Emergency fuel vouchers now available from Finchal Group

7th August 2020

Over 200,000 UK households risk falling into fuel poverty as the economy struggles to come out of the coronavirus lockdown. This stark warning from the warning from the End Fuel Poverty Coalition comes as Public Health England declare there is "clear evidence on the links between cold temperatures and respiratory problems". People with long term lung conditions and respiratory problems are among the groups most vulnerable to developing severe Covid-19 symptoms.

Thanks to funding from the Energy Redress Covid 19 scheme, Finchale Group can now provide emergency fuel vouchers to those on a pre-paid meter (not British Gas) who are at risk of disconnection. To qualify, clients will need to provide the following:

Proof that they are on a pre-payment meter – this could be a letter from their energy supplier, a photo of their pre-payment card or meter
Be in danger of self-disconnecting and have had financial issues as a result of the pandemic
Proof of ID and address
Confirm that they can receive email vouchers

Vouchers are limited to a maximum of three per household per year and applications must be made by the person claiming the voucher.

All clients requiring support should be asked to complete an online application or if they require further support call 0191 386 2634 or email email us.

When they apply they will get this confirmation

Thank you for completing the application for Energy Vouchers.
We now need you to send the following by email to
Subject Line FAO Lisa Gordon - Energy Vouchers

Scan or photo of Driving Licence or Passport. Proof of Address - Driving Licence or Official letter such as Council Tax or Utility Bill. A photo of your prepayment meter or prepayment card or the prepayment app account on your phone.

On receipt of all 3 requirements a voucher will be emailed to the applicant or to her or his Work Coach or Case Worker.

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Bullion Hall is looking for a new part-time cafe coordinator for the Wait 'er While Cafe

5th August 2020

The Wait ’er while café is a well-established and much loved community café based in Bullion Hall Community Centre. The café is staffed by adults with learning difficulties who are supported to develop independent living skills, build self-confidence and make long term friendships in this safe and supportive environment.

We're looking for a Cafe Coordinator to support the running of this busy community café and to supervise and support our team of service users, who have medium level support needs.

The post is part-time (16 hours per week) but includes full time hours to cover holidays.

See the full job description to find out more and for an application pack email Belinda Lowis, Development Manager or check out our Facebook jobs page

We will only accept application forms, please do not send your CV.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, 21 August 2020.

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Bullion Hall is looking for freelance tutors

13th November 2019

Bullion Hall is a popular and well known community centre in Chester le Street with a busy weekly schedule offering a wide range of activities from exercise classes, including Pilates, Zumba and Yoga to arts and crafts, music and dance and more. We are open from 8.30 until 9pm weekdays with classes and activities running through the day.

The Wait ‘er While Café, open every weekday from 9am to 2.30pm and a set of offices occupied by charities working in Chester le Street and across the region. While we have people from across County Durham coming to Bullion Hall to take part in activities, group and classes, we chiefly serve communities in Chester le Street and close to Bullion Hall.

To enable us to continue to meet the needs and interests of our local communities we want to create a pool of freelance, self-employed tutors who are experienced at working in community settings.

Examples of subjects that we are interested in that will compliment or enhance our current offer, include: sewing, knitting and other crafts painting and drawing, creative writing, choir and singing, Yoga, Tai Chi and other exercise and wellbeing activities for example walking football or rugby, beginners and intermediary classes in foreign languages, musical instruments and other hobbies and pastimes.

This is not an exhaustive list and if you are an experienced freelance tutor delivering classes in a topic that you think will attract people to Bullion Hall we would like to hear from you. Many of the activities we currently offer are for people aged 50 and over. However, we are particularly interested in developing more classes and activities for children and young teenagers (aged 8 to 14).

What to do next?

Email your CV along with a short cover letter telling us a little about yourself to

We have not set a deadline for responses as this is a rolling programme but we are currently considering our programme for early 2020

Our hourly rate is £21 to £25 per hour depending on skills, qualifications and experience

All tutors must have an up to date DBS check

Please note that we cannot guarantee any work for tutors and that any opportunities offered will be on a self-employed basis, the tutor being responsible for their own tax and national insurance.

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