News & Updates

From across Co Durham

County Durham Partnership update report **New**

Please find link below to CDP update report that went to Cabinet in March, for your information

Kind regards County Durham Partnership Transformation and Partnerships 
Durham County Council Room 5-140/150 County Hall 03000 263593 INTERNAL 263593 E mail:

Community Pastimes Newsletter Spring 2018 **New**

Please find attached the latest Community Pastimes newsletter, for our one to one service that covers Hartlepool, East Durham, Durham & Chester le Street and which has also recently expanded into North Stockton. There have been a number of changes to our service in recent months, and the newsletter covers some of these as well as exploring future developments.

MHNE’s latest bulletin **New**

Please find attached MHNE’s latest bulletin packed as usual with up to date information on a wide range of issues. Hope you all have a great long weekend.

Best Wishes Lyn Lyn Boyd CEO Mental Health North East 
Mental Health North East Birtley CDC Drum Park Drum Lane Industrial Estate Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH2 1AE

Durham foodbank: Changes to opening times **New**

Can you please let any clients know who are intending on visiting Ferryhill or Newton Aycliffe this week that there have been the following changes to their opening times for this week only. 

Ferryhill - CLOSED THURSDAY opening changed to FRIDAY 12.00pm - 1.30pm Newton Aycliffe - CLOSED FRIDAY

What's On Monthly at the Pioneering Care Centre **New**

Please find attached our What’s On Monthly Newsletter for the Pioneering Care Centre. This newsletter is distributed at the beginning of each month with upcoming classes, courses and events. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who you think may be interested.

County Durham Dementia Advisor Service, Newsletter No. 9, April 2018 **New**

Please see attached the latest newsletter from the County Durham Dementia Advisor Service. I hope that you find it useful and informative. Please feel free to share the newsletter with your colleagues as appropriate.

Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) April 2018 Newsletter from ENTRUST **New**

News and information about the Statutory Annual Return, closure of the LCF in Wales and our 2018-2021 Corporate Plan plus recently published news and upcoming training dates.  Click here for the newsletter

Healthwatch County Durham - April news update **New**

Healthwatch turns five this month and we'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to our work since we began. It is your views about health and social care services that are important - and because you've shared your feedback with us we've been able to promote changes in local services so they better meet your needs. Talking of which...

Nepacs E-news issue 6 **New**

Welcome to Nepacs news - bringing you regular updates on the work of Nepacs in the north east of England. Nepacs has worked in the north east for over 135 years - focussed on supporting a positive future for prisoners, ex-offenders, their families and significant others.

Locality has a fresh new look! **New**

Last year Locality kicked-off a market research project to learn more about how our stakeholders thought and felt about us and what our members needed from us. The feedback from 2,245 people has led to a complete refresh which has just been launched today and is all about the power of community! 

There is a whole new range of ways to help community organisations unlock the power in their communities. - Click here

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter March 2018 **Current**

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

3rings service offers reassurance to relatives **Current**

A new service has been launched to offer a little extra peace of mind to the relatives of older and vulnerable people in County Durham. 3rings is a mobile phone and PC app which lets people know when their relative is using an electrical appliance such as a kettle, television or washing machine. The idea is to reassure people that their relative is up and well. The app is being offered by Durham County Council through its Care Connect service. 

Linda Ogilvie, Care Connect manager, said: “The app is a really simple, affordable way of offering people that little extra reassurance if their relative is older or vulnerable. “It will send live updates to your phone or PC to let you know when your relative is settling down to watch the TV, putting the kettle on for a cuppa or heating something in the mircowave. “So if your dad usually uses the kettle between 7am and 9am, the app will send an alert letting you know whether or not this has happened, meaning you can rest assured that your loved one is up, active and well.” 

In order to use the service, people need to purchase a plug, which is inserted between an appliance and the socket. The plug then connects to the app and sends information to family members or friends. The plug is purchased with a one or two-year subscription and no internet connection is needed as the plug contains the same type of sim card as used in a mobile phone. And as many as 10 people at a time can receive alerts and the system is quick and easy to set up.  Care Connect offers a range of products designed to help people remain independent in their own home and also offer reassurance to their friends and family. The range includes devices which raise an alarm when a fall occurs, remind people to take their medication or create an alert when a telephone rings. 

