9th May 2018 E-zine


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
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
Voices Northumberland - Bridge Project: Project Support Officer (Admin) job vacancy
Newcastle Building Society – offer finance talks to local groups
Advicelocal - local guide to help with benefits, work, money, housing


Greggs Foundation
The Joicey Trust
Music for All
Commissioner's Community Fund

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


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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 May, June and July 2018 please click here.

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

Buffalo Community Centre - Women's only ESOL group, every Wednesday (term time only) 9.30am - 12.30pm. Free Creche also available. No need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. For more information contact the Centre on 01670 363 858 and ask for Ade or Sylwia, alternatively email Ade at adeline.keogh@stcuthbertscare.org.uk or Sylwia at Sylwia@buffalocommunitycentre.co.uk

Blyth Battery Volunteers  -  Blyth Battery Goes to War 2018 will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018.  For more information or to book in groups, vehicles or any traders wishing to book a trade stall please contact Arthur Cranson on Arthur.cranson@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01670 797323.


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!)

Our ride list for May has now been compiled and includes rides to new cafes (Cakey Blakey has been doing some research!) as well as a visit to an old favourite - the prison at Kirklevington - on Big Bus Sunday.  From the 9th May, our Wednesday rides start at 5.30pm.

We're also running "Dr Bike" sessions from the workshop in Ashington, as well as a few social rides during the day as part of the 2018 Big Bike Revival festival.

See full details at:


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 


Voices Northumberland

Voices NorthumberlandBridge Project – Project Support Officer (Admin) job vacancy
The Bridge Project are looking for an experienced and highly organised Support Officer to provide full administrative support, including evidencing activity and spend against our funders requirements. Applicants must have skills and experience within an administrative role and have excellent communication and inter-personal skills. We require someone with good attention to detail, the ability to prioritise work and to work to timescales.

VoiCeS Northumberland is the lead Operational partner in the Bridge Partnership which is part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund until September 2019.  The Bridge Project aims to help those who experience multiple barriers to work in finding a job or be in a better place to look for work. Bridge is a partnership between Northumberland County Council (NCC) and a number of voluntary organisations in Northumberland.

The Bridge Project focuses on key groups who typically find they have multiple problems to overcome in finding suitable employment. We tackle the barriers that prevent people from accessing support with more opportunities for education and training, improved health and wellbeing services, better financial help and programmes to build people’s confidence. Support is provided to help people build self-confidence and develop or acquire new skills in key areas where they might be experiencing difficulties.

You can read more about the vacancy, the project and how to apply here.

To request an application pack please email bridge@voices-northumberland.org.uk

Any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and Enhance Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  We welcome applications from all parts of the community.

Closing date: 4pm 22nd May 2018 


Newcastle Building Society

Newcastle Building Society   Newcastle Building Society offer little talks on pension/investment/inheritance
   tax to local groups?

   If anyone is interested in having a guest speaker they can contact Kelly Beattie on 01670 735 813.



Advicelocal - https://advicelocal.uk - local guide to help with benefits, work, money, housing problems and more.

People looking for help with benefits, work, money or housing problems will find advicelocal.uk a useful, free source of help and information.

It’s easy to use. By just entering a postcode and choosing an advice topic anyone can find tailored information for their local area, including details of independent advice organisations who can help get the advice and support they need.

Advicelocal helps with questions relating to: welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues, disability and social care; and asylum and immigration.

There’s a widget you can use if you'd like to add advicelocal search to your site. See https://advicelocal.uk/for-organisations#get-the-widget. You can also find advicelocal on Twitter @advicelocal.


Funding Information 


Greggs Foundation

Greggs FoundationNorth East Core Funding Programme
The next application deadline for applications to the Greggs Foundation Core Funding programme is the 17 May 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.  More info on the Greggs Foundation website.


The Joicey Trust

The Joicey Trust   The Trust makes grants within its main beneficial area of Northumberland and
   the old Metropolitan Borough of Tyne & Wear (i.e. all NE and SR postcodes and DH4/5). It also welcomes applications from the eastern Scottish Borders.

Grants are made across a wide spectrum for either revenue (including 'core funding') or capital expenditure.  Next deadline for applications is 31st May 2018.

More info at The Joicey Trust 


Music for All

The charity of the UK musical instrument industry, Music for All was founded on the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play music. Community groups, schools and individuals can apply for grant and other support for community music making projects that offer experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Projects and initiatives supported must be:

VCSE / schools / individuals can apply.  Deadline 1st July 2018.



Commissioner's Community Fund

Groups supporting their neighbourhoods and communities are asked to apply for money from the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund.

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charities, voluntary groups, community groups and social enterprises throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Newcastle or Northumberland.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 20th May, for full details visit the PCC website.


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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