East Durham Newsletter No 15

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Welcome to the East Durham Trust E-Newsletter

The members meeting and successive funds launch held on Monday  at Hesleden Community Centre were very well attended. For those who were unable to make it, more information about the two new funds along with application materials are available below. If your group would like funding advice call Colin at the Trust on 0191 5693511 to arrange an appointment or chat.


Project Co-ordinator

£23,500 Pro Rata
Fixed Term for 12 months Part Time (21 hours)

East Durham Trust is looking for a highly motivated and suitably experienced Project Co-ordinator to deliver the Trust’s flagship Men’s Health Project “CREE”.   The Trust has successfully trained and placed 12 CREE Champions in eight venues during 2011-12 within East Durham.  The Project Coordinator will be responsible for supporting existing CREE’s and establishing new CREE’s throughout County Durham.    

Download an Application Form and Job description

Closing date:      Noon, Friday 30th March 2012
Interview date:    Friday 20th April 2012

For further information contact Vikkie Wilkinson –Vikkie.wilkinson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Administration Officer

Fixed Term for 12 months Full Time

East Durham Trust is looking for a highly motivated and suitably experienced Administrator to provide support primarily for the Trust’s flagship Men’s Health Project “CREE” throughout County Durham.

Download an Application form and Job Description

Closing date:      Noon, Friday 30th March 2012
Interview date:    Friday 20th April 2012

The IT helpdesk – free IT support

Children England is leading a free IT support service provided by i-Trust which will be available until June 2012. It is for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations that work with children, young people and families.

To find out more visit


Equipment Service for Independent Living

The Equipment Advice Service - Equipment and information for independent living has been launched.  (This service previously was provided via 5 equipment shops across the county)  It is now via telephone 0191 384 6726 and a web based service www.equip-yourself-durham.org.uk
Face to face help is also available via an appointment or drop in times:
Abbey Day Centre, Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham DH1 5DQ 
Monday to Thursday 10.00am - 3.00 pm
The service is available to anyone who lives in County Durham and has difficulty managing everyday activities. Relatives or carers of someone with a disability can also help to access the service.  The service provides information and access to equipment to help people live independently.  For further information tel: 0191 3835664




Community Buildings Fund


The Community Buildings Fund is a new, locally managed initiative, which has been established through East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) and East Durham Trust.

The aim of the fund is to help community building increase capacity and become self sustainable through partnership working under one or more of the following priorities:

·  To alleviate the pressures on community building organisations to contribute to buildings becoming more sustainable through either additional activities, increased usage and/or increased income generation.

·  Demonstrate joint submissions for funding/commissions which develop a more strategic view of service delivery and encourage the sharing of resources.

The fund will be available from March 2012 on a rolling programme and must be fully utilised by March 2013.  Funding is available from a minimum of £500.00 to a maximum of £5,000.00, as either capital or revenue funding, or as a combination of both. Only one successful application can be made from an organisation; however an organisation can be included in another bid where it is a beneficiary but the grant would not be paid directly to the beneficiary organisation.


For further details contact Colin Jackson at East Durham Trust or download the application pack here.


Community Learning Fund

The Community Learning Fund has been established in order to encourage new and innovative ways of engaging Communities in learning activities.  Specifically it is hoped that these activities will engage people who would not normally be attracted to traditional mainstream educational courses.

This fund will hopefully fill that gap.

The programme has been developed so that it is easily accessible thereby:

-          there is no necessity to include formal accreditation

-          there is an expectation of an element of ‘fun’

-          activities may well take place away from traditional educational establishments

Applications are encouraged from organisations who are working in partnership with others and it is envisaged that activities will address the following issues raised by East Durham AAP Forum:

1.)    To contribute to the delivery of learning opportunities and services to the local community of the East Durham AAP area.

2.)    Support parents to engage in the learning process with their children by providing family learning activities.

3.)    Provide non accredited learning opportunities for adults with progression.

4.)    Provide first steps towards gaining support to access employment opportunities.

