People who are out of work and living in South East Northumberland can now book a place on the latest of Northumberland CVA’s very popular 6-week SkillsUNeed course to help build skills that will help their chances of success when applying for jobs.

 

In today's job market, it's important to stand out.  SkillsUNeed can help build your confidence so you do that, changing your impossible to possible.

Funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the next set of SkillsUNeed sessions starts on Friday 22nd October 2021 at Northumberland CVA's offices on Station Road, Ashington.  To keep people safe from coronavirus, places are limited.  Sessions will take place once a week, every Friday for 6 weeks, until Friday 26th November. Each socially-distanced session will last for around 6 hours. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, although the project is 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.

If you'd like to sign up for SkillsUNeed in October, or know someone else who may be interested, download a flyer.  For more information and to reserve a place, contact Sarah: call 07826 547 731 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

Graham, who attended previous sessions, said,

“The SkillsUNeed course did the world of good for me. Before this, I was out of work for 18 months and I am so pleased I spotted the course advertised on Facebook. I wouldn’t be where I am now without it. The course was really good for me and built up my confidence as a person. I’m now in a full-time role at a busy bar/restaurant and am really enjoying it.”

 

 

Linda, another previous participant, said,

“I was nervous to attend the training at first, but I am so glad I did. The greatest thing I learnt was to listen more and gain IT skills, whilst also discovering skills I already had. The trainer was attentive and helpful. Before the course, I didn’t really know where to start. However it has helped me so much; I just wish the course was longer!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are looking to expand our team of Volunteer Buddies across Northumberland.

Northumberland CVA’s Supported Volunteering project supports individuals on the Bridge Northumberland programme, undertaking volunteering opportunities to develop their confidence and life experiences to improve the skills they need to find work.

Gordon, one of our long-standing buddies said ‘After retiring I wanted to give a little back to the community and being a volunteer buddy has allowed me to do this while improving the employment prospects of the volunteers I support. For those I have supported on a weekly basis I have seen each and every one of them grow in confidence, until for some they are perfectly capable of working unsupported’.

What being a Volunteer Buddy involves;

  • Be able to explain things clearly and have empathy and understanding
  • Willing to commit to a minimum of one half day per week plus training prior to becoming a buddy
  • Undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Be willing to accompany and in some cases transport individuals to placements
  • You will be required to advise your insurance company that you are volunteering and must provide proof of insurance and registration details to enable us to confirm your car is taxed and MOT
  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Buddy, please call Lisa on 07818511690 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

 

 

 

Wednesdays 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th October 2021, 9.30am - 12 noon, followed by a Q&A session until 12.30pm
Online via Zoom

This 4 week, fully funded training is for anyone living in the North East of England (except Co Durham or Teesside) who is employed or self-employed.
 
The learning objectives include:

  • Marketing Tracking - find out what's actually working
  • Goal Setting - set one important, achievable marketing goal
  • Time Management - stop doing ineffective marketing and wasting time
  • Planning your marketing for success
  • Content planning - what to say and how to say it

Everything delivered on this course is to help you discover WHAT LEADS TO WHAT - that is, what do you GET from the marketing actions you take.
 
And yes, there is plenty of time to talk - the Masterminding groups we facilitate as part of this training results in the most valuable feedback for all the participants.
 
If you want to join Nicola Jane Little in October, on a Wednesday morning each week in October, (starting on Wednesday 6 October and the three following Wednesdays) and to have access to the training on playback, please register your interest by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating 'Marketing' in the subject line.
 
N.B. Because of the way this course is funded, it is available only to people who are employed (and your employer needs to be aware you are attending) or self-employed (and registered with HMRC).  Unfortunately, it is not available for volunteers, unless they are also employed/self-employed elsewhere.

 

            

 

 

 

Tuesday 21st September 2021, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Online via Zoom

 

Climate change is an issue that everyone is talking about, but it can be hard to identify practical steps that your organisation can put in place. This online session is for anyone working or volunteering in the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland.  It will look at:

  • How funders are increasingly looking for organisations to have an effective environmental policy
  • What elements should be in a contemporary and meaningful environmental policy
  • How can you engage the communities you serve in making a difference
  • Ten achievable and practical things you can do to make a difference

The session will be especially useful for organisations that do not currently have an environmental policy or procedures, or are looking to update existing ones to reflect the declaration of a climate emergency.
 
