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Northumbria Police are aware of a planned demonstration due to take place on Saturday 15 September 2018, starting at Mowbray Park in Sunderland city centre. 

They are also aware of a counter-demonstration to be held in Keel Square on the same day.

Northumbria Police have a duty to police protests and respect the right of people to hold such events - ensuring the safety of the public is also of utmost priority. 

NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group are currently working on redesigning the CCG website. We are looking for voluntary and community sector organisations who would be interested in taking  part In testing our new website for us.

This would be in the form of a short focus group where individuals will review and test the functionality, accessibility and design of our new site. We are interested in engaging with of a range of different groups in this focus group, to ensure we are meeting the needs of our users.

Book a Place to Share Your Views at NHS Sunderland Maternity Voices Partnership September Family Event

NHS maternity care providers are asking parents who’ve recently had a baby in Sunderland over the last year and people who are planning to have a baby at Sunderland Royal Hospital in the future to share their views on local maternity care.

Contract Opportunity 

NHS Stop Smoking Service for Priority Groups

The next meeting of HealthNet will take place on Thursday 13th September at 10.00 a.m at IMPACT North East - The Connect Building, 1 Moor Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland SR1 2JH. 

The presentation will be from Rachidy Bikaya of Healthy Steps, informing members of the project and how it is progressing. All voluntary and community sector health and social care organsaitions are welcome to come along. 


Spark 107 FM - Where Sunderland Lives

This week at VCAS Offices, we had the pleasure of going Live with Nathan Ely from Spark FM,  who was joined by a number of Sunderland's charitable organisations as part of Sparks Next Steps Series. Helping leavers to consider volunteering as an option and get the right advice going forward. 

What a fantastic day it turned out to be, VCAS guests for the day were; Centrepoint, Grace House NE, Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade, Independent Age, Citizens Advice, and Achieve with Neraf. 

Do you want an opportunity to take part in an amazing charity event day experience, to do something incredible, and to change people’s lives?

Join our Great North Run volunteer team on Sunday 9th September 2018 and unite with our runners in the fight against dementia.

Volunteer with Independent Age

We're looking for volunteers who can spare up to an hour a week to visit or telephone an older person for a friendly chat and catch-up. Volunteering with Independent Age is a great source of satisfaction and enjoyment. You’ll discover that giving your time to listen to an older person can empower them, improve their wellbeing and help build their self-esteem. 

We have a range of opportunities within the befriending service:

The Urgent Care Consultation set out how urgent care services in Sunderland could look in the future. Over the past two years, we have talked to hundreds of local people about urgent care. People have told us overwhelmingly that they find the current system confusing and are not always sure where to go to get the care they need. Many people have also told us that they find it hard to get an urgent appointment with their GP or feel they have to wait too long. Combine this with the latest national guidance and it shows that the current arrangements are not working for patients.