East Durham Newsletter No 30

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Welcome to the East Durham Trust e-newsletter!




DDES Mental Health and Well-being Grant

NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Health Networks have launched an exciting and innovative funding project and is inviting proposals from the community and voluntary sector.

Further information is available via the application pack, which should be completed and returned to necsu.planning@nhs.net by 5pm on the 3rd January 2014.

Please note the tight deadline!


EDT News and Events:      

Welfare Champions Drop-in Times

The newly trained Welfare Champions are now well-established in their new roles.

If you, or someone you know has been affected by welfare reform and would like some advice, you can find a Welfare Champion in the following community venues.

FEED Service Collection Points

 This month, we have received donations from:

  • St.Cuthbert's Church
  • Dalton-Le- Dale Community Centre
  • The Glebe, Murton
  • HMRC, Emerald Court Bracken Hill Business Park, Peterlee
  • Holy Trinity, South Hetton and Wingate
  • The Craft Group, Memorial Methodist Church
  • Jen Reeve, High Shincliffe 
  • Peterlee Lions – Financial Donation
  • Peterlee Asda
  • Our Lady Star of The Sea Primary School
  • Mrs Scarr and Mrs Byrn- Financial Donations, Easington
  • St.Andrew's Church, Blackhall

Also a big shout to students from both The Academy at Shotton Hall and Durham University for their bumper Christmas donations. Well done to all involved. You can read more about this and see the pics on the Trust's Facebook and Twitter pages

Thank you to those who regularly support the FEED projects with donations of money and non-perishable food items, the service could not run without you! 

Sadly, the Christmas season is extremely busy for the project and as the impacts of welfare reform are becoming more severe, the amount of food parcels the service distributes is increasing rapidly. We are currently giving over 60 parcels a week to people in crisis. 

If you would like to donate anything, see Food Donations Wanted for a list of community collection points. In particular, we always require cartons of UHT milk. 

Opening Times over Christmas Season

 Community House will close for Christmas on Tuesday 24th December and will be re-opened on Thursday 2nd January.

To allow continuity and meet the increased demand for referrals, the FEED and CHIT CHAT services will run on Friday 27th December, from 10.00am until 12.30pm.

Advocates should note that any food parcels required over the Christmas period should be collected on Friday 27th December. 


Raise Cash for Local Causes by Saving Your Festive Drinks Cans

The Million Can Challenge community recycling campaign is asking for the support of local residents to help meet It’s final targets by donating their additional empty drinks cans from the festive period.  

The Million Can Challenge started out in the Summer of 2013 in a grand attempt to collect 1 million drinks cans to be recycled with all proceeds raised being ploughed straight back into local community groups and fundraising campaigns.

Several local initiatives have already benefitted from cash raised through the challenge including Shotton Youth Group, Haswell and District Mencap Sensory Garden Project, Bradley Lowery’s Fight, Stonham’s Physical Activity fund, fundraising support for local lad Jordan Williams in entering the Thai Boxing World Championships and Macmillan. 

East Durham Trust Chief Executive said “It has been tremendous to see the community respond to this campaign and we are sure with one final push we can reach the target. Of course the real benefit here has been the commitment to improving the local environment whilst also raising much needed funds for local charities.”
Empty drinks cans can be dropped off at Community House, Yoden Road in Peterlee or if you have a particularly large amount give us a call and we will collect where possible. Please note DRINKS CANS ONLY.
To find out more contact Chris at East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511 or email chris.fox@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk
Can we also take this opportunity to say a great big thank you to Million Can Challenge volunteers Andrew and Jeff, who both work tirelessly collecting, crushing and sorting the cans at the Million Can Challenge factory unit. Without their support the project would not be possible.

Image: Million Can Challenge volunteer Jeff busy sorting cans at the factory unit.

East Durham Trust is urgently seeking Volunteer Drivers!

 East Durham Trust - Volunteer Drivers

East Durham Trust is still urgently seeking committed Volunteer Drivers to assist with the FEED service and the 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.

For more information see East Durham Trust is urgently seeking Volunteer Drivers!


Murton Mams January and February Sessions

 The flyer with information on Murton Mams sessions running during January and February can be found here.

For more information, or to take part in the sessions, follow Murton Mams on Facebook or contact Julie Devon on 01915693511.


Successful Let's Talk East Durham Project Set to Relaunch and Needs Volunteers

Let's Talk East Durham is an innovative project funded by Time to Change, England's mental health anti-stigma programme, and aims to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in East Durham.  

