CA Northumberland


Contract: Fixed term until March 2018 through funding from the Money Advice Service (The current expectation is that funding will continue beyond this date)

Hours: Full time or part time  

Salary: £20,459 to £23,166 depending on experience

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 5 September 2017

Interview date: Tuesday 12 September 2017


Citizens Advice Northumberland is looking for an experienced debt caseworker to help provide a high quality debt and money management advice service to clients from across Northumberland through telephone/digital channels and community based outreach work. You will need to be able to demonstrate good communication skills and a commitment to the delivery of a high quality service. Ideally you will have recent and substantial experience of providing debt advice to Advice Quality Standard but we will consider offering this as a training post to an experienced generalist adviser with the relevant skills and qualities and the ability to train quickly.

The successful applicant will have strong numerical and financial skills, significant experience of using a computer based recording and monitoring system, the ability to manage his or her workload and to work to targets in a pressurised environment. Experience in other advice areas, particularly benefits would be an advantage.

To apply, you must complete an application form. CV’s will not be considered.

To request an application pack please contact Jane Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 01670 853823. Alternatively, please write, enclosing an A4 stamped addressed envelope to: Jane Brown, Citizens Advice Northumberland (Ashington Office), 89-91 Station Road, Ashington, NE63 8RS.

Silx Teen Bar


Salary: £10 - £11.30 per hour (Depending on qualifications and experience)

Contract: 1 year Fixed term with view to extend based on funding

Closing date: 15th September 2017

Location: Blyth



People and Drugs (Silx Teen Bar Youth Service) is the largest youth delivery provider in the Blyth area and is looking to appoint a team of Part Time Detached Workers and Centre Based Workers in order to develop youth work on the streets of Blyth and to complement the very popular and successful centre based provision at our Teen Bar.

We are looking to appoint two detached workers and two centre based workers with a remit of making contact with young people who use the street as a means of recreation, and to be part of our centre based team of workers.

The purpose of the posts is to work very closely with the Senior Youth Worker and team of centre base workers and to assist in the development of the organisation’s vision and offer of provision for the young people of Blyth. Further information about our charity can be found by downloading our annual report and leaflets from our website: 

To apply: Please send your completed application form by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to Silx Teen Bar, 5 Church St, Blyth, NE24 1BG. If you have any questions or would like to request a printed copy of the application pack, please telephone 01670 351356.


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Salary: £14,625 per annum (pro-rata)

Hours: 30+ hours

Duration: Permanent Role

Closing Date: 24th August 2017

Interviews to take place on 29th August 2017.


Age UK Northumberland is a values-led independent local charity which provides services for older adults across Northumberland through the commitment and hard work of over 250 employees and 100 regular volunteers.

Integral to and common with all Age UK’s is our central free information, advice and advocacy service. Other complementary services and activities are designed to meet local needs and currently include: day care provision and extensive domiciliary personal care services, a range of exercise classes and activities as well as falls prevention classes, lunch clubs and a range of friendship groups.

We are looking to recruit a HR Administrative Assistant to support Age UK Northumberland’s management team with HR administration. The ideal candidate will possess an NVQ 2 business admin (or equivalent) and must have at least one year’s experience in a similar role.

Age UK Northumberland can offer a competitive salary and generous annual leave entitlement rising with service. We operate a contributory pension scheme (6% maximum matched employer funding) an on-site small but well equipped gym and subsidised café within centrally based, convenient modern offices, which are also accessed by the public.

To request an application pack please contact Angela Clough on 01670-784820.  For an informal discussion contact: Helen Mills - CEO; call 01670 784810 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note if you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date, you have not been short-listed for this position. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Registered Charity No. 1072394



New European Social Fund (ESF) funding opportunities have been launched which may be of interest to voluntary and community sector groups in Northumberland.  The funding available is part of the European Structural Investment Fund which is available to the region and focuses on employability and skills. 

The deadlines for the Outline Application are very tight so please review the call closure deadline on each call.  The calls are focusing on:

1. North East Employment Support for Young People 18- 29 

ESF investment through this call is focussed on providing support to increase employment for young people aged 18-29 who are unemployed and claim out of-work benefits or who are workless and not claiming a benefit. 
Projects responding to this call should deliver activities in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland areas only and should not include participants resident in Durham. 
Indicative Funding Allocation: Approximately £3,000,000 ESF 
Call Closes: 25th September 2017
(The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £150,000 of European Social Funding to any single project).

