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Thursday 11th February 2021, 10.30am- 11.30am

Location: Virtual Zoom meeting


We are pleased to have Pete Barret from the Community Foundation Tyne and Wear & Northumberland join us for a chat about this funding opportunity.

Come along and find out about the Fund, hear more about the Community Foundation, get some tips and advice on making an application and share your own thoughts and ideas.

This Fund is open to communities and organisations within 5km of the windfarm, which includes Widdrington Station and the surrounding villages. Find out more to see if this is for you.

For an informal chat and to register a place, please contact our Development Worker, Martin Conway. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07470 596 374.

(We will send you the Zoom link in advance. If you are new to Zoom, let us know and we’ll send you a quick guide).



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Northumberland CVA is delighted to be partnering with Communities Prepared to offer free online training for Northumberland communities on managing emergencies.

Starting on February 16th and running over three consecutive weeks, these timely training webinars will provide information and guidance for Northumberland-based community volunteers on emergency response, leading a volunteer group and crisis recovery. The interactive sessions will be delivered by Communities Prepared with support from the team at Northumberland CVA and have been designed to support the incredible efforts of local community volunteers and community activists, including:

  • Flood Warden and Community Emergency Volunteer groups
  • Mutual Aid and Isolation Support groups and anyone involved in the COVID-19 response efforts
  • Committee members, trustees and volunteers from village halls, community centres and community venues

The sessions are also open to Councillors, Clerks and staff from the local Town and Parish Councils.

To find out more about the sessions and to book your free place, please visit the links below:


Incident Management Parts 1 & 2: an introduction to emergency response and guidance on building a multi-role volunteer group

February 16th (6-8:15 pm)


Crisis Recovery: explores the emergency recovery journey and the role of volunteers and Town and Parish Councils in the process

February 23rd (6-7:30 pm)


CEV Coordinator: guidance for volunteer group Coordinators and those involved in organising volunteering efforts

March 2nd (6-7:30 pm)


Crisis Recovery – a repeat of the earlier session for those unable to make the evening slot

March 3rd (12:20-2 pm)





Non-clinical volunteers are needed to support North Tyneside’s mass vaccination programme!

The new Covid-19 vaccine is now being rolled-out in North Tyneside in four mass vaccination sites across the borough. A dedicated team of NHS health professionals, aided by volunteers from across North Tyneside, is working together to deliver the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine to the most vulnerable groups (> 80 year olds first) in this initial community phase of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme rollout.

VODA is recruiting non-clinical volunteers to support the health professionals to help with the smooth running of the site and ensure the safety of the people attending and working there.

The volunteering roles include helping to steward people safely round the centres and take the role of door attendants to help manage the flow of people. They are looking for people who are calm, patient and reliable and are able to spare some time to help out.

Download the flyer or find out more at:



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Northumberland Community Voluntary Action is again working with the Community Foundation to help you be ready and apply for grants to this fund. If you are eligible, grants are available of between £750 and £10,000.


Northumberland CVA’s FREE support can offer:

  • A ‘health check’ of your governance, policies and procedures
  • Support to access the North Steads and Sisters Wind Farm Community Fund
  • Signposting to other training and workshops
  • Bid writing workshop
  • Be part of a local network of community groups
  • Help to get new groups, ideas and projects off the ground


What can you use the funding for?

  • The fund is very flexible:
  • If you have been impacted by COVID- 19 then core costs or running costs can be funded
  • Any adaptions or improvements needed to run activities within current restrictions
  • Delivery of existing or development of new community responses and services
  • Expanding digital inclusion in your community
  • Developing a project idea that requires consultancy, design, or technical support
  • Arts / creative activities, family-focused support, community events, developing community assets, educational or training activities.


Who can apply?

Constituted community groups, charities, start-up social enterprises, parish councils (Previous applicants will be considered).


Eligible communities within 3km:

  • Hadston
  • Red Row
  • South Broomhill
  • Stobswood
  • West Chevington
  • Widdrington
  • Widdrington Station


Eligible communities within 5km:

  • Acklington
  • Broomhill
  • Cresswell
  • East Thirston
  • Ellington
  • Eshott
  • Linton
  • Togston
  • Tritlington
  • Ulgham


To find out more:

For further information, and to express an interest please contact:  Martin Conway, Northumberland CVA

Tel: 01670 858 688

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supported by: The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland


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New research commissioned by the seven North East councils reveals how people across the region feel about Covid-19 and local restrictions - with over half admitting that while they want to follow the rules, they ‘find it hard’ to stick to social distancing guidelines.  

The research, involving a representative sample of residents from County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland asked residents how they feel about the current situation and what the impact is on their lives now that the region is in Tier 3.   

Key findings include:   

71% of North East residents are ‘very worried’ about the UK-wide Covid situation 

  • Over half of residents say they want to stick with social distancing guidelines but find it hard  
  • 1 in 3 find it hard to stick to household mixing rules 
  • Over a quarter of residents forget to follow social distancing rules  
  • 15% admit to deliberately bending the rules  
  • The overriding emotion felt by residents is ‘frustration’ with 50% feeling this way.

 The results have informed a major communications campaign which launches today (Wednesday 9 December), backed by the seven local councils and supported by Northumbria and County Durham Local Resilience Forums (LRF) which includes councils, third sector, NHS, blue light services and public transport bodies.  