For more information about the 3rings service visit, call 03000 262 195 or email

Advocacy Services in County Durham **Current**

As a result of the current contracts for Advocacy provision in County Durham ending on 31st March 2018, Adult and Health Services have completed a tender for the Advocacy service provision from April 2018 until March 2020. The purpose of this briefing note is to inform key stakeholders of the outcome and arrangements for the transition from current to future provision, including timescales. 

Background Advocacy Services have historically been provided by three organisations in County Durham. These were Rethink, Skills for People and Citizens Advice Bureau. Contracts are due to end 31st March 2018 and there was no further extension clause available so a procurement exercise was required. A review of the current provision took place and a report was agreed which led to the services being offered to tender in three lots: 

Lot 1 Care Act Advocacy is for individuals who require support under the 2014 Care Act to participate with the local authority care and support process and/or Community Advocacy which is wider non-statutory support to enable individuals to say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the services they need but who don’t meet the criteria for a statutory form of advocacy. 

Lot 2 Comprises two broad aspects. Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) as per the statutory obligation placed on Local Authorities, working in partnership with the National Health Service, under the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Paid Relevant Persons Representative which is a service for people deprived of their liberty subject to standard authorisations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Lot 3 Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service for individuals under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended. Qualifying patients in England have access to help from an Independent Mental Health Advocate. IMHAs are a safeguard to help and support patients to understand and exercise their legal rights. 

Moving Forward, Timescales & Action Required As a result of the tender process, which was evaluated on both quality and price, Rethink were awarded all three Lots. The new contract is from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020. All new referrals should now be made to Rethink who will now carry out all advocacy work. Rethink are currently in the process of working with the two outgoing organisations to transfer their staff across. Heather Robson Head of Advocacy (North) for Rethink is managing the transition process. If there are any delays with the transfer of staff, DCC will extend the transition period to ensure consistency in service provision. The Council is committed to continuity of service and does not expect any change of advocate for ongoing cases. Short-term contract extensions with existing providers or advocates transferring to Rethink should ensure the continuity of service. 

Any new referrals for advocacy should be made to: Vikki Barker - Service Manager Rethink Mental Illness County Durham Advocacy Service Unit 15, Crook Business Centre, New Road, Crook. County Durham. DL15 8QX Telephone: 01388 766310 Mobile: 07918 652404 Commissioning Services will work closely with all providers to ensure that a satisfactory level of service is provided during this transition period. The contact for the Commissioning Service is: Claire Smith – Commissioning Officer Tel: 03000 267384 or email: Mark Ramshaw 

IIC Petition Share **Current**

Petition Share I was hoping you could assist us in gaining momentum with a petition. Investing in Children have received funding from Heritage Lottery Young Roots Program to support a group young women to undertake a project about the North East Women’s Heritage. As part of their project they would like people to support an E-petition they are backing, which is about promoting Women’s Achievements more widely. 

We would be very grateful if you could share this petition to your contacts. Please follow the link for more details. 

Mental Health First Aid Newsletter February 2018 **Current**

Welcome to the February edition of the Mental Health First Aid England newsletter. We hope that, despite the chilly weather, you’re feeling well rested and ready for February to begin. In this issue, we’re pleased to share with you updates from our Time to Talk Day celebrations, and new opportunities to train as an MHFA instructor, as well as upcoming events which we hope will be of interest.

Durham Community News February 2018 v1**Current**

FEBRUARY 2018 News Highlights this month: 

How could £35,000 benefit your organisation - 
Which health services do you think need to be reviewed in County Durham
Evaluation of Local Sustainability Fund published 
DUCK Local Charity Fund 2018
Heavily subsidised small charity training in Newcastle 

Learning Disabilities Accommodation Personalised Support Service Service **Current**

This service provides the home for up to 3 tenants with learning disabilities in 1 property in Newton Aycliffe. Home Group is the landlord on behalf of Livin and provide most of the housing management to the customers who are tenants of Home Group. Home Group liaises closely with numerous Providers including Home Group & Creative Support, who provide care and support and some housing management activity delegated by the Landlord, Home Group. Home Group and the Support Providers aim to provide excellent joined up services to the customers. Our working relationship is clearly defined in writing in a contract Housing Management Contract Links with other services: The service at Newton Aycliffe Support Service; specialising in providing housing management in partnership with care and support providers, Tenure and expected length of stay: Customers have assured shorthold tenancy agreements, reflecting that the service is intended to be their long term homes. 

