Census 2021

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The national census is taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021. All households in our area will receive a letter through the post which will provide them with an access code and a help leaflet so they can go online and complete their census questionnaire. It takes roughly ten minutes to complete the household questions and ten minutes for each person in the household.

There will be a lot of support to help you complete your form. Help information is built into the online form and further help can be found at the official census website or at a number of temporary census support centres. You can also ring the telephone contact centre on 0800 141 2021.

If Covid-19 restrictions allow there may be an opportunity to attend a completion event in your local area where Office for National Statistics staff will be available to provide personal support to help you complete your questionnaire.

When you receive your letter and unique access code, keep it safe and don’t share it with anyone else. If you would prefer a paper copy please call 0800 141 2021.  You can complete your form as soon as you receive your code but do it in a way that will provide a picture of your household on census day itself.

Keeping People Connected

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Northumberland Independent Advocacy Service is happy to announce that it is running a project called Keeping People Connected. The aim of the project, which was first delivered by People First at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, is to support people with learning disabilities and/or autism who have no other access to support from family or other agencies, to link with local services during lockdown.

We are able to run this service until 31 March 2021, thanks to funding from NHS Northumberland Clinical Comissioning Group. We welcome referrals for Keeping People Connected for people who have a learning disability, learning difficulty or autism who qualify for and would benefit from independent telephone support from experienced, friendly and specialist professionals to gain access to services throughout the county.

The organisations involved will help people to:

  • Understand what ‘staying at home’ or ‘staying alert’ means
  • Understand the guidance on how to stay safe and not catch the virus, who to contact and where to go
  • Understand and treat any symptoms and illness they might have and generally look after themselves in this difficult time
  • Decide what immediate support they might need e.g. getting food or medication, knowing how to ask for help in an emergency
  • Know where to access more support services and connect to local groups
  • Feel supported, by staying in touch on an ongoing basis, if needed
  • Solve problems if things go wrong
  • Get help from other services where needed

If you would like to make a referral please complete the General Advocacy Referral Form or contact us by telephone: 01434 600599 (select the advocacy option) to discuss the support required.

We’re Hiring – Finance Administrator

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Finance Administrator

  • Permanent contract subject to funding
  • 15 hours per week (2 x 7.5 day exact days negotiable)
  • 10 days holiday per annum plus 3 days pro rata Bank Holiday entitlement
  • Salary £20,923.03 per annum pro-rata (£8482.30)
  • Auto enrolment Pension scheme

We are looking to recruit a Finance Administrator who is experienced in Sage accounting system and all general office functions.

The role will be based at our offices at Burn Lane in Hexham two days per week; days are negotiable.

We are in an exciting phase of our development and offer an interesting opportunity to join our friendly team. You can find more details about this role at the Job Description and Person Specification.

To apply please complete the Application Form and return to: jeanp@adapt-tynedale.org.uk by Friday 12 February 2021. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 23 February.

If you would like any further information please email: lizp@adapt-tynedale.org.uk.

 

Background Information

Adapt (NE) is a registered charity, company limited by guarantee and a social enterprise working with and for disabled and people disadvantaged by rural location. Adapt (NE) was established in 1991 as a community based group in the Tynedale area.  It has grown significantly over the last 30 years developing it social enterprise activites and in 2018 opened a community café on its site Cafe @ Burn Lane.

Any surplus that is made is re-invested into the company in order to pursue other activities that will support beneficiaries. The organisation is governed by a board of trustees who are appointed based upon their experience and abilities which they bring to the Charity.

Adapt (NE) currently provide a range of projects and services across Northumberland including Northumberland Independent Advocacy Service, Healthwatch Northumberland, Living Well Service for West Northumberland and a Community Transport Scheme.

 

AGM- Thank you

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We invited those who work closely with Adapt (NE) and people who use our services to come along to our AGM on Thursday 17 December. Director Liz Prudhoe made introductions and apologies, then the minutes of last year’s meeting were agreed, the accounts for the year were presented and trustees were nominated.

Chair of the board of trustees, Lorraine Hershon, said that Adapt had built on its past successes, offering more services to the council during the pandemic and is in a good position going forward.

Liz gave an overview of the year, from all parts of the organisation including advocacy, transport, Healthwatch Northumberland, Cafe @ Burn Lane and social prescribing.

Guest speaker Emma Richardson from Northumberland County Council then spoke about the council’s response to the pandemic through the work of Northumberland Communities Together, and thanked Adapt (NE) for being a strong and reliable partner.

Thank you to everyone who attended.

If you would like more information please email jeanp@adapt-tynedale.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: Living Well Coordinator

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Job Title:  Living Well Coordinator (Social Prescriber)

Responsible to:  Adapt (NE) and West Northumberland PCN

Hours:  37 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm (1 x full-time post)

Salary:  £23,761 per annum

Benefits:  25 days holiday per year, plus statutory holidays pro rata

Location:  GP practices across the West Northumberland Primary Care Network

Each Living Well Coordinators are the named worker for one to three GP practices and will split their working time across these practices.

