2nd February 2017 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What's on in Blyth, Cramlington, Seaton Valley
WATBike / WATBus - various
Children North East - Blyth Youth Link - Youth Link Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity
Northumberland County Blind Association - Vacancy


Comic Relief
Community Foundation
Sir James Knott Trust
Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund
Dickie Bird Foundation

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



What's on in Blyth, Cramlington & Seaton Valley 

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

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

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.

New Hartley Community Centre  - From 31st December 2016 Clive Raper has retired as Chairman of the Community Association and Eileen as booking secretary. From 1st January 2017 all bookings and correspondence can be made through Mrs Christine Barrell, Meadow View, Mountford Road, New Hartley, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE25 0TB, Tel: 01912375859   email: barrel_family@talktalk.net

East Cramlington and Seaton Valley Conservation Volunteers -  Wednesday 22nd  February 2017 (half-term), we are holding a morning for people especially children to make bird boxes and show them how some items that normally go into the waste bin can be used to make feeding stations for the birds.  Contact David Athey at: daveathey49@gmail.com

Azure Charitable Enterprise - Azure hold regular Disco nights at East Hartford Pub, East Hartford, Cramlington from 7 - 10 pm, cost: £3 see attached for 2017 dates.


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusComing up this week:
Sunday 9am at Blyth, Heading south to get the 1030 ferry, riding a circular around South Tyneside, and returning via Gateshead and Newcastle centre. 40 miles.
Let me know if you are coming along - Colin 07918 075187

February ride list now available
Lots coming up in February including easy stuff, Samosas ride, big sale of our recycled bikes, and a run to Capheaton cafe.  See the link to website for full list. http://www.watbus.org.uk/guided-bike-rides/

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.

Over 65 people turned up for our annual bash at Earsdon. Big thanks to all involved in the evening, and well done to the award winners, Graham, Peter and Louise. For those who couldn't make it see this link to Youtube for the 2016 photo montage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3v5lKbuyd4


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...


Northumberland County Blind Association - Vacancy

Organisational Development Manager
£28,203 - £30,480 pro rata, 16 hours per week

NCBA is a small friendly charity helping, with the aid of volunteers, blind and visually impaired people throughout Northumberland.

This is an exciting new opportunity for a forward thinking individual to join NCBA. The role will involve working alongside the Trustees and staff team to lead the organisation as we embark on a new period of change, growth and promotion.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished leader with excellent communication skills. A proven track record in strategic and business development will be essential. Knowledge of the voluntary sector would be advantageous along with a passion for helping vision impaired people.

Job description

Application form

Closing Date for applications: Monday 13th February 2017.

Please forward applications to: The Board of Trustees, NCBA, Reiver House, Staithes Lane, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1TD, or email: info@ncba.org.uk





Comic Relief

Comic Relief  Try for a Change
  Comic Relief is launching another new initiative, a small grants fund with England
  Rugby which opens 6th Feb. This round is for small community groups using rugby
  for change. Please note, it is only for work in England.

In partnership with England Rugby, Comic Relief is launching its first funding initiative through the Try for Change fund on 6th February 2017. 

In 2016, Comic Relief and England Rugby joined forces to launch the Try for Change Fund. The fund will use rugby union and the rugby union community to deliver social change in England and across the world.  Bringing together rugby's core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship it will work to tackle a number of social challenges around education attainment, social inclusion, unemployment, mental and physical wellbeing, personal development and community cohesion. Sport can play an important role in improving the lives of millions of people across the world, bringing people together to play, learn, improve their health and benefit from shared experiences. Try for Change works to promote, support and grow rugby as a tool for social good. It aims to help people reach their goals and fulfil their potential, as well as deliver long-term benefits to the wider community.

The first initiative launched under the Try for Change Fund is a small grants programme aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups, and local community rugby clubs in England. Organisations can apply for between £2,500 and £10,000, for up to 12 months. We will be prioritising applications which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups, for example young people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training), local refugees, or young offenders.

If you are interested in learning more about the Try for Change Fund, England Rugby - in partnership with Comic Relief - are hosting a Seminar at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 17th February from 12pm until 2.30pm. For more information on the seminar please contact Tim Wainwright at timwainwright@rfu.com   

For more details and to apply for funding from the Try for Change Fund, please check back on the Comic Relief grants page from 6th February 2017.  We will be providing details of future funding initiatives in due course, including a programme of larger grants in England.


Community Foundation

Community Foundation  You can make a general application to the Community Foundation at
  any time. If it is eligible, we will look to match it to one of our
  Funds. Some of our funds have specific requirements and deadlines.
  Funds of this type that are now open are listed in the calls for
  applications below.

Henry Smith Charity North East Grants Fund
The fund will support registered charities across the North East with an annual income less than £250,000. Projects should benefit communities experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage and those that tackle problems in areas of high deprivation.

High Sheriff of Northumberland Fund
The fund makes awards to groups in Northumberland who encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for young people.

Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF)
The fund will support community groups in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland that are seeking to deliver projects that tackle environmental issues in their local area.  Two funding streams are available, see full guidelines for more information.

Northern Powergrid Community Energy Seed Fund
The fund supports community energy projects in the North East of England, Yorkshire and Humber, and North Lincolnshire.

The P&G Community Fund
The fund supports projects offering sustained benefit through education and social well-being in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

The Rose Joicey Fund
Supports the cost of holidays or short breaks for individuals and families in need from Tyne & Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

The Ted Weekes Fund
The fund supports children and young people's projects based in the areas of New Hartley and Seaton Sluice.

1989 Willan Trust
The fund supports charitable activities benefitting residents of Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Teesside. Priority will be given to those which ease social deprivation and/or enrich the fabric of the local community and the quality of life of individuals within that community.

To make an application to a specific fund please read the fund guidelines and deadline information here.


Sir James Knott Trust

The Sir James Knott Trust  The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of
  people living and working in the North East of England.  Deadline for
  applications is 17th February 2017.

More info at Sir James Knott Trust 


Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund  Small grants are available to support a wide variety of warm hearted projects run
  by local community groups, schools and charities across the UK and Ireland.

  Application Deadline: 26th February 2017. 

  More info at:   Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund



Dickie Bird Foundation

Support for individuals throughout Great Britain with the aim of helping disadvantaged young people (under the age of 16) to participate in sport, to the best of their ability, in the sport of their choice, irrespective of their social circumstances, culture or ethnicity.

More info at:  Dickie Bird Foundation



Sport England 

Sport EnglandSmall Grants Programme
Formally constituted not-for-profit organisations and statutory bodies such as schools, sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, and governing bodies of sport can apply for grants of between £300 and £10,000 through the Sport England Small Grants Programme. 

The aim of the fund is to deliver new community projects to either grow or sustain participation in sport or to support talent development. Priority will be given to: Projects that increase the number of adults participating in moderate intensity sports.  Projects seeking to reduce the drop off rates for 16-19 year olds.  Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within ten weeks.

More info at https://www.sportengland.org/funding/small-grants/


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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