Christmas singers


Karbon Homes is looking to bring some Christmas cheer to its residents living in its Sheltered Schemes across Northumberland and would like to hear from musical volunteers. 

Unlike previous years when choirs and soloists have been able to give concerts within the schemes, this year things will have to be done a little bit differently. Karbon Homes is looking for local choirs, musicians or singers who would be willing to give a short concert for residents outside of the Schemes which are located in Blyth, Lynemouth, Morpeth and Alnwick.

If you are interested in volunteering to bring some musical merriment please contact our Volunteering Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Northumberland CVA Annual Review 2019 2020 compressed pages to jpg 0001


On Wednesday 18th November 2020, we held our online AGM and published our Annual Review 2019-2020. 

The event was a first for us in a lot of ways, for instance:

  • The first time we've held our AGM online (you can view a recording of the AGM via the link at the bottom of this page)
  • The first time we've hosted an online event with so many attendees (56 people attended)
  • The first time we've organised such an event while working remotely from home
  • The first time we've published our Annual Review as mainly a PDF document (although we have had a few copies printed too)

Of course, given the situation forced upon communities across the globe by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are far from the first organisation having to hold its AGM online this year for the first time, but that doesn't prevent us from feeling a sense of achievement (and relief that the event went well), and we are very pleased to have received some very positive comments both during and following the event.  Here are some of the things said:


"Thank you all at Northumberland CVA for the wonderful work you do and the very useful support you provide to us."

Andrea Perrett, The November Club


"A big thank you to Northumberland CVA for all your continued hard work - it's much appreciated!"

Ellie Phillips, Longhoughton Community & Sports Centre Trust Ltd


"Well done to the team; the AGM went very well as a Zoom event."

Steve Wilkinson, Newbiggin Arts Centre





AGM Recording




Church of England



The Church of England is carrying out a second nationwide review of potential cases of abuse within the church, for the first time focusing on both children and vulnerable adults. This review will be making sure that all recent and non-recent safeguarding concerns have been dealt with properly.


Within the Diocese of Newcastle, the Bishop of Newcastle, the Right Reverend Christine Hardman has appointed two independent reviewers to study all cases where safeguarding concerns about anyone in the church have been reported, and whether the appropriate measures were taken as a result. In addition every clergy file is being reviewed.


The independent reviewers are keen to hear from anyone who may have experienced abuse within the church and their contact details are further down this page.


The Church of England wants to make churches and church related activities as safe as possible for everyone, particularly children and vulnerable adults. It wants to learn from past mistakes by listening to those who have experienced abuse.


The House of Bishops has ordered the Church of England to launch Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) and as part of this, all clergy are being asked if any and all concerns raised with them about anyone in their parish in the past have been reported and if these concerns were investigated in line with national guidance.


Bishop Christine said: “A previous Past Cases Review by the Church of England in 2008 focused on non-recent cases involving children, but this current review is far more wide ranging, looking at both children and vulnerable adults. Where any safeguarding concerns have been raised about anyone holding a church office, we’re making sure they were handled and dealt with properly. If we find that they weren’t, we will act accordingly and learn from any mistakes.


“We want our churches to be safe and trusted places for everyone. This current review is about being transparent and honest, learning if and where mistakes were made and listening to those who have suffered as a result. To those who have experienced abuse and do not wish to engage with the Church of England anymore, we appeal to them too to contact our independent reviewers or the NSPCC Helpline and help us learn from their experiences.”


Anyone wishing to contribute to this PCR2 process or who may wish to come forward and make disclosures regarding church-related abuse should contact the Diocese of Newcastle’s independent reviewers:


  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Alternatively, anyone can ring a dedicated telephone helpline – 0800 80 20 20 – which is operated independently from the Church of England by the NSPCC. The Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Carol Butler can also be contacted by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mobile 07825 167016.


Safe Places



More locations are needed throughout Northumberland to provide a Safe Place for vulnerable people who may need a little extra help when they are out and about.

Safe Places is a national project which approves local High Street shops, cafes and community venues bus stations and similar areas to provide support where needed. An approved Safe Place will have completed training in how to help anyone feeling anxious, scared, or lost, and will show a sticker in the window with the Safe Places logo.

SpLinter group, based in Amble, has been working on signing up venues to provide a network in Northumberland, and already has several venues on board.

SpLinter is a user-led community group of young adults with learning differences. They run provide a range of social events and community projects and are actively seeking more venues. They have used their personal experience to create a unique training offer that is designed to improve understanding and promote personal safety in the community.

During the current Covid-19 lockdown it’s even more important that vulnerable people have somewhere to go to feel safe, and SpLinter are continuing their training remotely during this time. Local venues that are already on board include the Blyth Community Enterprise CentreResource Centre, Costa Coffee in Alnwick, and Newbiggin Maritime Centre.

Suitable places will be close to the town centre and/or transport hubs such as bus stations, with a quiet area where someone could sit for a while. They will also need to be prepared to complete the online training.


