CA Northumberland


Hours: 18.5 hours per week

Salary: £23,166pa pro rata

Closing date: Monday 23 July 2018

Interview date: Monday 30 July 2018

This a temporary post to provide maternity cover.  


Citizens Advice Northumberland is looking for an experienced and pro-active welfare benefits adviser to help deliver advice and casework services in SE Northumberland.    

You will need to demonstrate good communication skills and a commitment to the delivery of a high quality service. Ideally you will have recent and significant experience of providing welfare benefits advice to Advice Quality Standard.

We will consider applicants with advice experience who have the right skills and qualities and who are interested in developing their experience and skills in welfare benefits (at a salary to be negotiated)   


How 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 by telephone on 07384 510724 alternatively, please write, enclosing an A4 stamped addressed envelope to: Jane Brown,

Citizens Advice Northumberland,

89-91 Station Road,

Ashington NE63 8RS


Citizens Advice Northumberland is committed to equal opportunities.



Healthwatch Northumberland is looking to recruit up to 4 lay people from communities across the county to its Board.

This is an exciting time to become involved in Healthwatch. As the landscape of health and social care continues to change, you will use your local knowledge to help us develop strategies to influence and work with commissioners and providers to improve the experiences and outcomes for adults, young people, children and communities who use health and social care services.

Interested?   Download an information pack and application form at

For more information, contact Derry Nugent on: 03332 408468 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on 3 August 2018 , with interviews taking place on 21 August 2018

Carers Northumberland



Salary: £36,153 - £40,858

Hours: Full-Time (37 hours per week)

Based at: Central Office, 107-109 Station Road, Ashington, NE63 8RS

Closing date for applications: 5.00pm. July 27th 2018

Interviews are expected to be held on August 14th or August 15th 2018


Carers Northumberland is seeking a Chief Executive to lead the organisation.   The postholder will be creative and proactive in leading the continuous development of the charity and in delivering the Board’s vision through achievement of the Strategic Plan. Reporting to and supporting the Trustee Board you will facilitate good and effective professional working relationships with staff, trustees and stakeholders. As a leader, you will be able to develop the team to deliver innovative, effective services for carers in Northumberland.

You will be able to demonstrate a sound management background in the voluntary sector, understanding of the health and social care sector, and have the ability to develop effective external relationships, together with a knowledge of and commitment to carer issues, good interpersonal skills, a strong commitment to inclusive team-working and the ability to adopt a flexible, innovative approach to both the work and to colleagues. You must be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.

To request an application pack please telephone 01670 320018 for hard copy, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application pack can be made available in other formats upon request. For an informal chat, contact Sharon Spurling 01670 320021.

Please note that if you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date, you have not been shortlisted for interview.

Reg. Charity no: 1122972



28 - 30 hours per week to be negotiated with successful candidate

£13,525 (£15,780 FTE)

Based in South East Northumberland

Fixed term funding until 31st January 2020

Closing Date: Monday 9th July at 9am

Interviews: Wednesday 11th July


Cygnus Support is looking to recruit an experienced, motivated and dynamic administrator to join the team. Cygnus Support is a vibrant charity with a strong reputation as a professional emotional wellbeing service, offering talking therapies, education and support to individuals across Northumberland. 

We pride ourselves on offering a professional service that is sensitive and engaging to the diverse needs of client groups, so our administrator will need to be outgoing and have a positive outlook. The role is comprehensive and varied and will require someone with a high degree of multitasking and time management capability.  As the administrator you will play an integral role across the service and will be key to the smooth running of the day to day activity, so attention to detail and an adaptability to all areas of the role are essential. 

Any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check. 

To request an application form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , telephone 01670 853977 or write to Cygnus Support 1, Council Road, Ashington, NE63 8RZ.

As a small charity with limited resources we are only able to contact candidates who have been shortlisted  for interview

Hours: 30 hours per week

Term: 12 month fixed term contract with the potential for extension subject to funding 

Salary: £27,668 pro rata

Clsing date: 5pm on Friday 22nd June 2018


Full Circle Food Project was established in 2013 and became a registered charity in 2014. We educate people living in Northumberland about growing food to eat, healthy eating on a budget; and supporting people to live healthier lives.  

We require a Project Manager who will work alongside our project worker and drive forward the development of the organisation. 

The role comprises of project management, partnership working, developing and managing contracts & funding awards, raising our profile and building relationships with external organisations, community development, as well as monitoring, evaluation and administration.  

For Further Information & an application pack, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fixed-term contract: 2 July - 15 October 2018
Salary: £2,701 total (equal to £19,000pa pro-rata) 
Application deadline: Monday 4 June (midnight) 

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator to manage the recruitment, training, scheduling, coordination and evaluation of Volunteers for the 14th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 September 2018). Every year the Festival recruits a large team of volunteers without whom the Festival wouldn't be possible. BFMAF's Volunteer Team is the face of the Festival and undertake a range of vital tasks including stewarding exhibitions and film screenings, staffing information desks, supporting live music events as well as helping to gather audience feedback. 

We are seeking an organised and experienced person to work alongside the Festival team to ensure the smooth delivery of Volunteer activity, and an enjoyable and positive experience for all volunteers.  For further information, job description and how to apply, please click here.

A new social enterprise, currently being set up, is looking for board members.

Ecotherapy takes counselling outdoors in to an environment that is proven to be physically and psychologically beneficial.  Founder, Chip Ponsford is currently running the first Ecotherapy Group for Men Suffering with Depression, which has been funded by various local trusts and foundations via NDAS (Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services).  This six month project offers overwhelmed and socially isolated men a place in which they can safely begin to re-connect with their own experiences, with each other, and with the natural environment.  The project is now half way through and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Download the flyer.

