Latest Updates

Ashleigh Gillings, Dana Morris, Emily Runciman and Emma Dyball will all work on board the ferry company’s Newcastle-Amsterdam ships this month as part of a programme developed in partnership with Tall Ships organiser Sail Training International. DFDS is a sponsor of the Tall Ships event this year and has offered the trainees a chance to get more experience of life at sea in addition to its sponsorship deal. The girls, from Ashington, will spend time with the company’s experienced seafarers, learning about life at sea and helping out with a range of core tasks, including working in the galley kitchen and preparing cabins before passengers embark for their sailings.

Ashleigh, 19, who volunteers with the Northumberland Youth Service, is hoping that the experience will help her secure a job in the travel industry. She said: “I’d really like to travel in my work, meet new people and visit new places so I’m hoping my time at sea with DFDS will give me a great insight into what it’s like to work on a ferry and what’s involved with working at sea.”

 

Northumberland Tall Ship Trainees Get First Taste of Life at Sea

Ashleigh Gillings, Dana Morris, Emily Runciman and Emma Dyball will all work on board the ferry company’s Newcastle-Amsterdam ships this month as part of a programme developed in partnership with...

 

The construction phase of a major overhaul of Druridge Bay Community Centre is set to start next month after the completion of internal work. Northumberland County Council has appointed Compass Developments to deliver the construction phase of a £550,000 revamp, which aims to create a modern, multi-purpose facility for residents. The project will involve the construction of a two-storey extension, creating a community gym with state-of-the-art equipment on the ground floor and a first floor dedicated to the area’s thriving boxing club. Refurbishment works have already taken place at the centre, which has been revitalised on the inside, and phase two is expected to take around 18 weeks to complete.

The new gym will be managed by Active Northumberland, and will be equipped with the latest fitness equipment. County councillor for the area, Scott Dickinson, said: “We have already seen a number of improvements on the inside of the building, but now the project gets really interesting with the physical transformation of the building about to get under way. “Compass Developments is a local firm with a great track record, a good understanding of what we are trying to achieve and a conscientious approach to working on community projects such as this. We believe the community centre is in very good hands with them. “Once complete, the centre will be a bright, modern facility, with state-of-the-art gym equipment and a space for all the community to use. “It will offer a range of activities and facilities and become a real focal point for the people of Hadston.” The project is due for completion in late 2016 and has been designed by architects Crawford Higgins.

Read more at: http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/local-news/contractor-appointed-for-revamp-1-8083507

 

Druridge Bay Community Centre Leisure build set to start

  The construction phase of a major overhaul of Druridge Bay Community Centre is set to start next month after the completion of internal work. Northumberland County Council has appointed...

 

 

Global soft drink manufacturing giant Coca Cola is set to invest £14 million into the development of its manufacturing site in Morpeth, Northumberland.

The Morpeth plant is the only source of Schweppes Abbey Well Spring Water and for the last two years has been the only British plant to produce Glaceau Smart Water, thanks to the use of a local spring.

The fresh investment will also fund the production of a new sports cap format for the brand.

Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) administered the multi million pound investment which will treble production at the facility and create up to 56,000 bottles of water every hour.

Once redeveloped, the site will be able to send out four million cases of water each year from the Coopies Lane facility, which is enough water to fill 100 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Councillor Scott Dickinson said that this investment is further evidence that Morpeth, along with Northumberland in general, is becoming a popular destination to conduct business.

Dickinson added: “Coca-Cola’s continued confidence in the future here is also a tribute to the skills of its workforce as well as a great boost to the local economy.”

Meanwhile, CCEP Morpeth Operations Director, Jane Buckley, insisted that the company is dedicated to supporting manufacturing in the local area.

Buckley continued: “This investment in new equipment and production technology for Schweppes Abbey Well and glaceau smartwater is an exciting milestone for our Morpeth operations.”

The town’s MP, Ian Lavery, has also welcomed the announcement and he was shown some of the investment that has been made already this year in the Coopies Lane site.

The new high speed, fully automated water-processing and bottling line has more than doubled the existing production capabilities of the site from 18,200 bottles to 56,000 bottles every hour, which is equal to more than four million cases of water each year.

Scott welcomes Morpeth Factory £14million investment

    Global soft drink manufacturing giant Coca Cola is set to invest £14 million into the development of its manufacturing site in Morpeth, Northumberland. The Morpeth plant is the...

Thousands of pupils respond to Northumberland health survey

Thousands of young people have shared their views on issues such as alcohol, depression and bullying as part of a major survey by Northumberland County Council.

More than 3,500 secondary pupils at 32 schools across the county agreed to take part in the council’s Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ), a nationally recognised survey, which seeks to gauge the health attitudes of pupils from Years 8 and 10.

Students were given 87 questions to answer anonymously on five themes, covering a range of topics such as drugs and alcohol, diet and exercise, internet safety, and economic wellbeing.

Asked about their overall happiness, 71% said they were happy, 73% said they would confide their worries to an adult (a further 17% would think about it) and 68% felt confident in saying ‘no’ to unwanted peer pressure.

