Do you want to have a role in progressing the development and direction of Northumberland VCS Assembly?
The majority of the existing Assembly Executive members have been on the committee for 3 years and as we have made changes to the roles, all existing members are standing down so we are now recruiting 12 Assembly members to the new roles.
There are four positions on the Committee to represent the north, central, south east and west areas of Northumberland, two positions to represent health and social care, one to represent youth and 5 general positions.
All nominations must be Assembly members, and current members of the Committee can also apply. Members can nominate themselves of be nominated by other Assembly members with their permission. We are also keen that younger Assembly members 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 and 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.


As a result of an enquiry received regarding the loss of 7 disabled parking bays in Marygate on Charter Market days (i.e. Wednesday and Saturday), Northumberland County Council would like to consult with stakeholders in Berwick to understand the impact of this long standing arrangement on disabled people.  

They are particularly interested to hear from blue badge holders about whether the loss of the 7 disabled parking bays in Marygate on Charter Market days causes them any significant difficulties and if they are aware of all the alternative parking options that blue badge holders have in the town centre.

Some background information relating to this issue is available and three possible options have been identified to reduce the impact on disabled parking bay users during Charter Market days and the council would welcome any feedback from stakeholders on these options.

An online response form is available using the following link:  Paper copies of the form should be returned to Northumberland County Council Depot, Northumberland Road, Tweedmouth, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2AS.  You can also email your completed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

All responses should be returned by 31st July 2018.

The 17th edition of the UK Civil Society Almanac has now been published.  
The Almanac brings together data from charities’ accounts, administrative data and surveys to provide a comprehensive overview of the structure and economy of the UK voluntary sector, giving invaluable insights into the ways in which the sector is experiencing growth and change.
First published in 1996 as the UK Voluntary Sector Statistical Almanac, it gives a compelling overview of the voluntary sector’s scope and characteristics, including its finances, workforce, and volunteering, as well as analysis of long term trends in order to track how the sector is changing over time.  There are lots of possible applications – you could use it to inform your strategy writing, to help with your financial planning, to benchmark your organisation, for staff training or board presentations or to adapt your campaigns or policy work.
Also read NCVO’s blog: Almanac 2018: What does the data tell us?

This report, aimed at the public sector, summarises the main conclusions drawn from two inter-related projects with public sector bodies that were undertaken between 2015 and 2017 in North East England. The purpose of these projects, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, was to explore the dynamics of relationships between the public sector (local government and health authorities) and the third sector. The principal focus has been to explore how public-sector ‘narratives’ about the strengths and weaknesses of the third sector translate into strategic planning, collaborative working and financial investment in the third sector.

Research evidence shows that, for the most part, relationships between the public sector and third sector are generally good in North East England. But the efficacy of collaborative working can be undermined, to some extent, when members of the public sector and third sector do not share the same understanding about their organisational values and respective strengths and contributions.

The work focused on six key areas of sector interaction, which emerged as the project developed:

  • Outsourcing public sector services
  • Assessing the impact of interventions
  • Partnership working and co-production
  • Hearing the voices of the third sector
  • Volunteering and building the civic core
  • Building capacity in the third sector

The programme of work was not a research project. Instead, its purpose was to achieve positive impact on inter-sector relationships by drawing upon existing and emerging research evidence undertaken by the authors to test hypotheses and inform debate about how to build, secure and sustain positive relationships.

Download the report.

Almost 350 women in Northumberland were still smoking when they gave birth in 2016/17 - representing 13% of all deliveries in the region.  People living in the least deprived areas of Northumberland can expect to spend 16.6 years longer living in good health than people living in the most deprived areas.  Almost 70% of adults living in Northumberland are overweight or obese compared to 65% in England and, in 2015/16, a third of children in Year 6 (age 10 and 11) were overweight or obese.  And the rate of hospital admissions for alcohol-related conditions is higher in Northumberland than in England too.
These are some of the stark key statistics in the draft Northumberland Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2018 to 2028, which was discussed by the county council’s health and wellbeing board at its meeting on Thursday 10th May. 
The draft 10-year strategy aims to maximise wellbeing and health and reduce inequalities over the next decade.  There are four themes, which were previously agreed by the health and wellbeing board: giving children and young people the best start in life, empowering people and communities, tackling some of the wider determinants of health, and adopting a whole-system approach to health and social care.  The success of the strategy will be monitored by changes in life expectancy, healthy life expectancy and the gap between Northumberland’s least and most deprived communities.
The document is currently in draft form and there will be a consultation with the public, partners and stakeholders before it is signed off later in the year.  Read more at: