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					News from CVA Blyth Valley – 26/02/10

Sad News
Council Budget
CVA Blyth Valley – dates for AGM and Funding Fayre
CVA Blyth Valley - Training Opportunities
Northumberland Primary Infrastructure Organisations – news and bulletins
Blyth Citizens Advice Bureau – various info
The Prince’s Trust
Second Sight
Kinship Carers wanted
Seaton Valley Events
Blyth Valley Children’s Centres - Vacancy

Funding Information
Community Foundation - Grassroots Grants
B&Q One Planet Living Grant Scheme
The Links Foundation
Heritage Lottery Fund - Young Roots
Hilden Charitable Fund

                                        Sad News
It is with great sadness that we report that Sheila McGuckin, Chief Executive at
Wansbeck CVS, passed away, suddenly, on Tuesday 23rd February.
Sheila was a great friend and supporter to us all here at CVABV and previously in our
work as Blyth Valley CVS. Sheila was a founder member of CVABV and supported us
as we looked to restructure our services. Sheila had also previously worked here in
Blyth, her home town, for Blyth Valley CAB
Our thoughts go out to Sheila’s family, friends, and colleagues.

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                                    Council Budget
Northumberland Council was able top agree the Liberal Group Budget at their full
council meeting on Wednesday 24th February. There was a small alteration to the VCS
budget, with an additional £50k added to the overall budget as a contingency fund for
groups experiencing severe difficulties over the next year. There is also a further £30k
fund for individuals the allocation of which will be decided by the Council Deputy Chair
and the Chairs of the 3 Area Committees. We will provided further information on this
fund as and when available.

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                           CVA Blyth Valley - Funding Fayre

Date for your diary!!
CVA Blyth Valley Funding Fayre - 15 April 2010, 10 am – 3 pm, Beaconhill Community
Centre, Cramlington - We have a record breaking 15 funders attending this event.
Watch out for further details and a booking form in your March Newsletter.

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                              CVA Blyth Valley - Training

Still places left on the following FREE training courses. We are able to offer the
                 Fundraising for Small Community Groups (full day course)
   A full day informal and interactive workshop for people who are new to fundraising,
   covering all of the basics you need to have in place to be able to apply for funding,
    how to research funders, costing a project and monitoring your grant. Using real
    examples and case studies this workshop will show you how to apply for funding
                                   for the very first time.
Venue:         New Hartley Community Centre (downstairs hall)
Day / Time:    Tuesday 2 March 2010
Facilitator:   Trainer from CVA Blyth Valley
Cost:          Free, although if not cancelled within 14 days of course, non attendees will
               incur a £15 admin charge

                  Safeguarding and Child Protection (full day course)
 Aimed at anyone working or volunteering in the voluntary or community sector, with
children and young people, also suitable for all newly appointed staff and volunteers, or
  those in need of refresher training. This course is aimed at those people working or
     volunteering with children and young people to develop their understanding of
       safeguarding and to fulfil their responsibilities to protect them from harm.
Venue:         Buffalo Community Centre, Regent Street, Blyth
Day / Time:    Wednesday 24 March 2010, 10:00 am—3:00 pm (arrive 9:45 am)
Facilitator:   Barbara Morris—Childcare & Training
Cost:          Free, although if not cancelled within 14 days of course, non attendees will
               Incur a £15 admin charge

                           Media / PR Training (full day course)
 A full day course which involves raising the profile of your organisation on-line, how to
    write press releases, production of newsletters / newspapers, legal issues, how to
                             undertake business advertising.
Venue:       Briardale Community Centre
Day / Time: Thursday 25 March 2010
Facilitator: Brian Bell - Consultant
Cost:          Free, although if not cancelled within 14 days of course, non attendees will
               incur a £15 admin charge

                     An introduction to monitoring and evaluation
This is a one day course is aimed at organisations with little or no previous experience of
using monitoring outputs and outcomes effectively as a performance improvement tool.
         By the end of the day, participants will have increased understanding of:
            the key terminology; the difference between outputs & outcomes;
      how to identify indicators as a guide to evaluation; how to develop monitoring
     frameworks; simple methods for collecting information on outputs & outcomes;
                         monitoring for performance improvement
Venue:         Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth
Day / Time:    Thursday 22 April 2010, 10:00 am—3:00 pm (arrive 9:45 am)
Facilitator:   Angie Martin, The Learning Team
Cost:          Free, although if not cancelled within 14 days of course, non attendees will
               Incur a £15 admin charge

                        The Importance of Play (full day course)
   This course aims to support those working or volunteering with children and young
     people to develop their understanding and practice with regard to play and play
 environments. By the end of the session, participants will have explored and identified:
  the meaning of play; values and assumptions about play and playwor; how to balance
risk and challenge in children’s play; how adults can support children’s play; and how to
                   plan a high quality, child centred play environment.
Venue:         Seaton Delaval Community Centre, (half hall)
Day / Time:    Friday 23 April 2010, 10:00 am—3:00 pm (arrive 9:45 am)
Facilitator:   Barbara Morris—Childcare & Training
Cost:          Free, although if not cancelled within 14 days of course, non attendees will
               Incur a £15 admin charge

If anyone is interested in attending any of the above-mentioned courses please contact
us on:
                      01670 353623 or email

Costs are free for community and voluntary groups in Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton
Valley. For groups outside this area and statutory organisations the price is £30 per
person. Places are limited to 3 places per group / organisation initially.

Watch out for more training opportunities in your next e-zine / newsletter.

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                Northumberland Primary Infrastructure Organisations
As well as keeping all our members / readers up-to-date with events happening in Blyth,
Cramlington and Seaton Valley, members can also link onto news produced by
Community Action Northumberland and Wansbeck CVS.

To view Community Action Northumberland’s Bulletin No2 click here.

News to follow from Wansbeck CVS.

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                             Blyth Citizens Advice Bureau

HMRC phishing scam
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is alerting people to a phishing message which
purports to come from HMRC and tells people that they have a tax rebate due, if they
give out their personal details. The email says it comes from 'HMRC Online services -', stating the recipient has 1 new ALERT message, and should log into
their Online Account to read the message.

The email contains a link to a fraudulent website that requests the disclosure of your
personal account information and password. The email is not from HMRC. If you have
received a copy please forward it to HMRC at

Home Access Grant for computers
On 11 January, the government launched the Home Access Grant scheme to provide
grants to low income families to buy computer and/or internet packages.
Families with children in state-maintained schools in England, in school years three to
nine, who are entitled to free school meals or are in receipt of one of a number of
qualifying benefits, will be able to apply for the grant.
Carers and foster parents for 'looked after children' in school years one to thirteen are
also likely to be eligible to apply for the grant.
Families can call the Home Access Grant helpline on 0333 200 1004 to get an
application form.
More information about the scheme is available on the Home Access website at

Occupational pension changes
The Pensions Act 2008 makes fundamental changes to occupational pensions, one of
which is that the normal minimum pension age for receiving an occupational or personal
pension will rise from 50 to 55 from 6 April 2010. After this date, people will usually only
be able to receive their occupational or personal pension once they are aged 55 or
older. There are exceptions for those with severe health problems and those who can
start receiving their pension at a younger age under the rules of their particular scheme.
People aged between 50 and 55 who are already receiving their occupational or
personal pension will not be affected by this change. Further information is available on
the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) website at

Other changes are due to come into force in 2012. From October 2012, employers who
have over 120,000 employees will be required to pay into a minimum standard
occupational pension scheme for those employees, if the employees are not already in
a qualifying pension scheme. Between 2012 and 2016, this requirement will be
extended to other employers with fewer employees.

Employees aged between 22 and state pension age earning more than £5,035 will also
be required to pay into the pension scheme. Once the scheme is fully operational, the
total minimum contribution for eligible employees will be 8 per cent of the band of
earnings. This will be made up of employer contributions, employee contributions and
tax relief.

Contributions for both employers and employees will be phased in, starting at 1 per cent
of an employee's pay in 2012, rising to 2 per cent in October 2016 and then 3 per cent
by 2017.

