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Newcastle CVS Chief Executive, Sally Young, appointed Vice Chair of NCVO Board
Press release 18 October 2017

NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) is the national charity that champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They do this by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations nationally.

Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (Newcastle CVS) who support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead, are delighted to announce the appointment of Sally Young, Chief Executive of Newcastle CVS, as the new Vice Chair of the NCVO board.

Sally, who has worked with, and for charities for the past 30 years, will succeed Matt Hyde, the Chief Executive of the Scout Association, who comes to the end of his second, three-year term as a trustee at NCVO’s annual general meeting on 20 November. Sally is particularly interested in the value of small charities and local community groups, the importance of infrastructure organisations and working to tackle inequality and poverty. She will occupy the role for two years, as she is already in her second three-year term as a trustee.

Sally Young said:

“I am delighted to be taking on the role of Vice Chair at NCVO. I hope to bring the voice of North East charities and community organisations into the national discussions. I’m very aware of all the great work being done locally by volunteers, trustees and charity staff.”

You can contact Newcastle CVS on 0191 232 7445; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Today Newcastle CVS published an open letter to Newcastle and Gateshead MPs and North East MEP’s about the introduction of regulations that mean people will have to prove their eligibility for NHS services. If someone is unable to show they are eligible they may have to pay for community services including midwifery, health visitors and district nurses, community mental health services and advocacy as well as specialist services for homeless people and asylum seekers. 

Introduced in August, the NHS Charging Regulations will this month be extended to cover services provided by voluntary organisations delivering commissioned NHS services. Newcastle CVS believes this will put many voluntary organisation in an impossible position between the terms of their NHS contract and their charitable objectives to provide relief from poverty and inequality. 

Published just before Parliament’s summer recess, these regulations have avoided scrutiny by MPs and that’s why Newcastle CVS is calling on Newcastle and Gateshead’s MPs to subject these new rules to proper scrutiny and Parlimentary debate. The NHS Charging Regulation are an example of bad policy making, which will have minimal impact on the NHS £116 billion budget but a direct and detrimental impact on refugee and asylum seekers, creating a ‘hostile environment’ in which people will be uncertain about their rights of access to health services. 

HAREF, the Health and Race Equality Forum is calling on voluntary and community organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead to send case studies or examples of people who have been refused NHS treatment because of these new regulations. You can email examples to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Welcome to On the Hoof September 2017

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

On the Hoof September includes: up front charges for NHS care for some failed asylum seekers; Delivering Together; the Local Offer in Newcastle and Gateshead; a guide to social prescribing; and safeguarding matters.


Newcastle CVS is recruiting a BME Health and Wellbeing Development Support Officer. This is an exciting new post to deliver a comprehensive, cross sector training programme and support community based interventions to improve health outcomes for Newcastle’s BME and migrant communities. 
We are looking for someone with a good understanding of the health and wellbeing challenges affecting BME communities and experience of designing and delivering training programmes that have clear learning outcomes. You will have experience of working in different communities and of community development work, particularly with people from minority / marginalised groups.

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The House of Lords has apponted a Select Committee to consider issues of citizenship and civic engagement in the twenty-first century. Committee chair, Lord Hodgson of Astely Abbots said "Britain has experienced many changes in recent years and this has put new stresses and strains upon it. Citizenship and civic engagement are a vital part of the 'glue' that maintains a cohesive and tolerant society". 

The committee has called for evidence (deadline for submissions is this Friday 8 September) asking among other things, what is the meaning of citizenship and civic engagment in contemporary Britain, what are the rights and responsibilties attached to citizenship and what role does the government and society have supporting citizenship? 

Newcastle CVS has made its submission to the Select Committee, reflecting on the experience of communities and voluntary organisations in Gateshead and Newcastle as they have becoming increasingly diverse and fluid places to live and work. Austerity, Brexit and social exclusion have all had an impact on people's attitude and expectations of what citizenship and what it means to be British.

However the activities of voluntary sector organisations, community groups and volunteers make a positive impact and promote tolerance and cohesion in local communties. The motivation of volunteers is more likely to come from the opportunity of doing good, giving back to society or feeling worthwhile. They are unlikely to see their individual actions as part of being a 'British Citizen' or a programme of good citizenship and recommendations from the Select Committee needs to be careful not to over regulate or involve compulsion. 

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

  • Fawdon Community Library
  • Gasbags North East
  • Grandparents Plus
  • Hat-Trick (Centre-West)
  • Maritime Volunteer Service
  • NewcastleGateshead Initiative
  • Opening Doors Newcastle Gateshead CIC
  • Phina Nwoye Foundation
  • Skimstone Arts
  • The Albert Kennedy Trust
  • The Letter Room
  • Tynedale Hospice at Home
  • Victims First Northumbria
  • Youth Homeless North East

Foodbanks in Newcastle

Newcastle CVS has updated its information sheet about Foodbanks in Newcastle

Help us find out who's supporting holiday food in Newcastle and Gateshead

We are collating a list of Children's holiday food services. Who's supporting families?


Welcome to On the Hoof July 2017

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

On the Hoof July includes: CCG Involvement Forum; Sustainability and Transformation Plans; Consultations; 12 steps to take now to prepare for changes to data protection law; tackling modern slavery and more safeguarding matters.

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

On the Hoof June includes: new services, Newcastle Primary Care Navigator (PCN); Hate Crime Advocacy for Northumberland, Tyne, and Wear; Independent Sexual Violence Advocate in Gateshead; Gateshead strategic review of all age Carers services; a blog: The welfare benefits system is a public health care system; 12 steps to take now to prepare for changes to data protection law; and safeguarding matters.

The below communication is the latest key messages as of today about the attack at Finsbury Park Mosque from Northumbria Police:

Dear All,

We know our communities will be concerned following the tragic events in London overnight which has seen 1 person killed and many more injured.

The incident is being treated as terrorism by the Metropolitan Police.

The national threat level currently remains at 'severe' and there is nothing to suggest there is any specific threat to our communities in Northumbria.

There will be additional patrols around all places of worship, including mosques, but these are to reassure the public and there is no intelligence to suggest that these are at threat. There will also be increased patrols and engagement at prayer time during this final week of Ramadan. 

We will also continue to have visible patrols, including armed officers, in high footfalls areas such as the city centres and around transport hubs as they have done since last year.

Members of the public should not be concerned about the patrols, they are not in response to any specific threat but are there to reassure members of the public of the security measures we have in place to help protect them and keep them safe.

Neighbourhood officers and community engagement teams throughout the force will be speaking to local community groups to offer reassurance.

Members of the public are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police or by calling the Anti-Hotline on 0800 789 321 or visit