With infection rates falling across the region and the majority of people adhering to public health and government guidance, the campaign thanks residents across the North East for all that they have done to support our communities and urges them to keep going. Local people were consulted as part of the process and contributed to the development of the campaign.   Despite the national lockdown lifting last Wednesday and Britain’s medicines regulator, the MHRA approving the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine people are being urged not to throw away all the good work by being complacent in the run up to and during Christmas.   Commenting on behalf of the seven North East Local Authorities, director of public health for County Durham and chair of the Association of Directors of Public Health North East, Amanda Healy said; “I want to thank the people of the North East for all they have done to slow the virus in our region. Residents have continued to do their bit throughout the pandemic and the fact our infection rates are falling in all areas is testament to the perseverance shown by our communities.   “But the research findings confirm that while people want to follow the rules, we all find social distancing in particular hard. Asking family and friends to socially distance for such a prolonged period is not an easy ask, but minimising close contact remains a huge factor in stopping the spread of the virus. The new campaign for our region comes at a critical time and reminds us all to keep going.  “The vaccine gives us hope but implementing the mass immunisation programme is not going to happen overnight. As Christmas approaches, it is time for celebration, but we’ve got to continue to exercise caution so that we don’t undermine all the hard work and sacrifice made to lower the R rate.  
“Winter is the busiest time of year for our hospitals and Covid adds additional pressures.   Not only that - by keeping going we protect our children’s education, our businesses, our vulnerable, the voluntary and charity sector and our NHS. By continuing to all do our bit, I hope we can return to some kind of normality sooner, rather than later.”   Brenda Naisby, from Washington, Sunderland features in the campaign. She said; “I’m on my own, in a bubble with my daughter. I have found the lockdowns very hard, particularly as I got to the end of the 12 weeks, the isolation was really getting to me. I wanted to hug my daughter and hold my grandchildren, it was heartbreaking.   “I wanted to be part of the campaign and thank the people of the North East because I think as a region we’ve done so well at sticking to the rules, but we’ve got to keep going. I’m 80 in February and I am hoping to celebrate with my friends and family and a glass of champagne. I really do hope that is possible.” 

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Centre for Sustainable Energy is launching the ‘energise your community consultation’ on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Local Authorities in the North East. They are keen to understand how they can better support the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector in the North East to tackle climate change and build more resilient communities through their support for community energy.  They are keen to hear your interests and views whether or not you have previous experience in community energy.

All the information they receive will be used to answer the questions that the Local Enterprise Partnership and Local Authorities have posed: what are the structures, mechanisms, models and support that would enable the successful development and delivery of community energy projects in the North East LEP area?

To share your views follow this survey link (it will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete):



Christmas singers


Karbon Homes is looking to bring some Christmas cheer to its residents living in its Sheltered Schemes across Northumberland and would like to hear from musical volunteers. 

Unlike previous years when choirs and soloists have been able to give concerts within the schemes, this year things will have to be done a little bit differently. Karbon Homes is looking for local choirs, musicians or singers who would be willing to give a short concert for residents outside of the Schemes which are located in Blyth, Lynemouth, Morpeth and Alnwick.

If you are interested in volunteering to bring some musical merriment please contact our Volunteering Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the labour market and more and more people are struggling to find work. Now workless people in South East Northumberland can book a place on our next 6-week SkillsUNeed course to increase their chances of success in applying for jobs.  Sessions start on 13th January at the YMCA, Ashington. To keep people safe from coronavirus, places are limited.

With funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Northumberland CVA's Skills4U support sessions will help people develop the vital skills they need to make sure they are in the running for the jobs that are out there.

SkillsUNeed is a 6-week course. Sessions will take place once a week, every Wednesday for 6 weeks, until 17th February. Each socially-distanced session will last for around 6 hours. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, although we are unable to provide travel expenses. Participants will learn how to:

  • Write the perfect CV
  • Carry out effective job searches
  • Complete engaging application forms
  • Learn how to be successful at interview
  • Prepare for work
  • Manage on a budget

We will also have guest speakers talking about topics such as benefits entitlement, further education courses, free training, careers advice and living a healthy lifestyle.

If you work with someone who would benefit from these sessions, or are interested in coming along yourself, please contact our Project Support Worker, Sarah Tate. Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call/text at 07826 547 731 and Sarah will get in touch for a chat about the sessions and what to expect.

All appropriate COVID-19 precautions will be in place to ensure the safety of participants. Social distancing means we are able to offer limited spaces so it is first come, first served.




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On Wednesday 18th November 2020, we held our online AGM and published our Annual Review 2019-2020. 

The event was a first for us in a lot of ways, for instance:

  • The first time we've held our AGM online (you can view a recording of the AGM via the link at the bottom of this page)
  • The first time we've hosted an online event with so many attendees (56 people attended)
  • The first time we've organised such an event while working remotely from home
  • The first time we've published our Annual Review as mainly a PDF document (although we have had a few copies printed too)

Of course, given the situation forced upon communities across the globe by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are far from the first organisation having to hold its AGM online this year for the first time, but that doesn't prevent us from feeling a sense of achievement (and relief that the event went well), and we are very pleased to have received some very positive comments both during and following the event.  Here are some of the things said:


"Thank you all at Northumberland CVA for the wonderful work you do and the very useful support you provide to us."

Andrea Perrett, The November Club


"A big thank you to Northumberland CVA for all your continued hard work - it's much appreciated!"

Ellie Phillips, Longhoughton Community & Sports Centre Trust Ltd


"Well done to the team; the AGM went very well as a Zoom event."

Steve Wilkinson, Newbiggin Arts Centre





AGM Recording