Thursday 14th March 2019, 9am to 5pm

MEA House, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8XS

This is a free conference for anyone who wants to be involved in shaping the future of Social Prescribing in the North East.  It is aimed at representatives from clinical commissioning groups, voluntary organisations, local authorities including social care and public health, general practitioners, academics, community groups, and community organisers.  


The event and workshops will be participative, will help to build the case for social prescribing regionally and share emerging best practice and learning.  The day will provide opportunities to learn about the latest national and local impact evidence, to consider the spectrum of models available and to think together about how we can mainstream social prescribing in a sustainable way.  Participants will hear about:

  • The different models of social prescribing and how they work
  • Regional and national good practice and generate new ideas
  • Guidance on how to commission social prescribing projects


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North of Tyne Combined Authority would like to invite you to a Joint NTCA - VCS Closer Working event in March 2019.

The event will be an opportunity to update our voluntary, community and social enterprise partners on the current work programme of the Combined Authority and the key emerging priorities.  How other Mayoral Combined Authorities are working with their respective VCSE sectors will also be considered.

Through round-table discussions, your input will be welcomed on how best to engage going forward. This will then form the basis of a jointly agreed partnership approach which will set out some key principles and commitments  for co-working and governance structures/processes for the future.

There are three choices of dates and venue.

Your views, input and involvement will be very much welcomed in what is hoped will be the start of some fruitful close collaboration. Each event will be led by a respective Cabinet Member from the Combined Authority.

Northumberland County Council has launched a new ‘Discover our Land’ campaign to shine a light on the county as somewhere to visit, to raise a family, to build a career and to establish, invest and grow a business.
Encouraging start-ups, business growth and international trade in Northumberland is one of the key aims of the campaign, which will showcase some of the county’s leading businesses to inspire more entrepreneurs to create jobs and economic prosperity.  This exciting new campaign will issue a rallying cry to inspire people to be part of Northumberland’s story, as told by the people who know it best - those that are proud to live, work, visit or invest here.  Read more.



The Briardale Community Centre has been a successful community building offering a variety and of services and support to the local community of Cowpen and Kitty Brewster for the past 20 years.

Northumberland County Council now seeks a new provider to take on the provision of much valued community services from this busy and potentially vibrant site. The County Council wants to contract with a new organisation to take over the management of the building and the ongoing service provision.  

Current services provided include hosting of a crèche / childcare organisation, which provides early education and daycare services; an older persons’ Friendship Club; youth based services; and the hiring of room space to a variety of community groups, including weight loss classes, craft clubs, family history societies and the like.  The Centre also offers conferencing facilities, a community garden and a functioning kitchen providing meals and catering services.

This is an exciting new opportunity and the County Council and its partners will work closely with the new provider to ensure a smooth transition so that high quality community services can be delivered.

For more details, including the selection process and an expression of interest form which interested providers should fill in, go HERE or contact Tony Kirsop, Community Regeneration Manager on 01670 624744 (during office hours) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Expressions of interest should be submitted to the County Council by 15 February 2019.  A decision will be made in week commencing 18 February 2019 and it is intended that the new provider will assume management of the Centre from 4 March 2019, subject to negotiation.

Do you want to have a role in progressing the development and direction of Northumberland VCS Assembly?

Unfortunately as a result of ill health, Norman Dunn has resigned from his position as Executive Committee member representing North Northumberland and we are now seeking a replacement.  Could you take on this role?
All nominees must be Assembly members.  Members can nominate themselves or be nominated by other Assembly members, with their permission of course. We are also keen for younger Assembly members to put themselves forward.

Members of the Assembly Executive Committee have a responsibility to represent the VCSE and not just represent their organisation.  Committee meetings are usually held four times a year. A proportion of the Committee also attend Northumberland County Council’s VCS Liaison Group which meets quarterly and is held at different venues across the county. On occasion members may be asked to participate in working groups on issues.
Travel expenses are paid to Committee members.  Members hold office for a minimum of two years (this is dependent on funding which is currently only available until March 2019).
If you are interested in the role and would like more details, please do not hesitate to contact Ann Atkinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 01670 858688.
Nominations must be received by 8th February 2019.