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The month started off with 73 members of staff and volunteers of voluntary and community groups attending Safeguarding training which was provided by Robin Harper-Coulson and Karen Wright from the Council Children and Adult Safeguarding Boards. The training covered the different types of abuse, well known case studies and lessons learnt from local case studies, understanding and recognising vulnerability and risk, why and how to report concerns and good practice. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and your actions however small can make a difference. Safeguarding training is essential for all staff and volunteers. If you have staff and volunteers in need of introductory Safeguarding training, another session will be held at the end of the year and advertised in our e-bulletin.

I have been busy working with Executive members drawing together a report for the Health and Well-Being Board on the role of the VCSE in supporting delivery of the Health and Well-Being Strategy and wider agenda. This report it is hoped will increase awareness of not only the role but value the VCSE can bring to collaborative working to improve the health and well being of individuals and communities.

We have also been working with other county wide VCS organisations to explore partnership working identifying the experience and skills we can bring to exploit potential opportunities in the future.

I hope that you are aware that Northumberland VINe has recently been launched providing an online discussion forum for voluntary and community groups. Please sign up to have the opportunity to share issues and concerns with colleagues in the sector. We have already had discussions on Northumberland County Council’s proposed Northumberland Lottery and the Carers Innovation Fund. To join please email:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you are having a holiday, I hope that you have an enjoyable relaxing time and if staying in this country are able to dodge the heavy showers that seem to be a regular feature of this summer. At least it has been warm!


Ann Atkinson: Assembly Development Officer

6th August 2019

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