Blakelaw & North Fenham Community Council

Making A Difference In Your Community Today

It is with great sadness that as Chair of Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council I am having to make this statement. The community council (council) have recently been made aware of a Facebook post made by an ex-community councillor that made a number of inaccurate statements.  Whilst it would not be usual practice for the council to comment on such nonsense, given this post created quite a significant amount of discussion with feedback being received from residents that the ex-councillor continues to speak ill of the council it was felt that we had no other option but to respond.  My apologies that this will be a longer statement than I would ever wish to make but feel it’s important to share the councils version of events. 

Firstly, I need to point out that Parish and Community Councillors are NOT volunteers, they are elected in to the position of councillor by the electorate ie the residents of Blakelaw and North Fenham. In July 2022 I was alerted to a serving councillor receiving £660 of grant funding from a grant recipient at Christmas 2021.  The original grant application had stated that the organisation would be spending the funding on a lunch out, if an applicant wishes to change the use of the funding then they must contact the council to ask permission.  On receiving the monitoring forms from the organisation, it appeared that a serving councillor had received the funds to provide a Christmas lunch, this was confirmed by the organisation.  As Chair, I am required to investigate the claim especially as this particular issue has been raised and discussed on a number of occasions with councillors agreeing that NO councillor should financially benefit from any grant funding being awarded by council – this councillor attended every meeting that this matter was discussed and knew this funding application had been granted.  Whilst this practice is not legally wrong it is viewed as being morally wrong within the remit of the council.  On meeting with the councillor, a number of statements they made concerned me and at the end of the meeting I informed them that due to comments made by them, the fact that I had spoken to this councillor before about their conduct and my concerns, I as Chair would be referring them to Newcastle City Council’s(NCC) Standards Board for “misappropriation of council funds” NOT for aggression although the councillor did become aggressive when challenged.  This type of referral is a confidential matter between the parties and the councillor will have been reminded of this when spoken to by NCC.  Whilst this councillor was spoken to NO investigation ever took place, this was NOT because there was NO case to answer but because the councillor resigned prior to any investigation taking place.  To be clear this is an unpleasant process for everyone but a one I felt needed to be undertaken on this occasion.

In relation to comments made with regards to the “toxicity” of the council and a subsequent 3 resignations for this same reason, the council did contact each person regarding their resignations.  One person confirmed that the reasoning for their resignation was due to other commitments that they had and NOT due to the reasons stated in the ex-councillors Facebook post, the other 2 people did not respond to my request for further discussion and evidence of this type of behaviour.  At no point during these councillor’s term of office have they ever raised concerns regarding toxicity and/or bullying and when at a recent staffing meeting were shocked and surprised when the clerk raised as a concern the conduct of some councillors.  The council takes these types of allegations very seriously and are currently awaiting advice from NCC on how to self-refer to their Standards Board which will hopefully review processes, practices and comments made although I am confident that the council have not conducted itself in a manner that would question its reputation or the work it does within the community.  

In relation to comments made about being jealous following the awarding of a BEM – why would those who serve on the council be jealous of another serving councillor, are we not meant to be working together?  The council shared congratulations along with many others. I do find this statement very odd as councillors undertake the work they do on behalf of residents to help, support and enhance residents lives and the area they live in not to receive awards!!!! 

We have also received feedback from a resident that this ex-councillor has also stated that we refused a funding application for the play group for the recent October half term.  I can confirm that the council did not receive an application for funding from the playgroup. The council will not tolerate this type of behaviour and will be monitoring the various feedback we do receive.  The people of Blakelaw and North Fenham deserve the best and the council want to continue working hard to support the community in achieving this.  We would welcome the opportunity to work alongside as many organisations as possible to enhance the lives of residents but this works both ways. 

Finally, the council is a tier of local government and are expected to follow very specific process, practice and regulation, just like any other government institution.  To ensure that the resident we serve are receiving the best possible support and value for their precept payment questions need to be asked and challenges to information are required.  We do not have an endless pot of money and any spend has to enhance those residents lives who pay the precept.

PictureBlakelaw and North Fenham Community Council is based within Newcastle City Council's Blakelaw Ward. The Community Council is split in to 3 Wards within the Parish boundary, Blakelaw, Cragston and North Fenham.

