7th August 2014 E-zine



What’s on in Blyth, Cramlington & Seaton Valley
CVA Blyth Valley  -  Stock surplus to requirements
Blyth Town Council / Aspire2Achieve  -  Blyth Olympic Legacy event
Buffalo Community Centre – rooms / space for hire
Northumberland Advice Network – next meeting date
Voices Northumberland – Free training
Northumberland Primary Infrastructure Organisations – News

Funding Information

Community Foundation
Big Lottery Fund
Hospital of God at Greatham
Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
County Durham Community Foundation
Baring Foundation
Foyle Foundation

CVA Blyth Valley - contact details, opening hours and standing item


What’s on in Blyth, Cramlington & Seaton Valley 

What’s OnTo view what’s on in Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton Valley please click here.

Northumberland Live – Free Music Festival
Saturday 23rd August from 12:00 noon to 8:00 pm at Blyth Links

Enjoy a bank holiday Saturday down at the beach for a free outdoor music festival with chart topping bands alongside local talent and radio DJs.

The usual seaside favourites of ice creams and fish and chips will be available to buy as well as top notch locally produced food and drink.  There will be street performances to keep the crowds (and the kids) entertained and a free park & ride shuttle bus too.  All Welcome.

Cramlington Camera Club Event
- Summer Exhibition from 1st - 5th September 2014 at The Venue. Manor Walks Shopping Centre.  All Welcome.

Blyth Home Grown Festival
The Blyth Home Grown Festival is a Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show taking place in Ridley Park, Blyth, Northumberland on Saturday 6th September 2014, 10am – 3pm.

The Festival incorporates a Flower, Vegetable and Craft show, where members of the public can enter and compete against other members of the public, there will also be acoustic music, other entertainment and a small craft market.  We are currently looking for stallholders for the craft market and more entrants into the competitions.

For more information, contact Martin.Young@BriardaleCentre.org.uk or call 01670359135.


CVA Blyth Valley

Community & Voluntary Action Blyth Valley   Stock surplus to requirements
   CVABV have the following items if any of our voluntary or community
   organisations can use them.


Magenta ink cartridge (E-T0443) for use with Stylus C64 or equivalent printer
Yellow ink cartridge (E-T0444) for use with Stylus C64 or equivalent printer
5-colour inkjet cartridge (OB-1027) for use with Epson Stylus printer
Epson black cartridge (T026) x3 for Epson stylus printer

We also have various sizes of comb binders – especially the small 6mm ones.

If anyone could use any of the above please let us know by emailing info@cvabv.org.uk or phone 01670 353623, or call into our offices at Beaconsfield Street.


Blyth Town Council / Aspire2Achieve

Blyth Olympic Legacy event
The aim for the Blyth Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Games is to offer a fun filled day featuring sports which are part of the Olympic Programme, whilst offering the opportunity to try some sports which are rarely available to young people. The Olympic Legacy Event will take place on Sunday September 28th Blyth Market Place, 10am until 4pm.

For 2014 we have a large number of sports, all coached by the very best coaching available, including coaches from Northumberland FA, Sports Zone, England Basketball and many more. The 2014 event will also feature three very special guest speakers, including a Team GB Judo Squad member, Hannah Lewis, Body Building Champion Darren Knott and Blyth's very own Olympic Torch Bearer and head of the Empire School of Boxing, Leslie Walsh.

Sporting events include:
10 Pin Bowling   /   Archery   /   Badminton   /   Basketball   /   Bowls   /   Boxing
Bubble Football and Sumo   /   Disk Golf   /   Dancing   /   Dodgeball   /   Hockey
Football   /   Judo   /   Karate   /   Mini/Crazy Golf   /   Relay Race   /   Tag Rugby
Tennis   /   Volleyball

While the focus of the day is on sport, other local companies and people will play a vital role in the progression of the day.

