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All Communities Together (ACT)

To promote the All Communities Together (ACT) group an official launch took place on Saturday 28 February 2009 at St Mary's Church Hall in Blyth, and was opened by the Mayor of Blyth, Councillor Gordon Knox.  There was a varied agenda to encourage workers and their families to attend.

The event was attended by people - approximatley 200-  from all ages and countries.  The day proved to be a huge success with great networking and the hope that there would be many more events.  24 people from migrant and BME communities were interviewed at the event who all said they had enjoyed the day.

The event was supported by the Health & Safety Executive, Blyth Valley Borough Council, Northumbria Police, North East Strategic Migration Partnership, Improving Croft and Cowpen Quay and CVA Blyth Valley.

Live Healthily and Safety Event - March 2010

On 13 March 2010 in Blyth an event was held for migrants from all over the world, entitled "Live healthily and safely."   People from Poland, Lithuania, Pakistan, India, Peru, China, and English attended.

The Health and Safely Executive, Homes for Northumberland, Northumberland NHS Care Trust, Northumberland County Council,           Be-Inspired, ICCQ, Northumbria Police, CVA Blyth Valley responded to questions by the people involved and helped direct them to the correct Agencies.

Act Event


There were games organised for the children on the day - such as face painting, throwing objects at targets, stacking toys, paper crafts eg, origami, tigers, flowere etc,  There was also a fire engine from Northumberland Fire & Rescue where children were allowed to enter the cab and wear a fireman's hat.

People of India organised the making of jewellery and hand-painting (something similar to henna), which looked very nice.

There was a huge selection of food as each nationality prepared food of their own choice.  The day was great and all concerned had a very enjoyable day.


Mariusz Biziewski

Mariusz Biziewski, (second left) Outreach Migrant Worker

based at CVA Blyth Valley and funded by the Health and

Safety Executive undertook a recent report: 

Click here to view.

Winter Event 

An event took place on Saturday 11 December 2010  from 12:00 noon—3:00 pm
at The Buffalo Centre, Regent Street, Blyth.

The day included:

· Activities for Children
· Face Painting
· Lifeboat Trip
· Santa Claus (with gifts)


Organisations who can assist other nationalities include:

Health and Safety Executive

For futher information please visit the following two websites:


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Northumberland NHS Trust

Things a Health Trainer can do for you:
Talk to you confidentially about your lifestyle and any concerns you may have.
Improve your general well-being by helping you to identify ways of improving your lifestyle.
Help you to plan and to carry out those changes.
Provide literature and give information on:

  • eating a healthy, balanced diet.
  • getting more exercise.
  • giving up smoking.
  • controlling your alcohol intake.
  • introduce you to an exercise class or activity.

Offer encouragement and support to maintain your new healthier lifestyle.
Measure your height and weight.
Take your blood pressure and carbon monoxide readings.
Attend groups and provide information on healthy eating, weight management, making nutritional meals and snacks.
Signpost you to other services.
Registering with a doctor
Arranging translator for doctor’s appointments
Organising activity sessions, groups and drop-ins.

Northumberland NHS Health Trainers do NOT:

Deliver counselling.
Diagnose or treat medical conditions.
Deliver physical activity or therapy sessions.
Work with people who are aggressive, drunk or display attitude or behaviour that could put them at risk.
Home visits

Health Trainers are active throughout South East Northumberland and can be seen at various venues in Ashington, Amble, Bedlington, Blyth and Seaton Valley, Choppington, Cramlington, Lynemouth, Newbiggin, Pegswood, Widdrington and Hadston.

Northumberland Community Development Network

To view the NCDN / BME Engagement Report click here.

Northumberland Libraries

Northumberland Libraries have a wide range of services and their website provides the most comprehensive information about the library service.  For further information please visit:  www.northumberlandlibraries.com

Northumberland College

N’Land College LogoLearning English  -  Improving your English language skills will help you settle in to the UK and make you feel more confident at work and in the community. English language will also support you and your family’s health and well being as well as your future career prospects.

Northumberland College offers English language courses to all individuals. The course consists of spelling, grammar, reading, writing skills, listening and speaking. They have English language courses running in Blyth, Alnwick and Ashington. The College also has a learning bus with 10 computers on board. This mobile unit can be used to deliver courses anywhere in Northumberland. The courses can be tailor-made to suit learners and the course is free.

They also offer a broad range of access and educational courses ranging from Health and Social Care, Information Technology to Travel and Tourism.  If you would like to find out more information please telephone 0800 162100

The main college campus is based at:

Northumberland College, College Road, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9RG


CitizenCAB Logos Advice Bureau (CAB)

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) offers free, confidential, independent and impartial advice and help on a range of topics including debt, housing, employment, consumer, benefits and much more. 

Volunteers are at the heart of the Citizens Advice service. CAB volunteering really does provide an opportunity to learn new skills and to develop existing ones. With so many different volunteering opportunities on offer, there's bound to be something to suit you.

Contact Us  -  Whether you need advice or would like to volunteer, please see our website: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

You can contact our Advice Worker for International Migrants (Northumberland), Anne Lyst, at imas@alnwickcab.cabnet.org.uk or tel. 01665 604 136 or 0757 067 0901.