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Today, we've published our March 2021 issue of  Four Corners, our magazine for the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland.

 

In this issue of Four Corners you can read about:

  • How we're reviewing our Equality and Diversity policies and practices
  • Our Re:connect tablet loan scheme for isolated older people
  • Caroline's piece on building on the accessibility of volunteering during COVID-19
  • Bridge Northumberland's success despite the pandemic
  • Our work distributing Ballinger microgrants for groups across Northumberland
  • Partnership working on our Connecting Communities project through COVID-19
  • New themed networks for the Assembly
  • ...and more

 

Download our March 2021 issue of Four Corners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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, and make anything possible. 

Sessions start on Friday 4th June at Northumberland CVA's offices on Station Road, Ashington. To keep people safe from coronavirus, places are limited.

With funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Northumberland CVA's SkillsUNeed 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 Friday for 6 weeks, until 9th July. 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, and complete engaging application forms. They’ll also discover the best ways to be successful at interview, prepare for work, and manage on a budget. Guest speakers will attend the sessions to talk about topics such as benefits entitlement, further education courses, free training, careers advice and living a healthy lifestyle.

Anne Lyall, Northumberland CVA’s Chief Executive Officer said “Far more people are competing for every job vacancy now, so our SkillsUNeed project is vitally important in helping jobseekers learn useful skills that can make a real difference for them in finding and sustaining employment.”

If you think you would benefit from these sessions, please contact Northumberland CVA’s 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 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 there are only limited spaces on offer so it is first come, first served.

Download the flyer.

 

 

 

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Julie, from Hexham, recieving her tablet 

 

Hexham Community Partnership exists to promote the well-being and prosperity of the town. We run large annual events, support community projects and encourage visitors to spend time in Hexham's fantastic shops, heritage sites and eateries. 

Much of work in the community is delivered through the No. 28 project, located in a Karbon Homes house on an estate in East Hexham, an area where residents face significant social and financial challenges. In normal times, we host some activities, including the Tynedale Lion’s Men’s Shed, a garden project, the Credit Union and face to face digital skills training offered by ourselves and Community Action Northumberland (CAN).

But, says Operations Manager Jez Light, “thanks to Northumberland CVA’s Connecting Communities fund we’ve been able to develop new projects that have already started to benefit the people of Hexham. 

“Our "Click and Connect” digital project provides those most in need of a device and/or data to tackle unemployment or social isolation. We’ve also supported a local Middle School with the loan of devices to help children learn online, and have used the funding as matched funding for a larger bid to the NCC Community Chest, so we now have an additional £6,000 to invest in the project to benefit people in Hexham and also more remote locations in Tynedale/West Northumberland with onsite training sessions, devices and data.

"The funding has allowed us to commission a volunteer opportunity browsing website for our Volunteer Hub that matches volunteers to local opportunities according to interests and availability and provides alerts on new matches. We are keen to have this ready for the anticipated surge in people wanting to get out and about while volunteering. We’re particularly keen to attract opportunities that break the traditional mould of ‘vofindlunteering’. So we’ll list litter-picking and stewarding opportunities but also look for new and exciting opportunities for the young, the socially-excluded and those looking to develop and share existing skills and leadership qualities.

"The third project to benefit is the free Festival of Flame community event at Hexham Abbey. Fire gardens, art installations and over a thousand candles in the Abbey create a visual feast, with toasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and live music enhancing the experience. The ambition this year is for the Festival to grow from its heart in Hexham, expounding into Tynedale and ultimately across Hadrian’s Wall."  

Watch this space...

 

 

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Northumberland CVA's Re:connect project is a tablet loan scheme for older people that has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The project is supported by IT volunteers and utilises Northumberland CVA’s links with local community organisations, including Bedlington Creative, Choppington Disability Group & Mind Active.

Re:connect aims to help older people become more digital savvy and keep them connected with each other, with friends and families, and with any local community groups they may have been involved with before the crisis hit. Volunteers help people learn how to use the tablet device either via phone calls or in small group sessions online, giving them the knowledge and skills to not only stay connected during the COVID restrictions but also to more easily re-establish their normal social connections outside of the home once restrictions are eased.

We host weekly Zoom sessions where participants can talk freely about any IT issues they’re having, take part in a fun quiz, and hear from speakers who come and talk to the group.

One lady who has used the Re:connect Tablet Loan Scheme said “This has opened a whole new world to me. The volunteers are so patient when they are talking to me over the phone. I didn’t realise how easy it is to use [a tablet]. I wished I had got one years ago. The best bit for me is each night I facetime my sister and we talk for hours, it’s like we’re in each other's living rooms. Brilliant!”

Karen Cox, Project Co-ordinator for our older people’s services, has written a blog about her work in setting up this new scheme during the pandemic.  Read Karen's blog.

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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, and make anything possible. 

Sessions start on Friday 16th April at Northumberland CVA's offices on Station Road, Ashington. To keep people safe from coronavirus, places are limited.

With funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Northumberland CVA's SkillsUNeed 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 Friday for 6 weeks, until 21st May. 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, and complete engaging application forms. They’ll also discover the best ways to be successful at interview, prepare for work, and manage on a budget. Guest speakers will attend the sessions to talk about topics such as benefits entitlement, further education courses, free training, careers advice and living a healthy lifestyle.

Anne Lyall, Northumberland CVA’s Chief Executive Officer said “Far more people are competing for every job vacancy now, so our SkillsUNeed project is vitally important in helping jobseekers learn useful skills that can make a real difference for them in finding and sustaining employment.”

If you think you would benefit from these sessions, please contact Northumberland CVA’s 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 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 there are only limited spaces on offer so it is first come, first served.

 

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SkillsUNeed is funded by:

 

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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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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: https://voda.org.uk/covid19-massvaccination/.

 

 

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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)

http://bit.ly/CPNorth1

 

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)

http://bit.ly/CPNorth2

 

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

March 2nd (6-7:30 pm)

http://bit.ly/CPNorth3

 

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

March 3rd (12:20-2 pm)

http://bit.ly/CPNorth4

 

 

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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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