For further information contact Colin Jackson at the Trust or download the application and guidance here.



Jubilee Woods Tree Planting Event

Wheatley Hill, County Durham
Saturday 24th March 2012 from 11am-1pm

Arriva bus number 22 passes through Wheatley Hill from Durham/Hartlepool. Parking will be available along Black Lane and planting will take place a short walk around the rear of the Greyhound track. For sat. nav. directions the nearest postcode is DH6 3JN.

All tree planting events are suitable for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors and wants to make history by creating a living legacy for future generations to enjoy. The events are all FREE and trees will be provided but donations are welcome. If you have a spade, please bring it along with your wellington boots or stout footwear and wear warm, waterproof clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day. Children are especially welcome but they must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Please use public transport, car share or walk whenever possible

For further information contact Dominic Sweeting on 07720 808 754 or email: dominicsweeting@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Institute of Fundraising North East Group Meeting

28th March 2012

The Institute of Fundraising is the professional membership body for UK fundraising. Their mission is to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards-setting and education, and we champion and promote fundraising as a career choice.

Members and non-members will be welcome at this regional event to network over canaps and a glass of wine and participate in the following discussions:  Institute’s Chief Executive, Peter Lewis, will be speaking about “Trends in Fundraising - how the Institute will help fundraisers to manage these successfully”
Michele Marriott, will discuss:
“Fundraising and profile-raising opportunities for charities participating in the Challenges
and the benefits of a four-day Challenge in Europe over UK or long haul destinations”.

Email catrina.flynn@ageuk-northumberland.org.uk by 21st March to indicate intention to attend


Inspiration and Connections: Funding Your Future

 Tuesday 27th March at the MPH Centre, Gateshead NE10 OHW
9.30 and 2 pm with lunch.

The event will bring together over 40 leaders from third sector and social enterprise organisations from across Tyne and Wear and beyond to:

•    hear directly from third sector organisations who have successfully won and delivered public sector contracts
•    take part in ongoing innovative networking opportunities which will allow you to meet potential new business partners, establish links and share your experiences with likeminded people around income generation
•    explore innovative consortium development and matchmaking opportunities including Gateshead’s Commissioning Exchange
•    access guidance on sustaining your organisation through the wide range of public sector contracting opportunities
•    hear expert advice on TUPE - demystify and explore the positive aspects of the legislation and how it can work for you.

To confirm your attendance please complete and return the attached booking form by no later than 5pm Friday 23rd March to s.davidson@cvl.org.uk.

Final confirmation and joining instructions will be provided by return.

If you have any queries please email me or call 07790 567201.

We look forward to seeing you on the 27th March


Sensory Support Awareness Day

Wednesday 28th March 9am-4pm
County Hall, Durham

Exhibitors that will be present at the awareness day include The Bionic Ear Show, an interactive and educational show promoting the importance of looking after your hearing and safe listening. The show, which will hold three sessions at throughout the day, will demonstrate how sound travels through the ear to the brain, what happens in different parts of the hearing system and how individuals can protect their hearing.

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Criminal Justice System Event

30th March 2012  Bowburn Community Centre 9.30 – 14.00

One Voice Network will be holding a Criminal Justice System (CJS) Event at Bowburn Community Centre.  The event will look at:
            The Criminal Justice System in County Durham;
            How VCS organisations, both large and small can engage with the CJS;
            What opportunities are available for VCS organisations to the support the delivery of CJS priorities;
            The experience of organisations already supporting the delivery of CJS priorities;
            How VCS organisations can build relationships with key CJS commissioners and who those
            commissioners are.

*Carina Carey, Director of Offender Services, Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust has been confirmed to give an overview of the CJS in County Durham

There has not been much discussion in County Durham about how the wider VCS can engage with this agenda and the opportunities it may present. Therefore your attendance and input into this event, which we hope will be the start of ongoing discussions, will be much appreciated.

