The new Bedlington Learning Hive

Bernicia has launched its fantastic new Learning Hive in Bedlington, part of a £3.5million investment to 100 homes that will have a major impact on its communities.

Bernicia is passionate about supporting its tenants and this fantastic new Learning Hive builds on the success of Bernicia’s similar facility in Newbiggin. Working closely with partners the Northern Learning Trust, The Hive will engage with the community to deliver educational and learning programmes and help residents gain a whole range of new skills including IT, money management, cookery, social enterprise and self-employment.

The Hive is located in the Burnside Estate in Bedlington where Bernicia is transforming the area and significantly improving the estate environment, homes and services. The work includes extensions to homes, new bathrooms and kitchens, roof replacements as well as additional parking and new fencing to improve the estate environment.

Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck, who always maintains a keen interest and support for Bernicia’s developments, was special guest at the launch event that marked the opening of the Hive. He said “Bernicia has created a network of Learning Hives which operate from the heart of communities to equip people with the skills and confidence they need to enter the job market and sustain employment. This is a fantastic example of how Bernicia supports its residents, by aligning their plans to support and engage with communities to the regeneration of its homes”.

John Johnston, Deputy Chief Executive at Bernicia said: “The launch of our new Learning Hive will have a massive impact in the Burnside estate where we are investing over £3million. We recognise that some people don’t have the skills or confidence to start looking for a job, let alone compete, the Learning Hives respond to this. This is part of our overall commitment to engage with our communities and create opportunities for residents.

The Learning Hive will be opening its doors from Wednesday 18th March, providing a free place for people to learn a range of subjects designed to help not only individuals, but also the neighbourhood.