We consult with all of the customers to tailor the services they receive. Many of the houses used to be managed by a managing agent. To ensure a smooth transition to the role of support provider we had good levels of consultation with tenants, service providers and stakeholders.

To make and application / referral please contact Home Group Gateway on: Phone: 0191 607 9650 Email: Once the Gateway has received your referral they will contact you to acknowledge receipt of it within 2 days.

For further information or if there are any queries about the Learning Disabilities Support & Housing Services please contact: Gemma Thompson / Kara Maddison Client Services Manager Mercury House Belmont Business Park Belmont Durham DH1 1TW Tel: 07739303318 Reviewed 08/02/2018

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter January 2018 **Current**

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation **Current**

This lands 25th May 2018 by which time organisations are required to be fully compliance ready. But what does the GDPR mean? According to the IT Governance site the GDPR legislation "...expands the rights of individuals to control how their personal information is collected and processed, and places a range of new obligations on organisations to be more accountable for data protection." Superseding the existing UK Data Protection Act (1998) it promises it's scope is wide-reaching and is more set to deal with data protection in the 21st century landscape. 

So, there's no need to worry, right? Wrong. The IT Governance site warns "GDPR compliance is not just a matter of ticking a few boxes; the Regulation demands that you be able to demonstrate compliance with the data protection principles. This involves taking a risk-based approach to data protection, ensuring appropriate policies and procedures are in place to deal with the transparency, accountability and individuals’ rights provisions, as well as building a workplace culture of data privacy and security." I'm still not convinced, why do I need to do this? If you have the proper frameworks in place "...not only will you be able to avoid significant fines and reputational damage, you will also be able to show customers that you are trustworthy and responsible, and derive added value from the data you hold." 

To find out more and to understand the process you need to undertake more fully, please watch this short video link: What the GDPR means for your business

Founder of mental health support group wins national award **Current**

The founder of a group which supports parents of young people with mental health issues has been recognised for her work with a national award. 

Wendy Minhinnett, from Spennymoor, was the winner of the Parent/Carer/Sibling category at the Children and Young People's Mental Health Positive Practice Awards. In partnership with the local Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Wendy founded the Rollercoaster Parent Support Group in 2015 to help those supporting young people with mental health issues after experiencing the struggles first hand. Those attending the parent sessions have heard from guest speakers on topics including self-harm, anxiety, treatment options and positive thinking. The group is funded through NHS North Durham and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Groups' (CCGs) CAMHS transformation funding, and is contracted through Durham County Council to deliver support across the county. 

Tricia Reed, strategic commissioning manager at Durham County Council, said: "This is a very well-deserved award for Wendy, who has been an inspiration for parents of young people dealing with mental health issues, as well as being a role model for other professionals working within the field. "Her hard work and dedication has made a real difference to people's lives and we know the Rollercoaster Parent Support Group and the help and advice it provides is highly valued across the county." 

Wendy's award recognises a group or individual parent, carer or sibling whose partnership working with CAMHS has led to an improvement in services by the closer involvement of families. Michelle Haggar, senior commissioning support officer at North of England Commissioning Support (NECS), said: "The support through the group has enabled us to co-commission and develop crisis pathways so we can reach out to families that have the greatest need. "Wendy's dedication, determination and insight into being a parent of a child with mental health issues have made a huge difference. "Parents have told us the Rollercoaster project is making a difference for them; they feel less isolated and have picked up tips and strategies to help them cope and help support their child. One of the biggest benefits is that parents feel that their voices are being heard." 

For more information contact

SPACE Project Publicity Information **Current**

Please find updated publicity attached,  Please feel free to give us a call to arrange a visit or bring young people to look around.

