Groups given cash to help cover costs

Julie Turner, resident involvement officer at Homes For Northumberland, with Gladys Lambert, a member of the Cowpen Craft Club.
Julie Turner, resident involvement officer at Homes For Northumberland, with Gladys Lambert, a member of the Cowpen Craft Club.

TWO groups in Blyth have been given £500 each by Homes for Northumberland’s community fund.

New Hartley Community Association and Cowpen Craft Club have been given the cash to spend on improving what they have to offer and covering their running costs.

The community association will put its £500 towards the cost of providing new indoor activities at its youth drop-in sessions by buying an Xbox 360 console and games.

The craft club will use its grant to pay for room hire at Briardale Community Centre so it can keep going.

Gladys Lambert, a member of the craft club, said: “The community fund has made it possible for us to settle in well at the Briardale Centre, and the group has now increased in numbers as a result of the funding”

Allan Hepple, director of neighbourhood services at Homes for Northumberland, said: “We are committed to going the extra mile for tenants to improve their quality of life.

“Projects like these, which encourage communities to come together and meet new people in this way, are extremely important, and we work closely with all our resident associations to encourage this.”