Investing in Berwick
Here for You is a free service supporting employed and unemployed customers with jobsearching activities including writing cv’s, how to jobsearch effectively, interview skills and accredited training courses. Since inception in Jan 2013 they have supported 937 people, have 482 job outcomes and had a total of 5103 attended appointments.
We currently employ around thirty staff across SureStart Children’s Centres in North Northumberland including a Saturday Club
In 2015, with funding from Four Housing’s Community Development Fund we were able to employ a Community Development Worker, who works within local neighbourhoods to help and support communities get the most from where they live.
Warmer, Wealthier Berwick is a free project to help any resident in the Berwick area with energy related issues. This includes tariff advice, how to improve the energy performance of your home, accessing funding for installation and accessing free boiler replacements for those who qualify.
Commissioned in 2014 the Wind Turbine has performed well during 2015 and 2016 with almost no downtime. A full table of figures are shown.
The William Elder Building is home to a branch of the North Northumberland Food bank, assisting those in desperate need, not only with accessing food but supporting and helping with any issues that may arise.
CoRE Legacy Fund
A fund set up to offer grant funding to projects in the North East of England to apply to towards Renewable Energy initiatives to benefit the community. Round 3 closes 10 April 2017
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Things that we have achieved since 2005
Protected the provision of childcare opportunities in Berwick upon Tweed and Wooler by employing almost thirty staff members involved in the provision of childcare through Surestart, launched a Play Outreach Project across the town and supported Berwick Young Carers. Here for You was formed as an arm of the Trust with Joanne and Becci both volunteering until funding was obtained. The Mission of Here for You echoed the development agenda for the Trust in seeking to improve life chances and opportunities for residents through addressing unemployment issues
Provided accommodation for fourteen local businesses and organisations. Hosted the Berwick Food Bank. Facillitated the opening of the Serendipity local artisans store, managed the Reach Project enabling 80 people to find work including the start up of 12 businesses.
Installed pV panels to six local schools and a sports centre, developed a 500kW wind turbine project, worked on low carbon initiatives and Every drop Counts to enable residents to save money on water bills.
Developed and supported, over seven years, a range of local Festivals – Film, Jazz and Border Green. Attracted one hundred independent members. Developed the VisitBerwick website and supported a number of tourism projects. Directly attracted £1.8m into Berwick.
The CoRE Legacy Fund provides grants to support projects in the North East of England that will enable communities to benefit from renewable energy. Registered Charities, CICs, CIOs and constituted community groups are eligible to apply. Round 3 is now open until 10 April 2017. Please visit the page here for more information and to download an Read more about CoRE Legacy Fund Round 3 Now Open[…]
Updated figures are now available for the distribution of food bank parcels. You can visit the page here to find out more.
We are looking into setting up a car club where residents can access a vehicle from a dedicated spot in town and use it for a small charge. You can visit this link below to take the online survey and get further inofmration. http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/L163V/