After a hugely succesful first year the Let's Talk East Durham project is to be extended and is looking for more volunteers to join the team. Volunteers will be involved in local events and activities which aim to engage the community in conversations about mental health and reduce stigma and discrimination.
Volunteers will  have the opportunity to take part in both Mental Health First Aid and RSPH – Public Health brief intervention training and of course will be reimbused with all out of pocket expenses.

Further details about the Let's Talk volunteer role can be downloaded here

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Community News and Events:

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.


 Shotton Hall Christmas Events

Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites are hosting the following events over the festive period:

Breakfast with Santa                                                                  

Sunday 15th December 2013- 9.30am until 11.30am 

Doors open 9.00am.

Adults £9.95, Children £6.95

Lunches with Santa

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December 2013- 12.30pm until 4.00pm

Doors open 12.15am.

Adults £13.95, Children £8.95, Under 5's £4.95.

For more information contact Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites on 0191 5862491.


Adult Learners’ Week nomination process is open

Adult Learners’ Week nomination process is open  and would like to hear about adults you know who have transformed their lives through learning.  Last year you nominated some very inspirational individuals and projects throughout the region including East Durham Trust's CREE project, take a look at the profiles of last years winners. 

If you know any individuals, apprentices, projects and employers who have inspired you over the past year please share their amazing stories so that they can inspire others.

Nominating learners, projects and employers you work with is a really great way of recognising their outstanding efforts, along with promoting your organisation to new prospective learners.  The process is free and easy, and everyone nominated gets a certificate to reward and acknowledge them.  Previous winners have often gone on to become enthusiastic ambassadors for learning, and this is the best type of marketing that you can possibly get!

You can find all the nomination forms, along with guidance on eligibility and how to complete the forms at

The deadline for nominations is 

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Funding and Training Opportunities: 


Together in Service Grant

Together in Service is a new programme supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government

Its objectives are:
• to celebrate the practical contribution that faith communities make to society through social action;
• to support faith groups in undertaking new multi-faith volunteering projects at local level.

FaithAction will be administering an annual pot of £160,000, available as 1:1 match funding for small grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 to facilitate new multi-faith social action projects at a local level, where there is often a lack of confidence in undertaking volunteering work in a multi-faith way.

Full details including how to apply are available online: Together in Service

The Rayne Foundation Grant

The Rayne Foundation works in four sectors; Arts, Education, Health and Medicine, and Social Welfare and Development.Within these four areas, they encourage applications that apply to their areas of special interest:

• Arts in deprived communities                              
• Developing numeracy skills                                    
• Improved quality of life for older people                     
• Improved palliative care in the community
• Young people's improved mental health.

The average grant size is £15,000 and it is rare that the Foundation will fund more than 50% of the total project costs.
Full details including guidelines and how to apply are available online:
Rayne Foundation 

Sported and County Durham Foundation Funding Opportunity

Sported and County Durham Community Foundation have marked their commitment to work together to benefit local Sport for Development clubs by launching a joint funding programme.

The new joint scheme will support organisations working with 11-25 year olds from disadvantaged communities using sport or physical activity to achieve development outcomes, including preventing crime, educating in health and wellbeing, providing skills for workplace and life, building stronger communities or reducing barriers for marginalised young people to participate.

The joint funding programme will enable County Durham and Darlington groups with a turnover under £50K per annum to benefit from a small grant up to £2,000 and, in exceptional circumstances, grants up to £4,000 may be considered.

All applications must be made to Sported and groups will need to apply for free Sported membership via www.sported.org.uk to be eligible for the grant scheme.

For more information on how to apply, please contact Sandra Hillyard, Sported North East Regional Manager on s.hillyard@sported.org.uk
Please find attached an information flyer on the new funding scheme.

Please note, organisations should apply for Membership now (before Christmas) in order to be considered for the February funding round.                                    


From everybody at the Trust...

2013 has been a successful, exciting and highly innovative year for the members, staff, trustees and community individuals that make up East Durham Trust.

We have seen the launch of the Community Health Navigators and Welfare Champions projects, which have helped the most vulnerable members of our community to combat the effects of Welfare Reform and improve their quality of life through involvement in community activity.

There have also been extensions and expansions of Let's Talk East Durham, Mamzones, CREE and the FEED and CHIT CHAT services. 

East Durham has continued to prove itself as a strong, caring and well-networked community and has reaped a number of well-deserved successes as a result.

November's 'Putting Brilliance Into Resilience' conference featured high-profile speakers and had over 200 attendees, which is testament to the great work everybody involved with the Trust has put in.

We wish everybody in East Durham and beyond best wishes for the festive period and health, happiness and wealth for the coming year.


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