Alnwick Castle is playing host to fifteen different funders at a countywide funding fair organised by Northumberland Community Voluntary Action.

On Thursday 5th March 2020; against the backdrop of the historic castle; local, regional and national funders will be attending to provide advice and support to community groups and charities in order to help them secure funding for projects, services and core costs.

Marc Johnson, Funding Officer at Northumberland CVA said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to speak directly to the funders about your project and the difference your organisation makes in your community. The funders are always interested in speaking to representatives from a range of different projects – from very small local activities to large countywide or regional projects.”

BBC Children in Need, National Lottery Community Fund and Greggs Foundation are amongst the 15 funders that will be available to talk directly to groups about applying for funding and how to have the best chance of submitting a successful application. The event is being supported by the Northumberland Estates through free use of the Guest Hall at Alnwick Castle and by providing catering. Northumberland Estates will also be promoting their own Community Fund on the day.

Attending this event can make a real difference to your organisation. After attending our Funding Fair in Hexham in October 2019, and armed with invaluable advice from funders, The Friends of Eastwoods Park were able to make successful bids that have brought in £93,000 in funding to support the development of their project in Prudhoe.

In addition to funders, the Northumberland VCS Support Services team will be available to advise groups on developing their projects, volunteering and other sources of funding.

Appointments with funders must be booked in advance and the booking deadline is 9am on Monday 24th February. To book your place, contact Northumberland Community Voluntary Action on 01670 858688; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.northumberlandcva.org.uk.

 

We are excited to be part of a new partnership between local infrastructure organisations that has been formed to help charities across the region to protect vulnerable people and will allow us to offer greater support around safeguarding to groups across Northumberland.

Safer Culture North East, a partnership between Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE), Connected VoiceNorthumberland CVACatalyst Stockton on Tees and ourselves will champion safeguarding and help charities across the region to embed best practice.

The group has been awarded £115K in funding by the National Lottery Community Fund (The Fund) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to deliver regular training sessions to voluntary organisations and work with local safeguarding networks. The project will also raise awareness of a new online safeguarding tool, launched last week, which offers charities a helpful step by step decision-making tool for those with concerns about someone’s conduct within their organisation.

Safer Culture North East is one of six partners to be appointed across England to share the tool and a freely-accessible suite of high quality online resources provided by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), raising safeguarding awareness and standards as part of a joint £1.2 million DCMS and National Lottery Community Fund investment.

Speaking on behalf of the partnership, VONNE’s Chair of Trustees Sir Paul Ennals CBE, who also chairs the Safeguarding Adult Boards of Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland, as well as the Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships of South Tyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead, said: “Ensuring the safety and security of people within our communities is our collective responsibility, and I’m proud that this partnership has been created to help ensure that voluntary sector organisations across our region can play their part in keeping children and vulnerable adults safe.

“Each member of the partnership has its own meticulous procedures and policies to protect those it serves, but by working together we can ensure that local voluntary groups are trained and supported in keeping people safe across the region, from north Northumberland right down to the south of the Tees Valley.”

Between now and the end of 2021, around 80 training courses will take place across the region. For further information about the partnership and its planned work, contact Anne Fry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 0191 233 2000.

 

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Local legend Barry Mead

 

Our congratulations go to local archaeologist, Barry Mead who has become a National Lottery Local Legend.  The National Lottery Local Legend Award “recognises a person that has made an outstanding contribution to their local area. They may have enhanced the local culture or quality of life by dedicating their skills, enthusiasm and energy to a diverse range of projects”. The winners were selected by a panel made up of representatives from the National Lottery family.

Barry said “The 12 Local legends and guests were invited to the BBC studios in Wood Lane, London last week to watch the National Lottery awards show being recorded. It is being shown, I believe, on the 19th Nov. During the recording other award winners received their award from a variety of celebrities, including Hugh Bonneville, Torvill and Dean and Chris Hoy.

“Although the local legends weren’t filmed, were given their awards backstage by none other than BBC presenter and Strictly winner Ore Oduba. We were also treated to live performances from Rick Astley and Emeli Sandé. It was an exhilarating and unforgettable day.”

Barry is an archaeology & conservation volunteer in Cresswell, where he is involved with two of our Northumberland CVA member organisations: Cresswell Village Hall and Cresswell Pele Tower Charitable Incorporated Organisation. He was also awarded Community Archaeologist of the Year 2018 by the Council for British Archaeology for inspiring others to share his love of archaeology. He is also currently involved with the development of the Rocket House at Newbiggin by the Sea.

In the past, Barry has been a key member of the project teams in the development of Newbiggin Maritime Centre and Woodhorn Colliery Museum & Archives, amongst others, and has been a volunteer digger at the Lindisfarne Peregrini project, Mardon Hill excavation, Linbrig excavations, Land of Oak and Iron project and the Land of Oak and Iron project, and a conservation volunteer for CoastCare Northumberland and Northumberland National Trust. He has delivered archaeology sessions in schools in Linton, Lynemouth, Ellington, Widdrington and Heddon on the Wall. In his spare time he also gives talks on the local heritage to interested parties.

 

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