Also attached is the timetable

Rt Projects Promo Video **Current**

Hi there We have had a couple of promotional videos made for us by one of our volunteers who has now started up his own promotions company, DH Productions.

We are more than happy with what he has done for us. If you are considering having a video made then have a look at ours and if you like what he has done then contact Joe directly - or contact us and we can connect you. 

Have a look and let us know what you think?

Impartial savings advice offered to County Durham residents **Current**

Impartial savings advice offered to County Durham residents Free and impartial advice is now available for County Durham residents wishing to save money on their energy bills. Durham County Council's 'Managing Money Better' service has been introduced, in partnership with the Prince Bishops Community Bank, to provide free budgeting and monetary advice for all residents in the county. The service can help by assessing fuel needs, finding more competitive tariffs and helping consumers switch suppliers, as well as offering debt advice. 

Cllr Kevin Shaw, Durham County Council's Cabinet member for strategic housing and assets, said: "The average home energy bill is now £1,250 per year and there are many tariffs available from utility companies which can be very confusing to the customer. "If required, we can arrange for an experienced energy advisor from the Managing Money Better service can visit your home to carry out a free home energy assessment. "If it is identified that savings can be made, we can also help you switch suppliers to access the best available tariff to suit your individual needs. "Our advisors can also help with money management, provide advice on benefit entitlements and can also help you set up a bank or savings account with the Prince Bishop Community Bank." 

To apply for the Managing Money Better scheme, contact Durham County Council's warm homes team on 03000 268 000.

Council tax discounts for severely mentally impaired people **Current**

Did you know that your council tax bill could be reduced if you or anyone living in your home is classed as severely mentally impaired from a council tax legislation perspective? This includes people who suffer from illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or other similar conditions and those with severe learning difficulties. Those living alone can have their council tax bill reduced to nil, while those living with another person - often their carer –can qualify for a 25% reduction. If someone has moved out of their home permanently to receive care in a hospital, a residential care home or a supported housing scheme / hostel, they may also be entitled to a discount or exemption on their property. To apply you need to complete a Council Tax Discount Application - Severe Mental Impairment form. Your doctor will need to complete the certificate included in the application form. 

You can download the form at If you need help or assistance to apply contact Durham County Council on 03000 26 4000 or email

Celebrating women’s suffrage **Current**

In 2018 the LGA will support and highlight activities marking the anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, giving women over 30 the right to vote. We are working with the Women’s Local Government Society to identify 100 suffrage pioneers who were active in the campaign for votes, and who went on to use the extended rights to citizenship in a positive way locally. 

We would be grateful if you could pass this information on to any local community groups that would be interested in identifying candidates. Groups can nominate their local suffrage pioneer and find out more about the project on or by contacting The deadline for submissions is 30 January 2018. 

Just as suffrage pioneers went on to play other roles in civic life having succeeded in campaigning for the extension of the franchise, we hope this project will engage more people in civic and community life in your area. The LGA’s Be A Councillor campaign aims to use the centenary celebrations to encourage people from all backgrounds to consider becoming a councillor.

Armed Forces Outreach service **Current**

I am delighted to say the Armed Forces Outreach Service are now part of the Advice in County Durham Partnership and are taking referrals via the AICD portal The Armed Forces Outreach Service helps veterans make the transition from military life back into civilian life and also support serving members of the Armed Forces and their families. The service is available Monday to Friday, offering help with: 

Benefits - We can check that you or your family member has accessed all of the benefits available to you from the MOD. 
Employment - Support and advice on employment can also be provided by our Armed Forces Community Outreach Worker. 
Housing - Your time in military service will be taken into account if you apply for housing with Durham Council. Supported housing is also available for ex-service people through care and support. 

For further details of making a referral please logon to the AICD portal Free Energy Training session.. Citizens Advice are delighted to host some Energy Training on Thursday the 22nd February 2018 at Armstrong House.. This will be a half day course from 10-1pm...9 :30 registration and coffee This is to be delivered by Jess Arragon for those who know Jess she was the Energy Champion for Citizens Advice and very popular for delivering Energy training across the county **places are still available** please register as soon as possible to ensure a place Free Debt Training ... ***please note this training is now full - but we will running an additional date later in the year** Basic Debt Wednesday 28th February 1pm to 4pm in Armstrong House. 

