Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland


Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN) are setting up a Black Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) Women’s Sexual Violence Network. The network is aimed at BAMER women who work or volunteer in frontline roles in generic, holistic or specialist organisations (this can include statutory and voluntary sector organisations).

The network is for workers and volunteers in Tyneside (Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside and South Tyneside) and Northumberland. The network is for BAMER people who identify as women including Trans women.

We work to continually improve our ability to meet the needs of and reach out to all women and girls. The aim of the network is to increase BAMER women workers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in working with sexual violence and to inform the development of our engagement of BAMER women in our specialist services.


Free Training

Women who join the network will be welcomed to access free training. This training aims to increase workers’ confidence, awareness, knowledge and skills relating to sexual violence and to explore the issues that may affect you when receiving disclosures. 

The training hopes to achieve the following learning outcomes

  • Define sexual violence
  • Understand the effects of rape and sexual assault on individuals
  • Understand the impact of victim blaming and societal attitudes on those who have experienced sexual violence
  • Identify specialist support available to those who have experienced sexual violence
  • Identify key practice issues relating to receiving disclosures



Monday 23rd October 2017

Arrive from 9.15am to begin promptly at 9.30am. The session will finish at 2.30pm

Workshops will be held in a central Newcastle venue which will be confirmed after booking. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Places on the training will be limited to 2 workers per organisation.

More training dates will be available so please get in touch to either book your place at this training or to express an interest in future training and the network.

Contact Dawn: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0191 222 0272


More about the network

How participants benefit:

  • Access to free specialist sexual violence training and information
  • An increased understanding of women and girls’ experiences of sexual violence
  • Increased confidence in receiving disclosures of sexual violence
  • Clear information about our services and how to refer into them

How we benefit:

  • A network of BAMER women who have clear information and confidence about our services and how to refer into them
  • Increase of referrals into Rape Crisis services by BAMER women
  • Greater understanding of the needs of BAMER women

Northumberland CVA has been asked to disseminate the following information on behalf of Northumberland County Council:


1. What is VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund?

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund is part of a wider new VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme. Each year the fund will be will be themed around a specific topic for each round. For 2017-18 this is social prescribing. Social prescribing means different things to different people, however, the Social Prescribing Network’s co-produced definition is: “Enabling healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker, to co-design a nonclinical social prescription to improve their health and wellbeing.” Social prescribing is generally understood to be an intervention through which people are supported to access non-medical services in the community. Examples include befriending, art classes and exercise classes, but a wide variety of activities can be included. Typically, a community navigator/link worker will work with the individual to co-produce solutions that best suit their needs. A range of terms are sometimes used for the community navigator/link worker, including health advisor, wellbeing coordinator and community connector. The community navigator/link worker role is a key element within successful social prescribing models.  Therefore we require all applications to demonstrate how their scheme will support this role. Organisations are invited to bid for funding of up to £300,000 for the first year of their scheme. This is a maximum and when applications are assessed consideration will be given to the scale and scope of schemes in relation to the amount of funding requested. They expect to be able to announce successful schemes in December 2017 and release the first grant payment once all documentation signed by local partners is provided.

2. Eligibility

  • Work in England, be not for profit and be incorporated or a registered charity.
  • In order for your application to be considered your organisation must: Provide evidence of a commitment from “local partners” (see footnote) for resourcing of: 50% in year 2, 80% in year 3 100% in year 4 onwards.  If we receive a high volume of applications, we will do an initial sift based on this criterion.
  • Include the community navigator/link worker role within its social prescribing scheme model.
  • Be able to demonstrate strong established links with “local partners.” They should provide a commitment from the relevant partners of their commitment to develop a Memorandum of Understanding and information governance and risk management agreements.
  • Commit to input experience and share learning with NHS England about measuring the impact of social prescribing.
  • Commit to share learning and contribute evidence towards evaluation of the Fund.
  • Commit to joining the national Social Prescribing Network and, if relevant, their local regional social prescribing network.

