Charity’s fund still helping out others

Anne Lyall, left, chief executive of Wansbeck CVS, receives the cheque from Linda Hannom of Learning Choices.
Anne Lyall, left, chief executive of Wansbeck CVS, receives the cheque from Linda Hannom of Learning Choices.

A charity which closed down earlier this year is still helping people get back into work.

Between 1999 and March of this year, Northumberland-based Learning Choices worked with a wide range of individuals.

It helped them improve levels of qualifications, gain further work-related experience to assist them back into employment or progress further in their existing jobs and careers.

The organisation also provided careers advice and financial help to purchase vital work specific equipment or clothing.

Sadly towards the end of 2012 funding difficulties forced the management committee to take the decision to close down the organisation whilst it still had sufficient financial resources to meet all of its legal obligations.

The Blyth and Berwick centres closed at the end of December 2012 and the Alnwick was shut in March.

After all financial obligations were discharged some money still remained in the bank account.

This has now been donated to a similar charity, Wansbeck Centre for Voluntary Services in Ashington, to distribute grants to individuals who have secured employment.

Linda Hannom, from Learning Choices, said: “Over the next year individuals are invited to apply for a grant from this fund.

“Mainly the applications will be from individuals from Northumberland who have a job offer but who are experiencing difficulties accepting that offer.”

The normal application will be for between £50 and £500 but specific requests of over £500 and up to £1,000 will be considered by a WCVS applications panel.

All applicants will be required to complete a basic application form and submit it to Wansbeck CVS.

For details on how to apply and the application form, go to www.wansbeckcvs.org.uk or a hard copy can be sought from 107-109 Station Road, Ashington.