Northumberland VCS Assembly Manifesto


State of the Sector


Briefings & Discussion Papers



Analysis of results: Consultation on VCS Support Services Commission 2018

Delivery of VCS Support Services Commission 2014-2017


Assembly Executive Committee

VCS Assembly Strategy and Action Plan 2018/19

VCS Assembly Strategy and Action Plan 2019/20

Notes from the Assembly Executive Committee


VCS Liaison Group

Notes from the VCS Cabinet Advisory Group


Assembly networks

Documents from the Central Northumberland Network

Documents from the North Northumberland Network or visit

Documents from the South East Northumberland Network

Documents from the West Northumberland Network

Documents from the Thematic Networks


Assembly events


Working together to support people to live better, Morpeth RFC, 5th March 2019


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This event provided an opportunity to gain a better understanding of  public services and VCS roles in supporting well being and resilience in our communities and how we can work more effectively together to achieve this.

Rachel Mitcheson, Senior Head of Commissioning Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, gave a presentation on the NHS Long Term Plan, key changes taking place locally and the focus on empowering people and communities to live long and healthy lives at home.  Anne Lyall, Chief Executive Officer, Northumberland CVA talked about the Value the VCS can bring to collaborative working and what it can offer.  Operations Manager Debra Dodds and Locality Coordinator Maggie Martin, both from Northumbria Healthcare, talked about community support from health including Care Navigators, Support Planners, Locality Coordinators, and Health Trainers working together to improve health and well being in the community .

Workshops provided an opportunity to consider scenarios of individuals presenting themselves to GP’s/health professionals with non-clinical concerns and how public services and the VCS would work together to improve their health and well being. Health and VCS practical projects improving health and well being in the community were also presented.

Below you can download documents from the event



Community based and community led approaches to health and well-being in practice, Morpeth RFC, 14th November 2017


This event presented different approaches to asset based community development with local practical examples and offered an opportunity for participants to consider how an asset based approach could help improve/develop communities to improve health and well-being.

The key note speaker was Jim Brown, Consultant in Public Health, Northumberland County Council, who talked about ‘The family of asset-based, community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing: what are they, why should we adopt them, and examples in practice".  Examples of practice were provided by Newsham Community Matters, Support Planners, Bridge and Artisan Community Bakery:

Below, you can download documents from the event:


Working Together to Improve the Well-being of our Communities event, White Swan, Alnwick, 14th March 2017



The VCS makes an important contribution to the health and well-being of our communities.  The value of the VCS to health and other public services in contributing to keeping people healthy and improving their well-being is beginning to be recognized and a commitment by Health and the County Council to an asset based community development approach to health and well-being requires working in partnership with VCS.

With a theme of Asset Mapping and Appreciative Inquiry, the event examined this approach and looked at how we can all contribute, working with individuals, communities and partners to improve the health and well being of our communities. 

Our key note speaker was Trevor Hopkins of Asset Based Consulting.  Trevor is one of a small group of people in the UK who, since 2007, have been championing the use of asset-based approaches to improve health, resilience and wellbeing outcomes and challenging preventable inequalities for individuals, families and communities.  He brings very creative and active approaches to his work on health, wellbeing, leadership and asset-based community development. Trevor and his partner Jayne led the workshops at this event.

Download documents from the event below:



Employer Supported Volunteering and Northumberland VCS Event, Kirkley Hall, 22nd June 2016



The primary aim of this event was to raise awareness of ESV, in all its myriad of forms, among the whole of the Northumberland voluntary and community sector through workshops that explored the opportunities and challenges ESV presents in the county and offered discussion on how the sector can engage with local businesses and become volunteer-ready to receive business support.

There were presentations from Business in the Community and from Mayborn (Tommee Tippee in Cramlington).  the event also featured the launch of the new Northumberland Trustees' Network.

You can download documents from the event below:


VCS Assembly Volunteering Event, Kirkley Hall 20th October 2015

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In October 2015, Northumberland VCS Assembly held an event at Kirkley Hall.  The theme of the event was ‘Volunteering’. Peter Walls, Chief Executive Officer, Gentoo Group and Business in the Community’s, the Prince of Wales Ambassador for the North East, was the keynote speaker and talked about ‘The Value of  Volunteering to Businesses and the Communities they serve’. The event featured workshops on aspects of volunteering.  You can download notes from presentations at the event below:



Assembly Relaunch Event - May 2015

In May 2015, Northumberland VCS Assembly was relaunched at an event held at Linden Hall.  The theme of the event was 'Challenges and Solutions to the Sustainability of the Sector'.  Lyn Cole, Deputy Director England for The Big Lottery, was the keynote speaker and the event featured workshops to discover what participants wanted from Northumberland VCS Assembly going forward.  You can download notes from the event and the findings of a survey carried out prior to the event here: