Well Newcastle Gateshead Projects Go Virtual!

The COVID-19 situation has presented the community, arts and culture sectors with unprecedented challenges, with many organisations looking to connect and engage with beneficiaries in new and innovative ways.

Some Well Newcastle Gateshead funded projects, including North East Wilds Forest Lunch Club, Digital Voice Skills for Chopwell and Friends Action North East Make Art, Make Friends are connecting with participants online and making art in virtual spaces. North East Wilds are providing additional support through the provision of food and arts activity boxes to help women who are self-isolating in Chopwell.

Friends Action North East have released an online arts tutorial for their participants, which you can view below:

We are so proud of each of our projects’ efforts to connect with those who need it most. Thank you all for the amazing work you do to make your communities healthy and connected places!

Coronavirus Update

Following government advice on the coronavirus, we have temporarily closed our office and our staff are working from home.

We are still contactable at vanessa@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk and 07845 074206.

Keep safe everyone!

Friends Action North East Make Art, Make Friends Video

Friends Action North East are a charity based in Newcastle who help adults with learning disabilities in the North East of England to make and keep friends.

In their Make Art, Make Friends project, supported by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund, participants have been involved in a range of arts activities, including print and dance. In this video, they showcase what they’ve done to date and express how the project has helped them make friendships. Have a look below!

Fuel Poverty Event

Northern Powergrid, in partnership with VONNE, will be delivering the following event:

Fuel Poverty: Future: Fairness: Working with you to support vulnerable customers now and in the future

4th March 10.00-13.00 National Railway Museum, York

The energy system is transforming and the future holds a number of opportunities to ensure that the most vulnerable in our communities benefit equally from that transformation. 

Northern Powergrid, the electricity distribution network for the North East, Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, already has a programme of work to support their vulnerable customers, with a particular focus on the fuel poor.  They work in partnership with community organisations, health, housing and local authorities to promote, develop and deliver their services more effectively. 

At this event Northern Powergrid, supported by VONNE, wants to have a wider conversation with you about the support they are providing now.  They will also showcase tools and launch the next community partnering fund in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, which enables community groups to tackle issues close to the heart of Northern Powergrid.

At this event Northern Powergrid will look forward and discuss with you opportunities to work collaboratively to ensure that vulnerable customers are a  priority as we move to a new low carbon future.

For more information and to register: https://www.vonne.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=219&reset=1