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North Tyneside to move into Tier 3 – 2 December 2020

After an incredibly challenging period of national lockdown, our region now finds itself in the ‘very high’ Tier 3. These restrictions are designed to protect the most vulnerable among us, drive down infection rates, and allow us to move into a less strict set of measures. Download the poster here.

View the full list of Tier 3 restrictions here.

That is not to say these last four weeks have counted for nothing. Before lockdown, compliance with the measures in place for our region saw infections level off and once again residents across the length and breadth of Northumberland, Tyneside, Wearside and County Durham have united with great effect. Infection rates have dropped rapidly in recent days as the impact of lockdown takes effect. However, infection rates do remain high and ahead of many other parts of the country. That means as we head into the depths of winter, a time in which the NHS is typically under the greatest strain, we must continue to do what we can to protect each other and make sure our hospitals can cope with the demands upon them.

That means we must avoid mixing with other households indoors; outdoor gatherings must be limited to six socially-distanced individuals; hospitality settings must remain closed except for takeaway and delivery services; and indoor leisure and entertainment venues must remain closed.

We must continue to work together and by doing so we will put ourselves in a position to move to a tier which offers more of the freedoms we so dearly miss. Let’s keep going so we can once again meet up and socialise with our families and friends,  help more of our local businesses reopen their doors to customers or so that we can cheer on our beloved sports teams.

As a region we will continue to fight for the support required for those residents and businesses that have already suffered so much, and we will work with government to deploy targeted rapid community testing to try and lift some of the barriers placed upon us by COVID-19.

This will only be possible if we all take responsibility and do our bit for one another.

Impact on the Charity sector in North Tyneside

Being in Tier 3 has a big impact on our sector, the following exemptions apply for gatherings limits in all tiers as part of a single household, or a support bubble.

  • for work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes
  • for childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum
  • for supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups
  • for formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older
  • to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm
  • to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer

Read the full guidance here.

Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family

The Government has announced a temporary easing of restrictions over the Christmas period. Between 23 and 27 December you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households. Read the full details on making a Christmas bubble here.

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VODA AGM and Annual Report 2019 to 2020

As is the story of most events in 2020, we had to take VODA’s AGM online. Although we were unable to get together for our usual gathering of friends and colleagues from across the sector for a catch up and buffet, we could still take the time to celebrate the successes of VODA and the North Tyneside VCS.

Trustees & Annual Report

As part of the AGM business, VODA was delighted to welcome two new trustees to the board – Phil Hornby and
Andy Burtenshaw, while we said a fond farewell to Rob Gibbons, who has been a fantastic advocate for VODA. There was the presentation of VODA’s Annual Report 2019 to 2020 and supporting animation.

Panel Discussion on the impacts of COVID-19

We also could not avoid the hot topic of the year, which although technically occurs in our next financial year, we felt it was important to recognise the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the people, groups and organisations in North Tyneside.

We were delighted that BBC Journalise Luke Walton agreed to host a panel discussion featuring LD:NorthEast, Walking With in North Tyneside, The Community Foundation Tyne and Wear and Kerry White, a Good Neighbours beneficiary turned volunteer who kindly shared her personal experience of the pandemic.

You can watch the panel discussion here:

Voices from behind the door

We were honoured to premiere a new spoken word piece by local writer and director Alexandra Woolley about the impacts of COVID-19 on the community. @twitter.com/woolleyjumper1

AGM Feedback

Andy Butenshaw, newly elected VODA Trustee: “Thanks, it has been an incredible session and particularly moved by the end piece as already the first lockdown feels a long way behind us.  Enjoyed the panel discussed and especially hearing from Kerry, whose experiences are very different from my own.  Great pride in becoming a Trustee for VODA and determined to support and encourage the organisation to face and meet the challenges ahead.”

Charlotte Mulvaney, Linskill Centre: “It’s been a really great engaging meeting – lots to take away, big thanks from Linskill.”

Wayne Dobson, Cedarwood Trust: “Wow…. lost for words…. thank you, this year has been such a blur the piece really hits home the journey of 2020.. fantastic AGM.”

Laura Lowther, St Oswald’s Hospice: “Really powerful piece – deserves as wide an audience as possible. FANTASTIC stuff from VODA, it’s projects and partners.”

