Well Newcastle Gateshead Newsletter Issue 7

We are delighted to publish the seventh edition of the Well Newcastle Gateshead newsletter.

The Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund is supporting 5 new projects and helping existing projects during what continues to be a difficult time for communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please read more below and as always, do let us know your comments and suggestions!

Well Newcastle Gateshead Newsletter Issue 7

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

 

North East Wilds Forest Lunch Club Project Update

North East Wilds and Stomping Grounds have delivered over 50 food parcels over the past 4 weeks to women in Chopwell village as part of their Forest Lunch Club project, supported by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund.

They said: “It’s sad not to be out in the woods cooking and crafting with this group of wonderful women, but we’re really glad that we can support in other ways. We’ve also delivered some grow kits and with thanks to The Pickle Palace we’re able to deliver some bedding plants to some families too. If we can’t take the group into the great outdoors, we’ll bring it to them instead! With thanks to Well Newcastle Gateshead for their support and flexibility at this time.”

 

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!

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!