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We are delighted at the positive response we received from our recent voluntary and community sector networking event, Movember on Tyne. We were trialling a variety of new formats for a networking event using a semi-structured programme to focus on the theme of ‘addressing the needs of men and boys’. Attendees and organisation representatives were able to learn from one another, showcase their successes and speak frankly about their challenges. It also offered attendees a chance to hear the unique perspectives of a range of inspiring speakers, and to participate in themed ‘thought exchange’ exercises about their work in men and boy’s health and wellbeing.

Many of you have told us that you benefitted from the chance to meet other organisations and we were pleased to see that people were so actively engaged with the objectives for the day.


Yesterday we held our AGM at St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead, a fantastic venue overlooking the River Tyne.

In addition to the necessary formalities of an AGM, including presentation of the Year End Accounts from our Treasurer Martin Horrocks, we used this as an opportunity to reflect on the great achievements of our different projects, partners and members.

Our Annual Review 2017-18 is now available to all and we are proud of the impact we have made, including the impressive figures from our Year in Numbers:

Trustees week is from 12 -16 November. According to Trustees Week, there are now 196,000 charities in the UK and just over one million trustees. 

Trustees have a vital rolel in volunteering their time to help run a charity and make important decisions. Running a charity comes with a lot of responsibility but it is also a rewarding opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to a cause that you care about.

Here we share several short stories and poems about what it means to be a trustee from several local charity trustees.

Last week was the National Advocacy Conference and Awards. In the words of Advocacy Awards these annual awards take place because ‘we believe it is time to celebrate the difference the sector makes and shout about outstanding practice, people and organisations. These awards recognise excellence within advocacy and congratulate exceptional contributions to the field of advocacy.’

After Advocacy Centre North was nominated in four out of the five categories and we are over the moon to have been awarded ‘Outstanding Service’ for our overall advocacy services. The category aims to ‘showcase the very best in service delivery’ with ‘creative and innovative ways that services are evolving their support’. The competition was very close as there are so many great services across the country.

As you know, Newcastle CVS has been successful in securing the infrastructure support contracts for Newcastle and Gateshead for the next three years. This means that we can continue to support voluntary and community organisations in both areas and seek to meet the many needs of the sector.

The contracts from both the local authorities require us to offer a different service to that we have offered previously – we have to focus our work on more direct support to smaller organisations around funding and governance.  And we will develop networks, training and different ways of working to help make organisations become more resilient and sustainable.  Of course, we will still be offering representation and advocacy for voluntary and community organisations and reflecting our sector with and to local public sector partners.

These changes mean we have to work differently and create at least four new infrastructure roles with different scopes and responsibilities to the roles we have today. At the same time we have to remove four infrastructure roles that are no longer viable given the new requirements.

Welcome to On the Hoof October 2018

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

This month’s issue includes:

Your invitation to our Take a Mo-Ment event; Highlights from Welcome Here for Black History Month; our free Cultural Competency Sessions; LGBTQ mental health report; 2019/2020 budget consultation meetings with both Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council, and the new Patchy Café.

Do you feel confident that you run your charity or community organisation well? Do you understand all of your responsibilities in running a charity effectively?

“Good governance – what you need to know to be effective” is a two-hour session that covers the basics of what it means to be a management committee member or a trustee. It’s aimed at people who are new to this, but is also suitable if you feel in need of a refresher too. Not sure if it’s right for you? Look through this check-list of questions to ask yourself:

Our Safeguarding check up 2018 has been updated with new resources, including new online links for Newcastle child protection referrals, the new Gateshead Safeguarding website, NSPCC resources, and the updated Charity Commission guidance for trustees. There are 10 checks to make, with yes the right answer.

Jacqui Jobson, Director of our Advocacy Centre North project, has produced a new research report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The report focuses on LGBTQ mental health inequalities and takes inspiration from services in Australia and Canada to make recommendations here in the UK. The publication of this report is timely because the UK Government has recently published an LGBT Action Plan that echos many of the themes outlined in Jacqui's report. It's a relevant and useful resource for the voluntary and community sector, as well as the public sector and specialist advocacy services.

The report stresses that the voluntary and community sector should play a key role in partnering with LGBTQ people to support, organise and network. As a sector, we have always been best placed to work with seldom heard communities and minority groups. We will share some of these key recommendations from the report soon. In the meantime, you can download a copy of the report here:

LGBTQ Mental Health: Exploring advocacy approaches to health inequalities

Executive Summary


Welcome to On the Hoof September 2018

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

This issue includes

  • Wellbeing and health open forum invitation
  • Online referrals contacts for safeguarding children
  • Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners
  • Children and young people’s mental health
  • GemArts Mates Crime Awareness Project
  • Have your say on suicide prevention

On the Hoof September 2018