The government is consulting on proposals to legislate to put it beyond doubt that local authorities, including parish councils, cannot charge parkrun or junior parkrun for the use of public parks. The consulting also asks whether the proposals should be extended beyond parkrun and junior parkrun, to other organisations or types of use of public parks.

This consultation is open to everyone.   The government particularly seeks the views of individual members of the public, of local authorities, of organisations that use public parks, of individuals who use public parks, of those bodies that represent the interests of local authorities at all levels, of those bodies that have an interest in public health, and of those bodies that have an interest in public parks.

All responses need to be received by no later than 5.30pm on 5th July 2017.

CAN, has begun a project to build on Northumberland’s success in delivering community-led housing, in association with Social Regeneration Consultants, Glendale Gateway Trust and Northumberland County Council. They will identify the support required by individual communities and identify specific opportunities. Part of the work involves establishing the level of interest there may be across the area and a survey will be distributed shortly to Parish and Town Councils to seek some initial views.

Community-led housing is designed and managed by local people and built to meet the needs of the community – not for private profit. Community-led housing schemes are now becoming very popular across the UK and Northumberland has much to build on. If you are interested in finding out more contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The consortium holds data relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of more than 400,000 children and young people in the UK, representing the largest data set of this kind worldwide.

Free training

CORC is looking to host some free training in the North East exclusively for voluntary and community sector organisations about measuring your impact and demonstrating evidence, entitled Understanding Outcome Measures to Improve Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.  To learn more about CORC and register your interest, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Network membership

CORC has also recently launched a new free Network membership scheme. As part of the CORC network, you will receive the network newsletter, and receive the latest information about upcoming events, new research and CORC news. If you would le to take up this exclusive offer, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Age UK Northumberland is now offering a ‘Planning Ahead Service’ to enable clients to complete lasting power of attorney, advance decision to refuse treatment (living wills) and advance statements.

The service includes support from a trained advisor and costs up to £200 for an individual and £300 for a couple. It will:

  • Help clients understand what it all means for them
  • Explain everything in plain English, with no jargon
  • Help with all form filling
  • Explain all of the available options, allowing clients to make an informed decision.
  • Provide information packs and guides, explaining all aspects of end of life planning.
  • Offer support through the whole process, with no time limits – no matter how long it takes.

All clients must be able to attend face to face meetings at our head office (The Roundhouse, Lintonville Parkway, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9JZ) to access this service. Age UK Northumberland is currently unable to offer a home visiting service for planning ahead, but may consider this in the future if there is high demand. Clients will also be responsible for paying registration fees for LPA themselves, the cost of which is not included in the service charges.

For more information, call 01670 784800 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Commenting on ten years of the Third Sector Trends Study and the latest report, written by Professor Tony Chapman and published this week by the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, the foundation’s CEO Rob Williamson says:

“The data we now have on the sector in North East England is rich and fascinating. Consistently more than a thousand organisations have responded in each survey round. That’s about the same number as opinion pollsters use to describe the state of the whole nation on everything from politics to shopping habits! But it’s worth reflecting on the value of so much philanthropic resource (originally from Northern Rock Foundation (NRF) and now the Community Foundation alongside our partners the Esmée Fairbairn and Garfield Weston Foundations) being committed to this sort of research. Why not, some might ask, just spend that money on the groups themselves rather than research about them?

“Well, full disclosure – I led the design and commission of the study back in 2007 when I was at NRF, so you would expect me to champion it. But the reasons for it then remain the same now: the kind of detailed survey data taken for granted about businesses simply isn’t produced for charities and voluntary groups, despite their critical role in society. And while important national evidence is published by NCVO (through its Almanac), given that the majority of the sector is small and local, the need for nuanced data at regional level is critical. Without it, how can policy-makers and funders make good decisions?”

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