The scheme will be known as NEST (National Employment Savings Trust), and was
previously called Personal Accounts. The NEST scheme will be administered by the
Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA). Further information is available from the
Personal Accounts Delivery Authority website at

                  Blyth CAB, Eric Tolhurst Centre, 3-13 Quay Road
                         Blyth, NE24 2AS, Tel 01670 367779

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                                   The Prince’s Trust

Get into Construction with The Prince’s Trust and Building Futures East

Have you ever considered a career in the construction industry?
Get into Construction is a free, short, two-week training course for unemployed 16-25
year olds starting on 15 March 2010. Join up and you could:

      Gain practical skills and learn about trades like carpentry, plastering and
      Get the opportunity to obtain relevant work experience and a Construction Skills
       Certificate Scheme Card
      Have the opportunity to learn about careers and your prospects within the
      Get six months support from the end of the course
Pop along to their special recruitment day on the 8 March at Building Futures East, Low
Yard Road, White Street, Walker, Newcastle. You will also need to be free for the taster
day on the 10 March

Contact 0191 263 2752 or email to book a place on
the recruitment day. As demand for places will be high applicants will be selected from
a short informal interview on the information taster day.

                                The Prince’s Trust
                      9&10 Enterprise House, Kingsway North
                        Team Valley, Gateshead, NE11 0SR
                                Tel 0191 497 3210

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                                     Second Sight

                       4 SIGHT - Free Low Vision Exhibition

Morpeth Town Hall, Northumberland, Wednesday 17 March 2010. 10am – 4pm

Confirmed Exhibitors include:
   Enhanced Vision
   VisualEyes
   Sight & Sound Technology
   ForceTenCo
   Humanware
   Royal National College for the Blind
   SeeAbility
   Useful Vision
   Aspire Consultancy
   Action for Blind
   Optelec
   Calibre Audio Library
   AIRS and local Talking Newspapers

And more to come........ including an exclusive Workshop by Daniel Kish, World Access
for the Blind, seen on TV and in the press.

Refreshments available to purchase. Contact: 01670 789728 for further details.

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                                    Kinship Carers
Increasing numbers of drug and alcohol users are experiencing problems in parenting
their children.

This in turn is impacting on the wider family but particularly on the parents of adult
substance users who then become kinship carers for their grandchildren and are
responsible for their full-time care with often little or no support.

Please find below a link to a petition pressing for more support for this growing army of
kinship carers. It is hoped that you feel able to support this cry for help on behalf of
these families.


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                                  Seaton Valley Events

                               Seghill Community Centre

                Pink Ladies Pamper Night - Thursday 11 March, 7pm
 Seghill Community Centre are proud to host a Ladies night of indulgence - slap on the
face masks, paint the nails, relax with warm stones, or ease those tired muscles with an
 invigorating massage. There are many other fun activities and refreshments available.
                        Only £6 per person for two treatments!
      Contacts: Gladys Meredith 0191 2374684 or Elsie Harvey 0191 2373168

                Seghill TREATS Committee - Monday 15 March, 7pm
   Seghill TREATS Committee would like to meet with the general public. Your ideas
 are needed for a theme for this years’ Gala in preparation for the BIG Centenary one
           next year! Your help is required to assist with the arrangements for
       the walk throughout the village and surrounding areas, and general Gala
                   arrangements for this year’s event on 5 June 2010.

                              Trip to York - 14 April 2010
                                   £12 Adult £6 a Child

                      Gala Queen Disco - Saturday 8 May 2010
               Pick the Gala queen for the Gala on Saturday 5 June 2010

      Seghill World Cup Masters - Saturday 17 July 2010, 10.30am – 2.30pm
A 3-way football tournament between former players who have represented Seghill
Comrades Welfare, Seghill Social Club and Seghill Blake Arms ending with an evening
There is an entrance fee for each player / manager £5 to play: No pay-no play.
Ideal for ex- players who no longer play competitive Sunday morning football. The event
is to raise as much money as possible for Seghill Institute / TREATS – the Rugby club
and the Scouts are all taking an active role as well as the Community Centre itself.

For more information regarding fees, names etc please contact Grant Phillips from
Seghill Comrades Welfare on 0191 237 3505. All fees and names to be in by the
17 March 2010.

