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Changes to lockdown restrictions - FULL NATIONAL LOCKDOWN - updated information



Blakelaw Post Office is Open and Hours of Business - updated 

From Monday 17 May 2021:

Monday 10.00am - 3.00pm, Tuesday 10.30am - 3.00pm, Wednesday 10.30 - 3.00pm, Thursday 10.00am - 3.00pm and Friday 10.00am - 2.30pm.

Government Steps out of Lockdown as at 22 March 2021

Step 1 - 8 and 29 March

Changes on 8 March

Education

In Step 1, our priority is to ensure that all children and students return safely to face-to-face education in schools and colleges from 8 March. Childcare and children’s supervised activities can also resume where necessary to enable parents to work or engage in similar activities. We are introducing twice-weekly rapid testing for secondary and college pupils - in addition to regular testing for all teachers - to reduce the chance of the virus spreading in schools.

Higher Education students at English universities on practical courses can also return from 8 March.

Social contact

People will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household. Care home residents will also be allowed one regular visitor.

Changes on 29 March

Social contact

The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors. And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Business and activities

Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports.

Travel

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place. People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons. Holidays abroad will not be allowed, given it will remain important to manage the risk of imported variants and protect the vaccination programme. The government has launched a new taskforce to review global travel which will report on 12 April.

Step 2 - not before 12 April

Business and activities

Step 2, which will be no earlier than 12 April, will see the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Events

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

Step 3 - not before 17 May

Social contact

As part of Step 3, no earlier than 17 May, the government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances.

This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply - we will keep under review whether it is safe to increase this.

As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, we will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging. But until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.

Business and activities

Most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen - and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

Events

Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals. This limit will also apply to other types of significant life events including bar mitzvahs and christenings.

Review of social distancing

Finally, before Step 4 begins, the government will complete a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to cut transmission. This will inform decisions on the timing and circumstances under which the rules on 1 metre plus, the wearing of face coverings and other measures may be lifted. This will also inform guidance on working from home – which should continue wherever possible until this review is complete.

Step 4 - not before 21 June

Social contact

By Step 4 which will take place no earlier than 21 June, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact.

Business, activities and events

We hope to reopen remaining premises, including nightclubs, and ease the restrictions on large events and performances that apply in Step 3. This will be subject to the results of a scientific Events Research Programme to test the outcome of certain pilot events through the spring and summer, where we will trial the use of testing and other techniques to cut the risk of infection. The same Events Research Programme will guide decisions on whether all limits can be removed on weddings and other life events.

As we move through each of these phases in the roadmap, we must all remember that COVID-19 remains a part of our lives. We are going to have to keep living our lives differently to keep ourselves and others safe. We must carry on with ‘hands, face, space’. Comply with the COVID-Secure measures that remain in place. Meet outdoors when we can and keep letting fresh air in. Get tested when needed. Get vaccinated when offered. If we all continue to play our part, we will be that bit closer to a future that is more familiar.

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council Coronavirus Information Flyer 

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On January 4th, 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England was heading back into a full national lockdown. View the Government guidance.

 Everyone must now stay at home at all times except for essential reasons. These include to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education (if eligible) or for childcare

For further up to date information regarding symptoms, new guidelines and how the national lockdown impacts on schools, businesses and the clinically vulnerable please click the link www.newcastle.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Newcastle City Council - Welfare and Wellbeing Support

Help and support available in Newcastle

If you, or someone else is in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
If you need to report a concern to Social Care Direct, call 0191 278 7878.

Request support

Our Welfare and Wellbeing Team works from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, and Saturday 8am to 3pm. 

What support do you need?

Advice: Check the NHS and gov.uk webpages for information on self-isolation, how long to isolate for and more.

Food and Essential Items: Ask your friends and family for help, shop online, or contact a local food bank.

Money: Check our Welfare and Benefits pages for financial support

Work: Check the latest advice from the government here.

Children: Contact your children’s school to ask about school work, and see if they can deliver free school meals home. If you need nappies or other essential items for young children, contact your community family hub.

Caring responsibilities: Ask friends or family if they can help. Contact Newcastle Carers who may be able to give tailored advice.

Mental Health: Access online resources like Mind and NHS Every Mind Matters, and speak to your GP.

Physical Health: Think about how you can get active at home with help from Sport England.

Medication: Speak to your GP or pharmacy to arrange to have your medication delivered.

