Blue Stone Consortium have moved!

Blue Stone Consortium have moved offices! We are now based within Connected Voice offices at: Blue Stone Consortium, 3rd Floor, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF.

Blue Stone staff have moved towards predominantly homeworking, but will spend 1-2 days per week in the new office at Higham House, with our fantastic colleagues Connected Voice. All other contact details remain the same.

Byker Family Story Trail, Unfolding Theatre

Unfolding Theatre launch their Byker Family Story Trail on Friday 25th September. This project is part of The Storytime Exchange, supported by Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund.

The Byker Family Story Trail was co-created by Unfolding Theatre and 25 children from Byker and Walker. The stories explore an invisible world that only children know about.

Here how it works…

  • Use the map below to find the locations of the five stories.
  • Go find the story sign in each location.
  • Scan the QR code on the story sign to unlock the story (hint: the story signs are attached to lampposts).
  • Sit (or stand) back and enjoy the story.
  • Remember to tell your friends about the Story Trail too.

Visit their website to find out more: https://www.unfoldingtheatre.co.uk/byker?fbclid=IwAR2zAeKZyb-GNM6R5sH3q2d561IO94UlKcCfu0GPv23NloAwsg4Eva1QLuY

Seven Stories shortlisted for a national award for its lockdown activities

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, has been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award From Home. Kids in Museums has run a prestigious annual award for the past 15 years, recognising the most family-friendly heritage sites in the UK. This year, the charity asked families and museums to vote for what they thought was the best online activity for families during lockdown. A panel of museum experts whittled down over 400 nominations to a shortlist of 26 museums. Find out more here: https://www.sevenstories.org.uk/blog/seven-stories-has-been-shortlisted-for-a-national-award-for-its-lockdown-activities?fbclid=IwAR05E0ZeFJXVquVqI89FjlCVdK5DMaJeBl6JwNu8nVLFtVWJ0ph6x6WOoQI

Well Newcastle Gateshead are very happy to have supported Seven Stories lockdown project, Story Kitchen in Byker. Good luck guys!

New COVID-19 lockdown rules for the North East

The government has announced new lockdown rules for the North East in response to increases in infection rates in the area.

Blue Stone Consortium are aware that this could have an impact on the communities, groups and artists we support. Please remember that we are here to support you, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if we can help.

You can contact Programme Director Mark Mulqueen at mark@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk, or newly appointed Project Support Officer rachael@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk