East Durham Newsletter #29

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Hello and welcome to the East Durham Trust e-newsletter!


EDT News and Events: 

Putting Brilliance into Resilience 2013

A huge thank you to all members of the community who attended East Durham Trust's AGM and Conference on 14th November 2013. The event was a huge success and was attended by over 200 delegates. Thanks go out to keynote speakers Professor Ray Hudson, Police Chief Commissioner Ron Hogg, Director of Health Anna Lynch and Rt. Hon Chi Onuwurah MP.

 From everybody at the Trust, another big special thank you to Media students from East Durham College, who did a fantastic job of the tech for the event and those involved in our entertainment, which was provided by Nouveau Dance and Fitness, Seaham Music Academy and Ben and Jen of East Durham College. You are all a great credit to the diversity of talent in East Durham.



Conference Resources 

The Annual Review 2013 is available online here or you can request a hard copy by contacting lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk or on 0191 5693511.

 Presentations from the conference workshops can be found by clicking the links below:



Pictures from the event are available online here.

See you all next year!

East Durham Trust is urgently seeking Volunteer Drivers!

East Durham Trust - Volunteer Drivers

East Durham Trust is urgently seeking committed Volunteer Drivers to assist with the FEED service and Million Can Challenge

Responsible to: Project & Volunteer Coordinator

Brief Description:As a volunteer driver, you will be part of two projects, FEED – Food Emergency East Durham, 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 and Million Can Challenge, where organisations collect cans on our behalf to be recycled.
Both projects require volunteer drivers who can collect food and cans from local organisations/community groups across East Durham and deliver them to our office/Unit.

See East Durham Trust is urgently seeking Volunteer Drivers! for more details.

FEED Thank Yous

 East Durham Trust would like to say a huge thank you to...

 Dene House Primary School and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School for their donations to the FEED project.

Pupils from Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School with their FEED donations.

Thanks are also due to ASDA for their continued support of the project.

The demand for food parcels is always increasing, so we are always in need of donations- big or small! Examples of what can be given are:

  •  tinned beans
  •  tinned spaghetti
  •  tinned fruit or vegetables
  •  tinned meat or fish
  •  desserts
  •  dried pasta, rice, cereals
  •  other items which are non-perishable. 

Donations can be given at various food collection points around East Durham.
Large donations can also be collected on request.
Contact christine.fox@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk for more details.


Murton Mams Events Calendar

The Murton Mams group calendar is bursting with fun activities for Mothers in Murton. Information about events taking place at Macrae House can be found here.

 Information on sessions beginning at the Resource Centre can be found here.

 Children are also welcome!

 Why not follow the Murton Mams on  Facebook to keep up with all event updates? 


Community Health Navigation

The Community Health Navigation Service offers one to one support to help people live healthier lives. Friendly navigators help people to find and access local activities and services that can improve their health and wellbeing. Whether that be a walking group, arts class or volunteering opportunity then we can help, whatever activity which suits the person best.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you, or someone you know.

Danielle Martin
0191 569 3511

Welfare Champions trebles capacity!

The East Durham Trust project, aimed at supporting local people affected by Welfare reform, has almost trebled its capacity with the recruitment of 20 new volunteers.

The Welfare Champions project already has a fully trained team of 12 Champions who have collectively signposted and advised over 500 local people experiencing difficulties or confusion due to changes to the Welfare system. In addition more than 100 emergency food parcels have been distributed via the Welfare Champions though the FEED project.

Welfare Champions are easily accessible at various community locations.


The project, which is supported by East Durham Area Action Partnership, doesn’t replicate that of the already well established such as the Citizens Advice Bureau service, but instead will complement this by providing signposting information to the right agencies for assisting with specific issues and cases.

Congratulations to all of the new Welfare Champions, we wish you every success in your new role!

To find out more information contact East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511, email info@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk or visit www.eastdurhamtrust.org.uk.

Community News and Events:

Volunteering Opportunity: Durham Helicopter Museum


VOLUNTEERS will be needed by the Museum when it is opened and before that with preparation tasks and fundraising activities. If you would like to be considered as a volunteer please contact the museum by e-mail at enquiries@durhamhelicoptermuseum.co.uk.