Parish Boundary Map 
BLAKELAW ward map.pdf

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council is a local community council serving the people of Blakelaw and North Fenham.

Community Councils (also known as Parish Councils) are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve electorates and are independently elected and raise their own precept (a form of council tax). Residents will know they live within the Community Council area as they will pay this additional precept charge. Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council are 1 of 10,000 local councils in England with over 30% of the country parished with 100,000 councillors serving in these local councils. Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have 12 seats on the Council with 5 of those seats currently being filled leaving 7 vacancies spread across all 3 Wards. The role of Community Councillor is not a paid role and those elected put themselves forward as volunteers.

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council works hard to improve community well-being and providing better services. Our activities fall into three main categories: representing the local community; delivering services to meet local needs; striving to improve quality of life and community well-being.

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council support community groups, campaign for community safety and crime reduction measures, hold their own community events, litter bins, street cleaning and youth projects amongst a number of other support community initiatives.

John Wears

Chair

Blakelaw Ward

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James Gill (Jimmy)

Vice Chair

Blakelaw Ward

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Ann Keenan

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

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Violet Rooke

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

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Vacancy

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

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Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

Vacancy

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

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Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

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Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

Juna Sathian

Community Councillor

North Fenham Ward

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Community Councillor

North Fenham Ward

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Community Councillor

North Fenham Ward

Helen Richardson

Clerk to the Community Council


FOR ALL MEETINGS OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL INCLUDING DROP INS AND SUB GROUPS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHAIR OR CLERK TO THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL FOR FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE VENUE


Community Council Meetings

Meetings are  held on the second Thursday of each month, (except August and December), at 6pm in the Community Room, Moorland House, Moulton Place, Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3RY.  You are advised to check the location on each agenda.  Please see the below for the agendas and minutes of each meeting.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and raise any issues before the commencement of the formal business.  If you wish to speak during the formal business session, please indicate this to the Chair by raising your hand.  The Chair will conduct the order of speakers and will indicate who will speak next. 

The Community Council also hold a monthly drop in session on the first Thursday of each month, (except August and December) at 5.30pm in the Community Room, Moorland House, Moulton Place, Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3RY.  

Standards and Codes

The Standards (Parish/Community Councils) Sub Committee, oversees the operation of the codes of conduct by providing guidance assistance and training. See the Code of Conduct 

Code of conduct 2019.pdf

BNFCC Standing Orders 2018 (revised 2020)[2600].docx

BNFCC Financial Regulations July-2019[2598].docx


2022/2023 - Agenda's and Minutes 

Date 
Agenda
Minutes 
14 April 2022 (Cancelled)Agenda 14.04.2022.doc
Meeting cancelled and rearranged to 28/04/2022
28 April 2022 (rearranged)Agenda 28.04.2022(rearranged).doc
Minutes 28.04.2022.doc
12 May 2022 (AGM)AGM Agenda 12.05.2022.doc
Minutes 12.05.2022.doc
09 June 2022Agenda 09.06.2022.doc
Minutes 09.06.2022.doc
14 July 2022Agenda 14.07.2022.doc
Minutes 14.07.2022.doc
August 2022No Meeting 
08 September 2022 (postponed due to the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)Agenda 08.09.2022.doc
Minutes 08.09.2022.doc
13 October 2022Agenda 13.10.2022.doc
Minutes 13.10.2022.doc 
17 November 2022Agenda 17.11.2022.doc
Minutes 17.11.2022.doc
December 2022 No Meeting 
12 January 2023Agenda 12.01.2023.doc

09 February 2023Agenda 09.02.2023.doc

09 March 2023


Sub Groups 

Date
Sub GroupAgenda Chair (for further information please contact the Chair)
08 June 2022Community Engagement Agenda 08.06.2022.doc
Juna Sathian
07 July 2022Environment Evo Gp 07.07.2022.doc
Violet Rook
04 August 2022Staffing (Closed Group)
John Wears 
08 September 2022Community Engagement Agenda 08.09.2022.doc
Juna Sathian
06 October 2022EnvironmentPostponedViolet Rook
03 November 2022Community Engagement 
Juna Sathian 
01 December 2022Staffing (Closed Group)
John Wears
05 January 2023Budget Meeting 
John Wears 
02 February 2023Community Engagement 
Juna Sathian
02 March 2023 Environment
Violet Rook
March 2023Staffing (Closed Group)
John Wears 