On the subject of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, the survey found that 97% of children in both age groups had never taken drugs (including legal highs); 85% had not consumed alcohol in the previous seven days (53% had never consumed it); and 82% had never smoked a cigarette.

At school, 63% of students felt encouraged to ‘make positive decisions’; 61% felt their school was preparing them well for adult life, and 80% felt their work was marked in a way that made it clear where improvements could be made.

The number of pupils engaged more than doubled on the previous survey in 2013, when 15 schools and 1,700 pupils participated, and the findings of the study showed an improvement in most areas, when compared to the previous findings.

The council says the results will be used to identify future improvements to services and focus increasingly limited resources where they will make the biggest difference to the lives of young people across Northumberland. 

Northumberland County Councillor Scott Dickinson, Chair of the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “It’s very important for the council’s health and social services to hear what young people across the county have to say about these very important issues.

“We have engaged more than twice as many schools and students this time round than we did in 2013 and have collected a vast amount of data which we will need to analyse further and break down into meaningful insights.

“But the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and an improvement on what was reported in 2013. We can clearly see that we have some very committed and conscientious secondary pupils in Northumberland, who understand the value of an education, feel appreciated and supported at school, and face challenges that are fairly typical among people in these age groups.”

The findings were revealed at the latest monthly meeting of the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board on Thursday.  

Councillor Dickinson added: “The survey has revealed some very positive attitudes among children in the two age groups - but there are clearly some areas for attention - and we will now look to use this data to see how services can be improved and resources targeted for the benefit of pupils.

“The survey is a long-term commitment to understand the needs and concerns of pupils in Northumberland. We intend to repeat the survey every two years and attract even more participants in 2017. My thanks go to every school and student who took part.”

Thousands of pupils respond to Northumberland health survey

Thousands of pupils respond to Northumberland health survey Thousands of young people have shared their views on issues such as alcohol, depression and bullying as part of a major survey...

Delivering for Druridge Bay

A positive response has been received after plans for the £500,000 redevelopment of Druridge Bay Community Centre went on show, East Chevington Parish Council was told.

The latest proposals for the Hadston venue were displayed at an information event last week and Coun Scott Dickinson told parish councillors on Monday that feedback had been good.

Proposed developments include a two-storey extension of the community centre to provide a fitness suite on the ground floor and a new space and ring upstairs for the boxing club.

The new gym will be equipped with the latest state-of-the-art fitness equipment and an instructor will be employed to provide advice and guidance on health and fitness training programmes. 

The aim of extending, refurbishing and reconfiguring the centre is to breathe new life into the complex and provide much-needed social and leisure activities for local residents of all ages and the wider Druridge Bay community.

Scott Dickinson said: “More than 120 people came to the information event and of these, 98 filled in a form and all the comments were in support. A lot of people said they intend to use the centre.”

He added: "This was another promise I gave during the election campaign and another promise I and my Labour colleagues are delivering on, its brilliant news for the area".

The project is being funded by the county council’s capital programme and if approved, it is hoped that work on the site can start in June with an expected completion date of November this year.

More Druridge Bay pledges being delivered

Delivering for Druridge Bay A positive response has been received after plans for the £500,000 redevelopment of Druridge Bay Community Centre went on show, East Chevington Parish Council was told....

Residents are being invited to have a first glimpse of the new-look hospital for Berwick – transforming the near 150-year-old site into a modern fit-for-purpose development.

People are being given the opportunity to see Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s plans for the state-of-the-art hospital at two sessions being held in Berwick in the coming weeks.

Staff from the trust will be on-hand to showcase the architect’s plans for the exciting new development to members of the public as follows:

Wednesday 30 March, 10am-4pm, The Maltings, Berwick

Thursday 21 April, 4.30pm-7pm, Mather Unit waiting area, Berwick Infirmary

Members of the public are invited to drop in at any time on these days to get a preview of the new facility before a formal planning application is submitted to Northumberland County Council.

Councillor Scott Dickinson, chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board in Northumberland, said: “This is fantastic news for people in Berwick and surrounding areas and it’s great that people will soon get the chance to see the proposals for themselves.

“It will be a major asset to the town and our county and we’d encourage people to grasp this opportunity and go along to find out more.”

Plans for Berwick hospital to be revealed

Residents are being invited to have a first glimpse of the new-look hospital for Berwick – transforming the near 150-year-old site into a modern fit-for-purpose development. People are being given...

New and more modern CCTV is to be purchased for Hadston, to replace the current security system. 

Coun Scott Dickinson has agreed to use his members’ small schemes funding to meet half the cost.

The parish council will also contribute, but it will ask Gateshead-based letting agent Thrower Stone – site owner for Hadston Precinct – to contribute. 

Coun Dickinson said: “The CCTV gives the feeling of safety. It benefits the community and the police. I have supported Widdrington Stattion by installing some CCTV there, so I am more than happy to help here.” 

