East Durham Newsletter No 26

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Date for your diary - Monday 25th February, Members Meeting.Venue TBC

Can we please also take this opportunity to say a special thank you to all who have generously donated to the Trust's  emergency food parcel project - FEED. Demand for food parcels is steadily increasing. Only a few days ago over 30 parcels left Community House in just one day!! Fortunately we have managed to meet this demand thanks to your kind support. Some local groups are managing to collect sizable donations. You may have read the recent article in the Peterlee Star which mentioned a small portionof these groups.  So thanks again for helping us to support families and individuals in crisis situations across East Durham.


Single Mothers of Murton Invited to Attend Event

In 2012 East Durham Trust conducted a survey in Murton in partnership with the RSA and the University of Lancashire to discover more about peoples social networks in Murton. The results of the survey showed that single Mothers in Murton were particularly socially isolated East Durham Trust are now embarking upon the second stage of this work, the theme of this is:

“What activities/interventions would engage Single Mothers?”

Single Mothers who live in Muton are invited to attend a Focus Group on:

Thursday 17th January between 10am and 12 noon at the Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton

Refreshments will be provided

Children who are not of nursery/school age are more than welcome to attend

£10 ASDA voucher will be given to all those who attend

Please contact Lindsey Wood at East Durham Trust on 0191 569 3511 or by email lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk to confirm your attendance.

Police and Crime Commissioner Links with East Durham VCS

Members of East Durham Trust who attend the recent members meeting  had the opportunity to meet Ron Hogg, the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham. Ron was very keen to learn more about the views and opinions on crime and policing from the community activists and representatives in attendance. He also explained how the role of the PCC would  operate and that objectives will be formulated and set out in the Police and Crime Plan.
The role of your PCC is not to run the police. Your PCC has been elected to be the voice of the people and to hold the police to account. Your PCC is also accountable to the public for how crime is tackled within the Durham Constabulary area.

Later in the month East Durham Trust's CEO will be meeting with Ron to discuss strengthening links with the Voluntary and Community sector.

Ron will work to ensure that community needs are met as effectively as possible and will improve local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust.

He will also work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.

A series of Community Panels will be established to monitor local policing and crime issues and represent the community safety needs of the localities that make up their area. In addition the Groups will appoint community champions to represent the views of various sectors.

Each Panel will comprise a maximum of 50 people and will cover the parliamentary areas across County Durham and Darlington. The Panels will meet a minimum of four times per year (either in a physical location or on-line).

If you live in County Durham or Darlington and to register your interest, please register here

To find out more information about the Police and Crime Commissioner visit the PCC website

Community Organisers: Coming to a Street Near You!

In December 2012, a team of 5 Trainee Community Organisers joined us here at Community House. East Durham Trust is the host organisation for the team, who will be working in and around communities in the Peterlee area. They will be listening to residents in their homes, on the street and anywhere where people gather, asking residents about their loves and concerns about their local neighbourhood. The aim of the Community Organisers is simple; to build trust, respect and relationships, one person at a time. By listening to people, they uncover their hopes for where they live, identifying what they want to change and then supporting them to get together with others and make it happen; be it big or little. Bit-by-bit, it is hoped that these small steps will combine to have a big impact on these areas, as gradually, groups of people from these communities get together with the power and confidence to tackle the issues which are important to them to achieve their goals.Read More

Mental Health Charity MIND new base in Community House.

The mental health charity Hartlepool and East Durham Mind has begun working in east Durham, based in Peterlee at the East Durham Trust building in Yoden Road.

The charity will be providing a rolling programme of self-help, skills-based workshops for stressed residents across east Durham and is looking for prospective volunteers to help them deliver the courses. A fascinating volunteer training programme started early in 2013 at East Durham Trust.Read More


Arts Grants in County Durham

If you’ve got a bright idea for a lightwork that could be part of Lumiere in 2013, Artichoke will commission a number of works from individuals or groups to feature as a core strand of the wider Lumiere programme and will be temporarily located in Durham for the duration of the festival.  Winning applications will be supported in creating a lightwork from scratch, to see it proudly stand amongst some of the best work from eminent national and international artists at Lumiere.

If you are from the North East you are eligible submit an idea – no other experience is necessary. Download an
application pack to apply.

Changes to Awards for All for small groups

An Awards for All pilot that has been running for six months in West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber is being rolled out across England. So from now until 31 March 2013 Awards for All will look at funding repeat and on-going activities. The guidance materials and application form will not be changed for the pilot. This only applies to organisations with an income of less than £30k a year. More information will be appearing on the Awards for All website.

Source: Big Lottery Fund

Healthy Hearts

Up to £10,000 (£50,000 total funding pot each round) to VCS organisations spreading the healthy heart message. Open to applications in January and February

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Projects must focus on and actively promote heart health throughout. Projects typically run for 12 months. 

When selecting award winners, the panel will look first and foremost at how strong the Healthy Heart message is and how actively it is being promoted through the activities.Read More

Explore Fund

Up to €2,500 (approx. £2,018) for not-for-profit organisations that encourage youth outdoor participation. 

 Outdoor clothing company North Face has announced the launch of a new funding round of its Explore Fund. The Explore Fund supports not for profit organisations that encourage youth outdoor participation.