2021/2022 - Agenda's and Minutes 

Date 
Agenda
Minutes 
08 April 2021Agenda 08.04.2021.doc
Minutes 08.04.2021.doc
POSTPONED
13 May 2021 - AGM 
AGM Agenda 13.05.2021.doc
POSTPONED due to the continuation of holding digital meetings lapsing 
 20 May 2021 - AGM - to be held at English Martyr's Church Agenda 20.05.2021 (Rescheduled from 13.05.2021).doc
Minutes(AGM) 20.05.2021.doc
BNFCC Annual Report 2020-21[3390].pdf
10 June 2021
Agenda 10.06.2021.doc
Minutes 10.06.2021.doc
 08 July 2021 Agenda 08.07.2021.doc
Minutes 08.07.2021.doc
 August 2021 - No Meeting

 16 September 2021Agenda 16.09.2021.doc
Minutes 16.09.201.doc
 14 October 2021Agenda 14.10.2021.doc
Minutes 14.10.2021.doc
 11 November 2021Agenda 11.11.2021.doc
Minutes 11.11.2021.doc
 02 December 2021 - Special Meeting Agenda 02.12.2021.doc
Minutes 02.12.2021.doc
13 January 2022
Agenda 13.01.2022.doc
Minutes 13.01.2022.doc
10 February 2022
Agenda 10.02.2022.doc
Minutes 10.02.2022.doc
10 March 2022
Agenda 10.03.2022.doc
Minutes 10.03.2022.doc


Sub Groups 

Date
Sub GroupAgenda
Chair (for further information please contact the Chair)
04/02/2021Community Engagement GroupBNFCC Comms Meeting 04.02.2021.doc
Jimmy Gill 
03/06/2021Community Engagement Group Agenda 03.06.2021.doc
Juna Sathian 
01/07/2021Environmental Group Agenda 01.07.2021.docx
Violet Rooke 
21/09/2021Community Engagement Group
Agenda 21.09.2021.doc
Juna Sathian 









2020/2021 - Agendas and Minutes 

Date 
Agenda
Minutes 
09 April 2020 No Meeting (COVID - 19)
14 May 2020 - No AGM till 2021Agenda 14.05.2020.doc
Minutes 14.05.2020.doc
11 June 2020Agenda 11.06.2020.doc
Minutes 11.06.2020.doc
09 July 2020Agenda 09.07.2020.doc
Minutes 09.07.2020.doc
 13 August 2020  Agenda 13.08.2020.doc
Minutes 13.08.2020.doc
10 September 2020Agenda 10.09.2020.doc
Minutes 10.09.2020.doc
08 October 2020Agenda 08.10.2020.doc
Minutes 08.10.2020.doc
12 November 2020Agenda 12.11.2020.doc
Minutes 12.11.2020.doc
10 December 2020 - No Meeting 

14 January 2021 Agenda 14.01.2021.doc
Minutes 14.01.2021.doc
11 February 2021 (meeting postponed to 18 February 2021)Meeting postponed to 18/02/2021Meeting postponed to 18/02/2021
 18 February 2021Agenda 18.02.2021(rescheduled from 11.02.2021).doc
Minutes 18.02.2021.doc
11 March 2021
Agenda 11.03.2021.doc
Minutes 11.03.2021.doc


2019/2020 - Agendas and Minutes 




Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) 

Each year Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council are required to complete and submit to its External Auditor, an Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR). Once the return has been approved by the External Auditor, it is published on the Council’s website.

2021 - 2022

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2021 - 2022

NL0020 AGAR(agreed).pdf

NL0020 S3(PKF Littlejohn).pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Notice of conclusion of audit.docx

Public Right of Inspection Notice

Public-rights notice 2021-22.docx

AGAR 2021 - 2022

Signed AGAR (10.06.2022).pdf

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 

Asset Register 2021 - 2022.xlsx

Risk assessment 2021 - 2022.docx

2020 - 2021

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021 

PKF Littlejohn (signed).pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Notice of conclusion of audit_2021[1786].docx

Public Right of Inspection Notice

Public Right of Inspection (14.06.2021 - 23.07.2021).docx

AGAR 2020 - 2021(amended)