To book please email  a.cairns@2d.org.uk or telephone Ann Cairns on 01388 762220 (please advise any dietary/accessibility requirements)  Please ensure you book your place by 19th March 2012 – limited places



FREE Legal Training

One Voice Network are offering two free training sessions on legal issues affecting voluntary organisations who undertake, or are interested in undertaking contracts. They are being delivered by Muckle LLP and cover the following:

TUPE and the implications for the VCS: 21st March 2012 - 9am-12pm - Emirates International Cricket Ground, Chester le Street.

Contract Law: 28th March – 9am-12pm – Emirates International Cricket Ground, Chester le Street

Further detail on the course content please contact Peter Locke on 01207 529621 or email peter@onevoice.co.uk.

Community Needs Assessment Training

Thursday 22 March 2012 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Friday 23 March 2012 10:00am – 4:30pm
Friday 30 March 2012 2:00pm – 5:30pm

Community needs assessment training is a systematic method for reviewing the health issues facing a population, leading to agreed priorities and resource allocation that will improve health and reduce health inequalities.

The aim of the training is to help participants plan and implement community needs assessments in the community with which they work.

If you would like to register your interest please contact Healthworks reception 0191 527 4150.

Spring Procurement Training

One Voice Network are running a series of FREE training sessions looking at various aspects of commissioning and procurement. 

The sessions available are as follows:

14th March, 2D Offices, Crook. – An Introduction to Commissioning and Procurement

21st March, Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street – TUPE and the Legal Implications for VCS Organisations

28th March, Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street – Contract Law and the Implications for VCS Organisations

25th April, Bullion Hall, Chester le Street – Tendering in a Consortium, Session 1

2nd May, Bullion Hall, Chester le Street – Tendering in a Consortium, Session 2

Further details about the sessions and the course content are available on the booking form.

To book please return completed booking forms to Sue Graham:
Email:    sue@onevoice.co.uk
Post:      Sue Graham, One Voice Network, FREEPOST DU389, Lanchester, DH7 0BR (No stamp required)
Or alternatively call: 01207 529 621


Seaham - East Durham Citizens Advice Bureau Needs YOU

Volunteers needed for new Citizens Advice service in Seaham.

We have various roles for volunteers including, reception, initial assessment volunteers, generalist advisers and trustee board members (as all citizens advice bureau are individual charities we also need volunteers to help run the bureau).

We are looking for people who are impartial, non-judgemental and can ensure confidentiality at all times. Full training will be given.

If you have time to commit to CAB training and commit to us for at least a year, have good basic skills and you are a people person please contact  Nicola Connolly on:  0191 5872695 or Email:  nicola.connolly@eastdurhamcab.org.uk




Consultation on Draft County Durham Cycling Strategy and Action Plan 2012-2015

Durham County Council are pleased to announce that the Draft Cycling Strategy is now available for consultation.  This document is the third cycling strategy for County Durham. The strategy and action plan aims to bring together key partners who can make changes for a better cycling County.
DCC’s vision is Cycling is a visible, normal, everyday activity. Cycling is part of Durham’s culture and is a safe, affordable and enjoyable mode of transport as well as a fun, family-friendly, cheap and accessible and competitive leisure activity.
DCC aim to work with you to fulfill the objectives of the plan and are keen to hear your views on this draft by Wed 2nd May 2012. Please send your comments to prow@durham.gov.uk before May 2nd and title your email “Draft Cycling Strategy”  all comments before we produce the final plan. 

Further details available from Victoria Lloyd, Sustainable Travel Officer on 0191 383 3114 or email victoria.lloyd@durham.gov.uk


Dignity in Care for Older People

Recent reports have highlighted cases of undignified care for older people. The NHS Confederation has set up an independent commission for improving dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes. A draft report and recommendations has recently been published and the commission is seeking people’s views by 27 March.

To find out more visit the NHS confederation website.

Thank you for taking time to read the East Durham Trust e-newsletter. If your community group or voluntary organisation have any good news to share or events to promote email  lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk


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