Well Newcastle Gateshead – Lord Andrew Mawson Visit

We now have YouTube channel with videos featuring Well Newcastle Gateshead’s great work in local communities. Please subscribe to our channel Blue Stone Consortium to follow our latest work!

Our third video features Lord Andrew Mawson’s visit to Well Newcastle Gateshead, where he had the opportunity to meet local community groups and talk about their work.



Well Newcastle Gateshead Community Conversation March 2019

Well Newcastle Gateshead’s next Community Conversation will take place on 5 March 2019 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, at Chopwell Methodist Church.

Please come along to discuss ideas for projects you’d like to see in the area and to learn more about the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund. Please email vanessa@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk if you would like to attend.

Well Newcastle Gateshead Newsletter Issue 1

We have a monthly newsletter at Well Newcastle Gateshead, to update you on organisational news, developments in our four target areas (Inner West Newcastle, Byker, Chopwell and Felling) and projects supported by the Arts Fund.

We hope that you find the content informative, do let us know your comments and suggestions by emailing vanessa@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk

To read the newsletter, please click below:

 

Well Newcastle Gateshead Community Conversation in Benwell

Well Newcastle Gateshead held the latest Community Conversation for Inner West Newcastle community groups, organisations and residents at Patchwork 2 in Benwell on 31 January.

Great ideas were discussed for future projects with a focus on the arts, health and wellbeing for children aged 2 to 7 in the area. Attendees also found out more about the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund and how to apply.

The next Community Conversation will be held at Chopwell Methodist Church on 5 March 2019 to discuss ideas for arts projects benefitting adults of working age facing social isolation, mental health and low-self esteem issues. If you would like to attend, please email vanessa@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk

Newcastle CVS Report on Food Poverty

Newcastle CVS have published the latest study on food poverty, which shows that too many children and adults go to bed hungry in Newcastle. The report highlights the worrying trends in rising food poverty in Newcastle and focuses on the response from local voluntary and community groups.

The key findings include:

•  There has been a noticeable increase in food poverty in the last six years

•  Those people affected by food poverty are no longer just those associated with homelessness and people falling on ‘hard times’. Many of the people who use foodbanks today are employed, working people and there is particular concern around children going hungry

•  The report shares stories where the voluntary sector have been able to offer help but what about those who have slipped through the net?

•  A number of organisations don’t want to over-publicise their activities around food poverty because they can’t cope with the demand

•   Many organisations reported increasingly handing out food informally when it is known someone is in need

Newcastle CVS suggests that the key issue is not response, creativity, generosity and kindness but one of policy.

The full report: Food Poverty in Newcastle : The Voluntary and Community Sector view and response is available on  https://www.cvsnewcastle.org.uk/images/Publications/Food_Poverty_in_Newcastle.pdf

You can read Sally Young’s blog on https://www.cvsnewcastle.org.uk/publications-and-resources/blog/628-poor-and-hungry-in-newcastle

Please use the hashtag #PoorandHungry to help publicise the study and join the conversation.

Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance March 2019

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance will be holding their first conference at the Great North Museum on 21 and 22 March 2019.

The conference is aimed at those working with the arts/heritage and health/wellbeing, or interested in learning more about this work. It will be an opportunity to explore the particular challenges and opportunities presented by a time of unprecedented growth and public interest.

Speakers include Neil Churchill, Director for Experience, Participation and Equalities at NHS England, Lord Howarth of Newport, Co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing, and Dr Errol Francis of Culture&.

Tickets will be priced at £120 for the 2 days (£90 students/lower income) or £75 for one day (£50 student/lower income). Please find an outline programme here.

To register for the event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cultures-of-health-and-wellbeing-tickets-53343078584



Well Newcastle Gateshead Community Conversation January 2019

Well Newcastle Gateshead will be holding their next community conversation covering the inner west of Newcastle on 31 January 2019. Please come along to find out more about funding available for local projects working with children and to discuss ideas with community members.

The event starts at 9:45 am and light refreshments will be provided. Please email vanessa@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk for more information and if you wish to attend.

Could you be our first Independent Chair?

To lead us to progress the opportunities we are developing and to meet the challenges facing us over the next few years, the Blue Stone Consortium Board is looking for its first ever Independent Chair who can bring their proven leadership skills, experience and understanding of health, wellbeing and care, and use their key relationship qualities to develop collaborative services for the benefit of people in Gateshead and Newcastle.

Click here to download the recruitment pack, and contact our current Chair, Dave Woolley, at david.w@yvc.org.uk, to arrange an informal discussion about the role.

The closing date for CVs and expressions of interest is 31 July 2018.