A community centre has been awarded £200,000 to help improve education, life skills and job prospects in the area.
Blyth Resources and Initiative Centre (BRIC) received the cash from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, and will mean the centre will be able to recruit two members of staff for five years, to help around 2,000 people in south east Northumberland into learning, training and employment.
The centre will provide courses in CV preparation, advice on the job market, online and paper based applications, job search and community group activities. It will also act as a drop-in facility for anyone wanting to access a computer, telephone, fax machine or photocopier.
Centre manager Cath George said: “This is just fantastic news, I am absolutely buzzing.
“When I got the call I was running around the building.
“The grant gives us the security that we needed and will allow us to develop our education programme and enable us to train and develop staff in these posts.
“There are limited services in south east Northumberland that provide a whole support package.”
Big Lottery Fund spokesperson Tessa Wiley added: “Long-term unemployment damages individuals and communities and also affects mental and physical health.
“Areas which have lost traditional industries are some of the hardest hit so learning new skills helps people towards a brighter future.
“We are very pleased to award this funding to BRIC which has already had success in giving people hope, finding them jobs or helping them into further training.”