East Durham Newsletter No 27


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Welcome to the East Durham Trust E-Newsletter

Date for your diary - East Durham Trust Members Meeting will take place on Monday 8th July at 10am, Shotton Community Centre. Members invitations will be with them towards the end of this week.

One not to miss!! - Tomorrow (Thursday 27th June) we have a FREE arts and poetry workshop here at Community House which is being hosted by the Let's Talk East Durham Campaign. See the article below for more information.


Million Can Challenge

During the summer months East Durham Trust will be mobilising the local community in attempts to collect 1 MILLION drinks cans in an attempt to:

  • Clean up the local environment
  • Get people actively engaged
  • Help local good causes

To discover why you should join the challenge download - So why should YOU get involved? 

To find out how you can be involved download - How can YOU help? 

 To find out more contact Tina at East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511

Some people have already significantly contributed to the Million Can Challenge. See the official Million Can Challenge Roll of Honour A huge thank you and well done to you all!

Short Term Employment Opportunity

A short term (summer months) job opportunity has arisen at East Durham Trust and we are seeking to appoint through our existing networks. The ten week/three days per week role is primarily to oversee the ‘Million Can Challenge' which will be ran from Parsons Road on the North West Industrial Estate in Peterlee.  Details of the Million Can Challenge can be found here.

You can also download the Job description/personal specification here

Anyone interested should send a one side of A4 expression of interest saying why they would be suited to role to Lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk by Tuesday 2nd July (note the tight deadline!) along with a CV.

Welfare Champions

With support from East Durham Area Action Partnership, East Durham Trust has recruited an army of local volunteers who have been trained to act as advocates and support local people who have been hit by savage Public Spending cuts and Wefare Reform legislation. To find out more:

Download a copy of the Welfare Champions newsletter or Welfare Champions Newsletter Issue 2

Or about Welfare Champions in a local press article or download the Welfare Champions news release


FEED Project Continues to Help Those in Crisis

The Food Emergency East Durham project was launched back in February 2012 and has supported thousands of East Durham individuals and families in financial  crisis during that time. This would not have been possible without the kind generousity of those who continue to donate both food and money to this invaluable project. Recently the Asda store in Peterlee started to collect for the project with a donation trolly located at the front of their store near to the customer service desk. Regular donations have also come from our network of community collection points.

Can we take this opportunity to say a very special thank you to everyone who has donated and continues to make donations to the project. Without your kind support the project would not be possible.

Top Learning Award Goes to Men's Shed Project

On Monday 20th May the Trust received the National Community Learning Project Award at a presigious event in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminister. Now at it's third year the CREE project was recognised for its outstanding contribution to Mental Health at the National Adult Learners Week Celebrations organised by the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).

Chief Executive Malcolm Fallow was joined by Trustees and CREE hosts Alison Paterson and Alison Nutter to collect the Award. 


Photograph Credits
Top right: Caters Photography
Bottom: Paul Hickinbotham.

Sports Activity in East Durham

East Durham Trust are currently researching sports activities available across the East Durham area. If your group provides sports activities can you please send the answers to the following questions to  lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk:

1.    What Activities do you offer?
2.    When are they available?
3.    How much do they cost?
4.    What age range does the activity cater for?
5.    When will the activity end (i.e is it sustainable and has no end date or is it funded through a project?)

Second Hand Items Wanted

Dawdon Youth and Community Centre are in the process of setting up a charity shop within the centre to raise much needed funds. Can you help? They need clothes rails, hangers, ironing board and iron. They are also looking for items to sell such as clothes, toys, books and bric a brac. You can drop items into the centre or contact Joanne Bowen on 0191 5131777 for more information.


Introducing Durham Learning Disabilities Floating Support Group

Durham Learning Disabilities Floating Support Service offers support to parents in the Co Durham area who have a learning disability/difficulty, They can offer 1 – 9 hours of support each week depending on a clients needs. Their aims are to provide support to clients who may benefit from support in areas such as; setting up or maintaining their tenancy, developing parental skills, independent living skills and social skills, accessing and maintaining health care, support around finances and maximising benefits and support to liaise with other agencies involved.

For more information download the information leaflet or contact:
Jill Gardner, Project Support Worker, Home Group
Email jillian.gardner@homegroup.org.uk
Tel: 0191 332 4948


Free Art and Poetry Workshop

Thursday 27th June 2013 10.00am—2.00pm
Community House, Yoden Road, SR8 5DP

Come and try taster art and poetry sessions hosted by poet and diarist Steve Urwin, a versatile published performer who is passionate about wordplay as a tool for personal wellbeing. Beverly Sherratt will also share how computer generated Art and drawing can help self expression and aid relaxation. This will be a fun, lively session that will allow everyone to be creative no matter how skilled they are. Unleash your inner artist!

Let’s Talk East Durham is a project led by people with lived experience of mental health problems. Our aim is to bring people who don’t have mental health problems into social contact with those who do, to remove stigma and put a stop to discrimination.

For further information about either the event or the Let's Talk project please contact: julie.devon@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Event Flyer

Free Events Taking Place Over the Summer at Castle Eden Dene Nature Reserve

Natural England are hostin a range of FREE events over the summer for everyone to enjoy! To find out more download their Summer events timetable

Blackhall Community Centre Events

Two excellent evening of entertainment coming up at Blackhall Community Centre; more information available here


Screwfix Foundation

This new Foundation supports charities looking for funding to fix, maintain and improve properties or community facilities specifically for those in need (by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability or other disadvantage or distress).
Examples of what can be funded:

  • Help with / pay for cost of a new build
  • Replacing machinery/equipment that needs replacing by a professional
  • Building maintenance through ad hoc modernisation / decorating / cosmetics
  • Help with / pay for full decoration of a whole building or large proportion
  • Help with / pay for repair from damage such as weather / flood damage
  • Maintenance of community facilities for non-building structures

Further information can be found at Screwfix Foundation

Source: Civil Society / FINE

People’s Health Trust Opens Active Communities

The People’s Health Trust invites community groups in England, Scotland and Wales to apply to its recently opened Active Communities Funding Programme.

The funding programme aims to close the gap between communities experiencing the worst health in Great Britain and the majority of the population. It will fund small, local projects that encourage community activism - projects designed and run by local people that address issues relevant to them and benefit and improve their local community.Read More


Public Consultation on Centralisation of Emergency Care Services

A public consultation is underway to gather views on the proposal to centralise emergency medical and critical care services at the University Hospital of North Tees from the University Hospital of Hartlepool. The consultation ends on the 11th August. Have your say on the proposals here



Counselling Service for Young People

Streetwise now offers a free and accessible Online Counselling Service open to 11 to 25 year olds across the North East

Counselling is provided online via email, chat and Skype, by counsellors trained in face to face counselling and online counselling.  For more infomation contact 0191 230 5400 or email counselling@streetwisenorth.org.uk

Further information is available on the Streetwise Flyer



Healthwatch Volunteers Required

Healthwatch County Durham has an important role - to look at how our health and social care is delivered in County Durham and to influence change when necessary. It needs to recruit active volunteers to be their eyes and ears. This is a great opportunity to be engaged in shaping the standards and delivery of health and social care services throughout our community. To find out more, please call the Healthwatch office on 01325 375960 or visit  www.healthwatchcountydurham.co.uk


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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