Animals: Ask friends and family to help. Find the latest government guidance here.

CEV residents are encouraged to register online through the National Shielding Support Service www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support this will give you access to priority supermarket slots.  If you require support to register complete our form and we will call you back to help you register.

For further information please click on the link www.newcastle.gov.uk/welfare 

Newcastle City Council (Link updates automatically)

www.newcastle.gov.uk/coronavirus 

Waste Collection Updates - Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice to local authorities on prioritising waste collections

Travel & Transport Guidance -Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance

British Red Cross Carers Emergency Card Information (updated 18 October 2020)

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The Carer’s Emergency Card offers free emergency support to adults living in Newcastle whose carer suddenly becomes unable to return and offer them care in the usual way. This could be because of a personal crisis such as sudden illness, accident or other emergency which occurs while they are away from home. The scheme supports carers to draw up an emergency contact plan or keep safe an existing plan. It is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, providing a rapid response in the event of a personal crisis as well as additional planned support to allow the carer to attend personal appointments.

If the cared for person is living in Newcastle upon Tyne, you may complete the attached registration form (please feel free to go on to a separate document if you wish to add additional information) and email to Carerscard_Northeast@redcross.org.uk or post it back using the following Freepost address: Carer’s Emergency Card, British Red Cross, FREEPOST NEA5668, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 8SR. Alternatively, if you prefer, I can call you directly and complete the registration form over the phone.

Coronavirus Update (as at 13 October 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Prime Minister set out on October 12 how the government will further simplify and standardise local rules by introducing a three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England.

Addressing MPs before hosting a Downing Street press conference, he confirmed the levels will be set at medium, high, and very high.

North East; Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and County Durham, to be classified in the 'High' level.

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:

wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

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.

Self-isolation enforcement and support

From 28 September, people who ae legally required to self-isolate will be fined if they breach the regulations. The penalty will start at £1,000 for a first offence but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offenders. These fines will also apply to employers who refuse to allow staff the time off work to self-isolate.

People on low incomes who are required to self-isolate may be entitled to a support payment of £500 if they are unable to work from home and have lost wages while self-isolating.

Coronavirus - Changes to lockdown (as of 00.01 18 September 2020)

Additional restrictions from 18 September 2020

From Friday 18 September 2020, Newcastle along with Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland became an area of national intervention.  This means that the following additional restrictions are in place in these areas:

 Regulations will ban the following:

  • Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
  • Late night restriction of operating hours will be introduced, with leisure and entertainment venues required to close between 10pm to 5am.

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

  • Residents should not socialise with other people outside of their own households in all public venues.
  • Residents are advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
  • Holidays should be taken within your own household or support bubble
  • Residents are advised against attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

These changes are in addition to the nationwide six person limit on social gatherings that came into force on Monday 14  September 2020.  The 'rule of six' remains in place across the country and sits alongside these additional restrictions in the local area.  Measures to protect people who are shielding are being developed for implementation in the affected areas.  

Once legislation is in place the police or the local authority will be able to take action against those who break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.  People aged 18 or over will be able to be fined:

  • £100 for the first offence, lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days
  • £200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £3,200

You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions here

Other restrictions 

Below is information on restrictions that are in place across England, and where relevant, in the devolved nations.  These restrictions should be read in conjunction with the additional restrictions outlined above that were implemented in Newcastle from 18 September 2020.

On 9 September, following a rise in cases the government announced a number of new measures would come into place on Monday 14 September.  They also stressed that this was not the time for complacency and that it is critical that everyone observes the following key behaviours:

Hands: Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitiser if you are out and about.

Face: Wear a face covering in all indoor settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet unless you are exempt.  You can find more information on face coverings including exemptions here

Space: Stay at least 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible.  If this isn't possible then stay at least 1 metre apart and take other precautions such as wearing a face covering or meeting outdoors.

