East Durham Newsletter No 16

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Welcome to the East Durham Trust E-Newsletter



Happy Easter! 

Please note Community House will close on Thursday 5th April at 5pm and reopen Tuesday 10th April at 9am. We hope all of our membersand partner organisations enjoy the Easter break.



New Staff Members at East Durham Trust

Some of you may have already met Maria Lawson who recently joined the Trust in the position of Community Response Co-ordinator. Maria will be working closely with member groups, developing new projects for the benefit of local communities and generally supporting their development needs.You can contact Maria on 0191 5693511 or email maria.lawson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Sam Morgan also joined the team this week in the post of Sports Mentorship Co-ordinator. Some of you may already know Sam from her previous role as a Sport Development Officer with Durham County Council. Sam can be contacted on 0191 5693511 or email sam.morgan@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Karen Williams, who previously led on the Sports Mentorship Project, has moved onto pastures new. Karen now works for CountyDurham Sport. We wish Karen the best of luck in her new role.


£30 for your Views on the Digital Switch Over

19th April 2012, Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee

We are looking for around 6 people between 50 and 75 year old either unemployed or retired to take part in a focus group talking about the digital switchover. Ideally we would like representation from anyone with an analogue only tv set (i.e. no freeview, no sky, no cable).

Digital TV switchover is the process of converting the UK’s terrestrial television system to digital. Digital UK is the independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2005 to lead the implementation of digital switchover.

The Tyne Tees TV region switches to digital on the 12 and 26 September 2012. 

A programme of research is being undertaken by Kindling Strategy on behalf of Digital UK to explore awareness and understanding of Digital Switchover. The research is intended to highlight any issues and concerns among a broad range of the UK population including unemployed, elderly, disabled and vulnerable audiences.

The session will last just under 2 hours and each respondent will recieve £30 for taking part.

To register an interest in taking part in the session contact East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511 or email maria.lawson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk


East Durham Community Building Network Inaugral Meeting

Tuesday 24th April 2012, 12.30pm commencing with light lunch
Hazelwell Centre, Windsor Terrace, Haswell, Durham, County Durham DH6 2DY

Recent issues ranging from the economic climate to changes in people’s behaviour have led to a number of challenges for community groups who own or manage public buildings.

As a consequence we feel that there is much to be gained in formally establishing a local group with the ultimate aim of making community buildings more sustainable by:
•    Sharing good practice
•    Working collaboratively
•    Exploring additional funding opportunities
•    Accessing external support

As you may be aware the Community Buildings Network is the product of discussion held within the AAP Priority Group concerned with Maintaining the Social Fabric of our Community.

We are inviting interested parties to attend the first meeting where the wider concept will be explained and organisations will be in a position to consider the potential benefits of being part of the network.

To confirm your attendance contact Lindsey Wood on 0191 5693511 or by emailing Lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Public Meeting for Murton Residents


More than 500 Murton residents took
part in a survey led by the University of Central Lancashire and the Royal Society of the Arts, that would uncover how well  the community relate to one another.

  • Where do the people of Murton turn if they have a problem?
  • Are many people isolated?
  • Are Murton residents happy and satisfied?
  • And most importantly how can we make improvements?

If you are interested in finding out the results of the original survey or would like your voice to be heard when planning  for the future then please join us at one of these two FREE public events

To book your place contact: East Durham Trust on  0191 5693511 or email info@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

The project is being supported by the Big Lottery Fund and the local NHS Trust. Researchers were recruited and trained by East Durham Trust

Free IT equipment available

VONNE are working in partnership with Tees Valley Rural Community Council to donate a number of items of IT equipment which are for allocation to charities and voluntary and community organisations and groups across the North East.

TVRCC are handling the storage, application process and distribution. Applications and any questions or queries should thereby be directed to Andrew Samuel at the contact details given below. The provision of the equipment will be given to help increase the capacity of voluntary and community groups to provide support to their respective members, groups and communities.

