Based in Amble, Northumberland
£17,772 pro rata (fixed point salary) – 21 hrs (over 3 days)
Fixed term until September 2019
Closing date: 4pm 22nd May 2018
The Bridge Project is looking for an experienced and highly organised Support Officer to provide full administrative support, including evidencing activity and spend against funders requirements.
Applicants must have skills and experience within an administrative role and have excellent communication and inter-personal skills.  They must have good attention to detail, the ability to prioritise work and be able to work to timescales.
VoiCeS Northumberland is the lead Operational partner in the Bridge Partnership which is part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund until September 2019.  The Bridge Project aims to help those who experience multiple barriers to work in finding a job or be in a better place to look for work. Bridge is a partnership between Northumberland County Council (NCC) and a number of voluntary organisations in Northumberland.
Find out more about the vacancy, the project and how to apply.


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The Bridge Project is funded by the European Social Fund and National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme.

Northumberland Day 2018


Community networks and volunteers across Northumberland are being encouraged to get involved with the second Northumberland Day, taking place this year on May 27, with celebrations and events happening in the weeks around this date.

Northumberland Day proved a huge hit with communities last year, with those that arranged a community event reporting how successful a celebration of Northumberland can be, in terms of bringing people from all age groups and walks of life together and generating the feel-good factor.

In both Beadnell village and Haydon Bridge, community groups that normally never get the opportunity to work on projects together, discovered how powerful a concept Northumberland Day is when it comes to working collaboratively. It also generates a lot of fun and encourages creative thinking, as Northumberland Day can be celebrated in any way an individual, community or group chooses.

Both villages were rewarded for their efforts in decorating their villages in the colours of the Northumberland Flag, and organising a range of community events, when they won very special ‘Northumbie’ Awards. These are handmade, fused-glass awards by local artist, Helen Grierson, which are specially commissioned by the Northumberland Day organisers, to reward initiative and those who go the extra mile to celebrate the county day.

This year, the celebrations are gearing up to be bigger and better and there is still plenty of time for villages, networks, community groups, schools, businesses and individuals to get involved. Events range from village hall afternoon teas and street parties, to rock and music concerts, art and craft exhibitions, disability sport taster sessions, historical re-enactments, walks and rambles, special events at hotels, tourism attractions and public places, food tastings and events and quirky, one-off ideas.

There are also opportunities for businesses that wish to demonstrate that they care about their county to get involved, as sponsors of Northumbie Awards and other elements of the celebrations, for relatively little cost.

A list of ideas of what to do can be found at and there are regular updates at and

If you do get involved, let organisers know what you are planning, so they can help promote it, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling Jane Hunt on 01253 891114. You never know, you could become a Northumbie winner!



21 hours

£12,334.20 pa (FTE £20,557 pa)

Based across Northumberland

Fixed term funding until August 2019

Closing Date 20th April 2018


Cygnus Support has had a presence in Northumberland for 30 years and we are very aware of the increase in the number of individuals who are struggling to maintain a good enough level of mental health. 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.

Cygnus Support is a key provider in the Northumberland Building Better Opportunities Programme – Bridge, funded by Big Lottery and European Social Fund. Bridge is a new employability programme which is about getting people nearer to employment through personalised support and reaching out to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Cygnus Support’s role in the Bridge Partnership is to lead on the provision of high quality talking therapy, coaching and training interventions.

We are looking to recruit experienced and dynamic individuals who can engage, inspire and prompt change. Our interventions will focus on building confidence, restoring emotional resilience, and developing effective problem solving strategies that will enhance the future of Bridge beneficiaries.

To request an application pack please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01670 853977.

Interviews will take place Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted

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


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Hours: Various

Locations: Various across rural Northumberland

Contract Period: 18 months

Rate of Pay: £100 per day

Closing date for applications: Friday 13th April 2018

Interview date: Wednesday 18th April 2018


Community Action Northumberland’s Rural Employment Hubs Project aims to deliver support to enable unemployed people living in rural isolation to move closer to work. We provide regular drop-in groups offering access to the internet, one to one guidance, group training, holistic support and peer support to address barriers to work. The project has been successfully piloted in 3 locations in West Northumberland and we are now looking to extend the reach across rural Northumberland.

We are therefore seeking to contract with a number of self-employed work coaches. Applicants are required to provide:

  • CV
  • Contact details of two referees who we can contact should you be short-listed for interview
  • A basic DBS check

The Full job description, person spec and background information are available at

Please send applications by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For an informal conversation about the post call Julia on 01670 517178.

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Location: Blyth Community Enterprise Centre, Blyth, Northumberland

Responsible to: The Operations Manager

Salary: £18,720

Hours: This is a fixed post until 31st September 2019 and is funded by Big Lottery and ESF for the Bridge project. The post is for 30 hours per week (to be worked flexibly to accommodate some weekend and evening requirements). Continuation after this period will be subject to funding

Closing date: 12pm Friday 13th April 2018

Interview date: Wednesday 18th April 2018


The main purpose of this job is to support the CEO and Bridge partnership in planning and delivering IT provision to Bridge beneficiaries, throughout Northumberland in response to needs identified:

  • To liaise with the Bridge Workers to identify needs of beneficiaries, plan programmes of support and address those needs via direct delivery of one to one and/or group support across Northumberland.
  • To advise Bridge workers and partners on best approaches in delivering and rolling out digital support to beneficiaries.
  • To plan all IT related courses ensuring they are in line with the needs of the Bridge Project beneficiaries.
  • To liaise with external community venues to arrange courses to book rooms/ensure availability.
  • To be compliant throughout in relation to ESF, Big Lottery and Northumberland County Council requirements.
  • To create workshops and courses appropriate to needs of Bridge beneficiaries and share information and resources where appropriate.
  • Any other duty which, from time to time, may reasonably be required to meet the needs of BRIC and the funders and is within the remit of this post.
  • To record data accurately and feedback to relevant colleagues in regards to progression of beneficiaries and additional support they may need.
  • To provide reports and statistics as requested by senior management or relevant partners.

