Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is developing their database of services available in the community, to which organisations can add their own details by completing a questionnaire.   The database is free for all to access at http://www.ntw.nhs.uk/pic/.

The Trust also hosts a bi-monthly meeting in Newcastle, called the ‘Service user and Carer Reference group’, as a forum for service users, carers and the services people access to support the development of the existing services offered by the Trust and to discuss any plans for changes to existing services.  

The next Service user and Carer Reference group meeting is to be held on: Thursday 3rd March, 10:00am at the Assembly Rooms, Newcastle.

At the meeting, the group will review the terms of reference and discuss any proposed changes to the existing format to make it more accessible for everybody.

If you would like to attend this meeting or if you would like a copy of the existing ‘terms of reference’, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  NTW Foundation Trust; Tel: 0191 203 1650.

The latest Know Northumberland quarterly bulletin, produced by the Northumberland County Council Strategy and Change Team, is now available online.  This issue focuses on ‘Population and Health’ and includes data on age, ethnicity, components of change, fertility, mortality, obesity and physical activity. 

Download Know Northumberland Bulletin 16 – Population and Health.  All bulletins, reports and further data relating to Northumberland can be found at Northumberland Knowledge.

Football clubs across the county are being encouraged to play their part in shaping the future of Northumberland’s soccer pitches. Active Northumberland, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, is carrying out research for a new Playing Pitch Strategy. The aim is to ensure Northumberland has an accessible, high quality and sustainable network of playing fields that promote, support and help grow participation in sport while improving the quality of the pitches.
 
As part of this process Active Northumberland is working with Northumberland FA and has contacted clubs throughout the county to find out their needs and help identify the supply and the demand for these playing pitches.However they urgently need extra information from football clubs who haven’t responded to support the information they have already received. Any clubs which would like to contribute can obtain a questionnaire by contacting John Booth at Active Northumberland via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
All questionnaires need to be returned no later than Friday 12 February.

The first steps have been taken to designate a neighbourhood planning area which will cover the parish of Whittington. Formal consultation on whether the local community supports this as a suitable area for neighbourhood planning is taking place from Friday 29 January to Monday 29 February 2016.Whittington Parish Council has applied for the area to be designated, as it is the qualifying body for neighbourhood planning purposes.
 
The parish council has considered that it would be appropriate to prepare local planning policies which can address the needs and wishes of the local community. In Northumberland, neighbourhood planning must be led by parish and town councils, and through the plan they can use powers to shape where new homes, shops, offices and other businesses should be built, and what those new buildings should look like. Plans must also take into account national planning policy and the policies set out in the Northumberland Local Plan.
  
Details of the application by Whittington Parish Council can be found on Northumberland County Council’s website at http://northumberland.gov.uk/ourplan  
 
Those who want to make comments on the proposed neighbourhood area can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to the Communities and Infrastructure Team, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF.
 
Representations must be received by Northumberland County Council on or before Monday 29 February 2016.

The youth service is currently undergoing a reorganisation to make a saving of approximately £240,000 following central Government cuts to the local authority’s youth service budget of £1.2 million. The reorganisation will protect frontline staff and will bring about a more focused approach on delivering the service to disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in the county, and developing closer working relationships with the charitable and voluntary sector. 
 
The service will also restructure its provision across Northumberland into three new geographical areas - the South East former coalfield area covering Ashington, Blyth, Bedlington and Amble; other towns in the South East including Morpeth, Cramlington, Ponteland and Seaton Valley; and the rural North and West of the county.   
  
A consultation will begin with users in February to gather the needs and perceptions of young people living in each of the three new localities, with the aim of ensuring that the service offers a tailored programme to each area. Young people will be able to consult through a series of focus groups organised by the county’s Youth Cabinet and Youth Parliament, and by talking to young people in care and those involved in disabled and LGBT groups.
 
Parents are also being encouraged to ask their children to complete the online survey and engage in the consultation.
To complete the survey, visit myteens.uk. All participants will be entered into a prize draw to win £50.  More information can be found by visiting the youth service page at www.northumberland.gov.uk or by searching for ‘NCC Youth Cabinet’ on Facebook.
 
The service welcomes views from all young people who live in the county, regardless of whether they currently use the service or not, who are interested in finding out more information.