Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time in their lives.  Tyneside and Northumberland Mind are currently reviewing the services being provided in Blyth to find out what is available, what works and whether anything more needs to be done to support people.

They have a survey they’d like people to complete and return to help plan future services.  Could you help by completing the questionnaire? Do you work with people in the area who may like to complete the survey?

Please would you help us plan future services by completing this short survey?  You do not have to answer all questions; however any information you provide will be used to help us develop or improve services in your community.

Please be aware some questions within this survey may be upsetting or may raise issues.  If you would like more information about the survey or would like help to complete it, please phone Steph on 01665 600930.  The phone is not always staffed but an answer service is available and Steph will contact you when she is next in the office.


A planning document that will shape the future of Northumberland up to 2036 and beyond was agreed by the full county council on 9th January.  The ‘publication draft’ of the plan was considered by Northumberland County Council’s full council meeting, and councillors agreed to its publication for final public scrutiny before being submitted to the Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government for examination by a Local Plan Inspector submission to Government by May.

Alongside publication of the draft plan, the council has also published for consultation scoping documents for a Design Guide for Northumberland and a Highways and Transportation Design and Delivery document - which together will provide developers, landowners and applicants with holistic design principles, guidance and good practice.

The council will run 23 public drop-in events at venues across Northumberland during February and March - and the details of these will be available online and in a leaflet delivered to homes and businesses in advance of the drop-in events.  The plan will also be available in local libraries and information centres across Northumberland, and comments can be made online or in writing to the council’s planning policy team.

The Local Plan replaces the previous Core Strategy, withdrawn in July 2017.  Find out more about the Northumberland Local Plan.


Thanks to the generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Clore Social Leadership is offering 5 fully funded places for social sector leaders with 6-10+ years' experience working for organisations based in the North East of England, who want to build the skills and knowledge necessary to drive change in the social sector and learn how to work with and through others to increase their impact.
This programme will help build your social leadership capabilities and increase your self-awareness and resilience as a Social Sector leader.  You’ll learn together with a peer group of other experienced leaders who will support, challenge and inspire you.
The programme is a curated, flexible 12-month leadership development journey aiming to develop empowered, resilient, and generous leaders while strengthening collaboration within the sector.
Find out more and apply now to the 2019 Experienced Leader Programme.   The application deadline is 5th November 2018.

Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria has published two reports exploring the attitudes of people in the region to sharing their medical information to inform the development of the Great North Care Record – a regional project which is improving information sharing for individual care, self-management, planning and research. 
The first report is a YouGov poll which asked over 800 people in the region about their willingness to share information recorded about them by the NHS.  The second piece of research follows over 20 workshops, organised by the local Healthwatch network with over 300 participants which explored this in more detail.  The two reports have found that most people are happy for their information to be shared within the NHS, but that they would like to control who sees their information.
The Great North Care Record is a new way of sharing medical information across the North East and North Cumbria which is accessed by authorised health and social care practitioners.  It means that key information about your health such as diagnoses, medications, details of hospitals admissions and treatments is shared between different healthcare services including hospitals, out of hours and ambulance services who could all be involved in your care. 
Find out more about the Great North Care Record.


Urgent action is needed to restore public trust on immigration, according to a new report from the largest-ever public consultation on immigration, which finds striking lack of trust in Government.
New polling by ICM for the National Conversation on Immigration, coordinated by British Future and Hope not hate, finds that: only 15% of people feel the Government has managed immigration competently and fairly, only 13% of people think MPs tell the truth about immigration, and just 17% trust the Government to tell the truth about immigration.  Yet researchers also found a strong contrast between polarised online and media debates and the balanced views on immigration expressed by those they spoke to. While people do want the UK Government to have more control over who can come to the UK, most of them are ‘balancers’ who recognise the benefits of migration to Britain, both economically and culturally, but also voice concerns about pressures on public services and housing.
Researchers held over 130 meetings with local citizens and stakeholders in 60 locations across every nation and region of the UK, together with an online survey completed by more than 9,000 people and a nationally representative survey.  In the North-East researchers visited a number of areas including Berwick on Tweed, Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough and Whitley Bay.  Across the UK they found much public support for high-skilled migration and pragmatic views about medium and low-skilled migration.  Most people support the principle of refugee protection.  At the same time, there was public concern about some of the local impacts of immigration, with people wanting tighter immigration controls after Brexit.  
The National Conversation on Immigration final report makes a series of recommendations, including a focus on local integration.   An executive summary report is also available.