Project gets off to an exciting start

There were plenty of activities to enjoy at the event that launched the Newsham Community Matters project.
There were plenty of activities to enjoy at the event that launched the Newsham Community Matters project.

Residents from an area of Blyth flocked to a family fun day to celebrate the launch of a community project.

Newsham Community Matters, led by Northumberland County Council and funded by a £25,000 NE Procurement grant, is striving to improve the lives of those living in this community.

More than 200 people came along to the Pavilion at Newsham to take part in or watch activities such as a children’s parade, face painting, princess and pirate fancy dress, a treasure hunt and raffles.

Some of them also signed up to initiatives and courses that have been developed as part of the project.

They will focus on three themes – IT Matters, such as help with job applications and benefit claims; Practical Matters, such as first aid, tenancy advice and confidence building; Family Matters, such as cooking on a budget and healthy lifestyle advice.

Courses will be held at the Church of Yahweh, St Bede’s Church Hall and the Pavilion.

Susan Ogle, housing operations manager at the county council, said: “It was a fantastic day that was really well supported by the community.

“We were delighted with the level of interest and the number of people who signed up to courses and initiatives.”

A Community Interest Company, led by tenants and residents, will now be formed to take the project forward.

Call 075522 60613 for more information about the courses and other organisations involved in the project. There is also a Newsham Community Matters page on Facebook.