Rural communities face limited support services for older people experiencing dementia, and this will become more marked over time, since government statistics show that the ageing of the population is due to happen faster in rural than in urban areas.
The Rural Services Network issued the warning to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week, which ran from 14-20 May 2017.  A recent independent study by the Rural England Community Interest Company confirmed that older people form a disproportionate share of the overall rural population, said the network, so these are major implications for rural areas and those people who live in them, especially those areas which are popular retirement locations.

Koast Radio has been operating since 2011 and is the only community radio station within South East Northumberland with a broadcasting licence from Ofcom.  It is a not for profit organisation run by a team of local volunteers who are passionate about the area and delivering great local radio. It has a mixed and varied broadcast schedule with live shows daily from 7am in the morning up to 12 midnight 7 days per week on 106.6GHz on the FM waveband across South East Northumberland, and also simultaneously stream broadcasts online, making them available anywhere through applications such as Tunein Radio.
The station now has an estimated reach of over quarter of a million listener’s everyday, people who live, work and visit the area, people who buy local goods and services and support local events and attractions.
Koast is able to help local community organisation publicise the work they do and promote their events absolutely free.  This can be by giving a mention live on air to your event or by you coming into one of their shows to talk about what you do and what you have planned.  They also have an outside broadcast team who can attend and support your event, although they do make a small charge for any involvement they have.
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The North Northumberland Voluntary Forum’s Voluntary and Community Awards has been launched in recognition of the achievements and hard work carried out by volunteers and community groups in Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Northumberland.

Local charities, voluntary and community groups will take centre stage this year for this unique award evening which will be held on Thursday 6 July at The Black and Gold, Tweedmouth. This invitation only awards evening will acknowledge the amazing contribution made by volunteers and community groups and celebrate the tremendous work that is carried out by individuals, groups and organisations in North Northumberland.

Entry to the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum Awards 2017 is free. Nomination forms are available from the Berwick Voluntary Centre, 5 Tweed Street, Berwick-upon-tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1NG or can be downloaded at

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An application to take part in a new one year Building Health Partnerships (BHP) programme, led by the STP Prevention Work Stream Group which covers the Northumberland, Tyne Wear and North Durham and Durham, Darlington Tees, Hambleton, Richmond and Whitby STP, areas has been successful. VONNE represents the VCSE on this workstream.

The programme provides an opportunity to develop some meaningful engagement between health commissioners and professionals and the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in the design, commissioning and delivery of health and wellbeing services.

Read VONNE’s briefing paper to find out more.

Healthwatch Northumberland's new Chair, David Thompson, is a former Head of Haydon Bridge High School and Non-Executive Director of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He has also been Chair of North Country Leisure and Tynedale Sports Council.

David joins Healthwatch Northumberland, independent champion for people who use health and social care services, in its fifth year of operation.  He says, "We at Healthwatch Northumberland will continue to do everything we can to work positively with our health and social care partners to ensure that the people of Northumberland are at the heart of the services provided”.