Changes from 14 September 2020

Rule of Six: You must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6 people.  This applies indoors and outdoors, including in your own home.  The police will have the power to enforce these limits including issuing fines of £100 for a first offence, which can double to a maximum of £3,200 for further breaches.  There are a limited number of exceptions to the rule of six including:

  • Where more than six people live together or are in the same support bubble;
  • To continue existing arrangements for children who do not live in the same parent as both their parents;
  • Workplaces including voluntary and charitable services
  • For education, training or registered childcare
  • To fulfil legal obligations such as attending jury service
  • To provide emergency assistance or support to a vulnerable person
  • To avoid illness, injury or harm
  • To participate in children's playgroups
  • Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies and receptions, other religious life-cycle ceremonies and funerals - a maximum of 30 people will be able to attend
  • Organised sports, physical activities and exercise classes
  • Youth groups or activities
  • Protests and political activities organised in compliance with Covid-19 secure guidance and subject to strict risk assessment

You can find out more about the rule of six including information on exceptions to the rule here

NHS Test and Trace: It will become mandatory for certain businesses to have a system to collect NHS Test and Trace data and to keep this for 21 days.  This will be enforceable by law.  Business who must collect this data include bars, restaurants, hairdressers, local authorities, libraries and places of worship.  You can find more information on which businesses should collect data and how to store it safely here.

Border enforcement: The government plans to simplify the Passenger Locator Form and increase enforcement to ensure those returning from abroad are quarantining if required to.

Planned pilots: Pilots planned for sports events will be limited to small numbers with strict conditions in place.  Plans for audiences to be able to return to conferences and other events from 1 October are being reviewed.

Restricted opening hours: The government will restrict the opening hours of certain businesses in lockdown areas with an option for this to be extended national in the future if necessary.  These restrictions are not currently in place in Newcastle.

Rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may be different so please check before travelling to the devolved nations. 

Please be aware that there are local lockdowns in place in some areas of the UK.  You should check whether this applies to the area you are planning to visit before travelling.  More information on where local restrictions are in place can be found here.

CRISIS Support (freephone number)

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If you need urgent help with your mental health or learning disability call 24/7 

Newcastle Upon Tyne 

Adults - 0800 652 2863 

Children and young people - 0800 652 2864

Be Litter Aware - Dispose of masks and gloves properly(see attached poster)

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Streetwise Summer Activities

Streetwise are delivering FUN, FREE socially distanced activities for 4 weeks between 27 July 2020 and 22 August 2020

Blakelaw Session at Blakelaw Park - Thursdays between 2.30pm and 5.00pm

West Denton Session at Apperley Park - Wednesday between 2.30pm and 5.00pm

Throckley Session at Broomy Hill Road Park - Fridays between 2.30pm and 5.00pm

Projects4Change

Projects4Change are delivering a number of sessions throughout the summer holidays.  Please visit their website or Facebook page for further information.

Facebook @Projects4ChangeUK

Website - www.projects4change.org  

Northumbria Police Survey (Updated 26/07/2020)

Northumbria Police is committed to providing an outstanding service to its communities. We want to understand how safe you feel in your neighbourhood and how effective you think our feel our policing service has been.
Your views will help us to shape the future of local policing in your area.
You can take our survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NorthumbriaPolPublicPerceptions20/ 

Stay Safe, Shop Local (Updated 26/06/2020)

Please find attached information about plans for changes to shopping areas on the West Road and Adelaide Terrace. Visit the website https://newcastledistrictshoppingcentres.commonplace.is/ for more information and to have your say. 

Adelaide Terrace email with links[11971].pdf

West Road email wth links[11970].pdf

Test, Track and Trace Update (01/06/2020)

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Public Health England COVID19 Surveillance Summary(29/04/2020)

Public Health England Survellienace Report COVID19 Epidemiological Summary.pdf

Northumbria Police - Domestic Violence Update (29/04/2020)

For two million victims of domestic abuse, home may not be the safe place it should be.

We can help support you if you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can contact Northumbria Police by telephone on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

If you dial 999 and are unable to speak, the emergency operator will ask you to dial 55 and to follow their instructions to quickly put you in touch with police.

You can also get information and report incidents online via our website www.northumbria.police.uk

There is also a wide range of support services that we work closely with to support victims of domestic abuse.

These services are available across our force area and offer fantastic support to victims in need of advice and information.

Area specific:
Northumberland
DASN – Domestic Abuse Service Northumberland
01670 820199

North Tyneside
Harbour
0191 2513305

Gateshead
Domestic Abuse Team Gateshead
0191 4333333

Newcastle
NIDAS- Newcastle Integrated DA Services
0191 2146501

South Tyneside
Impact Family Services
0737 5788835

Sunderland
Wearside Women In Need
0800 0665555

General:
Angelou Centre
(support for BME/refuges)
0191 2260394
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000247
Men’s Advice Line
0808 8010327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
0800 9995428

Extract from the press release on "www.gov.uk" w/ebsite from the Department of Education (updated 20/04/2020)

Disadvantaged children across England are set to receive laptops and tablets as part of a push to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Devices will be ordered for children in the most vital stages of their education, those who receive support from a social worker and care leavers.

