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

  • 7th Gateshead Scout Group
  • 21st Gateshead (St Helen's) Sea Scout Group
  • Barmoor Hub
  • Benfield Bowling Club
  • Birtley Community Partnership
  • Children Need All Parents
  • Citizens Advice Gateshead
  • Deckham Village Hall Community Centre
  • Dunston Community Centre
  • Felling Community Association
  • Gateshead Mental Health User Voice
  • If U Care Share Foundation
  • Investing in Children
  • Leam Lane Chess Club
  • LGBT History Project NE
  • Mint Moon CIC
  • National Citizen Service (NCS) North EastNewcastle Wood Recycling CIC
  • Nigerian Association Tyne and Wear
  • Ryton Rugby Football Club
  • Sporting Chance
  • Sunniside Community Social Club
  • Teams Life Centre
  • TeleEEG
  • The Bladyon Shed
  • The Tyne Theatre & Opera House Preservation Trust
  • Thought Foundation
  • Trinity Methodist Church Blaydon

On the Hoof brings 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 Great North Care Record; engagement with Newcastle Gateshead CCG; VCS reps reports; Newcastle City Council budget consultation; Gateshead consultation on charges for social care; safeguarding matters including a personal safety app; and more.

Call for evidence closes: Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 12.00pm

Newcastle City Council wants to gain views from a wide variety of stakeholders in order to inform the review on the future shape of the Newcastle Fund. They have launched this call for evidence to gather views and ideas and help them to develop a proposal on how the Newcastle Fund should look in the future.
Full information and how to particpate can be found on the Let's Talk Newcastle website

On the Hoof brings 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: Newcastle approach to integrating health and social care; how safe is the data you are responsible for? a call for older people to volunteer; can going green (and blue) cut NHS bills? ReCoCo: the Recovery College Collective; Healthwatch Newcastle work on education health and care plans; consultations including on a duty to report or act on child abuse; safeguarding matters; and more.

It’s time to consider safeguarding in your annual check-up, as funding opportunities come around. Many funders including local authorities and Children in Need are likely to check your safeguarding policies and procedures, and maybe ask about recent safeguarding training as part of the application process. 

Our key VCS facts for 2016 includes: 

  • Size of sector
  • Economic impact 
  • Regional perspectives
  • Examples of new voluntary & community initiatives in Newcastle 

Read the Key VCS Facts 2016 here

On the Hoof brings 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: calls for first time students to get meningitis vaccine before they go; the Accessible Information Standard; Jointly – support for carers website and app; Newcastle Support Directory; Gateshead call for adult social care provider information; consultations; safeguarding matters; and reports and resources.

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.