VoiCeS Weekly Update 7th May 2015

Designated Person Network Event

Date: Thursday 4th June
Time: 10am - 12.30pm 
Venue: Pegswood

Are you a Designated Person for safeguarding in a community group, organisation, club or faith group working with children and young people?

If so we would like to invite you to our next Designated Person Network meeting in Northumberland.

The network aims to provide support, information and updates relevant to your designated person role.

The next FREE Designated Person Network Event will focus on the very important subject of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
This is a hot topic in safeguarding, which follows a number of high profile cases over the last few years, involving whole communities.  
Lorraine Topping from Northumberland Children’s Services will be joining us to share what her service is doing to tackle this very worrying safeguarding issue.
This will be your opportunity to consider if you need to improve your service in any way in order to spot the signs of CSE and to respond effectively, should you be concerned about children in your care.

All are welcome at this meeting, so please share this information with any others who are responsible for safeguarding / child protection in other groups and organisations.
To book, please email Jennifer O'Malley at or 01665 713109 by 28th May.


VoiCeS In-House Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding is everyone's business - Have you got it covered?

VoiCeS-Northumberland can deliver the following in-house training to your group or organisation at your venue and at a time to suit you:

  • An Introduction to Safeguarding Children
  • An Awareness of Safeguarding Adults and Children
  • Safeguarding for Trustees
  • Safe Recruitment
  • Are They Safe?

Discounted rates apply for the Voluntary and Community Sector.  Please see flyer for further information or contact

Safer Northumberland Partnership  - Hate Crime App

Download for FREE to your smartphone!

Simply scan the QR code at the end of this section or follow the link on your phone. 

Hate crime is serious and whilst levels are low in Northumberland, the App is part of a developing Safer Northumberland Partnership strategy to deal with and prevent it from occurring. 

The Safer Northumberland Partnership Hate Crime App  - "If it manages to encourage one person to report hate crime and avoid going through repeated incidents, or provide support to one person and help them get through the nightmare of being a victim of hate crime, or succeed in preventing just one potential victim from receiving serious injuries, or even being killed…..then it has all been worth it."

There is a short 10 minute presentation on the App to reinforce and encourage uptake of the App. If you would like a short presentation for your team please contact Michael Pearson, LMAPS Officer, Strategic Community Safety Team at


EU Funding Workshops

Details of the next EU funding workshops are now on the VONNE website.  Northumberland’s event  is on 11th May 9.30am -12.30pm at Stannington Village Hall. 

Please click here for more details and to link through to the booking pages.

The aim of these events is to bring together potential lead organisations and delivery partners to start the formation of potential partnerships to deliver the Big Lottery Fund/ESF programmes in Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear.

Please do take the time to view the content of previous workshops in February and March, if you were not able to attend these events, as this will help you assess whether you wish to be involved in a partnership bid to the Big Lottery Fund/ESF programme.

The events will be in two parts:

1)    Introduction from Big Lottery Fund/ NELEP/ VONNE

  • Outlining the programme specifications and thinking behind the approach
  • BLF expectations in terms of a partnership approach to delivery
  • Overview of the two stage application process, including funding for development work
  • Likely timescales and next steps
  • Responsibilities and compliance issues for lead bodies and delivery partner

2)   Partner introduction sessions (‘speed networking’ style) with potential delivery partners having the opportunity to introduce themselves to potential lead bodies.  This exercise will also be backed up with short documents providing information to both lead and potential partner organisations including contact details so that conversations can continue after the introduction sessions.

If you are unable to attend any of the events related to programmes that you are interested in being involved in, you can also fill out a short questionnaire and we will pass on your details to the relevant lead/ delivery organisations.

If you have any questions about the events or EU funding in general, please email


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