East Durham Newsletter No 28

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Welcome to the East Durham Trust e-newsletter!




Putting Brilliance into Resilience

The Annual Conference of East Durham Trust
Thursday 14th November 2013 Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton,
County Durham SR7 9BX
10:30-3:30pm. Lunch Provided

The Trust's Annual Conference has become an integral, high profile event in the East Durham calendar and we have no doubt that this years event will prove as popular as ever.
Already we have secured high profile speakers and informative workshops are planned alongside the showcasing of some of the excellent on going activities.
As the title suggests, this year the theme of the conference will focus on how the local community is gearing up to the fall out of austerity measures in one of the UK’s most deprived communities.
To confirm your attendance complete and return the EDT Conference Booking Form and return to Lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

A full programme and further details will follow in due course.
N.B Follows from East Durham Trust AGM 9:30am



                  Please note that on the day we will be holding a collection for our FEED service- it   would be appreciated if you could make a donation.





Money Awareness Events

What do you do when you need some cash to help you out?
Is there an alternative to illegal money lenders?
Do you need advice on how to manage your income?

Come along to a Money Awareness Events to find out more about how to managing your money effectively:

Tuesday 29th October between 2pm and 4pm at Peterlee Catholic Club, Grampian Drive, Peterlee, SR8 2LR

Get tips and advice from the experts on how to manage your money and how to access loans from reputable lenders!

The Credit Union, Welfare Champions, East Durham Homes and Illegal Money Lending team will all be available on the day.

FREE tea, coffee and light buffet too

Download the event flyers:






 Member's Survey


Make your voice as an East Durham Trust member heard! Take our Member's Survey.!

Staffing Changes


In Early October, we said goodbye to our Deputy CEO Vikkie Wilkinson. After 3 years at the trust, Vikkie is moving on to Gateshead Citizens Advice Bureau. The trust thanks Vikkie for her excellent work here and wishes her every success in her new role.

New staff

The trust would also like to welcome three new members of staff:

Chris Fox joined us in September, taking on the role of Project and Volunteer Co-ordinator. She will also be taking the lead on the FEED, Smoking Cessation and Chit Chat projects.

Danielle Martin is our new  Project Co-ordinator of both Welfare Champions and Community Health Navigators.

Rachel Thompson is Community Co-ordinator of Arts Participation and will be overseeing the Creative People and Places project.

If you would like more information of any of the above projects, please contact the trust on 0191 5693511 or email the project co-ordinators-





Calling all Murton Mams!!

East Durham Trust have set up new groups for mam’s living in Murton.  The aim of the groups is to address social isolation in single mothers, living within the Murton area and improve their wellbeing.  Whatever your age or the age of your child—you are very welcome to come along!   Children are welcome to attend and refreshments are provided.

You can help decide what the groups will look like—what would you like to do and when?  You may want to learn a new skill, take part in arts and crafts, cooking, wellbeing, a pamper session or simply to have a chat and  a cuppa, it’s up to you!

Groups are already established at:
Murton Resource Centre
Resource Centre, Woods Terrace, Murton, SR7 9AD
Thursday 10.00am—11.30am
(drop in for an informal chat with the One Point Family Support Team)
Macrae House
Seaview Walk, Murton, SR7 7NA
Friday 10.00am – 12.00pm
If you would like further information or have any suggestions, please contact:
or Mobile: 07748216869
The group also has a facebook page with lots of photos and further info



Community Health Navigator Service

East Durham Trust (EDT) is pleased to announce our involvement in an exciting new project which is aimed at providing 1-2-1 support to enable people to take the first steps to improve their health and wellbeing and supporting them to access activities and services. 
A friendly advisor will help to find local activities such as walking groups, creative arts groups and exercise classes or social groups which can help people to live healthier lives. 
The project forms part of the work of Durham Dales Easington Sedgefield (DDES) Building Health Partnership (BHP). For more information about the service please contact Danielle Martin on 0191 5693511 or email Danielle.martin@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Durham County Carers


East Durham Trust would like to welcome Durham County Carers Support who are now based in Community House with us.

If you provide unpaid care and support to someone who cannot managed due to illness, disability, age, mental ill health, an addiction or substance misuse- you are a Carer!

