In this issue exploring the ‘The Power of Local’, we hear from two recently formed organisations, Dwellbeing Shieldfield and Chopwell Regeneration CIO, about how they support their local communities and the inspiring difference they have made in such a short space of time.
Vicki Harris shares how the Haref Allies have helped to address health inequalities in our local ethnically minoritised communities across Newcastle and Gateshead, and how their ambitions are growing thanks to the new Haref Allies membership offer.
Lisa Goodwin reflects on the benefits of keeping services local, the opportunities created through partnerships and how contracts can act as a barrier to partnership working. We also hear about a new advocacy mapping project that will improve knowledge of local services and build relationships, and we take a look at one successful partnership project - Families through Crisis - that combines local knowledge to offer a holistic service.
Jack Summerside speaks with Newcastle Community Asset Trust about how they changed their funding strategy to be more successful with grant applications, and Giovanni Spatuzzi shares a few ideas from Connected Voice about how we can support one another through the cost of living crisis