Blue Stone Consortium Annual General Meeting 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and ongoing societal restrictions, our Board have agreed to cancel our Annual General Meeting this year, which would have been due to take place in June 2020. The update below would have formed the basis of our AGM, so please contact us at vanessa@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk if you want to raise any issues in light of the information.

Our Developments and Plans

We were delighted to appoint 3 new Trustees in 2019: Philip Glasgow, our new Treasurer, Max Seed and Lisa Goodwin, CEO of Connected Voice (who joined in late November). All have brought their invaluable expertise to help lead Blue Stone Consortium.

We said goodbye to John Maddocks, who had been our Treasurer for the last year, and Trustees Sally Young and David Smith. Sally was the CEO of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service (now Connected Voice) and one of our founding members. We thank our outgoing Trustees immensely for their contribution and wish them well in their future plans. We also welcomed 2 new members, Carers Trust Tyne & Wear and North East Wellbeing, bringing our membership to 46 in 2018/19.

The Well Newcastle Gateshead initiative has been progressing well, with the Arts Fund supporting 28 projects to date across Byker, Inner West Newcastle, Chopwell and Felling and bringing £303k in partnership funding/in-kind support to these areas. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that some projects operate and we are supporting them to continue to deliver activities to the people that need it most. You can read more about how we are doing this here. We are inspired by the creativity and innovation displayed by funded projects who have been able to deliver activities in virtual spaces and via the provision of activity and support packs for vulnerable residents.

We continue to provide input into the ongoing health and care system arrangements in Newcastle and Gateshead and increasingly the wider regional geography. We will look to develop this area of work in the year ahead.

We hope that you are keeping safe and well and we look forward to meeting you again when it is safe to do so.

Peter Kelly

Chair

Blue Stone Consortium/Well Newcastle Gateshead COVID-19 Statement

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a number of changes to our daily lives, not least to how people and communities stay connected. Please read our statement on how we are supporting new and existing projects during this difficult time: Blue Stone Consortium/Well Newcastle Gateshead COVID-19 Statement

If you have an idea for a project that you’d like to discuss or if you want to adapt your current project, please get in touch with Mark Mulqueen, Programme Director, mark@bluestoneconsortium.org.uk

 

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

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: https://www.facebook.com/wellnewcastlegateshead/