The museum are also looking for memorabilia connected with the Radar, which was once sited at Shotton during the War. If anyone has such material particularly photographs and would like to share it with the museum, please contact them on the above email address.

The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe- Blackhall Pantomime

Panto season is approaching!

 The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe will be running at Blackhall Community Centre from Tuesday 28th January until Friday 31st January 2014 at 7pm and Saturday 1st February 2014 at 2pm. 

 All tickets are £4.00 and are available at the centre or by contacting 0191 5871851

Digital Durham

Durham’s Digital Challenge

Durham County Council are hosting an exciting and original workshop in partnership with innovative UK Service Design agency Dynalucid to look at the benefits of digital technology in three main areas:

  • Small medium businesses
  • Lifelong learning
  • Unemployment in 18-24 year olds.

 The event will be an opportunity to be part of the Go ON North East Pathfinder to help the Durham region prosper; influence the plan, initiatives and resources that are available; and network, making new connections in the Durham area.

For more information, see Digital Durham

Market Engagement Event- Murton Glebe Centre

3rd December 2013  1.00pm – 4.10pm

Venue – Glebe Centre, 
Durham Place, Murton, County Durham. SR7 9BX

If you would like to attend, please let them know:

  • The name of your organisation
  • Your name/title
  • Telephone number
  • Email address

 By emailing: cas.commissioning@durham.gov.uk

Only 1 attendee per organisation.

 Agenda can be found here.

Bill Morrison's The Miner's Hymns- East Durham Tour

The Miners’ Hymns – A film by Bill Morrison with music by Johann Johannson:
East Durham Tour as part of the UK Tour

This highly-acclaimed documentary by American artist-filmmaker Bill Morrison, featuring a remarkable original score by Icelandic composer Jhann Jhannsson will be screening in wide-ranging venues across the UK before receiving three live concert performances in Spring 2014.

The film, focusing on the former coal mining communities in North East England, collages archive film footage from different eras spanning 100 years – from depictions of the hardship of pit work in the early 20th century to the historic year-long miners’ strike of 1984-5.

Offering an unashamedly lyrical portrait of Britain’s industrial past, the film is a requiem for the proud communities that owed their existence to the raw materials beneath their feet. The project draws on the vibrant and symbolically important brass music heritage of the North East of England, which stretches back almost 200 years.

The Forge is delighted to be working with Forma to bring this specially programmed UK tour to 4 East Durham venues including The Academy at Shotton Hall, The Hazelwell Centre, Blackhall Community Centre and Dawdon Youth and Community Centre.

For dates and times, see Bill Morrison's The Miner's Hymns- East Durham Tour.

Time to Change Networking Event

Time to Change are hosting a networking event on Thursday November 28th at the Crisis Caf in Newcastle from 6-9pm.

This is a chance to meet people, celebrate achievements in the North East in mental health awareness and looking at ways to challenge stigma and discrimination in the future.

There will be a buffet provided and travel expenses up to £15 per person.

 This is a chance for people with lived experience of mental health problems to meet, share contacts and make plans.

There is a flyer with the essential information, a booking form and a sheet with directions to the venue. 

For more information, see Time to Change Networking Event.

Durham Heritage Coast Consultations

On the Durham Heritage Coast at Blackhall, Deneholme and Denemouth continue to suffer from increasing incidents of flytipping and anti-social behaviour. There was a large multi-agency clean up last summer, however the situation is now significantly worse.

The Durham Heritage Coast is seeing significant increases in visitor numbers (23% between 2010 and 2012) and for those who use the coast, the message that Deneholme delivers is hugely detrimental to all our efforts to improve the area. Next spring sees the opening of the England Coast Path from Sunderland through Durham to North Gare in Hartlepool. This will bring national attention to the area and will show the rest of the country how our local community look after our coastline.

Following discussions with the police and with the local councillors the Durham Heritage Coast Partnership have now arranged dates for community consultation on the options for Deneholme/Denemouth area.

 See Durham Heritage Coast Consultations for more details.

World Party, Middlesbrough

Tees Valley Arts World Party will feature Steve McCormick, John Reilly (from Boy on a Dolphin), an excellent local young singer and the brilliant Kasai Masai.