Full details on the funding scheme can be found at

3. Approach in Northumberland

We are looking at a phased approach in Northumberland as there is a significant commitment required from the “local partner” which to recap can be:

  • Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group,
  • Northumberland County Council
  • Northumbria Healthcare Trust

The first phase will be submitting the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2017 -18 : Social Prescribing Application Form (which can be accessed at
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-wellbeing-fund-2017-to-2018-application-form) to Kirsten Francis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please submit these Application Forms no later than noon Tuesday 31st October. Please put VCSE HWF Phase 1 in the title bar of your email to ensure it is identified.  At this stage there is no need to complete the Eligibility part of Section E but DO complete the Details of Scheme section. There will be a local panel that reflects membership of the VCSE Health and WellBeing Programme, which will make an initial assessment and look to agree and work with up to three applications to go forward to full application and submitted to the HW Fund by noon 21st November.

5. Local Priority/Priorities

“Local Partners” are particularly interested in bids that support Young People in terms of social prescribing - especially in regards to those presenting with low level mental health issues however other topics would be considered as what we want to identify are the strongest, deliverable bids that would achieve the maximum benefit for Northumberland residents.
We will also consider supporting more than one project to go forward for selection as this could increase our chances of getting a successful bid for Northumberland. If you have any queries please contact Kirsten Francis on 01670 624741


It is important that the social prescribing schemes receiving grant funding are sustainable. For this reason, we require applicants to gain support from their local CCG, local authority, STP leadership team or Accountable Care Organisation, to invest in their proposed scheme from year two onwards.  Although the Fund will provide full funding in year one, it is the expectation that the local partner will provide 50% of funding in year two, 80% funding in year three and 100% funding in year four onwards. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of the agreement with the local partner as part of their application.


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Salary: NJC scale SO1 £25,951pa pro rata for part time working (30 hours). A flexitime system is in operation.

Closing date: 12 noon, 27 September 2017


Newcastle CVS is recruiting a BME Health and Wellbeing Development Support Officer. This is an exciting new post to deliver a comprehensive, cross sector training programme and support community based interventions to improve health outcomes for Newcastle’s BME and migrant communities. The successful candidate will work closely with Newcastle City Council’s Senior Health Improvement Practitioner for Ethnic Minorities, the voluntary and community sector and other public sector organisations.

Newcastle CVS is the major infrastructure body supporting the voluntary and community sector in Newcastle and Gateshead. Our main office is in the centre of Newcastle and we have a particular focus on tackling inequalities.

Newcastle is an increasingly diverse city. The 2011 Census reported 12.7% of the city’s population belonged to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups, with Indian and Pakistani communities being the largest. More recently, the 2015 Local Migration Profile reported between 3,300 and 7000 new long term migrants arriving in the city, the largest increase being among East European EU nationalities.

Both established and new BME communities can face a number of challenges to maintain good health and wellbeing, including language and cultural barriers and access to health services. BME communities are also at risk of poor health outcomes associated with low income, lack of stable employment and poor housing.

We are looking for someone with a good understanding of the health and wellbeing challenges affecting BME communities. You will have experience of working in different communities and experience of community development work, particularly with people from minority / marginalised groups.

You will have experience of designing and delivering training programmes that have clear learning outcomes. You will have good communication skills, both verbal and written and a flexible approach to your work.

 For further details and to download an application form go to the Newcastle CVS website www.cvsnewcastle.org.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Judith Temple, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF

Please do not send CVs.

Newcastle CVS is an Equal Opportunities employer.


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Job type: Part Time (21 hours)

Salary: £1,000 per calendar month

Closing date: Friday 8 September 2017 at 5.00pm

This post is suitable for a secondment or cover from another experienced local organisation


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Interim HAREF Engagement Worker within Newcastle CVS, based in the centre of Newcastle. The HAREF Network Co-ordinator starts in the middle of September 2017, and to support the project an Interim Engagement Worker post is now available.  This is a temporary post for an initial period of three months.  An experienced candidate is sought who has a proven track record of results in this field of work and who has established links into community activities.

We are looking for someone who has a good understanding of the challenges and benefits of working with different communities, and an appreciation of community development work, particularly with people from minority / marginalised groups. They should have good communication skills, both verbal and written and have a flexible approach to their work.

