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Newcastle CVS is the lead infrastructure organisation for Newcastle and Gateshead’s voluntary and community sector.  As well as developing and supporting voluntary and community organisations to be more sustainable and resilient, we organise networks and events and represent the voluntary and community sector in strategic discussions.  We carry our research and produce policy studies.  We have nearly 700 members that are local voluntary and community organisations. This response is based on our experience over the years offering governance support to many different types and sizes of organisations.

This is a significant new power for the Charity Commission and must be used proportionately.  Most of the Newcastle CVS work is with the 97% of charities that have an income of less than £1million, many of which are small local organisations, often with no paid staff. Clearly there need to be clear rules around governance, but equally the responsibilities must not be so onerous as to exclude people who could otherwise make valuable contributions as trustees or senior managers.

Many organisations have trustees and paid staff who are similar to their beneficiaries; it could be an organisation that works with offenders, ex-offenders, people with severe mental illness or people with learning disabilities.

Although the consultation paper outlines safeguards and processes built into the use of disqualification power, the reality is for many people the process of representation and tribunals could be too onerous and expensive.

Newcastle CVS completely supports the principles of good regulation, human rights, natural justice and equalities protections; it is clearly in all our best interests to see charities managed well, however we believe the proposed tests and regulations could (unintentionally) exclude people with a valuable contribution to make. We recognise the tests are only a trigger, however once the process is in motion, it will be hard to stop.

We believe this power to disqualify is too broad and give the Charity Commission too much discretion.  This could result in the Charity Commission choosing to use its general power to disqualify when there is insufficient evidence to institute an inquiry.

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

  • 2 Way Tenancy Solutions CIC
  • Age UK Gateshead
  • Chopwell & Blackhall Mill Live at Home Scheme
  • Clara Vale Village Hall Association
  • Diabetes UK Gateshead Local Group
  • Dunston Drop-In CIO
  • Dunston Silver Band
  • Dynamix Extreme CIC
  • Fighting All Cancers Together (FACT)
  • Friends of Fenham Pocket Park
  • Gateshead Indoor Bowling Club
  • Gateshead Muslim Society
  • Gateshead Older People's Assembly
  • Healthwatch Gateshead
  • Hertfordshire House Community Association
  • Jewish Community Council of Gateshead
  • Just Meditation CIC
  • Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre
  • Kingston Park Neighbourhood Forum
  • Leap'n'Learn Community Interest Company
  • Lobley Hill Youth Development Group
  • Lyndhurst Bowling Club
  • New Vision Training
  • Newcastle West End Food Bank
  • North East Humanists
  • Northern Stage
  • Recovery Advocates North Easte (R.A.N.E.)
  • Silver Angels
  • Splash
  • St Clare's Hospice
  • Stand Alone
  • Sunderland Road Library Volunteer Association
  • The Salvation Arm Community Church
  • Thrive North East (NE)

Response to consultation on new policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund. Please respond by Friday 12 August. 

Welcome to On the Hoof in July 2016, wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary sector in Newcastle and Gateshead

This month On the Hoof includes: the Gateshead Vanguard Care Home Programme; Well North Newcastle Gateshead; West End Children’s Community; find and start local groups in Meet ups; consultations; Safeguarding matters; and reports and resources.

The CHYP IN forum in June, for organisations working with Children and Young People in Newcastle, heard all about: the new approach to children and young people's mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead with Expanding Minds, Improving Lives (EMIL); Nightstop North East's under 16s feasibility study; and current NPS issues and resources.

 

A message from us all @newcastlecvs

Newcastle CVS joins NCVO and others in sending a message of support from the voluntary sector to those that might feel unsafe or unwelcome. Check out the signatures on the poster: staff, trustees and volunteers, many from the Advocacy Centre North event last night in support.

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  • Can you do your own?
  • Tweet your support with #welcomehere

 

Newcastle CVS recent study on the state of play of the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle. Funding up or down, more or less staff, more services, more users and greater anxieties.

Sally Young, Chief Executive of Newcastle CVS writes about Bob Holman and his great life. A motivating and inspiring individual. 
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The June issue includes the new NHS collaborative body, Northumberland Tyne and Wear Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprint; Feeling Good…voluntary sector work to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health; consultations on homelessness health needs assessment in Gateshead, long term conditions in Newcastle and Gateshead, and the use of child care in Gateshead; Safeguarding matters; and reports and resources

Join Advocacy Centre North to celebrate their 20th anniversary at the Cluny in Newcastle!

Buffet from 7.00pm and live music from local band Kissed from 8.00pm
“Kissed brings together the wonderfully talented Charlie Hardwick, Sarah Van Jellie, Zoe Lambert and Nicky Rushton. Spend an evening with us delighting in their lush vocal harmonies and acoustic sound.”

You can purchase tickets for £8 and concessions £4 by booking your tickets online or calling Alison on 0191 2357013.

See flyer for full information