Imagine Your Seat, Skimstone Arts, launches Monday 9th Nov

Our friends @SkimstoneArtsEnsemble are presenting Imagine Your Seat, an international radio show with contributors from Byker, Walker, across Newcastle and the rest of the world.  

They’ve worked with collaborators to find out where they would like to be and what difference they would like to make. Tune in for a full programme of live interviews, performances, songs, poems and jingles as they celebrate an imagined new world.

From Monday 9 – Wednesday 11 November, Imagine Your Seat will broadcast live for 30mins each day. Don’t miss it – tune in and join them at

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:

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:

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, or newly appointed Project Support Officer

Active Newcastle Exercise Programme

Active Newcastle are delivering a live exercise programme, aimed at those who are new to exercise or those who would like to keep moving. They have a range of activities on every week and offer short videos on different health and wellbeing topics.

Please find more info on their Facebook page: and subscribe to their YouTube page to see the videos:

Well Newcastle Gateshead Newsletter Issue 7

We are delighted to publish the seventh edition of the Well Newcastle Gateshead newsletter.

The Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund is supporting 5 new projects and helping existing projects during what continues to be a difficult time for communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please read more below and as always, do let us know your comments and suggestions!

Well Newcastle Gateshead Newsletter Issue 7

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 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