Tyneside Women’s Health Activities

Earlier today we visited a belly dancing session, one of various taster arts activities offered by Tyneside Women’s Health and supported by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund. The group of women who attended really enjoyed the class and said they will be coming back!

The belly dancing sessions will run every Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am until 30 September. For more information, email enquiries@tynesidewomenshealth.org.uk

Newcastle CVS Canaries in the Coal Mine Report

Newcastle CVS has produced Canaries in the Coal Mine : The Views of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector in Gateshead and Newcastle.

They asked organisations about their status, funding, achievements and challenges, and what pressures and aspirations they had identified for the future. More importantly, they asked about what issues were impacting on the people they supported and within their local communities. 

118 voluntary and community organisations completed the survey and they represent a reasonable reflection of the local sector. This year, Newcastle CVS asked an additional question around food poverty, following up from their study in December 2018.

You can view the full report and its findings here: https://www.cvsnewcastle.org.uk/images/Publications/Canaries_in_the_Coal_Mine.pdf

Please join in the discussion online, using #CanariesITCM

Adding Value: Working with the Third Sector to Transform Health, Care and Wellbeing

There is a growing and welcome recognition by the leadership within the NHS and Local authorities of the vital role community-based approaches can play in improving services and health outcomes for everyone. The VCS/Third sector of course has key role to play in this.

Local health and care system approaches are emerging whereby the existing sectoral, organisational and financial ‘status quo’ is being critically examined with a view to integrating services around individuals and their communities. The goal being, to transform how we all engage in our own wellbeing and receive health and care services, all within an extremely challenging financial environment.

Blue Stone Consortium has been invited to play an active role in how both the Newcastle and Gateshead systems develop, providing third sector input into the emerging conversations. We want to reach as many organisations as possible so we can share information but more importantly get as many organisations engaged in the process as possible, particularly those whose activities and services are already supported in some way with statutory NHS or Local authority funding.

We will be holding an event on 30 September 20291, where you will be able to hear from key health and care leaders, find out more about the transformation agenda, and hopefully become part of the conversation.

We’d love to see you there! Tickets are available via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adding-value-working-with-the-third-sector-to-transform-health-and-care-tickets-69300436471

Digital Voice in The Chronicle

Digital Voice for Communities, supported by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund, featured in The Chronicle this weekend.

Please read the article below, featuring their fantastic project aimed at creating a lasting digital record of Chopwell’s history:

Quick Crafters Children’s Crafting Day

The Quick Crafters Group, supported by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts fund, held a Children’s Crafting Day on 13 August 2019 at Chopwell Community Centre. Children and their parents made some lovely crafts, including clay figures and driftwood boats. Some of the parents loved the activities so much, that they will join the group at their fortnightly sessions!

The Twisting Ducks Video

The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company support people with learning disabilities and autism to celebrate their creative talents and develop art.

In partnership with the West End Schools Trust and with support from the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund, they are delivering creative workshops to children aged 3-5 to help increase their emotional resilience. The workshops use storytelling, play objects, dance and drama to help children explore feelings and behaviours and are delivered by an arts facilitator, two group members and a support worker.

In the video below, they showcase their great work so far.