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

In this issue:

  • Wellbeing and Health Open Forum
  • Making Connections: Your Support Network
  • Welcome Here summary
  • Safeguarding Adults Boards: new rep in Newcastle; call for a rep in Gateshead
  • Free safeguarding training in Newcastle and Gateshead
  • CCG Urgent Treatment Centres 
  • Fire safety advice


Our summer safeguarding check up has been updated for 2018.

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 check your safeguarding policies and procedures, and ask about recent safeguarding training as part of the application process. 

Newcastle CVS latest report is Welcome Here: ­­Celebrating voluntary sector work with the diverse Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities in Newcastle and Gateshead.

This report discusses increasing the accessibility of services; wellbeing and health; education and employment; tackling racism, discrimination, prejudice, and hate crime; that women face structural inequalities; and participation in cultural, community, and public life. 

The national context, recent reports and changing demographics of Newcastle and Gateshead are set out, along with short vignettes of different voluntary and community organisations.

For Welcome Here, Newcastle CVS asked voluntary and community organisations about the issues facing the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities that they work with, and sought out stories about the outstanding work that they are doing.

Join in the discussion online using the hashtag #WelcomeHere

In addition to the report, we have begun to produce useful resources and tips that your organisation can use and share. The first is our Welcome Here poster, a template for which can be found at the bottom of our Information Sheets page under 'others'. There is an A4 or A3 template pdf that you can adapt for your organisation, print, sign and display in your workplace to make visitors feel welcome.

Welcome Here poster

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

This issue includes:

  • Gateshead Care System event for VSCE
  • Audit tool to find out how well your organisation works with vulnerable communities
  • Gateshead multi faith calendar
  • Newcastle Wellbeing for Life Board reps’ report
  • LGBT action plan
  • Northumberland Tyne & Wear & North Durham Health Scrutiny


We have produced a new information sheet that specifically covers what you need to know about safeguarding, GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018, and Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board has produced a mythbuster poster for frontline staff.


From 1 August the ‘automatic disqualification rules’ for trustees and management committees change, and for the first time will be extended to being employed by a charity as the senior manager, usually the chief executive, and possibly a chief finance officer.

Trustees, management committees, and senior managers, with certain convictions or who are on the sex offenders register, will be disqualified from being involved in a charity unless they apply to the Charity Commission for a waiver to prevent or remove the disqualification.

These rules apply to groups that are not registered with the Charity Commission, such as the management committee and the part time worker of a small unincorporated association, as well as those registered with the Charity Commission.

Main changes:

  • More offences and reasons why someone might be disqualified than currently.
  • As well as trustees, ‘senior manager’ employee roles restricted for the first time.

Newcastle CVS has produced a new information sheet about the rules:

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.