A new series of public webinars and events has been published as part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance programme, which are open to anyone across the voluntary sector to participate in. These are great opportunities to hear directly from NHS England and others in the health arena about ongoing work, and feed in your organisation’s experiences.


  • Webinar: Review of Volunteering and community contributions in later life – 10 May 2018, 12.00–13.00. Feed into this review being led by the Centre for Ageing Better in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The theme of the session will be enabling inclusive volunteering and community contribution. To book and receive joining instructions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘review of volunteering’ in the subject header.


  • Webinar: Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships/Integrated Care Systems and the Voluntary Sector – 7 June 2018, 10.30–11.30. Find out about the current state of play of sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems. To register your interest in this webinar and receive log in details, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘STP webinar’ in the subject header.


  • Webinar: Social Prescribing update – 11 July, 10.00–11.00. Hear more from the NHS England team who work on Social Prescribing, the developments in the programme over the recent year and hear about the aspirations for the future.  Register your interest and access details to log on by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘social prescribing webinar’ in the subject header.

NHS Digital is introducing a new tool that people can use to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for reasons other than their individual care and treatment.  This is part of a vision to improve patients' trust and confidence in how data is looked after by the health and social care system.  Patients and the public who decide they do not want their personally identifiable data used for planning and research purposes will be able to set their national data opt-out choice online.

The national data opt-out will be available for the public online from 25 May at www.nhs.uk/my-data-choice.  For those who do not want to, or cannot access, the service digitally there will be also be a national telephone service available on 0300 303 5678.  Please note that the telephone service and webpage will not be live until 25 May.


With our own North of Tyne devolution deal moving steadily closer to completion, perhaps we should take note of an article on the voluntary Sector Network this week that comments on how the voluntary and community sector has been left out of consultation in other parts of England.

“Local charities are being shut out of devolution planning in England, voluntary sector leaders have warned after a survey found that only one in 20 grassroots groups believed they had been consulted on the process in their area.

“Failure to involve the local third sector means that emerging “devo” practices risk missing the opportunity to draw on the sector’s reach into communities and to make new structures fully representative.  The warning comes in response to the third annual survey by Localgiving, the leading UK network for local charities and community groups.”  

Keep up to date on the North of Tyne devolution deal here.

The Integrated Wellbeing Service works within the county of Northumberland.  Their focus is on providing specialist health improvement support and training to local organisations and individuals with the aim of reducing health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of those living and working within the borough.

They have many years of experience in providing health and wellbeing services and are the leading provider within Northumberland.  Their training is highly recommended by the leading local provider of safeguarding training, VoiCeS in their latest monthly update.  Take a look at what Northumbria Health Care Trust have to offer.

The Elderberries Clinic Café is part of the Alnwick Garden Trust’s Elderberries Community Programme that aims to help Northumberland to address loneliness by enriching the lives of people over 55 years. 

As well as weekly exercise, activity, gardening and social sessions, the Clinic Cafe takes place on the second Tuesday of the month, 2.00pm – 3.30pm in the Stuart Hall Elderberries Room. The Clinic Cafe holds a variety of talks and consultations on health and lifestyle issues.  

To find out about planned activities for each month, download the leaflet.