For full details our web site is http://www.blytholympiclegacy.co.uk and http://www.aspire2achieve.org.uk  


Buffalo Community Centre

The Buffalo Community Centre, Regent Street, Blyth have space / rooms for hire as well as an IT suite.

Anyone interested in hiring should contact Eileen Cartie 01670 363858 or email her at eileencartie@yahoo.co.uk


Northumberland Advice Network

The next Northumberland Advice Network Blyth networking meeting will take place on 16th September 10.00 – 12.00 at Blyth Community Centre.

This meeting has been organised to raise awareness of local organisations and services, improve working relationships with other providers, and to share information and knowledge.  The first networking events had a really positive response from attendees and relationships have already been built and strengthened between local VCS organisations.

To attend this meeting, you must be a member of the Northumberland Advice Network – it’s free to join and membership will ensure you are kept aware of further meetings and training events, have access to a directory of services and hear all the latest news from the network and it’s members.  We welcome membership from individuals and organisations.

Joining is a 3 step process:

  1.  Download a membership form here
  2. Complete the form
  3. Return your completed membership form electronically or by post

If you experience any difficulty in downloading the form or have any questions regarding membership please contact lynneo@voices-northumberland.org.uk or telephone 01665 713109.


Voices Northumberland

Voices Northumberland   Designated Person Training
   17th September 2014, from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Hexham


If not we would like to invite you to our next FREE training opportunity (t&c’s apply)  To book your place please contact Jennifer at VoiCeS on 01665 713109 or email her at:


Northumberland Primary Infrastructure Organisations

As well as keeping all our readers up-to-date with events happening in Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton Valley, members can also link onto news produced by Community Action Northumberland and Wansbeck CVS.

To view CAN’s E-news please visit:  www.ca-north.org.uk/publication/can-news 

To view news from Wansbeck CVS please visit: www.wansbeckcvs.org.uk




Community Foundation

Community Foundation   The P&G Community Fund
   The Community Foundation for Tyne & Wear and
   Northumberland is inviting applications for the P&G Community
   Fund under the following themes:


Creating the Experience of Home —Turning houses into homes and providing the comforts of home to people without them or who have been displaced.

Who can apply - Community groups and charities working with issues around homelessness.  For example, to provide essential furniture items for previously homeless people setting up home; provision for homeless charities that provide overnight accommodation or require resources to support their clients.

Everyday Health and Confidence — Enabling healthy lives through everyday healthy behaviours and hygiene education that enable confidence and self-esteem.

Community groups and charities working with groups of vulnerable people who require personal health and hygiene education can apply.  Grants from £250 can be applied for to support sessional worker fees, workshop resources essential to the running of the sessions and room hire costs.

To apply please complete the Community Foundation’s application form which is available online  www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply  .

If you wish to discuss your project idea please contact Su Legg Fund Development Manager on 0191 2220945 or email sl@communityfoundation.org.uk

Closing date Friday 31st October 2014.


Big Lottery Fund

BIG   Building Better Opportunities – Program Development Fund
   Up to £20,000 (Tees Valley LEP area) / up to £30,000 (North East LEP area).   
   Deadline 4th September 2014
   Big Lottery Fund is planning to put up to £260m of Lottery funds against a similar
   figure from the European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020 in order to support communities and people most in need across England. They are offering funding for projects delivering against the ‘Promoting Social Inclusion and Combating Poverty’ part of ESF. The funding will be delivered in Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas according to local priorities (set by the LEPs) and could support projects ranging from improving employability for the most disadvantaged, helping those with multiple and complex needs, or improving financial literacy.
Ahead of the main funding becoming available from 2015, Big Lottery Fund will offer programme development funding in each of the LEP areas. They are looking to make one development grant in each LEP area to a single organisation. This organisation will ensure there is widespread awareness of the opportunities available at the main funding stage, act as a point of contact for queries, and bring together interested organisations to discuss local need and how best to tackle local priorities.


Hospital of God at Greatham

Hospital of God at GreathamThis fund aims to support charities working in lower profile areas of work that reach people who are on the edges of society. Examples of recent grants include support for organisations that work with asylum seekers, prisoner's families and people with drug problems.

