East Durham Newsletter No 25

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Date for your diary!  The next East Durham Trust members meeting will take place on Monday 17th December at the Hazelwell Centre in Haswell.  We look forward to welcoming you on the day with festive mince pies.


East Durham Trust Conference Exceeds All Expectations

Members, volunteers, partner organisations and stakeholders who managed to attend the Trust's annual conference on 9th November will know it was a great success. The topic of the day was Crisis and the impact that austerity measures are having on local  communities. With more than 250 attendees, it proved to be an excellent opportunity to network with like minded community activists, all equally interested in preserving local community spirit and protecting the vulnerable in these times of government cuts and welfare reform. It is assuring to know that East Durham is still a place rich in community  stalwarts, who continue to volunteer, contribute and even fight for the best interests of their local community area.Read More

East Durham Residents Asked to Share Views on Arts and Culture

East Durham Trust are carrying out research looking at why local people are no longer engaging in Arts and Culture and what can be done to change this. We are encouraging residents to participate in the survey in an attempt to secure funding to support local arts and culture development 

Recent research revealed that the area has one of the lowest participation rates for arts engagement in the UK and the survey hopes to uncover why this is the case and what might work to re establish interest. 
There could be various reasons why local people no longer feel connected to the Arts ranging from lack of opportunities on their doorstep to insufficient transport links to regional displays or performances. We hope that the survey will uncover local people’s views and opinions, helping to establish what can be done to reignite interest.
If you would like to share your views please contact Maria Lawson at East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511 or email maria.lawson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk
For more information download the survey flyer

The Let's Talk East Durham Sofa comes to Peterlee Pavilion


Would you like to take part in an inspiring new project that will see hundreds of East Durham residents engage in conversation around mental health issues? The Let’s Talk East Durham project is hosting a drop in event on Wednesday 28th November between 9:30am and 1:30pm at The Pavilion, Helford Road in Peterlee.  Local people are invited to pop by for a chat with the projects enthusiastic volunteers, take time out on the Let’s Talk sofa, have a coffee and a snack and pledge support to putting a stop to mental health discrimination.

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Only a Few Remaining FREE spaces on Localgiving.com

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 have a few remaining spaces for 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.

Adult Learners Week Nominations Open

 Equality North East is delighted to be working in partnership with the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education NIACE (NIACE) to plan and deliver Adult Learners’ Week in 2013.

Adult Learners' Week encourages adults to find out how rewarding learning can be through free events and amazing learning journeys of award winners. Why not make 2013 your year to celebrate learning?  Register now for more information on how you can get involved in Adult Learners’ Week 2013 (18 – 24 May), www.alw.org.uk.

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of the benefits of lifelong learning and is the perfect opportunity to explore the many types of learning available to adults from all walks of life.
Do you know of a local learning project or an inspirational friend, colleague or family member who is committed to learning and as a result has made an impact on the both their own life and that of others. Nominations are now open and close on 13th December – please do your bit and nominate, nominate, nominate! Nominate for an Award | Adult Learners' Week
For more information Contact:
Andrea Johnson
North East Regional Coordinator
Adult Learners’ Week 2013
Equality North East
0191 426 4399
07540 418008

Chairman’s Medal

Do you know someone who deserves a medal?

The Chairman’s Medal is the highest honour given by Durham County Council and is presented to individuals for voluntary effort and outstanding charitable organisations throughout County Durham to recognise significant achievement and outstanding effort in all walks of life. 

Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) have been asked by the Chairman of Durham County Council, Cllr Linda Marshall JP, to help receive nominations for the prestigious Chairman’s Medal award.

The awards will take place in February 2013 and the closing date for nominations is Friday 4th January 2013.

If you know someone who deserves a medal then please download a copy of the application form and guidance notes by selecting the link below. 

Immediate Opportunity for Free Arts Workshop

LifewithArt are currently seeking a community group for up to 3 FREE 2hr workshops at their Peterlee venue,  Workshops must be scheduled from now until 14th December 2012, depending on availability of tutors. Thursdays preferred. Weekends are also options.  First come, first served. Enquire asap if interested.
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Colour your Life at Healthworks

A FREE Card Craft Course has started at Healthworks in Easington on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 – 7.45pm.

The classes take place in pleasant surroundings and offer people who live in County Durham the opportunity to learn new skills whilst making new friends. Colour Your Life is funded by NHS County Durham and managed by the Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) in Newton Aycliffe.  It aims to provide access to the arts to promote positive mental health and wellbeing amongst participants.

 To book you place contact the Colour your Life team at the Pioneering Care Centre on tel: 01325 321234 email: colouryourlife@pcp.uk.net or contact Healthworks directly on 0191 527 9665


David and Elaine Potter Foundation

Grants of varying amounts for charitable organisations across five categories (education / civil society / research / human rights / arts). No deadline.