The aim of this session is; to help advisers to provide a session to clients that helps them understand the basics they need to prevent and avoid simple debt issues in the future. This session is specifically aimed at those clients who may be coming from an actual debt intervention and are being encouraged to prevent their problem recurring in the future. Objectives are; that by the end of this session you will be able to help your clients to: * Understand what are priority and non-priority debts * Understand basic steps to take control of their debts * Keep appropriate paperwork in future to help any debt interventions ** Please note this course is a basic overview, not detailed debt advice.

If you require any help or support as always please contact myself or Rachel O'Donnell Telephone: 03000 266038 

Support Service in North Durham **Current**

Are you aged 18+ living in North Durham and feeling lonely or isolated? Would you like support to find and attend local activities that interest you? 

British Red Cross have a new service that can help. 

Call 0191 384 1360 / 07808 243720 to find out more or email

GDPR Information Hub **Current**

VONNE has created an online hub for updated information relating to the GDPR. Available on the VONNE website, the hub will be updated regularly and includes links to useful resources for the sector, template documents to help with information audits, and what you should be doing now to prepare for May 2018

Devolution Consultation Have your say **Current**

In November, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils agreed with Government a ‘minded to approve’ devolution deal for the North of Tyne. Views are now being sought on the proposed scheme and how the new arrangements will work at a number of consultation events. 

To find out about dates and locations please visit the VONNE website.

Grange Villa Community Enterprise - Space availability **Current**

Space has become available in our centre for rent or lease and is an excellent opportunity for continuing use as a nursery with excellent facilities and in very good condition throughout. This type of business could be kick started with minimum adapting. There is also possibility that it could be used for other types of business. 

Any persons interested please contact the following and further details can be given and a viewing can be arranged. Telephone Pauline Coulthard on 0191 3701674 Email

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter January 2018 **Current**

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

Durham Christian Partnership ...change of address...**Current**

Just to confirm that Durham Christian Partnership has a change of head office and this is now.. MILE House, Bridge End, Chester le Street, DH3 3RA.

NE First Credit – **New Collection Point **Current**

Just to highlight the launch of new credit union collection point at Spennymoor youth centre The launch will be at 2.30pm on the 1st February at the Spennymoor youth centre, Rushmoore, Spennymoor DL16 6PP. 

There will be an incentive of £25 for the first new regular savers.

Family Action have set up a new Digital Parent Support Service. **Current**

Family Action have set up a new Digital Parent Support Service. It goes live on 1st January for adults and parents who have low levels of poor mental health. We are offering confidential befriending/short term counselling services ( 6-8weeks) for parents and carers who would benefit from a regular person to talk to.

It will be an out of hours service, lines will be open 6pm until 10pm week days and 10-1pm Saturday and Sunday. 

There’s a link to volunteering and the helpline numbers on our website:

Change to Email Address / Merger with Relate **Current**

Apologies if you receive this email multiple times or have already been informed via another route. I’ve spoken with many of you to discuss that Relate North East would be merging into the national Relate charity and have been working towards this for some time. The merger took place on 1st December and as such my email address and the general contact email address for the team have changed. 

If I am on any mailing / distribution lists can you please update them to my new details: The office in Darlington for all general enquiries can be reached at: or 01325 461 500. 

My phone numbers remain the same and are below. If you do have any questions or want to have a general catch up do let me know, I will shortly be taking some time off post-merger but will be happy to arrange meetings for January.

Katie Dowson Area Manager , Relate T: 01302 347889 | M: 07852 133248 E: | W: A: West Lodge, West Crescent, Darlington, DL3 7PS 

Altogether greener newsletter Winter 2017 **Current**

The winter edition of the Environment Partnership newsletter is now available on the Environment Partnership website.