Durham County Carers Support can help Carers with

  • Specialist advice and information
  • Home visits offering one on one support
  • Practical help with completing forms, gaining benefits, grants and other funding
  • A listening ear and telephone support
  • Providing an opportunity to meet other Carers
  • Signposting to other services which may be of benefit
  • Ensuring Carers have an opportunity to have their voices heard

To contact Durham County Carers Support or to find out more...

Telephone: 0300 0051213

Text: 07624818403

Email: admin@dccarers.org

Charity Number: 1069278


Durham County Council Environment Awards 2013 Success

Everyone at East Durham Trust wishes to extend their congratulations to Greenfields Men's CREE project on receiving a commendation in the Environment Awards 2013 for their 'Nalu the Wave' art installation!

Well done to all that were involved!




Harvest Festival

The trust would like to say a huge thank you to the following:


  • Easington Church of England Primary School with St.Mary's Church, Easington
  • Ropery Walk Primary School, Seaham
  • Cotsford Junior School, Horden
  • St.Mary the Virgin Church, Old Seaham
  • St.Cuthbert's Church Hall, Peterlee
  • St. Godric's School, Wheatley Hill
  • St.Mary's School, Wingate

...for their extremely generous donations to the FEED project, collected at their various Harvest festival events.


Over 60 parcels are distributed on a weekly basis to families and individuals who find themselves in crisis with no money left to buy food.

We appreciate any donations, big or small. Please see Food Donations Wanted for information on food collection points in the area.


We Need YOUR help

Would you like to help support projects that are directly benefiting your local community?

East Durham Trust is looking for volunteers to help with various projects:

CHIT CHAT Befriending Service As a volunteer with the Chit Chat Telephone Befriending project you will be given the opportunity to befriend someone on the telephone who is lonely, housebound or just in need of a friendly voice. You would ideally volunteer for 3 hours, either on a morning or an afternoon. We currently have cover for a Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning and a Friday afternoon but would like to operate on other days of the week. All volunteers will be given free national accredited training.

FEED (Food Emergency East Durham) Service As a volunteer with the Food Emergency East Durham (FEED) project you will be part of a project that supports East Durham families and individuals who may have otherwise gone hungry with the provision of emergency food parcels for those in a crisis situation. Lonely, isolated and vulnerable people are signposted by referral agencies such as doctors, Health Visitors, Social Workers and carers. The role will consist of collecting donated food; packing up parcels and delivering them to advocates and promoting the service. Any time you can give would be appreciated and it is essential that you have access to a car. Full training, support and supervision and out of pocket expenses are provided by the Trust.

Million Can Challenge Volunteer Coordinator As a lead volunteer on the Million Can Challenge you will be responsible for coordinating other volunteers in collecting and weighing cans. You will hold keys to the Unit (where the cans are collected) and be responsible for opening and closing the unit. We need someone who is willing to take on this responsibility and can be reliable and committed to the project for as long as necessary. Having your own transport would be desirable and the ability to organise a team is essential.

All travel expenses for all the roles will be reimbursed.

For further details or to make an appointment contact our Project & Volunteer Coordinator Christine Fox on 0191 569 3511 or christine.fox@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk


Million Can Challenge Update

We are still collecting cans to recycle for the Million Can Challenge and are edging closer to our total!

 All of the money which is raised from recycling the cans will be going to local charitible and community causes.

So far we have donated money to:

  • Shotton Youth Group
  • Haswell Mencap
  • Bradley Lowery's Fight

Denise accepts a cheque from Alan on behalf on Shotton Youth Group

We are always looking for volunteers to help out in the factory unit and collecting cans from donors in the area- if you are interested in helping out, or have cans to donate contact East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511.

Watch this space for further news and developments on the project!

We Need Your Views on Arts in East Durham

East Durham Trust are interested in hearing the views of local residents on Arts in East Durham including what is available and what could be improved upon. The results are being collected as part of the Creative People and Places project. 

Please follow the link to take part in our Arts Participation Survey 2013

The survey should only take 5 minutes to complete. Please also pass on the link to others living in the East Durham area who may like their opinions also to be heard.

More information about the Creative People and Places project can be found at www.eastdurhamcreates.co.uk, this website features a mailing list there which will keep you up to date with new developments on the project.
If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Thompson at East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511 or email rachel.thompson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk



EDT Makes Guardian Charity Awards Shortlist!

