If you’re passionate about the NHS, then joining Northumbria Healthcare as a member will give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas about the way the trust delivers care to over half a million people across Northumberland and North Tyneside.  

Northumbria Healthcare is a very forward thinking organisation and at the forefront of pioneering changes in the NHS, so it’s a great time to join.  You can be involved as much or as little as you like, from simply receiving e-newsletters and voting papers to donating your time as a volunteer or standing for election to become a trust governor.  It is free to become a member and you can opt out at any time.

To join, please complete this short online membership form.

Residents and visitors are being urged to get involved in helping to shape Berwick’s Future.  Views on how Berwick Should be promoted as an attractive place to live in, work or visit are wanted as part of a new place branding project.

The place-branding project starts with a survey, add your voice to spread the word bit.ly/bariberwick

This exercise forms part of the Berwick Welcome Visitor Project.  You can also follow progress on their facebook page here.



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.

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


Book a place and find out 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.