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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Similarly if you would like a FREE home fire safety check contact East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511
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.
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 email@example.com for further details.
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
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).
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 0BPor phone 020 7420 2600
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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 email@example.com
Completed questionnaires to be returned by Monday 28 June 2012
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.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org