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Yesterday we held our AGM at St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead, a fantastic venue overlooking the River Tyne.

In addition to the necessary formalities of an AGM, including presentation of the Year End Accounts from our Treasurer Martin Horrocks, we used this as an opportunity to reflect on the great achievements of our different projects, partners and members.

Our Annual Review 2017-18 is now available to all and we are proud of the impact we have made, including the impressive figures from our Year in Numbers:

Year in numbers


Highlights from the day

One of the main highlights was our guest speaker Sue Tibballs OBE, Chief Executive of the Sheila McKechnie Foundation who shared findings from The Social Power Report published earlier this year about how civil society is involved in social change and what we can learn from what is happening today in order to strengthen our future efforts. The presentation also includes 'The Twelve Habits of Effective Change-Makers' in a neat checklist that is useful to anyone interested in making a difference in our sector.


We were also delighted to welcome two of our members to speak about the impact of their organisation in the local community and how Newcastle CVS has supported them:

  • Lindsay Watt from Byker Community Association talked about the fascinating history of their 1920s building and spoke about how Giovanni Spatuzzi from our Support and Development team had helped them with their governance and recruiting a new centre Manager.
  • Dawn Redhead from the Lawnmowers Indpendent Theatre Company gave us an overview of the numerous impressive projects that they run for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties and talked about how Newcastle CVS had helped them unpick the complex legal documentation required for a move to a new building in Pelaw.


Presentations from the staff

Jacqui Jobson, Director of our Advocacy Centre North project reflected on the impressive work of our Advocacy team that lead them to win Outstanding Advocacy Service at the recent National Advocacy Awards. Carl Taylor, Gateshead Council Commissioning officer spoke about the high quality of Advocacy Centre North’s work in Gateshead and why the council were confident in extending Advocacy Centre North’s current contract to provide an advocacy service in Gateshead by a further two years.

Our AGM is also a chance to think about the future, look ahead to the next financial year and share our new ideas and services:

  • Jim Dodds from our Ellison Services finance support team explained about the range of new finance services that will be available to our members in conjunction with our Support and Development team.
  • Vicki Harris from our HAREF Health Equality project talked about how we can tackle health inequalities in Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and Hamna Begum, our BAME Health and Wellbeing Support Officer offered a unique training opportunity for those working in health or community services in Newcastle. 
  • Giovanni Spatuzzi, Jack Summerside and Amy McKie shared progress on our re-brand and conducted a word exercise that will feed into our existing brand survey results and contribute to the rebranding process taking place in the New Year. We asked attendees to write down one word that they associate with Newcastle CVS and this was presented in the form of a word cloud where large words represent those that were more frequent. We also shared the results from our external survey and reflected on the honest feedback we received. You can view all of the word clouds here.

Word Art AGM

Thank you to everyone who came along and contribute on the day, and to all our members, partners, funders, staff and volunteers who have all helped us deliver our work and make a difference.