Amended Part 3 AGAR 30.08.21(Initialled)[5771].pdf

Annual-Return-Part3-2020-21-3-e-enabled.pdf

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2020 - 2021

Asset Register 2020 - 2021.xlsx

Risk assessment 2020-2021.docx

2019 - 2020

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2019 - 2020 

Section 1&2 AGAR (Signed Off).pdf

Section 3 AGAR (Signed Off).pdf

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 

Notice of conclusion of audit_2020[1786].docx

Public Right of Inspection Notice 

Public Right of Inspection (01.09.2020-12.10.2020).docx

AGAR 2019 - 2020

AGAR 2019 - 2020.pdf

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2019 - 2020

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2019-20.docx

2018 - 2019 

AGAR 2018 - 2019  - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community Council

Accounts 2018 - 2019

Copy of B&NFCC 18-19 accounts.xlsx

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2018 - 2019 

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2018-19.docx

2017 - 2018

AGAR 2017 - 2018  - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community  Council 

Accounts Certificate March 2018.pdf

Accounts 2017 - 2018

Copy of B&NFCC 17-18 accounts.xlsx

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2017 - 2018

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2017-18.docx

2016 - 2017

AGAR 2016 - 2017  - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community  Council

Accounts 2016 - 2017

Copy of B&NFCC 16-17 accounts.xlsx

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2016 - 2017

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2016-17.docx

2015 - 2016

AGAR 2015 - 2016  - if you require a copy, please contact the Clerk to the Community  Council

Copy of B&NFCC 15-16 accounts (1385).xlsx

Asset Register & Risk Assessment 2015 - 2016

Asset Register.xlsx

Risk assessment 2015-16.docx


Blakelaw & North Fenham Community Council aims to improve the social and economic welfare of the residents of the Parish. It is essential that any organisation requesting financial assistance will be expected to support the aims of the Council and that its activities address at least one of the following objectives:-

  1. To enhance community cohesion
  2. To develop social inclusion
  3. To alleviate deprivation   

Applications must be from a community based organisation. The Council will not consider applications from individuals, projects that are political or religious projects that do not demonstrate social or economic benefits.

You can apply for a grant funding by completing the below grant funding application(click on the link), don't forget to read the guidance notes thoroughly and ensure you have ALL relevant documents requested before you submit your application.

Grant Application June 2020.docx

Grant application guidance notes June 2020.doc

Grant Monitoring Form June 2020.doc


In 2022 - 2023 Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have provided financial support to:

Blakelaw Club Juniors Football Club 

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Blakelaw Flats TARA 

Blakelaw Community Council have also donated garden seating to an area within North Fenham  

In 2021 - 2022 Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have provided financial support to:

Holly Court

Blakelaw Flats TARA

Blakelaw Club Juniors Football Club

Hilton Primary School

Thomas Walling Primary School

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council also donated a laptop to an apprentice via Projects4Change 

In 2020 - 2021 Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have provided financial support to:

Projects4change - Youth Work

Blakelaw Club Juniors Football

In 2019/20 Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have provided financial support to:

Blakelaw Pensioners Association 

Newcastle West Kinship Carers 

Blakelaw Flats Tenants and Residents Association

Holly Court Club

165 Tenants and Residents Association

Fostering in Newcastle 

Jelly Tots Messy Play 

Little Learners Nursery - Blakelaw

Newcastle United Foundation 




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Vaccinations update

Please see key updates in relation to covid 19 vaccination programme following recent announcements:

  • All evergreen (1st and 2nd doses) will cease from 12/2/23
  • Autumn booster campaign ends on 12/2/23
  • The 2021 booster offer (third dose) for persons aged 16 to 49 years who are not in a clinical risk group will not be available after 12/2/23
  • We may see a surge in demand as a result over the next two weeks
  • Older people and immunosuppressed to get a Spring booster but more detail will follow soon
  • People at high risk of covid to get an Autumn booster 2023
  • Evergreen (1st and 2nd doses) will be offered in a primary course COVID-19 vaccination should move, over the course of 2023, towards a more targeted offer during vaccination campaigns to protect those persons at higher risk of severe COVID-19. This would include:

residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults

frontline health and social care workers

all adults aged 50 years and over

persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group

persons aged 12 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression

persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers

Available clinics listed below are for flu vaccinations and blood pressure checks only. Covid vaccinations can still be booked via the national booking service. Please check our website for updates.

