East Durham Newsletter No 17

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Welcome to the East Durham Trust E-Newsletter

Some of you may have spotted East Durham Trust's CEO Malcolm Fallow on last nights Look North programme talking about the Trust's Food Emergency East Durham Project. The FEED project, as it is more commonly known, has already helped more than 250 people in times of crisis across East Durham. The Trust receives daily calls from various support agencies requesting food parcels for those in desperate need.
The Trust couldn't have supported these individuals and families without the kind generosity of the community of East Durham or without the many hours donated by the volunteers, who collect donations then make up and distribute parcels the parcels.
Unfortunately there are still many more people who need our support. Don't forget there are donation/collection points located in many community venues across the area. For a full list visit the East Durham Trust website. Thanks again for your kindness and support.


Market Testing: Local Healthwatch in County Durham

Durham County Council is seeking feedback for the provision of Local HealthWatch in County Durham.

The arrangements for HealthWatch England and Local HealthWatch were part of the Health and Social Care Bill which received Royal Assent on 27 March 2012.

Local HealthWatch will be the independent consumer champion for health and social care.  Each local authority area must commission Local HealthWatch which must be in place by 1 April 2013.

Feedback is sought to inform research on the potential future provision of this service and this market testing exercise in no way forms part of any competitive tendering process.

More information is available here: http://tinyurl.com/c4nr3rq


Community Events Fund


East Durham Area Action Partnership has launched a Community Events Fund to provide grants to groups organising events in the East Durham area to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and or the London 2012 and Paralympics Games. 

It is hoped that the Fund will provide opportunities to inspire people celebrate these once in a lifetime events.  East Durham Area Action partnership is hoping this small grant will encourage people to get involved within their community.   

Attached is the criteria and application form, Grants from £250 to a maximum £1500 are available for local events taking place between 1 May and 10 Sep 2012 relating to the Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and Paralympics. 

You can apply from Monday April 1 until noon on Tuesday, July 31 2012.

Application and guidance can be downloaded below:

Application Form

Guidance notes

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.

Grants for Groups to Garden in North of England

The North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) has launched a new £20,000 grants programme for community groups in the North of England.

Voluntary and community groups and organisations may apply for grants of between £100 and £2,000 to support gardening projects and activities in the community.

Applicants must be based and working in the North of England which covers Yorkshire and The Humber, Lancashire, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Cumbria, Northumberland, Greater Manchester and the North Midlands.

There will be two rounds of funding in 2012. The closing date for the first round of funding is 31 July 2012.

An application form and further information can be found on the Harrogate Flower Show website

Source: NEHS


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

DisabledGo Community Consultation

DisabledGo is working in partnership with Durham County Council to produce an online access guide to the country. The guide provides detailed access information to 1,000 venues across the area and each venue will be visited in person by a trained surveyor. Our aim is to give disabled people, their friends, family and carers the freedom and confidence to make their own decisions.

DisabledGo is hosting community consultation events to consult with local people on which venues you would like to see included in the guide and how individuals can be involved in the project. If you are interested in attending one of the Community Consultation meetings to discuss the DisabledGo-County Durham project and raise any questions you may have please respond using the attached reply form detailing any specific requirements you may have. If you have a list of contacts or are unable to attend the event and would like someone to represent, you please feel free to pass the information on.

Tuesday 22nd May
10.30am – 12:00pm
Pioneering Care Partnership, Carers Way, Newton Aycliffe, Co. Durham, DL5 4SF

Wednesday 23rd  May
10.30am – 12:00pm
Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL

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Job Description

Application Form

Institute of Fundraising North East Group Meeting

The next bi-monthly meeting for the Institute of Fundraising’s North East Group will be held on Wednesday, 23rd May 2012, from 4 pm to 6 pm at the As You Like It bar, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1DB. 

Both members and non-members are welcome to enjoy networking over canapes and a glass of wine and we are delighted to announce that the speakers will be Jo Barnett, Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Money (the new owners of Northern Rock) and Andy Ditchburn, Creative Director for Perro Design and Communication. 
Further details about both talks can be found on our website at www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/groups/regional-north-east (go to lefthand menu and click on Bi-Monthly Meetings).

Please email catrina.flynn@ageuk-northumberland.org.uk by 15th May to let her know you are attending (£3 per person if pre-booked).

Link Up and Learn

Following the success of last year’s events and the continued support of the Santander Foundation, Small Charities Coalition and Charity Trustee Networks are delighted to announce the return of our Link Up & Learn events, this time coming to Newcastle. Read more about the Link Up & Learn events below or click on a location for more information and to book.

Link Up & Learn NEWCASTLE | Tuesday 12 June 2012 [BOOK NOW]

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Social Dance with Teach-In

Saturday 28th April 2012 at Trimdon Station Community Centre from 7.30 till 10.30pm Then every last Saturday in Month

  • Sequence, Ballroom and Latin Learn a New Dance
  • £5.00 entry
  • Licensed Bar available

For info contact Derek on 01429 882200 or Carole on 07983359902

New Zumba Classes at Trimdon Station Community Centre

Ditch the workout with Zumba Fitness on Monday's and Thursday's from 6pm-7pm

Tel 01429 882200 for more info.


