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Welcome to On the Hoof November 2018

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

This month’s issue includes:

Advocacy Centre North award; our free Cultural Competency Sessions; New free Trustee Safeguarding Training offer for Newcastle and Gateshead; Talking cancer event; Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council 2019/2020 budget consultation; new hate crime reporting in Newcastle; homes not hospitals; new section: ‘in case you missed it’.

We are delighted at the positive response we received from our recent voluntary and community sector networking event, Movember on Tyne. We were trialling a variety of new formats for a networking event using a semi-structured programme to focus on the theme of ‘addressing the needs of men and boys’. Attendees and organisation representatives were able to learn from one another, showcase their successes and speak frankly about their challenges. It also offered attendees a chance to hear the unique perspectives of a range of inspiring speakers, and to participate in themed ‘thought exchange’ exercises about their work in men and boy’s health and wellbeing.

Many of you have told us that you benefitted from the chance to meet other organisations and we were pleased to see that people were so actively engaged with the objectives for the day.

Last week was the National Advocacy Conference and Awards. In the words of Advocacy Awards these annual awards take place because ‘we believe it is time to celebrate the difference the sector makes and shout about outstanding practice, people and organisations. These awards recognise excellence within advocacy and congratulate exceptional contributions to the field of advocacy.’

After Advocacy Centre North was nominated in four out of the five categories and we are over the moon to have been awarded ‘Outstanding Service’ for our overall advocacy services. The category aims to ‘showcase the very best in service delivery’ with ‘creative and innovative ways that services are evolving their support’. The competition was very close as there are so many great services across the country.

As you know, Newcastle CVS has been successful in securing the infrastructure support contracts for Newcastle and Gateshead for the next three years. This means that we can continue to support voluntary and community organisations in both areas and seek to meet the many needs of the sector.

The contracts from both the local authorities require us to offer a different service to that we have offered previously – we have to focus our work on more direct support to smaller organisations around funding and governance.  And we will develop networks, training and different ways of working to help make organisations become more resilient and sustainable.  Of course, we will still be offering representation and advocacy for voluntary and community organisations and reflecting our sector with and to local public sector partners.

These changes mean we have to work differently and create at least four new infrastructure roles with different scopes and responsibilities to the roles we have today. At the same time we have to remove four infrastructure roles that are no longer viable given the new requirements.

Welcome to On the Hoof October 2018

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

This month’s issue includes:

Your invitation to our Take a Mo-Ment event; Highlights from Welcome Here for Black History Month; our free Cultural Competency Sessions; LGBTQ mental health report; 2019/2020 budget consultation meetings with both Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council, and the new Patchy Café.

Our Safeguarding check up 2018 has been updated with new resources, including new online links for Newcastle child protection referrals, the new Gateshead Safeguarding website, NSPCC resources, and the updated Charity Commission guidance for trustees. There are 10 checks to make, with yes the right answer.

Jacqui Jobson, Director of our Advocacy Centre North project, has produced a new research report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The report focuses on LGBTQ mental health inequalities and takes inspiration from services in Australia and Canada to make recommendations here in the UK. The publication of this report is timely because the UK Government has recently published an LGBT Action Plan that echos many of the themes outlined in Jacqui's report. It's a relevant and useful resource for the voluntary and community sector, as well as the public sector and specialist advocacy services.

The report stresses that the voluntary and community sector should play a key role in partnering with LGBTQ people to support, organise and network. As a sector, we have always been best placed to work with seldom heard communities and minority groups. We will share some of these key recommendations from the report soon. In the meantime, you can download a copy of the report here:

LGBTQ Mental Health: Exploring advocacy approaches to health inequalities

Executive Summary

 

Welcome to On the Hoof September 2018

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

This issue includes

  • Wellbeing and health open forum invitation
  • Online referrals contacts for safeguarding children
  • Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners
  • Children and young people’s mental health
  • GemArts Mates Crime Awareness Project
  • Have your say on suicide prevention

On the Hoof September 2018

 

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

In this issue:

  • Wellbeing and Health Open Forum
  • Making Connections: Your Support Network
  • Welcome Here summary
  • Safeguarding Adults Boards: new rep in Newcastle; call for a rep in Gateshead
  • Free safeguarding training in Newcastle and Gateshead
  • CCG Urgent Treatment Centres 
  • Fire safety advice

 

Our summer safeguarding check up has been updated for 2018.

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 check your safeguarding policies and procedures, and ask about recent safeguarding training as part of the application process. 

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Higham House, Higham Place,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF


Tel:      0191 232 7445
Email: information@cvsnewcastle.org.uk

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