2nd March 2017 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What’s on in Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton Valley
WATBike / WATBus – various
Children North East – Blyth Youth Link - Youth Link Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity
Campaign for Learning - free training opportunity
The Foundation for Social Improvement - Training for Small Charities


Big Lottery Fund
Sir James Knott Trust
The Joicey Trust
Community Foundation
Greggs Foundation
Woodward Charitable Trust

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

To 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.

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

WATBusSunday 5th March, 9am at Cobalt ~ Riding out west through Ponteland to the lovely café at Capheaton, then returning via Bolam, Whalton and Stannington, around 50 miles out.

Our list of rides for March is now available, includes some hills, a new café in Swarland, and a maintenance training session.

For details go to http://www.watbus.org.uk/guided-bike-rides/guided-rides-march-2017/

Workshop bike services: we are launching a scheme where we can offer you a good quality courtesy bike whilst your bike is in for service, so you can keep your mileage up and still get around.
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….


Campaign for Learning

Organisations and individuals to benefit from a free training opportunity
Are you an organisation or individual working with families in the North East to support them in improving their financial skills?

If so, the Campaign for Learning is inviting you to apply for a place on its FREE Financial Champions programme.  The programme, is funded by the Santander Foundation, and has places for participants working across the North East.

The programme includes a one day financial training workshop delivered by the Campaign for Learning.  Participants will also be able to complete a Level 2 Award in Developing the Financial Champion, but this is optional.

For further information and/or to book a place on workshops taking place during March and April in Newcastle please contact Alison Warren on awarren@cflearning.org.uk


The Foundation for Social Improvement

Training for Small Charities
The Foundation for Social Improvement is delivering training for small charities in Newcastle on March 23rd 2017, offering full day courses, half day courses and workshops on key fundraising skills and governance topics. 

Training courses include Developing Corporate Relationships and Trusts and Foundations, as well as half day courses for Trustees. Places fill up fast, so book your place today to access this fantastic training opportunity. 

Please visit http://www.thefsi.org/services/training/newcastle-march-2017/  for more information and bookings.




Big Lottery Fund

Big LotteryThrough Reaching Communities the Big Lottery provides grants between £10,000 - £500,000 for voluntary or community groups. If you're looking to make a positive change to your community, this could be the fund for you. 

We are looking to hear from projects that support:

Read our simplified guidance notes to find out more.


Sir James Knott Trust

The Sir James Knott Trust  The Sir James Knott Trust has two grants schemes – a small, under
  £1,000 scheme in which applications are usually processed within 4-6
  weeks. Applications for over £1,000 are considered at a Trustee
  meeting which are held three times per year. The average meeting grant is approx. £4,000 and the Trust funds County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Hartlepool but not the Tees Valley area. On average the Trust awards 400 grants per year and last year our grant making total was £1.4m.

They do not have a priority in terms of where and how they allocate funds and can fund core costs, capital, equipment, salaries etc. The Trust is a generalist funder and examples of our previous grants can be found on the website.

It is important that applicants follow the guidelines and give the Trust the right information, ideally on 2 sides of A4 paper. Applications can be sent to the Trust via an e-mail or post. The Trust very much welcomes telephone enquiries to help groups and charities submit an application (0191 230 4016).



The Joicey Trust

The Joicey Trust  The Joicey Trust makes awards totalling around £300,000 pa.  Meetings are
  held (generally) in January and July.

Grants rarely exceed 10% of the project expenditure but the Trust does support core revenue funding. Application periods end on 30 November and 31 May respectively. Whilst the preferred method of application is by completion of the email form, it is not mandatory.


Community Foundation

Community Foundation  The Women’s Fund - Applicant guidelines
  The Women’s Fund’s aim is to support work in Northumberland and
  Tyne & Wear which offers:

·         Support for women to achieve their full potential
·         Access to information and assistance on social, health or economic issues
·         Training and support services

Grants can be provided to voluntary and community groups that provide services specifically targeted at women that clearly demonstrate how they help women overcome their gender disadvantage.  Beneficiaries should be over 18.

Preference is given to applications from groups where there is a clear project identified that addresses a particular need for women.  It is important to show the difference the grant will make including how it addresses the need.  Funding can be sought for a specific cost or aspect of a larger project as long as the value and added benefit of funding from the Women’s Fund is clear.  A detailed project budget breakdown is very helpful.

If your organisation is a social enterprise or Community Interest Company, please read the Community Foundation’s guidance on their website before applying.

Please use the Community Foundation’s online application form, ensuring that you indicate that you wish your application to be considered by the Women’s Fund. 

The closing date for applications for the current round is Wednesday 5th April 2017.

More info at http://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/womensfund


Greggs Foundation

Greggs Foundation  Local Community Projects Funding is offered to organisations supporting
  people in need. Any not for profit organisation can apply, however, larger
  organisations with a turnover in excess of £300,000 are unlikely to be

More info at The Greggs Foundation


Woodward Charitable Trust

Children’s Summer Playschemes
Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.

The trustees review applications in May. Specific deadlines for applications are posted on the Diary page of this website. Trustees will only consider appeals made on their own Children’s Summer Playscheme Application Form.

Project budgets must be submitted with all applications whether they are via the website, email or post. The application form should be completed without exceeding one page. If supplementary information is sent this should be separate from the information requested by the Trustees on their form.

Trustees only fund programmes that run for a minimum of 2 weeks or 10 days across the summer holidays.

More info at http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/childrens-summer-playschemes/


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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