We are pleased to announce that East Durham Trust has been shortlisted in the 2013 Guardian Charity Awards, which showcases excellence in small and medium-sized charities! The winning charities will be announced at an event on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in London.

See the Guardian website for more details.




Funding Landscapes Event 2013

The Funding Landscapes Event 2013 will be held on Monday 28th October 2013 10.00am- 16.30pm at York Racecourse. The event welcomes fundraisers, charities, voluntary groups, social enterprises, support agencies and funders from around the UK.

Read More


Vane Tempest Theatre Group performs The Mikado

East Durham Trust member the Vane Tempest Theatre Group will be performing a version of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic The Mikado at the Seaham School of Technology from Monday 28th October to Thursday 31st 2013.

Tickets are available now as per the attached flyer



County Durham Plan Consultation

 The County Durham Plan sets out information about what types of new development are planned in the county, where it will take place and how it will be managed. It also provides policies for determining planning applications.

The council are preparing a new statutory plan for County Durham to help guide development and change in the county up to 2030. The plan will identify the quantity and location of new development across the city, towns and villages of the county.

Read More



Your Money, Your Area, Your Views Forum Event

Your Money, Your Area, Your Views Forum Event

The East Durham Area Action Partnership would like to thank residents for their continued support and hope as many people as possible are available to join them in the forthcoming Autumn Forum taking place on Saturday 26th October 2013.

To read more click Your Money, Your Area, Your Views Forum Event


NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body Event

The NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body Event is a chance for members of the public to observe the Governing Body at work.

The event will take place on:

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 9.00am-12.00pm at

The Hub, Lambton Road, Ferryhill, Co.Durham, DL17 8BQ

Click the link for more details.


Red Cross Winter Concert at Durham Gala Theatre, Sunday 10th November

 Red Cross will be hosting a Winter Concert at Durham Gala Theatre on November 10th. The concert will feature Suzannah Clarke, Murton Colliery Band and Youth Connection Singers. See the flyer for details!





Foyle Foundation – Small Grants Scheme

One year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 areavailable for charities which candemonstrate that such a grant will make a significant difference to their work and whichhave an annual turnover of less than £100,000.

There are no deadlines for submission.

Applications will be received at all times but it may take up to four months to obtain a decision from the trustees. So apply well in advance.

To find out more visit Foyle Foundation

John D Fund at the Community Foundation

This funding is for young people’s artistic projects that encourage disadvantaged youngpeople to spend their free time constructively and totake part in artistic activities that couldencourage them to take up new hobbies or interests and raise aspiration. Grants range from £500 to £2,000 to fund:


To apply visit: Community Foundation (mark the application JOHN D) deadline 29th November 2013.

Sport England - Get Equipped

This programme provides grants to not-for-profit organisations to purchase sports equipment that will help increase the number of disabled young people (aged 14+) and adults regularly playing sport. This might include sports clubs, voluntary organisations, local authorities, schools or governing bodies of sport. The total amount of funding available is £1 million.

  • Projects must be focused on sports that are recognised by Sport England. For sports that Sport England deem higher risk, appropriate affiliation to the National Governing Body will be required
  • Projects must demonstrate they have the skills needed to use this equipment; training costs for individuals involved in the project are eligible
  • Total project costs must not exceed £50,000 and projects must be deliverable in a 12 month period
  • Projects must be for new activity and new costs associated with helping more disabled people play sport

See more at: Sport England



British Red Cross Volunteering

Home from Hospital Service County Durham

The British Red Cross offers both short-term practical and emotional support at home to help people of 60 years and over to regain their independence following a stay in hospital.


We currently have opportunities for new volunteers to join this service which offers full training and support for those wishing to help older people in need that live in County Durham.




Skillshare Training Opportunities



New to your area! There are training sessions for people who are 19 and over, living and/or working in County Durham, taking place in a range of community buildings including here in  Community House!

 For more information, click the links below.

Skillshare Training Opportunities

More Training Opportunities from Skillshare


Thank you for reading!


If you have something you would like included in the next East Durham Trust e-newsletter, contact Rachel Thompson at rachel.thompson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk or on 0191 5693511.

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