PC Paul Dent admitted that the CCTV does help and the village’s cameras have been useful in the past. He said: “We have used the cameras a lot and they have been useful, certainly for getting evidence. 

“It might be prudent for the council to ask Thrower Stone to contribute to the cost. After all, they benefit from the CCTV, as it protects their shops and flats and we have used it to help them.” 

The parish council has been given a cost of just over £4,500, but will seek quotes. The group will consider where the new cameras should be placed. Coun John Leach said there are currently 17 around the village.

Updated CCTV for Hadston Community

New and more modern CCTV is to be purchased for Hadston, to replace the current security system.  Coun Scott Dickinson has agreed to use his members’ small schemes funding to...

 

Northumberland County Council has re-affirmed its commitment to the future of the Swan Leisure Centre in Berwick.

It follows concerns raised at a recent meeting of Berwick Town Council at news Active Northumberland, which runs the leisure centre, had written to the County Council for a non-refundable grant of up to £1 million to support the charity this financial year.

However the council has moved to reassure residents about the future of the facility.

At the council’s budget setting meeting last week members confirmed their commitment to the leisure centre, approving £2.5 million in capital investment in the site.

Northumberland County Council Business Chair Scott Dickinson said: “Protecting and improving local services is a priority for this council and I want to reassure the people of Berwick and surrounding areas that we are committed to the future of the Swan Centre.

“We understand there may have been local concerns but there is no need for people to worry. We’re investing in the future of the Centre and look forward to it prospering into the future.”

Earlier this month, council leader Grant Davey said they the council was working to ensure there is a credible recovery strategy and programme in place to put Active Northumberland back on its own two feet.

He also urged residents to play their part by continuing to use the services, a vital part of local communities, to help make them financially viable.

Residents reassured over the Swan Centre

  Northumberland County Council has re-affirmed its commitment to the future of the Swan Leisure Centre in Berwick. It follows concerns raised at a recent meeting of Berwick Town Council...

 

 

Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board has endorsed two key strategies aimed at protecting children.

The Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) Neglect Strategy 2015-18 sets out the multi-agency approach to tackling this crucial issue.

The report says: ‘At the year-end (2014/15), 51 per cent (182) of Child Protection Plans in Northumberland were under the category of neglect


‘In addition to children who are subject to child protection plans, there are also children who are not yet in receipt of statutory child protection services, but who are being offered early help due to concerns relating to neglect and those whose needs and protection plans address more obvious concerns such as emotional abuse who may also be suffering neglect’.

It also warns that while sexual exploitation is dominating the media, neglect remains the most common form of child abuse and numbers of recorded cruelty and neglect offences in England and Northern Ireland are now the highest they have been for a decade.

Meanwhile, the Early Help Strategy 2014-17 ‘sets out how children, young people and their families will receive the right intervention as early as possible to tackle problems and prevent issues escalating.

‘Services will be delivered using a whole-family approach. Our interventions will be based on what works


Cllr Scott Dickinson Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board said: "our focus as a collection of organisations on care and protection for vulnerable children is taking great leaps forward as those in need increase. I am happy that the reports have come forward and were supported by all partners round the table so we can all work together for the benefit of our children".

Protecting Northumberland children is key aim within two joint strategies

    Northumberland County Council’s health and wellbeing board has endorsed two key strategies aimed at protecting children. The Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) Neglect Strategy 2015-18 sets out the...

 

New vision for health and care in Northumberland

 

Health and social care organisations across Northumberland have outlined an ambitious and collective vision for continuing to improve the quality of services for people living across the county.
 
Last year, NHS England announced Northumberland as one of only eight areas across the country chosen to take a national lead on transforming care for patients as part of the national vision for the future of the NHS.  Benefitting from an £8.3million investment, the NHS is working together with wider health and social care partners, to pioneer new models of care shaped around patients’ needs.
 
Today, a new website outlining the vision for Northumberland has been launched (www.northumberland.nhs.uk) and a month long programme of public engagement activity will begin.  Patients and members of the public are being asked to share their experiences and give their views by completing an online survey:  
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NorthumberlandVanguard
 
The vision being outlined for Northumberland aims to improve experience for patients and carers in many ways:
 

  • Better support for people to live healthily and stay well
  • Better access to timely advice to help people use services appropriately
  • Improved access to primary care and GP appointments
  • Improved integration of mental health services
  • More personalised and co-ordinated care for those with long-term conditions or complex needs
  • Professionals across health and social care working in a joined-up way
  • A shared health record so patients do not have to repeat their story

 
As more care is delivered in the right place and more people are able to access services in the right way, the vision for Northumberland will also see many wider benefits for the future efficiency and financial stability of the health and social care system as a whole.  Health and care partners also want to give people more confidence to look after themselves well, take more accountability for their own health and wellbeing and focus on preventing people becoming ill.
 

New vision for health and care in Northumberland

  New vision for health and care in Northumberland   Health and social care organisations across Northumberland have outlined an ambitious and collective vision for continuing to improve the quality...

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.