Groups join to look at future challenges

Council chief executive Patrick Melia gives a presentation during the State of the Area debate.
Council chief executive Patrick Melia gives a presentation during the State of the Area debate.
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Organisations have been looking at options to drive forward the chances needed to meet financial challenges.

Public, private and voluntary sector groups united at the annual State of the Area Conference, organised by North Tyneside Council at the Langdale Centre, Wallsend.

A total of 120 people representing 52 groups listened to key speakers who talked about the challenges they had overcome.

And delegates were challenged to consider how these examples can be built on to encourage further community action.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The examples shared of work already being delivered by the voluntary sector were truly amazing. They have also inspired some fantastic ideas and feedback that we can now build upon.”

Lisa Goodwin, chief executive of North Tyneside VODA, said: “The State of the Area event is a key opportunity for voluntary and community organisations in our borough to talk to decision-makers about the challenges we all face, and how we can work together to tackle them.

“Voluntary and community organisations have really led the way in meeting the needs of their communities.”

Chief executive Patrick Melia outlined how North Tyneside Council is implementing its Creating a Brighter Future change programme as its solution to help it deliver its Council Plan priorities, while managing the further efficiencies of between £45m and £50m that it will need to achieve over the next three years.