Grants can be from one to three years and up to £5,000 per year.  Next deadline 29th August 2014.

To find out more visit www.hospitalofgod.org.uk/grant-making.html


Esmee Fairbairn North East Fund

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation   £10,000 (1 year) – £30,000 (up to 3 years). VCSE (income £50k-£250k).
   Deadline 25th September 2014
   The Fund is now open to groups working in areas of deprivation in the
   North East from Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, County Durham and Tees Valley. The fund will reflect the tone and breadth of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s funding priorities and fit within its four strands: Arts; Education and Learning; Environment and Social Change.
The general criteria are that organisations and projects should:

 Applications can be for core or project costs; this includes staff salaries and overheads.


County Durham Community Foundation

county Durham CFThe ESF Community Grants Programme provides awards of up to £15,000 to groups undertaking activities including help with basic skills, work experience, training advice and guidance, job search assistance, confidence building, personal development and support to overcome barriers to training and employment. Within this £15,000 limit, groups may also apply for support costs to help with Capacity Building their organisation. Capacity Building Grants are not expected to exceed £1,500 except in exceptional cases and can be applied for even if groups do not want to apply for a main grant.

The final deadline for applications is Midday on Monday 8th September 2014.

Full details can be found on the CDCF website:



Baring Foundation

Baring Foundation   Arts and Older People
   £5,000 - £25,000. Not for profit / partnership.
    Deadline 1st September 2014
The Foundation’s Arts and Older People programme 2014 is open. This year they are inviting professional arts organisations to commission work with older artists (70+) who have the craft, the vision and the interest to explore age and ageing and to produce imaginative, original and compelling new works in any medium for public exhibition, performance, publication or digital distribution.
The lead applicant must be a not for profit arts organisation working in the UK, whose core purpose is commissioning, presenting, or producing arts (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literature, film, or multi-disciplinary forms). Lead applicant arts organisations must have an income in 2013-14 of at least £400,000.   More...


Foyle Foundation

Foyle Foundation   Small Grants -  £1,000 - £10,000. Charities (turnover less
   than £100k pa).
No deadline.
   The Small Grants Scheme is designed to support smaller charities in the UK, especially those working at grassroots and local community level, in any field across a wide range of activities.
One-year grants are made to charities that can demonstrate that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work. Demonstrating ongoing sustainability is also important, particularly if the charity has recently lost local authority or other regular funding.


Concertina Charitable Trust   Up to £250. Deadline 31st October 2014
   Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies that provide musical
   entertainment and related activities for the elderly. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations that might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding and to act as a catalyst via matched funding.


CVA Blyth Valley

Contact Details

22 Beaconsfield Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2DP
Tel: 01670 353623  / Email:  info@cvabv.org.uk  /  Website:  www.cvabv.org.uk

Registered Company No: 5860971  /  Registered Charity No: 1116430

Thom Bradley, Chief Executive Officer               - thom.bradley@cvabv.org.uk
Pauline Blake, Capacity Building Officer            - pauline.blake@cvabv.org.uk
Sybil Pattie, Administrator                               - sybil.pattie@cvabv.org.uk
Gina Robson, Capacity Building Officer             - gina.robson@cvabv.org.uk
Jill Oxnard, Capacity Building Officer                 - jill.oxnard@cvabv.org.uk

Opening Hours

Office Opening Hours:  Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Room for Hire / Resources

CVA Blyth Valley has a downstairs small meeting / training room for hire.  The room is fully accessible, holds 8 people comfortably around a boardroom–style table, and includes the use of a whiteboard, projector, screen, OHP and wi-fi availability.

Cost is £5 per hour  /  £15 per half day  /  £25 full day  (refreshments will be extra)

To book and check availability please contact CVABV on 01670 353623 or email: info@cvabv.org.uk

Resources (charges apply – please enquire!)


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