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VODA shortlisted for North East Charity of the Year

We are delighted to announce that VODA has been shortlisted for North East Charity of the Year at the North East Charity Awards 2020.

The Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the hard work and creative thinking by our local charities and individual fundraisers, whilst also highlighting the local businesses and employees who help to support the work of our charities. Go to reachplcevents.com/charity for more information about the awards.

Speaking of the nominations, VODA’s Chief Executive Robin Fry said: “We are honoured and humbled to have made the shortlist for North East Charity of the Year. It has been an extremely difficult year for charities and these awards are more important than ever to help recognise the achievements of the sector which has stepped up to help those most in need during the pandemic, despite facing many challenges along the way. Congratulations and good luck to all of the nominees. ”

Due to the current restrictions, the event will be held online on Thursday 3 December across social media – #NECharityAwards. You can follow it here: Twitter: @NECharityAwards  Facebook: @NECharityAwards Instagram: necharityawards LinkedIn: North East Charity Awards

Timings: A warm welcome from 6.45pm with the winners for each category being announced from 7pm over social media.

Full list of nominees:


  • JT Dove Ltd
  • Newcastle Building Society
  • Sofology


  • Applebridge
  • Muckle LLP
  • SOS Group Ltd


  • Sharon Brown – Morrisons West Denton
  • Dave Meldrum – Meldrum Construction


  • Durham Wildlife Trust
  • Equal Arts
  • Foundation Futures


  • Media Savvy CIC
  • The Ouseburn Trust & Victoria Tunnel
  • Safer Communities


  • Paul Bott, SJOG
  • Bob Eldridge MBE, Newcastle Homeless Commission
  • Fareeha Usman, Being Woman Charity


  • Keith Farquharson
  • MD Mominul Hamid
  • Wayne Mundey


  • Mia Morris
  • Oscar Slacke
  • Emelia-Paige Williams

SMALL CHARITY OF THE YEAR                   

  • Beach Access North East
  • Berwick’s Cancer Cars
  • Easington Lane Community Access Point


  • Bright Futures
  • If U Care Share Foundation
  • VODA
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VCS services update during national restrictions 5 Nov to 2 Dec

Many charities are working hard to continue to deliver services during the new national restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020. A number of face to face activities are still allowed under the new guidelines, but where this is not possible, many things have returned to online provision. Here is a snapshot of what is still happening in the North Tyneside voluntary and community sector. This list will be kept up to date as and when we are notified of any changes. Any charity or voluntary organisation wishing to add their details to the list, please email victoria.logan-coulsey@voda.org.uk.

