The Elderberries Clinic Café is part of the Alnwick Garden Trust’s Elderberries Community Programme that aims to help Northumberland to address loneliness by enriching the lives of people over 55 years. 

As well as weekly exercise, activity, gardening and social sessions, the Clinic Cafe takes place on the second Tuesday of the month, 2.00pm – 3.30pm in the Stuart Hall Elderberries Room. The Clinic Cafe holds a variety of talks and consultations on health and lifestyle issues.  

To find out about planned activities for each month, download the leaflet.

Tuesday 15th May 2018, 10am to 12 noon

MEA House, Newcastle


The Success Club has opened up this second opportunity for female social leaders and managers to attend this Success Masterclass. 

If you’re male, you may wish to forward this email to a female colleague?  

We all aspire to be the most effective person we can be. However, there are many barriers both internal and situational which can stop this from happening. In this two-hour workshop, you will identify the key inhibitors of your effectiveness and how to overcome them. 

You will also learn more about the pilot programme, Success Club Social Leaders, running from 17th June 2018 to February 2019.

If you’re ready to book a place, or have questions, simply email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively, if you are unable to attend the session, and are interested in the 9 month pilot programme, download further information (background, aims, structure, dates, investment, and facilitator). 

Here's a quick snapshot to help you decide…

Female Social Leaders Programme

This programme is for you if:

  • You want to develop your leadership capability, to support growth, sustainability and engagement within your organisation and it’s beneficiary groups
  • You don’t want to spend too long out of the office (short 2 hour sessions each month)
  • Nurturing longer term, trusting relationships and more meaningful collaboration appeals to you  (9 month programme)
  • You’re interested in ongoing and practical support to effectively implement and embed actions for change

Simply email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express interest or to book. 

The Children's Commissioner has published her year-long research into the experiences of children growing up in the north of England and the impact of the developments associated with the Northern Powerhouse project. It finds that children love where they live, but are not properly benefitting from investment in the North, which should focus more on children. The findings include:

  • Northern 2 to 3 year olds are more likely than their London counterparts to attend nursery – but are less likely to reach the expected standard of development when starting school
  • More than half of the schools serving the North’s most deprived communities are below a ‘good’ rating. This means children in these communities face the double-disadvantage of being from a poor community and attending a poor school. Schools in these ‘cold spots’ are facing the same problems: weak leadership, poor governance and difficulties recruiting staff
  • Many more children in the North than nationally are starting school with high-levels of development issues, but fewer children are having special educational needs diagnosed before they start school

High numbers of children across the North are dropping out of school too early, missing vital parts of their education and undermining their future prospects.

Faced with limited choices when it comes to providing quality, cost-effective public services, commissioners are being pushed into inefficient, centralised services and mega contracts in a bid to answer austerity’s challenges.

But there is a better way: Locality’s Keep it Local campaign calls for locally-commissioned and delivered public services which provide substantially better outcomes and value than standardised, one-size-fits-all services.

Locality’s three Better Services, Stronger Economy guides are aimed at community organisations, councillors and commissioners, providing practical advice on how to tackle the barriers identified in their Keep it Local for Economic Resilience research and create a better local commissioning environment.

Bed occupancy rates in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust were above safe levels for most of the winter period, which some NHS leaders described as the most challenging they had experienced. Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s wards were 89.3 per cent full on average during the health service’s winter period, which runs from November 20 to March 4, well above the recommended safe limit of 85 per cent. The trust only managed to meet the 85 per cent target on 10 days during the entire winter period.

The winter crisis also impacted patients in need of emergency care, who often experienced long waits for treatment in A&E departments. NHS England says no patient should have to wait longer than 15 minutes in an ambulance before being transferred to A&E. But figures show 1,102 emergency patients in Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust waited between 30 and 60 minutes before they were handed over and 288 waited for at least an hour. In total, 11,871 people arrived by ambulance during the winter period. The waits, known as handover delays, can be due to ambulance queues or slow processing at hospitals, and can have the knock-on effect of delaying paramedics being despatched to future emergencies.

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