East Durham Newsletter No 23

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Are you going to the Peterlee Show at the weekend? Then why not pop into the voluntary marquee and visit the East Durham Trust display. There will be lots of information about the various services we offer to groups and individuals, details of current projects and opportunities and also some great freebies to take away.  


East Durham Trust: Annual Conference

The effects of Economic Recession and Welfare Reform on Local Communities

What does the ‘Current Economic Climate’ and the continued government strategy of austerity measures mean to people living in what are already officially categorised as ‘deprived communities’? More importantly, what can be done to protect the most vulnerable and to prevent people from slipping into irreversible levels of poverty and ill health?

On the 9th November East Durham Trust will be dedicating its Annual Conference to these questions with key speakers giving National, Regional and Local perspectives and workshops showcasing a range of innovative interventions.

Venue: Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm (Lunch Provided)
Date: Friday 9th November 2012


CEO Run To Raise Cash for Local People in Crisis

Every year the Great North Run provides a fantastic opportunity for local causes to raise much need funds to support the brilliant work they do within our community. More than 54,000 runners will be attempting to complete the course of 13.1 miles on September 16th  2012.

This year East Durham Trust’s Malcolm Fallow will be amongst those runners, in his attempt to raise funds for the Food Emergency East Durham (F.E.E.D) Project . Every week more than 30 food parcels are distributed to families and individuals in crisis situations via this essential project. The service relies heavily on the generosity of the local community with food donation points situated in many local community venues. Unfortunately, demand for Food Parcels is increasing and is set to rise further due to many factors including the recession and welfare reform. All money raised will go towards ensuring the project can continue to meet demand.

Ironically another MF, Olympic Gold medallist Mo Farah, is taking part in this year’s Great North Run. Mo also believes that food poverty is a major concern and recently played a pivotal role in a hunger summit held at Downing Street, raising the issue of child hunger in the poorest parts of the world. 

All sponsorship monies raised will go directly towards ensuring the project continues to provide support for those who are most vulnerable within the East Durham community. 

To download a sponsorship form click here  
Please return all monies raised to East Durham Trust, Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee SR8 5DP

Help Raise Awareness to Cancer in Your Community

The Talking about Cancer team are looking for community venues that are willing to host an information stand to promote the signs and symtoms of bowel cancers and hopefully increase early detection rates. A member of the Talking about Cancer team would also come along to your event to provide information.  

If your group is planning an event or think there is another suitable time when your venue is busy and could accomodate an info stand please contact Donna Mc Dermott on 0191 5692832 or email donnamcdermott1@nhs.net



Lets Talk East Durham Information Event

Let's Talk East Durham project is supported and funded by the Time to Change initiative which aims to end mental health discrimination.  Let's Talk East Durham will sees teams of trained volunteers working in the hearts of communities within East Durham to engage the public in conversation about mental health.  Members of the public will be asked to sit and chat about mental health, participate in a mental health quiz and given a Mental Health Information pack.  Events will take place in a variety of settings such as shopping and community centres lasting for a minimum of four hours ensuring that the maximum numbers of people are engaged in discussion.

East Durham Trust are looking to recruit 6 Champions will undertake a 5 day training programme which will enable them to deliver a series of "Let's Talk" events and support a team of volunteers.  We are also looking to recruit 24 Let’s Talk Volunteers who will undertake a 3 day training programme.  

An open information event will take place on: Tuesday 11th September 1.00pm – 4.00 pm at East Durham Trust, Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee. Co. Durham. SR8 5DP
Come along and find out more about how you could be involved with the project, 
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Willow Tree Tea Party at Low Burnhall

Sunday 16th September 2012 11am - 4pm
Come along for a Wind in the Willows style tea party with Toad of Low Burnhall and his woodland and river friends.
Make your own Wind in the Willows puppet and mini willow fence that you can take home to remind you of your visit.

Find out about how this new community wood is taking shape and the fun things you can do here all year round.

Please meet at the new car park at Low Burnhall which is located just off the A177, coming from Durham, on the left hand side immediately before you get to the Cock of the North roundabout where the A167 intersects with the A177. Car park will be signposted on the day. 