  • Baby Equipment Loan Service and Toy Library
    We have taken guidance from the LA and we are still open to our members in our Covid safe workplace with all safety measures in place. We are operating on an appointment system and click and collect. Our opening hours at present are Monday 9.30am – 4pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am – 5pm and Friday 9.30am – 3pm. We are contactable via email team@belsnorthtyneside.org.uk, Facebook and telephone 0191 2635770 for enquiries or booking an appointment.
  • Pearey House Centre for Visually Impaired 
    In response to the new lockdown restrictions from the government Pearey House would like to assure service users, residents and everyone that supports the charity that they are continuing to provide outreach services. If you know of anyone who is blind or visually impaired and would like assistance with cleaning, gardening, shopping or meal deliveries please contact them for more information.
  • Family Gateway 
    Meals delivered to the door at subsidised prices (free for families with children living in poverty), meals are home-cooked and healthy and can be individual or family-sized. Welfare check with delivery by drivers with DBS and safeguarding certificates. Family Entrepreneur support with welfare issues, access to services, whole family support.
  • The Linskill Centre
    The Trust has taken guidance from the Local Authority and can confirm the Linskill Centre will remain open for the following: managed office space, Linskill Nursery, Squiggles N Giggles (restrictions), Café 32 (takeaway) and casual room hire (restrictions apply). Community development programmes will revert to online delivery. Visit the website for more details on opening hours and service restrictions.
  • Anxious Minds 
    Counselling and drop-in centres remain open
  • Peer Talk 
    Support groups will continue to meet through lockdown, for anyone facing depression, anxiety or similar, during these trying times: every Wednesday evening, 7 to 8.30pm Whitley Bay Big Local in North Tyneside.
  • Acorns Project
    Acorns supports the recovery of children and young people age 4-18 in North Tyneside and Northumberland who have been affected by domestic abuse. Acorns has confirmed that their services are not within the categories of non-essential businesses that must close and services will continue on an outreach basis and in their COVID-safe workplaces, with all safety measures in place.
  • Age UK North Tyneside
    Age UK North Tyneside’s services are operating remotely during C19 and the teams are able to take telephone calls and support enquiries via email and the website. Many of our services which were face to face are now being delivered via Zoom and other online platforms, yet they are still providing some critical face to face support. Many customers have enjoyed tackling new technology and have embraced the changes with the ongoing support of the staff team. C19 emergency service provision includes peer support groups, telephone befriending, dementia support, information and advice as well as emergency essential shopping and hot meal provision is still available. Age UK will be sharing their Christmas programme in the coming weeks and have a range of new and exciting activities for 2021. Tel 0191 2808484 option 0/1 or email enquiries@ageuknorthtyneside.org.uk
  • Meadow Well Connected
    Meadow Well Connected’s premises are Covid-secure and they will also be providing welfare calls and other remote services where possible. The IT Suite will be open Monday to Friday on an appointment only basis. Please contact 0191 3410033 for more information.
  • Cedarwood Trust
    The trust remains open supporting the community. Second Bite Catering Academy is making batch cook meals for the community. The community connectors will still be out and about during lockdown, trying to see the community face-to-face and offering support within COVID safe guidelines and the cafe is offering a takeaway service. New freephone number 0330 094 8454.
  • Phoenix Detached Youth Project
    A young person led youth service service for young people aged 12 to 25 years living in the Meadow well, East Howdon, Percy Main, Royal Quays and Chirton Estate. Support with crisis grants,  gas and electric, food poverty, employment, physical and mental wellbeing and support for young families. Call 0191-258-5806.
  • Whitley Bay Big Local
    Still able to offer some support sessions such as Happy to Chat and Peer Talk WBBL to those who need a chance to connect with others, to talk through these times and to maintain a sense of community.
  • North Tyneside Carers’ Centre
    The Centre continues to supports Young and Adult Carers in North Tyneside. If you’re struggling with what’s going on in your life and the world around us they are here to help. Call (0191 643 2298) or email enquiries@ntcarers.co.uk.
  • The Bay Foodbank
    The BAY Foodbank continues to provide emergency food provision to individuals or families experiencing a financial crisis.
  • East End Youth and Community Centre
    Youth clubs as normal in accordance with new govt guidelines we can open as normal Mon Wed and Thurs 4.30 till 6.30pm places must be booked. Call 0191 257 3033.
  • Deaf Awareness North East
    DANE has made the decision to continue its services online only using the Zoom platform until December. For the safety of everyone and to help reduce contact between people, there will be no face-to-face sessions during this time. View online timetable.
  • Walking With in North Tyneside 
    The Walking With Centre has closed until 3 December, but the team is working from home and can be contacted on 0191 649897.
  • YMCA North Tyneside
    The housing team continues to work day and night to provide ongoing support for vulnerable young people in North Tyneside. YMCA Gym will be closed temporarily with the intention of re-opening 2 December. YMCA Café is also closed. YMCA Day Nursery will remain open as usual with strict COVID measures in place.
    The Estate, over in Patterdale will be closed temporarily.
  • North Tyneside Citizens’ Advice Bureau
    North Tyneside Citizens Advice is available for telephone and digital-only service in order to protect our clients and staff.

      • Call for advice on 0300 3309047  between 9 to 5, Monday to Friday
      • Email for a ringback through the website, www.ntcab.org.uk.
      • Call Universal Credit Help to Claim service on 0800 144 8444
      • Call Pension Wise on 0800 138 3944
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Animal Assisted Therapy Service available for partnership working

Ever wondered how a Therapy Animal might support your work?

Northern Animal Assisted Therapies & Activities (NAATA) is pleased to introduce their team, which includes Heidi, the Therapy Dog and NAATA’s own flock of Therapy Hens. They’re eager to meet and greet North Tyneside residents and support the vital work of our third sector during COVID-19 recovery and beyond.

