Julie, from Hexham, recieving her tablet
Hexham Community Partnership exists to promote the well-being and prosperity of the town. We run large annual events, support community projects and encourage visitors to spend time in Hexham's fantastic shops, heritage sites and eateries.
Much of work in the community is delivered through the No. 28 project, located in a Karbon Homes house on an estate in East Hexham, an area where residents face significant social and financial challenges. In normal times, we host some activities, including the Tynedale Lion’s Men’s Shed, a garden project, the Credit Union and face to face digital skills training offered by ourselves and Community Action Northumberland (CAN).
But, says Operations Manager Jez Light, “thanks to Northumberland CVA’s Connecting Communities fund we’ve been able to develop new projects that have already started to benefit the people of Hexham.
“Our "Click and Connect” digital project provides those most in need of a device and/or data to tackle unemployment or social isolation. We’ve also supported a local Middle School with the loan of devices to help children learn online, and have used the funding as matched funding for a larger bid to the NCC Community Chest, so we now have an additional £6,000 to invest in the project to benefit people in Hexham and also more remote locations in Tynedale/West Northumberland with onsite training sessions, devices and data.
"The funding has allowed us to commission a volunteer opportunity browsing website for our Volunteer Hub that matches volunteers to local opportunities according to interests and availability and provides alerts on new matches. We are keen to have this ready for the anticipated surge in people wanting to get out and about while volunteering. We’re particularly keen to attract opportunities that break the traditional mould of ‘vofindlunteering’. So we’ll list litter-picking and stewarding opportunities but also look for new and exciting opportunities for the young, the socially-excluded and those looking to develop and share existing skills and leadership qualities.
"The third project to benefit is the free Festival of Flame community event at Hexham Abbey. Fire gardens, art installations and over a thousand candles in the Abbey create a visual feast, with toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and live music enhancing the experience. The ambition this year is for the Festival to grow from its heart in Hexham, expounding into Tynedale and ultimately across Hadrian’s Wall."
Watch this space...