East Durham Newsletter January 2015

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EDT News and Events:

Colour Your Life - Free Courses


 Colour your Life is a social prescribing programme, which links people with non-medical sources of support from within the community. 

  * Learn new skills * Have fun * Make new friends  * Stay well * Get involved in the local community

   All courses are FREE to attend and run for 10 weeks at East Durham trust, Yoden Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DP

 Jewellery Making 

Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm
Learn how to create your own unique jewellery using a wide range of materials.

Family Arts and Crafts 

Wednesday’s 3.30pm– 4.30pm
A wide variety of arts and crafts for adults and children to get creative together in a safe, welcoming environment.

 Art Journaling  

Thursdays 10am-12pm
An art journal can be used as an everyday diary, a record of your daily thoughts, travels, dreams, diet, goals or to-do-lists…any record you would like to keep.  Combine art and words- select your journal, prepare your pages, and get creative! Use a variety of techniques including watercolours, acrylics, layering, text, and 3D effects.  All abilities welcome from beginners to expert.

 Arts and Crafts

Thursdays 1pm-3pm
 An opportunity to come to a friendly open access session, where you can take part in a variety of arts & crafts,  talk and laugh- with the support of a craft tutor.  All abilities welcome from beginners to expert.

Children’s Music Session—Fun activity for children and adults
Fridays 10.45am– 11.45am

A session to not only teach but encourage children to explore the world around them through music and song- a great way for your child to socialise and develop in a creative and stimulating environment. Sing nursery rhymes, knee bouncers, counting songs, action songs, and finger play rhymes- using a wide range of props from pom poms, puppets, scarves, percussion instruments and many more!  In addition, research has shown that singing songs and rhymes on a regular basis helps to widen your child’s vocabulary and listening skills which are an essential part of learning to read, write and communicate.  Suitable for baby, toddler and pre-school children.

Beginners Sign Language
Mondays 1.30pm –2.30pm (begins 2nd Feb)   

A 10 week course of fun easy sessions to learn the basics in British Sign Language.

For further information or to book contact:

Danielle or Lisa 0191 569 3511  or email: colouryourlife@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

FEED - A Big Thank You


A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to our FEED project in the run up to Christmas. A special mention to Peterlee and District Lions, Seaham One Point, Shotton Hall Academy, Acre Rigg Primary School, Shotton Hall Academy students, Durham University Student Community Action, Accent Home and Asda’s generous shoppers. Over the festive period we have distributed over 80 food parcels and we expect the demand for parcels to go up rapidly in the coming months.

Also a special thank you to those who made cash dnations - always vital when we are purchasing perishable such as bread and milk.  Whether it was a donation in line of Christmas Cards, passing on the benefit of Winter Fuel Allowence or simply thinking of thoses less well off than yourself, thank you to all!  

The Christmas Period undoubtedly seems to bring additional pressure on this service. One of the reasons is that people may overspend at this time of year and whilst it is often easy to judge this behaviour we should take time out to recognise the pressures of our consumerist society and be aware that whilst for some of us the impact of spending a little too much can be absorbed and withstood, for the most vulnerable who effectively live on the breadline, the impact can be catastrophic. In other cases sudden benefit sanctions, episodes of domestic violence, unexpected bills, homelessness and other circumstances are a common occurrence in East Durham all year round and these issues do not let up over the Christmas Period.   Because of the kind support from everyone who has donated we have managed to continue to support individuals and families throughout the festive period, however we still need your help and support as January is for some, an even tougher time. Below is a list of places that will be happy to accept your donations on our behalf:

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Community News


East Durham Creates

The first East Durham Creates Festival is over now but the memory lingers on.  

It seems just like yesterday that the Autumn Festival was launched with two very special screenings of Billy Elliot the Musical Live at Easington Social Welfare Centre.  East Durham Creates were overjoyed to see two packed houses of local people at what were the only screenings in the whole of the country in a community venue - made possible through the generous support of Universal Pictures and Working Title Films.

After that the Festival provided over 40 performances, exhibitions and events throughout East Durham.  There was something to experience for all tastes and ages; from playing games in unexpected places, to guided walks with artists and experts exploring local Heritage, myths and legends. 

Throughout the Festival the Art Lending Library was housed in Peterlee, Thornley and South Hetton and meant local people were able to borrow a piece of art to display in their own homes.   Some borrowers had a few worries but happily nothing was broken!Read More

Blackhall Community Drama Group

 Little Jack Horner

Tues 27th Jan– Sat 31st Jan

Tuesday-Friday 7pm

Saturday 2pm

Can be booked in advance from Community Centre.

0191 5867572 / 0191 5871851 or pay at the door.

All tickets £4.00 

GP Weekend Opening

Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG are continuing to commission a scheme to
improve patient access to GP practice services.

