Solid Foundations brings unique support to help people to overcome barriers and achieve positive, life-changing outcomes

Providing valuable help to out-of-work residents in Northumberland who are looking to progress and improve life skills

The guiding principle of Solid Foundations is recognising the barriers people face. We believe that to give individuals a real chance to progress in life these barriers must be removed.

Solid Foundations has been designed to meet each person’s specific needs and provide personal support. We also address deeper problems such as debt, mental health issues, physical health, disability, literacy, numeracy, addiction, past offending and self belief. This approach ensures that individuals have a better chance of succeeding with what they want to achieve.

Solid Foundations is led by Citizens Advice Northumberland, delivering as Thriving Together Northumberland, with Cygnus Support, Northern Learning Trust, Community Action Northumberland, Northumberland Community & Voluntary Action, and Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre as delivery partners.

Solid Foundations is funded by the UK Government through the UKSPF with the North of Tyne Combined Authority as the lead authority.

Our partners

Solid Foundations is a partnership programme, bringing together six voluntary and community organisations with a wealth of experience and knowledge in supporting those who are economically inactive in Northumberland.

Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre

Community Action Northumberland

Citizens Advice Northumberland

Cygnus Support

Northern Learning Trust

Northumberland Community & Voluntary Action

How we help

The programme will help people with complex or multiple challenges and be adapted to their individual needs. Projects will provide much needed support through activities such as one-to-one mentoring, job application advice, skills courses, help with budgeting, and health and wellbeing services.