The successful applicant for this post will become the named worker for Ponteland Medical Group and White Medical Group (Ponteland). However, the Living Well Coordinator will also be expected to cover referrals from other PCN practices depending on referral levels and team capacity, in order to meet the needs of the service.

Please note that initially this post is remote-working due to COVID-19.

The Living Well Service team covers the 14 GP practices that make up the West Northumberland Primary Care Network.

Practices include: Adderlane Surgery (Prudhoe), Bellingham Practice, Branch End Surgery (Stocksfield), Burn Brae Medical Group (Hexham), Corbridge Medical Group, Haltwhistle Medical Group, Haydon Bridge and Allendale Medical Group, Humshaugh and Wark Medical Group, Ponteland Medical Group, Prudhoe Medical Group, Riversdale Surgery (Prudhoe), Scots Gap Medical Group, Sele Medical Practice (Hexham) and White Medical Group (Ponteland).

Please find below the Job Description/Person Specification and Application Form. Please tell us how you meet the person specification within the application form and return along with the GDPR Consent Form.

Completed applications to be returned by 5.00pm on Wednesday 9 December 2020 to: tania.thomas@adapt-tynedale.org.uk.

Interviews will be held remotely on Thursday 17 December 2020.

If you require any further information please contact Tania Thomas by email at tania.thomas@adapt-tynedale.org.uk or by calling Adapt (NE) on 01434 600599.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

GDPR Consent Form

Join us for our AGM 2020

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Thursday 17 December, 11.00am

Our AGM is a chance to find out more about our work over the last 12 months, in transport, advocacy, Healthwatch Northumberland, the community cafe and more. You can also find out about our plans into 2021. Like other organisations, we have had to move our AGM online this year, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. We will hold the AGM via Zoom – if you would like to join us please email: jeanp@adapt-tynedale.org.uk.

Cafe @ Burn Lane – update November 2020

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Cafe @ Burn Lane will close on Wednesday 4 November ahead of the lockdown period. We have decided to trial staying open on Friday mornings (9am to 12pm) for takeaways. To place your order please call our takeaway line:  07864 692627. More information about the cafe and our menu can be found at the Cafe @ Burn Lane page.

We’re Hiring – Living Well Coordinators

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Job Title:  Living Well Coordinators (Social Prescribers)

Responsible to:  Adapt (NE) and West Northumberland PCN

Hours: 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Full-time – this post is open to job share

Location: GP practices across the West Northumberland Primary Care Network

Salary: £23,761 per annum

Benefits: 25 days holiday per year, plus statutory holidays pro rata

Please note that initially these posts are remote-working due to COVID-19.

The Living Well Service team covers the 14 GP practices that make up the West Northumberland Primary Care Network. Each Living Well Coordinator will be the named worker for 1-3 GP practices and will split their working time across these practices. Living Well Coordinators may be asked on occasion to cover referrals from other PCN practices depending on referral levels and team capacity in order to meet the needs of the service.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in delivering and supporting solutions for patients across West Northumberland Primary Care Network. We are recruiting three full time posts.

Please find below the Job Description/Person Specification and Application Form. Please tell us how you meet the person specification within the application form and return along with the GDPR Consent Form.

Completed applications to be returned by 5.00pm on Wednesday 14th October 2020.

Interviews will be held remotely during the week commencing Monday 26th October 2020.

If you require any further information please contact Tania Thomas by email at tania.thomas@adapt-tynedale.org.uk or by calling Adapt (NE) on 01434 600599.

Job Description and Person Specification

Application Form

GDPR Consent Form

Cafe @ Burn Lane reopens for business!

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Welcome back to Cafe @ Burn Lane. We have made some changes to ensure that we can keep our staff and customers safe. We have extended the cafe into the meeting room next door, meaning we can still seat 30 people safely across the two rooms; plus there’s outdoor seating on our patio. We have a one-way system, new screens, lots of hand sanitising stations and contactless card payments.

You can pre-order your takeaway choice from our menu by calling our takeaway line: 07864 692627. Please collect your order from the patio entrance of the cafe. Dogs are welcome in the main cafe and of course on the patio, and our Changing Places accessible toilet is available for anyone who needs it – you don’t need to be a customer.

Brian, Diane and the team are looking forward to seeing customers old and new at our community cafe. We will have table service only and extra staff over lunchtime, so head down for a freshly baked scone, homemade soup, breakfast or lunch.
Open 9.00am – 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

View the latest menu

Dementia Support and Activities West Northumberland

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The latest edition of ‘Activities and Support in West Northumberland’ for people living with dementia or memory loss is out now. This is a comprehensive guide to support groups, classes, dementia friendly film screenings and cafes, singing classes, advice services, physical and sporting activities and lots more. Due to Covid-19 some services may not be operating at the moment, or may be being delivered differently. Please contact individual activity providers listed in the booklet for up-to-date information.

We will have some copies of the booklet available in Cafe @ Burn Lane when it re-opens on Tuesday 8 September.

View and download the digital booklet.