Monday

13-Feb

Pop Up Clinic 

Tree Tops Village, Walker Rd, NE6 3JW 9.00-17.00

Tuesday

14-Feb

Bus Clinic 

100 Bus stop, Old Eldon Square 09.00-17.00 

Wednesday

15-Feb

Bus Clinic 

The Beacon, Westgate Road 9.00-17.00

Thursday

16-Feb

Pop Up Clinic 

City Library, (Room 8, Level 6) 33 New Bridge St W, NE1 8AX 10.30-18.30

Friday

17-Feb

Bus Clinic 

500 Elswick Road, NE4 8ED 9.00-17.00 

Saturday

18-Feb

Bus Clinic 

Old Eldon Square, Blackett St, Newcastle NE1 7UG (100 Bus Stop) 9.00-17.00 

Sunday

19-Feb



Day

Date


All Clinics are offering Flu vaccine's & Blood Pressure checks 

Monday

20-Feb

Pop Up Clinic 

Outside Asda, Newcastle Retail Park, Fossway, Byker, NE6 4Q 09.00-17.00

Tuesday

21-Feb

Bus Clinic 

100 Bus stop, Old Eldon Square 09.00-17.00 

Wednesday

22-Feb

Bus Clinic 

The Beacon, Westgate Road 9.00-17.00

Thursday

23-Feb

Pop Up Clinic 

City Library, (Room 8, Level 6) 33 New Bridge St W, NE1 8AX 10.30-18.30

Friday

24-Feb

Bus Clinic 

500 Elswick Road, NE4 8ED 9.00-17.00 

Saturday

25-Feb

Bus Clinic 

Old Eldon Square, Blackett St, Newcastle NE1 7UG (100 Bus Stop) 9.00-17.00 

Sunday

26-Feb



Day

Date


All Clinics are offering Flu vaccine's & Blood Pressure checks 

Monday

27-Feb

Pop Up Clinic 

East End Pool, Hadrian Square, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1AL 9.00-17.00

Tuesday

28-Feb

Bus Clinic 

100 Bus stop, Old Eldon Square 09.00-17.00 



For up to date information on clinics please visit https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/how-get

To find a walk in clinic please click here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/

Book your covid vaccination via the National Booking Service https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Latest Covid Data for Newcastle

A confirmed case is someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Between 15 January 2023 and 21 January 2023, 0 - 2 people had a confirmed positive test result. This shows a decrease of N/A% compared to the previous 7 days.

Some people with coronavirus have to go into hospital.

Between 17 January 2023 and 23 January 2023, 33 went into hospital with coronavirus. This shows a decrease of -31.2% compared to the previous 7 days.

There were 33 patients in hospital with coronavirus on 25 January 2023.

Some people in the hospital need to use a special device called a mechanical ventilator to help them breathe.

There were 2 coronavirus patients in hospital beds with a mechanical ventilator on 25 January 2023.

Between 15 January 2023 and 21 January 2023, there have been 3 deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test. This shows no change compared to the previous 7 days.

Information from https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk on Thursday 26 January 2023.


Information on meetings in February

Please find attached information provided by Jo Black, who spoke about the Kooth and Qwell services at our meeting on 12 January.

In February we will be joined by:

9 February 10-11am – Rab Ferguson from The Literacy trust

22 February 6-7pm – Amanda Holmes, Learning disabilities and sexual health nurse at New Croft Centre.

Please get in touch if you haven’t received invitations to these meetings

The difference you make

Thank you to all our Community Champions who have supported the Winter Wellbeing Get Together. Some of you have been involved by promoting and helping out at these events across the city. Some of you have even hosted your own events. Below we hear from Bryan Beverley at Tyne Housing.

We were honoured, with support from Newcastle City Council, to support the Great Winter Get Together campaign this year, hosting our very own Great Winter Hot Dog Bananza! The doors to our Joseph Cowen Health Centre were open all day (8am - 4pm), offering tasty hotdogs, homemade soup, and hot drinks to help fight off the bitter winter chill - all before hosting a fun quiz in the afternoon for everybody to get involved in. When asked about how he found the event, John, one of the attendees, said ‘It's been great - tasty food, good craic with the lads and the staff were very friendly”

Our Resident Consultation Group meets monthly and acts as a voice for the wider residents and visitors at Tyne, ensuring that resident views are always included in all aspects of Tyne’s activity. One of the members of the group, Barnie, brought his own expertise in helping facilitate the event, making sure we put on the best event we possibly could.

