East Durham Newsletter No 18

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Welcome to the East Durham Trust e-newsletter

Many East Durham Trust members are planning or are involved in Jubilee celebrations at the weekend. The Jubilee is a brilliant time to reflect on all of the things that puts the Great into Britain. Cream teas, street parties, cucumber sandwiches, bunting, family games and music but most importantly Community Spirit! Its important to remember when we are sitting back and enjoying the celebrations the many hours given by commited volunteers.
We hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend. Dont forget to let us know how your street parties go and maybe send us a photograph or two as well.  


Volunteers Week Celebrations in East Durham

To celebrate volunteers week East Durham Trust will be hosting a high tea on:  Wednesday 6th June 2012   1 pm - 4 pm  at Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee. SR8 5DP

- Meet with local voluntary organisations
- Find out more about volunteering in your area
- Come along and see some of the brilliant voluntary work going on in Community House
We will also be promoting volunteering at:
- Byron Place Shopping Centre, Seaham from 9.30 am on Thursday 7th June
- Castledene Shopping Centre, Peterlee from 9.30 am on Friday 8th June
Please come along if you are volunteering, thinking about volunteering or would like to attract volunteers to your organisation.
For more information please contact: Abby Thompson: abby.thompson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk /0191 5693511

New CREE Project Staff

Last week East Durham Trust welcomed two new staff members who will both be working on the CREE project. 

Alison Soulsby is the CREE project co-ordinator and her role will involve estbalishing new CREE groups across County Durham.  You can contact Alison on 0191 5693511 or email alison.soulsby@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Kay Wellburn has taken post as CREE project administrator. Kay can also be contacted on 0191 5693511 or by emailkay.wellburn@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

You can find out more about the CREE project on the East Durham Trust website

Opportunity for Community Buildings to Save Money

The East Durham Community Buildings Network has been established with the aim of helping Community Buildings to collaberate and benefit for the sharing of resources, experience, skills and knowledge. The network can help community buildings to make saving on outgoings such as utility bills, pat testing, insurances, cleaning and administration support plus much more.

The group meets on a monthly basis giving local centre managers and volunteers the chance to network, share information and best practice and discuss possible ways of working smarter together. 

If your community building would like to be part of the network contact Maria Lawson on 0191 5693511 or email maria.lawson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Watch out for details of the next network meeting following soon. 

Olympic Torch Event @ Dene Community School

Sunday 17th June 2012 10:30am Dene Community School

To celebrate the Olympic Torch passing through East Durham a
 special event is being organised by local community partners.

The Dene Community Games Festival will include a range of sporting and cultural activities aimed at families and the local community including

- A stage area with dance performances, singers & steel bands from local schools
- A range of inflatables (free of charge)
- Come and try sports, archery, basketball & indoor rowing
- Race's, tug of war competitions, penalty shoot out's
- NHS mini health checks.

Community groups who are interested in becoming involved can contact Sam or Lindsey  at East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511
You might like to arrange a display or demonstration. Not forgetting that activities are focused around culture as well as sport. 

The group are also looking for more stewards to become involved. If you would like further details contact Abby at East Durham Trust volunteer Centre. 

For general information about the event contact Ashley Rack at ashley.haley@denecst.org.uk

Need Some Help Raising Funds?

Localgiving.com is an easy and effective online tool for local charities and community groups to raise money, awareness and support.
It gives you your very own web page that you simply write and update yourself, where supporters can make direct donations to your organisation.
Benefits of Localgiving.com include:
  • Your own updateable web page to attract donations, volunteers and raise awareness online
  •  Automated Gift Aid on donations (currently 25%)
  •  Online communication with supporters and donors
  •  Improved search results on Google and other search engines to increase awareness of your group
  •  The service is free for the first three months and costs only £60 +VAT (£72) annually thereafter.

Whats more East Durham Trust are offering 20 members the opportunity to sign up to localgiving.com for FREE for one year. This offer is on a first come first served basis so don't delay.  
Contact Lindsey Wood on 0191 5693511 or email lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk for further details.

Balance urges Action on Alcohol Marketing to Children

Balance have re-launched their campaign calling on Government to protect children and young people from alcohol marketing. More than 4,000 North Easterners have already signed our petition online and offline to restrict alcohol marketing, which encourages alcohol consumption at an earlier age and in greater quantities. 
 You can help by making sure you’ve signed the petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/21586  
Together we can protect our children and young people by changing the pro-alcohol environment in which they're being brought up. Share the link to the See What Sam Sees video and help us to spread the word.



Northern Rock Foundation 2nd round of Fresh Ideas Fund

The Northern Rock Foundation is offering charities grants of up to £50,000 to develop ideas for new income streams and services. The second round of the charity’s Fresh Ideas Fund, open until 29 June, has a total budget of £500,000.

