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 feel able to 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.

Opening our Hub doors again

We’re delighted to announce from 15th September we will be opening our Employment hub doors again to offer face to face support to our members.

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we will be operating an appointment system instead of our usual drop-ins. Our work coaches can see you for 45 minutes to give advice and support including careers advice, training and volunteering opportunities, creating or updating a cv, looking for work online, completing applications forms, and preparing for interviews.


Appointments are available at:

Alnwick:          Friday 10am – 3pm

Amble:            Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am – 2.30pm

Haltwhistle:    Thursday 10am – 3pm

Hexham:         Wednesday 9.30am – 2.30pm

Prudhoe:         Friday 10am – 3pm

Details of all our hubs are available here

Book an appointment

All appointments must be booked in advance.  Please call Julia on 07340 082571 or email


Prior to COVID-19 our Employment Hubs ran at the following times:


Every Friday from 10am - 3pm at the Gallery Youth Project,   Full details available here


Every Tuesday and Thursday,  9.30am - 2.30am at Amble Drop-In Centre, Dilston Terrace Amble:  Full Details available here.


Every Thursday, 10am - 3pm  at Haltwhistle Leisure Centre Full details available here


Every Wednesday, 9.30am - 2.30pm at Number 28, Derwent Rd.  Full details available here


Every Friday from 10am - 3pm at the Spetchells Centre,   Full details available here


For more information contact Julia Plinston on 01670 517178 or via

CAN’s Rural Employment Hubs Project is part of a larger programme called Bridge Northumberland.  

Bridge Northumberland is a voluntary programme to help people living in Northumberland who are out of work and aged 16+ to overcome barriers to training, education and work.

Additional elements of this project are funded by

The GS May Family Fund at the Community Foundation,  Amble Town Council, Haltwhistle Town Council and Prudhoe Town Council