NAATA supports young children’s development with an emphasis upon fostering wellbeing and communication skills. It is led by a specialist Speech and Language Therapist Lesley Forrester. She specialises in working with young children with communication difficulties, and the adults who support them. Lesley founded NAATA CIC and carefully selected and reared the animals in preparation for their role. The qualities they bring to supporting children’s wellbeing and development, can lend themselves to supporting outcomes across a wide range of professions and settings.

As a Speech Furrapy Assistant, Heidi the Golden Retriever brings a great lightness and comfort to service users with communication difficulties. For people with social communication needs and Autism she delights in being a friendly and supportive play partner. Like other Therapy dogs, Heidi presence can ease social situations and promote trust and interaction between people. As Speech Featherpy Assistants, the NAATA hens are a source of fascination, fun and motivation for communication.

NAATA exists to promote wellbeing and communication skills in our community, whether that’s through direct work with clients and organisations or through partnership working with other services and practitioners. If you are curious about Animal Assisted Interventions, NAATA would love to hear from you. Perhaps you are already aware of the huge range of benefits that interactions with animals can bring. Perhaps you’re working to support people in the community who have a love for animals and would enjoy their company.  NAATA invites partners to find out more about how we can work together to enable progress in a way that is memorable and joyful for all.

Lesley Forrester, NAATA Company Director commented: “While COVID-19 has had a devastating impact upon our communities it has also challenged services to work together more creatively to meet people’s needs. I’m really excited about the potential for animal assisted intervention to enhance services, increasing effectiveness in a way that feels good.”

Contact info@naata.co.uk or visit www.naata.co.uk.

(NAATA is fully insured and licensed with enhanced DBS certification)

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New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.

These new measures have been carefully judged to achieve the maximum reduction in growth in the number of cases, preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed, whilst ensuring that schools, colleges and universities stay open and that as many people as possible continue to work.

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of the period, the Government will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data. Read more here. Click on the image to view full size.

North Tyneside Council’s dedicated Covid-19 Support Hub

Following the new restrictions put in place by the government, North Tyneside Council’s dedicated support hub has been stepped back up for those in need of immediate help and support and who can’t call on family, friends, neighbours or carers.

It is available to anyone in urgent need of non-clinical help in the borough, but priority will be given to those identified by the NHS as clinically extremely vulnerable due to health conditions.

Support will be tailored for individual needs, including welfare phone calls, help with accessing food shopping and medicine deliveries.

The opening hours for the COVID-19 support hub are Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, and is available via TEL: 0345 2000 101 or emailing  contact.us@northtyneside.gov.uk

The council’s emergency contact numbers remain available as normal. You can find details on these here.

VODA is coordinating volunteers in North Tyneside.

Updated Guidance for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

The Department of Health and Social Care – DHSC has issued updated guidance for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable from 5 November. The simplified version is that you must stay at home except for exercise or doctors’ appointments. If you cannot work from home you must not go to work. Read the full guidance here.

Impact on the VCS

Where possible, people should volunteer from home. If they cannot do so, they can volunteer outside their home if they follow the social distancing guidance and no one in their household has symptoms of coronavirus or has tested positive for coronavirus.

Voluntary and charitable activities are exempt from a number of the new restrictions. This means that, where volunteers are able to volunteer outside their home (see above) they can:

  • meet in groups of any size indoors or outdoors while volunteering
  • travel to volunteer or while volunteering

As always, it should be a volunteer’s personal choice whether they wish to volunteer, including outside their home, and they should not be compelled to do so by their organisation or group.

Volunteer-involving organisations must ensure their workplaces meet coronavirus safety standards.

People over the age of 60 and those who are clinically vulnerable do not face any specific restrictions on volunteering and should follow the same guidelines as above. However, as this group could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, they may need additional support to follow social distancing rules and minimise contact with others.

Support groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.

Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below:

  • education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that it part of their normal provision)
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
  • blood donation and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • for the purposes of professional film and TV filming

The Government guidance for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations will be updated in due course.

