High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards

The High Sheriff of Northumberland Youth Against Crime Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday 24 March 2016 at the Northumberland Church of England Academy.

As part of the awards ceremony nearly £50,000 was awarded to 76 organisations across Northumberland. In addition, £8,000 was awarded through the Super Partnership District Awards in collaboration with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC.

The partnership saw eight awards of £1,000 awarded to groups across the region for their work in deterring young people from crime, and we would like to thank PCC Vera Baird for her generous contribution.

The High Sheriff of Northumberland Awards Scheme has grown considerably since it was established in 1993. The High Sheriff of Northumberland Panel and the Community Foundation has made the difficult decision to make this our last celebration event due to its scale and cost.

This will allow the High Sheriff of Northumberland Fund to make more awards in 2016-17 and make a larger contribution to support the work of young people in Northumberland. The Fund will be open for applications again from late April 2016 with a certificate sent with the award letter.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on 0191 222 0945 or by emailing

Waffling On looking for backers

Well done to members of the Waffling On team who are supported by NCDN’s Dyscovered Project, who reached the final five in the North East in the Big Lottery / ITV People’s Projects. The group will be awarded £5,000 to develop their project, but still need everyone’s support to reach their goal of purchasing a trailer to take their awareness-raising enterprise to a wider audience. Watch out for their new campaign on launched on 10th April.

Northumberland Careers Event Blyth Sports Centre

This event from 10-1 on 14th April is a chance to showcase the range of opportunities available to young people in Northumberland after Year 11.

There will be a mix of training providers, colleges, employers and relevant organisations offering information on opportunities post 16 and there are currently around 50 organisations that will be represented.

Secondary, high, special schools and academies in Northumberland have been invited to bring young people along, and parents and carers can access the event.

Those who can work with young people with additional needs will be asked to display a sign to indicate this.

The Careers Guidance Team staff will be identifiable on the day for general questions regarding provision.

To take part as an exhibitor or to go along, contact


NETs Update

The administration of the NETs crisis payment scheme will be taken over from VoiCeS by Northumberland County Council (NCC) from today, 1st April 2016.

The new telephone number for NETs is 0345 600 6400. Callers will need to Press 2 for Benefits and Northumberland Emergency Transition Support. At the sub menu press 1 for Northumberland Emergency Transition Support, or 2 for all other benefit related matters.

An email for professionals to contact NETs will be

A final evaluation report from the NETs Partnership will be available in May.

If you have any NETs posters on display please replace them from today with these posters which you can download In A Crisis poster and General NETs poster. is still available with information about NETs.