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Area Action Partnerships

All of our partnerships have AAP pages on the Durham County Website.

 Here you will find information on all the AAP geography, membership, priorities and the latest news from each area. 

Some even have a facebook page for you to follow!
Durham Area Action Partnership August 2017 **New**

Please find attached the Durham Area Action Partnership e-bulletin
East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership - e-bulletin **New**

Please find attached the East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership e-bulletin

APPLY FOR FUNDING Spennymoor AAP **New**

Do you have a Proposal? Spennymoor Area Action Partnership (AAP) has been progressing with their two main priorities for the 2017/18 financial year, Safer, Stronger & Healthier Communities and Culture, Your Local Environment, Tourism & Heritage. After assessing the priority areas the AAP would like to invite organisations and groups to submit project applications. The AAP has a budget to allocate to projects however please note, the minimum amount you can apply for is £5,000. In relation to our priority areas we would very much like applications/project submissions to focus on one or more of the following: 

· Culture · Local Environment 
· Tourism & Heritage
· Employment 
· Children and Young People 
· Health & Wellbeing 
· Employment 

Please note that the AAP would very much welcome proposals that may cross cut across the above themes/issues. If you want to discuss any proposals you may have or if you simply want to obtain an application form, then please use the contact details below. The deadline for receiving applications is 5pm, Wednesday 30th August 2017. 

The contact details for the Spennymoor AAP are as follows: Spennymoor Area Action Partnership, Durham County Council, Assistant Chief Executives Office, Green Lane, Spennymoor, Co Durham DL16 6JQ Tel: 03000 261136 Email: spennyaap@durham.gov.uk Web: www.durham.gov.uk/spennymooraap 

Lynn Cummings BA(Hons) Project Support Officer, Transformation and Partnerships Spennymoor AAP Durham County Council Tel: 03000 261 134 lynn.cummings@durham.gov.uk
4 Together Partnership Ebulletin - June 2017 **New**

Welcome to the 36th Edition of the 4 Together Partnership E-Bulletin June 2017 We hope you find the information useful. Please feel free to circulate to any relevant contacts as appropriate.  If you're aware of anyone who would like to join our Forum database, please don't hesitate to put them in touch with the AAP team using the contact details at the bottom of this message.

Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership - Ebulletin June 2017 **New**

Welcome to the latest GAMP e-bulletin, we hope you find the information useful. Please feel free to circulate to any relevant contacts as appropriate. If you know of anyone who would like to join our Forum database, please don't hesitate to put them in touch with the GAMP team using the contact details at the bottom of this message.

Spennymoor AAP - Board meeting notification **New**

The next Spennymoor AAP AGM/ Board Meeting will be held on the 20th July 2017 in Croxdale Community Centre, 13 Rogerson Terrace, Croxdale, DH6 5HJ, 6.00pm – 8.00pm (doors will open at 5.30pm for light refreshments) Please note that agenda’s will be circulated next week prior to the meeting. 

If you have not already done so, could you please confirm your attendance/apologies at the meeting as soon as possible with myself on lynn.cummings@durham.gov.uk .

Derwent Valley News - Summer 2017 **New**

Please find attached the latest edition (summer 2017) of Derwent Valley News, the quarterly newsletter produced by the Derwent Valley Partnership (DVP). This publication will be delivered to homes across the area between w/c 3rd July and w/e 28th July 2017. Please feel free to share this newsletter electronically via your own networks to anyone who you feel would be interested, equally, if you, or your group/organisation would like to include information in the next edition (winter 2017), on our community website, Derwent Valley Life, or Facebook page, please contact a member of the DVP Team. 

Please note that we endeavour to include all articles we receive in our newsletter but due to limited editorial space within the publication, this is not always possible. If you have submitted an article to us which has not been featured this time, we will happily promote this information via our alternative methods as detailed above if you would like us to do this.

DVP Board Meeting Reminder and Agenda - 19th July 2017 **New**

This is a gentle reminder that the next meeting of the Derwent Valley Partnership Board will be taking place next Wednesday 19th July 2017 from 6pm-8pm in Consett Salvation Army Hall, Sherburn Terrace, Consett, DH8 6ND. The Partnership Board meetings are open to members of the public to attend and everyone is welcome. Refreshments are provided and there are parking facilities adjacent to the main hall. I attach for you a copy of the agenda for the meeting and the minutes from the previous meeting held on 14th June 2017 (choose the ‘read only’ option to view the minutes when opening the document). 

If you would like to attend the meeting or would like copies of the full set of papers, please contact a member of the Partnership Team on 03000 260 725.

Stanley AAP e-bulletin – July 2017 **New**

Welcome to the July 2017 edition of the Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP) e-bulletin.   The e-bulletins will provide you with information to keep you up to date with the work being developed by the Partnership and its partners to address local issues in the area, along with items of information that we feel you or your networks may be interested in.  We hope you find it informative and worthwhile.

