East Durham Newsletter No 24


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East Durham Trust's CEO, Malcolm Falllow, would like to pass on a word of thanks to everyone who sponsored the FEED Project via his completion of the Great North Run. The money is still coming in, with luck and some use of Charity Funding opportunities including Gift Aid and Local Giving we should raise over £500 which is a lot of essential food for people in unfortunate situations.


East Durham Trust: Annual Conference

 The Annual Conference of East Durham Trust 2012 Friday 9th November 10:45am-4:30pm
at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite


Despite the distraction of the Olympic Games and the Queens Jubilee the economic recession and impending Welfare Reform continue to affect the lives of local people.

This year East Durham Trust will dedicate its Annual Conference to examining the impact of public spending cuts, the economic downturn and focusing on some of the positive interventions designed to counteract the impact.

We are delighted to note that we have secured the services of some prominent keynote speakers including local MP Grahame Morris, Steve Wyler OBE Chief Executive Officer of Locality and Professor Eugene Milne of NHS North East.

As well as these high profile keynote speakers a “Market Place”, “Funders Fair” and workshops will contribute to an exciting and comprehensive agenda. (NB East Durham Trust members will also be invited to the AGM earlier in the day).  

There will also be a section dedicated to the East Durham Area Action Partnership Celebrating Volunteering Awards. 

To confirm your attendance  please complete the booking form and return to Lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Please note spaces are filling up quickly so return your form a.s.a.p to guarantee your space

Five Trainee Community Organisers


£8.50/hr (subject to tax and NI) 
35 Hours
Fixed Term for 51 weeks

East Durham Trust are recruiting five trainee community organisers to work in the local community. The Community Organisers programme is an ambitious and exciting initiative being rolled out across the country. It aims to empower local communities to organise for change in their areas.

East Durham Trust is the flagship local organisation working to stimulate social and economic regeneration in an area experiencing high levels of deprivation.

If you are someone with a strong passion for social change, an excellent communicator and an ability to listen and learn, the Community Organiser role presents a unique opportunity. Please read through all the information available and if you have any further questions contact us on Malcolm.Fallow@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk or 0191 5693511. You can find out more about the Community Organisers Programme at www.cocollaborative.org.uk or about East Durham Trust at www.eastdurhamtust.org.uk. 

In order to apply for this post you must complete the application form which can be downloaded here You can also download an application pack including personal specification and job description here.
CV’s will not be accepted. 

Information sessions for people interested in these posts will be held on Tuesday 16th October (3.00pm) and Wednesday 17th October (5.30pm) at Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DP. 
Closing date for application form: Friday 26 October. 
Interviews will take place on 1st and 2nd November

East Durham Trust Annual Members Survey 2012 - Deadline Extended

As part of EDT’s continuous improvement process we’d like to find out what our members think of the service they receive.  The survey will  also help us to map the services and types of organisations that are working in the third sector in East Durham.  Please complete and submit the survey, which is available on Survey Monkey by following the link below. Closing date for submissions is 24th October 2012. Thank you



Sported open to applications

Sported are looking to award grant applications of up to £2,000 to groups within County Durham.
• Eligible groups would need to become members of sported.
• Have a turnover of less than £50k
• Be using sport/physical activity for development outcomes with disadvantaged young people 11 to 25 yrs i.e.: building stronger communities, preventing crime and ASB, educating in health and wellbeing, developing skill for workplace and life and overcoming barriers to participation for marginalised groups
Memberships will need to be obtained prior to an application being submitted. The deadline for applications is 16 July 2012. Contact Sandra on 07775 602137 for further information or apply online for sported membership at Sported.

BBC Children in Need UK Grant Programmes To Change

BBC Children in Need is changing its small and large grants programmes which are currently open to not-for-profit organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who live in the UK.

The funding programmes will be closed from mid October 2012 until spring 2013. This means that groups planning to apply for the January 2013 round will have to wait until the amendments are in place.

These changes are being carried out to make the application process “more accessible”. A two-stage bidding process is being introduced for the Large Grants programme while the Small Grants programme will see more application deadlines and a reduced waiting time for decisions. The next closing date for the Small Grant strand is expected to be in April 2013 and the deadline for Large Grants is likely to be in May 2013.

UK not-for-profit organisations and registered charities that would prefer not to wait until spring 2013 still have two weeks to submit their applications. They can apply for Small Grants of up to £10,000 a year or Large Grants exceeding £10,000 (with no upper limit). To qualify, the organisation must be working with children and young people who are 18 years or younger and who are experiencing disadvantage, such as illness, distress, abuse, neglect, disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties, or are living in poverty and deprivation.

Full details can be found on the BBC Children in Need website.

Source: Funding Central


Let's Talk East Durham - New Project to Tackle Mental Health Discrimination

The innovative Let’s Talk East Durham project has been awarded a grant by Time to Change, England’s mental health anti-stigma programme, to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in East Durham. As part of the World Mental Health Day (Wednesday 10 October) the project took  the ‘Lets Talk sofa’ to Shotton Community Centre to encourage passers by to have a conversation about mental illness.  The sofa, which was hosted at the special Health Awareness Day,  saw many people coming along to pledge their support. 

