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North Tyneside World Mental Health Day: 12 October

North Tyneside will be celebrating World Mental Health Day on Friday 12 October from 11.30am at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
Organised by a partnership of organisations led by Launchpad North Tyneside, the day is the opportunity for anyone with an interest in mental health to get together and celebrate the national day of awareness.
There will be a range of creative activities throughout the day, live music, talks, information stalls, laughter workshop and more. A free buffet lunch will be provided and refreshments available. This is a great opportunity to meet others with experience of mental health difficulties as well as people working in the sector.
See the poster for more details or email Beth Williams at Launchpad.
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Community events and courses at The Linskill Centre







A number of new community events and courses are taking place at the Linskill Centre in North Shields, as part of their community development programme. These include:

Teddy Bear’s Picnic: Saturday 15 September

Sequence Dance Course: Six week course beginning Sunday 30 September

Wonderful Wildlife Course: Six week course beginning Friday 12 October

Follow the links about or for full details visit The Linskill Centre website or telephone 0191 257 8000.

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North Tyneside Cancer Plan Event: 5 October




The North Tyneside Cancer Plan has been developed specifically for the people of North Tyneside and aims to increase prevention, speed up diagnosis, improve the experience of patients and help people living with and beyond the disease.

It’s vital that the people of North Tyneside are involved in the development of the plan, and North Tyneside CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) have therefore invited residents to an event to meet them and find out how you can shape cancer services in the future.

An introductory session to the plan is being held on Friday 5 October:

Time:  12.30 to 4.30pm

Venue: The Langdale Centre, Langdale Gardens, Wallsend,  NE28 0HG

Anyone with an interest in cancer is welcome, whether or not you have personal experience of it.

To book a place please contact Donna Sample on 0191 293 1144 or email donnasample@nhs.net

Registration closes on 1 October.

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Volunteering with Healthwatch North Tyneside



Healthwatch North Tyneside has recently appointed Amanda Graydon as its new Volunteer and Engagement Coordinator and is currently looking for people to join its volunteer team. Healthwatch is the independent champion for people using local health and social care services in North Tyneside and they have a number of volunteering opportunities available.

Amanda and a number of existing Healthwatch volunteers will be attending VODA’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday 22 September from 10am to 3pm at YMCA, North Shields.

If you can’t come to the recruitment fair and are interested in volunteering with Healthwatch, contact Amanda on 0191 263 5321 or email a.graydon@healthwatchnorthtyneside.co.uk 

Healthwatch Volunteer Recruitment

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Job vacancy at Family Gateway: Young Persons’ Volunteer Coordinator




Family Gateway is a local North-east child poverty charity that aims to improve life chances for children by working with whole families and supporting the development of enterprising solutions to local problems.

The charity is keen to develop its youth volunteering programme aimed at encouraging young people to take part in social action and as part of the programme development are seeking to appoint a Young Persons’ Volunteer Co-ordinator. This post has been made possible through a grant from the Virgin Money Foundation #Iwill Youth Social Action fund.

In order to be successful you will be experienced and qualified in working with young people and in helping them develop their skills and knowledge. You will support them to develop a range of social action projects and facilitate the implementation, promotion and evaluation of their projects, also and importantly helping the young people to capture the new skills and knowledge gained through their work.

You will be enthusiastic, creative, flexible, patient and tenacious with a genuine passion for supporting young people in disadvantaged communities to be the best they can be and to change their communities for the better.

To apply please email admin@familygateway.co.uk for a copy of the job description and an application form.

Closing date Friday 7 September

Interviews to be held on 19 September

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Your opinions on brand awareness and new media wanted





North Tyneside charity Remembering the Past Resourcing the Future is currently hosting an MBA student who is
looking to interview people from charities in the local area about their understanding of brand awareness and new media.

Interviews can be conducted face-to-face, over the phone or via email and would take around 20 minutes of your time. Interviews need to be completed by 5 September 2018.

