Recognition for important work

Community Chest grant and certificate recipients with Coun Liz Simpson, fourth from left.
Community Chest grant and certificate recipients with Coun Liz Simpson, fourth from left.

Groups in an area of Northumberland have been recognised for the work they do within their local communities.

They were recently awarded a grant from the Community Chest, run by Northumberland County Council, and were presented with a certificate by Coun Liz Simpson at a meeting of the local authority’s Ashington and Blyth Local Area Council in the Briardale Community Centre, Blyth.

The scheme awards grants of up to £5,000 in order to support community groups and organisations across the county.

The funding can help with costs by issuing 75 per cent of the total amount required – towards equipment for community group activities and sports, venue refurbishments, transport facilities and other initiatives.

Headway Arts received a grant of £2,500 to help with building repairs.

Paul Denton, development coordinator at Headway Arts, said: “The grant has helped Headway Arts to carry out emergency repairs to our building.

“It’s been great to have this support to keep our services running for the benefit of some of the most disadvantaged people in this area.”

Other community groups in attendance included The Little Gem Arts and Crafts Gallery, Parkhead and Wansbeck Powersports, Blyth Stroke Support Group, Butokokan Judo Club and The Dales School.

Coun Simpson, who represents the Newbiggin Central and East ward, said: “It was fantastic to meet local community groups and organisations who work hard to provide excellent services to benefit local people’s lives.

“It’s really important to recognise the great work that these organisations offer to the local community and I wish them every success for the future.”

Coun Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services, said: “The Community Chest scheme contributes to supporting voluntary and community groups and organisations to deliver activities to maintain and create sustainable communities.”

For more information about the scheme, email