The government will also provide 4G routers to make sure disadvantaged secondary school pupils and care leavers can access the internet – where those families do not already have mobile or broadband internet in the household.

The country’s major telecommunications providers will make it easier for families to access selected educational resources by temporarily exempting these sites from data charges.

Coronavirus Leaflet - April 2020(updated 10/04/2020)

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 Northumbria Police (update 10/04/2020)

We're asking you to stay vigilant after it’s been reported thieves are targeting valuable items left in parked vehicles or in insecure homes and garages.
As a result our officers across our force area will be carrying out targeted patrols in key areas to deter thieves as well as continue enquiries to locate suspects and recover stolen items.
We’re reminding you to take extra steps to make sure your valuables are secured to prevent yourself falling victim to crime.
Remember to:
• Not leave valuables in your car
• Don’t leave your car keys in porches or near to the front door
If you are concerned of anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood please report it online via our website.
Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Online Support and Guidance(update 31/03/2020)

The Government has today announced that additional online support and guidance will be offered for people struggling during the #COVID19 pandemic. You can find the resources here 👉https://bit.ly/3auwRWP

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council Food Bank Donation(updated 28/03/2020)

In order to support our local community in this ever changing COVID-19 crisis, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have agreed to make a donation in the sum of £500 to the Newcastle West End Food Bank in support of their ongoing work.

In the coming days and months if you find yourself in a position where you need to use this type of support please locate your nearest Citizens Advice(click on the link) “your nearest Citizens Advice” who will be able to make a referral. You can also be referred by a charity, someone like a GP or a social worker.

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council would also encourage all residents to come forward with other suggestions that we can consider and progress. We are however unable to provide personal donations to residents.

Please look at our website for reliably sourced updates information www.blakelawnfenhamcommunity-council.com

And remember:

“the world came together as the people stayed apart” 

 Stay safe everyone!”

Thomas Walling Newsletter and Statement (updated 28/03/2020)/

Thomas Walling Newsletter 27March2020.docx

"This week has been turbulent for all the Academies each facing their own challenges and pushing through these no matter the obstacles presented with. All pupils should be commended for the effort they have taken this week to log in and complete the work provided on-line.

Staff within the Trust have been using Google Classroom to upload work, take classes and set tasks. Attendance of pupils at the Academies is being monitored closely along with those pupils who have not been attending also. This has been a large job for staff especially the welfare teams to check and manage all of our vulnerable children.

Moving forward the Trustboard are in discussions in regards to a fantastic new virtual learning environment which they hope to be launched after Easter.

The next stage of the strategy is to develop a way pupils can complete written work which can then be submitted and marked by the teacher.

Staff have also been given the opportunity to volunteer for the NHS with line manager approval.

100 Things to do with the Kids (updated 26/03/2020)

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Streetwise Young Peoples Project (updated 26/03/2020)

If your child or children /young people you know are stuck in the house looking for something to do, you can point them in the direction of Streetwise Young People’s Project. The Youth Workers are broadcasting live 3 times a day on Instagram @Streetwise_Newcastle 2pm 4pm 7pm Mon-Friday & 2pm 4pm Saturday. The broadcasts are aimed at young people between 13-25yrs old. Streetwise are also offering mental health and wellbeing support in the form of Skype, messenger and phone calls, to young people who need it. If you would like more information you can email them at admin@streetwisenorth.org.uk, check out their website Streetwise Newcastle, their Facebook Streetwise Newcastle or call them on 07852 107803.

NHS - Advice (link updates automatically)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Citylife Line  (updated 28/03/2020)

As of today (Friday March 27), residents who need help accessing essential services, or who need support as social distancing and isolation measures impact on their existing support networks, can alert Newcastle City Council of their situation.

This can be done online at www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylifeline or by calling 0191 2778000. This number will go live at 11am on Friday March 27

Please read, share and support where you can, the new Citylife Line is now open. Read more about how this works and watch a short video clip on our website.

Citylife Line has been set up for people wanting to volunteer their time while also providing a service for people to register their need for assistance.

