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  • Cultural Competency Session

    Are you a frontline worker for a health or community service in Newcastle? How confident do you feel about understanding and talking to our diverse community? ‘Culture’ embraces a broad range of aspects, from religion to disability, and communities vary greatly from one local area to another so we have devised a flexible programme to build confidence and help you to deliver the best service possible in your community.

    Our 2.5 hour Cultural Competency Session is a face-to-face interactive learning programme with activities and open discussion that we will tailor to your practice / organisation requirements; a safe space in which to ask questions and listen to real life examples about how improved cultural knowledge has been used to break down barriers and improve services.

    By the end of the session you will:

    • Recognise why it is important to have an understanding of different cultures and beliefs
    • Understand key aspects of your local community cultures and wider Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Newcastle
    • Feel confident in applying this knowledge to your practice
    • Be able to highlight areas for improvement in your own practice and come up with new ideas for enhancing the services you deliver
    “Big thanks to Hamna. The training was great and the discussion on how we can improve our work with BAME communities has continued well into the afternoon.” Newcastle Stop Smoking
    “Fab training, really relevant, easy to follow, fun and interactive.” Health Works

    Requirements, info and booking:

    • Our Cultural Competency Session has been designed by Newcastle CVS and is funded and approved by Newcastle Public Health
    • The programme is free to organisations with frontline medical and non-medical staff delivering services to residents in Newcastle
    • You do not need to have any prior experience or knowledge of cultures
    • We can either arrange to visit your premises to deliver the session or provide an external space according to your preference

    To arrange a session please contact Hamna Begum on 0191 232 7445 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or book onto one of the following dates:

    • Cultural Competency, Tuesday 20 August, 10am - 12:30pm (Book online)
    • Cultural Competency, Tuesday 17 September, 10am - 12:30pm  (Book online)
    • Cultural Competency, Thursday 17 October, 10am - 12:30pm (Book online)
    • Cultural Competency, Tuesday 12 November, 10am -12:30pm (Book online)
    • Cultural Competency, Tuesday 10 December, 10am -12:30pm (Book online)

    If you are an organisation outside of Newcastle, please contact Vicki Harris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. about our HAREF (Health and Race Equality Forum) training opportunities.

    “I felt I was being sent to another boring training programme, where I would be given information that I already knew about, but I was blown away by this session!! It was great to listen to other people about their experiences. We shared best practice amongst each other and I really feel confident to go out there to work with the BAME communities. I thoroughly enjoyed the training.”
    “I will feel more confident about reaching out and communicating with potential service users from BME communities. Hopefully we as a service can target better and offer new services to BME local communities.”
  • Chair to Chair

    Thursday 4 July, 5:30pm - 8:15pm

    We have partnered with the Association of Chairs to bring you a unique event: Chair to Chair - a free networking event for Chairs and Vice Chairs.

    Ever wish you could talk to another Chair / Vice Chair who faces similar challenges and opportunities? Someone who has already been there and done that, who understands and has experience you can learn from? Chairs (and Vice Chairs) often say that they find it really helpful to meet each other to share challenges and solutions.

    This free event will give you the chance to meet other Chairs. Book now for this structured event. Includes light buffet.

    Please share this information with your Chair.

    Location: Central Newcastle

    Book your place

  • Beacon Programme for Chairs and Vice Chairs

    Are you a Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in the north east? The Beacon Programme has been researched, designed and created for you!

    At Newcastle CVS we think the Beacon Programme sounds great and would strongly encourage you to take advantage of what is on offer, as this will help your organisation strengthen and become more sustainable. Spaces for the workshop are limited, so click here today to register. The programme will be delivering a series of workshops in 9 locations all over England and providing a wide range practical resources tailored to the specific needs of Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income below £1 million).

    Next workshop in Newcastle:

    Thursday 28 November, 1pm – 4:45pm, NE1

    Are you a Chair / Vice Chair of a charity with an income under £1m? Don't miss the Beacon Programme's 'Developing an Effective Board Team' half-day workshop in Newcastle on 28 November.
    This workshop aims to provide you with practical guidance and tools to help you develop your board as a team and give you the confidence to deal with any conflict at an early stage.  The workshop has been developed with the complexities of chairing a smaller organisation in mind; such as working with a smaller number of trustees and individuals often having both operational and governance roles.  You will have the opportunity to share learning and sources of support with Chairs of other smaller organisations.
    The workshops costs £20 and there is a travel bursary for organisations with an income under £100k if booked a month ahead of the session.
    Find out more and book your place

  • Gateshead Funding Fair - 14 October

    Monday 14 October, 1pm - 4pm, venue to be confirmed

    Save the date - more information to follow

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