Applicants must be charities whose missions align with the foundation’s five key programmes, which are based on different aspects of social and financial inclusion.Their proposals must put forward new and innovative ways of generating income or offering a new service.

Funding can be spent on feasibility studies, expert advice and start-up costs. Successful applicants will also receive support from mentors from the venture capital firm Northstar Ventures

Source: VONNE

Sported open to applications

Sported are looking to award grant applications of up to £2,000 to groups within County Durham.
• Eligible groups would need to become members of sported.
• Have a turnover of less than £50k
• Be using sport/physical activity for development outcomes with disadvantaged young people 11 to 25 yrs i.e.: building stronger communities, preventing crime and ASB, educating in health and wellbeing, developing skill for workplace and life and overcoming barriers to participation for marginalised groups
Memberships will need to be obtained prior to an application being submitted. The deadline for applications is 16 July 2012. Contact Sandra on 07775 602137 for further information or apply online for sported membership at Sported.

Help a Heart Grant programme now open

The Help a Heart Grant is provided and administered by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and is available for voluntary and community organisations with projects which improve heart health throughout the UK.

Projects and activities should benefit people with heart disease or their carers, or be aimed at people who are at high risk of developing heart disease.

Projects must meet at least one of the following aims:

  •     Improve quality of life and reduce health inequalities.
  •     Increase awareness of the risk factors for heart disease.
  •     Strengthen communities and help develop skills to prevent and manage heart disease.
  •     Encourage patient-led and community-led activity

The Grants size varies from £300 to £2,000.  Dealines are 06 July and 05 October.

More infomation can be found at British Heart Foundation.

Source: Funding Central


Durham Cathedral Woodlands and Riverbanks Project

Public Events Programme

Birds of the Riverbanks Saturday 9th June, 9.00am & 11.00am      
A joint event between the Durham Bird Group and the Cathedral’s Woodlands and 
Riverbanks project team to look for bird life along the riverbanks surrounding Durham 

The Foundations of Durham Saturday 7th July, 10.00am – 12noon
Join local geologist Brian Young for a walk around Durham’s riverbanks to discover how and when the spectacular setting for Durham Cathedral and Castle were formed.  B

Images of Durham Wednesday 1st August, 10.00am – 11.30am
A chance to embark on a photographic journey around Durham’s picturesque riverbanks. 
Local photographer Lee Gannon will be leading this photographic walk in partnership with 
the Heritage Woodlands and Riverbanks project team. 
All of the above activities are free of charge. For further information about any of these
events please contact Julie or Gina on 0191 3744078 This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For further details download the event flyer



NEW Places for Everyone One Day Workshop

Are you interested in developing your community building?  
Want to know about the process and avoid the pitfalls?  
Come along to 'An Introduction to Capital Development Workshop' to find out more.
19 June 2012 
Design Works, William Street, Gateshead NE10 0JP  10am - 4.30pm 
This workshop is aimed at voluntary sector organisations that are considering, or in the process of, refurbishing or redeveloping a building, taking control of one from a local authority, or starting a complete new build.  A range of online resources are also available including a capital development toolkit and a selection of case studies of organisations who have 'been there, done that'. 

Limited places are available on our June workshop so email your completed application form to development@pne.org and book your place.  Places on the programme cost just £50 + vat.   If you are unable to attend the workshop you can access the online course.  
The Places for Everyone programme is delivered by PNE Development, Locality, Mosedale Gillatt Architects (MGA) and Pentagon Partnership.

Procurement Skills Development Workshops

A series of free to attend workshops which help participants to understand how the procurement process works, how to win tenders and how to successfully deliver contracts.The venue for the workshops is MPH, Pelaw, Gateshead. 

Workshop 1: Understanding the procurement process and identifying Opportunities
11th June 2012 9.30 to 4pm - this workshop looks in detail at the procurement process, the different procedures, procurement in the context of commissioning and finding opportunities to bid for contracts in the public sector. 

Workshop 2: Winning Tenders
18th June 2012 9.30 to 4pm - this practical workshop focuses on how to complete the regional harmonised PQQ and the key dos and don’ts when completing PQQs. Is also looks at the principles of tenders in local government and how they are evaluated and why it is important to understand the evaluation process and criteria when preparing bids

Workshop 3: Delivering Contracts 
25th June 2012 9.30 to 4pm - this workshop looks at how to produce bids that meet the contract requirements, are clear to read and deliver key messages to set you apart from the competition. Additionally winning a contract marks the beginning of an ongoing relationship with a buyer. Contracts are not self-managing, and for delivery of contracts to be successful, good contract management is vital. 

To book please email s.davidson@cvl.org.uk  or if you have any questions about these sessions please call Simon Davidson of CVL on 01642 230314 or 07790 567201.
For more detailed information download the flyer.

