Blyth Riverside Resource Centre

Blyth Riverside Resource Centre

About Blyth Riverside Resource Centre

Blyth Riverside Resource Centre aims to provide people with learning and physical disabilities a safe, supportive environment to socialise, relax and learn new skills and aims to promote a positive presence for individuals in the local community. It also aims to maximise people’s potential, enhance the individual’s quality of life and promote independence.

Keyworkers support service users in making the best of their day service and in any difficulties individuals may encounter. Ensuring there is an identified worker responsible for liaising with each service user and their family/carers. Keyworkers assist the individual to plan their person centred reviews. 

The support each individual receives is summarised and set out in their individual care plan, which is updated in accordance with the individual changing needs and reviewed as part of the person-centred review. A person-centred review focuses on the person’s strengths and talents. It enables people who are important to an individual to get together to work in partnership, to support them in things that are important for them, and to look at what they need from the service. It provides an opportunity to discuss what’s going well and what isn’t, and to plan/agree actions to help make things better.

A person-centred review focuses on the person’s strengths and talents. It enables people who are important to an individual to get together to work in partnership, to support them in things that are important for them, and to look at what they need from the service. It provides an opportunity to discuss what’s going well and what isn’t, and to plan/agree actions to help make things better.

Riverside Social Enterprises

Riverside Social Enterprises provides the opportunity to develop new skills in association with the running of two craft studio workshops in soap making and mug production. These activities provide an opportunity to work as part of a team, taking pride in the high quality of the finished item and aims to involve the clients in the wider business life of the community. Opportunities to engage with the community by visit stockists, delivering stock, attended Trade fairs or sell at Fairs & Coffee mornings.

Facilities

Blyth Riverside Resource centre provides level access to all areas, with changing facilities, other adaptations and equipment to assist staff in supporting individuals in their personal care needs. We offer 40 day care places
  • large dining room
  • computer room and internet access
  • garden area
  • large craft room
  • music room
  • large common room with easy chairs, TV, DVD and Wii
  • Accessible toilet and wet room with hoists
  • multi-sensory rooms fitted with specialist equipment
  • life skills kitchen
  • small common room with TV and DVD
  • ball pool in own room
  • allotment with large shed, running water and toilet
  • social enterprise workshops for soap and pottery production

What we offer

Blyth riverside resource centre offers a welcoming, relaxing environment that meets the needs of the individual by providing therapeutic, recreational and work activities. Each individual has their own weekly timetable, taking their interests and choices into account.

Activity sessions take place both in the centre and within the local community. Individuals are supported to participate and contribute to their fullest ability, enjoying new experiences and learning new skills.

Below is a list of activity sessions we offer:
  • art and music therapy, enabling the individual to explore their creative talents
  • music group, helping the individual to express themselves through dance and playing instruments and singing on Karaoke.
  • the life skills sessions encourage new skill for daily life
  • the community access group plans and arranges trips out to places of interest
  • gardening
  • arts and crafts
  • baking & cooking
  • games & puzzles
  • sensory relaxation
  • beauty group
  • Wii fit and armchair exercises
  • host Gateway - social group Wednesday evenings 
  • social enterprises group

Our staff

Our team consists of:
  • unit manager
  • assistant manager
  • care supervisors
  • care workers
  • admin staff
  • kitchen staff
  • ceramic technician
All staff members receive support via regular supervisions and an annual performance appraisal. Each staff member is given the training to enable them to provide a professional service. Staff members are required to have a minimum NVQ II in health and social are, or equivalent, and are provided with up to date training in the following:
  • first aid
  • moving and transferring
  • protection of vulnerable adults
  • fire awareness
  • basic food hygiene
  • infection prevention and control
  • non-abusive, psychological and physical intervention
  • equality and diversity
Staff receive this training to ensure they understand and are sensitive and attentive to the needs of their clients, respecting the rights and diversity of each individual.

Contact details

To Email the centre
blythriversideresoucecentre@northumberland.gov.uk‚Äč
Telephone: 01670 353276

To enquire about Riverside Social Enterprise
riverside.enterprise@northumberland.gov.uk
Telephone: 01670 356858

Visiting us

Blyth Riverside Resource Centre
Coniston Road 
Blyth Riverside Business Park
Blyth 
Northumberland
NE24 4RQ

Telephone: 01670 353276
Opening times
  • Monday - Thursday (9am - 4.30pm)
  • Friday (9am - 4pm)