The North Northumberland Voluntary Forum’s Voluntary and Community Awards has been launched in recognition of the achievements and hard work carried out by volunteers and community groups in Berwick-upon-Tweed and North Northumberland.

Local charities, voluntary and community groups will take centre stage this year for this unique award evening which will be held on Thursday 6 July at The Black and Gold, Tweedmouth. This invitation only awards evening will acknowledge the amazing contribution made by volunteers and community groups and celebrate the tremendous work that is carried out by individuals, groups and organisations in North Northumberland.

Entry to the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum Awards 2017 is free. Nomination forms are available from the Berwick Voluntary Centre, 5 Tweed Street, Berwick-upon-tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1NG or can be downloaded at www.nnvforum.org.uk

Please return completed application forms no later than 5pm Monday 12 June 2017. Email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post to the above address

Healthwatch Northumberland's new Chair, David Thompson, is a former Head of Haydon Bridge High School and Non-Executive Director of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. He has also been Chair of North Country Leisure and Tynedale Sports Council.

David joins Healthwatch Northumberland, independent champion for people who use health and social care services, in its fifth year of operation.  He says, "We at Healthwatch Northumberland will continue to do everything we can to work positively with our health and social care partners to ensure that the people of Northumberland are at the heart of the services provided”.

Northumberland VCS Assembly exists to champion the views of the voluntary and community sector throughout the county, providing an inclusive, independent and influential voice.  We are seeking an Assembly member to represent West Northumberland on the Executive Committee.
 
The Executive Committee meets quarterly at Northumberland CVA in Ashington. Members represent the VCSE in their area/theme informing the Executive Committee of issues /concerns of  VCSE members and keeping members informed .  A proportion of the Committee also attend Northumberland County Council’s VCS Cabinet Advisory Committee which also meets quarterly and is held at different venues across the county.
 
Travel expenses are paid to Committee members and members hold office for a minimum of two years.
 
If you are interested in the role and would like more details, please do not hesitate to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Ann Atkinson 01670 858688.

One of the Assembly’s priorities for the coming year is to develop closer links with businesses to inform how they can invest their time, resources and skills to support VCS organisations, to develop and deliver social and economic benefits to their communities.

Are there skills, training and/or advice that your organisation would find particularly helpful?
 
For example:

  • Do you need assistance developing a robust business plan?
  • Does your website need a revamp?
  • Do you need planning and design advice to make improvements to a community building?
  • Are you looking to re-brand your organisation?
  • Do you need legal advice on an issue?

These are just a few examples of how private sector businesses might be able to assist your organisation.  Please get in touch and let us know what help your organisation needs.  We will try to assist and get you the support you need to move your organisation forward.  
 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone Ann Atkinson 01670 858688.

Northumberland VCS Assembly can help you to air your views and concerns

  • Have your voice heard and have an influence
  • Come together and discuss issues that impact on the sector
  • Share ideas, collaborate and network with colleagues
  • Keep up to date with VCS policy and news

Northumberland VCS Assembly exists to champion the views of the voluntary and community sector, providing an inclusive, independent and influential voice for the sector, raising the profile of the VCS with public and private sectors and encouraging better engagement.
 
Join us
Membership of the Assembly is free and is open to voluntary and community sector organisations, networks, forums and anyone working for such organisations in a paid or unpaid capacity in Northumberland, including Trustees.
 
You can join online at: vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/join.  For more information, contact Ann Atkinson on 01670 858688 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..