This site gives you the opportunity to 'have your say' and find out what is going on in your local area. By using the links on the right hand side of this page you can find out what's going on in your area including meetings and events and information on community groups.
The Ward has a number of facilities and services to support the local community. These include Blakelaw Park, home to a range of grass and all weather surface football pitches which are floodlit, a tennis/basketball court, a skateboard park and footpaths across the park. There is also a car park at the site.
The Neighbourhood Centre and Library are located on Binswood Avenue. The Neighbourhood Centre provides a local contact point for residents to find out what the council has to offer. The Library provides book lending for adults and children, access to computer terminals plus activities for children.
There is a parade of shops at Moulton Place which is near the Neighbourhood Centre, adjacent to the tower blocks of flats.
Each year the ward committee holds up to four 'get togethers' these are based around a variety of themes and take on different formats.
The last Blakelaw Get Together took place on Tuesday 19th November at Fenham Hut, Greenway, Fenham. Local residents came along to chat to Councillors and council officers about services and activities they would like to see in Fenham Hut and the surrounding area. This was followed by pie and peas, hand made by Councillor Phil Risk!
If you have something you would like to add to the discussion you can still comment on the Let's Talk Newcastle website until Sunday 8th December 2013.
Blakelaw Ward Community Partnership
Within the ward we have an active community partnership. You can visit their website by clicking here.
The partnership has been running since March 2013 and opportunities to work together with the Council at the early stages have encouraged a number of key local groups and individuals to come forward and look at better ways of working for their community.
The partnership was formed with four clear objectives.
1) To explore opportunities through devolution to deliver public services.
2) To develop and manage a local volunteer network to support community based projects and initiatives.
3) To bring together community organisations and support them in achieving their objectives to the benefit of the community plan.
4) To manage local community assets. The overall objective of the community partnership is to deliver public service in a different way.
Through a collaborative relationship with the council the partnership has now taken the leading role. A lot has been achieved in a short time. A Young People’s Key Fund project has now been set up to make sure young people in the ward continue to be represented; two community social enterprises have been created in the Neighbourhood Centre; a Greenhouse and Allotment project is underway with support from national and local partners; a Design and Delivery group, made up of users and stakeholders, is looking to the remodelling of the Centre and work is underway with the Newcastle Volunteer Centre to encourage volunteering opportunities in the ward. The partnership are exploring opportunities through devolution to generate income locally through traded services and development of community assets which will fund localised public services.
Wednesday 4.30pm - 6pm
If you are between 5 - 11 years come along and join in with the fun and games at our Junior Youth Club every Wednesday.
At The Blakelaw Centre, Binswood Avenue.
For more information call Leanne on 0191 2713044
6pm - 8 pm
If you are looking for somewhere to go and hang out with your friends whilst gaining any information , advice or support that you may need from a reliable team then come along to our youth sessions at The Blakelaw Centre.
At The Blakelaw Centre, Binswood Avenue.
For more information call Leanne on 0191 2713044
Newcastle CVS has produced a leaflet listing details of Newcastle based food banks after a stream of enquires. For more details please click here.
Have you met people who are struggling financially?
Are you concerned about the increasing number of individuals and families that are going hungry in our area of Newcastle?
Do you have a friend or relative who you think is maybe getting into debt and can’t afford to pay the bills?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above then please come along to a meeting at: St Peter’s Church Hall, Cowgate (corner of Ponteland Road and Druridge Drive) at 7pm on Wednesday 4th September 2013. For more information please click here.
A small amount of funding is now available to support community organisations managing community buildings. This funding must be used towards the core costs of community buildings in 2013/14. For more information click here
For free confidential and independent advice, including benefits, tax credits, housing, employment, family law and community care please contact CAB Tynside Adviceline on 0844 245 1288 or click here.
This is a very brief overview of the main welfare reform changes to people’s benefits and the impact, taking place now and in the next few years. Some people are exempt. Details about this and where to get more information is at the end.
Background to welfare reform
Welfare reform means reductions in social security spending of £18 billion a year until 2014/15, which is about £83 million a year in Newcastle. A further £10 billion cuts is proposed by 2016. The impact is worse in areas of higher benefit dependency. For example, Newcastle has 14% (28,790) on out of work benefits, York has 7%.
People incapable of work
Housing Benefit (HB)
From April 2013, the under occupancy rule or the ‘bedroom tax’ means that working age social housing tenants (council housing and housing association tenancies) may experience a HB cut of about:
Some exceptions apply and councils may help with discretionary payments.
Children and benefits
People with disabilities
Welfare to work measure
Universal Credit from October 2013
Other big changes from April 2013
The household benefit cap may mean that some unemployed working age families (over 100 in Newcastle) with 4 or more children will see a cut in their Housing Benefit. Exemptions include those on Working Tax Credit or DLA.
The Government expect local councils to take over parts of the social fund and the Council Tax Benefit scheme, which means people of working age paying more, and at least £3 a week, unless exempt.