Let's Talk East Durham co-ordinator, Julie Devon, along with project volunteers will now be taking the sofa along to at least  24 community venues across East Durham with the aim of engaging at least 960 individuals in tallking about mental health.
The next event will take place on 26th October at Blackhall Community Centre between 10am and 2pm. Come along to find out more and pledge your support too

Let’s Talk East Durham is led by people with lived experience of mental health problems, will use the grant to establish meaningful and open conversations with others in the local area. The aim is to bring people who don’t have mental health problems into social contact with those who do. Evidence suggests that this kind of contact is one of the most effective ways of breaking down stigma and discrimination.
Time to Change is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.  The programme is distributing grants to local community-led projects as part of its drive to improve public attitudes and behaviour in relation to mental health. 
For more information or to get involved contact Julie Devon, Project Co-ordinator on 0191 5693511 or email julie.devon@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Cyrenians FareShare North East Comes to East Durham

Wednesday 17th October, 1pm 
East Durham Partnership Offices, 1 Kilburn Drive, Seaview Industrial Estate, Horden, Peterlee SR8 4TQ

FareShare works with the food industry to save perfectly food from being buried in the ground and instead uses it to provide quality, fit for purpose surplus food to local community projects. The food is used to support vulnerable local people that are struggling to access food. This includes supporting the East Durham Trust FEED project, 

Foodbanks and projects that provide prepared meals are encouraged to attend the event and find out how they can benefit from the service.

Come and enjoy lunch prepared by Masterchef finalist David Coulson using a selection of FareShare produce. 

Find out how your community group can benefit from a regular supply of high quality food and see how the operation works.

Talk to Michael Sheilds, General Manager FareShare North East, Malcolm Fallow, Chief Executive of East Durham Trust and Ellen Foxton, Chief Executive of East Durham Partnership

1pm Buffet 1:30pm Introductions to FareShare and tour of the premises. 

RSVP by 15th October to s.thomas@tcuk.org

Entry to event is ONE CAN OF FOOD


Live Music Regulations Relaxed

From 1st October, the Live Music Act 2012 brought in exemptions from licensing laws for certain music venues. Small venues such as community centres will be able to put on live music, whether amplified or not, without needing a regulated entertainment licence. See the government's regulated entertainment web page 



East Durham Area Action Partnership Volunteer Awards

Do you know a volunteer or a voluntary group that make a difference in their community?  If so, then please take a few minutes to complete the  East Durham AAP Volunteer Awards nomination form.  and view the application guidelines. 
Each nominee will be recognised at the East Durham AAP Volunteers Award Ceremony to be held at Shotton Hall, Peterlee, on Friday 9th November 2012 at 3pm.  Ten of the nominees will receive £250 for their organisation. 
All nominations should be received by East Durham AAP by Monday 5th November 2012, either via email at:  eastdurhamaap@durham.gov.uk or via post:  East Durham AAP, Spectrum 8, Spectrum Business Park, Seaham, County Durham SR7 7TT. 
For further information please contact Shealagh Pearce on 03000 262 054 or shealagh.pearce@durham.gov.uk


Better Together: Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy for County Durham.

The link to the formal consultation on the draft VCS Strategy which is being developed jointly by partners from the public sector (Council, Police, NHS) and Voluntary and Community Sector is detailed below.

The consultation will run until 4 December 2012. The final strategy will be influenced by the views expressed in this consultation. An action plan will then be developed to implement it. To read the draft strategy and make your comments please click on this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/X7KBQQR

County Durham Plan

Durham County Council’s Cabinet has now agreed to consult on the Preferred Options, the latest stage in preparing the County Durham Plan. The plan is the new Local Plan for County Durham and will be a key means of delivering the Regeneration Statement. Co Durham Plan The Plan will:
• Identify the quantity and location of new development across the towns and villages of County Durham
• Identify a number of sites for new employment, new housing and new infrastructure to accommodate the growth needed to achieve the Council’s ambitions
• Set out the detailed planning policies that will be used to determine planning applications.
• Set out the measures required of Durham County Council and other key service providers and stakeholders to successfully achieve the ambitions of the Plan.
An extensive consultation programme will now take place until 2 November 2012 and can be found at http://www.durham.gov.uk/Pages/Service.aspx?ServiceId=856  


Adobe to Offer Charities Software at Reduced Prices

Richard Craig, chief of the Charity Technology Trust, which runs the CTXchange scheme, says access to design software will be useful to charities.  Charities with an annual income of less than £6m will be able to use professional software including Photoshop and InDesign at a fraction of their retail cost after the firm Adobe joined the Charity Technology Trust’s CTXchange programme.

The scheme gives eligible charities and housing associations a limited number of licences for computer software programmes, which have been donated by major software companies including Microsoft and Symantec.
The software is free, but charities pay a small administrative fee to the CTT of between 4 and 8 per cent of the retail value of the software, depending on the programme they are applying for.
The latest version of Adobe’s Photoshop, a popular image-editing and graphics-creation application, is sold for £556 plus VAT on the Adobe website.  Adobe software packages available through the scheme include Photoshop, the page layout application InDesign and the website editing package Dreamweaver.

Practical Guide to Social Media

Unity Trust Bank and Social Misfits Media have published 'About that First Tweet: a practical guide to social media for charities and social enterprises'. There are case studies, a resources list and checklist plus insights from top names with the leading social media platforms. Download (pdf, 1.31MB) via http://www.unity.co.uk/guide.

 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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