All players / managers will be given first refusal on Disco tickets. The Disco will be at
Seghill Social Club on 17 July, which will include a disco and buffet. Tickets are prices
at £2.50

                             New Hartley Community Centre

                     A Weekend of Action - 5th 6th 7th March 2010

Homes for Northumberland, Northumbria Police, the Safer Communities Team along
with other agencies have joined forces with local residents of New Hartley, local
businesses and local schools to organise a fun packed weekend to work together
building the excellent community that already exists within this area.
Homes for Northumberland (formally Blyth Valley Housing) and Northumberland County
Councils Community Safety Team with other partners have organised weeks of actions
previously within Blyth, Cramlington and the Seaton Delaval area looking at local issues
relevant to that community. This is the first time that agencies have joined forces to
deliver a wide range of activities in the New Hartley area.

                                         All Welcome

For further details please contact Clive Raper on 0191 238 2210

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                             Blyth Valley Children’s Centres

A vacancy for a Minibus/Play Van Driver has arisen in Blyth for the Blyth Valley Children’s

To view the Job Description and Person Specification please click here.

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                       FUNDING INFORMATION
                     Community Foundation - Grassroots Grants
Calling all not for profit, voluntary or community groups within Tyne & Wear or
Northumberland - do you answer yes to the following?

      Have you been in existence for a year or more?
      Do you have an average income over three years of less than £30,000 per year?
      Are you working for the benefit of your local community?
      Are volunteers vital to your group’s activities?
      Do you have a written set of rules or constitution?
      Does your group have a bank account in its own right?

If the answer to all of the above is yes, then your group may be eligible for a Grassroots
Grant. You could apply for a grant of between £250 and £5,000 to support your project.
Eligible activities include the purchase of equipment such as computers or kitchen
facilities, costs for a local community event, small-scale training and staffing costs, local
community activities and rent costs.

If you are interested in applying for a Grassroots Grant please contact:

                             The Community Foundation
                     (serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland)
                                 Tel: 0191 222 0945
Or visit their website:

Alternatively please contact one of our Capacity Building Officers at CVA Blyth
Valley on 01670 353623.

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                         B&Q One Planet Living Grant Scheme

Eligible groups can apply to their local B&Q for funding to support a local community
project (within a 20 mile radius of the store). Projects must be sustainable (and as such
use materials and methods that will not cause environmental damage) – and support at
least one of the following themes
     conserve nature
     save energy
     grow your own
     local culture and heritage

To apply, contact the environmental champion / store manager at the store. Projects
can apply until 30th September 2010.
For further information please visit:

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                                  The Links Foundation

The Links Foundation provides grants to disadvantaged communities. Projects
supported include those that:

      advance people's education
      reduce significant disadvantage
      assist those in conditions of poverty, need or distress
      provide for recreational or other leisure time occupation

Funding is available for capital or revenue, for a year. Part funding is available. The
average grant is about £20,000. While the Board has not yet confirmed dates for 2010-
11, they estimate that the next deadline will be around the end of the financial year and
so recommend getting applications in before the end of March.

For more information visit or contact
Katherine on 01642 236 486 /

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                          Heritage Lottery Fund - Young Roots

Young Roots is a grant programme designed to engage young people with their
heritage. Projects must relate to the varied heritage of the UK and:

      provide new opportunities for a wider range of young people to learn about their
       own and others’ heritage
      allow young people to lead and take part in creative and engaging activities
      develop partnerships between youth organisations and heritage organisations
      create opportunities to celebrate young people’s achievements in the project and
       share their learning with the wider community
      create new opportunities for young people to either volunteer in heritage or gain
       skills in identifying, recording, interpreting or caring for heritage

Applications can be made at anytime. For more information please visit:, email call 020 7591 6000
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                                Hilden Charitable Fund

UK Grants - for projects addressing disadvantages, notably causes which are less
likely to raise funds from public subscriptions. Particular focus on projects addressing
homelessness, asylum seekers and refugees, community based initiatives for
disadvantaged young people and penal affairs. Preference given to supporting small
community organisations with annual income of less than £200,000. Average grant in
2009 was £5,000. Next deadline is 26th March 2010.

Summer Playschemes - small budget to help community groups run Summer
Playschemes for the benefit of children from refugee and ethnic minority families.
Groups can apply for around £1,000. Around 20 awards made in previous years.

Application forms for the above funds must be submitted by mail hard copy and sent to:
34 North End Road, London W14 OSH.

For more information visit - email or call 0207 603 1525

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