25th April 2018 E-zine


CVA Blyth Valley - Room for Hire
What’s on in South East Northumberland
Newsham and New Delaval Youth Forum – vacancies
WATBike / WATBus – various
Children North East – Northumberland Youth Link / Your Future Matters
Nepacs - Volunteer Day


Coalfields Regeneration Trust
Sir James Knott Trust
Comic Relief
Community Foundation
Smallwood Trust
The Trusthouse Charitable 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 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.

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 ….

Buffalo Community Centre – Women’s only group.  Join us every Monday (term time only) between 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  Make new friends, enjoy a cuppa, arts and crafts* and a chat !  Only £1.50 including refreshments.  *please bring your own arts and crafts as these will not be supplied.  Tel: 01670 363858.  The Buffalo also have rooms for hire - please contact Eileen Cartie.

East Hartford Community Centre - Pie and Peas
Monday 30th April 2018 at 6:30 pm. Pie, peaas, gravy, mushy peas and cake. Bar will be open.
Served from 6:30 pm.  Please contact Lisa on 07793719197 - must be booked before noon on 30th.


Newsham and New Delaval Youth Forum

Newsham and New Delaval Youth Forum are looking to employ 4 part time workers.

Please view attached job advertisements for 2 centre based workers and 2 detached workers.  Application deadline 10th May 2018.


WATBike / WATBus

WATBusOur Sunday rides will continue to start at 10 am from Cobalt throughout March and will be sticking to 30 mile loops.  The Wednesday rides will also start from Cobalt, at 5pm, and will be no more than 20 miles (and remain free of charge!)

The annual A2T and other specials
The guides had a very productive meeting last night and we've set the dates for a few of your favourite rides. 

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!

And please bear us in mind if you have any previously loved bikes taking up space in your garages or sheds - we accept adults and kids cycles and can even come to collect them if you can't make it to the workshop.

Summer Opening Hours
From 21st April, we are open longer on Saturdays - from 10am until 4pm.

Claire Blake - Cycling Development Manager


 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 East 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 



Nepacs are holding a volunteer open day on 30th April 2018 at HMP Northumberland Visitors Centre to try and recruit new volunteers.  Nepacs is a north east charity which supports families of prisoners at prisons and courts across the north east - including HMP Northumberland, near Morpeth.

Pop along and meet them at their Volunteer Open Day!

They can discuss the different volunteering opportunities available and you can meet existing volunteers.  To book you place at this event or to find ou more please contact Emma Price, Nepacs Volunteer Coordinator, eprice@nepacs.co.uk / Tel: 0191 375 7278.


Funding Information


The Coalfields Regeneration Trust

Coalfields Regeneration Trust LogoThe Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to 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 activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Our offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry 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.


Sir James Knott Trust

The Sir James Knott Trust   The aim of Sir James Knott Trust is to help improve the conditions of
   people living and working in the North East of England.

The next Trustee meeting will be held on Thursday 19th July 2018.  The deadline for receiving completed applications for this meeting is Friday 15th June 2018.

More info at: http://knott-trust.co.uk/


Comic Relief

Comic Relief   Tackling violence against women and girls
   Comic Relief have announced the launch today of a £4 million grant initiative to
   support organisations that are working to end violence and abuse experienced by
   women and girls across the UK. The application phase will run from 17 April to
   midday, 2 July 2018.

The initiative is funded by Comic Relief with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with government funds raised through the Tampon Tax. The funds will be fully focused on work that supports women and girls at risk of violence who have multiple and complex needs. This includes those who have poor mental health, who use drugs, and/or those who are homeless, as well as less well-served communities or groups, such as BAMER, migrant and LBTI communities, and/or women who are older and/or disabled, among other groups.

Applications are invited for grants of £60,000 - £120,000 across 1 to 3 years and are also open to current grantees. The fund aims to:

To apply or find out more about the fund criteria and process, including detailed guidelines for applying, please visit the Comic Relief initiative page.  


Community Foundation

Community Foundation   Reeds Grassroots Fund
   This fund supports projects in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland
   that aim to improve the life chances of disadvantaged communities.

Grants will be considered for projects which have a direct focus on addressing disadvantage and improving life chances of specific communities.

Examples of disadvantaged communities include those affected by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, asylum seeker/refugee status, disability and people with learning disabilities.

Examples of projects and activities that have been supported include:

Activities which are not a priority for the REEDS Grassroots Fund

Grants of up to £3k will be considered.  More info at:  Find out more and apply online


Smallwood Trust

The Women First Innovation Fund
Women’s groups based in coastal areas of North of England are invited to apply for seed funding to trial and test new ideas and imaginative approaches to support women along the employability pathway. The Women First Innovation Fund is open to charities, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations who have ideas or projects that support our mission of enabling women to become financially resilient.

Organisations can apply for grants of £5,000 to £10,000. We expect to award 10-15 grants in this round.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply please follow the link http://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/women-first-innovation-fund 

The deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 11th May 2018.

The successful applicants are expected to be notified in early July 2018.


The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Funding for community centres and village halls The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000. Grants can be used to fund:

All applicants must have secured 50% of the total cost of the work and have local community fundraising underway. Grants will be made to projects centred on ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, this may include a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

It is expected that the completed venue will provide a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to the area in which the centre is located. The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative schemes to bring back disused buildings into full community use i.e. as community hubs, shops and activity venues. Traditional Village Halls are also supported.

Applications can be submitted at any time and should show that, in urban areas, the venue is in the most deprived 20% of the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation or, in rural areas, in the most deprived 50% of the Indices.

More info at:  http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/


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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