Summer Conference: Helping Vulnerable Children in Our Schools and Communities

Children North East and North East Wellbeing will be holding a special event this summer to explore how innovative practice can be joined up to improve the life chances of vulnerable children. There will be inspirational content from a range of partners and speakers, including Great North Childrens Hospital.

The event will take place on 11 July 2019; please see below for further details, including information on how to book a place. Well Newcastle Gateshead will also have a presence at the event, to speak to attendees about the Arts Fund and recently funded projects.

Digital Voice – Chopwell Past and Present

Digital Voice, supported by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund, are running a project enabling Chopwell residents to create a lasting digital record of the town, past and present.

The work will culminate in an exhibition of the group’s work during the summer and the content produced will be available on social media for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Here they are reviewing photographs and remembering days gone by!

Well Newcastle Gateshead at Newcastle Funding Fair

Well Newcastle Gateshead will be at the upcoming Newcastle Funding Fair on 6 June. Please see more details about the event below.

Please pop in to say hello and to learn more about the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund.

To book a place at the Fair, please visit:

Well Newcastle Gateshead Digital Storytelling Resource

In order to assist projects to create and share digital stories about their work, Well Newcastle Gateshead have created a Digital Storytelling instructional video.

Submission of digital stories will now be a grant condition for the Arts Fund and will enable projects to have a lasting record of their impact to generate greater awareness and help with future funding and publicity.

We are asking existing projects to create digital stories about their work and we will share these soon.

We’d like to thank Anton Hecht and Ho-Yin Wong for the creation of the video and Claire Webster Saaremets and her project team from Skimstone Arts for taking part!

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.