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We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Ruth Abrahams. Ruth made a significant contribution to the vitality, accessibility and equality of Newcastle in many ways.  She was a Trustee and Vice Chair of Newcastle CVS (now Connected Voice); a Trustee and Vice Chair of Disability North; a trustee of Age Concern (Newcastle); an active member of the Newcastle Voluntary Sector Liaison Group, and formal member of the (former) Newcastle Strategic Partnership where she Chaired the Equalities Partnership Group.  She chaired the Health and Community Care Forum and the former LINk (Local Involvement Network) Board. 

Ruth took on all of these roles whilst living with multiple disabilities that affected her mobility.  She had immense skill and experience which she used to advise and improve the lives of others in Newcastle. In 2013, she was awarded the MBE for services to the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle.

Haref has been working in partnership with Newcastle City Council, Northumbria Police and Riverside Community Health Project in a response to local community for information on Covid-19. Communities have told us they need easy to understand information about staying safe and social distancing and in easy to use formats.

We know how important Ramadan and Eid are for all our Muslim communities. This year, Ramadan falls between 23/24 April and 22/23 May. However, this year it will be practiced differently to make sure everyone is safe and remains healthy. Our 2020 Haref Ramadan prayer calendar is available as an online version only. We are not printing any calendars due to the difficulties of distribution and because Mosques and community organisations, like everywhere else, are closed.

Job title:

Marketing and Communications Officer (maternity cover)


The salary is currently £26,993 per annum


37 hours per week. There is a flexitime system in operation

Contract type:

Temporary Maternity Cover

Reports to:

Chief Executive

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


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