The celebration of world music, featuring a film about refugee artists in Teesside will take place on Friday 6th December in Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt at 6pm.

Entrance is free and there will be some tasty light refreshments!

Please note: there will be a bar, so over 18s only

For further information contact Maurice Dezou on 07525 053193, Tees Valley Arts on 01642 264651 or see the flyer.

AAP Funding Event Results

Can I thank everyone who took part in the East Durham Participatory Event held at The Glebe, Murton on October 26th. There were 445 people who took part in the voting to allocate £20,000 for local community projects.

The successful projects were:

East Durham Transport: Community Transport Scheme £5,000
Homestart Seaham: Support for Volunteers £2,598
Seaham and Eastlea Community Association : PORT £4,986
Dalton Le Dale History Group £2,067
Durham Helicopter Museum £5,000
The Community Club £349

 Congratulations to all who gained funding.

Voting results in full are available at AAP Funding Event Results. 

Funding and Training Opportunities

Radcliffe Music Grants

 Radcliffe Trust: Music Grants – Deadline 31st January 2014.

The Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training – especially chamber music, composition and music education. Particular interests within music education are music for children and adults with special needs, youth orchestras and projects at secondary and higher levels, including academic research.

 There are eight categories:
• Composition and contemporary music
• Bursaries for courses and summer schools (limited to UK based students)
• Music therapy / special needs
• Academic research / projects
• Youth orchestras – performance projects
• Educational projects
• Miscellaneous

For more information, see The Radcliffe Trust website.

Grow Wild- Small Grants

Grow Wild Small Grants – Deadline 6th January 2014.
Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available for local voluntary and community organisations and youth groups to create a Grow Wild community site – a place where local people use UK native plants to create a space for everyone to enjoy.

Grow Wild has four main aims:
• To make a difference: do something engaging, eye-catching and different that will create a local buzz and show what communities and young people can do.
Engage people with native wild flowers, make them aware of nature and what we’re losing and give them something to do about it
• To transform neglected spaces: make attractive places that everyone can enjoy
• To bring communities together: unite and involve a cross-section of people, younger and older, through creating opportunities for volunteering
• To get young people involved in their community and with the environment: inspire young people aged 12 – 25 to take action and get involved in planting activities

Please note with this funding you can only plant native wild flowers, plants and trees.
To find out more visit www.growwilduk.com/

First World War- Then and Now (Heritage Lottery Fund)

 First World War: Then and Now (Heritage Lottery Fund)

This fund which offers between £3,000 and £10,000 for community heritage projects.

They are especially interested in those that deepen the understanding of the impact of conflict by:

• Telling stories not previously told
• Giving new perspectives.

Projects can:

• Research, identify and record local heritage
• Create a community archive or collection
• Develop new interpretation of heritage through trails, smartphone apps etc
• Research, write and visualise creative materials through performing or exhibiting.

To find out more visit The Heritage Lottery Fund website.

BBC Children in Need Deadlines

Children in Need funds work with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:
• illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• any kind of disability
• behavioural or psychological difficulties
• living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

They fund organisations working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.
• Small grants (under £10,000) – the next deadline is 1st December
• Larger grants (over £10,000 which can be spread over three years) – the next deadline is 15th January.

There will be further application rounds next year.

To find out more visit their website.

Alcohol Research UK- Research Grants

Alcohol Research UK: Research and Development Grants – Deadline 11th December.
Grants of up to £60,000 for 1 to 3 years are available for research that addresses these priority areas: identification, treatment and recovery, policy on cultural change; marketing and media; information and education, and developing research methods.

All applications need to address the cross cutting theme of drinking over a lifetime and must address at least one of the following:
• Underage consumption
• Youth drinking
• Student drinking
• Post-university consumption
• Workplace consumption
• Home drinking; parental drinking
• Empty-nest behaviours
• Middle-age
• Drinking in retirement

To find out more visit http://alcoholresearchuk.org/grants/research-and-development-grants/

 If you have information on events, funding or training opportunities or news in your community which you would like to be included in the next East Durham Trust e-newsletter, please email rachel.thompson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk or ring 0191 5693511.

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