This 2-hour session will be delivered on behalf of Northumberland CVA by our colleagues at Connected Voice.
 
To book a place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with ‘Climate Emergency’ in the subject line.  Since this is an online session, we need email addresses for each attendee, so if you are booking for more than one person, please remember to include this information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This training comprises 10 short videos to complete online, followed by a 2-hour live session, also online, on:
 

Friday 1st October 2021, 9.30am – 11.30am

 

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking platform.  And it's not just for individuals; organisations can use it to help establish their brand, build new relationships, enlist high-quality members, trustees, volunteers, and staff. Join us online to discover how to effectively set up your LinkedIn personal profile and business page, and start searching for your ideal network to connect with.
 
This Linkedin training course is for the voluntary and community sector in Northumberland.  It has been recorded by Nicola Jayne Little to ensure everyone gets the most out of the platform and in 10 short videos, works through how to maximise your personal and business LinkedIn profile.
 
Nicola starts from the very beginning with your profile images, titles, about you section, completing your work history, gathering testimonials to make sure you represent yourself fully and ensure people want to connect with you.  You'll be guided on which content to share and how to search for and connect with people.  You'll then set up the LinkedIn business profile and decide on how you'd like to use that to reach your audience effectively.
 
Whether you're a LinkedIn novice or frequent user, there will be light bulb moments in this training for you!
 
The 10 videos amount to around 3 hours of online learning that you can do when it suits you best.  Nicola will then deliver a 2-hour live training session to follow up on any questions you have once you've worked through the online training.  N.B. You need to watch all 10 of the videos before attending the live session.
 
To book your place on this FREE training, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating LinkedIn in the subject line.

 

People who are out of work and living in South East Northumberland can now book a place on Northumberland CVA’s next 6-week SkillsUNeed course to help build skills that will help their chances of success when applying for jobs.

In today's competitive job market, it's important to stand out.  SkillsUNeed can help build your confidence so you do that, changing your impossible to possible.

Funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the next set of SkillsUNeed sessions starts on Friday 10th September 2021 at Northumberland CVA's offices on Station Road, Ashington.  To keep people safe from coronavirus, places are limited. Sessions will take place once a week, every Friday for 6 weeks, until 15th October. Each socially-distanced session will last for around 6 hours. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, although the project is 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.

 

 

Graham, who attended previous sessions, said,

“The SkillsUNeed course did the world of good for me. Before this, I was out of work for 18 months and I am so pleased I spotted the course advertised on Facebook. I wouldn’t be where I am now without it. The course was really good for me and built up my confidence as a person. I’m now in a full-time role at a busy bar/restaurant and am really enjoying it.”

 

 

Linda, another previous participant, said,

“I was nervous to attend the training at first, but I am so glad I did. The greatest thing I learnt was to listen more and gain IT skills, whilst also discovering skills I already had. The trainer was attentive and helpful. Before the course, I didn’t really know where to start. However it has helped me so much; I just wish the course was longer!”

 

If you'd like to sign up for SkillsUNeed in September, or know someone else who may be interested, download a flyer.  For more information and to reserve a place, contact Sarah: call 07826 547 731 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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Need help applying for jobs?

People who are out of work and living in South East Northumberland can now book a place on Northumberland CVA’s next 6-week SkillsUNeed course to help build skills that will help their chances of success when applying for jobs. 

There’s fierce competition right now in the jobs market for every vacancy, so applicants need to be able to make themselves and their CV stand out from the crowd.

Funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the next set of SkillsUNeed sessions starts on Friday 23rd July 2021 at Northumberland CVA's offices on Station Road, Ashington.  To keep people safe from coronavirus, places are limited. Sessions will take place once a week, every Friday for 6 weeks, until 27th August. Each socially-distanced session will last for around 6 hours. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, although the project is 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.

Graham, who attended previous sessions, said, “The SkillsUNeed course did the world of good for me. Before this, I was out of work for 18 months and I am so pleased I spotted the course advertised on Facebook. I wouldn’t be where I am now without it. The course was really good for me and built up my confidence as a person. I’m now in a full-time role at a busy bar/restaurant and am really enjoying it.”

