Rural Employment Hubs

Rural Employment Hubs

CAN’s Rural Employment Hubs Project aims to support unemployed residents in rural areas of Northumberland to overcome the multiple barriers they face when looking to move into employment.  The project recognizes that people in rural areas face additional difficultieswhen 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 on-line job searches more difficult.

Our Employment Hubs operate on a drop-in basis are open to anyone who is employed less than 15 hours a week 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. 

We currently run 3 Employment Hubs as follows:



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

North Tyne & Redesdale:           

Every Tuesday from 10am - 12 noon at Bellingham Town Hall,  and 12.30pm - 3.30pm at RTC Sports Centre, Otterburn.  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


The Haltwhistle  Employment Hub  is part funded by Karbon Homes and Nat West Skills and Opportunities Fund.

The Bellingham & Prudhoe Employment Hubs are funded by the European Social Fund.