Currently the following equipment is available;

  • HP & Dell LaserJet printers (mono)
  • Dell Colour LaserJet printers
  • Desktop Computers
  • Notebook laptops 9"
  • 17" flat-screen monitors
  • Fax Machines
  • Data/Digital Projectors

An equipment details document is provided on the website. Please note that the images and links provided for specifications are for illustrative purposes only. We offer no guarantee that the exact models and specifications will be matched. If you are in need of any of these items, please tell us via the Application Form by 20th April 2012, why you have not otherwise been able to obtain them and what work you are doing which the equipment would help you with. If successful, allocation will be awarded based upon what is in this application form. We will endeavour to respond to all applications within 5 working days of the application deadline above.

To cover our transport & storage costs there will be a nominal administration charge of £6 per unit. Collections will be made by the applicant at the below address for which there will be a collection date and timeslot allocated.

On completion of the Application Form please email it by 20th April 2012 to admin@teesvalleyrcc.org.uk or return by post to; IT Equipment Applications, Tees Valley Rural Community Council, Unit 2a Cadcam Centre, High Force Road, Riverside Park, Middlesbrough, TS2 1RH.

For more information visit VONNE's website


Peterlee and District Lions Club Sponsored Charity Walk

Walk: Commences; 10:30am. Sunday May 20th. Helford Road Pavilion, Peterlee. (SR8 1ER)
Three(3) miles through  Castle Eden Dene.
Registration (Fee £1). is from  10:15am on the day of the walk.(20-05-2012)

The walk is open to people aged 12 and upwards, but children aged twelve to sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.
Sponsor forms are available from the Hartlepool Hospice, Helford Road Pavilion(Peterlee) or by calling.. 0790189681

Former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones who played the "lovable layabout" Les Battersby, was only too pleased to step in and publicise the Peterlee and District Lions Club sponsored fund raising walk in aid of the Hartlepool and District Hospice.
Bruce linked up with Lion President Arthur, Lions Club members and Janice Forbes,hospice community fundraiser, to publicise the event.
Bruce completed a walk last year in Wales and raised £5000 for the Welsh Air Ambulance coincidently last years Peterlee Lions Sponsored Walk was in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.
Lions Charter member Tommy Miller said ..."It is brilliant having a celebrity like Bruce on board giving us his support, we know there are a lot of people in the Hartlepool and Peterlee and surrounding area who are keen to take part in the walk and help the hospice, Bruce throwing himself behind the Lions fundraising venture, is an excellent benefit and boost.
Hartlepool born, assistant manager of Middlesborough F.C.Mark Venus, Sunderland Defender Titus Bramble, and John Carver assistant manager Newcastle United have all donated signed team shirts for a charity raffle to boost funds on the day. 
Grahame Morris the local MP (.East Durham) not only responded in the affirmative when asked by Lions to act as starter for the walk, but showed his community involvement and volunteered to "do the walk"  too.
Stewards over the three miles will again be provided by Liam Dineen`s  "Boxing Clever" - "boxing discipline" for youngsters.
The Walk  is once again supported by Peterlee Town Council, Natural England and Peterlee Walking Club.



East Durham Transport Fund update

The East Durham AAP Transport Fund has been revised, we have allocated a total of £15,000 to local community groups, and we currently have an additonal £5,000 to allocate.

Grants between  £250 to £1000 are available.

The AAP Transport Fund is able to consider projects that meet one of the following new themes:

  • Transport for Olympic events
    Provision that enables people to take up sporting and healthy activities where it would not be possible or it would be impractical on public transport.
  • Transport for Jubilee events
    Provision that enables people to get out and enjoy life and enhances their physical and emotional wellbeing.

Application and guidance notes, including eligibility criteria, can be found at the Funding and Support Documentation section of this website.

Alternatively contact Colin Jackson at East Durham Trust for more information.


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.


Peterlee & District Lions Club prize fund

Peterlee & District Lions Club are offering a five hundred pound (£500) prize to a local community based group, organisation, association or individual who in the opinion of the Lions Club Judging Panel feel that the application/entry letter, shows how the five hundred pounds could most benefit and better the quality of life of the intended recipient(s).

Completed application letters should be sent by post or delivered to :
Peterlee and District Lions Club Secretary, “Lions 500”  c/o The Village Inn, Murton, Seaham, Co.Durham, SR7 9RP.  Applications will also be accepted by e-mail.(address): lcollins105@tiscali.co.uk   

Closing date is 12:00 Noon on Saturday 26th May 2012.

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 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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