It has launched today (Tuesday March 24) with a webform at www.newcastle.gov.uk/citylifeline for people wanting to volunteer their time to support the wide range of established community organisations across the City or offer another type of support service to the City.

Coronavirus (COVID - 19)(Link updates automatically)

This page focuses on information and updates from a variety of reliable sources:- 

For updated information please access the websites below:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Increased COVID - 19 Related Fraud (updated 19/03/2020)

Please see link to below which highlight the issue of increase fraud related to COVID 19.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports-increase-by-400-in-march

Kooth.com - online support for young people(updated 24/03/2020)

Services Kooth Statement Supporting COVID19 BCP[11028].docx 

Safe Guarding Adults information for those self-isolating (updated 24/03/2020)

Safeguarding adults info for self-isolating (004)[11033].pdf

About Us


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.

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 9 of those seats currently being filled leaving 3 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.

Your Community Councillors


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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Lorraine Birkett

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

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Vacant

Community Councillor

Blakelaw Ward

Irene Teasdale

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

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Marilyn Irving

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

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Vacancy

Community Councillor

Cragston Ward

Lee Stott

Community Councillor

North Fenham

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Juna Sathian

Community Councillor

North Fenham

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Vacancy

Community Councillor

North Fenham

Helen Richardson

Clerk to the Community Council

Agenda's and minutes



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.  

2021/2022 - Agenda 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

 08 July 2021 

 August 2021 - No Meeting

 08 September 2021

 14 October 2021

 11 November 2021

December 2021 - No Meeting


13 January 2022


10 February 2022


10 March 2022



Sub Groups 

Date
Sub GroupAgenda
Minutes 












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 



Grant Funding


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 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 




Annual Governance & Accountability Return



2020 - 2021

Certified AGAR including Audit Certificate 2020 - 2021 


Notice of Conclusion of Audit

 

Public Right of Inspection Notice

Public Right of Inspection (14.06.2021 - 23.07.2021).docx

AGAR 2020 - 2021

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





Free distance learning course - introduction to wellbeing coaching - maro


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 – Monday 9th November 2020

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.

 

Community Council Newsletters



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

Community and City News


The Twisting Ducks Theatre Company

Creative support to develop work skills for people with learning disabilities and autism.  For further information please see the below flyers.



Unfolding Theatre - Door Step Stories 

The Unfolding Theatre are delivering Doorstep Stories sessions to local families during February half term. They are planning to be in Blakelaw on 17th & 18th February. All the details and how to book are at the link below:

https://www.unfoldingtheatre.co.uk/doorstepstories

Families with children aged 3-8 in the area who would be interested please sign up - you won't be disappointed.



Community Defibrillator 

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community successfully obtained a 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 North East Ambulance Service and Your Homes Newcastle, the defibrillator has been placed on the outside of Moorland House. 


Youth Work in Blakelaw & North Fenham


Need More Information?



Parish Boundary Map 

BLAKELAW ward map.pdf

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

Election Notices 

Notice of Uncontested Election 2019.pdf

Useful Links 

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

Telephone No. 0191 278 7878

www.newcastle.gov.uk 

Projects4change

www.projects4change.org    








Contact Us


  • 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

Community council vacancies


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 3 volunteers to represent the North Fenham Ward, 1 volunteer 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.



Christmas Competition



IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK ALOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

COMPETITION TIME 


With Christmas just around the corner, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council will be holding their last competition of the year, a free to enter Christmas raffle draw.  Up for grabs are 5 hampers with surprises for all of the family.  To take part in the draw please pick a number between 1 and 100, 1 number per household and send your details to the Chair or Clerk via our email (bnfcc@outlook.com) or via our Facebook page.  To take part must live within the parish boundary (as ever if you’re not sure please just ask).  The raffle will be drawn on the 20 December – good luck everyone.

Our Winners are - Marilyn Irving, Karen Irving, Samantha Gibson, Tanya Marshall and Amanda Kenny - WELL DONE TO YOU ALL!


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.



competition time - we have winners!(Results)


 


JULY 2020

"RAFFLE TIME - WE HAVE WINNERS"

We have WINNERS!