County Durham Community Foundation has appointed Michelle Cooper as its new Chief Executive **Current**

County Durham Community Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Michelle Cooper as its new Chief Executive. Michelle joins from Northstar Ventures where she is an Investment Director working across a wide range of investment funds delivering social impact and capital return. She is currently responsible for sourcing, evaluating and investing in high impact charities through her work with the North East Social Invest Fund. At Northstar, Michelle has also worked with the Northern Rock Foundation and more latterly Northstar’s own Foundation to deliver the Fresh Ideas grant programme. Fresh Ideas has enabled voluntary, community and social enterprises in the North East to explore new income- generating opportunities and improve their long-term sustainability and social impact. 

With almost 20 years’ experience in assessing business opportunities and raising finance, Michelle has previously worked in the technology transfer unit at the University of Manchester, before joining Codeworks in the North East as Corporate Finance Manager. This followed a number of commercial roles in the UK and Europe. Michelle holds a PhD from the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh. 

In addition to her investment activity, Michelle works closely with the Northstar Foundation, to support charities and social enterprises across the North East and Cumbria. She also volunteers with local schools in the region, as part of the Business Ambassadors programme. The scheme encourages people in business to go into primary and secondary schools to deliver workshops and help students develop employability skills. 

Reflecting on her appointment, Michelle said: “I am delighted to be joining County Durham Community Foundation and look forward to working with the organisation’s stakeholders to ensure we make an even bigger positive impact on communities across our region”. James Fenwick, Chair said, “We are delighted to have been able to recruit somebody of the calibre of Michelle Cooper as our new CEO, and I am confident that her experience of raising funds and seeking opportunities to support organisations to develop and increase their impact will bring continued growth for the County Durham Community Foundation and the communities that we serve”. 

We look forward to welcoming Michelle to the Community Foundation team in February 2018 and wish her every success in her new role. December 2017

Rewilding at Horsethinking **Current**

Hi everyone, I am Jo Moss and run Horse thinking CIC at Maiden Law near Lanchester, Co Durham 

We are a non profit organisation running programmes of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy for clients with mental health problems and learning disabilities through programmes with our herd of naturally living horses. Our clients ate referred through the NHS (TEWV NHS trust), local charitable organisations. Social services and as self referrals. The centre occupies 6 acres of reclaimed open cast, 800' up, backing onto Chapman's Well nature reserve (DWT) and overlooking the Pennines. 

Our horses live out 24/7 on a track system, offering them free movement all around the site, whilst leaving large areas un-grazed and used for 'standing hay' grazing from Nov to March and to allow us to plant shelter belts and hedgerows. We also coppice selected areas for use as fodder crops. 2018 will see the start of our 'Re-wilding' project, in which local young people, volunteers and clients will research the history and uses of the site, from mediaeval times through its mining history through to the open cast clearances of the 1980s. The aim will be to restore the site, its flora and fauna, creating wildlife corridors, connecting the Wildlife reserve to the east with the ancient green lane that runs down a steeply wooded gully to the edge of Lanchester Village. This historical research will allow us to replant the area with trees which would have been on the site for hundreds of years, sheltering and supporting a wide range of birds, animals, insects and invertebrates. We hope that people who become involved in this project will uncover the unique history of the area, re create it and be instrumental in leaving a lasting monument both of their achievements and as a mark of respect to previous generations and for those still to come. 

We are supported by The Woodland Trust, St Bede's School, Lanchester Partnership, CDF and A4All.

If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact me, Jo Moss on 07553475309 or at Fb Horsethinking

Change of Address **Current**

Derwentside Mind has moved from 22 Nelson Street Consett TO 5 Trafalgar Street Consett DH8 5AP

Same phone numbers and email address thanks 
Regards Brenda Greener Manager Derwentside Mind 5 Trafalgar Street, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 5AP 01207 591705/785

Autumn Budget 2017 **Current**

The Autumn Budget was announced on 22 November to lukewarm responses from the VCSE sector. 

Read Third Sector's main points for charities. 

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter November 2017 **Current**

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

B & Q Re-Use Scheme **Current**

B&Q Community Re-Use Scheme for Schools and Community Groups (UK) DIY store B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its branches across the UK. The scheme donates unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. All items are donated on the understanding that they will be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they aren't used.

