Northumberland Wildlife Trust is a charity dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitats within Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle and educating people about nature conservation. Part of the wider family of 47 Wildlife Trusts in the UK, we manage over 60 local nature reserves and work in partnership with landowners, companies, local authorities, local communities, schools and other organisations to restore, recreate and re-connect the landscape across the North East, allowing wildlife to move freely and thrive. An equally important part of our work is to inform and engage people across all age groups about nature through a comprehensive programme of events, activities and resources.
We have 12,000 members, 50 staff and about 350 volunteers. Each year, approximately 120,000 people visit our nature reserves; we work with about 2000 school children; we run events engaging about 4,500 people; and our website (www.nwt.org.uk) attracts 120,000 unique visits.
The charity has two trading subsidiaries which were established to generate profits to support the charity through provision of services to the community. The first Seahouses Development Company Limited operates Seahouses Accountancy Service which provides accountancy services to small businesses and third sector organisations in the local area and throughout Northumberland.
The second, Seahouses Community Ventures Limited, operates a commercial laundry social enterprise, The Washing Line, primarily to small businesses involved in the tourism sector.
The trust seeks to provide a local community organisation with the capacity to create and take opportunities, develop and manage projects, deliver services, and to create sustainable income streams to support these aims, for the social and economic benefit of the area and its inhabitants.
It will seek to be a focal point for identifying local needs, and then deciding which of these needs it can meet itself. It will also work with other partners, networks and organisations to address needs it cannot meet on its own.
The Trust is currently focusing on three projects and on improving its governances and finances