East Durham Newsletter No 20

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Welcome to the East Durham Trust E-Newsletter

Date for your Diary!  The next members meeting will take place on Monday 23rd July at 10am. Watch this space for details of venue following very soon.


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.
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Is Your Website Ready for the New Cookie Law?

Every website owner should be aware of the new legislation regarding cookies.
The regulations (popularly dubbed the 'cookie law') say that a website shouldn't store information on a visitor's computer without obtaining their consent.  If your organisation has a website then you need to be aware of the regulations and make sure that you are taking appropriate steps to comply with the law. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO), which is responsible for enforcing this legislation, can impose penalties of up to £500,000 on websites that breach the new regulations.
Source: Community IT Academy

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's people within our local communities might be particularly vulnerable and we need to get the word out.  

Help us to spread the word about the opportunity to have a FREE home fire safety check. You can download the promotion leaflet here 
Alternatively contact Lindsey at East Durham Trust for paper copies. Tel 01915693511 or email lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Ex Military Personnel Available For Your Project

North One Television is currently looking for community and charitable projects in need of help for an exciting new Channel 5 series. Our team of ex military men and women want to help deserving causes with any building, landscaping, or construction work that they may need. Whether your project is on hold due to lack of funding, or manpower we may be able to help. From demolishing out houses for community centres, to building adventure playgrounds for youth clubs, we would love to hear from your organisation if you have something we can help with. We are looking to begin filming in August, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch now at the following email address rhean.archibald@northonetv.com 

Members wanted for North East Violence Against Women Scrutiny Panel

The Crown Prosecution Service is establishing a North East Violence Against Women Scrutiny Panel, the aim of which is to improve the performance of the CPS in its handling of Violence Against Women cases. It will do this by critically examining cases and ensuring that lessons are learned, leading to positive change in the conduct of future cases. They are seeking to recruit panel members who have knowledge and expertise in supporting victims of the various offences which are covered by the CPS Violence Against Women Strategy

Closing date for applications is Friday 29th June 
For more information and for an application form, please contact:Caroline Airs, CPS North East,
Tel: 0191 260 4275 e-mail: caroline.airs@cps.gsi.gov.uk


Sport England: Inclusive Sport Fund

Sport England is determined to create a meaningful and lasting community sport legacy not only from the London 2012 Olympic Games, but also the Paralympic Games, by growing sports participation by disabled people at the grassroots level.

At present, only one in six disabled adults plays sport regularly. They want to change this.

The Inclusive Sport Fund has been set up by Sport England with £8 million of National Lottery Funding. It will invest in programmes designed to grow the number of disabled young people (age 14+) and adults regularly playing sport.

They are looking for innovative, scalable and replicable projects that make it easier and more enjoyable for disabled people to take part in sport and physical activity more often.

The application form will be made available on their website on 1st June 2012, please review the Inclusive Sport Funding prospectus that includes the assessment and eligibility criteria prior to an application form being made available.

The deadline for submission of applications is 5pm on the 31 August.

For further information and queries please contact Sport England on 08458 508 508.

Alec Dickson Trust (UK)

The Alec Dickson Trust supports young people who are able to demonstrate that through volunteering or community service they can enhance the lives of others, particularly those most marginalised by society. The Trust welcomes in particular the opportunity to support innovative projects.

Applications for grants of upto £500.00 are invited from individuals aged 30 and under or from small groups of young people who believe their actions to be in pursuit of the aims of the Trust.

It is highly unlikely that applications from young people embarking on organised 'gap year' projects overseas (with organisations like Project Trust, Raleigh International, or Health Projects Abroad) or requesting a grant for college/university course fees will match with the Trust's funding criteria.

For more information and to apply visit www.alecdicksontrust.org.uk/ or contact alecdicksontrust@gmail.com  or telephone: 020 7278 6601.

Source: GrantsOnline / FINE

Support & Services 

Health Through Warmth

The Health Through Warmth (HTW) scheme was set up by npower in 2000 in partnership with the NHS and National Energy Action (NEA).

Clients are referred by care & repair or home improvement agency case workers and other community workers. Vulnerable people are often the least likely to seek assistance but by linking up with existing community workers they can be more easily identified enabling practical help and advice to be provided.
People with cardiovascular and respiratory disease are most likely to have their health adversely affected by cold living conditions.
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Talking Changes Behaviour Therapy

The Talking Changes service is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) service. We are currently commissioned to work with depression and anxiety disorders (OCD, specific phobia, such as height or confined spaces, panic disorder, agoraphobia, health anxiety and Post traumatic stress disorder). To find out more visit the Talking Changes website

The Veterans’ Wellbeing Assessment and Liaison Service (VWALS)

This is a new mental health and wellbeing service to support veterans and their families in the north east.
For the very first time, it will provide a single point of access to the range of mental health support services which already exist across the region, making it much easier to get signposted to the right help and support.
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Food Co-op at Eden Lane Community Facilities

 Wednesday 4th July 2012 at 10.00 am- 12.00pm  

Then takes place the first Wednesday of every month

 Please ring 0191 5863004 or email edenlanefacilities@peterlee.gov.uk for further details.

