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Newcastle CVS Chief Executive, Sally Young, appointed Vice Chair of NCVO Board

NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is the national charity that champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They do this by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations nationally.

Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (Newcastle CVS) who support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead, are delighted to announce the appointment of Sally Young, Chief Executive of Newcastle CVS, as the new Vice Chair of the NCVO board.

Sally, who has worked with, and for charities for the past 30 years, will succeed Matt Hyde, the Chief Executive of the Scout Association, who comes to the end of his second, three-year term as a trustee at NCVO’s annual general meeting on 20 November. Sally is particularly interested in the value of small charities and local community groups, the importance of infrastructure organisations and working to tackle inequality and poverty. She will occupy the role for two years, as she is already in her second three-year term as a trustee.

Sally Young said:

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of Vice Chair at NCVO. I hope to bring the voice of North East charities and community organisations into the national discussions. I’m very aware of all the great work being done locally by volunteers, trustees and charity staff.”

You can contact Newcastle CVS on 0191 232 7445; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Today Newcastle CVS published an open letter to Newcastle and Gateshead MPs and North East MEP’s about the introduction of regulations that mean people will have to prove their eligibility for NHS services. If someone is unable to show they are eligible they may have to pay for community services including midwifery, health visitors and district nurses, community mental health services and advocacy as well as specialist services for homeless people and asylum seekers. 

Introduced in August, the NHS Charging Regulations will this month be extended to cover services provided by voluntary organisations delivering commissioned NHS services. Newcastle CVS believes this will put many voluntary organisation in an impossible position between the terms of their NHS contract and their charitable objectives to provide relief from poverty and inequality. 

Published just before Parliament’s summer recess, these regulations have avoided scrutiny by MPs and that’s why Newcastle CVS is calling on Newcastle and Gateshead’s MPs to subject these new rules to proper scrutiny and Parlimentary debate. The NHS Charging Regulation are an example of bad policy making, which will have minimal impact on the NHS £116 billion budget but a direct and detrimental impact on refugee and asylum seekers, creating a ‘hostile environment’ in which people will be uncertain about their rights of access to health services. 

HAREF, the Health and Race Equality Forum is calling on voluntary and community organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead to send case studies or examples of people who have been refused NHS treatment because of these new regulations. You can email examples to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Welcome to On the Hoof September 2017

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

On the Hoof September includes: up front charges for NHS care for some failed asylum seekers; Delivering Together; the Local Offer in Newcastle and Gateshead; a guide to social prescribing; and safeguarding matters.

 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Food banks are warning of school holiday hunger (view BBC news report). Newcastle CVS are collating holiday food schemes being provided to support families in Newcastle and Gateshead. The publicly available details have been published on OurGateshead.org and a full list will be made available for health and community workers.
 

Please tell us of any projects you are aware of in Gateshead or Newcastle here. You can choose to make this information available to the public or only to be used for professionals.

Calling all Gateshead voluntary and community organisations

We know you are frequently asked to fill in surveys, but there hasn’t been an independent study of what life is like for Gateshead-based voluntary and community groups for some time. Is your income going up or down, what about demand for your services, do you have reserves, what are the big issues for you?

We are launching this survey and we need you to help us present the picture of what life is really like in the voluntary and community sector locally. We know the information is used by decision-makers so we need as many of you as possible to take the survey. We will be presenting the findings from this study to Gateshead Council on 23 January, so it’s important for you to have your say. It should take no longer than fifteen minutes and it gives you a chance to present your views. 

Please fill in the survey and respond by 5.00pm FRIDAY 13 JANUARY 2017.

Complete the survey here

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

This workshop is available to organisations using or looking to use Sport and Physical Activity to develop the lives of young people aged 11-25 years.

Wednesday 14th September, 6pm-8.30pm, Dryden Centre, Gateshead NE9 5UR

FREE ENTRY

The objective of the workshop is to improve the fundraising ability to secure growth and sustainability for your organisation. Those who attend will learn new techniques for fundraising, identify funding priorities and how to plan and utilise resources when applying for funding. The workshop will explore past funding applications and highlight top tips for a good application and common mistakes made.

To book a place email Emily Burns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, organisation and contact details. There are limited number of spaces available and it will be booked on a first come first serve basis.

Contact us

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


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

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