WECAN new compressed


10 hours per week (initially)

To include 4 hours on a Saturday

Pay rate: £9.95 per hour


Wecan is a registered charity supporting children and young people with additional needs aged 6 to 19 years.

We now require a Deputy Manager to co-ordinate, plan and deliver our new service for adults age 19 to 30.  Experience of working with adults with disabilities/additional needs is essential together with an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in Health & Social Care or Supervisory Management.

For more information or to request an application pack, please contact: Hayley Armstrong, Service Manager on 07741 480188 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



WECAN new compressed


Summer Holidays – up to 19.5 hrs per week and/or

Term Time Saturdays – 3.5 hrs per week and/or

May & October half term – 6.5 hrs per week


Plus additional enabling hours available

Rate of Pay is £7.38 - £7.90 per hour (depending on experience)


Wecan is a registered charity supporting children and young people with additional needs aged 6 to 19 years.

We are currently recruiting Support Workers to support our children and young people to access a wide range of leisure activities and local events during our forthcoming Summer Scheme. Experience of working with children and young people is essential and an NVQ (or equivalent) in a Childcare related subject is desirable.

For more information or to request an application pack, please contact: Hayley Armstrong, Service Manager on 07741 480188 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


PLEASE NOTE: Recruitment is ongoing until 1st July 2018

Age UK Northumberland Logo RGB copy


Imagine a day when...

…you didn’t see anyone,

…no one called in,

…no one phoned, or emailed or texted or Tweeted or Facebooked you

…you had no contact with anyone else from getting up to going to bed

…you were constantly worried about food, heating, money and your safety

Now… imagine that the next day was the same, and the next and the next….

This is the reality for over 5000 older people in Northumberland.


Age UK Northumberland is the largest Charity in our County focused on improving the lives of older people in Northumberland.  In 2017 we;

  • secured £1.6m in benefit entitlements that would otherwise not been received
  • received over 1750 enquiries to our Information and Advice L
  • delivered over 390,000 care hours
  • provided over 4,000 day care services and meals
  • provided over 40 exercise classes per week, helping over 11,000 people to keep fit

We are keen to add to our dynamic and committed Board and would particularly welcome more Trustees with a variety of skill sets and experiences from home care, medical and NHS backgrounds

The Board meets 4-5 times per year and Trustees are invited and encouraged to support one of our Sub-Committees.

If you would like to support us, and be part of something great for older people in our community then please get in touch.  In the first instance, please contact

Andrew Marsh, Chair of Trustees at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Northumberland County Council is conducting a consultation with regard to reducing the level of council tax support for working age claimants in Northumberland.  

The consultation states that the council has a difficult financial situation to manage over the coming years and must make substantial savings of around £36m.  they have suggested that a small part of these savings could come from reducing the amount of financial help provided to residents on low incomes through the Council Tax Support Scheme.  Currently, of the 15,425 working age claimants in Northumberland, 12,010 receive 100% support and currently have no bill to pay.  If proposals are agreed they would affect all claimants. Almost every other local authority in the region has reduced its Council Tax Support in recent years at varying levels and if approved, Northumberland’s would be one the of smallest reductions in the North East.  It would also be one of the smallest Council Tax reductions in the whole country. 

The deadline for taking part in the consultation is 2nd November.

Take part in the consultation now: bit.ly/CTaxsupport18  

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We're launching a new magazine-style newsletter this month.

Our first issue is full of news about what we've been up to recently and also introduces you to all the members of our team, with a short bio on each. Four Corners will be published twice per year in July and March so along with our Annual Review, which is published in November, you can expect a publication every four months.

Download Issue 1 of Four Corners.

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.

Jigsaw compressed


We're finding recently that some people are feeling very confused about the various memberships we offer - and that's perfectly understandable given that we often talk about the three entities almost in the same breath, so here's a quick rundown on each of the memberships we offer with links to find our more:


Northumberland CVA:

Now in our 30th year of providing support to the voluntary and community sector (and previously operating under the name Wansbeck CVS), Northumberland CVA is an independent membership organisation offering infrastructure support for the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland.  It is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. 

We provide information, support and training on funding, governance, project development and volunteer involvement to help voluntary and community groups operate safely and legally and support them to grow and thrive. We also represent the interests of the voluntary and community sector at a strategic level, working with key local partners across all sectors. In addition, Northumberland CVA offers a range of Specialist Services including intensive funding support, bespoke training, business planning, project management and monitoring, as well as payroll services.

Having a strong membership helps us to achieve our mission to engage, stimulate and inspire the creation and development of strong, sustainable and vibrant communities in Northumberland and the surrounding areas.

Membership of Northumberland CVA is free and open to any voluntary and community sector groups, clubs and organisations based within or operating in Northumberland, regardless of size.

Becoming a member of Northumberland CVA allows you to show your support for our mission and influence the way we develop in the future. Membership also offers a range of valuable benefits.

Why not join us. We’d love to have you as a member of Northumberland CVA.  Visit www.northumberlandcva.org.uk/about/membership to find out more about the benefits of membership, and download a membership application form.


Northumberland Trustees' Network:

As a result of a scoping exercise in 2014 on the needs of trustees, Northumberland CVA (then operating as Wansbeck CVS) was asked to lead on the creation of a new network for trustees and we were awarded two small grants from The Hadrian Trust for that purpose. Following consultation, Northumberland Trustees’ Network was launched in June 2016.

Membership of the network is free to trustees of organisations that are members of Northumberland CVA as well as to any groups in Northumberland with an income below £10k. It costs less than £1 per week (£50 per year) for others. 

The network offers access to a huge online bank of over 400 resources that offer guidance in every aspect of a trustee's role and members receive additional monthly e-bulletins featuring changes in the law and updates on essential guidance. Find out more about the network at www.northumberlandtrustees.org.uk.


Northumberland VCS Assembly:

The Assembly is an inclusive, independent and influential voice for the voluntary and community sector in the county. It is a mechanism for better engagement and influence with public sector partners and strategic partnerships to shape and respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in Northumberland.

The Assembly is currently being facilitated by Northumberland CVA under our Northumberland County Council VCS Support Services commission. It is a separate entity and is not a part of Northumberland CVA. It has a democratically elected Executive Committee of twelve members, drawn from across the spectrum of Northumberland’s Voluntary and Community Sector. Find out more about Northumberland VCS Assembly at vcsassemblynorthumberland.co.uk/.

Northumberland CVA has been asked to continue delivery of Northumberland County Council's VCS Support Services commission for a further year while they consult on the future of funding for support services for the sector beyond 2019. If you'd like to read about our delivery on the Commission so far please take a look at the review document.

   For the next year April 2018 to March 2019 we are planning to deliver the same services as previously commissioned. If you would like to discuss any aspect of these services please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01670 858688.

Stop Loan sharks


Over 310,000 households in the UK use illegal money lenders every year and problems caused can include often serious physical and mental health issues.

Now the North East Region Illegal Money Lending Team has produced an NHS Health Guide for Health Care Professionals around recognising such issues in colleagues and patients and giving information on where they can access Loan Sharks Advice.

Download the guide.

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