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Advocacy Centre North, in partnership with Newcastle Law Centre and Changing Lives have been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Help Through Crisis fund for a project to run over the next 5 years to provide an Accompany, Advocate and Advise service to families in the most deprived areas of Newcastle who are in positions of extreme hardship and crisis. Advocacy Centre North is a service within Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (NCVS) and  this  service will be a further addition to the range of advocacy services we provide to adults in vulnerable circumstances.  

We are seeking a part time advocate (22.5 hours per week) to develop and deliver this service.

  • Organisation: Advocacy Centre North
  • Job type: Part Time
  • Hours: 22.5
  • Salary: £25,440 - £27,123 per year pro rata
  • Closing date: Monday 16 May 2016 at 12.00pm

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Universal Credit is a means tested benefit for working age people who are on low incomes, working, seeking to work or unable to work. It is replacing the following benefits and Tax Credits:

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income - based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit

Universal Credit will be rolled out for all new claims to the above benefits and Tax Credits for claimants living in Newcastle City Jobcentre area on 25 May 2016. The roll out includes anyone who is currently on the above benefits and Tax Credits and has a change of circumstances that would trigger a new claim to Universal Credit.

Newcastle City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions are holding an information session on Friday 13 May from 12noon to 1pm in the Council Chamber (Newcastle Civic Centre) to give multi-agency staff and volunteers’ an opportunity to find out more. Places must be booked in advance by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating which organisations you are representing. For more information about Universal Credit visit Newcastle City Council’s Universal Credit webpages

Gateshead Council has invited Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service to provide a support and development service for voluntary and community organisations in Gateshead. This will help ensure the availability of independent sector representation and support is maintained. The new service starts on 20 April and will run until the end of March 2017. Gateshead Council will be consulting with the voluntary and community sector, its partners and others about the support needed for the future.

Newcastle CVS is organising an office base in Gateshead, a dedicated phone number, contact email address and website.

There will be additional staff to support the sector in Gateshead; two posts are currently advertised on Newcastle CVS’ jobs page. Mark Shilcock will again be managing the Our Gateshead website and providing support to voluntary and community groups in Gateshead. Mark has transferred from GVOC to Newcastle CVS. Sally Young will also be spending additional time in Gateshead.

Associate membership of Newcastle CVS will be free for Gateshead voluntary and community organisations during the contract. Full membership of Newcastle CVS continues to be free for any voluntary and community organisations active in Newcastle.

Gateshead Council will be responsible for volunteering in Gateshead. The contact email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the phone number is 0191 433 3255

Visit here to find out more about volunteering in Gateshead.

On the Hoof in April brings you wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle Gateshead and beyond.

In this issue find out about: voluntary sector work on emotional wellbeing and mental health; support for Gateshead voluntary and community organisations, Expanding Minds Improving Lives, New in the VCS; Tackling the use of NPS; the Accessible Information Standard; and Safeguarding matters and more.

Gateshead Council has invited Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service to provide a support and development service for voluntary and community organisations in Gateshead. This will help ensure the availability of independent sector representation and support is maintained. The new service started on 20 April until the end of March 2017. Gateshead Council will be consulting with the voluntary and community sector, its partners and others about the support needed for the future. 

Newcastle CVS is now looking to recruit two experienced Development Workers to help deliver a package of infrastructure support services to voluntary and community organisations based in Gateshead until 31 March 2017.  

The Support and Development Workers will be part of the Support and Development Team for Gateshead.  You will be based in Gateshead Town centre and will be expected to work directly with voluntary and community groups across the Borough.   The focus will be on small and medium sized organisations.

The Support and Development Workers will have a sound knowledge of voluntary sector governance, experience of providing funding advice and have the skills and confidence to enable voluntary and community groups, from the micro to the large, develop and achieve their aims.

Both posts will start at 22.5 hours per week but it is expected these hours will increase.  

Closing Date for receipt of applications: 5pm Monday 16 May 2016 (Please note that CVs will not be accepted)

Date of interviews: 26 May 2016

If we have not contacted you by Friday 20 May please assume that you have not been shortlisted for an interview, Newcastle CVS apologises but we are unable to respond individually to all applicants

Newcastle CVS is an equal opportunities employer

Support and Development Worker information pack 
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Equality and Diversity Policy 
Ex-offenders Policy 

For the last six years Newcastle CVS has asked local voluntary and community groups what life is like for you?  Is your income going up or down, what about demand for your services, do you have reserves, what are the big issues?

Today we have launched Taking the Temperature 2016 and we need you to help us present the picture of what life is really like in the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle.  We know the information is used by decision-makers and so we need as many voluntary and community groups as possible to fill in the survey.  

It should take no longer than fifteen minutes and it gives you a chance to present your views. Deadline for responses is 5pm FRIDAY 13 MAY 2016

This is your chance to have your say!

According to the Charity Commission's report, many small charities don't appear to be aware of their reporting obligations: 

  • less than half of small charity annual reports and accounts come up to a minimum, basic standard
  • a lot of small charities don't produce an annual report and accounts and just complete an annual return
  • however, the accounts of larger charities are improving

View the Charity Commission accounts monitoring reports

Make sure you are in the right half! Ask Ellison Services

Ensure that your charity is following the rules. Contact Ellison Services who can provide numerous financial services for your needs including: 

  • Payroll
  • Bookkeeping
  • Management accounts
  • Financial monitoring assistance
  • Recieving income
  • Making payments
  • Production of accounts

Contact Ellison Services by calling 0191 232 7445 (option 2) or email Jim Dodds at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thank you to all who participated in the Newcastle CVS Annual Survey for this year. The results have been gathered and analysed: View the results and analysis

Take part in a report on voluntary sector work to improve emotional wellbeing and mental health in Newcastle. The voluntary sector makes a significant contribution emotional wellbeing and mental health in Newcastle. Help Newcastle CVS to illuminate the essential scaffolding of support built by the voluntary sector in Newcastle.

Please complete this survey by Thursday 28 April.

Visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/improvingwellbeing2016

 

On the Hoof in March brings you wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and beyond.

In this issue find out about: Wellbeing and Health Open Forum highlights, the Integration Challenge, Equal Arts HenPower, Helix Arts Action: Story!; Deciding Together feedback reports and session; Transforming care for people with learning disabilities; Child health profiles; Care Act statutory guidance; and more.