Every Business Matters!

17 May Newcastle

A free training and information day designed to guide development workers in local support and development organisations and staff working and volunteering in voluntary and community groups who support children, young people and families through the business planning process.

Participants will be provided with the tools and resources to move business planning forward.

There are 15 free places available on each day - normally attendance would cost between £76 and £91 per person (excluding VAT).

The content is suitable for development workers in local support and development organisations and staff and volunteers working in voluntary and community groups.

The day will cover a range of topics including:
•    Branding
•    Marketing
•    Entrepreneurship
•    Competition
•    Pricing
•    Business planning

Please email events@navca.org.uk for more information. To book a place please complete the booking form and return it to events@navca.org.uk

Durham University bursary scheme for community and youth work postgraduate programmes

The School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University is inviting applications for a new bursary scheme. This will provide bursaries of £2,550 each towards the fees for two students who are wishing to study towards a Masters degree on one of the postgraduate programmes in Community and Youth Work starting in October 2012. The three Masters degrees eligible are MA Community and Youth Work (with JNC-recognised professional validation), MA Managing Community Practice and MA Managing Youth Work Practice.

To find out more visit www.dur.ac.uk/sass/cayw/

Consortia Training

One Voice Network are holding two free training sessions focussing on how organisations can effectively tender in a consortium. Details of the sessions can be found below. To book a place please email peter@onevoice.co.uk

Tendering in a Consortium Session 1
delivered by Tendering 4 Care
25th April 2012 10.00am-4.00pm
Bullion Hall, Chester le Street

This session will cover:
•    The Public Contracts Regulations and consortium tendering – what are the rules?
•    Consortium models, sub-contracting and mergers;
•    What standards might be required by a lead contractor and/or consortium members;
•    Options for forming a consortium;
•    Avoiding the potential risks to consortium members arising from competition law;
•    New possibilities and opportunities which consortium tendering is opening up for third sector organisations of all kinds and sizes;
Consortium and sub-contracting options for your organisation.

Tendering in a Consortium Session 2
delivered by Tendering 4 Care
2nd May 2012 10.00am-4.00pm
Bullion Hall, Chester le Street

The purpose of this session is to enable learners to understand the:
•    current and emerging public sector procurement requirements – what the purchasers will be looking for;
•    using a consortium for meeting the requirements of the specification;
•    options which are available for working with other organisations;
•    implications of the various options for organisations, including considerations for governance and management;
actions which are necessary to tender successfully as a consortium and to ensure that the ensuing contract is managed effectively.


Inspire, Include, Inform… Library Strategy Consultation

Durham County Council are developing a new library strategy in Durham.    
This consultation exercise has now opened and will conclude on 4th May 2012.  A dedicated webpage is available at www.durham.gov.uk/consultation which includes detail of the strategy and how to respond.

Final proposals will be taken to Cabinet in July, 2012 reflecting the feedback and recommending actions to shape the future library service.  

The service is working with local AAPs in order to involve local people in the formal consultation process.  A presentation will be given at the East Durham AAP meeting on the 15th March and East Durham Rural Corridor AAP meeting on 7th March 2012 , in order to ensure everyone is aware of how to feed into the formal consultation process and hear the key messages of the report.



Volunteering Opportunity - Midnight Walk

Saturday 23rd June 2012 at midnight in Sunderland following St Bedes Way along the coastal path from Seaburn to Wearmouth.

Volunteers are essential to the running of this event e.g marshalling the route, registering walkers, serving refreshments etc. If you can help or can ask any family members including husbands, partners, fathers, sons please let them know and call Grace house North East on; 0191 516 6302

Grace House North East also have guaranteed places for the Great North Run this year, they ask for you to be able to pledge £300 minimum for their charity. This would help them greatly as a child staying overnight at the hospices costs them £364 due to individual child’s specific requirements.

It is a charity which is a home from home for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, and their families, the hospice will provide practical and emotional support to families facing the pain of losing their precious child.

If you have any questions please get in touch with  Michele Keeler – 0191 5166302, mk@gracehouse.co.uk


Report Shares Seven Secrets of Success for Collaboration

Pentagon Partnership has published a report sharing seven 'success criteria' for successful collaboration following the Better Together project. The report also outlines case studies, key learning and resources which they wish to share with the wider sector.
Better Together project aimed to support voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) collaborative service delivery on all aspects of the Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) agenda in the North East.
Pentagon Partnership report 

Free Skills Sharing and Mentoring Service

The Small Charities Coalition, a charity that works with small charities, has a skills sharing and mentoring service to help small charities to access skills and training by matching them with other charities, big and small, who have the skills, knowledge and experience to help them. You must be a member of Small Charities Coalition to take part, which is free for small charities (with a turnover of less than £1 million). There are case studies on their website to show how matches work.
To find out more visit www.smallcharities.org.uk/skills-sharing-mentoring

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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