Community Foundation


In an ideal world, charities would continue for generations providing vital services and activities to support those most in need and enrich local communities. However, there are occasions where a charity has no choice but to close, a decision which is never taken lightly by its Trustees. In these situations there are often some funds left over which may be able to be distributed to its beneficiaries. If this is not possible an alternative is to pass the funds to the Community Foundation. There are a number of options to consider and the Foundation can advise on the best option with the outgoing trustees to reflect the charity’s legacy: 


  • Vital community funds tackle the region’s most pressing needs now and in the future. We also have dedicated area funds that support groups in each of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.



  • Named ‘field of interest’ funds support a particular place or cause but without the donors being hands on as we select groups that match the donors’ interests. These funds start at £25,000 for endowment or £10,000 for an annual* fund.


  • If the outgoing trustees want to nominate fund advisors to recommend grants from shortlists provided by the Foundation, and there is at least £50,000 to give, then a named ‘panel advised’ endowment fund can be set up or £30,000 for an annual* fund.


(*Annual funds are spent out over a year or an agreed period of time)


To discuss options for making a gift to the Community Foundation contact Lisa Cappleman, Principal Advisor, Giving & Philanthropy on 0191 222 0945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Berwick Adult Learning Centre, Walkergate, TD15 1DB: 1st Friday of each month, 11am – 1pm

  • Alnwick Adult Learning Centre, Lindisfarne Road, NE66 1AX : 2nd Friday of each month, 11am – 1pm

  • Blyth Adult Learning Centre, Brunel Building, NE24 1LT: 3rd Friday of each month, 11am – 1pm

  • Hexham Adult Learning Centre, The Gatehouse, Wanless Lane, NE46 1BU: 4th Friday of each month, 11am – 1pm


Whether you are a beneficiary, member or supporter, the aim of The Royal British Legion is to make advice and support services easy to access.  Their contact centre (0808 802 8080) is open 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week, there is an online knowledge base ( and city Pop In centres.  Starting this month in Northumberland the Legion is also trialling local drop-in sessions.  These sessions are open to anyone and everyone who may have an Armed Forces query, whether it be financial, care or employment or just general queries such as local events.

The drop-in sessions will cover 4 key areas (Berwick, Alnwick, Blyth and Hexham), trying to reach as many people as possible.  The sessions will run once a month in each location between 11am – 1pm.  As these sessions are only for a trial period, the Legion would be grateful if local organisations could display one of the posters to promote the service to help get the word out that they are happening.


Download the poster.

Meets National Minimum Wage

To cover maternity leave (6 months)

Monday to Friday 22.5 hrs per week

Closing Date: Monday 2nd April 2018


Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd is looking for a versatile and reliable Administration Assistant to work within a busy community hub providing a wide array of services in a fast paced setting.

NCEL is a small charity operating out of Stobhill, Morpeth, Northumberland and running various community initiatives throughout the region which aim to tackle social and economic issues faced by local people, especially those who are: elderly, disabled, and/or disadvantaged. The successful applicant needs to be dynamic and versatile.

Download the person specification and job description.

CV's and cover letters should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Family Gateway logo     Macmillan logo


Role: Family Entrepreneur (x 2)

Project: Macmillan Families and Cancer project

Contract: Full time, permanent

Salary: £17,394 per annum (fte) from 1st April 2018


Closing Date: Friday 23rd March 2018




Family Gateway is an established and award-winning charity working in North Tyneside, South Tyneside and South-East Northumberland with a clear focus on improving life chances for the most vulnerable families and children in disadvantaged communities. We do this using our evidence-based ‘barefoot professional’ model to engage, support and progress families who have barriers to accessing and working with other services.

Our company’s mission is to be at the forefront of improving life chances for children and families through the development of community-led solutions.

We are delighted that we have been granted an expansion to our existing Macmillan Families and Cancer project, an exciting and innovative new 2-year action research project which is currently operational in North and South Tyneside and will now be extended to south-east Northumberland.

The Macmillan Families and Cancer project was launched in September 2017 and has engaged and supported whole families in disadvantaged communities who are struggling to cope with a cancer diagnosis on top of their other underlying difficulties. It works closely with Macmillan Cancer Support professionals, other health professionals and services, and the wider community sector to ensure that we can more fully understand the issues and barriers that impact children in those families.

The roles

We are seeking to appoint 2 Family Entrepreneurs; the successful candidates will work alongside the existing Family Entrepreneurs, our part time administrator and the job-shared Programme Manager post. The Family Entrepreneurs will deliver support to families in disadvantaged communities who are living with cancer and whose children’s life chances are likely to be impacted through cancer.

In order to apply you will have preferably completed the Family Gateway Community Awareness training or be prepared to do so soon after recruitment. You will have experienced the difficulties that cancer can bring to a family living with disadvantage and other complex issues and you will be experienced in working to support whole families with children. You will be empathetic and challenging and will have a natural passion for supporting others and developing new approaches to complex situations. You must have a current enhanced DBS and meet the person specification on the job description below.

To receive an application form and a job description / person specification please contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like an informal discussion about this role please contact Operations and Research Manager Nicola Sugden by 16th March 2018 on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a call. Please note Nicola works part time.

