What we do

BRIC has been providing employment support and education to our local community for over 30 years. We have built a reputation within the locality as an organisation that delivers what it promises. The services and activities BRIC provides are in direct response to the needs of our centre users and the local community, and through partnership work with other local organisations, we are able to provide a wide range of services. BRIC has a client base of over 5,000 unemployed people, which for a small project is a great achievement and evidence that our services are needed.

Although BRIC's services fall into four main categories – Education, Employment support, Group activities and a Drop in service; we have addressed many social issues outside of our own expertise that our clients have been faced with. Through partnership work with other local organisations, as well as through our own commitment to service users, we have been able to provide a wider support service to enable people to make significant and positive differences to their lives. Improving their skills and abilities, mental and physical well-being and by providing opportunities to make friends and socialise, enables service users to become more active members of the community.

BRIC's staff members include;

Centre Manager, responsible for fundraising, human resources, finance, business development, Income generation and oversight of the daily running of the centre.

Operations Manager, supports the Centre Manager with the daily operations of the organisation, project manages all activities, line manages all staff and volunteers and supports with income generation.

Two IT tutors who deliver a wide variety of computer workshops and courses at BRIC and community venues throughout South East Northumberland.

Education support, a team who support the smooth running of the education department by working with providers and outreach centres, maintaining term timetables, booking rooms and enrolling students onto courses.

Employment support, a team who support centre users with all aspects of employability, CV creation and updating, interview techniques, job search, applications and cover letters and more.

IT support, a team who support with the marketing and promotion of BRIC’s activities, maintaining our online presence, development and updating of the website and supporting the staff and volunteers with IT related issues.

Volunteers include a receptionist and two trustees, all of whom commit their time on a full time basis. One supports the Centre Manager with the finances the other manages all of BRIC’s IT systems and ensures its IT health and security. Six other part-time volunteers support the centre by providing IT support, classroom assistance and maintain our allotments.