Are you registered with a GP practice in the Durham Dales, Easington or Sedgefield areas?
  • Did you know GP appointments are available on a Saturday and/or Sunday? These can be booked in advance. (Home visits are not available)
  • To book an urgent or on the day appointment, telephone NHS 111. The urgent health care line is free to call from landlines and mobile phones.
  • For further information, visit your GP practice website or ask the receptionist

This scheme is running until March 2015


North East Disability Sport Awards

The North East County Sport Partnerships have once again been working together to organise this year's North East Disability Sport Awards, which are being sponsored by The Education Network.

The event, which will take place on February 18th at The Stadium of Light, will recognise the incredible achievements and contributions that our athletes, coaches, and clubs have made to disability sport across the region from January-December 2014.

There are 8 categories for the awards: Male Personality, Female Personality, Young Male Achiever, Young Female Achiever, Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Participant of the Year and a Service to Sport Award.


Northern Rock Third Sector Trends Survey

Following the latest round of the Third Sector Trends Study, three new reports are about to be published by Northern Rock Foundation:

• The Reality Check - key findings from the Northern Rock Third Sector Trends Study, marking the end of the second phase of the research.
• The Crystal Ball - How do third sector organisations see their future? And what are they doing about it?
• On the money - How does the way third sector organisations think about money affect the way they work?

This extensive research project, started in 2008, was commissioned to help understand the structure and dynamics of the Third Sector in the North East and Cumbria and to track changes in the sector over time. The Third Sector Trends Conference, held on 21st June shared findings about what has changed for the more than 1700 organisations that took part in the study and the full reports will be available over the next few weeks to download from the Northern Rock Foundation website http://www.nr-foundation.org.uk/resources/third-sector-trends/publications/


Engage Age Uk are seeking your views!  

They are responsible for the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force, commissioning local services to help cut crime and improve community safety and represent your views and ensure that you have a voice.  

They work to ensure that the police deliver the best service possible across County Durham and Darlington, and hold the Chief Constable to account for delivering the priorities set out in their plan.

They are now seeking your views on the refreshed Police and Crime Plan for 2015-17,  and will ensure that your views are taken into account before they finalise the plan, which sets the overall strategic direction for the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary.  They encourage you to get involved and have your say on the plan and the priorities set. 

You can get involved by: Viewing the draft Plan and completing the short consultation on the website: http://www.durham-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Public-Consultations.aspx You can come and meet us in person between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 31st January 2015 at the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, Durham You can also contact the office through social media,   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PCC.Durham and Twitter:     http://twitter.com/DurhamPCC     Or call 03000 264631 to complete the consultation over the phone or to request a hard copy.

The consultation is open until 15th February 2015.  All responses will then be considered and the final plan will be available on my website from the 1st April 2015. 

Extraordinary Governing Body Meeting Thursday 29th January 2015


Extraordinary Governing Body Meeting Thursday 29th January 2015
(To be held in public)

Members of NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body wish to invite members of the public to observe the Governing Body at work.

The Extraordinary Governing Body meeting will be held on Thursday 29th January 2015 at 9.00am until 10.00 am
In Coleman Suite 1, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield, TS21 2EH

If you would like to attend the meeting and to ensure appropriate seating, can you please register your attendance with Sharon Milton, Governing Body Co-ordinator on 0191 3713 227 or by email to sharon.milton1@nhs.net

The papers for the meeting will be available on the website www.durhamdaleseasingtonsedgefieldccg.nhs.uk prior to the meeting.





A competition where anyone originally from, or living in the North East, can see their brightest idea turned into and artwork at the UK's largest light festival.

Find out more and apply at: artichoke.uk.com

Or telephone 02076507611 to get your application pack

Closing date for applications: Monday 23rd February

LUMIERE returns to Durham

12th - 15th November 2015


Never Do Nothing - Free VCS Safeguarding Training **New*

FREE opportunity for community & voluntary groups in County Durham CAVOS has limited funding to provide FREE training & support to community & voluntary groups in County Durham to achieve the Safeguarding Children 'Never Do Nothing' Gold, Silver or Bronze Award.

Never Do Nothing could be essential to your community group to show your commitment & dedication to keeping children safe & securing services and funding. The award usually costs a minimum of £289 per organisation - however you could take up this opportunity at no cost if you sign up now.

Never Do Nothing is an initiative to promote good practice in the safeguarding of children and young people in County Durham. Through training and support from CAVOS, Never Do Nothing provides guidance for individuals; staff, volunteers, carers, etc as well as providing a framework for delivery of safeguarding within any organisation, within any sector – so that no-one is left in any doubt as to what action to take when they have a concern about the welfare of a child or young person in County Durham.

