Carers Northumberland


Carers Northumberland has made some changes in the way they are delivering services to carers in 2017 and now have some new team members.

New Key Support Workers will provide targeted one to one support to the carers in most immediate need, people new to caring, those in crisis or in danger of carer breakdown. These workers can offer support to carers in a more dedicated way to ensure that their individual needs are met.

There is also an increase in staffing in the Information and Advice Service so that now more carers will be able to access information in more places and attend a greater number and variety of events and activities across the County.

CEO, Sharon Spurling said, “If you recognise you are working with a carer who may need general advice or support, or more specific one to one support, please do refer or pass on our contact details. If you would like us to speak to your team about identifying carers and raising your carers’ awareness, we’d be happy to do so.”

Referral forms can be sent to the Carers Northumberland secure email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can contact the Information Service and Key Workers on 01670 320 025 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the carers' support letter

Download a referral form for professionals


Advocacy Centre North


Advocacy Centre North has been awarded funding from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird DBE QC to deliver an innovative advocacy service to people who are victims of hate crime across Tyne and Wear and Northumbria. Advocacy Centre North will also coordinate a programme of training events aimed at bringing communities together to tackle hate crime.

Vera Baird awarded the funding following a successful bid to her Supporting Victims Fund, which helps strengthen victim services across Northumbria. She said: "Through this new service, Advocacy Centre North will be able to offer tailored, emotional and practical support helping those who have been targeted, through no fault of their own, to cope and move on from their experience.

"Absolutely no one should be victimised - it's as simple as that. It's vital that this kind of support is there to support and protect victims and to help prevent re-victimisation. I wish the project every success."

To find out more or to make a referral go to

Download a referral form.

Download the poster.

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.
Want to know more then get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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.