Centre is in running to win £50k funding

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An unemployed people’s centre that provides services and opportunities aimed at alleviating experiences of low income and unemployment has been shortlisted for a TV competition that could see them winning £50,000.

Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre (BRIC), based at The Eric Tolhurst Centre in Blyth, is one of six groups in the north east bidding to win funding from The People’s Millions competition.

The regional competition, run by the Big Lottery Fund and ITV, will see each group showcase its work on November 26, before viewers vote to choose the four winners of up to £50,000 in each ITV region.

Centre manager Cath George said: “This money would enable BRIC to work more closely with people in their own communities.

“Bringing people together to help and support each other to become more socially, digitally and financially included.

“We’re all very excited here at BRIC that we’re going to be on ITV’s People’s Millions.”

The project will provide weekly one hour training workshops in 20 community venues across south east Northumberland to introduce digitally illiterate people into the benefits of being online.

The project will engage 20 digital champions who will be trained to support people in their communities to continue to access the internet and digital resources beyond the life of the project.

The competition will be screened on Tyne Tees from November 24 to 26.

Viewers will see two groups showcase their work each night before voting by phone to decide who wins the prize.

BRIC will be up against Sunderland-based Fresh Start Cafe.

Adam Crozier, ITV chief executive, said: “The People’s Millions is an exciting way for people around the UK, through the ITV regions, to win up to £50,000 of Lottery money to improve their communities.

“We congratulate all the projects on making the final shortlist and wish them all the very best of luck.”

BRIC run free accredited courses for anyone interested. Currently they are running a Basic IT course on November 14 from 10am to 3pm once a day for three weeks, and again on November 18 from 1pm to 3pm over three weeks.

There’s also a Christmas Shopping Online workshop on November 7 from 10am to noon. Call (01670) 353817.