Josephine and Jack Project – National Diversity Awards

The Josephine and Jack Project, based with us at Commercial Union House, Newcastle, have been nominated for the National Diversity Awards. You can find out more about the organisation by visiting  and can vote for the project via

Volunteers Week

Volunteer Centre Newcastle are inviting organisations and individuals to celebrate Volunteers Week in their open house, for anyone interested in finding out about volunteering.

Volunteering is recognised as a great way to connect with the local community, share skills and life experience and gain personal value and satisfaction. Getting involved in volunteering  is different for everyone, so this is a unique chance to talk directly to over 16 local charities.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering, pop into Good Space, Floor 2, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle, NE1 6QE on Saturday 8 June from 11am to 2pm. Alternatively, email

Well Newcastle Gateshead Facebook Page

Well Newcastle Gateshead have launched a Facebook page. Please like and follow the page to find out more about their work and about projects supported by the Arts Fund.

We will continue to post updates on the Well Newcastle Gateshead project via the Blue Stone Consortium Twitter page, for those of you who prefer that platform, and of course updates on Blue Stone Consortium’s work!

The link to the Well Newcastle Gateshead Facebook page is:

Well North Celebration Event and Legacy Report

A celebration event was held for all 10 Well North Pathfinders at Norton Priory in March to showcase the impact of programme over the last 4 years and to introduce Well North’s legacy vehicle, Well North Enterprises.

Well North Enterprises will offer expertise in enterprise, innovation, arts, creativity and leadership development to organisations across the UK and internationally.

Lord Andrew Mawson, Executive Chairman of Well North and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England (pictured below), spoke about the achievements of each Pathfinder and the difference they have made to the health and wellbeing of people in their local communities.

The event featured a short film which illustrated each Pathfinder’s successes. We were very proud to see the Well Newcastle Gateshead project appear in the film, a copy of which can be found at:

Matt Worden, Well North’s resident artist, was commissioned to create sketches for each Pathfinder highlighting their stories and projects. A picture of Well Newcastle Gateshead’s sketch can also be seen below, and a copy of it is in proud display in our office!

Well North have published a report detailing the work and legacy of the Pathfinders. You can read it here:

The Well Newcastle Gateshead project and Arts Fund will continue until 2020/2021, with a view to extending the programme beyond this date dependent on funding.

Co-Chair Vacancy – Your Voice Counts

Your Voice Counts is looking for a Co-Chair for their user-led Board of Directors.

They are looking for somebody who is passionate about designing and experimenting with new ways of incorporating service users into matters of organisational governance.

This person will know what good governance looks and feels like, but will also have the flexibility and creativity to embrace YVC’s unique circumstances and aspirations, and the drive to create something high-functioning and truly special.

For more information, please contact Jenny Rohde, Executive Assistant, on or 0191 3897839.