Talks take place for assembly

Talks have taken place between group leaders to find ways to ensure voluntary and community groups survive in the county.

Members of the Northumberland VCS Assembley met last week to identify the challenges and common issues faced by groups.

And they also considered solutions to ensure the sustainability of the sector throughout Northumberland.

Chair of the assembly, Joe Jackson, said: “As a sector, we need to be proud of what we are and what we do for the communities we serve.”

The keynote speaker for the event was Lyn Cole, the deputy director of the Big Lottery Fund in England

Northumberland VCS Assembly provides an inclusive, independent and influential voice for the voluntary and community sector in the county.

Membership is free and is open to organisations, networks, forums and individuals.

It provides a structure for effective communication and engagement, raises the profile of the sector, and speaks with one strong, collective voice to influence policy and strategy based on a growing vibrant and diverse membership.

For information about Northumberland VCS Assembly, call Ann Atkinson on (01670) 858688, email, or visit