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Our Regional Projects

Riverside Consulting CiC has forged links with Durham County Council to help deliver its newest programme - Durham Sparks. It will run until 2020.

You can find out more by visiting our European Union Funded Projects page.


Go Smarter Northumberland
TravelRight leaflet page 1GoSmarter logoBetween 2013 and 2017 Riverside Consulting CIC delivered the TravelRight* travel planning service which was an integral part of the wider Northumberland ‘Go Smarter’ transport initiative. TravelRight* assisted local residents to widen their horizons for travel to work, to hence widen work, learning and volunteering choices and to secure sustained transport solutions to suit.

Riverside Consullting CIC's approach was to work with referral agencies across Northumberland - Community Projects, Work Programme providers, Job Centres, Colleges and schools and individual sessions with local people were delivered to both help them find suitable travel options and to train them to be able to do their own future independent travel planning.

TravelkRight leaflet 2TravelRight* trained partner agency staff as Travel Champions who promoted local public transport travel solutions.It also trained volunteer travel buddies who supported those vulnerable people facing particular travel needs.

Using Riverside Consulting CiC's accredited Travel Planning training course, volunteers became well prepared for both understanding travel journey options and in supporting local people to become more confident in planning their own travel.

Big Lottery AWards for All logoTravelRight* also won additional Lottery funding to widen the impact of its staff and volunteers' training programmes to help build a critical mass in Northumberland of skills transport support resource.

NB:* TravelRight is the registered title of a programme developed by Riverside Consulting CIC as part of the wider Northumberland 'Go Smarter' transport initiative.

ESF Small Grants Programme 2014/15

Durham County Community Foundation logoIain Kay was contracted to be a Co-Ordinator for this programme by County Durham Community Foundation. He supported 65 groups across both Northumberland and Tyne & Wear as they accessed grants worth up to £15,000 to deliver education, training and employability skill to over 2,000 people disadvantaged in the labour market.

ESF Technical Assistance
Iain Kay and Barbara McClennan were board members of an organisation called ESFVON that for almost 20 years offered assistance to community and voluntary groups to access and manage European funded projects in the North East of England.

When ESFVON closed in March 2010 it was agreed that Riverside Consulting CIC would continue to offer this expertise to local organisations even though core funding was uncertain. ESFVON supported hundreds of projects which were funded to contribute to the creation and sustainability of many hundreds of jobs, the training of tens of thousands of individuals and the building or refurbishment of countless community facilities.

In 2010/11 Riverside Consulting CIC went into partnership with VONNE to deliver a reduced level of ESF Technical Assistance (TA) to groups in the region but as almost all of the available European funding was devolved to regional bodies rather than local councils and local organisations, it became increasingly obvious that many smaller groups that had accessed ESF/ERDF funds over many years would no longer be able to do so. The era of large, Prime Contractors who would choose and appoint their own supply chains had arrived.

Work With Offenders
Iain and Jeffrey have been involved in the criminal justice system for over fifty years between them, working within the probation and prison sectors as specialist managers delivering careers guidance, education, training and diversionary activities and then working for partner agencies and most recently as specialist consultants.

National Offender Management Service logoIain and Jeffrey worked with a consortium in the North East region that raised the ability of voluntary sector organisations to allow them to be part of possible supply chains for future Ministry of Justice contracts and for work that has traditionally been delivered by the public sector. Their role was in progressing capacity building opportunities and developing an appropriate legal structure for the consortium demonstrating robustness within a bidding process.

Capacity Building for Voluntary and Community Groups
Both Barbara and Iain have been involved in this area of work for more than ten years and have experience of delivering training, education and personal support programmes to volunteers, workers and management committee members in that time.

Between 2008 and 2012 Barbara and Iain were members of the Tyne & Wear Infrastructure Consortium that delivered capacity building training to community and charity groups in the area thanks to support from the Big Lottery. They supported over 20 groups in the region by training some 50 volunteers and workers and helping them achieve Level 2 accredited qualifications in business administration, managing volunteers and community development.

Through Pentagon Partnership, Barbara and Iain also supported local groups through the provision of specialist services funded through a programme called Supporting Change that was also supported through the Big Lottery. The input included carrying out a communications review for some organisations, advising others on whether they should become registered training centres and giving technical support to groups that were considering tendering for public sector work for the first time.

Since 2009, Iain has been a member of the Skills and Employability Focus Group, a regional voluntary sector group that meets quarterly to evaluate how the sector is best able to respond to the significant changes over the last few years to the way in which work is commissioned by Government to deliver programmes relating to skills development and reducing worklessness. The group has representation from the Tyne and Wear Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Skills Funding Agency and JobCentre Plus and this helps keep us all up to speed with latest developments in this key area.


Last updated: 2018

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