Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Funding has been generously supplied by Northumberland County Council through the Community Chest Fund to resurface the pool table and supply new pool cues. This is a much used resource, especially by the Youth Club.

The table had been in a state of poor repair for some time, due to the amount of use it receives.

Youth Leader Steve Perry said, "It's splendid that the youths are able to enjoy more time playing pool, it has really made a difference to the quality of play".

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Friday Oct 30th 4.30pm at The Isabella Community Centre

Staged by the DJ Company with all proceeds going to Children in Need. £1.00 entry.

For children aged 4-16. Please come along for goulish games, freaky fun, frightening and spooky games (bring a flashlight!). Parents are welcome to stay and join in.

For more info call the DJ Company on 0778798669

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Congratulations to Rhys Wait who achieved a presitigious 4th place at the Northern Region Karate Championships. This was recently held at Sunderland University. Rhys is a long-standing member of the South Beach Karate Club based here at the Isabella Centre.

Karate Club on Tuesday and Thursday 7.00pm-8.30pm.

New members welcome. Discounts available to families.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


You may remember back in June of this year I wrote about the Men's Health Event we staged here at the Isabella Centre. This was part of our campaign to win a Healthy Business Bronze Award run by the NHS Northumberland Care Trust.

This involved achieving best practice in promoting health, safety and welfare among the Isabella Centre workforce and community, which involved: first aid provision, fire safety, Health and Safety Committee communications, three health promotion events, staff welfare facilities, health and safety policies with controls and risk assessments, management of long-term conditions, availability of healthy food choices and smoke-free promotion among others...

The Isabella Community Centre fulfilled the criteria, thanks to the co-operation and commitment of staff, volunteers and Committee, and achieved the Bronze Award!

This is what the award assessors had to say:

The assessors were really impressed by the level of commitment shown by the organisation in improving the health of their staff and delivering the health message to the local community. Partnership work on the Men’s Health Week event with Age Concern was successful despite low attendance and is something which should be encouraged in future years. We would particularly like to mention the huge amount of effort and commitment shown by the Health Advocate Alan Fryer who is a very enthusiastic and talented individual. He has ensured that all the criteria required for the Bronze award has been met and additionally has produced some fantastic newsletters and run many more than the required numbers of campaigns and events. It is also obvious that he has the support of the board and all the staff and volunteers. We are therefore delighted to confirm that the Isabella Community Centre has achieved both the Northumberland Healthy People Healthy Business and the North East Better Health at Work Awards. Well done!
We would like to thank Alan (Health Advocate) and Grant Davey (Board member) for their hospitality during the visit.

We move on to the Silver Award next. The criteria become more challenging, but with your continuing support we can all benefit and becoming fitter and healthier. Watch out for details of our next health events coming soon...


Local Savings and Low Cost Loans

The Credit Union of South East Northumberland hold a collection and member registration point in the main Cafe area of the Isabella Community Centre every Monday 11.15am - 12.15pm.

What is a Credit Union?

A Credit Union is a non-profit making financial co-operative run by a small dedicated team of paid staff and volunteer members.

How does savings work?

Members pay £1.00 to join and then agree to save regularly (as little as £1.00 per week). Credit Unions encourage you to save...

Is my money safe?

Credit Unions are regulated by the Financial Services Authority and are bound by law to be insured against fraud and theft...

How does borrowing work?

The money saved is available for low-interest loans to members and you can qualify for your first loan after 13 weeks...

How much interest?

A Credit Union is the cheapest way to borrow money. The interest rates are fixed by Parliament at 1% per month (12.68%pa) on the reducing balance...

Who can Join?

If you are 16 and live work or volunteer in SE Northumberland you can join the Credit Union as a full member - you need to be 18 to take out a loan. Under 16s can become junior members. Members can also have the opportunity to learn a new skill...

For more details: email or freephone 0800 141 2403

Saturday, October 3, 2009


The skills workshop from around 2004. A much under-used facility, currently utilised for storage, exciting plans are being developed for its future use. Watch this space...


Wednesday 14th October 2009 2.00-4.00pm at the Isabella Community Centre.

Find out about Northumberland County Council's funding programme for play facilities. Follow this link for more information