Blue Stone Consortium Annual General Meeting 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ongoing societal restrictions, our Board have agreed to cancel our Annual General Meeting this year, which would have been due to take place in June 2020. The update below would have formed the basis of our AGM, so please contact us at vanessa@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk if you want to raise any issues in light of the information.

Our Developments and Plans

We were delighted to appoint 3 new Trustees in 2019: Philip Glasgow, our new Treasurer, Max Seed and Lisa Goodwin, CEO of Connected Voice (who joined in late November). All have brought their invaluable expertise to help lead Blue Stone Consortium.

We said goodbye to John Maddocks, who had been our Treasurer for the last year, and Trustees Sally Young and David Smith. Sally was the CEO of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (now Connected Voice) and one of our founding members. We thank our outgoing Trustees immensely for their contribution and wish them well in their future plans. We also welcomed 2 new members, Carers Trust Tyne & Wear and North East Wellbeing, bringing our membership to 46 in 2018/19.

The Well Newcastle Gateshead initiative has been progressing well, with the Arts Fund supporting 28 projects to date across Byker, Inner West Newcastle, Chopwell and Felling and bringing £303k in partnership funding/in-kind support to these areas. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that some projects operate and we are supporting them to continue to deliver activities to the people that need it most. You can read more about how we are doing this here. We are inspired by the creativity and innovation displayed by funded projects who have been able to deliver activities in virtual spaces and via the provision of activity and support packs for vulnerable residents.

We continue to provide input into the ongoing health and care system arrangements in Newcastle and Gateshead and increasingly the wider regional geography. We will look to develop this area of work in the year ahead.

We hope that you are keeping safe and well and we look forward to meeting you again when it is safe to do so.

Peter Kelly

Chair