Well Newcastle Gateshead Facebook Page

Well Newcastle Gateshead have launched a Facebook page. Please like and follow the page to find out more about their work and about projects supported by the Arts Fund.

We will continue to post updates on the Well Newcastle Gateshead project via the Blue Stone Consortium Twitter page, for those of you who prefer that platform, and of course updates on Blue Stone Consortium’s work!

The link to the Well Newcastle Gateshead Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/wellnewcastlegateshead/

Well North Celebration Event and Legacy Report

A celebration event was held for all 10 Well North Pathfinders at Norton Priory in March to showcase the impact of programme over the last 4 years and to introduce Well North’s legacy vehicle, Well North Enterprises.

Well North Enterprises will offer expertise in enterprise, innovation, arts, creativity and leadership development to organisations across the UK and internationally.

Lord Andrew Mawson, Executive Chairman of Well North and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England (pictured below), spoke about the achievements of each Pathfinder and the difference they have made to the health and wellbeing of people in their local communities.

The event featured a short film which illustrated each Pathfinder’s successes. We were very proud to see the Well Newcastle Gateshead project appear in the film, a copy of which can be found at: http://www.wellnorth.co.uk/

Matt Worden, Well North’s resident artist, was commissioned to create sketches for each Pathfinder highlighting their stories and projects. A picture of Well Newcastle Gateshead’s sketch can also be seen below, and a copy of it is in proud display in our office!

Well North have published a report detailing the work and legacy of the Pathfinders. You can read it here:

The Well Newcastle Gateshead project and Arts Fund will continue until 2020/2021, with a view to extending the programme beyond this date dependent on funding.

Co-Chair Vacancy – Your Voice Counts

Your Voice Counts is looking for a Co-Chair for their user-led Board of Directors.

They are looking for somebody who is passionate about designing and experimenting with new ways of incorporating service users into matters of organisational governance.

This person will know what good governance looks and feels like, but will also have the flexibility and creativity to embrace YVC’s unique circumstances and aspirations, and the drive to create something high-functioning and truly special.

For more information, please contact Jenny Rohde, Executive Assistant, on jenny.rohde@yvc.org.uk or 0191 3897839.

Newcastle City of Sanctuary Culinary Event

Newcastle City Council, Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), Newcastle City of Sanctuary and FoodWorks, along with a group of individuals who have come to Newcastle through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) have come together to bring a tasty treat of dishes from the Middle East.

Newcastle is committed to welcoming those seeking sanctuary and is honoured to be recognised as a City of Sanctuary.

Newcastle City Council has supported over 250 parents and children through the VPRS scheme to resettle in the city. YHN have supported these families to settle into life here and many of those who have arrived as part of the scheme are keen to develop their skills, English and to find employment, which they are supported with through Supported Employment.

The people involved in the trial will have the chance to cook in a professional kitchen, show their culinary skills, increase their employability and English skills, as well as their confidence.

City of Sanctuary are hopeful that there may be scope to get dishes such as these, cooked by people resettling in Newcastle as part of the regular offer from FoodWorks carts in the future, offering people the chance to gain skills, experience and ultimately employment, and offering customers delicious food.

The event is taking place at the newly refurbished Fenham Library on Tuesday 26th March between 11am – 2pm.

There is no need to book and the food on offer is completely free. Please do pass this invitation on to anyone else who may be interested.