15th February 2018 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What’s on in South East Northumberland
BLISS Affordable One Stop Shop
WATBike / WATBus – various
Children North East – Northumberland Youth Link / Your Future Matters
Cygnet Support – Administrator Vacancy


Greggs Foundation
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Sport England
Hadrian Trust
People's Postcode Lottery

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.

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.

Seaton Sluice Community Centre – to view what’s on at the centre in February, March and April 2018 please click here.

Buffalo Community Centre – Men’s BME Café. If you are part of a black ethnic minority you may be interested in a brand new group we are forming at the Buffalo Community Centre, every Monday, term time only. More ….


BLISS Affordable One Stop Shop

Bliss Services   Your One Stop Affordable Shop 
   The aims of the One Stop Affordable Shop is to help members of the public
   who are struggling financially due to debts and low income buy their weeks 
   shopping for a very low price whilst working with partnership agencies to help them get out of debt, however everyone is welcome.  The shops stocks a range of food, toys, books, clothes and much more.  They also have a range of Prom and Wedding dresses for sale or hire and a small selection of shoes and accessories.

Please pop in and speak to staff to see how they can help you.  The shop is located at Richard Stannard House, Unit 40, 28 Bridge Street, Blyth, across the road from the Blyth Job Centre Plus.


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusFirst two-day ride will be our annual Lindisfarne ride, which is booked for Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March. This will be a gentle introduction to two day rides, with around 30 - 35 miles being covered each day (starting in Coldstream on Saturday and finishing in Wooler on Sunday).  

Other plans for the year include a tour of Teesside, a reversal of last year's Carlisle to Penrith the long way ride; a panniers adventure to the fabulous new Sill facility at Once Brewed; another Scottish Coast to Coast; and a re-run of the West Yorkshire loop that we did two years ago (as we've now recovered from the Pateley Bridge climb!) 

Please drop us a line on cycling@watbus.org.uk or ring 01670 522111 to book on any of our rides, and as of now, Wednesday evenings are FREE!

There are lots of exciting times ahead in 2018.  A review of our 2017 adventures is now on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKo1y_f8oVA

WATBike 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.

Bike Services  -  WATBike have a team of experienced mechanics ready to carry out a full range of servicing & repairs. Just call 01670522111.



Children North East 

Children North EastNorthumberland 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 


Blyth Resource & Initiative Centre

BRICBRIC offer support to anyone on their journey to getting the skills, training and experience they need to get into employment.   

Helping to improve people’s employment chances in our local area, we are hosting a variety of courses, including another Retail Skills Level 2 course.  The provider of the course Nimmis was happy to announce that all 9 of the learners passed the course and now hold certificates for Level 2, preparing them for work within the retail sector.

BRIC is also working hard to support people with no or low level English skills thanks funding through the Community Foundation from Heppell, Nash and Linden Charitable Trusts.   It has been a growing concern in the North East that many adults have low or no English Skills. Whether it is completion of forms or reading job adverts, some adults need help.

At BRIC we have a specialist support tutor who offers weekly sessions to help clients to achieve basic English and for them to move onto higher levels of functional English. Clients that have completed the Basic English Course also have increased confidence and independence. We are pleased that we are able to offer this to our local community and will help any way we can to support people into employment or for a better life.

If anyone would like to find out how they can improve their chances of getting in to work, please contact education@bricblyth.org.uk or phone 01670 542845.


Cygnet Support – Vacancy

We are looking to recruit an experienced, motivated and dynamic administrator to join the Cygnus team. Cygnus prides itself on offering a professional service that is sensitive and engaging to the diverse needs of client groups, so our administrator will need to be outgoing and have a positive outlook.

The role is comprehensive and varied and will require someone with a high degree of multitasking and time management capability. As the administrator you will play an integral role across the service and will be key to the smooth running of the day to day activity, so attention to detail and an adaptability to all areas of the role are essential.  More ….


Funding Information


Greggs Foundation

Greggs Foundation  North East Core Funding Programme
  The next application deadline for applications to the Greggs Foundation
  Core Funding programme is the 8 March 2018.

The North-East Core Funding programme makes grants to not for profit organisations helping those in need in Northumberland to support core running costs.

The programme supports organisations that work in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, or that support otherwise disadvantaged people, particularly those that work with the following priority groups:

Funding is available of up to £15,000 per year for up to three years to support core running costs such as utility bills and rent; core salaries; and HMRC costs relating to core salaries. To be redirected to the funders website click here

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 offer practical help to organisations/groups operating in the former coalfield areas in England.

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:


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

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:


Sport England

Sport EnglandSmall Grants Programme
Grants are available to help not-for-profit sports clubs, local authorities and schools in England to carry out local community sports projects and encourage more people (aged 14 years and older) to be involved in sport.

Sport England - Small Grants Programme

Hadrian Trust

Hadrian Trust logoThe next closing date for applications to the Hadrian Trust is 23rd March 2018.

The aims of the Hadrian Trust is to improve the lives of people living and working in the North East of England by awarding grants on a quarterly basis to charities and groups working for the benefit of the people and the environment. The Trust mainly makes grants for projects working in the fields of social welfare; youth; disability; the elderly; women; ethnic minorities; education; arts; and the environment.

Grants are normally between £500 and £2,000 and can cover running costs, project costs, part salaries and basic equipment.

More info at: https://www.hadriantrust.co.uk/how-to-apply


People's Postcode Lottery

postcodeloytteryThe People's Postcode Lottery provides funding for a range of projects through separate trusts.

The following programmes are now open.

Postcode Local Trust

More info at: www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk
People’s Postcode Trust

More info at: www.postcodetrust.org.uk

Postcode Community Trust

More info at: www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk

Grants of up to £20,000 are available for registered charities. Community organisations that are not registered charities can apply for up to £2,000.

The first stage of the fund opened on 14th February and closes on the 28th February


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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