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Community Action Northumberland

The service

Our comprehensive support includes:

  • Tailored career guidance rooted in a deep understanding of the local job market.
  • Directing individuals towards volunteering and training opportunities aligned with their career aspirations.
  • Assisting with CV development to enhance job prospects.
  • Providing internet access and guidance for effective job searches.
  • Offering IT skills support through programs like ‘Learn My Way’ and ‘Make it Click.’
  • Preparing individuals for interviews to boost their confidence and chances of success.

In addition, we organise group sessions covering topics such as CV and application letter writing, interview preparation.

Our ongoing support includes:

  • Weekly face-to-face interactions with dedicated work coaches for continuous guidance and prompt issue resolution.
  • Encouraging peer support to combat social isolation and improve overall well-being.
  • Fostering the development of regular routines, a crucial skill for transitioning into employment.
  • Providing a welcoming environment with warm refreshments, alleviating the challenges posed by the cost-of-living crisis.

We are committed to empowering our community members to overcome barriers to employment and enhance their quality of life.

About CAN

Community Action Northumberland (CAN) runs 6 Employment Hubs which support unemployed residents in rural areas of Northumberland to overcome the multiple barriers they face when looking to move into employment. 

The project recognises people in rural areas face additional difficulties when searching for work, over and above those faced by people in urban areas including fewer local employment, volunteering, and training opportunities, higher travel costs both to sign on and to attend interviews, and poor internet connections making online job searches more difficult.

The Employment Hubs at Alnwick, Amble, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Morpeth and Prudhoe operate on a drop-in basis and provide support tailored to the individual’s needs (whether people are young or old, have physical disabilities, mental health problems or learning disabilities, parental or caring responsibilities or face any other issues that might affect their ability to work).

Members are offered access to the internet to carry out job search activities, one-to-one support with IT skills, planning job-seeking activities, and addressing any underlying health and social welfare issues that may limit their ability to seek work. They also arrange group sessions on issues such as writing CVs and application letters, preparing for interviews, managing finances and staying healthy on a low income.

CAN aims to offer a warm and supportive environment where members can relax and meet with other unemployed people for mutual support. Tea and coffee and a light lunch are available free of charge and travel expenses are available.

Other partners

Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre

Citizens Advice Northumberland

Cygnus Support

Northern Learning Trust

Northumberland Community & Voluntary Action