If you are an organisation who is interested in providing support, please outline your experience, approach and offer on one side of A4.

For further details and to download an application form go to the Newcastle CVS website www.cvsnewcastle.org.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Judith Temple, Newcastle CVS, Higham House, Higham Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8AF. Please do not send CVs.

Newcastle CVS is an Equal Opportunities employer.

CA Northumberland


Contract: Fixed term until March 2018 through funding from the Money Advice Service (The current expectation is that funding will continue beyond this date)

Hours: Full time or part time  

Salary: £20,459 to £23,166 depending on experience

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 5 September 2017

Interview date: Tuesday 12 September 2017


Citizens Advice Northumberland is looking for an experienced debt caseworker to help provide a high quality debt and money management advice service to clients from across Northumberland through telephone/digital channels and community based outreach work. You will need to be able to demonstrate good communication skills and a commitment to the delivery of a high quality service. Ideally you will have recent and substantial experience of providing debt advice to Advice Quality Standard but we will consider offering this as a training post to an experienced generalist adviser with the relevant skills and qualities and the ability to train quickly.

The successful applicant will have strong numerical and financial skills, significant experience of using a computer based recording and monitoring system, the ability to manage his or her workload and to work to targets in a pressurised environment. Experience in other advice areas, particularly benefits would be an advantage.

To apply, you must complete an application form. CV’s will not be considered.

To request an application pack please contact Jane Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 01670 853823. Alternatively, please write, enclosing an A4 stamped addressed envelope to: Jane Brown, Citizens Advice Northumberland (Ashington Office), 89-91 Station Road, Ashington, NE63 8RS.

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Salary: £10 - £11.30 per hour (Depending on qualifications and experience)

Contract: 1 year Fixed term with view to extend based on funding

Closing date: 15th September 2017

Location: Blyth



People and Drugs (Silx Teen Bar Youth Service) is the largest youth delivery provider in the Blyth area and is looking to appoint a team of Part Time Detached Workers and Centre Based Workers in order to develop youth work on the streets of Blyth and to complement the very popular and successful centre based provision at our Teen Bar.

We are looking to appoint two detached workers and two centre based workers with a remit of making contact with young people who use the street as a means of recreation, and to be part of our centre based team of workers.

The purpose of the posts is to work very closely with the Senior Youth Worker and team of centre base workers and to assist in the development of the organisation’s vision and offer of provision for the young people of Blyth. Further information about our charity can be found by downloading our annual report and leaflets from our website: http://www.silxteen.com/downloads/. 

To apply: Please send your completed application form by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Silx Teen Bar, 5 Church St, Blyth, NE24 1BG. If you have any questions or would like to request a printed copy of the application pack, please telephone 01670 351356.


Supporting documents



New European Social Fund (ESF) funding opportunities have been launched which may be of interest to voluntary and community sector groups in Northumberland.  The funding available is part of the European Structural Investment Fund which is available to the region and focuses on employability and skills. 

The deadlines for the Outline Application are very tight so please review the call closure deadline on each call.  The calls are focusing on:

1. North East Employment Support for Young People 18- 29 

ESF investment through this call is focussed on providing support to increase employment for young people aged 18-29 who are unemployed and claim out of-work benefits or who are workless and not claiming a benefit. 
Projects responding to this call should deliver activities in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland areas only and should not include participants resident in Durham. 
Indicative Funding Allocation: Approximately £3,000,000 ESF 
Call Closes: 25th September 2017
(The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £150,000 of European Social Funding to any single project).


2. North East Ambition Pilot - Strategic Framework

Proposals should focus on tackling the education challenges faced in the North East by setting up and implementing a strategic framework which will bring together educators, businesses and local communities to help transform the education system to meet industry needs.
Indicative Fund Allocation: Approximately £3,000,000 ESF 
Call Closes: 23 October 2017.
(The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £50,000 (or figure can be higher but not less than £50k) of European Social Funding to any single project). 


