Do you want to have a role in progressing the development and direction of Northumberland VCS Assembly?

Unfortunately as a result of ill health, Norman Dunn has resigned from his position as Executive Committee member representing North Northumberland and we are now seeking a replacement.  Could you take on this role?
All nominees must be Assembly members.  Members can nominate themselves or be nominated by other Assembly members, with their permission of course. We are also keen for younger Assembly members to put themselves forward.

Members of the Assembly Executive Committee have a responsibility to represent the VCSE and not just represent their organisation.  Committee meetings are usually held four times a year. A proportion of the Committee also attend Northumberland County Council’s VCS Liaison Group which meets quarterly and is held at different venues across the county. On occasion members may be asked to participate in working groups on issues.
Travel expenses are paid to Committee members.  Members hold office for a minimum of two years (this is dependent on funding which is currently only available until March 2019).
If you are interested in the role and would like more details, please do not hesitate to contact Ann Atkinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 01670 858688.
Nominations must be received by 8th February 2019.

NICE is looking for lay members to join its committee that will be looking at children and young people with disabilities and severe complex needs.  Applicants should have an understanding of the health and social care support that is important for children and young people with disabilities and severe complex needs.

To be right for this role, you should:

  • have personal experience as a disabled child or young person with severe and complex needs and have received treatment and care provided by the NHS and social care services (please note that you need to be 16 and over to join this committee)
  • or be a parent, relative or unpaid carer of a child or young person who has used relevant health and social care services
  • or be a volunteer or employee of a relevant voluntary organisation or support group.

Time commitment:  18 months.  Closing date for applications: 5pm, Tuesday 5 February 2019. For more details, visit the website or download the flyer.

Community Energy England is requesting members of community energy organisations to complete their State of the Sector 2019 survey, which is being conducted in partnership with Scene, an UK-based community renewable energy consultancy.

The research investigates the number, nature, and outcomes of community energy throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  It will help influence government policy over the next 12 months and raise awareness of the importance of community energy.  The research will also feed into the ongoing work of Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales, supporting and aiding communities to develop their own low carbon projects.

The survey is aimed at community energy organisations involved in low carbon activities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes electricity and heat generation, energy storage, low carbon transport, energy efficiency, demand management and wider low carbon initiatives.

Find out more and take part in the survey.

Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time in their lives.  Tyneside and Northumberland Mind are currently reviewing the services being provided in Blyth to find out what is available, what works and whether anything more needs to be done to support people.

They have a survey they’d like people to complete and return to help plan future services.  Could you help by completing the questionnaire? Do you work with people in the area who may like to complete the survey?

Please would you help us plan future services by completing this short survey?  You do not have to answer all questions; however any information you provide will be used to help us develop or improve services in your community.

Please be aware some questions within this survey may be upsetting or may raise issues.  If you would like more information about the survey or would like help to complete it, please phone Steph on 01665 600930.  The phone is not always staffed but an answer service is available and Steph will contact you when she is next in the office.