important information regarding COVID -19 (Coronavirus)

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 👉

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

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)

Tips for entertaining kids[11034].docx

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, check out their website Streetwise Newcastle, their Facebook Streetwise Newcastle or call them on 07852 107803.

NHS - Advice (link updates automatically)

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 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 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:-

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.

Newcastle City Council (Link updates automatically) - 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