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According to John F Kennedy “politics is too important to be left to the politicians”.

That’s why Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service is organising an Alternative Hustings on Sunday 4 June, 1pm to 4pm at Northern Stage.

We’ve asked more than 700 voluntary organisations and community groups to tell us what they think the most important issues are for the people we work with and local communities in Newcastle and Gateshead.

The top four issues will form the basis of four workshops sessions that will be led by experts in those fields. We will be asking candidates from the main political parties in Newcastle and Gateshead to participate in the workshops which will come up with questions. The second part of the session will be an opportunity to put these questions to the candidates in a hustings.

If you think political campaigning is becoming increasingly managed, this is an opportunity to engage directly with candidates asking for your vote and to ensure they understand the issues that voluntary and community organisations are dealing with every day.

To book your place visit Northern Stage

For more information about the Alternative Hustings email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

The Advocacy Centre North and Newcastle CVS team would like to thank all of our donors who have helped us to help our users through our I, Daniel Blake inspired Crowdfunding campaign. We have recruited a dedicated Welfare Advocate who is currently working to provide the hugely sought support of those lost or finding it very difficult to get through the complex process of the welfare system. This has affected many as we have detailed in our online blogs and case studies, affecting their mental health and wellbeing and impacting on their lives. This is an ongoing issue and battle, but the funds you have given us will allow us to make that start to help those people in need. So, we wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all who have supported us, whether by promoting our campaign or donating! We want to continue this support to those people like Daniel from the I, Daniel Blake film, so if you would like to donate to go towards continued support, you can do so here.

Your help is much appreciated and our hope is to continue this work into the future. Thank you.

Two of our Crowdfunding rewards promised to state the names of donors who claimed the reward onto our website. So here they are and thank you for your support: 

  • Graham Brewis
  • Hellen Giblin-Jowett
  • Alan Ramsay
  • Paul Hemphill

Advocacy Centre North, part of Newcastle CVS, has been awarded funding from People’s Postcode Trust to deliver an exciting advocacy service, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The service supports vulnerable adults in Newcastle and Gateshead who have suffered discrimination or disadvantage and also helps them to develop skills to self-advocate.

Jacqui Jobson, Director of Advocacy Centre North, said:

“I am delighted that we are now able to provide much-needed advocacy to people who have suffered discrimination or disadvantage, for example because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexuality or disability. We will provide them with a voice and support them to have their rights upheld and access services from a rights-based perspective using the full legislative and human rights toolkit.”

To find out more or to make a referral go to

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It’s time to consider safeguarding in your summer organisational check-up, to be ready as funding opportunities come around. Many funders including local authorities, Community Foundations and Children in Need are likely to check your safeguarding policies and procedures, and maybe ask about recent safeguarding training as part of the application process. 

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

  • Friends of Heworth Grange
  • Friends of Saltwell Park
  • Gateshead Clubhouse
  • Girls Friendly Society - North East England
  • Headway Newcastle and North Tyneside
  • Jesmond Dementia Action Alliance
  • Leazes Homes
  • Low Fell Library Association
  • North East Sikh Service
  • Parish of Winlaton St Paul's Church
  • PeerTalk
  • Regal Respite t/as Royal Respite
  • RNLI
  • Saltwell Park Model Boat Club
  • Tyne & Wear Sport
  • Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust
  • US Active
  • Vision Christian Fellowship
  • Waka Waka Africa North East

SkillsBridge is aimed at bringing support to voluntary and community sector organisations through a coordinated programme of professional volunteering. SkillsBridge taps into the expertise in the private and public sectors to give voluntary and community organisations the skills and tools that they need to survive and thrive in the current economic climate. SkillsBridge has been creating these partnerships over the last six years, and many have formed enduring relationships, many thousands of hours of professional volunteering have been given, and hundreds of local voluntary and community organisations have benefitted.
SkillsBridge is now moving to be part of Newcastle CVS, but will continue to offer a service across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Durham. Andrew White will continue to coordinate SkillsBridge support in the interim ahead of a Project Officer being appointed in due course.
In the meantime, all current partnership arrangements will continue as now. If you have any queries or would like to request support from SkillsBridge, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Advocacy Centre North, part of Newcastle CVS, has been awarded funding from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird DBE QC, to deliver an innovative advocacy service to people who are victims of hate crime across Tyne and Wear and Northumbria. Advocacy Centre North will also coordinate a programme of training events aimed at bringing communities together to tackle hate crime.

Jacqui Jobson, Director of Advocacy Centre North, said:

“I am delighted that we are now able to provide much-needed advocacy and emotional support to people who are victims of hate crime. We will provide them with a voice and support them to report their experiences, navigate the criminal justice system, access services and have their rights upheld.

“We are also looking forward to working with our partners to provide a series of events which will challenge hatred and prejudice, promote equality, diversity and respect and encourage unity.”

Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, awarded the funding following a successful bid to her Supporting Victims Fund, which helps strengthen victim services across Northumbria. She said:

"Across Northumbria, we are striving to ensure victims of crime have access to the right support for them.

"Newcastle CVS is committed to improving the quality of people's lives across the region. Through this new service, Advocacy Centre North will be able to offer tailored, emotional and practical support helping those who have been targeted, through no fault of their own, to cope and move on from their experience.

"Absolutely no one should be victimised - it's as simple as that. It's vital that this kind of support is there to support and protect victims and to help prevent re-victimisation. I wish the project every success."

To find out more or to make a referral go to

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

On the Hoof April includes: Newcastle CVS members’ invitation to the Wellbeing and Health Open Forum on Health and Social Care Integration; an event about Modern Slavery, the Care Act, and Self-Neglect in Newcastle; a kindness of mergers and closer working which is taking place amongst voluntary organisations; and the new safeguarding training programmes for 2017 to 2018 in Newcastle and Gateshead

The Health and Race Equality Forum (HAREF) is a network of people across communities, organisations and sectors, working together to reduce health inequalities linked to ethnicity and culture. HAREF has achieved a lot through collaboration that has remained strong over more than ten years. HAREF has moved to be part of Newcastle CVS, who will support the network to continue its effective practical and strategic work. Newcastle CVS is committed to improving the quality of life for everyone in the diverse community of Newcastle and Gateshead and welcomes HAREF to the Newcastle CVS family. 

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Newcastle CVS has produced a new study ‘A Changing Wind. Views from the front line: voluntary organisations in Newcastle and Gateshead working with people with physical and sensory disabilities’.

 The three key issues identified were :

  • the ongoing reform of the welfare benefits system, and the impact in particular on people with disabilities
  • the increasing complexity of people’s needs and increasing numbers of people seeking help
  • whilst at  the same time organisations were themselves going through change in a difficult environment of reducing resources and services withdrawing or closing