28th September 2017 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What’s on in South East Northumberland
WATBike / WATBus – various
Blyth Library - MacMillian Cancer Support coffee morning
Children North East – Blyth Youth Link: Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity


Community Foundation
Virgin Money Foundation
Big Lottery Fund
Aviva Community Fund
BBC Children in Need

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 South East Northumberland

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

Newsham Pavilion, Blyth - Halloween Party, Monday 30th October, 5:00 – 700 pm
Bring your little monsters out to play! Special spooky character guests with performances, spooky disco and dancing, games with prizes, fancy dress parade with prizes, creepy craft station, wrap the mummy competition, horribly touch and feel boxes.

Only £1 per ticket for both adults and children – on sale at Newsham Pavilion on Tuesday mornings (excluding Tuesday 3rd October).  The event is aimed at children aged 2 – 12 years, however children under 2 and over 12 are welcome to join in the fun too – all children MUST be accompanied by an adult.  Email: newshamresidents@gmail.com / Tel: 01670 361602

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 in August, September and October 2017.  The Centre provides meals on a Thursday, see attached menu.

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 the Nelson Club, Nelson village, Cramlington from 7 – 10 pm, cost: £3 see attached for 2017 dates.


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusThe October schedule of rides will be ready very soon so keep up your fitness throughout the Autumn.

On Sunday 1st October 9.00 starting from COBALT great ride across the Tyne and up to the Angel, then back via different areas of Gateshead with a cuppa in the lovely Saltwell Park, before returning via Newburn. 

Watbike are always on the lookout for all types of unloved or unwanted bikes for their workshop to repair, restore and recycle.  They also sell clothing, shoes, bags and other assorted cycling accessories at affordable prices and would be pleased to accept any of your unwanted cycling bits & pieces to add to their stock. All proceeds go to support the Watbus Charity.
Alistair 07918 075187.


Blyth Library

Eat cake and change lives at Blyth Library
MacMillian Cancer Support is holding its annual coffee morning at Blyth Library on Friday 29th September. 

‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ by MacmIllian Cancer Support has become a regular feature in the calendar, the aim is clear - raise money, change lives and have some fun whilst doing it!

The first MacMillian Coffee Morning took place in 1990; the idea is that communities and friends come together, gather over a coffee or two and donate the cost of the coffee to MacMillian. Last year the Macmillian Coffee Morning, which takes place all over the UK raised over £29.5 million pounds, and this year they intend to raise even more.

So why not come along to Blyth Library for a nibble and a natter between 10.00 am - 12.00 noon. Every slice of cake and cup of coffee will make a huge difference to those people facing cancer.


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 young......

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….


Funding Information

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 below:

Culture Bridge North East Fund
Grants are available to support working relationships between arts practitioners/cultural organisations on one side and schools/youth settings on the other. Applicants can be education or community settings working with children and young people aged 0 – 25 years, e.g. schools, youth clubs, Pupil Referral Units etc. 

The Edwin John Easydorchik Travelling Scholarship
An annual scholarship will be awarded to a young artist under 25 years old. They do not need to be living in the North East but, must provide evidence that they were born in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear or County Durham.

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

REEDS Grassroots Fund
The fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities.

The Women’s Fund
To support voluntary and community groups that provide services specifically targeted at women that clearly demonstrate how they help women overcome their gender disadvantage

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


Virgin Money Foundation

VirginMoney#iwill Take Action
The new #iwill fund aims to support the ambition of developing a lifetime commitment to social action, increasing the number of opportunities for young people to volunteer and fundraise for, or campaign on, issues that are important to them. The #iwill fund has a commitment to reducing the social and financial barriers that stop some young people from taking part in social action.

Applications can be from £10,000 to £60,000 for up to two years activity.

The main grants programme is open now and will close to applications in December 2018. Visit virginmoneyfoundation.org.uk for full details.

Big Lottery Fund

Big LotteryImprovements to funding programme announced
The Big Lottery Fund has made some changes to its most popular funding programme to make it simpler and more accessible for groups to apply for a grant of £300 - £10,000. The programme has been renamed National Lottery Awards for All and aims to support grassroots community activities that are led by people in those communities.

Following customer feedback, the Big Lottery Fund has improved the programme’s application processes and made it more accessible to groups who may not have applied for funding before.

Key changes include:

While the changes aim to provide a better customer experience overall, groups should be mindful that funding is highly sought after and due to a high demand for Big Lottery Fund grants, not all worthwhile project applications will be successful.

The new improved application form and guidance notes are now available on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Groups who would like more information or advice can contact the Big Advice team on 0345 4 10 20 30 or by emailing general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk.


Aviva Community Fund

aviva   Get funding of between £1,000 to up to £25,000.  Deadline for entries is
   10th October 2017. There are a couple of changes this year worth noting:

Cash in on your Aviva connections

Have you got an Aviva customer or employee involved in your organisation or in your local network? If you have, it could pay for them to enter the project into the Aviva Community Fund for you.
Aviva will give £200 to any project submitted by an Aviva customer or employee that doesn’t win funding through votes or the judging panel (subject to due diligence checks). Please read the terms and conditions for more information about who qualifies as a customer and employee.

First to 1,000 votes gets their £1000 
Aviva know how much work it can take for volunteers in smaller projects to pull their entries together and rally voters.
To recognise your hard work, they’ll automatically give the first 200 projects looking for £1000 to reach 1,000 votes the money they've requested (subject to due diligence checks). Please read the terms and conditions to find out more.

There are loads of top tips on the Aviva Community Fund website about how to write a great application.

BBC Children in Need

Children in Need logo  Main Grants Programme
  BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is currently accepting
  applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK that
  support children and young people who are 18 years and younger.

The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is accepting applications for large grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years.

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through:

·         Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
·         Any kind of disability.
·         Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
·         Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and make a real difference to children and young people’s lives.

Organisations that already hold a grant from Children in Need can apply for further funding providing the current grant is coming to an end within the next 12 months. Applicants will need to be able to provide convincing evidence of the differences the grant has made to the lives of the disadvantaged children and young people the organisation has worked with.

Closing date for applications is 16 January 2018 (midnight).

BBC Children in Need - Main 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

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, Cramlington Town Councils as well as local trust funders.

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