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Wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary sector in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Items in On the Hoof June 2018 include:
• Act by 1 August about the new disqualifying rules for charity trustees, management committees, and the senior managers
• Information sharing in safeguarding, GDPR, and the Data Protection Act 2018
• Are they safe? free resource pack updated
• Trauma-informed recovery service model
• Gateshead and Newcastle Council Cabinets and Portfolios leads
• Child health profiles

On the Hoof June 2018

CHYP IN voluntary sector forum to be held on 3 July

The CHYP IN forum is for organisations that work with children and young people. Jacqueline Robson, BBC Children in Need Regional Officer (NE) will speak about applying to BBC Children in Need with tips for success. Share your summer plans and activities. Find out about privacy policies written for children. To find out more and book your place visit

Wellbeing and Health Open Forum

The presentations from the Wellbeing and Health Forum held on 6 June are now available and include: Mental health in the VCS workplace; Welcome Here, celebrating VCS work with the diverse Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities in Newcastle and Gateshead; and HAREF.

Visit the drop down menu for the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum on

Wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary sector in Newcastle and Gateshead.

On the Hoof May includes: your invitation to the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum; Conversation not Confrontation resources; Safeguarding, GDPR and the Data Protection Bill; Universal Credit, NHS prescriptions and £100 fines; Voluntary sector members of Newcastle Child Friendly City Board; and a new interactive map of the meeting rooms in Newcastle.

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been created in response to the evolving ways in which we share and handle our data, particularly alongside the growth of online platforms. The new regulation will give individuals more control over how their data is used whilst providing organisations with a simpler legal environment in which to operate.

With just a few weeks until GDPR takes effect on the 25 May, we have compiled all of our tips and guidance as a useful download: GDPR (pdf)

The NCVO also offers further advice about GDPR policies and procedures, training events and a webinar, while the Civil Society GDPR guide has specific advice for charities.

Newcastle Council are hosting a consultation event on the 30 April and 3 May between 5pm and 8pm at St James Park

Newcastle Council are asking to hear your thoughts via their online survey

FInal Draft Flyer


Targeted Youth Support Service




GaN Canny explores the views of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Gateshead and Newcastle, based on our recent survey of their achievements, challenges, pressures and wider issues affecting the people they support. The survey was completed by 168 organisations from the region.

The report highlights a number of challenges. Funding and sustainability are the most pressing issues for local organisations, regardless of their size. Over two thirds of respondents commented an increase in demand for their services in the last year and many have reported year on year growth in demand for several years; “Although surveys show the overall headlines, my impression is that most voluntary and community organisations are working harder than ever to support people who are having hard times.”

At the same time, voluntary and community organisations have had to rely more on unpaid volunteers. Volunteer recruitment and retention is reported as the second largest challenge.

The individuals and communities using the services and facilities provided by the voluntary sector have experienced increased poverty, mental illness and austerity, impacted by welfare reform, Universal Credit and personal debt. Many public sector services are harder to access due to changing criteria, different locations and charges. The comments and concerns about general health and wellbeing exceeded those received in our past surveys; “More people than ever before in our working memory are being refused public services (health and social care), have less money and fewer resources, and there is a visible impact on loneliness and isolation and a growth in general mental distress. At the same time we are getting fewer resources than before to deal with this.”

The rate of change is having a destabilising effect in medium sized and larger voluntary organisations and there were more reports of governance issues, as trustees and management committee members have to take increasingly complex decisions.

Despite these challenges, the majority of respondents remain optimistic about the future of their organisations. Over a third want to increase the number of beneficiaries, nearly half want to increase services, more than half anticipate more volunteers, and a quarter want to increase staff in the next year. Two thirds of respondents said they had developed a new service, project, initiative or event in the last year and many are turning to more innovative ways of using social media, delivering services and attracting funding. There is a greater emphasis on income generation and the emergence of Community Interest Companies (CICs) has encouraged other organisations to focus more on trading.

There is still an optimism and willingness to engage in addressing major challenges, but we need to be involved from the start of the process, not invited in at the end as an afterthought.

GaN Canny

Wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary sector in Newcastle and Gateshead.

On the Hoof April includes: Subscribe now information; Call for a voluntary sector member for Newcastle Child Be Healthy Partnership; Call for a voluntary sector member for Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board; A new Autism and CAMHS toolkit; Newcastle consultation on public health obesity programme; Gateshead Safeguarding Adults Board partnership newsletter; Information Commission Office (ICO) new interactive tool to decide your lawful basis for using people’s information.

These are difficult times for voluntary and community organisations in Gateshead and Newcastle with a number of long established organisations currently under threat of closure. There are a variety of reasons behind the difficuties the voluntary sector is facing but in the West End of Newcastle two charities, working with older people to tackle social isolation, are coming together to ensure they can continue to deliver vital local services. 

On 1 April West End Befrienders and Search with over 75 years of service between them with join forces to offer a broader range of services under the Search name. 

West End Befrienders, founded in the mid-1980s, works through local volunteers to provide befriending and advocacy to older people. The particular expertise of the organisation lies in its work with the South Asian and Chinese communities. West End Befrienders offers exercise classes, talks and activities as well as supporting every day activities such as shopping or attending medical appointments. 

Search, founded in the mid-1970s, delivers a number of projects for older people and their carers, across the west of Newcastle. Services include an advice and information service, a number of community activity groups and volunteering opportunities, plus, the Chain Reaction and the Lunchlinks service, recently commissioned by Newcastle city council.

Rose Gilroy, Chair of West End Befrienders Management committee said "I am delighted that we have been welcomed into the Search family. This provides a secure future for our services to isolated older people. In these difficult times for the voluntary sector it makes sense for two organisations with shared values and common purpose to join together to offer not only continuity of service but enriched opportunities to older people in the West End of Newcastle”

Wendy Dale, Chair of Search Trustees said “This is an exciting opportunity to develop the potential of both organisations which is rare in times of austerity. I am optimistic about the future of both”

Newcastle CVS has just become aware of an NHS England consultation  on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. The consultation was launced on 20 December and closes on Wednesday 14 March. We are formally objecting to this as the NHS own Equality and Health Inequality Analysis notes it will have a disproportionate impact on children, older people, low income households, disabled people, people from BAME groups and others who suffer the greater inequalities in health.

To read and respond to the consultation, visit NHS England and read Newcastle CVS response

Wellbeing, health and social care news for people working in and with the voluntary sector in Newcastle and Gateshead.

On the Hoof February includes: Conversation not Confrontation presentations; Joint Serious Case Review report on sexual exploitation; Deciding Together, Delivering Together; Fulfilling Lives Newcastle and Gateshead re-launch; Doorbells: free performance from Skimstone Arts; Making Gateshead a place where everyone thrives; Gateshead Voluntary Sector Health and Wellbeing Advisory Group; Newcastle Child Friendly City Board and Early Help Board; NHS England consultation on what your GP should not prescribe; Safeguarding training offers.