2. North East Ambition Pilot - Strategic Framework

Proposals should focus on tackling the education challenges faced in the North East by setting up and implementing a strategic framework which will bring together educators, businesses and local communities to help transform the education system to meet industry needs.
Indicative Fund Allocation: Approximately £3,000,000 ESF 
Call Closes: 23 October 2017.
(The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £50,000 (or figure can be higher but not less than £50k) of European Social Funding to any single project).

3. North East Ambition Pilot - Tailored Training

‘North East Ambition Pilot - Developing and Delivering Tailored Training for Employees in Education Establishments’ launched simultaneously and expected to align with the 2.2 North East Ambition Pilot Strategic Framework Call. Proposals should focus on providing leadership and management skills development for individuals who are in, or moving to leadership roles within North East LEP area education establishments. Indicative Fund Allocation: Approximately £3,000,000 ESF 
Call Closes: 23rd October 2017 (The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £300,000 of European Social Funding to any single project although, mindful of the expected call value in the Transitional Region, slightly smaller proposals may be considered if their focus of activity is Durham.)


4. North East Specialist Support for Unemployed / Inactive 

Projects will provide intensive support to unemployed and inactive residents with health conditions acting as barriers to labour market participation through provision of tailored and integrated health and work support. Also additional intensive support to unemployed and inactive residents aged 50+ who have a health condition and/or other barriers preventing them from entering the labour market. Projects can apply for one or both of the proposed areas of activity under this call. Indicative Fund Allocation: Approximately £6,000,000 ESF 

Call Closes: 23rd October 2017
(The Managing Authority does not intend to allocate less than £150,000 of European Social Funding to any single project.)


5. Digital Skills  


Proposals will be expected to support digital skills development within the digital /tech sector and/or across the general workforce where this enhances opportunities for job progression and development.

Proposals should focus on addressing the specific digital skills gaps experienced by employers.

Indicative Fund Allocation: Approximately £20,000,000 ESF 

Call Closes: 23rd October 2017

(Applications would be expected that request a minimum of £500,000 of ESF: however, mindful of the expected call value in the Transitional Region, smaller proposals would be considered if their main focus of activity is Durham.)


The specification for this call has been amended as the original stated - under heading Element 2 - that the focus was on those employed in the tech/digital sector.  This should have referred to a focus on all sectors.  DWP have corrected this and the link below is to the revised version.

Further details on all calls can be found at (Select Fund State - Open, Location: North East)  


BOOK A PLACE - ESF Funding Opportunities Briefing Session 

The Northumberland Technical Assistance Team at Northumberland County Council will also be hosting an ESF call information event on Thursday 17th August here at County Hall, Morpeth. This will provide prospective applicants a briefing of the calls now launched, what areas they will address and how a potential application for funding should be approached.  There will also be time for questions and networking and to speak to the TA team directly.  
Thursday 17th August 2017, 10.00 - 12.00
County Hall, Northumberland County Council.
Please click on the link below to register for a place.

North East Migration Partnership


Alison Robinson, North East Migration Partnership Officer, has shared some useful resources:

Alison has also made an offer of free ESOL training for volunteers in the form of a 2 or 3 hour session based on her extensive experience of working with Pre-Entry learners, and any other help she can offer in her role as regional ESOL Coordinator, especially with regards to Syrian learners.

Contact: Alison Robinson, North East Migration Partnership Officer at Middlesbrough Council by calling 01642 729451 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Flexible hours, including evenings and weekends

Salary: £20,661 per annum

Closing date: Monday 21 August


Woodhorn Charitable Trust is an independent charity which manages Woodhorn Museum, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Hexham Old Gaol and Moothall and Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum.


We are looking to recruit a Venue Hire Manager who will be responsible for developing and delivering the Trust's vision for functions, weddings and commercial events. This is a demanding but rewarding role that requires excellent organisational and communication skills, exceptional attention to detail and the passion to go the extra mile for our customers. To succeed, you will need to be self-motivated, flexible, have a hands-on approach, and the ability to work well under pressure, as part of a team and under your own initiative. Experience in venue hire and events management, ideally in the cultural sector, will be advantageous.


For the full job description and person specification, please click here. You should also view the guidance notes (click here) and accompany your application with a completed declaration form (click here). All of these documents are also available to download on the website at


A CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted to Woodhorn Museum by the closing date of Monday 21 August. For an informal discussion on the role, please contact the Admin and Finance Office on 01670 624451.