Stanley AAP Priority Task Groups 2017/2018 **Current**

Dear Stanley AAP Forum Member,


Following the results of the Stanley AAP Priority Vote in 2017/18, the Stanley AAP Board analysed the findings and agreed to the formation of the below 2017/18 Task Groups and the priority areas they will cover:


Stronger Stanley:

-       Children, Young People and Families

-       Community Safety


Supporting Stanley:

-       Older People

-       Health and Wellbeing


Successful Stanley:

-       Employment, Enterprise, and Training


Each Task Group is to receive a Draft Work Plan containing the key issues to be addressed for each priority area as highlighted by the Priority Survey respondents.  Mental Health and Social Inclusion/Support for instance featured strongly as a key issue in both Health and Wellbeing and Older People priority responses.


Each Task Group is to be made up of AAP Board Members, interested AAP Forum Members and professionals whose expertise lies within the priority.  The main role of the Task Groups is to develop potential projects around the priorities by looking at the underlying issues outlined by the AAP Forum in greater detail. 


The Task Groups will meet regularly to discuss proposed projects to address the themes and issues.  The main aim of the Task Groups is to involve members of the AAP Forum (anyone who lives, studies, volunteers or works in the Stanley area) and local service deliverers to ensure that the AAP Board has access to the opinions of a wide range of people.  Task Groups also allow Stanley AAP partners to consult Group Members about their work and publicise their activities at a local level.


If you have a particular skill or interest in any of Stanley AAP’s current priorities and you would like to come along and get involved in one of the Task Groups please contact the office (contact details below) for more details and for upcoming Task Group Meeting dates.


Daniel O'Brien

Area Action Partnership (AAP) Coordinator

Durham County Council

The Louisa Centre

Council Offices – Level 4

Front Street


County Durham



Tel: 03000 265 323

Mobile: 07584 217 021

4 Together Partnership: Funding Advice Session **Current**

We will be hosting an advice session in relation to our Area Budget, Small Capital Grants & Neighbourhood Budget processes - with hints, tips and guidance, as information pre-project callout, which we will be launching over the next couple of months.

The advice session will take place on Monday 19 June 2017, 10:00am here at the 4 Together AAP Office, 3-5 Haig Terrace, Ferryhill.

If you, or if you know of any group representatives who would benefit from this information, please contact us to book a place before Wednesday 14 June.

There will be space for a maximum of 15 people – so please book in advance if you are interested in coming along!  

You can email: fouraap@durham.gov.uk or telephone 03000 267211.

Grants Available – the GAMP Project Callout is now OPEN !! **Current**

The GAMP Board has a budget of £100,000 available, and applications are invited for projects.  Grant limits between £5,000 to £20,000 have been agreed.  Projects must take place in the Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership area and address at least one of our key priorities and the respective project criteria, as outlined below.  The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 28 July 2017

There is £33,333 available under each of the priorities; applicants are permitted to submit an application under all three priorities, but there is a limit of one project per priority.  Applications can be for either capital or revenue funding, but projects which include a specific element of capital spend are encouraged.  If you need advice on the specific definitions for capital/revenue, please get in touch.  Our partnership priorities and the project criteria for applications are as follows:  

·         Children, Young People & Families Priority

Projects are invited which help improve positive outcomes to support children, young people and their families from the GAMP area to live a happier and healthier life. Projects must address at least one of the following key issues:

  • Risky behaviour, including alcohol/drugs/smoking/crime
  • Provision of activities/things to do for 12-15 year olds
  • Children’s physical, emotional and mental health
       Older People Priority

Projects are invited which help support older GAMP residents to live a happier and healthier life (older residents are defined by Age UK as 50yrs+).  Projects must address at least one of the following key issues:

  • Mental health, dementia, depression, access to social activity
  • Access to activity; facilities, transport, welfare/money issues
  • Social support; having regular contact with friends, family or neighbours

·         Employment, Enterprise & Training Priority

Projects are invited which aim to help improve positive outcomes for GAMP residents to gain employment and/or access to training.  The key issues of particular interest are:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Gaining work experience
  • Careers advice

The GAMP Team will be running an application advice session to help those who want to apply and would like to find out more about the process on Thursday 22 June, 3.00-5.00pm at Woodham Community Centre.  The session will take applicants through the relevant forms and the application process itself, giving hints and tips on completing your application.  If you’d like to book a place on this session, please get in touch with the team (contact details below).

Please note, any prospective projects should have a start date no earlier than December 2017/January 2018 to allow time for applications to go through our technical appraisal process.