Grants are available for projects that


  • encourage community involvement
  • focus on breaking down barriers to getting youth outdoors
  • reach out to a specific community or place of interest  Read More


NHS Priorities and Feedback Event

Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG) is holding a series of public events to update you on their plans to improve healthcare for the population of the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield. Last summer, they asked local people what their priorities should be as we take on the responsibility for the planning and purchasing the vast majority of local health services from 1, April, 2013. They are keen to demonstrate how your contributions have made a difference, to share the plans for the coming financial year and to explore how they can involve you in the review, design and improvement of health services to ensure that local health services are developed both with and for local people.

The event for the Easington area will take place will be held on
Thursday 31 January, 2013 between 1.30-3.00pm at the Greenhills Centre, Wheatley Hill Community Association, DH6 6JS  

If you would like to attend, please telephone Jill Kirby on 01388 825612 or jill.kirby@nhs.net  to confirm your attendance.
Please advise if you have any special requirements.

Institute of Fundraising Yorkshire and North East Conference

When: Thursday 7th to Friday 8th Feb 2013
Where: The Royal York Hotel, York

This two day, all inclusive conference will provide you with the opportunity to learn, network and be associated with innovative thinking and high quality debate on professional fundraising.

The 2012 event was very well received and was commended by Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of IoF, who attended the conference. Tickets for 2013 are available on line at www.iofyorkshire.comRead More

County Durham LINk Celebratory Event

After 4 years of hard work County Durham Local Involvement Network (LINk) will be holding its final event in February 2013. 
To mark the end of County Durham LINk we are holding a Celebratory Event to reflect on the achievements of our LINk, to look forward to the future under Healthwatch and introduce the new provider who will be running Healthwatch Durham from 1st April 2013.

The event is being held Friday 22nd February 2013 at Ramside Hall Hotel and Golf Club, Carrville, Durham, DH1 1TD. Commencing at 12 noon with lunch and finishing at 3pm. Read More

Free Training at Community House

SkillShare are holding the following course at Community House: 

•    Emergency First Aid at Work (one day)
Date:  29 January 2013   Time:  9.30 am - 4.30 pm

To book places, or for further information, please contact SkillShare on:

Tel: 01429 868 353   or Email: enquiries@skillsharene.co.uk

For information about other SkillShare courses in the area download the flyer.

Real Time Information seminar – PAYE Update for the Charitable Sector

17 January, 10.00am to 12.00pm at Sage UK Ltd, Newcastle
Sage is running this free seminar covering the new RTI Legislation which will become effective in April. RTI is one of the biggest changes to PAYE since it was introduced in 1944, and will ensure PAYE keeps pace with modern working patterns. Under the HMRC RTI system, employers would be required to send data about PAYE, NIC and student loans every time they pay their employees, rather than with their end-of-year tax return. This seminar is aimed primarily at smaller charities that may or may not have PAYE set up for every employee, irrespective of the number of hours they work weekly. However larger charities are also very welcome to come along to gain a better understanding of the changes that will be happening.
To find out more visit www.skills-bridge.org/events/events.php
To book a place phone Chris or Andrew on 0191 275 5059


Data Protection Webinars

Paul Ticher, the well-known VCS data protection expert, is relaunching his series of monthly webinars for the voluntary and community sector. The webinars are free but you need to book. This is a good opportunity to access free data protection training. (Source NCVO's monthly bulletin).
To find out more visit www.paulticher.com/webinars


Reducing Licensing Requirements for Community Venues

The government has announced that, following public consultation, it is to make changes to licensing requirements under the 2003 Licensing Act. Community venues will be exempt from licensing restrictions on a range of entertainment and cultural events. The measures to deregulate plays, dance and indoor sport will be put to Parliament in the next few weeks, with the intention of bringing the measures into effect in England and Wales by April 2013. The remaining legislative measures, including live and recorded music and entertainment activities at community venues, will be introduced to Parliament as soon as possible. The Culture Department (DCMS) will also consult on measures that examine community film screenings later this year.

For more information visit the Department for Culture, Media and Sports website

Source: Vol Resource

Disclosure and Barring Service

The new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) was created on 1 December by merging the functions of the Criminal Records Bureau and the Independent Safeguarding Authority. CRB checks will be called DBS checks.
For enquiries about DBS checks phone 0870 90 90 811 and for DBS referrals and safeguarding matters phone 01325 953 795. To find out more visit www.homeoffice.gov.uk

East Durham Trust is an umberella body for CRB checks and currently provides this service at a cost of £5 for volunteers and £49 for paid employees. For more information about this service contact the Trust on 0191 5693511.


Free Diagnostic Tool to Help with Delivery of Public Services

A new tool has been developed for free to help organisations assess their capacity to deliver public services. Rocket Science consultants have developed the “VCS Assist Diagnostic Tool’ which is designed to enable voluntary and community sector employment and skills organisations adapt to the changing market for their services.
Supported by European Social Fund Technical Assistance, the Tool enables you to undertake a rigorous assessment of an organisation’s capacity to provide services in a market that is increasingly dominated by (lead) Prime Contractors and based on payment by results. Visit the link  to get access to this free tool.



Mental Health Consultation

Help give mental health service users and carers more say in the review and improvement of local healthcare
Services.  If you have a mental health problem, or care for someone who does, are aged 18+ and live in County Durham or Darlington, Age UK County Durham is keen to hear from you.
• How would you like to share your views on local healthcare services?
• How would you prefer to influence the quality and provision of health services?
• What would encourage you to have your say?
• What would help you to get involved?
Please contact Clare Midgley on 0191 383 9750 or E: mental.health@ageukcountydurham.org.uk This consultation is taking place January – March 2013 Commissioned by NHS County Durham and Darlington.


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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