When speaking on the event, Barnie said: “you could see that the people who attended found it a break from the streets. The snacks and hot drinks seemed very welcomed especially given the cold weather on the day. I helped a few visitors to take some warm clothing from the clothes store which they appreciated. Several of the visitors asked me if this will happen again and I said I hope it does.”

Thank you all for the amazing work you are doing (in paid, voluntary and neighbourly capacities) to support our residents through the winter.

Other updates

Winter Wellbeing Hubs – We are continuing to promote our Winter Wellbeing Hubs across the city. These are community venues that can offer a hot drink, a friendly face and activities for free throughout winter. A full list of hubs is available here https://publichealth.newcastle.gov.uk/WellbeingHub/Directory.

Sexual Health services survey - Newcastle City Council are undertaking a review of the clinical sexual health service provision across the city and as part of this process we would like to hear from you. Your thoughts will help us to define a new model for delivering clinical sexual health services within the city.

If you have already responded – thank you. The survey is confidential and we will keep your answers private. The link to the survey is https://forms.office.com/e/QFtyKuWX6e

Details relating to this review are given in the introduction to the survey.

Please disseminate via your networks.

Health & Digital Literacy at Community Hubs and Libraries

With funding from Health Education England, Newcastle Libraries are running a year-long pilot to explore ways in which health literacy, underpinned by digital literacy, can be embedded in local information provision. The project is supported by Get Online Newcastle which has a long history of providing digital skills support. In 2023 we are running a range of events, classes and courses across different library sites. If you would like information about events and classes in your area, please contact: information@newcastle.gov.uk. Information about Fenham health drop in is attached.

Every Mind Matters Loneliness Campaign - Loneliness can have a huge impact on our wellbeing, but there are lots of simple actions you can take to help lift yourself or others out of loneliness.

Following the success of last year’s national campaign, which saw some very positive steps towards people taking action to help feelings of loneliness, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will soon be launching their new loneliness campaign activity as part of the Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign.

The campaign primarily aims to reach 16-34 year olds by encouraging them to ‘Lift Someone Out of Loneliness’, knowing that this will likely help their own feelings of loneliness. This is based on recent research that shows that people in this demographic are at higher risk of feeling lonely compared to other age groups, but less likely to seek advice and support.

We will once again be pointing people towards the Every Mind Matters loneliness webpage where there is advice for ways to help yourself or others who may be feeling lonely and suggested support routes. Please find attached a loneliness poster and a top tips for improving mental wellbeing to share within your networks. Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/ for more information and resources.

Youthwatch Gateshead and Newcastle launch event - Interested in sharing your views about health or social care services? Do you want to help improve health or social care services? Interested in sharing your views with Healthwatch?

We are looking for 16-25 year olds who live, work or study in Gateshead or Newcastle to join our Youthwatch Project and share your views about health or social care services.

Our Youthwatch Project will be launched on 7 February 6-7pm, via Zoom. We are looking for organisations involved in working with young people to attend this event to find out more about Healthwatch and helping involve young people in our work.

We will then be holding online events for 16-25 year olds to attend, share views with Healthwatch and feed into our future work.

If you’re interested in either the Youthwatch launch event on 7 February or Youthwatch online events, please email lesley@healthwatchnewcastle.org.uk text 07498503497 or Freephone 0808 801 0382.

Monday Matters - The Bostey holds a drop in for parents and all community members every Monday (termtime only) from 10-12.30pm. They invite you to pop along for a cuppa and a friendly chat and there will be new activities to try out every week.

Venue: The Bostey, Church Street, Walker.

The Newcastle Fund - Please see below recent funding opportunity.

Newcastle small grants fund applications are open Deadline for applications is 24th February 2023 at 5pm.

The Newcastle Fund is available to constituted VCS organisations, registered charities and social enterprises. Funded activity must take place in Newcastle and benefit Newcastle residents.

You can find out about the aims and priorities of the Fund here.

Speak their name memorial quilt - Please see attached regarding next steps and awareness raising for the North East Speak Their Name Suicide Memorial Quilt.