3. North East Ambition Pilot - Tailored Training

‘North East Ambition Pilot - Developing and Delivering Tailored Training for Employees in Education Establishments’ launched simultaneously and expected to align with the 2.2 North East Ambition Pilot Strategic Framework Call. Proposals should focus on providing leadership and management skills development for individuals who are in, or moving to leadership roles within North East LEP area education establishments. Indicative Fund Allocation: Approximately £3,000,000 ESF 
Call Closes: 23rd October 2017 (The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £300,000 of European Social Funding to any single project although, mindful of the expected call value in the Transitional Region, slightly smaller proposals may be considered if their focus of activity is Durham.)



4. North East Specialist Support for Unemployed / Inactive 

Projects will provide intensive support to unemployed and inactive residents with health conditions acting as barriers to labour market participation through provision of tailored and integrated health and work support. Also additional intensive support to unemployed and inactive residents aged 50+ who have a health condition and/or other barriers preventing them from entering the labour market. Projects can apply for one or both of the proposed areas of activity under this call. Indicative Fund Allocation: Approximately £6,000,000 ESF 

Call Closes: 23rd October 2017
(The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £150,000 of European Social Funding to any single project.)



5. Digital Skills  


Proposals will be expected to support digital skills development within the digital /tech sector and/or across the general workforce where this enhances opportunities for job progression and development.

Proposals should focus on addressing the specific digital skills gaps experienced by employers.

Indicative Fund Allocation: Approximately £20,000,000 ESF 

Call Closes: 23rd October 2017

(Applications would be expected that request a minimum of £500,000 of ESF: however, mindful of the expected call value in the Transitional Region, smaller proposals would be considered if their main focus of activity is Durham.)


The specification for this call has been amended as the original stated - under heading Element 2 - that the focus was on those employed in the tech/digital sector.  This should have referred to a focus on all sectors.  DWP have corrected this and the link below is to the revised version.


Further details on all calls can be found at https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds (Select Fund State - Open, Location: North East)  


BOOK A PLACE - ESF Funding Opportunities Briefing Session 

The Northumberland Technical Assistance Team at Northumberland County Council will also be hosting an ESF call information event on Thursday 17th August here at County Hall, Morpeth. This will provide prospective applicants a briefing of the calls now launched, what areas they will address and how a potential application for funding should be approached.  There will also be time for questions and networking and to speak to the TA team directly.  
Thursday 17th August 2017, 10.00 - 12.00
County Hall, Northumberland County Council.
Please click on the link below to register for a place. 

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Salary: £14,625 per annum (pro-rata)

Hours: 30+ hours

Duration: Permanent Role

Closing Date: 24th August 2017

Interviews to take place on 29th August 2017.


Age UK Northumberland is a values-led independent local charity which provides services for older adults across Northumberland through the commitment and hard work of over 250 employees and 100 regular volunteers.

Integral to and common with all Age UK’s is our central free information, advice and advocacy service. Other complementary services and activities are designed to meet local needs and currently include: day care provision and extensive domiciliary personal care services, a range of exercise classes and activities as well as falls prevention classes, lunch clubs and a range of friendship groups.

We are looking to recruit a HR Administrative Assistant to support Age UK Northumberland’s management team with HR administration. The ideal candidate will possess an NVQ 2 business admin (or equivalent) and must have at least one year’s experience in a similar role.

Age UK Northumberland can offer a competitive salary and generous annual leave entitlement rising with service. We operate a contributory pension scheme (6% maximum matched employer funding) an on-site small but well equipped gym and subsidised café within centrally based, convenient modern offices, which are also accessed by the public.

To request an application pack please contact Angela Clough on 01670-784820.  For an informal discussion contact: Helen Mills - CEO; call 01670 784810 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note if you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date, you have not been short-listed for this position. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Registered Charity No. 1072394

North East Migration Partnership


Alison Robinson, North East Migration Partnership Officer, has shared some useful resources:

Alison has also made an offer of free ESOL training for volunteers in the form of a 2 or 3 hour session based on her extensive experience of working with Pre-Entry learners, and any other help she can offer in her role as regional ESOL Coordinator, especially with regards to Syrian learners.

Contact: Alison Robinson, North East Migration Partnership Officer at Middlesbrough Council by calling 01642 729451 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.