East Durham Newsletter No 19

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Welcome to the East Durham Trust e -newsletter

Another weekend of community celebration is upon us!!
On Sunday we will see the Olympic Torch  relay hit the East Durham area, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. It's a once in a life time experience, something to tell the grand children, so we won't let the rain dampen our spirits, but put on our wellington boots and enjoy the celebration.
There are details below of a special Community Games event taking place at Dene Community School with something for all of the family to enjoy, including a special appearance from footballing legend Jimmy Montgomery. So why not pop along. While you are there visit Lindsey and Sam at the East Durham Trust promotion stand. 


Free Home Fire Safety Checks Available

East Durham Trust are looking to our community partners and local activists to help us promote this opportunity within their local groups/centres.  Every year there are fatalities from house fires. Many people within our local communities still don't have a working fire alarm or know what to do in the event of a fire. There are people within our local communities who are particularly vulnerable and we need to spread the message that help is available. 

Help us to spread the word about  FREE home fire safety checks. You can download the promotion leaflet here 
Alternatively contact Lindsey at East Durham Trust for paper copies. Tel 0191 5693511 or email lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Similarly if you would like a FREE home fire safety check contact East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511

East Durham Trust’s Success Rewarded with Two Nationally Prestigious Quality Marks

East Durham Trust has become one of the first organisations nationally to achieve both the matrix and Investors In People Standards through a recently launched Joint Assessment Process.
The attainment of these two awards shows East Durham Trust’s true commitment to their employees and to supporting individuals by making learning and work more accessible.

The impressive feat of attaining both Standards at once also demonstrates a solid foundation of good practice throughout East Durham Trust and will now enjoy the benefits of working with both frameworks.
Matrix  is a Quality standard for information, advice and guidance whilst Investors in People is a Standard for people management.
These Standards add to the ISO 9000 and the Volunteering England Quality Mark already acheived. 

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.

Free Professional Counselling

For residents of East Durham 
Sessions available include:
• Drug and Alcohol RecoveryIncluding living with others with Addiction Problems
• Stress and Anxiety
• Self Esteem and Confidence
• Anger Management
• Managing your Feelings
• Making Choices and Coping Strategies
• Family problems and Relationship Issues
• Tackling “Other” Addictions
• Sexuality Concerns
• Social Isolation
Out of Hours Helpline available by arrangement
Contact us for more information on 0845 4567 030 or info@addictionsnortheast.com or visit www.addictionsnortheast.com
Just a phone call away from your recovery

New Project at Killhope Museum for young People 13-25

Thanks to the HLF young roots programme, Killhope has been funded to offer a series of three day introduction courses to heritage skills - Charcoal Burning, Lime Mortaring, Dry stone walling, Hazel Hurdle making, Proddy Mat making, Blacksmithing, Woodland management, Nature Habitat or Restoration Work. 

These courses are first come first served and much of July is already booked up so move fast to avoid disappointment.  In addition, any group would be given the use of Killhope's new Yurts to sleep in for two nights during their course.  Best of all the only costs would be getting here and your morning and evening meals. What's more, if groups chose to come during the summer they could use the long evenings to run their own activities or simply enjoy a communal time within the new yurt enclosure.  So if anyone would like to opportunity for their group to experience one or more of the following skills they should contact James Percy. 
Killhope will take groups from all over the country for this project. If any of your groups would be interested in taking part Killhope will be very glad to see you. Tel: 01388 537505 or: 07990 744607

Environmental Awards 2012

Rewarding great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit in County Durham'.

The awards have been running since 1989, and the competition is open to everyone - individuals, businesses, schools and community groups.

Categories for 2012:

Built environment
Climate change
Community partnership
Greener business 
Natural environment and countryside improvement
Schools and colleges 
Volunteer group of the year - new category
Volunteer of the year - under 18
Volunteer of the year - over 18
Waste management
Details of the criteria for each award category  and nomination forms can be found on the website

Shortlisting and judging will take place over the summer, with an awards event held in Durham in October.

Enteries are accepted between Monday 28 May and Thursday 12 July. 
For more information, contact Candace Wood, Environment Awards Administrator, Tel: 0191 383 3347.


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  £100 to £500 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.

Hedley Foundation

The main objective of the Trustees' grant-making is to assist and encourage development and change. 

Most grants will be of capital or one-off nature, but the Trustees sometimes agree to help fund the introduction of new and innovative projects with a series of up to three annual grants. Few grants exceed £5,000 and most of them go to charities where they can make an impact.

The trustees meet six times a year; the closing date for applications is three weeks before a meeting. The next meeting date is 18th July.

Last year the Foundation received 1,467 applications, of which less than two-thirds were within the criteria. They made 348 grants (averaging £3,000).

For more information and to apply visit:  Hedley Foundation

Source: FINE

D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

This trust prefers to make grants to charities that do not enjoy a high profile. The majority of grants are made on a one-off basis although long-term grants are also agreed from time to time for a maximum of three years, particularly in respect of educational establishments mainly in the arts sector, and to help newly created charities to become established. The vast majority of grants are for between £1,000 and £5,000 though occasionally more is granted. Their priorities lie in the arts particularly:

  • promotion of access, education and excellence in the arts for young people to increase their opportunities to become involved outside of school and to build future audiences
  • access to the arts for people who have least access to them
  • performance development of graduates to encourage their involvement in community through performances

The majority of applications are considered by trustees in March, July (the next deadline for applications is 30 June) and November. To apply for a grant write to the Secretary with an outline proposal or phone if guidance is required.

To find out more write to Mrs Jane Thorne (Secretary), 1 Savoy Hill, London, WC2R 0BP or phone 020 7420 2600

Source: NCVS


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.