Financial Support Available from 5 November

  • The Job Retention Scheme (furlough) will be extended from 5 November until 31 March 2021. It will initially remain at 80% – and employers will for now only contribute employers National Insurance and Pensions. Though that will be reviewed in January and employers could be asked to be more. More information about this scheme can be found here.
  • Self Employment Income Support Payments – from November the government will double its support from 40 to 80% of trading profits for the self-employed. This is new. More information to follow.
  • Loan Schemes – applications for Covid loan schemes will be extended to end of next month.
  • Business Grants – Businesses required to close in England due to local or national restrictions will be eligible for grant payments. These grants will be administered by the Local Authority. North Tyneside Council is awaiting further details from Government but will aim to launch the scheme as soon as possible.

Read more here and keep up to date with the latest information from the North Tyneside Business Forum.

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The Spirit of North Tyneside

In unprecedented times, the North Tyneside community has been a shining light and we want to help recognise everyone’s contribution.

Since March, residents, businesses and the community and voluntary sector have all stepped up in times of need, helping to ease the burden of the Covid-19 pandemic on everyone affected. So that is why VODA has teamed up with North Tyneside Council to create the ‘Spirit of North Tyneside’ to recognise the outstanding achievements of our borough.

The Spirit of North Tyneside aims to acknowledge and celebrate all of the people who have helped to make a difference, whether that is going the extra mile to support vulnerable residents or a community effort, a random act of kindness, signing up to volunteer, or developing a new scheme to support people who were shielding.

We want to hear about any story, no matter how big or small, so that we can give our residents an opportunity to thank anyone who has helped them during these difficult months.

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn CBE, said: “These last few months have meant that a lot of residents have been placed in unfamiliar, and often difficult, situations. We have coped admirably in North Tyneside, but this wouldn’t have been possible without the work and assistance of so many selfless residents and businesses going the extra mile.

“I am immensely proud of the close-knit community we have where everyone looks out for each other, and we want to ensure that these selfless acts get the recognition they deserve. So many times over the past few months I have seen and heard fantastic stories where people go out of their way to help others, and that’s why we have launched the Spirit of North Tyneside. If you know of anyone who has made a difference in their local community over the past few months, tell us about it and we will strive to make sure that they get the recognition they deserve.”

Robin Fry, Chief Executive at VODA, said: “At VODA, via our work with COVID-19 support hub, we have witnessed first-hand the selfless commitment of both individuals and organisations who have worked tirelessly throughout this crisis to support the most vulnerable residents in our community. VODA had over 300 people sign up to be Good Neighbours volunteers and we have been inspired by their commitment and desire to help others.

“The number of community-led support groups that have sprung up and the work carried out by local voluntary and community sector organisations has demonstrated that the sector is never more needed. However, we know what we have seen is just a small selection of what has actually happened and this is why the Spirit of North Tyneside celebration has been created.

“The Spirit of North Tyneside celebration is an amazing opportunity to highlight how as a community we came together to help each other during lockdown. We want to hear from as many people as possible so that we can celebrate what it is that makes North Tyneside such a great place to live.

“Tell us about your amazing neighbour who made sure everyone had their shopping; or the local organisation that provided essential support to their community; or the Facebook group that brought people together to help others. From shopping, telephone support, supplying activities and online resources, collecting prescriptions, delivering hot meals, being a friendly support to someone who was struggling and much more. Big or small, we want to hear about it. So please nominate any person or organisation who you feel deserves recognition.”

Submissions for the Spirit of North Tyneside will be divided into four categories:

  • Unsung hero – North Tyneside Council chairman Wendy Lott invites nominations in recognition of those who unknowingly made an impact on the Community or an individual through a selfless act of kindness
  • Young Mayor – Our Young Mayor, Suzie Mckenzie, invites nominations in recognition of a young person or young people who lives, works or studies in North Tyneside and have made a positive impact on their community.
  • Our people – Volunteers, trustees or staff who have made a difference in their communities or for their neighbours through their actions or support
  • Our place – Voluntary and community organisations that have gone above and beyond to support their local communities.

While we are unable to hold an event at this time, we will be sending our written thanks to every nominee.

If you have a story from yourself, or someone you know, that you feel deserves to be recognised, you can tell us about it by filling in this form, or by emailing the information to SpiritOfNorthTyneside@northtyneside.gov.uk.

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Volunteering Opportunities in North Tyneside: 15 October 2020

Here is a roundup of the current volunteering opportunities available in North Tyneside, which includes a mix of both COVID-19 and non COVID-19 roles, as well as both home based and out in the community (following social distancing rules). Click on the links to find out more about each role.