For more information and to make an application, visit:


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Community Foundation


In an ideal world, charities would continue for generations providing vital services and activities to support those most in need and enrich local communities. However, there are occasions where a charity has no choice but to close, a decision which is never taken lightly by its Trustees. In these situations there are often some funds left over which may be able to be distributed to its beneficiaries. If this is not possible an alternative is to pass the funds to the Community Foundation. There are a number of options to consider and the Foundation can advise on the best option with the outgoing trustees to reflect the charity’s legacy: 


  • Vital community funds tackle the region’s most pressing needs now and in the future. We also have dedicated area funds that support groups in each of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.



  • Named ‘field of interest’ funds support a particular place or cause but without the donors being hands on as we select groups that match the donors’ interests. These funds start at £25,000 for endowment or £10,000 for an annual* fund.


  • If the outgoing trustees want to nominate fund advisors to recommend grants from shortlists provided by the Foundation, and there is at least £50,000 to give, then a named ‘panel advised’ endowment fund can be set up or £30,000 for an annual* fund.


(*Annual funds are spent out over a year or an agreed period of time)


To discuss options for making a gift to the Community Foundation contact Lisa Cappleman, Principal Advisor, Giving & Philanthropy on 0191 222 0945 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meets National Minimum Wage

To cover maternity leave (6 months)

Monday to Friday 22.5 hrs per week

Closing Date: Monday 2nd April 2018


Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd is looking for a versatile and reliable Administration Assistant to work within a busy community hub providing a wide array of services in a fast paced setting.

NCEL is a small charity operating out of Stobhill, Morpeth, Northumberland and running various community initiatives throughout the region which aim to tackle social and economic issues faced by local people, especially those who are: elderly, disabled, and/or disadvantaged. The successful applicant needs to be dynamic and versatile.

Download the person specification and job description.

CV's and cover letters should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Berwick Adult Learning Centre, Walkergate, TD15 1DB: 1st Friday of each month, 11am – 1pm

  • Alnwick Adult Learning Centre, Lindisfarne Road, NE66 1AX : 2nd Friday of each month, 11am – 1pm

  • Blyth Adult Learning Centre, Brunel Building, NE24 1LT: 3rd Friday of each month, 11am – 1pm

  • Hexham Adult Learning Centre, The Gatehouse, Wanless Lane, NE46 1BU: 4th Friday of each month, 11am – 1pm


Whether you are a beneficiary, member or supporter, the aim of The Royal British Legion is to make advice and support services easy to access.  Their contact centre (0808 802 8080) is open 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week, there is an online knowledge base ( and city Pop In centres.  Starting this month in Northumberland the Legion is also trialling local drop-in sessions.  These sessions are open to anyone and everyone who may have an Armed Forces query, whether it be financial, care or employment or just general queries such as local events.

The drop-in sessions will cover 4 key areas (Berwick, Alnwick, Blyth and Hexham), trying to reach as many people as possible.  The sessions will run once a month in each location between 11am – 1pm.  As these sessions are only for a trial period, the Legion would be grateful if local organisations could display one of the posters to promote the service to help get the word out that they are happening.


Download the poster.

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Role: Family Entrepreneur (x 2)

Project: Macmillan Families and Cancer project

Contract: Full time, permanent

Salary: £17,394 per annum (fte) from 1st April 2018


Closing Date: Friday 23rd March 2018




Family Gateway is an established and award-winning charity working in North Tyneside, South Tyneside and South-East Northumberland with a clear focus on improving life chances for the most vulnerable families and children in disadvantaged communities. We do this using our evidence-based ‘barefoot professional’ model to engage, support and progress families who have barriers to accessing and working with other services.

Our company’s mission is to be at the forefront of improving life chances for children and families through the development of community-led solutions.

We are delighted that we have been granted an expansion to our existing Macmillan Families and Cancer project, an exciting and innovative new 2-year action research project which is currently operational in North and South Tyneside and will now be extended to south-east Northumberland.

The Macmillan Families and Cancer project was launched in September 2017 and has engaged and supported whole families in disadvantaged communities who are struggling to cope with a cancer diagnosis on top of their other underlying difficulties. It works closely with Macmillan Cancer Support professionals, other health professionals and services, and the wider community sector to ensure that we can more fully understand the issues and barriers that impact children in those families.

The roles

We are seeking to appoint 2 Family Entrepreneurs; the successful candidates will work alongside the existing Family Entrepreneurs, our part time administrator and the job-shared Programme Manager post. The Family Entrepreneurs will deliver support to families in disadvantaged communities who are living with cancer and whose children’s life chances are likely to be impacted through cancer.

In order to apply you will have preferably completed the Family Gateway Community Awareness training or be prepared to do so soon after recruitment. You will have experienced the difficulties that cancer can bring to a family living with disadvantage and other complex issues and you will be experienced in working to support whole families with children. You will be empathetic and challenging and will have a natural passion for supporting others and developing new approaches to complex situations. You must have a current enhanced DBS and meet the person specification on the job description below.

To receive an application form and a job description / person specification please contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like an informal discussion about this role please contact Operations and Research Manager Nicola Sugden by 16th March 2018 on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a call. Please note Nicola works part time.

Applicants will be issued with a standard application form to complete; please note that the closing date for this job is Friday 23rd March 2018.

To find out more about Family Gateway and our work please visit our website