A meeting will be held on a Friday in June for people interested in joining the Board. The meeting will be facilitated by Anne Lawson who works for Northumberland County Council advising on the set-up of social enterprises. It will be an opportunity to hear more about Ecotherapy, and ascertain what skills and experience people can offer in relation to what is needed for the enterprise to proceed to make it robust enough an organisation to apply for significant funding.

Chip said: "My initial plans are to grow this project, which is currently the only one of its kind in the UK, and to train counsellors interested in learning about person-centred Ecotherapy."

There are currently 3 board members:


  • Chip Ponsford (MBACP Accred) is a person-centred counsellor and supervisor with particular interest in and experience of working therapeutically with men outdoors. Whilst living in London, he facilitated a group for men convicted of serious offences at Katherine Price Hughes House in 2012;  worked with male torture survivors at The Refugee Therapy Centre, London; and with people with psychological distress and diagnoses in a number of settings including at Islington MIND, Highbury Counselling Centre, The Maytree Sanctuary for the suicidal. In 2015 he relocated to the North East so he could develop his outdoor work and private practice.


  • Richard Bliss is a freelance artist and arts project manager. He is currently working on The Quest for the Perfect Shirt, an Arts Council England funded project exploring masculinity, one shirt at a time. He is project managing community events associated with Our Petals are Kisses, the major exhibition by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid at Baltic (as part of The Great Exhibition of the North). Previous work includes working for Northern Stage (Newcastle) as Director of Communications, and Communications Officer forNorthern Arts/Arts Council England; project manager, performer and workshop leader for Queer Up North, Equal Arts, bait and Cultural Spring. In 2008 Richard founded the Community Interest Company Projects Galore and was Creative Director until 2018, when Richard left the company to pursue his own artistic projects. Richard served on the Board of Ballet Lorent for over 10 years, and was chair of the Board for 5 years. In 2016 Richard re-trained and spent over two years as a Domestic Abuse Practitioner (IDVA) Men and Boys for Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services. It was during this time that he raised funds for my current Ecotherapy project.


  • Andrew Calcott has thirty-three years experience working in mental health for the NHS. Prior to this, he was a clinical lead in Community Mental Health Crisis and Self Harm Services.  He is a Registered Mental Nurse and from 2009 he worked as a Psychological Therapist in Northumberland Primary Care mental health service. He has trained in person-centred counselling, behavioural psychotherapy and (in 2006) an MA in Solution Focused Brief Therapy. He was the chair of the UK Association for Solution Focused Practice. Bringing knowledge of NHS mental health services as well as clinical governance and safe practice, Andrew will be helping us connect with NHS services in the area in order to bring in referrals.


  • Rab Erskine is not a board member, but is a crucial part of this enterprise as a co-facilitator. He is a person-centred counsellor with 32 years' experience of working therapeutically outdoors.  He has run a counselling service in primary care for the last twenty two years. From 1995 to 2005, Rab ran a small company offering short term residential ‘Wilderness Based” therapeutic experiences to individuals and groups referred from social work, education and NHS secondary care referrers. From 2005 to 2016 he was commissioned to run the Going Places project for the Borders NHS Adult Mental Health Psychiatric rehabilitation Service. Rab is a practitioner member of Cosca  (Confederation of Scottish Counselling agencies).


Chip and Rab are planning to publish in the PCEP Journal - wapcepc ( which will include a robust description of the rational behind this unique project.  They are also members of the Pre-Therapy International Network and will be presenting their work to the network in Ghent, Belgium in October 2018.

They are looking for a minimum of 2 more trustees with an interest in men’s mental health and nature and with skills such as:

  • Finance
  • PR / Marketing
  • Legal/governance
  • Operations - (contact for things not dealt with elsewhere - ‘firefighting’)
  • Policies and procedures
  • Strategic and business planning 
  • Stakeholder engagement - ensure org is fulfilling needs of stakeholders + stays ‘real and effective’


If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Location: Community Enterprise Centre, Blyth, Northumberland                            

Hours: 25 hours per week, fixed term post until Dec 31st 2018.

Salary: £13,000 per annum

Deadline for Applications: Tuesday 5th June 2018, 9am.

Interview Date: Tuesday 12th June 2018


We are looking for a reliable Office Administrator. They will undertake administrative tasks, ensuring the rest of the team has adequate support to work efficiently.

Further tasks include bookkeeping, coordinating education provision and supporting the team to generate income. The ideal candidate will be competent in prioritising and working with little supervision. They will be self-motivated and trustworthy.

The office administrator ensures smooth running of our company’s offices and contributes in driving sustainable growth.

Post could be extended, depending on further funding. Hours to be agreed between the successful applicant and CEO (On rare occasions, may need to accommodate some weekend and evening requirements).


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If you have any questions about this application, please email Tracy Machnicki on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


19.5 hours per week school summer holidays
3.5 hours per week term time Saturdays
6.5 hours per week May & October half term holidays
Additional enabling hours are also available on request
Payrate is £7.38 to £7.90 per hour depending on experience
Closing date for applications is 1st July 2018

Wecan is a small local charity based in Hexham, Northumberland supporting children and young people with additional and complex health needs to access leisure activities and events in the community.
With the approach of our annual Summer Scheme, we are currently seeking Support Workers who are available to work during the school summer holiday period to assist the children and young people to access activities and participate in socialisation with peers, support may also include elements of personal care.
Applicants will ideally hold or be working towards an NVQ (or equivalent) in a Childcare related subject.  A current valid DBS certificate is preferable but not essential.
For an Application Pack please contact Mrs Hayley Armstrong on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07741 480188.


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