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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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Advocacy Centre North, part of Newcastle CVS, has been awarded funding from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird DBE QC, to deliver an innovative advocacy service to people who are victims of hate crime across Tyne and Wear and Northumbria. Advocacy Centre North will also coordinate a programme of training events aimed at bringing communities together to tackle hate crime.

Jacqui Jobson, Director of Advocacy Centre North, said:

“I am delighted that we are now able to provide much-needed advocacy and emotional support to people who are victims of hate crime. We will provide them with a voice and support them to report their experiences, navigate the criminal justice system, access services and have their rights upheld.

“We are also looking forward to working with our partners to provide a series of events which will challenge hatred and prejudice, promote equality, diversity and respect and encourage unity.”

Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, awarded the funding following a successful bid to her Supporting Victims Fund, which helps strengthen victim services across Northumbria. She said:

"Across Northumbria, we are striving to ensure victims of crime have access to the right support for them.

"Newcastle CVS is committed to improving the quality of people's lives across the region. Through this new service, Advocacy Centre North will be able to offer tailored, emotional and practical support helping those who have been targeted, through no fault of their own, to cope and move on from their experience.

"Absolutely no one should be victimised - it's as simple as that. It's vital that this kind of support is there to support and protect victims and to help prevent re-victimisation. I wish the project every success."

To find out more or to make a referral go to

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

On the Hoof April includes: Newcastle CVS members’ invitation to the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum on Health and Social Care Integration; an event about Modern Slavery, the Care Act, and Self-Neglect in Newcastle; a kindness of mergers and closer working which is taking place amongst voluntary organisations; and the new safeguarding training programmes for 2017 to 2018 in Newcastle and Gateshead

The Health and Race Equality Forum (HAREF) is a network of people across communities, organisations and sectors, working together to reduce health inequalities linked to ethnicity and culture. HAREF has achieved a lot through collaboration that has remained strong over more than ten years. HAREF has moved to be part of Newcastle CVS, who will support the network to continue its effective practical and strategic work. Newcastle CVS is committed to improving the quality of life for everyone in the diverse community of Newcastle and Gateshead and welcomes HAREF to the Newcastle CVS family. 

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Newcastle CVS has produced a new study ‘A Changing Wind. Views from the front line: voluntary organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead working with people with physical and sensory disabilities’.

 The three key issues identified were :

  • the ongoing reform of the welfare benefits system, and the impact in particular on people with disabilities
  • the increasing complexity of people’s needs and increasing numbers of people seeking help
  • whilst at  the same time organisations were themselves going through change in a difficult environment of reducing resources and services withdrawing or closing

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

On the Hoof March includes news of new Gateshead public health investment in the voluntary and community sector; highlights from the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum on welfare reform; a Newcastle safeguarding adults marketplace event; the Little Orange Book, by Newcastle Gateshead CCG; Well Newcastle Gateshead; and the update on integrating health and social care in Newcastle and Gateshead links to a slide of facts and figures: If Newcastle Gateshead was 100 people...

Advocacy Centre North, part of Newcastle CVS, has just been awarded an exciting contract to deliver statutory advocacy services across the Borough Council of Gateshead to vulnerable residents.

Jacqui Jobson, Director at Advocacy Centre North said:

“I am delighted to extend our services across Gateshead. We look forward to working with our partners in Gateshead Council, to deliver essential advocacy support to people under the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Care Act. Giving vulnerable people a voice is at the heart of our service, and this contract will help us to increase our reach in the region. This contract adds to our existing portfolio of services in Gateshead, where we already provide a voice, access to services and uphold the rights of people with neurological conditions, those with complex needs, those leading chaotic lives and those struggling to navigate within the welfare system. The contract is initially for two years with a further two year extension and we intend to start networking across Gateshead from April 2017 to raise our profile.”

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Advocacy Centre North have launched a Crowdfunding campaign inspired by the film I, Daniel Blake. We need your help to raise funds to provide a new Welfare Advocate to support people like I, Daniel Blake.

The I, Daniel Blake team and Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake Director) have been supporting us by tweeting and publicising our campaign. They have also backed us up by providing us promotional materials and merchandise that we are able to give as a reward to those £100 pledgers!

Advocacy Centre North are very excited about this new adventure and hope you will support them through donations and by sharing far and wide through your networks, mailings, social media and beyond.

See the campaign here