As you are aware Northumberland CVA is already closed to the public.  However, following the government’s latest guidance and the announcement by Boris Johnson last night, Monday 23rd March, Northumberland CVA staff will be working from home from 25th March 2020.

We shall continue to provide as close to normal a level of service as is practically possible, and we will be publishing staff telephone numbers and email addresses in due course. 

Please visit our website for regular updates:





Northumberland CVA is a community based organisation providing a number of services to the voluntary and community sector throughout Northumberland.  Much of our work requires us to work with and for the community.  However we are mindful of our responsibilities to our staff and our volunteers in working to limit the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.

As a first step, we will be closing the office to the general public from Wednesday 18th March 2020, until the end of April, when we will review the current situation.

All external bookings for the conference room will be cancelled.  

As much of the work Northumberland CVA undertakes is public facing and involves working with individuals and communities, we will be stopping all face to face support and meetings.

However, we will endeavour to continue to provide both telephone and email communication with groups and individuals.

We recognise that as an infrastructure organisation we may be called upon to co-ordinate responses to the current crisis and we are currently contacting all VCSE organisations to see if we can co-ordinate a central point for people to be able to access information and advice.

Northumberland CVA will monitor the situation for office cover and it is likely in the coming days we may have to have more staff working from home. If this changes because people are ill, self-isolating or having to care for children if schools close we will let you know.

In the meantime, please continue to contact us on 01670 858688 or use your usual email address

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Northumberland CVA will be running a new series of six, 6-week courses to support individuals to develop important skills to help them find work.

Northumberland CVA has received funding from the Coalfields Generation Trust to deliver the new SkillsUNeed training that will help participants write the perfect CV, carry out effective job searches, complete engaging application forms and learn how to be successful at interview. The training will also help participants prepare for work and manage on a budget.

Find out more.

We are excited to be part of a new partnership between local infrastructure organisations that has been formed to help charities across the region to protect vulnerable people and will allow us to offer greater support around safeguarding to groups across Northumberland.

Safer Culture North East, a partnership between Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE), Connected VoiceNorthumberland CVACatalyst Stockton on Tees and ourselves will champion safeguarding and help charities across the region to embed best practice.

The group has been awarded £115K in funding by the National Lottery Community Fund (The Fund) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to deliver regular training sessions to voluntary organisations and work with local safeguarding networks. The project will also raise awareness of a new online safeguarding tool, launched last week, which offers charities a helpful step by step decision-making tool for those with concerns about someone’s conduct within their organisation.

Find out more.


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Alnwick Castle


Alnwick Castle is playing host to fifteen different funders at a countywide funding fair organised by Northumberland Community Voluntary Action.

On Thursday 5th March 2020; against the backdrop of the historic castle; local, regional and national funders will be attending to provide advice and support to community groups and charities in order to help them secure funding for projects, services and core costs.

Marc Johnson, Funding Officer at Northumberland CVA said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to speak directly to the funders about your project and the difference your organisation makes in your community. The funders are always interested in speaking to representatives from a range of different projects – from very small local activities to large countywide or regional projects.”

Find out more.



Face to face networking takes time.  Opportunities are not always available at a time and place that suits everyone and besides, it's often just too difficult to justify the time out of the office.

Northumberland VINe could be the solution you're looking for.

Volunteer, trustee, CEO, team leader, manager, or officer; Whatever your role in Northumberland's voluntary and community sector, you can be part of the conversation on the VINe.
Through the Northumberland VINe (Voluntary (Sector) Information Network) you can raise issues, promote activities & events, offer support and develop greater partnership working, or simply discuss the weather.Once you become a member you'll be able to send emails to a dedicated email address, which will then automatically send them to every other member. You can choose to receive emails immediately or as a daily digest.
To join the conversation, simply send us your name and email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NCVO has now published the final ‘charity ethical principles’ that aim to support charities, their governing bodies, and those who work and volunteer in and with them in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts, and make charities a safer place.
The document is intended to enable; it draws together and underpins what many charities do already, and which all charities aspire to do.  The principles set out a framework for the ethical execution of charitable purpose, regardless of the charity’s size, type or area of operation. They can help charities in their decision making and in developing relevant policies and procedures.
The principles are voluntary.  They should be viewed as a benchmark of good practice, and are complementary to existing sector codes.  They set standards that are often higher than those required by law.  Read the principles online or download as a PDF (115KB).

North East charities are currently being targeting by scammers.
Someone will phone to thank you for your involvement or support of some vague community initiative – it may be crime and safety, health, education, etc. – and will thank you on behalf of one of the emergency services.  They will then tell you that they are going to publicise the success of the initiative by distributing a magazine to every house in your area and they will ask you to help contribute to the cost by placing a full or half page advert, which needs to be pre-paid.  Once you send the money, of course, you hear no more.
Please make sure that your staff, particularly your finance teams, are aware of this scam.

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We're launching a new magazine-style newsletter this month.

Our first issue is full of news about what we've been up to recently and also introduces you to all the members of our team, with a short bio on each. Four Corners will be published twice per year in July and March so along with our Annual Review, which is published in November, you can expect a publication every four months.

Download Issue 1 of Four Corners.

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