We are delighted to announce that the North East Speak Their Name suicide memorial quilt has an official launch date of 11th November 2023 2-4pm at Newcastle City Library.

We are going to be hosting workshops in May and June in the region to support people to create the fabric squares.

We are looking to raise the profile of the project and direct those bereaved by suicide to our social media sites and information page.

Attached is a flyer to promote the project with your contacts and communities.

For further information or support to engage with the project contact northeastspeaktheirname@gmail.com









St Vincent's Centre - Activity Time Table 

Activity Timetable Oct 2022[5122].docx

Register your interest and find out more:

stvincentsnewcastle@svp.org.uk Or call 0191 2616027

Popup Market and Warm Space - St Vincent's Centre, Newbridge Street NE1 2TQ

Every Thursday between 12.20pm and 3.30pm starting 26th January 2023 

Poster pop market (1)[5121].pdf

The Great Winter Get Together 


The return of the Community Defibrillator 

Following the sad news that our original defibrillator had been stolen in April 2022, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community have successfully obtained a replacement life saving Defibrillator to help support the community and all the residents in the area of Blakelaw and North Fenham.  With the support of the The Red Sky Foundation and the continued support from Your Homes Newcastle, the defibrillator has been placed on the outside of Moorland House. 

Cost Of Living Guide 

Please see the below statement from the Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Kemp, on his commitment to support residents with the rise in the cost of living.  The guide is a live document and will regularly be updated by the City Council.

Please find a link to our Cost of Living Guide.

"The guide is a living document which will be updated regularly. I am keen to share this piece of work as widely as possible to make sure our residents all have access to up-to-date information and advice. Please make use of this guide in the work you do supporting residents and check back for updates.

The Cost of Living Crisis is one of my administration’s three overarching priorities. I hope we can work together across the city to support our communities through these toughest of times.

The work of people and organisations like yours across our city has been amazing for many years and highlighted even more so throughout Covid. It is even more essential now with so many more pressures, the cost of food, energy, fuel, these are unprecedented times. Everything you do to help our communities is hugely appreciated.

It is only by working together for each other that we will get the support and advice to everyone who needs it.

I would like as Leader of the City Council to personally thank you for all that you do and I know will continue to do.

If your organisation offers services or activities that will help residents impacted by the cost of living crisis and you would like them to be included in the guide please get in touch with Beverley Ogle on beverley.ogle@newcastle.gov.uk providing information on the service or activity offered and how residents can access them.

Thank you

Nick"

Cllr Nick Kemp

Leader of Newcastle City Council

Alcohol Awareness Leaflet 

Alcohol Causes Cancer 2022 PARTNER TOOLKIT FINAL LA7[4552].docx

RCH

Search leaflet HR[4411].pdf

Search poster HR[4410].pdf

Tik Tok Awareness Leaflet 

Tik Tok Flyer[2374].pdf

Thomas Walling Primary School - Queen's Green Canopy

Mr Serfontein, Deputy Lieutenant, attended Thomas Walling Primary Academy on Monday 11th October, 2021. He addressed an assembly of pupils, explaining the significance of the Queen's Green Canopy and included some very interesting facts about trees. The children thoroughly enjoyed joining in with his 'wow' moments and felt very excited and privileged to be the recipient of one of only 70 birch trees as part of this important initiative. Following the assembly, Mr Serfontein planted the birch tree (betula ermanii) with members of the School Council. It now has pride of place on 'the hill' outside of the school's dining hall, where it can be viewed every day.             

More information about the Queen’s Green Canopy, ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’, can be found at this website:

 https://queensgreencanopy.org       


Useful Links 

Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH

Telephone No. 0191 278 7878

www.newcastle.gov.uk

www.projects4change.org    


Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council aim to provide a community newsletter 4 times per year.  If you would like to contribute to our newsletter.  Please email bnfcc@outlook.com with your request.  Our Newsletters are below:

March 2020

BNFCC Newsletter MARCH 2020[10699].pdf

June 2020 

BNFCC Newsletter JUNE 2020[11955].pdf

October 2020

BNFCC OCTOBER 2020[2071].pdf

Christmas Update December 2020 and 2021 Calendar 

BNFCC 2021 calendar[2072].pdf

January 2021 

BNFCC COVID final Flyer January 2021.pdf

INTRODUCTION TO WELLBEING COACHING 

DELIVERED BY MARO PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT


We are now working with MARO Personal Development to offer residents of Blakelaw and North Fenham this free course.

