Representation and Voice

An important part of our role is to help ensure the voices of local charities, social enterprises and community organisations are heard. We strive to enable the ideas, experience and energy of these organisations to influence local councils, NHS, government departments, funders, and policy makers to improve conditions for the people and communities they serve.

The Connected Voice team takes part in a range of meetings across the North East with public, private and voluntary sector partners to represent and give a voice to the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and Gateshead. We do not aim to speak on behalf of VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) organisations - because we know we cannot possibly represent the independent interests of thousands of different organisations. Instead we work to support an environment in which our sector is heard and respected. We use our position to champion the role and value of VCSE organisations, and to challenge decisions which could be detrimental to them.

Featured below is a list of the regular meetings Connected Voice staff attend. There are lots of other informal and ad hoc meetings that we don’t list here. Please contact us if you want to raise an issue, share information, or if you have any other questions.

Gateshead Council

What Who attends? How often?
Strategic Leadership

Our Chief Executive and senior leadership team have regular one-to-one meetings with Council leaders and staff in senior management roles in our local public sector organisations

Health and Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing Board Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Bi monthly
Healthy Weight Alliance Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Bi monthly
Community Safety
Community Safety Board Giovanni Spatuzzi (Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager) Quarterly
Hate Crime and Community Tension Monitoring Group Claire Rowntree (Senior Advocacy Coordinator for Statutory Advocacy and Hate Crime) Bi monthly
Safeguarding
Safeguarding Adults Board Jane Kingston (Advocacy Manager) Quarterly
Safeguarding Quality Assurance Group Jane Kingston (Advocacy Manager) Quarterly
Emergency Planning    
Multi-Agency Resilience and Emergency Planning Group Mark Shilcock (Support and Development Coordinator) Quarterly

 

Gateshead Focus

What Who attends? How often?
Health and Social Care Transformation
Gateshead Health and Care System Board (Gateshead Cares) Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Giovanni Spatuzzi (Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager) Fortnightly

 

Newcastle and Gateshead

What Who attends? How often?
Strategic Leadership
Blue Stone Collaborative Board Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Quarterly
Health and Wellbeing
Clinical Commissioning Group Directors Meeting (Mark Adams) Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Quarterly
CCG Patient, Carer and Involvement Forum Carrie Rosthenal (Haref Engagement Officer) Bi monthly

Newcastle City Council

Meeting Who attends? How often?
Strategic Leadership
Voluntary Sector Liaison Group Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Quarterly
Our Chief Executive and senior leadership team also have regular one-to-one meetings with Council leaders and staff in senior management roles in our local public sector organisations
Safeguarding
Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board Giovanni Spatuzzi (Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager) Quarterly
Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board Jane Kingston (Advocacy Manager) Every two months
Community Safety
Safe Newcastle Board Giovanni Spatuzzi (Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager) Quarterly
Hate Crime and Community Tensions Group Claire Rowntree (Senior Advocacy Coordinator for Statutory Advocacy and Hate Crime) Monthly
Health and Wellbeing / Economic Development / Prosperity
Newcastle City Futures Board Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Quarterly
Welfare Reform / Poverty
Welfare Reform Board Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Quarterly
Food Support Network Giovanni Spatuzzi (Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager) Monthly
Climate Emergency
Net Zero Task Force Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Quarterly
Older people
Age Friendly City Group Several older people’s organisations including Search, Age UK, Disability North Quarterly
Health and Wellbeing
Phase 2 Reducing Health Inequalities - Vulnerable Groups Task and Finish Group Vicki Harris (Haref Coordinator) Carrie Rosenthal (Haref Engagement Officer) Monthly
NCC Public Health Steering Group - ethnic minorities Vicki Harris (Haref Coordinator) Every two months
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Citywide Asylum Seekers Network

Vicki Harris (Haref Coordinator) Gill Edgar (Senior Advocacy Coordinator for Community Advocacy)

Every two months

 

Newcastle Focus

What Who attends? How often?
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Equity, Diversity and Human Rights working group at NuTH Vicki Harris (Haref Coordinator) Every two months
Health and Social Care Transformation
Collaborative Newcastle Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Giovanni Spatuzzi (Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager) Weekly
Advice Compact Gill Edgar (Senior Advocacy Coordinator for Community Advocacy) Heather Goodhand (Welfare Advocate) Every two months

 

Wider North East 

What Who attends? How often?
Strategic Leadership
Robin Fry, Chief Executive at North Tyneside VODA is the North of Tyne Combined Authority VCSE Ambassador and works closely with Connected Voice, Northumberland CVA and VONNE on this via a stakeholder group.
North of Tyne Combined Authority - VCSE Stakeholder Group Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Quarterly
North of Tyne Combined Authority - Inclusive Economy Board VCSE reps: Carol Botten (VONNE) Anne Lyall (Northumberland CVA) Quarterly
VONNE - Local Infrastructure Organisations Meeting Lisa Goodwin (Chief Executive) Giovanni Spatuzzi (Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager) Monthly
Funding
VONNE - NE and Cumbria Funders Network Jack Summerside (Support and Development Officer) Giovanni Spatuzzi (Strategic Partnerships and Operations Manager) Quarterly
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
North East Race Equality Forum Vicki Harris (Haref Coordinator)

Quarterly

North East Migration Partnership health focused meeting Vicki Harris (Haref Coordinator) Quarterly
North East Ambulance Service Equality and Diversity Group Vicki Harris (Haref Coordinator) Carrie Rosenthal (Haref Engagement Officer) Quarterly
Community Safety
Victim and Witness Service Improvement Board (Office of Police and Crime Commissioner Northumbria) Jane Kingston (Advocacy Manager) Quarterly