Northumberland CVA delivers a range of projects in order to help create strong and vibrant communities in Northumberland.
Seeds to Success
The Seeds to Success project provides a supportive environment for volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, including, long term unemployed, people with physical or mental disabilities and young people.
With the support of a horticultural supervisor the volunteers have transformed three sites as well as producing hanging baskets and vegetables. Produce is donated to volunteers and members of the community to enable them to eat healthy fresh food which has been planted and grown within their own community.
Volunteers have said that they have seen an improvement in their confidence, self-esteem and general well-being which is a testament to the nature of the project: a number have proven their own personal attributes by naturally mentoring and supporting volunteers who have additional needs.
Volunteers looking for employment are offered job search, a reference and the use of resources at Northumberland CVA, including any training we are delivering. As a result of the skills gained on the project, a number of volunteers have moved into employment .
Our Seeds to Success allotment project has now been running since July 2013. It is currently funded by Sherburn House Chairty, The Barbour Foundation, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and Santander Discovery Foundation grant
The emphasis of the Re:Action Project is to enable people to do things for themselves, giving them support and time to make their own choices, and promoting independence and inclusion. We currently run two services in South East Northumberland.
The Assisted Shopping Scheme
This service enables isolated elderly and disabled people to participate in day to day tasks, which they are unable to do without support. Many older people are socially isolated due to ill health, lack of confidence or caring responsibilities. The Assisted Shopping Scheme provides opportunities to access services such as the bank, post office, shop, health and leisure pursuits, keeping beneficiaries socially, mentally and physically active and leading to a much improved quality of life
The Assisted Shopping Scheme provides a lifeline for elderly and disabled people in SE Northumberland. We currently run the service from the towns of Ashington, Bedlington, Blyth, East Sleekburn, Newbiggin by the Sea and New Hartley.
Volunteers provide one to one support to an older person, including wheelchair handling, guiding and general support getting on and off the minibus.
Helping older people to build confidence in the use of new technologies also helps them to feel less isolated and more connected with family and friends. Having identified a local gap in ICT provision, we now provide the opportunity for older learners to access a selection of Digital Inclusion introductory sessions:
- Introduction to Computers
- Introduction to Internet
- Introduction to Email
- Introduction to Skype
- Introduction to Internet Shopping
- Introduction to Social Media
Volunteers provide one to one support to learners and we also offer a drop-in session to help answer individual queries.