If you have a volunteering opportunity that you would like us to promote, please email volunteering@voda.org.uk.

VODA volunteering opportunities

VODA’s Good Neighbours Buddy Scheme

As part of North Tyneside’s COVID-19 recovery, VODA has created a new Good Neighbours volunteer buddy scheme to help the support to beneficiaries take their first steps back out into the world. Each role has been created to support people with specific elements of their emergence from isolation.

Good Neighbours Shopping and Prescription support

VODA Internet Researcher

VODA is also looking for an Internet Researcher to help overhaul our Directory of Organisations.  The position is home-based and will last for about four months. You will need a copy of Word on your computer or device to complete this task.

Other COVID-19 volunteering opportunities

  • Stephenson Park Health Group – Forest Hall Branch is seeking Patient Flow Volunteers to play a key role in patient management, as the footfall into the health centres increases
  • The Family Gateway urgently needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals from their Café to the vulnerable families that they support on a daily basis. The drivers will get their petrol paid for and £3 towards their lunch from the cafe too.
  • Collingwood Health Group is seeking a Patient Flow Volunteer (COVID role). The volunteer will provide an essential service in helping them to manage patient flow and minimise the risk of infection.
  • Dreamshine (home based) telephone befriending volunteers,  sign up here.
  • Fareshare (Newcastle-based) – roles include; warehouse assistant, driver, admin assistant, social media ambassador, community champion, customer service, volunteer engagement and community fundraiser. Read more here.
  • West End Refugee Service (home based) – is recruiting volunteer remote befrienders to support a family or an individual in Newcastle/Gateshead through Covid-19 with phone calls and video chats, to give social support, information about staying safe and connecting with services. Go to their volunteering page to find out more.
  • Food Share (Newcastle-based) -FoodCycle is looking for food prep and food parcel delivery drivers in the west end of Newcastle. Find out more here.

Non-Covid 19 roles

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North Tyneside – Local COVID alert level: high 14.10.20

From Wednesday 14 October all areas in England are in a Local COVID Alert Level.

Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area.

North Tyneside is now classified as Level 2: Local COVID alert level HIGH. If you are not in the North Tyneside area, you can check the local COVID alert level of your local area to see which level applies to you.



Local COVID alert level: high

This is for areas with a higher level of infections where some additional restrictions are in place.

This means on top of restrictions in alert level medium:

  • you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

You must:

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

Find out more about the measures that apply in high alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Update to shielding guidance

In addition, those who are classed as more medically vulnerable to COVID-19, or who have previously been shielding, are advised to take extra care. View the updated guidance here.

North Tyneside Council’s support hub continues to be available for medically vulnerable residents who can’t call on others for support. For details, please call 0345 2000 101 or email contact.us@northtyneside.gov.uk.

For more information on the local COVID restrictions, visit North Tyneside Council’s COVID-19 resources, which includes FAQ’s and guidance in a number of languages.

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Could you be a Community Health Champion?

VODA is harnessing the power of North Tyneside residents as Community Health Champions to play a vital role in sharing up to date, trusted health messages with people they know and care about during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is so much information out there in the public realm that it is easy for misleading and inaccurate information to spread. VODA is recruiting a network of Community Health Champions from all walks of life who can share accurate information with their networks as they go about their lives.

Community Health Champions will reach out to their local community to pass on important messages to their friends, neighbours, colleagues, customers and service users. This role can also be carried out from home with Community Health Champions sharing information with their virtual networks.

VODA’s new Community Health Champion lead Alice Holliday will provide the network of champions with clear and easily communicable health messages in the form of infographics, animations, posters etc. VODA will also provide support when clarification is needed or if further signposting to existing community services is required.

This is a new and exciting opportunity which will provide an essential service by helping local residents to be better informed and more able to adapt to change and to minimise the spread of  COVID-19. It does not require a huge time commitment and each Community Champion will identify the groups or people they would like to share this information with so can fit in easily with daily life.

If you would like to be a Community Health Champion, find out more and sign up at voda.org.uk/champions. Or you can contact Alice Holliday at VODA on 0191 643 2626, email alice.holliday@voda.org.uk for more information.

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