Please book by texting or emailing your name,number of people and your email address to:
The Queen of Willows on Mob: 07890 194 724 or Tel: 01453 750 174 or Email: lorraine@weeksenvironmental.co.uk
Download the event flyer here

Institute of Fundraising North East Group Meeting

The next bi-monthly meeting for the Institute of Fundraising’s North East Group will be held on 26th September 2012 from 4 pm to 6 pm at the As You Like It Bar, Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1DB.  

Both members and non-members are invited to join us in networking over canaps and a glass of wine and we are delighted to announce two excellent speakers this month.

Adrian Beney of More Partnerships will be discussing Charities Partnerships - Tax Effective Giving and Gift Aid. Adrian has a wealth of experience and areas of expertise include Regular Giving, cases for support, audits, feasibility studies and Gift Aid. You can find out more about Adrian by visiting http://www.morepartnership.com/more-people/partners/adrian-beney
Further details about both talks can be found on their website at www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/groups/regional-north-east (go to left-hand menu and click on Bi-Monthly Meetings).

Please email catrina.flynn@ageuk-northumberland.org.uk by 19th September to lbook your place (£3 per person if pre-booked).

Local Opportunities Event for 16-18 year olds

Do you want a job ? 
  - but don’t know how to get one? 

You need to call into the next OPPORTUNITIES EVENT where there will be a number of training providers and other organisations to help you move on and step up a gear.
Tuesday 4th September 10.00-14.00  
Peterlee Youth Centre (Near Argos), Hailsham Place, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 1AB
For more information download the event flyer

Coaches Conference 2012

Friday 21st September, Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground 

Delivered by DCC, guest speakers include:
Steve Black - renowned motivational coach with the Falcons, NUFC and SAFC and 
Peter Stanley - international athletics coach 
There will also be the opportunity to partake in Workshops and Masterclasses 
Using iTechnology in coaching, Nutrition for sport and exercise, Supporting success, Developing winning relationships, Building the sustainable athlete

Disability inclusion, Coaching performance athletes, Effective warm ups and cool downs
Cost for attendance is £15 to Club Durham/ Volunteer Durham members, £25 other delegates.  
To book please contact Sport and Leisure Services - Telephone: 03000 28 2012

BeachWatch and Clean-up

Blackhall Rocks Local Nature Reserve
Sat 15 Sept 10.30am – 12 .30pm


Help to record and collect litter on the beach, as part of a Marine Conservation Society national survey.

Group will meet at Blackhall Rocks picnic area, southeast of Blackhall Colliery

For more information download the event flyer


County Durham LINk Information Day

Tuesday 18th September at Bowburn Community Centre, Bowburn DH6 5AT from 2.00pm till 3.30pm. 
This is an opportunity for members of the general public to hear about the following:

North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group – Dr Bidwell and Dr O Brien will be delivering an overview of the Clinical Commissioning Group for the North Durham area.

LINk/HealthWatch update – hear about the developments to date of Local HealthWatch in Durham and plans for the transition this year.

 To book a place, please contact the LINk team on 01325 327431 or email host@pcp.uk.net.
 If you require any communication support, please contact the Host team no later than Friday 7th September.  Reasonable transport requests will be considered.


Cancer Awareness Training

This course is for anyone wanting to learn more about the signs and symptoms of breast, bowel, lung and skin cancers, find out about the NHS screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancers, and learn about the cancer support services available to everyone.

If you would like to raise awareness of these cancers and provide people with up to date information within your community, workplace or with your clients, then this is the course for you!

For more information download the course flyer


Finding Space to Grow Food in the Community

The government's Communities Department has published material to provide practical advice on new ways for local people to get access to less conventional sources of land and green space to grow their own food as well as suggestions for wider community involvement, helpful tips on how to get funding and examples of projects already in bloom. http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/newsroom/2203848.
Rural sector network ACRE has also recently produced a topic sheet on Community Food Growing as part of its Community Led Planning Toolkit, in pdf 931KB.

Source: VolResource

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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