The Foundation aims to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society. Funding is divided into five categories:

  • Education
  • Civil society
  • Research
  • Human rights
  • Arts

The trustees are interested in lasting social change, and in forming long-term partnerships with the organisations the Foundation supports. Grants in the past have ranged from several hundred pounds to grants of up to £2 million.
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Barchester Healthcare Foundation

The Foundation - which helps older people and other adults with a disability (physical or mental) - has announced that for 2012, their grant making priority is to help older people (65+) in the community to improve their mobility, independence and quality of life. 

Grants are available to both individuals and small community groups; in the case of individuals, all applications need to be supported and completed by a third party sponsor (for example, a health/ personal care professional, social worker or charity/ support group representative).  Read More

Grow the Game

Up to £5,000 from The Football Foundation for projects to increase participation. Open to not for profits.

The Football Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for funding through its “Grow the Game” programme. Through the programme, funding of up to £5,000 is available for projects that increase participation by both players and volunteers within the game. Applications are welcome from organisations that are not for profit and planning to set up two new football teams over the next two years. Organisations must have a signed constitution (with a dissolution clause), child protection policy, equal opportunities policy, bank statement and income/expenditure records.Read More


County Durham Compact Online Course

A short on line course has been developed to help you learn more about the County Durham Compact.

The Compact sets out shared commitments and guidelines for partnership working between the public sector and the voluntary and community sector. 
To find out more about the Compact and to take part in the course visit the County Durham Partnership website.

Supplier Workshops

 Are you interested in bidding for contracts with Durham County Council? Do you want to learn more about the Council’s procurement process?

Durham County Council’s Corporate Procurement team are holding a series of four half-day workshops aimed at suppliers, and potential suppliers, of goods, works or services to the Council.
These events are open to any organisation, including large, medium and small organisations from both private sector and third sector, who may be interested in doing business with the Council.


Peterlee Disability Support Group Survey

Peterlee Disability Support Group was set up to promote social activity, provide information, campaign and act as an advocate on disablement issues. The overall aim of the group is to give added value to existing services and provide a strong voice for local disabled people. 

The group has successfully secured funding to carry out a survey to assess local need and involvement. The results of the survey will be completed and all participants invited to a meeting where the issues raised will be discussed and a way forward planned. The group has been working with a range of organisations providing services for disabled people in the Peterlee area. 
They would greatly appreciate you spending a few moments to complete their questionnaire. 

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

Consultation on Play Areas

Durham County Council want to make gradual changes to the distribution and type of play sites (play grounds) so that they are shared more fairly, and better meet community needs throughout the county.  Durham County Council recognise that this is a valued service and that future provision in some areas may reduce and in other areas will increase.  For this reason they intend to engage with residents and communities at every stage in this process.
Between October and January 2013, they will be running a consultation on proposals for the future of fixed play provision in County Durham.  For more information on the consultation, go to their webpage or complete the on-line questionnaire


Community Right to Bid

As you will be aware, the Community Right to Bid allows communities and parish councils to nominate buildings or land for listing by the local authority as an asset of communityvalue.  An asset can be listed if its principal use furthers (or has recently furthered) their community’s social well-being or social interests (which include cultural, sporting or

recreational interests) and is likely to do so in the future. When a listed asset comes to be sold, a moratorium on the sale (of up to six months) may be invoked, providing local community groups with a better chance to raise finance, develop a business and to make a bid to buy the asset on the open market.

It is important that communities take advantage of the Community Right and register with the local authorities the buildings and/or land that they value in the community.  The moratorium will not apply unless an asset has been registered prior to the decision to sell.  For more information visit the Community Right to Bid website



Criminal Justice Directory

An online directory of VCS organisations working within the criminal justice system has been developed. The intention of this directory is to offer it to the new Police and Crime Commissioner, in the first instance, as a tool to finding out what services the sector can and are delivering in this field.

The directory is free and any VCS organisation can add themselves to it, small groups are being encouraged to join the directory to enable the PCC to understand what exists. 

Joining the directory is really easy, simply complete the online form and your organisation will then appear on it

Any queries contact Natalie Maidment, Partnership Development and Policy Officer at VONNE  natalie.maidment@vonne.org.uk

Asset Transfer Building Training Directory

The Asset Transfer Building Training Directory is available to download and details courses and events through out County Durham which are relevant to community buildings group members.

Want to help your children to stay active during breakfast club, lunchtime or after school?

Energy Clubs is a exciting opportunity for volunteers to run fun, inspiring and creative physical activity sessions  focusing on healthy lifestyles for children aged 4-11years. 

 The project allows any parents, grandparents, staff or friends of the schools to receive FREE training to help schools  to run an “energy club” either during breakfast club, lunchtimes or as an afterschool activity. 

ANY primary school can host an Energy Club and the school will receive FREE equipment, activity cards, training and online resources. 
Anyone 16+ can volunteer and they receive FREE training gaining an Energy Club Leader Award, T-shirt and online resources. 
Best thing it’s all FREE, find out more information today online at www.energyclubuk.org

How can you get involved? 
We need YOU to ask your school to host a club if they are not already or to find out more about schools already running Energy Clubs and the options to volunteer contact Energy Club.
Email Emily Burns, North East Volunteer Co-ordinator, eburns@energyclubuk.org  or call her on 07725100919 for more information.  
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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