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On the Hoof in February 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: Connected people connected communities; work on legal highs; Families Information Service; practice guidance on self neglect; new safeguarding adults training programme.

The latest consultation on Deciding Together, Newcastle Gateshead CCGs proposals on the future of specialist mental health services, closes on 12 February.

Deciding Together offers different scenarios for future in-patient service including options that would retain hospital units in Newcastle and Gateshead and others that would centre clinical care in Morpeth.

Newcastle CVS held two consultation events in December and February, inviting voluntary sector organisations in the city to consider the scenarios and also a number of community services proposals.

All the community services proposals were broadly welcomed but with some qualification because it was difficult to see how they could all happen in practice. Concerns were expressed too about a gap opening up between community services based in Newcastle and Gateshead and hospital services that might be based in Northumberland.

The difficulties for patient’s, their families and friends of traveling between Newcastle, Gateshead and Morpeth, especially if they have to rely public transport, also featured heavily in consultation discussion and led a preference for maintaining in-patient units in Newcastle.

You can read Newcastle CVSs full response to Deciding Together on our Research, Reports and Responses

As part of the Council’s desire to meet the challenges of 2020, it commissioned Newcastle CVS to produce a report on the current position of the voluntary and community sector, the support it needs and uses now, and looking to the future in 2020. In order to ensure independence, Newcastle CVS commissioned SkillsBridge to carry out interviews with local voluntary organisations.

These reports look at the position of Newcastle and its current challenges. The reports have a number of separate elements – interviews with 29 key public sector leaders, 20 local voluntary and community organisations, 10 key support (infrastructure) organisations, a survey of 71 local organisations and a background review of the key policies affecting the voluntary and community sector locally and nationally. The result is the most comprehensive study carried out for many years on behalf of the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle.

VCS 2020 a force for good

VCS 2020 Understanding Current Support to the Voluntary and Community Sector delivering in Newcastle City

A Newcastle Children’s Trust Making A Difference Event about the difference MADE to enable young people to make a good transition. Transition MADE was held in November 2015 @ Excelsior Academy 6th Form College.

The event included fast and focused four minute talks followed by discussion groups, films made by young people, and promises made by participants.

Summary report Transition MADE 27 November, with embedded documents
Transition MADE 27 November report in full

Read the comprehensive Newcastle CVS response to the Newcastle City Council budget proposals 2016/17. 

On the Hoof brings you wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and beyond. In January’s issue find out about: the next wellbeing and health open forum; the City Council budget consultation; Newcastle Integration Challenge and Proof of Concept; Adult Safeguarding Peer Review; home care in Newcastle; and new work to offer support for young homeless people.

Newcastle Children’s Trust Transition MADE was held in November 2015 @ Excelsior Academy 6th Form College. MADE means Newcastle Children’s Trust Making A Difference Events. It was agreed by the Children’s Trust that the theme would be transitions for young people in Newcastle. The event on 27 November included fast and focused four minute talks followed by discussion groups, films made by young people, and promises made by participants. The interim report is available now; the full report will be available soon.

 

On the Hoof brings you wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and beyond. December’s issue includes: the City Council budget consultation; a call for submissions for Expanding Minds Improving Lives; the draft Parental Needs Market Position Statement; your VCS rep’s report from the Wellbeing for Life Board; invitation to give views on NTW quality improvement priorities; CQC visit to Newcastle; and Safeguarding resources.

Newcastle City Council has submitted proposals for a North of Tyne Community Led Local Development programme. The proposal includes Newcastle CVS, Blue Stone Consortium and other third sector organisations as strategic partners for the preparatory phase of CLLD , which will develop the scope of the North of Tyne CLLD strategy and the areas covered. The preparatory phase will take six months between March and August next year and will also see the setting up of Local Advisory Group and the identifying of an accountable body.

CLLD is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds 2014 to 2015 and provides funding specifically for areas that experience the most severe deprivation. In Newcastle the CLLD areas includes the riverside wards from Scotswood and Benwell to Walker, parts of Kenton, Blakelaw, Fenham and Woolsington and Wallsend in North Tyneside.

A summary of the North of Tyne CLLD programme is now available along with the presentation given at a CLLD Opportunities and Approach in Newcastle event jointly organised by Newcastle CVS, Blue Stone Consortium and the city council in November.

City Council budget 2016-17

The consultation on the City Council budget 2016-17 is now live.

Overall the City Council Budget proposes cuts and savings of £30 million in 2016-17. This comes after previous cuts and increased costs totalling £191 million, and the City Council is expecting to face further cuts of £70 million in 2017-19.

There are four main papers: Ambition in the face of austerity; Appendix 1 the revenue and capital plan; and then Appendix 2 the summary about proposed investments; and Appendix 3 the summary of proposed cuts and reductions to services.

Then there are 34 Integrated Impact Assessments on the proposed cuts or service changes, such as to lunch clubs, social care in the home, council tax (increase), looked after children charging policy, older persons dementia specific resource centre, and youth service.

These are all on the City Council website under Budget 2016-17.

http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/budget-annual-report-and-spending/budget/budget-2016-17

At the Social Value event held at the Civic Centre on Monday it was confirmed that there will be a separate consultation about commissioning the Community Family Hub which includes the Sure Start offer, also due to start in December. It’s budget is unchanged in the budget proposals for investment, although it is in part made up of the Payment By Result Troubled Families Programme. But the targeted youth support budget which was also part of the Family Services Review last year that created the Community Family Hub, is proposed to be cut by 22% in the cuts and reductions paper.

You can respond to the Budget 2016-17 consultation via Let’s Talk Newcastle. Let’s Talk Newcastle includes some of the papers and a survey to make comments. To read the Integrated Impact Assessments for the budget proposals, click on show more for a link to the budget pages on the council's website. 

Within the topic areas in the Let’s Talk Newcastle Budget consultation page, two of the same papers, on the proposed cuts and reductions and on the proposed investments, are repeated under headings for different topics such as children’s social care or public health. But each topic has its own survey.

Visit Let’s Talk Newcastle on https://letstalknewcastle.co.uk/

The closing date for comment is 31 January 2016.

Newcastle CVS has arranged a voluntary sector meeting about the Budget consultation on 20 January to inform a collective response.