Market Place and Networking Event

Public Mental HealtH Welfare Support Sub Group
Thursday 12th July 2012 10:00AM – 13:00PM
Peterlee Leisure Centre, ST Cuthbert’s Way, Peterlee SR8 1AF

Do you have an interest in mental health in the East Durham Area?  Do you know what services and opportunities are available to you?  Well come and find out!

The event will give you the opportunity to meet local service providers from across all sectors and to promote your own service to others.

Anyone working with an individual who has a mental health need is welcome to attend the event.  We also welcome individuals who are personally affected by a mental health or emotional well being need.

If you are interested in having a stall and promoting your own service, please contact Emma James on 0191 527 4166 or Email ejames@mentalhealthmatters.co.uk.  Alternatively, please contact Emma if you require more information about the event. 

Measuring Outcomes and Tracking Social Impact

A free briefing will be held at the Community IT Academy at Newcastle on 5 July between 10:30am and 12pm to look at how you can measure your organisation's social impact more easily.

It has become increasingly important for voluntary organisations to demonstrate the impact of their organisation's work and tracking this impact is often a funding requirement.  This briefing looks at ways to improve your organisation's effectiveness by using an online impact tracking system. 

Workforce Training as Service Promotion Event

Do you work with young people?
Are you aware of the training available to you and your colleagues?
Do you know about the services available to children and young people in County Durham and Darlington?

A drop in event  will be held on the 20th of July  in the Durham Room at County Hall, Durham.  11am – 4.30pm

To find out more download the event flyer


ICT Help for Children and Young People’s Organisations

LASA, with Children England, has organised a series of one hour webinars on ICT for children and young people’s organisations. There will be six webinars from July to October on the following topics: managing ICT, data protection, social media, planning a new website initiative, cloud tools and e-safety.
To find out more visit the LASA website


Volunteering for Stronger Communities Project

Volunteering for Stronger Communities is a three year programme funded by BIG Lottery and led by Volunteering England. It was launched on October 21st 2011. There are 15 projects throughout England, involving Volunteer Centres in a wide variety of locations, and in County Durham the lead is 2D, Voluntary and Community Support. These will run for two years with ongoing monitoring and evaluation, internal and external. The final year is for further research, development and evaluation.

The aim of the County Durham project is to support those living in rural areas, predominantly, who are deemed ‘hard to reach’. These individuals face numerous barriers with regard to engaging in voluntary and community activities. Those recruited who become engaged in the project will benefit from being given support through ongoing advice and guidance, including mentoring where required, to ensure they have greater access to volunteering opportunities in order to gain experience and skills to improve their quality of life and, ultimately, employment prospects, in addition to the overall aim of strengthening community involvement, generally.

More information is available by contacting Abby Thompson, Volunteer Centre Manager at East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511 or email abby.thompson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Impact and Value of Volunteers at Action for Children

NCVO and the Office for Public Management have carried out independent research across 160 children's centres run by Action for Children which came up with a net value of the organisation's volunteers of £400,000 a year (taking into account the cost of supporting them). The study also looks at the wider benefits of volunteers, to the centres, the community, parents, children and themselves. Civil Society Media news item or get the report 'Evaluation of the impact and value of volunteers in Action for Children children's centres'.

 Source: VolResource


Free Risk Assessment Toolkit

KnowHow NonProfit has launched a new risk assessment toolkit to help you identify and manage potential risks to your organisation. It's aimed at chief officers, trustees/management committee members and senior staff. The toolkit is straightforward. First, you fill in a self-assessment questionnaire, which identifies your strengths and weaknesses. Second, you choose the appropriate training video to improve on your area(s) of weakness. The toolkit contains 11 videos, links to useful downloadable resources and more guidance from Ecclesiastical in the trainees' discussion forum.
To find out more visit the KnowHow Nonprofit Website

Can you plan it? Yes you can!

Community Matters has launched ‘Can You Plan It?’ – an innovative new tool specifically designed for community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations to help make business planning participatory and fun. The tool works like a game and offers a new approach for organisations to use with trustees, volunteers, staff and users, including young people, and offers a new perspective on business planning and collaboration. 
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Did your Group Become a Charity in the Last Two Years?

Free governance review from Charity Commission/ICSA
The joint Charity Commission/ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) project is offering free governance reviews to new charities. The governance review will include a board observation and governance review from an experienced professional covering your governance understanding and arrangements; an assessment of how your governance framework is set up and used; a snapshot of your board’s behavioural governance; and, recommendations to trustees to improve your charity’s governance and meet its legal duties. The project will use ICSA members who are volunteering their time to carry out the reviews. The project also aims to gather information about and share understanding of good governance, so you will be helping contribute to shared learning in the charity sector. The project is now open for applications and charities must have registered in the last two years to take part. The deadline for application forms is 31 July.

To find out more visit the ICSA Website 


Where's Our Big Lottery Refund?

This is a campaign to make sure the government does not take money away from charities and those they serve. “Where's our Big Lottery refund” aims to make sure the government returns the £425 million it took from the Big Lottery Fund to pay for the Olympics as soon as possible. The campaign took on a new significance this week, when Hugh Robertson, the minister for sport and the Olympics, said on Radio 4: "all being well we should be able to hand half a billion pounds back to the Treasury" because of under spending on the Olympic contingency fund. Fortuitously, this is a very similar amount to that taken from the lottery that the government has previously said it may take 15 years to find.  To find out more and to sign up visit www.biglotteryrefund.org.uk

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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