East Durham Newsletter No 21

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Community House will be open for business as usual over the summer holiday period. If there is anything our friendly staff can help you with such as funding advice, policy information or CRB checks then please pop in to see us between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4:30pm Fridays. Staff can also arrange meetings with community groups out of office hours when required. 

We also have lots of free training going on here at Community House over the next week. See the article below for further details....



Opportunity for be Involved

East Durham Trust have a range of new projects due to commence very soon. There's some excellent opportunities for both groups and individuals to become involved. These projects will give your group the chance to develop and to try something new. They are for the benefit of the local community which you belong to and offer your group the great chance to be part of something that will make postive changes to the area you live in.

The projects will cover a range of key problematic areas such as young people and alcohol, reducing the stigma of mental illness and removing barriers caused by social isolation.  

If you think your group would like to be part of this please contact Vikkie at East Durham Trust to discuss the opportunities further. Tel 0191 5693511 or email vikkie.wilkinson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk 

The Trust are keen to encourage new groups to become part of the work we do in the local communities we serve. 


CRB Disclosures Available from East Durham Trust

The Trust is now an approved registered body for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. We can process CRB checks  at the rate of £5 for a volunteer and £49 for an employee. If you would like to find out more about CRB checks including what is involved and  their relevance to your organisation  or to arrange to have CRB checks completed please contact us on 0191 5693511 or email info@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

For more information about CRB checks you can download the East Durham Trust CRB 'How to' guide.  

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.

BT Community Connections

If you are a community group or charitable organisation which helps or wants to help people access the internet and improve their ICT skills, you could be eligible to receive 12 months' free broadband from BT.

Applying for a BT Community Connections award is easy. Simply go to www.bt.com/communityconnections to access the online application form and read the full rules and guidance notes.

The closing date for applications is Friday 7th September at 5.30pm.


Sports and Physical Activity Awards Deadline Approaches

The Sport and Physical Activity Awards for County Durham  gives local sports clubs and groups the opportunity to nominate their unsung heroes for a very special award.

The categories for the 2012 Awards are:
Sports Awards
•    Coach of the Year
•    Young Coach of the Year (under 21)
•    Sports Club of the Year
•    Junior Sports Club of the Year
•    Sporting Achievement of the Year
•    Young Sporting Achievement of the Year
•    Contribution to Sport
Physical Activity Awards
•    Physical Activity Achievement of the Year
•    Contribution to Physical Activity
Combined Awards
•    Volunteer of the Year
•    Young Volunteer of the Year (under 21)
School Awards
•    Primary School Contribution to PE and School Sport
•    Secondary School Contribution to PE and School Sport

Nominations are made through the 5 local areas of Derwentside, Durham City & Chester le Street, Easington, Sedgefield and The Dales. Local winners then feed into the county event to compete for the county title in their category. Local events will take place in September 2012, with the county awards dinner taking place on Friday 12 October 2012 at The Xcel Centre, Newton Aycliffe.

Anyone can nominate for any category or area, so don’t miss out! Go to http://www.countydurhamsport.com/events/award-scheme to make your nomination by the deadline of Friday 31 August 2012.


Community Rights Support Programme

The Community Rights Support Programme includes two elements – an advice service run by Locality and a grants programme managed by Social Investment Business to support the use of both the Community Right to Challenge and the Community Ownership and Management of Assets (including Right to Bid).

Please note: The Community Ownership and Management of Assets Grant Programme (including Right to Bid) will open on 30th July 2012.

The funders are particularly interested in receiving applications from small local organisations that are looking to build capacity and capability to deliver public service contracts. 

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Digital Edge Programme

The Nominet Trust has announced that it is inviting applications for funding through its new £2m Digital Edge programme. Through the programme organisations can apply for grants to fund projects that address key challenges faced by young people through the innovative uses of digital technologies. The key areas to address are:

  • Digging deeper into the problems and addressing the root causes
  • Exploring the changing landscape and the nature of engagement
  • Renegotiating professional practice
  • New forms of employment and rewardRead More

Fidelio Charitable Trust

Fidelio Charitable Trust welcomes applications for grants in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance.

Institutions, colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations in the United Kingdom, may seek financial support as follows:

for individuals or groups of exceptional ability, whom they have been responsible for selecting, to enable them.

  • to receive special tuition or coaching (e.g. in the case of musicians to attend Master Classes)
  • to participate in external competitions.
  • to be supported for a specially arranged performance.
  • to receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

For further information visit Fidelio Charitable Trust.


Easington Social Welfare Celebration Event

27th July 2012 

A celebration event to mark the official opening of the disabled access lifts, improvement works and car park.

Open day from 12pm-4pm, free entry. With guests from around the region, stalls, displays from user groups and 'have your say' with the consultants. Also arts and crafts and face painting for young people. 

Tea and coffee available, opening ceremony 12:30pm

Evening concert featuring Easington Colliery Brass Band. Doors open at 7pm- Buffet, raffle and bingo.

