11th May 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
Healthwatch Northumberland - Board Vice Chair Vacancy


The Coalfields Regeneration Trust
The Bright Ideas Fund
Comic Relief
LA7 Community Grant
Wellesley Trust
The Greggs 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

Seaton Sluice Community Centre
Please see attached for events happening at the centre from April to July 2017.

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

WATBusSaturday 13th, 9am until 1pm ~ Bike maintenance training. Learn how to look after and maintain your bike, ~ covers punctures, lubrication, brakes and gears. Only £25 including refreshments. Booking essential.

Sunday 14th, 0830 (note earlier start) ~ Big Bus Sunday.
Bus and trailer to Bellingham then return via Stonehaugh (route 68), Ladyhill, Simonburn, cross B6318 at Tower Tye then join route 72 near Fourstones, lunch in either Hexham or Corbridge then back along the Tyne. A long ride with a few hills in the first half.

Wooler Wheel sportives this weekend, good luck to all who are doing one of the great routes up in North Northumberland https://www.woolerwheel.co.uk/

May list now produced, see our website for more details ~ some good stuff coming up. http://www.watbus.org.uk/guided-bike-rides/guided-rides-may-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….


Healthwatch Northumberland - Vacancy

Healthwatch Northumberland   Healthwatch Northumberland Board Vice Chair

Salary:                      £10,000
Contract Type:           Contract / Temporary
Hours:                       Part time
Closing date:             Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 12:00
Location:                   Northumberland

Healthwatch Northumberland is now looking to recruit a Board Vice Chair. Adapt (NE) has delivered the local Healthwatch function for Northumberland since April 2013 and has an agreed extension until March 2018. 

Full details about this opportunity can be found in the application pack at the website: www.healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk. If you think you meet the requirements and could deliver the role for Healthwatch Northumberland we would welcome your application.

For more information, contact Derry Nugent on: 03332 408468 or email: derryn@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Wednesday 24th May 2017, with interviews taking place in early June.




The Coalfields Regeneration Trust

Coalfields Regeneration Trust LogoThe Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reopened the enquiry survey for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme providing funding up to £10,000. We also have offer practical help to organisations/groups operating in the former coalfield areas in England.

1.    The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Funding Support is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.

Our offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry and applying for funding relating to a project is on the following page by clicking on the Funding Support signpost:


Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

2.    The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Practical Help is a range of free services and resources available to registered/incorporated organisations such as registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and charitable incorporated organisations operating in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities.

For more information please see the link below and click on the Practical Help signpost.



The Bright Ideas Fund

Round two of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now open! 
The Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools you need to set up a community business.

The £1.85 million, two-year programme is already helping groups get their bright NEW ideas for a community business up and running, through a programme of tailored community business development support and early stage finance of up to £20,000.

Community business are businesses that are locally rooted, accountable to the local community, will benefit the local community and have a broad community impact. If your business idea sounds like it could be a community business, then this fund is for you!

Round two applications will be accepted until the 31 May 2017 from organisations in England only.

There will be additional funding rounds in September 2017 and February 2018.


Comic Relief

Comic Relief   Comic Relief Community Cash
   The Community Foundation is distributing a £50,000 Comic Relief Community
   Cash fund to communities across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

   Comic Relief Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 are available to small
   organisations in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives. 

If this sounds like you, make sure you apply for a Comic Relief Community Cash grant now by going to www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply.

Deadline extended to 19th May 2017.


LA7 Community Grant

Please find attached a flyer to promote the LA7 Community Grant Engagement Workshops for the next round of procurement. 


Community Foundation - Wellesley Trust

Community Foundation  Wellesley Trust Community First Fund at the Community Foundation
  – guidelines

Applications are welcome to the Wellesley Trust Community First Fund at the Community Foundation from youth projects based and working in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and County Durham, including Darlington.

Grants will be made between £250 and £10,000, and applicants must be able to demonstrate how their projects will make a difference to the lives of young people while meeting wider Community Foundation aspirations of supporting people to overcome disadvantage, creating stronger communities and making our area a good place to live.

Projects previously supported by the fund include general youth provision, uniformed groups activity, specialist skills and employability support, and work with specific groups of young people (e.g. disabled young people, or those with mental health problems).  Both revenue and capital projects can be considered.

Applicants who received Wellesley grants for 12-month projects in summer 2016 are welcome to apply for continuation funding. Their application should include details of the progress they’ve made against the grant objectives agreed with us when we made the grant.  Organisations who received grants from the Wellesley Trust Fund in early 2017 should not apply.

Applications must be made using the Community Foundation’s online application process at www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply - the deadline is Monday 12th June 2017, 9.00am.

For further information please contact Jon Goodwin on jg@communityfoundation.org.uk or 0191 222 0945.


The Greggs Foundation

Greggs Foundation   North East core funding programme
   The North East Core Funding scheme awards grants to charitable
   organisations based in the North East of England that make a difference
   to people in need.  

Grants up to £15,000 per year for up to three years are available to organisations that support disadvantaged people. For full details, including eligibility and application procedure please see www.greggsfoundation.org.uk/grants

Deadline for applications is 17th May 2017 


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

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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