Applicants will be issued with a standard application form to complete; please note that the closing date for this job is Friday 23rd March 2018.

To find out more about Family Gateway and our work please visit our website


Full Circle


Salary: £23088 pro rata re 28 hours per week actual £17472.00

2 year fixed term contract due to end 02/2020.

Part Time/Job Share considered

Hours per Week: 28 to be worked flexibly with occasional evening /weekend working (Job share: 2x 14 hour posts)

Location: Hirst Welfare Ashington NE63 9HN


Closing date: 5pm on 21st March 2018


Based in Ashington Northumberland, the Full Circle Food Project is seeking to fill a vacancy for qualified Youth Project/Community Worker/s to deliver a range of Grow Cook Feed Projects mainly in South East Northumberland. This interesting and varied role would be ideal for someone experienced in delivering cookery and /or gardening projects in the community.

Experience of delivering high quality structured activities/projects to young people and families is essential plus a willingness to work flexibly to meet the needs of the role. Experience in recruiting retaining and managing volunteers is also required.

Working as part of a small team the successful applicant/s will need to be self-motivated with a positive attitude, be able to work on their own initiative with minimal supervision and possess excellent communication skills.

Should you wish to discuss this vacancy prior to applying, please call Project Manager, Vanessa Proudlock on 07467 957950.

To request an application pack please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The successful applicant/s will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure and barring check and to obtain a Level 3 Food Hygiene Certificate ASAP on appointment if they do not already possess this qualification.


Download the Person Specification and Job Description.

Adapt logo


Competitive salary

Working hours: Monday to Friday


Adapt (NE) has an exciting opportunity for an experienced, enthusiastic cook/manager to run the Community Cafe at its Burn Lane site. The cafe is part of the new development which will also include a Centre for Independence, Changing Places changing room and internet access.

If you would like to apply or find out more, please contact Liz Prudhoe, Director, in the first instance on: 01434 600599 for an informal discussion.

Northumberland CVA has been asked to continue delivery of Northumberland County Council's VCS Support Services commission for a further year while they consult on the future of funding for support services for the sector beyond 2019. If you'd like to read about our delivery on the Commission so far please take a look at the review document.

   For the next year April 2018 to March 2019 we are planning to deliver the same services as previously commissioned. If you would like to discuss any aspect of these services please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01670 858688.

Northumberland County Council is committed to maintaining the continued development of a vibrant, independent and sustainable Voluntary and Community sector that will work in partnership with the Council and other partners to ensure the best outcomes for individuals and communities of place, interest and identity in Northumberland.

The Council is now looking ahead and consulting on the future funding for support services for the sector. This will inform the Council’s budget process for 2019/20.

The purpose of this Consultation is to:

  • find out what you think about the proposals
  • identify your priorities and concerns
  • help shape the outcomes of the future commissions

The consultation will run for eight weeks until Friday 2nd March.  You can access the consultation document and the online survey using the links below:

If you need a hard copy of the survey or in an alternative format please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please return hard copy survey to Policy and Research Team, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland. NE61 2EF.
Alternatively, you can ring up and complete the survey over the telephone - (01670) 620307
Kirsten Francis,
Principal Policy Officer Tel (01670) 624741
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Please see a letter below from Newcaslte City Council, North Tyneside Council and Northumberland County Council regarding the next stage of devolution:


Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to let you know that the process of implementing our plans for devolution for North of Tyne has moved into its next phase.

In November, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils agreed with Government a ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal for the North of Tyne.

The deal offers unprecedented new powers and funding to the area, including a £600 million investment fund. This investment and new powers are expected to generate £1.1 billion for the local economy, create 10,000 new jobs and leverage £2.1 billion in private sector investment.

The Cabinets of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils met at the beginning of the week and agreed to start the process of implementing a devolution deal for the North of Tyne.


In order for our three councils to accept and implement the deal they must:

  • come out of the current North East Combined Authority (NECA), which comprises Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland
  • create a new mayoral combined authority for the North of Tyne area
  • create a joint transport committee to oversee public transport arrangements across the whole of the North East

Our three councils have published a scheme that sets out our proposals for changing the way the seven North East councils work together on economic development, regeneration and transport matters, and for devolving new powers to the North of Tyne. Those plans include creating a new combined authority for the North of Tyne, led by an elected mayor, to manage a range of devolved powers that will help to improve the quality and availability of housing, support infrastructure and help increase the number of residents moving into work in the area.


Have your say

Views are now being sought on the proposals in the Scheme and how the new arrangements will work.

The consultation will open on Thursday 14 December and close on Monday 5 February 2018. Views can be given online at ; in writing or at a series of events in January. Details of the consultation events will be announced in the New Year and you will receive more information about them in due course.

This consultation is the next step in our devolution journey and an important stage in getting devolved powers and funding to the North of Tyne. It is vital local people and organisations get involved, have their say and think about how we can all contribute to creating a better tomorrow for all our communities.

We want as many views as possible represented in this consultation so would be grateful for your participation and valuable contribution to this important process.


Cllr. Nick Forbes
Leader, Newcastle City Council

Cllr. Peter Jackson
Leader, Northumberland CC

Norma Redfern
Elected Mayor of North Tyneside