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Relax Kids Training for County Durham

What is Relax Kids?
Relax Kids and Chill Skills programmes use relaxation exercises and techniques that help children release endorphins, which in turn help them to feel better about themselves and prepare them for learning in the classroom. Relax Kids can be used for individuals, for groups, for whole classes and even during assembly time, taking-up only a few seconds or up to an hour. Benefits include improved self-awareness, emotional literacy, behavioural, social and listening skills as well as aiding concentration and focus

What the Training involves:
During this one day training course participants will be taught how to take children and young people through a 7 step programme from high energy to low energy. This will include a range of relaxation exercises - movement, games, stretching and breathing techniques, self-massage, affirmations and visualisations. The training will end with a guided meditation relaxing on the floor with a blanket and cushion.Relax Kids Training

Choose one of the following:
10th and 11th March 2015 at the Glebe Centre, Murton  

14th and 15th April 2015 at
Durham Leadership Centre, Spennymoor
Free CD and Training Manual
Please bring packed lunch
Tea/coffee provided

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Ballinger Charitable Trust
The focus of the Trust is currently to support projects in the North East of England principally by providing funds that:
• Support the health, development and wellbeing of young people
• Support the elderly
• Promote cultural/arts projects based in the North East of England
More information can be found at: http://www.ballingercharitabletrust.org.uk/

Weston Charity Awards
The Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight are inviting applications to their Weston Charity Awards from registered charities in the North of England working in the areas of youth, welfare and community.
Now in their second year, the Weston Charity Awards celebrate and support charities working in the fields of youth, welfare and community. The Awards were initially launched in the North East of England but this year they have been extended to the whole of the North of England. The charity aims to double the number of awards from last year’s six winners to twelve for 2015.
Registered charities with an income of less than £3 million whose main activity or beneficiaries are in the North of England and that have at least one paid full-time member of staff in a leadership position can apply as long as they are working to alleviate disadvantage in one or more of the following fields:
• Youth - providing services to children and young people up to age 25, including advice and guidance, work experience, training and coaching.
• Welfare - helping vulnerable individuals, including adults experiencing exclusion, social or economic hardship or homelessness, offenders, providing support for older people and disabled.
• Community - including volunteering work, practical projects to improve the area, running community centres, providing a range of services to the local population and especially those who may be vulnerable or in need.
The 12 winners will receive the following package of support:
• Coverage in the media to help them increase their profile and raise awareness of their work.
• A fully funded year working with Pilotlight – an organisation using experienced and senior business leaders to mentor charities to help them develop and to face the future with confidence.
• Additional up front funding of £5,000 to support each charity make the most of the Pilotlight experience.
• Travelling expenses to meet their business mentors in London.
• The opportunity to win a further £15,000 for the one charity which is making the most progress and/or positive changes at the end of the year.
• Access to the advice and support of the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight for any specific needs or issues they might have.
Organisations in the North East that applied last year are eligible to apply again, but only if there have been significant changes since applying in 2014.
The deadline for applications is 30 January 2015.
Full details can be found on the Weston Charity Awards website
Source: Weston Charity Awards, 05/01/2015

Postcode Community Trust Community Grants Programme Now Open
The Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grant scheme opened today to applications from charities and other not-for-profit groups in Scotland, Wales and the North of England with a deadline of 30 January 2015.
Registered charities, SCIOs, constituted voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, community interest companies (CIC), not-for-profit organisations and sports clubs can apply now for funding for projects that start no later than September 2015.
The Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to provide funding to charities and community groups that are working to support the development of their communities, the protection of the environment, engagement in sport, the advancement of health, promotion of human rights and the prevention of poverty.
The Postcode Community Trust is able to offer the Community Grants scheme with funding from players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The grants scheme is intended for charities and community groups to deliver projects that have a positive impact on their local community.
Although grants range from £500 to £20,000, only registered charities can apply for grants exceeding £2,000.
Projects must meet one of the three following funding themes:
• Advancement of community development.
• Advancement of health.
• Environmental improvement.
Projects can meet more than one of the above themes. However, applicants will have to choose the funding theme that is most suitable for the project on the application form.
There will be two rounds of funding in 2015. Registered charities and other not-for-groups in all areas of Scotland and Wales can apply to each round.
The first round is open only to the North of England and includes:
• North East (Tyne & Wear, Teesside, Northumberland, County Durham).
• North West (Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire).
• Merseyside.
• Yorkshire and Humber.
A second application round will be held in July 2015 and this will be open to the Midlands.
The first deadline for applications is 30 January 2015.
Full details can be found on the Postcode Community Trust website
Source: Postcode Community Trust, 05/01/2015

Sir James Knott Trust
Grants are made to charities that can demonstrate that their aims have identifiable public benefit and that they operate in, or for the benefit of Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham including Hartlepool.
Special consideration is given to charitable activities known to have been of particular interest to Sir James Knott. They include: military and maritime organisations, youth clubs, projects to help the elderly, education and training.
The Trustees have wide discretion on the distribution of funds and meet to consider grant applications three times a year. Grants totalling about £1.2million a year are made, funded from investment income.
More information can be found at http://knott-trust.co.uk/grants/about-our-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 helen.wilson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk or ring 0191 5693511.

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