Northumberland VCS Assembly exists to champion the views of the voluntary and community sector throughout the county, providing an inclusive, independent and influential voice.  We are seeking an Assembly member to represent West Northumberland on the Executive Committee.
 
The Executive Committee meets quarterly at Northumberland CVA in Ashington. Members represent the VCSE in their area/theme informing the Executive Committee of issues /concerns of  VCSE members and keeping members informed .  A proportion of the Committee also attend Northumberland County Council’s VCS Cabinet Advisory Committee which also meets quarterly and is held at different venues across the county.
 
Travel expenses are paid to Committee members and members hold office for a minimum of two years.
 
If you are interested in the role and would like more details, please do not hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Ann Atkinson 01670 858688.

  • Do you need assistance developing a robust business plan?
  • Does your website need a revamp?
  • Do you need planning and design advice to make improvements to a community building?
  • Are you looking to re-brand your organisation?

These are just a few examples of how private sector businesses might be able to assist your organisation.  Is there help you need but you do not have the skills in house to take this forward?  
 
Please get in touch with us and we will try to get you the support you need to move your organisation forward.  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Ann Atkinson 01670 858688.

The North Northumberland Voluntary Forum has been working to create two new work spaces at the Berwick Voluntary Centre which closely meets the needs of their resident and visiting organisations. To this end they will be launching:

  • Comfy Room – For those interviews that can be slightly stressful and where an informal space is likely to be best for clients and service users. There's a lovely box of toys, soft furniture for comfort and confidential work and a relaxed atmosphere. 
  • Hot-Desk Room – How often do you need to access some electronic information or print-off some documents etc?Well this room is ideal for those of you who are away from your office or volunteer for an organisation. The Hot-Desk Room has free wifi access and all the office facilities you could need. You can interview in this room or simply access your work.

The launch will take place at the Berwick Voluntary Centre, 5 Tweed Street Berwick upon Tweed on Thursday 27 April 2017 at 5.30pm. You are cordially invited to come along and celebrate the launch with some light refreshments and see what's on offer.
 
Please RSVP by booking your place via EventBrite

Since the devolution deal between the seven Local Authorities comprising the Combined Authority fell through and the Government withdrew the option of devolution, the three north of Tyne Local Authorities still wishing to proceed with devolution have re-commenced talks with Government.
 
Discussions are taking place with the Government in terms of the potential content of a devolution deal. It had been hoped that a clearer picture of whether a deal for a North of Tyne Combined Authority is possible would be known by the spring.
 
If a deal is agreed then the three Local Authorities would need to leave the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and establish a new Mayoral Combined Authority for the North of Tyne area.  This would require two Orders to be laid before Parliament.  A third Order would subsequently be required to devolve all powers specified in the deal from Government to the new Mayoral Combined Authority. This is the standard process that has been followed by all Combined Authorities with devolution deals. In addition, some form of joint Transport Committee would be required with the four Local Authorities from south of the Tyne to manage Nexus.
 
The aim is to have these three Orders laid before Parliament in sufficient time to allow the election for the Mayor to take place in May 2018. It is a prerequisite of the Government that any such devolution deal includes the election of a Mayor.

Drawing from the Third Sector Trends study – the only large-scale longitudinal survey of the third sector being run in the UK – this report presents groundbreaking new evidence on the state of the third sector in the north of England in 2017.

Data for the study was collected in 2016 by St Chad’s College, Durham University, using online questionnaires across the north of England as part of a programme of research currently being led by IPPR North on the future of civil society in the North. This research aims to initiate and assemble a coherent evidence base to help inform and shape local, regional and national policy-making regarding the role of civil society in the north of England.

This report presents initial headline findings from the study from across the whole of the north of England, and explores three key areas of analysis. A total of 3,594 responses were received, including 1,462 from the North West, 1,083 from Yorkshire and the Humber, and 1,012 from the North East. This represents a response rate of 12.7 per cent across the North. This data will be analysed in depth, and a series of reports exploring key trends and relationships in detail will be published from the early summer of 2017.