Northumberland Rural Employment Hubs

Our Employment Hubs 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/training opportunities, higher travel costs both to sign on and to attend interviews, and poor internet connections making online job searches more difficult.

Our Employment Hubs operate on a drop-in basis and provide support tailored to the individual’s needs (whether they 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. We 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.

We aim 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.

Employment Hub venues and opening times


Every Friday from 9.30am - 2.30pm at the Gallery Youth Project. Full details


Every Thursday,  9.30am - 2.30pm at Amble Drop-In Centre, Dilston Terrace Amble. Full details


Every Thursday, 9.30am - 2.30pm  at Haltwhistle Community Hub (above Haltwhistle Library). Full details


Every Wednesday, 9.30am - 2.30pm at The Torch Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QS  Full details


Every Wednesday, 9.30am - 2.30pm at County Blind Association, Reiver House Staithes Lane, Morpeth. Full details


Every Friday from 9.30am -2.30pm at the Spetchells Centre. Full details

Contact us

For more information contact Julia Plinston at 01670 517178 or via

Part of the Solid Foundations programme

Our Employment Hubs are funded through Solid Foundations, 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. Visit the website at for more information 

The Solid Foundations project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with the North East Combined Authority as the lead authority.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling  Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025.  The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK  investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information visit