After the closing date, all eligible applications will be assessed and ranked by a panel of GAMP Board members, to determine which projects will successfully be awarded funding        

Please contact us for an application pack and guidance notes or if you would like further information about the process

Telephone 01325 327441 or email: gampaap@durham.gov.uk

BASH AGM / Board - Thursday 13 July 2017 **Current**

Board Meeting The AGM/Board meeting was due to take place on Thursday 25 May however due to the general election we are currently not in a position to hold the meeting. As a result of this the AGM / Board meeting will be taking place on Thursday 13 July 2017 6pm – 8pm Civic Hall, Shildon 

If you have any Neighbourhood Issues that you would like to be raised at the meeting please contact one of the team by Thursday 29 May 2017. 

Please confirm your attendance by calling 03000 268 663 or by emailing bishopshildonaap@durham.gov.uk 

Task Groups The Board agreed at the last meeting to priority for the BASH AAP area for 17/18. 
As such the Task Group will be reconvened and will meet on: 

Employment, Enterprise and Training - TBC 
Community Safety – Wednesday 24th May 2017, 10am – 12pm at Bishop Auckland Fire Station 
Children, Young People and Families - Thursday 25th May 2017, 10 am – 12pm at Jubilee Fields Community Centre, Shildon

The Task Group is the driving force for the priority to support the AAP Board with their task of allocating the Area Budget funding for 17/18. Please can you confirm if you will be attending any of the above meetings.
Thank You Emma Walton Area Action Partnership Support Officer 

Durham County Council Shildon Business Centre Dabble Duck Industrial Estate Shildon DL4 2RF Tel. 03000 268 663 (Direct Line)
DVP Board Meetings - Invitation **Current**

Derwent Valley Partnership – 14th June 2017 AGM Board Meeting, 19th July and 27th September 2017 Board Meetings and January 2017 Board Minutes


The Partnership would like to take this opportunity to thank you for continuing to support our work locally.


DVP July Board Meeting


This is to give you advance notice of the DVP Board meeting we are holding in the summer, details as below:


Date: Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: Consett Salvation Army Hall, Sherburn Terrace, Consett. DH8 6ND


I appreciate this is a little way off and ask you to keep a note of this date and to contact a member of the DVP Team on 03000 260725 or email dvaap@durham.gov.uk by 5pm on Monday 17th July 2017 if you wish to attend.


DVP September Board Meeting


This is to give you advance notice of the DVP September Board meeting which will be taking place as detailed below:


Date: Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: Consett Salvation Army Hall, Sherburn Terrace, Consett. DH8 6ND


Again, this meeting is a little way off  so please keep a note of this date and contact a member of the DVP Team on 03000 260725 or email dvaap@durham.gov.uk by 5pm on Monday 25th September 2017 if you wish to attend.


DVP Board Meeting Minutes – 25th January 2017


Further to the DVP Board meeting which took place on Wednesday 25th January 2017, please find attached a copy of the Board meeting minutes for your information. These minutes have now been signed by the Chair as a true record.


Details of all our Task Groups, Board meetings and Forum dates are available on our Derwent Valley Life website at www.derwentvalleylife.org.uk under the events tab on the website menu.


If you have any queries regarding the forthcoming Board meetings or attached minutes or would like more information about how to get involved, please contact us. 


We look forward to seeing you at a future meeting.


Best wishes,


Corinne Walton, Area Action Partnership Coordinator, Derwent Valley Partnership, 03000 260 725

www.durham.gov.uk / www.derwentvalleylife.org.uk / Find us on Facebook 'Derwent Valley Partnership - AAP'

Derwent Valley News Summer 2017 Edition - request for articles **Current**

The Derwent Valley Partnership is collating articles for the Summer 2017 edition of the Derwent Valley News which will be distributed to all households in the Derwent Valley area in early July 2017. 

We are looking for articles from organisations, partners (housing, health, police, fire, CVS) community groups, community partnerships, residents associations, projects or any other local information/good news stories from the Derwent Valley area. The articles should be approximately 100 words in length, and if you have photos or logos to accompany the article please include these – photos in their original format (not pasted into word documents) are required. The deadline for receiving articles for the Summer 2017 edition is Friday 26th May. 

Please send your articles directly to my colleague, Fiona, at fiona.kelly@durham.gov.uk 

Please feel free to forward this request on to your own networks, or relevant groups who would be interested in contributing to the Derwent Valley News publication. If you have any queries about sending in articles or would like to know more about the newsletter, please contact a member of the DVP Team on 03000 260 725.

Interface between AAPs and Partnership Boards **Current** 

 Please find attached a briefing note in relation to enhancing the interface between Area Action Partnerships and the Health and Wellbeing Board, Children & Families Partnership and Safe Durham Partnership. 

Further work has been undertaken following AAP attendance at Partnership meetings which looks to improving the alignment of the work of AAP developments/ investments and the priorities of the Partnerships. 

Briefing Paper