Strengthening Communities

Task Group Leader: Christina Manners

Vision: We want to strengthen our communities and bring our four villages together for everyone’s benefit and support.


Projects and budget for 2019-2021:

Investing in People
Amount awarded: £20,000
Estimated total cost: £Unknown
A ring-fenced fund to offer a range of creative, personal development, training and other opportunities to CELL residents, and to emerging local groups.

Small Business Start Up Loans
Amount awarded: £800 (plus £3,000 previously allocated in 2018)
Estimated total cost: £800 
An ongoing project with Northumberland Community Bank where loans of up to £500 are available for CELL residents who are keen to start their own business. Support will also be available with initial business planning.

Support Services
Amount awarded: £20,000
Estimated total cost: £60,000
Continuation of a drop-in service for CELL residents offering help, advice and guidance including the free use of computers. Bacmans also acts as a link to the services of Citizens Advice, Northumberland Community Bank, and Wansbeck Food Bank.

Community Kitty
Amount awarded: £11,000
Estimated total cost: £11,000
Continuation of the CELL Big Local small grants pot offering up to £500 for local community groups with an idea or project to benefit local residents.