Volunteering for All

An event for any organisations involved in the recruitment, supervision and development of volunteers on

Tuesday 17th July 2012 10 am - 3.30 pm at Bowburn Community Centre 

Justin Davis Smith, Chief Executive of Volunteering England will be a keynote speaker and there's  different workshops all around the theme of diversity in volunteering as follows:

  • Equality and Diversity in Volunteering
  • Mental Health and Volunteering
  • Ex-offenders as Volunteers
  • Young People and Volunteering

The event is free with refreshments and a buffet lunch provided and plenty of information on good practice to take away.
Volunteering for All has been organised by all of the Volunteer Centres from across County Durham and booking are being taken centrally through CAVOS on 01388 811115. 

 You can download the event poster and booking form

Bollywood Dinner Dance

 The Kay Smith Breast Cancer Research Fund presents a

Bollywood Dinner and Dance Friday 22nd June 7:30pm

The Hub Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 6BA

3 Course Indian Buffet dinner, Bollywood dancing and disco raffle and auction. All for just £20

In association with the Bangladesh Overseas Ladies Organisation

Book a table and bring along family and friends to support our local breast cancer research fund.

Please speak to Mr Bhanskar's sec. Angela Rutter 01642 624710 if you would like tickets. 

Community Oil Buying Groups

Thursday 12th July, 1-4pm at Park House, Station Road, Lanchester.

 An event is taking place to present a bulk oil buying scheme open to residents across the County. The event will also include discussion around the potential of bulk purchasing other commodities. 

Please note this is sepererate to the work already being carried out by Maria Lawson on behalf of East Durham Community Buildings Network. 

Places are limited for this event and booking is essential. To book online, please go to: www.communitybuying.eventbrite.com

Institute of Fundraising North East Group Meeting

18 July, 4.00pm to 6.00pm at As You Like It, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle

Both members and non-members are welcome at these bi-monthly meetings to listen to their two speakers about key issues facing fundraisers today. 


Grief & Bereavment and Self Harm Workshop

 'Grief and Bereavement in Children and Young People'  and 'Understanding & Supporting People who Self-Harm'  to be held in County Durham
Tuesday 19th June 2012 - Morton Park Conference Centre, Morton Park, Yarm Road, Darlington. -5 places left
Tuesday 25th September 2012 - the Education Centre, Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees
Thursday 5th November 2012 -Morton Park Conference Centre, Morton Park, Yarm Road, Darlington
Thursday 21st June 2012 - the Education Centre, Norton, Junction Road, Stockton on Tees - availability
Tuesday 9th October 2012- Morton Park Conference Centre, Morton Park, Yarm Road, Darlington.



Dog Fouling and Litter Focus Groups

Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary are organising a series of focus groups aimed at helping to improve the services they deliver to deal with dog fouling and litter in our communities.  Initially the focus groups were intended for residents who had previously identified those issues as a problem in a Durham Constabulary Community Survey; however, due to a low response rate from that group of individuals, we are happy to open them up to AAP forum members who would like to help.
The aim of the focus groups is to clarify what aspects of the issues are of most concern and to identify changes that could be made to improve the services we provide.  Details of the four sessions we have planned are set out below and those interested in helping can apply to attend any one of them (i.e. individuals don't have to go to the one nearest their home if it isn't convenient for them).  

 •      Bishop Auckland Town Hall – 10:00 to 11:30 on 19 June 2012.
 •      Lamplight Centre, Front Street, Stanley – 18:00 to 19:30 on 20 June 2012. 
 •      The Pavilion, Helford Road, Peterlee – 13:00 to 14:30 on 25 June 2012.
 •      Committee Room 2, County Hall, Durham – 18:00 to 19:30 on 26 June 2012.

Individuals who would like to help us improve our service can reserve a space by phoning 03000 260000 and asking for Mark Farren or via mark.farren@durham.gov.uk .  If they need any assistance to help them participate, they should mention it when reserving their place and we will do everything we can to assist.

NHS Equality Monitoring

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has developed the an information leaflet on Equality Monitoring Services, designed to inform patients & service users why they ask, collect and monitor information about people’s identity.  In terms of the characteristics protected from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.  The trust would like feedback from service users about the leaflet.  

To request copies of the three short questions please email sandra.roberts@pcp.uk.net  
Completed questionnaires to be returned by Monday 28 June 2012 

Digital Durham Surveymonkey

Digital Durham needs as many County Durham residents/businesses/community groups to take part in a very brief survey   The survey results will be used to confirm that there is the demand for superfast broadband and help identify where internet services are slow or unavailable as part of the Digital Durham programme. Participants are not signing up to anything and will not receive any direct marketing as a result. 
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Northern Rock Foundation Third Sector Trends Study Survey 2012

As part of our Surviving or Thriving work with VONNE, Newcastle CVS is working with Teesside and Durham Universities who are delivering the Northern Rock Foundation third sector trends study. 8,000 questionnaires have been sent to voluntary and community organisations in the North East and Cumbria. We urge all our members to fill theirs in and return it by 6 July. The survey has incorporated our questions and will let us compare Newcastle organisations with other North East organisations. We will also be doing some case studies. It only takes 15 minutes to complete and will really help with evidence about the sector
If you haven’t received a letter or you would prefer to complete the questionnaire online visit www.survey.bris.ac.uk/teesside/nrf2012  


What Should the Public Know about Charities?

Each year all charities send information to the Charity Commission about how they are run, what they do and how they spend their money. Most of this information is added to the online public register for the public to see. The Charity Commission would like to know if they are asking charities the right questions and providing the public with the right information. The Charity Commission’s consultation is open from now until 24 July. 
To find out more visit Charity Commission 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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