Are you interested in a role as a wellbeing coach? If so enrol on our FREE online introductory course.

A wellbeing coach can help people achieve their goals in life by applying the principles and processes of life coaching to achieve lifestyle improvements. The wellbeing coach stands by the client as an advocate of their health and wellbeing whilst inspiring and supporting their growth and development.

Our FREE introductory course will give you an awareness of the role of the wellbeing coach.

Course Start date – Ongoing dates - please just ask

Course length - There is a 2-week window for you to complete the course and you can access the course any time to undertake your learning.

Course duration - The course should take you around 4 - 5 hours to complete.

Course Modules

Introduction to the course

The Role of a Wellbeing Coach

The Benefits of Wellbeing Coaching

Hot Topics in Wellbeing Coaching

Wellbeing Coaching in the Community and Workplace

Building a Wellbeing Coaching Business

Next Steps

Course assessment - There an external assessment at the end of the course in a format of a quiz.

Course access - You will access the course through our Moodle platform the URL is https://www.maropersonaldevelopment.online.

On completion - On completion you will be emailed a MARO Personal Development Certificate.


About us - if you would like any more information about MARO our information is on our website maropersonaldevelopment.com . If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us, via email or by phone on 0191 903 5629 or +447368306854.

 

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK ALOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Christmas has started in the world of Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council.  On the 25 November, off we went on a special journey to Northern Christmas Trees based in Gosforth to select 2 very special Christmas trees.  These special trees were being donated by the Community Council and heading off to 2 special venues to brighten up the faces of the staff and children at Hilton Primary School and Thomas Walling Primary School.  The trees were picked and delivered to the schools at the beginning of December and I’m sure you’ll all agree they are beautiful.  It was a pleasure to be able to donate these gorgeous trees to our community.



BLAKELAW AND NORTH FENHAM COMMUNITY COUNCIL 

CHRISTMAS UPDATE  

Despite the recent Coronavirus uncertainty Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have continued to work hard supporting various organisations within the community, below is an update of what has been happening including some photographs for everyone to see. 

Christmas Trees Christmas has started in the world of Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council.  On the 27 November, off we went on a special journey to Northern Christmas Trees based in Gosforth to select 2 very special Christmas trees.  These special trees were being donated by the Community Council and heading off to 2 special venues to brighten up the faces of the staff and children at Hilton Primary School and Thomas Walling Primary School.  The trees were picked and delivered to the schools last week and I’m sure you’ll all agree they are beautiful.  It was a pleasure to be able to donate these gorgeous trees to our community.


Anyone for a Christmas Selection Box  Did you know there are around 900 children attending the both Thomas Walling and Hilton Primary Schools and Little Learners Nursery in the Blakelaw and North Fenham Parish boundary area.  With a little help from the Community Council, Santa Claus managed deliver to the schools and the nursery a selection box for everyone – we hope that you all enjoy your sweet treats. 


Christmas Tree Hamper Appeal  It is with great pleasure that Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council were able to donate £500 worth of food to support the Christmas Tree Hamper appeal in aid of the community’s older residents who will be spending Christmas on their own this year.  We hope that those receiving a hamper this year enjoys all the surprises inside.



Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council Needs You!


If you are proud of and love the area you live in, if you are community focused and want to be part of a supportive, forward thinking community oriented committee, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council need you!

The Community Council are looking for 2 volunteers to represent the North Fenham Ward, 3 volunteers to represent the Cragston Ward and 1 volunteer to represent the Blakelaw Ward areas of the Community Council Parish Boundary.

For further details about the role and how you can become involved please contact John Wears, Chair at johnwears@bnfcc@gmail.com or Helen Richardson, Clerk at bnfcc@outloook.com for further information.


  • Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  • Meeting are held at Moorland House, Moulton Place, Blakelaw, Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 3RY
  •  07588154441
  •  bnfcc@outlook.com
  •  Drop in sessions: 5.30pm - 6.30pm - 1st Thursday of the month except August and December Community Council Meetings: 6pm - 7.30pm, 2nd Thursday of the month except August and December