8th December 2016 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
CVA Blyth Valley – FREE training
What’s on in Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Valley
Blyth Resource & Initiative Centre (BRIC) - Adult learning starting January
WATBike / WATBus – various
Children North East – Blyth Youth Link - Youth Link Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity
Newcastle/Gateshead Initiative – Vacancy


Rothley Trust
Community Foundation
Weston Charity Awards 2017
The Big Lottery Fund - The #iwill Fund
O2's Think Big

CVA Blyth Valley - contact details, opening hours and standing item



CVA Blyth Valley

Room for Hire
We have a small office for hire in our premises in Beaconsfield Street, Blyth

The hire of the room includes heating, lighting and electricity.  Tenants would also have full use of our kitchen facilities, disabled access toilets and communal areas.

Interested parties should contact Thom Bradley at CVABV on 01670 353623 / thom.bradley@cvabv.org.uk


CVA Blyth Valley – Training

Through a generous grant from Comic Relief we are able to offer FREE training in the following topics to voluntary and community groups in Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton Valley.

Emergency First Aid Level 2 (One place left)

Day/Time:      Tuesday 24th January 2017, 9:30am – 4:00pm (full day course)
Venue:           Buffalo Community Centre, Regent Street, Blyth (Upper hall)
Facilitator:      Geri - Trainer from Priory Training

Food Hygiene Level 2 (Fully booked – however we are taking names for a reserve list)

Day/Time:      Mid-February 2017, 9:30am – 4:00pm (full day course)
Venue:           TBC
Facilitator:      Trainer from Priory Training

Morning refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

If anyone is interested in attending any of these courses please contact CVA Blyth Valley on 01670 353623 or email: info@cvabv.org.uk

Please Note: Places are limited to 2 places per group / organisation initially, only 12 places available (First Aid) and 10 places available (Food Hygiene) so offered on a first-come, first-served basis.


What’s on in Blyth, Cramlington & Seaton Valley 

What’s OnTo view what’s on in Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton Valley please click here.

Buffalo Community Centre – Art Classes, Tuesdays and Craft Classes Wednesdays  More…

Seaton Sluice Community Centre
Please see attached for events happening at the centre from November 2016 to January 2017.

New Hartley Memorial Hall  -  Carpet Bowls
If you are interested in carpet bowls pop along to the New Hartley Memorial Hall.  Every Friday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 3:00pm

Blyth Star Enterprises Limited – The Happiness Friendship Group
Tots-Tums Fitness & Play is a great way to engage with other families & make friends. Anything from keeping fit, messy art classes & music session.  More …

Cramlington Community Arts Project - First Monday of the Month artmaking sessions with professional artists. 10am - 12noon at Cramlington Village Community Centre, East Farm Terrace, Cramlington, NE23 1DT.

Azure Charitable Enterprise – Azure hold regular Disco nights at East Hartford Pub, East Hartford, Cramlington from 7 – 10 pm, cost: £3 see attached for dates.


Blyth Resource & Initiative Centre (BRIC)

BRICBRIC Adult Learning starting January
January term is almost here and a wide selection of courses await. From computer basics, English & Maths, employment support, mental wellbeing and craft courses, there is something for everyone. Follow the link below to see a full list of our courses or give us a call on 01670 353817 to find out what’s going on and how you can get involved.


We also have a drop in/job club open Tuesday to Friday where you can access our computers and get a huge amount of help in training and finding a job.  Hope to see you soon!

Daniel Bragg - IT and Social Media Support

Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre
The Eric Tolhurst Centre, 3-13 Quay Road, Blyth, NE24 2AS
Tel: 01670 353817  /  Fax: 01670 797675


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusDecember list still some great rides.  Full list is available on our website, as usual we have some interesting bike rides.  http://www.watbus.org.uk/guided-bike-rides/

Sunday 11th December, 9am from Cobalt, another little chunky one - ride out to Clara Vale, climb to High Spen, down to Rowlands Gill, then back via Derwent Walk, lunch enroute at the Staithes café on the riverside. 40 miles.

Wednesday 21st, 5pm from Cobalt ~ Last night ride before Xmas. Raggy Heirlooms for pie and mulled wine. Pimp your bike up with Xmas lights. Bus back at 8pm. £10.

Let me know if you fancy joining us.  Colin 07918 075187

Date for your diary:  Friday 20th January 2017 is our annual WATBike event of the year, Eardson Community Centre. Get the date in your dairy, more details will be published soon, let me know if you want a ticket, only £5 each.

WATBike cycle tops  -  Let me know if you would like a WATBike cycle jersey, they come in various sizes and versions (summer or winter style). Cost about £35. If enough interest I can get an order in ~ nice Christmas pressie!

Winter bike servicing - do you need your bike serviced ready for the winter? We have six qualified and experienced bike mechanics in our workshop who can give your bike a full service at very reasonable costs.  Colin 07918 075187.


