Grant boost for courses for unemployed

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A JOB club set up to help get unemployed people in Blyth Valley off the dole has been given funding to run a variety of courses in the new year.

Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre (Bric) provides courses for adults in Blyth and surrounding villages in subjects including computing, maths, English, languages, family history, philosophy and graphic design.

It is now drawing up plans for courses in Seaton Sluice, Seaton Delaval, Holywell, Seghill and New Hartley next year, thanks to a £500 grant agreed at last week’s meeting of Seaton Valley Council.

Coun Bernard Pidcock told the meeting: “Currently Bric is running some extremely successful courses in Blyth, but they want to run some courses in the five villages, and for that they are asking us for £500 to cover the cost of venue hire.

“The money is going back to the community, so it isn’t as if we are giving it to a private organiser.

“It really does some excellent work in the county, and it is a positive thing that they are looking to extend their courses into our villages.”

Coun Liz Vuyk added: “For these courses to continue after Christmas, they need this money.

“We already have people on the waiting list for these courses, so expanding them will allow these people to attend.”

Councillors agreed to provide the money to Bric to help fund courses until the end of March, and it will then decide if it is able to continue offer support for next financial year.