£26,804 pro rata for 22.5 hours per week (0.61 FTE)

Maternity cover for approximately 6 months starting in October 2017

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check

Closing Date: Noon on Monday, 31 July 2017


North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA) supports volunteers and the voluntary and community sector within the borough. Their Volunteer Centre Manager will be covering maternity leave from October and, consequently, they will require someone to backfill his post.


Our NCVO Quality Accredited Volunteer Centre is one of the region’s leading brokerage services for people wishing to volunteer with charities and voluntary organisations within North Tyneside and adjacent boroughs. We pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive service for potential volunteers of all ages from 15 years onwards and have seen continuous growth in volunteering for more than a decade. Working with a range of partner organisations we have a small but dedicated staff team of who have a reputation for going the extra mile. 

The Volunteer Centre Manager provides effective and efficient management of the Volunteer Centre, ensuring a co-ordinated approach delivers positive outcomes for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Key objectives are to increase the quality, quantity and diversity of volunteers and volunteering opportunities across North Tyneside. There are three elements to this position centring on strategic work, operational matters and the general management of the Volunteer Centre and its staff.

To be considered for the post you must have a clear, in-depth understanding of strategic policy issues relating to volunteering at a local, regional and national level and be able to co-ordinate effective responses that adhere to good practice. You will have several years’ experience of working with a range of volunteers during which you will have delivered training and presentations and been instrumental in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation methods. Being able to manage all aspects of a project, including staff and budgets, is essential to the smooth running of the Volunteer Centre.

This role requires you to be adept at multi-tasking and being able to manage several projects each with its own unique demands. You will use all you communication, organisational and financial management skills to co-ordinate the effective and efficient operation of the Volunteer Centre and its pivotal role within VODA as a whole. 

If you feel you have the right blend of skills, knowledge and experience to make a success of this role then please download an application pack or contact us to be sent a pack.

You can also write to us at VODA, Queen Alexandra Campus, Hawkeys Lane, North Shields NE29 9BZ. Please do not submit a CV as it will not be considered.

Deadline for completed applications: Noon on Monday, 31 July 2017. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS criminal records check.



North East Equality Awards



Equality North East is proud to announce that the 2017 North East Equality Awards is open for applications.

In 2017 North East Equality Awards celebrates 14 years of outstanding equality and diversity practices across the public, private and not for profit sectors.

Since 1997 Equality North East has had the privilege to work with some fantastic organisations and individuals who are committed to creating a fairer future for all.

The past twelve months have seen some dramatic political changes both here at home and on the international front. The result of the U.S. Presidential election continues to adversely impact on the inclusion agenda across all aspects of society, and will undoubtedly create uncertainties likely to affect us all.

This year the event is at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead on the evening of 19th October 2017. We’ll celebrate those businesses and organisations thriving in an increasingly competitive economy who demonstrate diversity and inclusion make sound business sense.

Applications are invited for the following award categories:

  • Organisations up to 50 staff
  • Organisations between 51 and 250 staff
  • Educational & Training Organisations up to 50 staff
  • Educational & Training Organisations over 50 staff
  • Larger Organisations Making a Difference in the Community
  • Individuals Making a Difference
  • Groups Making a Difference
  • TUC Improving Working Lives Award
  • Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities

Details on how to make an application for the awards can be found online at

Closing date for applications is Friday 18th August 2017

Equality North East will be hosting support days for applicants to receive guidance and advice on completing applications. Please see the Equality North East website for further information

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Salary: £7.75per hour (review pending)

1 year Fixed term contract, with possibility of extension

Closing Date: 5pm Thursday 20th July 2017



Administrative Officer required for busy and rapidly expanding Disability & Community Transport Charity based in Alnwick.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated experienced Administrative Officer to work within our dynamic team.

Working part-time (initially 20hrs per week subject to review). We are looking for an enthusiastic worker with the ability to respond positively and creatively to the needs of our team and service users. The successful candidate must possess excellent time management skills, a working knowledge of an office environment and be competent in Microsoft Office Word and Excel.

Immediate start preferable

Application packs from Colin Kirkham, North East Equality & Diversity (NEED) Ltd Alnwick Fire Station, South Road, Alnwick. NE66 2PA. Tel: 01665 605780

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Closing Date for applications: 5pm Thursday 20th July 2017

Interviews to be held Friday 28th July & Monday 31st July 2017