Children North East – Blyth Youth Link

Children North East   Youth Link Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity
   Young people today don’t always get the kind of help they need to overcome
   their difficulties.  They need someone who still knows how it feels to be

Are you aged 18 to 25?
Are you looking for a new challenge or a career change?
Would you like to help young people?
Could you spare  2 – 3 hours per week?
Can you travel to South East Northumberland easily?

Then come and join us.  More….


Newcastle/Gateshead Initiative – Vacancy

NGI  NGI Vacancy for Great Exhibition of the North – Development Manager
  £40-£50,000 per annum, depending on experience – Full time, fixed term
  (to December 2018)
NewcastleGateshead is to host the Great Exhibition of the North in summer 2018; a £10m programme celebrating innovation and creativity across Northern England, it will help boost tourism and investment whilst leaving a lasting cultural and economic legacy.

Closing date: Friday 6th January 2017         
Interview date:  Friday 20th January 2017
For an application pack, full job description and person specification visit www.NewcastleGateshead.com/recruitment or email jobs@ngi.org.uk
If you have any queries, please contact Anne Howes on 0191 440 5722.




Rothley Trust

The Rothley Trust  The Rothley Trust award grants generally for specific projects such as
  the purchase of equipment or the provision, refurbishment or repair of premises.  This can include energy saving devices, IT equipment and website start-up and development costs.

(Wherever possible and where it is financially viable, the Rothley Trust encourages charities to choose energy efficient electrical items with an energy rating of A or above).

More info at:  http://www.rothleytrust.org.uk/grant-criteria/

Deadline for applications: 13th January 2017.


Community Foundation

Community Foundation  High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme
  To reward young people in Northumberland for their contribution to the

When applying please mark the application for High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme – Grant range is £500 - £750  -  Closing date: 16th January 2017.

More information about this grant and other grants from Community Foundation can be found at:  http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply-groups


Weston Charity Awards 2017

weston CharityApplications for the Weston Charity Awards 2017 are now open!
To be eligible to apply, charities must have the following:

• A registered charity number
• Working in the fields of Welfare, Youth or Community
• At least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position
• Income less than £5 million
• Provides direct services to beneficiaries
• Majority of activity or beneficiaries are in the Midlands or North of England

Winners will be selected based on their willingness to benefit from the Pilotlight process. For more information please read the guidance notes here to ensure your application is relevant to the type of Award on offer. 

Organisations who have applied previously are eligible to apply again, but only if there have been significant changes. For a full list of areas eligible click here.

If your organisation would benefit from the support of the Weston Charity Awards but doesn’t quite meet the criteria, please contact Georges Lebreton on 020 7283 7022 or glebreton@pilotlight.org.uk

For more information and details on how to apply please visit www.westoncharityawards.org/how-to-apply/


The Big Lottery Fund

Big LotteryThe #iwill Fund
The #iwill Fund aims to transform the culture of community engagement and social action among 10-20 year olds. Funding is available for regional and national organisations that develop opportunities for young people to participate in social action. 

The first three match-funders have been announced that will distribute the funds from a central investment pot created by the Government and Big Lottery Fund. To find out more about applying check out the organisations below.


O2's Think Big

02thinkbig  O2's Think Big social action programme is designed to empower young people
  (aged 13-25) who want to make changes to their communities. Through
  funding, training and support, O2 help turn their ideas into reality. Projects that
  only help one person will not be accepted. Beyond that, applicants can do
  everything or anything – in fact the more bold and creative the ideas, the better.

The following is available under Think Big (Level 1):

More at http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/


CVA Blyth Valley

Contact Details

22 Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2DP
Tel: 01670 353623  / Email:  info@cvabv.org.uk  /  Website:  www.cvabv.org.uk
Registered Company No: 5860971  /  Registered Charity No: 1116430

Thom Bradley, Chief Executive Officer: thom.bradley@cvabv.org.uk
Pauline Blake, Capacity Building Officer:  pauline.blake@cvabv.org.uk
Sybil Pattie, Administrator:  sybil.pattie@cvabv.org.uk
Gina Robson, Capacity Building Officer:  gina.robson@cvabv.org.uk
Jill Oxnard, Capacity Building Officer:  jill.oxnard@cvabv.org.uk

Opening Hours

Office Opening Hours:   Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Room for Hire / Resources

CVA Blyth Valley has a downstairs small meeting / training room for hire.  The room is fully accessible, holds 8 people comfortably around a boardroom–style table, and includes the use of a whiteboard, projector, screen, OHP and Wi-Fi availability.

Cost is £5 per hour  /  £15 per half day  /  £25 full day  (refreshments will be extra)

To book and check availability please contact CVABV on 01670 353623 or email: info@cvabv.org.uk

Resources (charges apply – please enquire!)

CVA Blyth Valley is supported by Blyth and Cramlington Town Councils as well as local trust funders.

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