Closing date: 26th September
Whilst awaiting the government’s green paper on social care, which is now due in the autumn, the LGA has published its adult social care green paper for consultation.
“Escalating funding pressures and increasing demand are threatening services that improve lives and communities.  We cannot go on like this.  It is time to confront the hard choices and be honest about the options. This is our chance to put adult social care right at the very heart of the Government’s thinking.
“The consultation will run until 26 September. Your views will help build a vision for adult social care that supports people, communities, hospitals and our economy for decades to come.”

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Deadline for submissions: 14th September 2018 
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has invited submissions on issues related to poverty and human rights in in the UK.  In preparation for his visit to the UK in November 2018, the Special Rapporteur, Professor Philip Alston would like representatives of civil society organizations, experts and academics to provide input specifically on the following:

  • Extreme poverty
  • Austerity
  • Universal Credit
  • New technologies in the welfare system
  • Child poverty
  • Brexit

 Find out more:

The Europe Direct Information Centre in Durham on behalf of the European Commission and European Parliament are organising three Brexit themed events:
Brexit and Citizens’ Rights: Thursday 20th September, 5.30pm – 7pm at the Sage, Gateshead:  
This event focuses on citizens’ rights and the expected requirement for nationals of the EU27 and their families to have to apply for settled status in order to benefit from certain conditions after the transition period ends in December 2020.  View the flyer (pdf)
Brexit, Business and Trade: Tuesday 30th October, 8.30am – 10am at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland
This one will focus on how the changes will affect business, trade and exports, and the implications for the labour force.  View the flyer (pdf)
Brexit and Higher Education: Thursday 1st November, 6pm – 7.30pm at the Calman Centre, Durham University
The third event looks at the impact on higher education and student recruitment, how EU national students will be able to access UK services, whether ERASMUS+ will be supported and what the future may be for European funded research programmes.  View the flyer (pdf)
For further information and to reserve places, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services.  It provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs – such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to child’s wellbeing.
The programme can help:

  • Vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.
  • UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.
  • (Discretion may be given where a child or young person, or their family, have an asylum application under assessment or in circumstances where residency criteria is not consistent across the family unit).

It is unable to help:

  • Adults aged 18 and over.
  • Those who do not meet income criteria as defined by the programme.
  • Those who are leaving care who have access to separate, specific statutory provision.
  • Children and young people who do not meet the residence criteria as defined by the programme.

Read the Emergency Essentials Referrer Guidelines for more details and find out how to apply
Download the flyer.

Are you a senior leader (CEO or senior manager) working in an organisation located in the North East? Would you benefit from joining a cross-sector group of other leaders, to consider more dynamic ways of solving problems; and discovering solutions tried and tested by others?  Do you want to sharpen your own approach to learning by developing or embedding an open, probing mind, an ability to listen, question and explore ideas?   Would you like the time and space to reflect on their own performance and impact to ensure that you have the right tools to realise the ambition of your organisation?  Then this exciting Action Learning Set opportunity is for you! 

Facilitated by Helen Frankenberg (Director, North East Change Centre ), this opportunity will bring together 6-8 leaders drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, to develop their leadership, reflective and problem-solving skills.

The first session will take place at the end of September or beginning of October. This date will be agreed with interested/selected participants. The sessions will be full days from 10 am to 4 pm and take place in Newcastle City Centre.  Subsequent sessions will take place monthly or at another interval agreed by members at the first meeting.  It is expected that this ALS would last for around 8 months and include some form of training or support around the halfway mark, that would equip the participants to facilitate future action learning sets, thereby up-skilling more leaders across the North East. 



Members are expected to fully commit for the duration of the programme and sign up to the conditions and behaviors that make for a successful ALS.

There will be a total of 6 sessions and the cost to participants is £50 per session and the course fees should be paid up front. Participants can pay for their own lunches Regular reviews will be carried Learning will be built into a written report to be shared with the North East Together: Leaders Network for Social Change.


How to apply

Please email a short note (no more than 2 sides of A4) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 6th September 2018 with your name, your organisation (stating which sector you work in), and some information about what you have to offer AND what you expect to get out of the action learning set.  Find out more.