Projects supported 2007 - 2013

Projects supported 2007 - 2013

Applicant: Horse Power for Ability

This project saw the opening of a new horse power therapy centre to help people with mobility problems in Northumberland. The business introduced hippotherapy – a specialist physiotherapy intervention using the movement of horses – to the Northumberland Uplands. This innovative new business purchased specialist equipment to help open Horse Power for Ability. The business provides opportunities for care provision in a controlled and unusual setting.
  • one micro business supported
  • one micro enterprise start up
  • one job
  • LEADER grant - £8,389

Applicant: Scarlett and the Spotty Dog

Scarlett and the Spotty Dog has launched as a cakery producing locally and ethically sourced specialist cakes and baked goods, offering something a little different to the market.

This project supported the start up of the bakery by installing a commercial kitchen from which to grow the business and also purchased a delivery van to take deliveries to local shops and farmers markets.
  • one micro business supported
  • one micro enterprise start up
  • one and a half jobs
  • one community/business network
  • LEADER grant - £10,285

Applicant: Moss Peteral Farming Partnership

Moss Peteral Farm has diversified by getting involved in care farming. The farm business has installed a wood fired boiler and central heating system that has enabled suitable accommodation, meaningful work opportunities and respite care to be offered to vulnerable adults with social and care needs.

The farm can accommodate two people at a time, with the length of stay depending on the clients' requirements. The farm is now registered with Northumberland Care Trust who place clients with them through the adult placement carers scheme.
  • one micro business supported
  • one micro enterprise start up
  • LEADER grant - £9,867

Applicant: The Upper Coquetdale Farmers Group

The overall aim of the homegrown protein crops research project is to explore the economic, environmental and ethical performance of a group of upland stock farms in Coquetdale, through the trial growing and use of appropriate legume-based forage crops over a two-year period.

The trial involved planting plots of a farm specific legume forage mix and comparing them with existing hay meadows. Forage growth, animal performance and financial performance are measured to enable feed supply and feed demand to be understood and appropriate feed budgets devised.
  • LEADER grant - £34,820

Applicant: Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service's Youth Firefighters' Association

This project supported the young firefighters' association to establish three new branches in rural Northumberland, based around fire stations in Rothbury, Wooler and Haltwhistle.

Each cadet branch is supported by two retained firefighters who live and work locally and two trained young volunteers and involve young people in decision making and planning. Each branch recruits young people aged 13 to 18.

They participate in a structured, accredited training programme, which leads to a Level 2 BTEC qualification in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.

Firefighting skills are taught as well as training around health and safety, nutrition, first aid, communications, problem solving and understanding anti-social behaviour. A further station in Amble has been funded by the Coast and Lowlands Local Action Group.
  • 245 training days
  • three community/business networks
  • 12 young people
  • LEADER grant - £26,770

Applicant: St Mary the Virgin Church, Longframlington

The Opening Doors project has completed the capital development of a new community room and employed a part-time community co-ordinator to develop the use of the community room and identify and facilitate new projects and services as requested by the locals.

A part-time youth worker is also providing an outreach service to the children and young people of Longframlington and the surrounding area. Now that these services are up and running and have established clear community need they being run by the local community.
  • one job
  • LEADER grant - £26,328

Applicant: Humshaugh Community Ventures Ltd

The villages of Humshaugh and Wall came together to protect their valuable village shop from closure. Facing a real prospect of the final shop in their community closing, local people formed a committee and purchased the lease and took on the day to day management of the shop.

The shop is really important in terms of basic rural service provision so the community got on and did something about its impending closure. The shop has generated enough profit to start recycling funds back to the community through other projects. The new Village Hall commercial grade kitchen has benefitted from this new source of community investment.
  • two micro businesses supported
  • one micro enterprise start up
  • one job
  • five community/business networks
  • six young people
  • LEADER grant - £22,500

Applicant: Glendale Gateway Trust

England’s first eco-museum a museum without walls – was developed by a group of organisations and individuals from the private, voluntary and public sectors.

The idea behind Flodden Eco-Museum is to allow communities, projects, locations and events to retain their individual ownership but to be linked through a single brand, in this case the Battle of Flodden and the 500-year commemoration in 2013.

This project provided various workshops, training days, and a single identity branding for all sorts of local businesses and organisations. This community network ensures a legacy within the area beyond the 500-year commemoration of Flodden in 2013.
  • one micro business supported
  • 41 training days
  • two community/business networks
  • LEADER grant - £24,265

Applicant: Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society

Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society wanted to increase the ability of the general public to visit the observatory. A much broader public access programme has been established by this project allowing many more astronomy sessions to be held.

As a result the project is now self sufficient, generating its own funds through increased numbers of paid visits by the public which also raised public awareness of the observatory and the work of Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.

An edition of The Sky at Night was filmed here on 15th February 2013.
  • one micro business supported
  • LEADER grant - £50,000

Applicant: Northumberland National Park Authority

This Young Enterprise LEADER Project supported the work of NULAG's Youth Animation Project. The project provided young people with an opportunity to gain enterprise skills through a series of training and business open days.

It also offered the chance to rake part in training aimed at increasing the involvement of young people in work environments. A change maker was also recruited in this project to establish a network of young people.

The network has already voiced the options on life in rural Northumberland to their local MPs.
  • 12 micro businesses
  • three networks
  • 90 young people
  • LEADER grant - £26,928

Applicant: Kirkhale Creative

Kirkharle Creative is a community interest group made up of businesses based at Kirkharle Courtyard. Famous as the birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the group wanted to expand Kirkharle’s offer by appealing to families with young children, and has created a children’s play area that draws upon the history of the site as part of its inspiration.

A range of environmentally appropriate play equipment has been installed, along with a sandpit that mimics the shape of the serpentine lake also on site and interpretation boards and games.
  • five businesses supported
  • LEADER grant - £6,721

Applicant: Northumberland National Park Authority

This automatic wildfire detection system project is highly innovative and unique across the UK in managing wildfires. NULAG has supported the purchase and installation of optical and infra-red cameras that are capable of detecting when fires break out in remote areas of Northumberland National Park.

The cameras transmit a signal to a computer containing special software that acts as an early warning system. This project has benefited from links with similar systems in place in several European countries.

Northumberland National Park deliver this project in parallel with the Cheviot Futures project that gives practical advice to land managers on adaptation and climate change.
  • five businesses supported
  • LEADER grant - £59,230