Berwick Community Trust

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What we do - Current Projects and Services run by Berwick Community Trust

Employment Support

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.

Childcare Provision

We currently employ around thirty staff across SureStart Children’s Centres in North Northumberland including a Saturday Club

Community Development

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.

Energy Saving

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.

Renewable Energy

Commissioned in 2014 the Wind Turbine has performed well with almost no downtime producing 2,071MWh up until end of May 2015.

Food Bank

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.

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Past Achievements

Milestones
Since 2005

Things that we have achieved since 2005

  • Provided employment for more than 30 people.

    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

  • Refurbished The William Elder Building.

    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.

  • Provided energy & Water efficiency advice to local residents.

    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.

  • Other Achievements

    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.

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