Food Safety Course

Wednesday 27th June 9.30am – 4.30pm @ Trimdon Station Community Centre

The CIEH LEVEL 2 is suitable for anyone who handles food or drink and valid for three years
The course is free to all those over 18 years and living in County Durham 

To book a place or for further information contact Derek or Jo on 01429 882200 or email stationcommunitycentre@trimdon.org

Trimdon Station Community Centre, Station Road East, 
Trimdon Station, Co Durham, TS29 6BS

Military Veterans Training

In light of the Murrison report and the announcement to make the military covenant law, the NHS and Statutory Sector has to be equipped to work with military veterans, so are you up to speed? 
This is a chance to gain essential knowledge about working with military veterans. This workshop is for those individuals who work in county Durham or Darlington area and who are occasionally or potentially involved with, or who have an interest in working with military veterans as part of their normal duties within their clinical or social care teams.
 For more information download the flyer

Volunteer Management Creative Masterclass Training Course

On Monday 11th June at Disability North, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Company Solutions (UK) Ltd is holding a full day training course covering all aspects of volunteer management.  It is facilitated by Gareth Edwards who has worked in the sector for 25 years.  It is designed to help your volunteer management with practical actions for better results.  The course runs from 9.30am to 4.00pm.Read More



Volunteering Sees Older People Happier

WRVS has published a study which finds that older people who volunteer are less depressed, have a better quality of life and are happier. WRVS news item or download 'The impact of volunteering on well-being in later life' (pdf 869KB).

Team v, vInspired’s Flagship Leadership and Social Action Programme

After a successful pilot year, Team v, vInspired’s flagship leadership and social action programme, is looking to scale up for year two of the programme and over the next 2 months (1st May – 29th June) we’ll be recruiting 100 young leaders who want to change the world, one campaign at a time.

Team v gives 18-24 year olds the chance to be part of an amazing network of young volunteers across England. Team v leaders recruit their own team of volunteers to help them tackle 3 big issues in their local area, as part of a national movement powered by young people. Last year leaders tackled food poverty, isolation amongst older people and improving literacy among children and we’re already shaping up some great new campaigns for this year. 

Volunteers can have Single 'Portable' Criminal Records check under New Law

Volunteers will be able to have "portable" criminal records bureau checks, under a new law passed earlier this month.
The Cabinet Office said that new measures introduced in the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which gained royal assent earlier this month, will mean that volunteers can have a single check allowing them to work for multiple organisations and will decrease the number of people requiring an enhanced check. The changes will mean that the Criminal Records Bureau will introduce a service to enable employers, including organisations using volunteers, to check whether new information has been recorded by the police since a certificate was issued. Checks to establish whether people are barred from certain roles working with vulnerable people will only apply to people in very close contact with children or vulnerable adults. CLICK HERE to view the full article.
Source: Third Sector


Queen's Speech Proposal to top up Small Donations Welcomed

A Small Donations Bill, introduced in the Queen’s Speech, will allow charities to claim ‘top-up payments’ similar to Gift Aid on small donations totalling up to £5,000 a year without individual paperwork. 
The scheme would allow charities to submit claims for payments of 25p for each £1 donated, on any number of donations of £20 or less, without needing Gift Aid declarations, up to £1,250 a year. 
It is intended to reduce the administrative burdens on small charities. HM Revenue & Customs said it expected the scheme to be used largely by small charities making bucket collections and religious organisations taking collections. The government expects charities to receive about £85m a year through the scheme. 
After a bruising few weeks with the government over the tax relief cap campaign, this move was broadly welcomed by the sector. 
ACEVO welcomed the Small Donations Bill but regretted that it had been “entirely overshadowed” by the government’s “cack-handed” cap on charitable tax reliefs. NAVCA said it was delighted to see the Small Donations Bill in the plans.
The scheme is out to consultation.

Source: VONNE


Protection of Freedoms Act – What it Means for Your Organisation

The Home Office has published details of the implications of the Protection of Freedoms Act. The Act includes provisions around issues such as DNA retention, fingerprinting of children in schools and regulation of CCTV. It also replaces the Vetting and Barring Scheme and creates a new Disclosure and Barring Service to oversee "a scaled-back barring regime focused only on roles working most closely with vulnerable groups".
To find out more visit the Home Office website

Localism - New Community Rights Website

The Department of Community and Local Government (DCLG) has developed a separate website that provides information about the progress of the Community Rights - 
Two Community Rights came into effect in April 2012:
Community Right to Build – giving communities the right to build small-scale, site-specific projects without going through the normal planning application process 
Neighbourhood planning – giving communities more say about what can be built in their area 
Two more rights are expected to come into effect between May and July 2012: 
Community Right to Challenge – giving communities the right to challenge to take over a council service they think they can run differently or better 
Community Right to Bid – giving communities the right to bid to buy and take over the running of local assets that are important to them 

You can visit the website here


 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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