Linda, another previous participant, said, “I was nervous to attend the training at first, but I am so glad I did. The greatest thing I learnt was to listen more and gain IT skills, whilst also discovering skills I already had. The trainer was attentive and helpful. Before the course, I didn’t really know where to start. However it has helped me so much; I just wish the course was longer!”

If you'd like to sign up, or know someone else who may be interested, download a flyer. For more information and to reserve a place, contact Sarah: call 07826 547 731 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

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Northumberland CVA is working in partnership with Connected Voice, Newcastle Volunteer Centre, and North Tyneside VODA to consider whether a common approach to supporting volunteering and voluntary action can be implemented across the North of Tyne area.  

In doing so, we want to:

  • develop innovative systems to support the effective recruitment and co-ordination of volunteers at scale
  • develop a strong system of support and collaboration for neighbourhood-level activity
  • create a strong employee-volunteering scene, enabling private sector organisations to easily support their local communities

The past twelve months has seen thousands of people step up to help out in their local communities and this has created an energy to explore new ways of working together to help address the changing needs of local people and organisations.

We have witnessed the emergence of a volunteering workforce that is extremely diverse, representing a shift away from the ‘usual suspects’ and we would like to champion the continued engagement of these residents to support their communities over the coming years.

Finding, checking, training, mobilising and supporting large numbers of volunteers has required organisations to quickly develop new systems for volunteer training and induction, and the adoption of new technology to efficiently assign tasks to volunteers.

We want to support and encourage these new ways of working.

We are therefore seeking the views of voluntary and community organisations, neighbourhood groups and volunteers about ways in which our services might be improved and delivered more consistently.

If you have an hour to spare, please get in touch and we will arrange a chat with you (telephone, face to face or zoom) so that you can feed in your views and observations.

 

Contact Caroline Burden or Martin Conway

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07825 370 630

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07470 596 374

 

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Hot on the heels of Northumberland CVA member, Northumberland County Blind Association receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, another member of Northumberland CVA has also won a prestigious award.

Friends of LV50 have won the National Historic Ships UK ‘Virtual Flagship of the Year Award’ in recognition of their creativity and resilience in promoting continued online engagement with the LV50 vessel during the COVID-19 lockdown by creating a virtual tour of the ship.

Prior to winning the grant that allowed them to develop the virtual tour for which the award was given, Friends of LV50 received support and advice from our development officer, Marc Johnson on governance and funding, and attended our very popular funding fairs, which allowed them to develop their winning funding strategy. Secretary of the group, Paul Gibson said, “We have always been happy to rely on our CVA for guidelines on good governance and your help is much appreciated to enable us to better run our group.”

LV is an abbreviation of light vessel and LV50 is one of only three rare Victorian wooden lightships still in existence, and the only one open to the public. The vessel, moored in Blyth Harbour since 1952, was built in 1879 and, as part of the National Historic Fleet, played a role in the D-Day Landings.

Friends of LV50 received the grant from the EDF Energy Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, administered by the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Their virtual tour of the ship has been developed as an educational resource for schools and young people, as well as for a wider audience, using engaging and accessible media. The Friends were supported in its development by local education associations, including the Port of Blyth STEM Hub and the Blyth Schools Partnership

Chair of the Friends of LV50, Lester Sher told the Community Foundation’s philanthropy advisor, Ross Wilson, that the grant has “enabled the separate strands of this project to be brought together to deliver, particularly for first schools, a suite of curriculum-based resources that substantially enhances the opportunities for children to experience, understand and learn from a ‘visit’ to this unique Historic Ship.”

Now that the project has been completed, LV50’s unique history is available to anyone, anywhere who has internet access and ensures that its impact and legacy is now felt well beyond the borders of the North of Tyne area. Find out more about the work of Friends of LV50.

The Northumberland CVA team has also been able to provide Friends of LV50 with support on volunteering policies and recruitment.  

If your organisation is based in or offering services in Northumberland, and you’d like support with governance, funding, project development, community development or volunteering, please talk to us. Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.