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.

Gateshead Council Strategic Review

Gateshead Council is conducting a strategic review of advice, information, guidance and advocacy; posing the question “What are the advice needs of Gateshead and how do we meet them?”.

The review includes those advice services which Gateshead Council and Gateshead Housing Company either deliver internally as service providers or commission from third parties as well as those the council or Housing Company may not touch or know about at all but which we all know are vital to helping local residents to live their lives and thrive.

We invite organisations working in Gateshead to complete the survey. The Council are asking for ten minutes of your time to answer a dozen or so questions as a first step toward achieving an overview of all advice services.  Beyond this questionnaire there will be further opportunities to feed in to the review via various voluntary and community sector meetings and focus groups. 

You can access the questionnaire by clicking on this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GatesheadAdviceReview

If you have any questions about the advice review, please do get in touch with Alison Dunn at Gateshead Council on 0191 4333300 extension 2710 or email alisondunn@gateshead.gov.uk

Well Newcastle Gateshead – Visit to Quick Crafters Group

Yesterday we had the privilege of visiting the Quick Crafters group, which is being supported by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund.

The group meet every other Tuesday at Chopwell Community Centre. They are developing a wall hanging in mixed media with the aid of a professional artist, which will be displayed at the Centre. The artwork will celebrate the life of the village, its landmarks and history. 

Here they are discussing design ideas for the piece and talking about local history. We look forward to seeing the finished product!

Quick Crafters are looking for members in Chopwell village. If you would like to join the group for some crafting and conversation, please contact Kathleen Knott at kathleenk884@gmail.com

Well Newcastle Gateshead Community Conversation March 2019 – Chopwell

Just a reminder that the 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. We’d love to see you there!

Well Newcastle Gateshead – “My Story, My Place, My Future” Evaluation Report

The Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund recently supported Seven Stories, a National Centre for Children’s books, and the West End Schools Trust to work together to deliver a reading project for reception age children and their parents/carers.

The children read and discussed 7 books exploring themes of identity, place, home and community in the classroom and then took part in wider reading sessions with their parents, using props to bring a range of texts to life. “My Story, My Place, My Future” was the overall theme and title of the project.

The project culminated in an exhibition at Newcastle City Library in the Summer of 2018 as part of the Great Exhibition of the North, featuring artwork made by the children, inspired by their reading sessions.

Up to 15 children per school (105 in total) and their parents/carers participated in the project. 15 teachers from across the Trust took part and attended training/CPD sessions at Seven Stories to enable them to create children’s literature programmes in the future.

The project recently published its evaluation report, which can be read at:

The Report highlighted that parents/carers, children and teachers benefitted immensely from the project and had fun. The children were more enthusiastic to read for pleasure and “went story mad”. One teacher said: “Singing and laughing and having so much fun, it really surprised me how much can come out of a book”.

The evaluation also spotlights key findings that can be used as learning for future projects. We are delighted to have been able to support such a positive initiative.

Well Newcastle Gateshead – Curious Beasts Project

We now have a 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!

The last video in this series features the Curious Beasts project, who are using puppetry to identify emotional wellbeing issues in children and to develop effective interventions for building resilience.

 

Well Newcastle Gateshead – Lord Andrew Mawson Visit

We now have a 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.