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Blyth Resource & Initiative Centre

BRIC is an unemployed peoples centre that helps people to gain sustainable employment or to make the most of their retirement, and to enjoy a better quality of life. We meet our objectives by providing a wide range of accredited, non-accredited and vocational educational courses, providing all aspects of employability and actively supporting mutual interest groups.

Our Team

With a wide variety of skills on offer at BRIC, our tutors are well prepared to help support you fulfil your learning needs.

Testimonials & Feedback

Find out what our centre users have had to say.

Our Courses

You can visit us on the Quay-Side and learn some valuable skills, or you can learn online with our brand new online courses!

The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project is an employability programme which is about getting people nearer to employment through personalised support and reaching out to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Bridge is jointly funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Fund.


 Bridge is a partnership between the Public Sector and the Voluntary and Community Sector. Northumberland County Council is the lead accountable body for the project.

A number of organisations were selected to come together to develop a partnership.  The operational lead partner is VoiCeS Northumberland and the other partners include BRIC, Cygnus Support, Escape Family Support, Citizens Advice Northumberland, and Northumberland CVA  

To find out more, go to www.bridgenorthumberland.org.uk

Services in BRIC

Employment Support

Our employment support offers help to you on a one to one basis, making our advice and guidance unique to you and your journey. With exclusive vacancies, resources, partnerships and forward-thinking solutions, we are truly in a position to offer the best support and signposting so you get the best help around.

Education and Training

We value everyone’s right and ability to learn and gain new skills, which is why we are committed to providing free adult education courses throughout South East Northumberland. Whether you want to learn how to use a computer, understand Universal Credit, learn techniques for dealing with stress or simply increase your confidence ready for that all important interview, we can help.

Upcoming Term

Our Adult Education programme is well underway with a wide range of courses. We have IT for Beginners, Interview Preparation, Dealing with Stress, Customer Service & Customer Relations, Tablets for Beginners, Assertiveness, Computer Skills for the Office and many more.  To enrol on any of our courses please call us on 01670 353817 today.

Practical Training

BRIC’s coffee bar is open to the public. Come in and have a coffee, a chat, use the computers, fax machine and printing facilities. The opening times are: Tuesdays: 9.30am – 4pm | Wednesdays: 1pm – 4pm | Thursdays: 9.30am – 4pm| Friday: 1pm – 3.30pm

Drop-in Support

BRIC’s coffee bar is open to the public. Come in and have a coffee, a chat and use the computers, fax machine and printing facilities. The times are: Tuesday: 9:30am - 4pm | Wednesday: 1pm - 4pm | Thursday: 9:30am - 4pm | Friday: 1pm - 3:30pm


BRIC supports nine self-run interest groups that meet regularly to share common interests, challenge and discuss each other’s work and enjoy each other’s company. It's a good way to meet new people and the groups are always looking for new members. Please call to find out more information or how to join any of our groups.