County Durham LINk Information Day

County Durham LINk is holding an Information Day on Wednesday 1st August at Barnard Castle from 10.00 am– 2.00pm.
This is an opportunity for members of the general public to hear about the following:Read More

Get Ready for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) elections on 15th November 2012

A women’s manifesto for Safer Communities in Durham and Darlington
Durham City Tuesday 7th August 2012 – 9.30 – 12.30 Joachim Room, St Hild & St Bede College, Durham City
Darlington Tuesday 28th August 2012 – 9.30 – 12.30 Seminar Room, Teesside University, Darlington Campus

Book online

The overall aim of the events is to ensure the Police and Crime Commissioner takes action on women's safety. The objectives will be two fold:
•    To raise awareness of the Police and Crime Commissioners agenda
•    To identify womens' priorities for crime and community safety

Horden in Old Photos

A display in St Mary’s Community Hall (Behind St Mary’s Church, Blackhill’s Road)
Thursday 26th July, 10am–1pm

Refreshments, Documentary Film, Horden Colliery Banner,  See Refurbishment Plans for the Community Hall,
Bring your own photos and share some memories!
All funds towards refurbishing the Hall

A community organised event sponsored by Accent Foundation

Blackhall Community Centre Summer Programme

There's lots going on at the centre over the 6 weeks holidays for both the young and older members of the community. Please download the information flyer for more details.

Talking About Cancer Team Working in the Community

Following on from the successful Cancer Champions project developed by the East Durham Health Network, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust’s Talking About Cancer (TAC) team is working within your local community to help raise awareness of bowel cancer throughout August and September,

Information will be displayed in community venues around Shotton, Horden and the Trimdon’s, and members of the TAC team and community volunteers will be at centrally located venues to answer questions throughout August and September, where you can come along and find out more about the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer and the NHS national bowel cancer screening program.

Research shows early detection of bowel cancer and increased awareness of the NHS bowel screening program ultimately saves lives. When bowel cancer is found at the earliest stage, there is an excellent chance of survival with more than 90% of people surviving for at least 5 years (Cancer Research UK, 2012)

If you would like further information on where the TAC team will be throughout August and September, please contact Donna McDermott on 0191 5692832 or e-mail donnamcdermott1@nhs.net


FREE Training @ Community House

Introduction to Safeguarding (Skills Development)
Mon 30th July 9.30am – 1pm Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DP 
This course covers:  What does safeguarding mean, Your responsibilities, What is harm?, What is abuse?, How to respond..?, What to do if you have concerns, Safe working practice.

Disability Awareness (Skills Development)
Mon 30th July, 1.30pm – 4.30pm Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DP
Ensuring that your staff are informed and ready to handle broad variety of people’s needs not only helps to meet your legal obligations, it makes good business sense.
At the end of the course, our aim is that participants will be able to: work in an informed way and be a more confident workforce, have staff knowledge of legal obligations and hold a demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Level 2 Emergency First Aid 
Tues 31st July, 9am – 4pm at Community House 

Challenging Behaviour (Skills Development)
Tues 31st July, 1pm – 4.30pm at Community House
For individuals seeking clear, relevant and easy to use training to identify and respond to challenging behaviour properly and safely, this syllabus includes: preventing accidents, flashpoints, escalation and defusion, managing incidents and recording and reporting.
To book a place on any of the above courses please contact East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511
All courses will be held at Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee SR8 5DP
Please note:
Learners must be aged 19 or over to be eligible
Learners can only do one skills development course, one level 1 and one level 2 course
For people to maximise their take up of courses they need to complete them in the following order: skills development, level 1, level 2
If someone starts at a level 1 or 2, they can’t do a lower level course – regardless of whether it’s in another subject


Clubbing Together: the Hidden Wealth of Communities

This recent ResPublica publication looks at the role clubs and groups play in building communities and positive civic action, and concludes that the government should support multi-functional spaces in town centres to promote community use and civic action. The publication covers the hidden wealth of casual connections; the role of membership and leisure activities in community cohesion, tackling loneliness and improving wellbeing; the changing face of social clubs and membership; and “hot-housing” a culture of clubs.
To find out more visit www.respublica.org.uk/documents/yeo_ClubbingTogether.pdf

Tools to Map and Manage Your Community Assets

 The Place Station

The Place Station is an innovative site which allows you to map land and buildings that are valued by local residents. It also invites you to add or find assets and encourages private sector professionals to offer their support to help get projects off the ground.
The Building Calculator offers communities the professional know-how to work out the long-term costs of a building. Using the most up-to-date building component data, and the whole life costing methodology employed by surveyors and construction professionals, this easy-to-use tool enables communities to plan ahead for future building maintenance and replacement costs.

Free Expert Support

Locality and partners are running http://mycommunityrights.org.uk, a new site filled with information, inspiration and resources to help you make the most of the Community Rights. The My Community Rights online service supports you whatever stage of the journey you are at, whether you are getting started, looking for legal advice, information on a business case or have a specific question for a Community Rights expert.



New Drop in Service for Young People aged 13-19 years

Every Friday between 3pm and 5pm
One to One support and advice, Sexual Health, C Card, Chlamydia Screening, Drug and Alcohol Advice, Money Advice, Quit Smoking Support, Young Peoples Activities
No need to make an appointment just turn up at the Leisure Centre and ask for your Visitor card for One Point  03000 26 11 16 and speak to Alison  Pattison Project Worker

Alcohol Survey

Bath University is carrying out a survey about alcohol, particularly in relation to people’s thoughts about minimum unit price. They are looking for a decent sample from the North East, you are encouraged to fill in the (10 minute) survey and circulate to colleagues, family and friends. The link to the survey can be found below.

Take the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/bar12oa/


The Future of the Independent Living Fund

This consultation is seeking views on the impact that closing the Independent Living Fund in 2015 would have on users, local authorities and the wider care and support systems across the UK. The Government would also like views on how closure could be managed in a way which would minimise disruption to the care and support needs of existing Independent Living Fund users.
To find out more and respond visit www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2012/future-of-ilf.shtml

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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