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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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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?

 

Welcome to On the Hoof July 2017

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

On the Hoof July includes: CCG Involvement Forum; Sustainability and Transformation Plans; Consultations; 12 steps to take now to prepare for changes to data protection law; tackling modern slavery and more safeguarding matters.

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

On the Hoof June includes: new services, Newcastle Primary Care Navigator (PCN); Hate Crime Advocacy for Northumberland, Tyne, and Wear; Independent Sexual Violence Advocate in Gateshead; Gateshead strategic review of all age Carers services; a blog: The welfare benefits system is a public health care system; 12 steps to take now to prepare for changes to data protection law; and safeguarding matters.

The below communication is the latest key messages as of today about the attack at Finsbury Park Mosque from Northumbria Police:

Dear All,

We know our communities will be concerned following the tragic events in London overnight which has seen 1 person killed and many more injured.

The incident is being treated as terrorism by the Metropolitan Police.

The national threat level currently remains at 'severe' and there is nothing to suggest there is any specific threat to our communities in Northumbria.

There will be additional patrols around all places of worship, including mosques, but these are to reassure the public and there is no intelligence to suggest that these are at threat. There will also be increased patrols and engagement at prayer time during this final week of Ramadan. 

We will also continue to have visible patrols, including armed officers, in high footfalls areas such as the city centres and around transport hubs as they have done since last year.

Members of the public should not be concerned about the patrols, they are not in response to any specific threat but are there to reassure members of the public of the security measures we have in place to help protect them and keep them safe.

Neighbourhood officers and community engagement teams throughout the force will be speaking to local community groups to offer reassurance.

Members of the public are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police or by calling the Anti-Hotline on 0800 789 321 or visit www.gov.uk/ACT

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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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.