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 email@example.com
We recently attended Skimstone Arts Menu’s of Life event at St Michael’s Cafe in Byker. In this video, participants talk about the Reaching Out Byker project and the Menu’s of Life event. Fantastic work! Thank you to Skimstone Arts for submitting this video.
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.
Byker Community Association’s Byker Art Group, supported by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund, have been attending weekly arts sessions at Byker Community Centre. In this video, they show their creations and talk about the positive impact the arts sessions have had on them:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.