“Safe Places gave us peace of mind for both of us to know that help was there if needed or in the event of an emergency” Mark Beresford, Pegswood.


If this could be your premises, please get in touch with Julia Lyford: call 07775 817544 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit and Find us on Facebook: @SplinterGroupNorth.

VCS Emergencies Partnership



The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership (Emergencies Partnership) is a government backed partnership between national and local voluntary and community sector organisations.

The Emergencies Partnership was formed based on learnings from the domestic crises of 2017, including Grenfell, and a sector-wide ambition to deliver a more coordinated response during emergencies.

Right now, the partnership is responding to the evolving Covid-19 crisis, but its long-term ambition is to establish a legacy which enables the voluntary and community sector, government and statutory agencies to work better together to ensure our country’s most vulnerable communities get the right support at the right time in an emergency.

We will do this through the following four key areas:

  1. A national platform to gather intelligence on where people might be going without the support they need. These insights will be shared with the voluntary and community sector to help focus our response on those who are most vulnerable and with the highest level of unmet need.
  2. Our request for support service will enable local organisations to seek additional support from the Emergencies Partnership for any needs which they do not have capacity to meet through existing local networks
  3. Five regional multi-agency cells across England to help connect members of the voluntary and community sector and enable them to pool resource in response to local requests for support and emerging unmet need
  4. One national volunteering cell to maintain an overview of capacity across the voluntary and community sector and provide a single point of contact for the government and statutory agencies to engage volunteers for large-scale nationwide volunteering requests

Adding to the already existing winter pressures, the VCS Emergencies Partnership (VCSEP) role in supporting the sector to target unmet need will be ever more vital during this new lockdown.  They will continue to broker requests for support, whether transport logistics, support for public health monitoring, tech access or food.

If your organisation is overwhelmed by this perfect storm of emergencies, please ask for help from the VCSEP. 


Find out more




key 2114350 640



Thursday 19th November; 11am - 12 noon. Book here 

Tuesday 8th December; 6pm - 7pm. Book here


Join the meeting up to half an hour before the start time. Grab a coffee, check your sound and video is working and have a chat with other attendees. Presentations will start soon after the advertised start time.

Iain Hedley, Community Regeneration Officer at Northumberland County Council, will give an overview of the fund and application process, including answering any questions you may have.

General funding discussion - opportunity to ask Iain any general questions about the Community Chest, share your experiences of this or other funding opportunities or ask Northumberland CVA's Funding Officer, Marc Johnson, any funding related questions.

Northumberland County Council - Community Chest Scheme

The aim of the Community Chest Scheme is to support community groups, organisations and Parish Councils to deliver activities which contribute to achieving the Council’s ambition for Northumberland.

The Community Chest Scheme will support one-off initiatives that are:

  • seen as valuable to the area
  • are not able to secure mainstream funding from the council or other sources

They do this by giving one-off grants of up to £5,000, but not exceeding 75% of the actual costs, i.e. you will need to find at least 25% from your own or other sources.

Projects that specifically help the community to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic may apply for up to 100%

Parish Councils can apply for the first time in 2020/21 for projects that help their communities to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The next deadline is Friday 15th January 2021

Full details are available on NCC's website.

boat in stormy seas



Trustees play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work, and this past year is likely to have been your most challenging yet, steering their organisations through such wild and unpredictable seas for such a sustained period.

The COVID-19 crisis has meant that traditional methods of generating income have all but dried up. Half of the organisations surveyed in April by Northumberland VCS Assembly had less than 6 months of reserves and more than 80% had to cease activities completely during lockdown. Many are only now starting to reopen.

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

We’d like to know about how trustees in Northumberland feel about their role during these difficult times, and we’ve put together this simple Trustees’ Week survey to gather your thoughts.

We’d appreciate you answering the questions as honestly as you can, and we'll report on our findings during Trustees' Week.

You can remain anonymous if you wish, although if you’d like us to contact you about any support needs your organisation has, please do make sure we have your contact details. You can either fill in the email address field in the survey, or you can contact us separately by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Take the survey at:

trustees week landscape cmyk compressed


It’s Trustees’ Week 2020: an annual event that calls on the voluntary and community sector to celebrate the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to consider getting involved and becoming trustees themselves.

But this year, in the middle of a pandemic and a new lockdown, how can we achieve this? Is it even appropriate to be celebrating our trustees when there is still so much uncertainty out there, and so much need in our communities?

Of course it is!

This year, it’s even more important that we do so. Because this year, our trustees are experiencing their most challenging year yet.

Read our full blog.

North of Tyne Combined Authority


North of Tyne Combined Authority have put forward plans to Government for a recovery and devolution deal, outlined in this document, which shows their ambitions, case for investment, and the ways in which they believe progress can credibly be deliver towards post-COVID recovery and renewal.

This five-point investment plan would see investment in the North of Tyne ‘levelled-up’.

Such a deal could see £1.1 billion investment used to help North of Tyne power a North East-wide recovery with major projects stretching from the Borders to the Tyne.

To find out more, visit , or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..