 Thank you to everyone who joined in our raffles over the last few weeks. The raffle was drawn on the 1 August 2020 and the winners are:

Adult Raffle

1 – Charlotte Allan

2 – Denise Redhead

26 – Carole Josling

41 – Joan Gill

77 – Val Morrison

Kids Raffle 

6 – Katelin Heslop

26 – Daniel Cunningham

48 – Joseph Middlemas

49 – Lola O’Shea

50 – Callum Rose

Please can you contact the Clerk, Helen Richardson via email bnfcc@outlook.com or text 07588154441 to claim your prize and make arrangements for delivery.

 WELLDONE TO YOU ALL


MAY 2020 

“COMPETITION TIME - AND WE HAVE A WINNER”

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council held 2 competitions due to the postponement of their Whitby trip and charity night – these events WILL both be rearranged when it is safe to do so.

Well done to you all, our winners of the raffle are:

  1.  Marie Vincent (42) - Hamper
  2. Gemma Middlesmas (14) - Candle Set
  3. Katherine Christie (8) - Harding and Bayliss Set
  4. Michelle Keenan (31) - Perfume Set
  5. James Gill (32) - Ringtons Hamper
  6. Alan and Elaine Richards (30) - Ringtons Hamper
  7. Carole Josling (34) - Ringtons Hamper
  8.  Margaret Taylor (7) - Ringtons Hamper
  9.  Samantha Gibson (24) - Ringtons Hamper
  10. Liz Patton (75) - Ringtons Hamper
  11. Tanya Marshall (29) - 2 Ringtons Union Jack Mugs

Our second competition was for our children and young people. Blakelaw and North Community Council had an excellent response, we have some very talented artists in our community.  Sadly, we were only able to select one design to be printed but everyone is a WINNER  - well done to you all.  

Our WINNER was Mason with the below design.  Mason will have his card printed and sent as a thank you to key workers, those who work within a caring role and our NHS - you are all truly hero's in our eyes.  

Winning Design 

Well done Mason 

Runners up 

Well done to Jack, Leo and Callum 


Well done Lola 


Well done Isla 


Well done Hannah - Image to follow


Elections 2021


Message from the Chair of the Community Council  

Following the Community Council receiving a complaint, I would like to confirm that Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council are not affiliated to any Political Party or Organisation.

The Community Council does NOT endorse any one Candidate in the up and coming Elections in May 2021.

I would like to wish all Candidates the very best of luck 

Community Councillor John Wears, Chair, Blakelaw & North Fenham Community Council

POSTPONED - charity night in aid of changing lives



POSTPONED - TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE  - Blakelaw and North Fenham Charity Night - 15 May 2020

Charity Night – 15 May 2020
Following a number of updates from Government regarding the COVID 19 virus, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have made the difficult decision to cancel our Charity Night in aid of Changing Lives due to be held at Blakelaw Club on the 15 May 2020. We are hoping that this event can be rearranged and will be working alongside Blakelaw Club with a view to rearranging. If you have already bought a ticket for the event this will be valid for the rearranged event, if you wish to obtain a refund on your ticket, please return it to the Community Councillor you purchased it off and they will provide a refund. We will provide updates regarding a the new date as and when we can. If you have any queries please contact our Clerk, Helen on bnfcc@outlook.com or 07588154441

As part of the ongoing work the Community Council are undertaking in support of their Mental Health and Wellbeing Project, they will be holding a charity night following their Annual General Meeting. They will be supporting Changing Lives who play an important role within the community not only in Blakelaw and North Fenham but across the whole of Newcastle and the North East.

The evening will be held at Blakelaw Social Club and will be welcoming "The Amazing" Jackie Hudson and Anthony Loughlin alongside a raffle, tombola and domino cards.

Tickets are now on sale for fabulous price of £3 each. Please contact Blakelaw Club or one of our Community Councillors for your tickets.
POSTPONED - charity night in aid of changing lives POSTPONED - charity night in aid of changing lives

POSTPONED - Community Coach Trips


SAVE THE DATES - Details to follow

POSTPONED - Whitby Trip – 25 April 2020 

Following a number of updates from Government regarding the COVID 19 virus, Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council have made the difficult decision to cancel our community trip to Whitby being held on the 25 April 2020. This trip will be rearranged to a future date to be confirmed. Our current ticket list will be carried forward to the new date and updates will be provided as and when we receive them. If you have any queries please contact our Clerk, Helen on bnfcc@outlook.com or 07588154441

Summer Community Coach Trip - 15 August 2020 - POSTPONED 

Christmas Community Coach Trip - 5 December 2020 - POSTPONED