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Age Takes Centre Stage People’s Awards open for nominations




Part of Age UK North Tyneside’s Age Takes Centre Stage festival, which takes place in October, the awards celebrate the achievements of older people living and working in North Tyneside.

The awards are designed to recognise the accomplishments and contributions of older people to their local communities in line with the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ as outlined in the categories below:

Categories for nominations:
1.   Connect – in recognition of someone whose work has contributed to bringing their community together Example – setting up, supporting or running a group or activity, organising a community event/celebration, starting an initiative or project that brings people together.

2.    Be Active – to celebrate someone’s sporting achievement, health and fitness milestone or overcoming barriers to improving their health and wellbeing.
Example – taking part in a sporting event e.g park run, marathon, returning to sport after an injury or health problem.

3.    Take Notice – to recognise the contribution someone has made in campaigning for change and supporting the local community through an act of kindness or neighbourliness.
Example – launching or supporting a local campaign, assisting a neighbour with day to day tasks, selflessly helping others to build a better community

4.    Keep Learning – in acknowledgement of someone’s educational accomplishment, skill development and learning experience.
Example – returning to college to gain a qualification, gaining a sport or fitness qualification such as fitness instructor

5.    Give – to thank an individual for their fundraising triumphs or impact they have made to a local organisation through volunteering.
Example – organising and hosting a charity fundraiser, completing a fundraising challenge such as a skydive, volunteering for a local charity in North Tyneside.

•    Nominations are open to individuals aged 50+
•    You can only nominate someone for 1 category

The deadline for nominations is 7 September 2018.

Read more and nominate here

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Survey on volunteering in North Tyneside

As part of the development of a North Tyneside volunteering strategy, North Tyneside Council has developed a short survey to find out how many people in the borough are currently engaged in voluntary activity.

Download a questionnaire here and please return completed copies to:

Felicity Shoesmith
Community and Voluntary Sector Liaison Manager
North Tyneside Council
Quadrant, The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

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Free course for women effected by domestic abuse

Staying Afloat Together is a programme delivered by Barnardo’s which aims to help women find a way back from domestic abuse, feel better about themselves and get more out of life.

Taking place at the Linskill Centre, the programme consists of seven group sessions for women exploring themes such as resilience, inner strength, self-belief, self-care and managing feelings. There are also three one-to-one coaching sessions and an away day at the end of the course for women and their children. The sessions run on consecutive Friday mornings from 21 September – see the poster for dates and full details.

Booking is essential and a free creche is available.

For more information or to book your place contact Jill Marriott at Barnardo’s on 0191 212 0237.

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Treasurer vacancy (voluntary) at the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust







The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust is an independent registered Charity (charity no: 11191243) and Company Limited by Guarantee (Company No: 04827255). It was established in July 2003 to complete a community asset transfer of the Linskill Centre, based at North Shields, from North Tyneside Council. The centre was due to be demolished by the Council; however a community campaign was raised to save it. The Trust completed the asset transfer in April 2006 and has successfully developed into a thriving community centre that serves the communities of North Tyneside. It is one of the largest asset transfers in the Country and the only asset transfer in North Tyneside.

The Trust has successfully converted the centre into a financially self-sustainable community facility, gradually securing capital investment to improve the facilities and the Trust has recently undergone a major refurbishment of the centre in 2017. The centre attracts over 10,000 visits per month, has an OFSTED registered Nursery for 76 children per day, a new commercial kitchen and cafe, two large halls and licensed bar for events, 10 community rooms allowing for a comprehensive range of community activity for all ages and 30 permanent tenants based at the centre offering support services across North Tyneside.

The Trust are seeking a chartered accountant to join its existing Board of Directors in realising its charitable objectives, strategic priorities and gaining financial means to deliver the work that it is passionate about.

The role is unpaid, although reasonable expenses are reimbursed. Board meetings are once every six weeks and finance sub group meetings quarterly, mainly in the evenings. Some day time meetings may be required. The successful candidate will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact Simeon Ripley, Chief Executive on 0191 257 8000 or email simeon@linskill.org by 31 August 2018.

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