20th December 2017 E-zine


Christmas and New Year Greetings
CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What’s on in South East Northumberland
WATBike / WATBus – various
Children North East – Northumberland Youth Link / Your Future Matters


Big Lottery Fund
BBC Children in Need
Weston Charity Awards 2018

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


Christmas and New Year Greetings

Snowman   The staff and Trustees of CVA Blyth Valley would like to wish
   all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

   Please Note: Our office will be closed from Thursday 21st December
   2017 and will re-open on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.


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.

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


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusThis weekend, we're heading out on Saturday rather than Sunday. Join us for a pre-turkey pootle to burn off a few calories before you put them all back in over Christmas! We'll be doing a social loop from Cobalt, with a cafe stop at Belsay - start time 0930.  

See below all our rides over the holiday including the first one of 2018.

Wednesday 20th from COBALT 17.00
Last night ride before Xmas. Heading to Raggy Heirlooms for pie and mulled wine. Pimp your bike up with Xmas lights. Bus back at 8pm (£10 charge for this one)

Saturday 23rd from COBALT 09.30
A short & social pre-turkey tootle to work off a few calories before you put them in! 30 miles max, calling in at The Blacksmiths at Belsay en route.

Wednesday 27th 10.00 from COBALT
A Wednesday day ride for a change, as it’s the holidays.  Have a little lie in and then meet us for a short, easy ride around South East Northumberland, with lunch at the Parlour Café at Blagdon. Bring your new Xmas cycle toys!

Saturday 30th 09.30 from COBALT
A sociable circular via Stannington, Tranwell, Whalton, Ogle and Kirkley.  Around 35 miles, with a refreshment stop at Jan’s Kitchen in Ponteland.

Wednesday 3rd Jan 17.00 from COBALT
First ride of 2018 – put those New Year resolutions to the test and get out on your bike!  We’ll be doing a short, social circular on the tracks of North Tyneside.

Thanks to everyone for making the rides this year great fun.

Now is the time to get your bike serviced ready for Winter riding.  Remember WATBike have a team of experienced mechanics ready to carry out a full range of servicing & repairs. Just call 01670522111.  Alistair 07918 075187.


Children North East

Children North East   Northumberland Youth Link

   Youth Link Volunteer Mentoring Opportunity

  Why not stand out from the crowd – sign up to become a Youth Link Mentor and help young people.

Are you aged 17 to 25?
Are you looking for volunteering hours or a new challenge?
Not sure which career path to follow?
Can you spare 2–3 hours a week?

Find out more through facebook 'Children North Est Youth Link' and click 'sign up'

Your Future Matters

Are you female?
Do you live in Northumberland?
Are you aged between 11 – 18?
Have you been directly and / or indirectly affected by violence or abuse?

Would it help to have someone near your own age to talk to?  Your Future Matters can offer you support from another young person aged 17 – 25 !   Find out more ….


Funding Information

Big Lottery Fund

Big LotteryChanges to our Reaching Communities funding programme
We are changing the application process for Reaching Communities, to make it easier for groups and communities to apply for National Lottery funding.

In order to do this, there will be a temporary pause on the submission of Reaching Communities applications between Monday 15 January 2018 and Monday 2 April 2018.  All applications received before 15 January will be processed in the existing manner.

If your current grant is coming to an end soon and you are working on an application for continuation funding, or if you have any other questions, please contact our Big Advice team:

Email general.enquiries@biglotteryfund.org.uk  /  Call 0345 4 10 20 30


BBC Children in Need

Children in Need logoMain Grants Programme 2018 Deadlines
Charities in the UK that are seeking funding for their work with disadvantaged children and young people aged 18 years and younger can start the application process for funding in 2018.

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

Registered charities and 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.

There are three deadlines for initial applications in 2018: 16 January 2018, 17 May 2018 and 13 September 2018 (midnight).


Weston Charity Awards 2018

Could your small charity benefit from a free programme of intensive leadership coaching and mentoring?  The Weston Charity Awards offer this, along with funding, for up to 20 charities with incomes under £5 million.    

The awards celebrate and support great front-line charities in the North of England, the Midlands and Wales working in the fields of youth, welfare and community.

Applications close on 12th January 2018.    More info at www.westoncharityawards.org


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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