Further information and advice
Newcastle Welfare Right’s website has a lot more detail about welfare reform and where to get independent advice in Newcastle. And sign up for a ’benefit bulletin.’ www.newcastle.gov.uk/welfarerights
For information and advice on a range of services relating to issues facing older people aged 50+, please click here
1 in 8 women will experience breast cancer within their lifetime. For more information about the screening programme at the RVI, please click here.
The council is facing significant financial difficulties. We need to cut our budget by £90m by 2016, which is around a third of our total budget.
Details about how we propose to do this are published here. These are proposals, not decisions.
Our city is growing and we need to have plans in place for Newcastle’s future – how the city will grow and where we will build new homes. We were keen that as many people as possible had their say on our draft plans and had plenty of opportunity to do so over a 3 month period which ran from Wednesday 20 June to Thursday 20 September. This consultation period has now closed, but you can find out more by clicking here.
Decent Neighbourhood Standards are our guarantee that we will play our part in making sure everyone lives in a clean, green and safe place, with decent access to services where local needs are met. Decent Neighbourhood Standards are about identifying areas of our city where there is greatest need for investment and support. We need to be clear that providing decent neighbourhoods will not solely depend on the work of the Council.
We’ve done an assessment for every ward in the city based on seven standards. These are based on statistical data and local people’s views taken from the resident’s survey. The baseline assessment of these for your ward is available here
If you would like to know more about the Decent Neighbourhood Standards, or would like to get involved in contributing toward them, please contact your local Communities Facilitator, Paul McKinnell at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 0191 2773548. Details on the technical process and data sources that support the Decent Neighbourhood Standards Baseline Assessments can be obtained by emailing email@example.com
Newcastle, the UK’s most sustainable city, has launched a new interactive website packed with energy saving tips and ways to do your bit to reduce carbon emissions. The website gives practical advice on how we can all play a part in reducing carbon emissions. You can also view a new online map showing aerial thermal imaging data for Newcastle which provided a heat loss profile for every property in the city.
Newcastle City Council and other organisations are working together to offer an enterprise and business support programme, which runs from December 2011 until November 2013.
Enterprising Newcastle supports new business start ups and works with local businesses and voluntary organisations to help them grow and to expand their networks. Please click on the link below for more information.
All roads and pavements are inspected at least twice a year. Principal roads and bus routes are inspected monthly. The recent bad weather has had a detrimental effect on roads, so the Council's Highways Team is asking for your help in identifying potholes which need attention.
Please contact Envirocall to report potholes so that we can arrange repairs. When reporting, please provide as much information as possible about the location and size of the hole.
Click here for a ward report for Blakelaw outlining Highways Schemes from 2010 onwards (opens pdf 1635KB). There's a separate report for a range of works across the whole of the city. Click here for more details (opens pdf 244KB)
What is FAB?
Fresh Air Blakelaw or FAB, is a new and exciting project, exclusive to Blakelaw ward. It aims to improve residents’ health and wellbeing, by:
• Reducing the number of local people who smoke
• Increasing the number of local people using NHS Stop Smoking Services to quit.
• Increasing the number of homes which are always smoke free inside.
• Working closely with local people to put your ideas into practice.
Fresh Air Blakelaw have posted some videos on their YouTube channel. To view them click here.
You Told Us
So far we have been listening to residents’ views on smoking and planning activities to respond to these. In a survey of 530 homes in the ward you told us that;
• Most residents do not smoke, but 28% of adults do, with much higher numbers seen in some parts of the ward and in those aged 18-24 years and 35-49 years.
• Almost three quarters of smokers say they want to stop smoking with many wanting to stop in the next year.
• Most of you were aware that local GPs do provide help to give up smoking, but less of you know that the NHS Stop Smoking Service also provide free help and support in the ward too. You can contact them on 0191 229 2911 or 0300 123 9290.
• Just over half of smokers allow smoking to take place inside their home.
All those residents who took part in the survey were entered into a free prize draw to win £50 of Boots vouchers. Congratulations to local residents Brenda King and Mr Wiles who were the two winners. They received their prizes from Councillor Sue Pearson.
Lots of activities have already started in Blakelaw Ward as part of FAB. For example;
• Local primary schools will be working with children and parents on smoking education programmes.
• More local workers will be encouraging smokers who are not ready to quit, to ‘Take 7 Steps outside’ to smoke when at home.
• The NHS Stop Smoking Service already has two ‘Drop In’ sessions in the ward and will work with you to set up other sessions where they are needed. Stop Smoking Advisers provide free, confidential, friendly support and advice to help you quit. Call into;
o Blakelaw Library every Tuesday from 11.00am–1.00pm or
o Ponteland Road Walk -In Centre, Every Monday from 2.00-4.00pm.
No appointment is needed.
FAB needs your help! We are looking for local people (smokers or non-smokers) to work with us to make the project a success. If you want to know more or would like to volunteer contact Judith MacMorran on 0191 229 2903 (office hours only). Together we can work together to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Blakelaw ward.
Use our online map to find your nearest libraries and schools. You can also find out where your nearest recycling site is and find leisure services, such as swimming pools, and heritage information, such as listed buildings and ancient monuments.
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