they have becoming increasingly diverse and fluid places to live and work. Austerity, Brexit and social exclusion have all had an impact on people's attitude and expectations of what citizenship and what it means to be British.

However the activities of voluntary sector organisations, community groups and volunteers make a positive impact and promote tolerance and cohesion in local communties. The motivation of volunteers is more likely to come from the opportunity of doing good, giving back to society or feeling worthwhile. They are unlikely to see their individual actions as part of being a 'British Citizen' or a programme of good citizenship and recommendations from the Select Committee needs to be careful not to over regulate or involve compulsion. 

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

  • Fawdon Community Library
  • Gasbags North East
  • Grandparents Plus
  • Hat-Trick (Centre-West)
  • Maritime Volunteer Service
  • NewcastleGateshead Initiative
  • Opening Doors Newcastle Gateshead CIC
  • Phina Nwoye Foundation
  • Skimstone Arts
  • The Albert Kennedy Trust
  • The Letter Room
  • Tynedale Hospice at Home
  • Victims First Northumbria
  • Youth Homeless North East

Foodbanks in Newcastle

Newcastle CVS has updated its information sheet about Foodbanks in Newcastle

Help us find out who's supporting holiday food in Newcastle and Gateshead

We are collating a list of Children's holiday food services. Who's supporting families?