Eligible groups include: * Schools and colleges * Child minders, playgroups and nurseries * Allotment associations, community gardening projects * Youth groups including scouts, guides and cadets * Registered charities; Hospices * Conservation groups including The Conservation Volunteers and Forest Schools * Community projects organised by local churches and other religious groups * Women's Institute, Lions Clubs, Rotary, Townswomen Guilds * Royal British Legion * Adult education projects, University of the Third Age * Other local community groups. 

B&Q also works with Community Repaint, a network of schemes that collects any surplus, re-usable paint and redistributes it within their communities to individuals and families on low income, charities and community groups. 

For more information please contact your local store directly and speak to a duty manager.

Office Equipment needed **Current**

The Air Cadets - located in Chester-le-Street - are urgently in need of some office equipment - can you help? 

If you have any of the following going spare, could you let me know

The Air Cadets can collect any items. * 8 office chairs * 4 office desks * 6 pedestals - draws that go under the desks * 8 storage cupboards 

Thank you for your consideration.
Allyson Rose 
Community Development/Project Officer Transformation & Partnerships Durham County Council One Point Hub - Chester-le-Street Burns Green Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH3 3QH T: 03000 266145

UPDATE New Drug and Alcohol Provider **Current**

I am writing to inform you that Public Health are working towards welcoming Developing Initiatives for Support in the Community (DISC) and partners Spectrum Healthcare CIC and the Basement Recovery Project as the new providers of County Durham Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service.

The mobilisation period will begin after Thursday 16th November 2017. This process will be managed through the Council’s Drug and Alcohol Transition Board and will involve partner agencies as part of this process. The new service will go live on 1st February 2018. Current services will be maintained until further notice and client referrals can still be made by calling: 03000 266 666 (with options for Recovery Centres in your area). 

If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me. 
Many thanks, Jane Jane Sunter Public Health Portfolio Lead (Drug and Alcohol) Public Health Children and Adults Services Durham County Council County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ 03000 266 897 07825 938455

New Data Protection Advice Line for organisations preparing for GDPR **Current**

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched a dedicated advice line on 1st November to help small organisations prepare for a new data protection law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read More

Latest County Durham Volunteering Newsletter **Current**

The latest County Durham Volunteering newsletter is now available to read. It contains information on volunteer opportunities, one off volunteer events and information for people interested in volunteering across County Durham. Read More

Growing Durham Newsletter November 2017 **Current**

Welcome to our November Newsletter! 
Growing Durham News 
Upcoming Events 
Featured Garden 
Seasonal Recipes 
Jobs to do in the garden

Durham Food Hub Launch **Current**

Food producers from across County Durham are being given a direct route to take their products to market. The Durham Food Hub has been created as part of plans to champion small, independent retailers and is being managed by Durham Community Action. Read More

CDCF November News **Current**

This year has seen some major changes for CDCF including the introduction of a new three-year business plan, Mark I’Anson stepping down as Chair, the appointment of James Fenwick as the new Chair and Paul Chandler taking up the post of Vice Chair. Barbara Gubbins is also stepping down in December after nine years with CDCF and the recruitment of a new CEO will be taking place over the next few weeks.

More Information

Community Action Team**Current**

At the last meeting of the Health Action Group discussion took place regarding the Community Action Team (CAT) who are currently working in defined areas with local partners to address local community issues. 

The CAT and it's partners are currently working in the Chester-le-Street Central/West area and the lady to contact regarding this is: 

Jennifer Jones Senior Environmental Health Officer Adult and Health Services T: 03000 261006 E:

National energy Action information share **Current**

Further to the Advice in County Durham Network Meeting yesterday.. A huge thank you to all who attended the meeting both the morning session on Fuel Poverty and the afternoon re Universal Credit.. NEA National Energy Action attended and Maureen the guest speaker has forwarded some useful links that she mentioned yesterday for those who are interested and attended on the day… 

SSE Free Appliance Scheme **Current**

The Free Appliance Scheme is now open for this scheme year. The scheme provides A rated appliances: including fridge freezers, washing machines gas and electric cookers to eligible customers. It offers free delivery, uplift and installation of the appliance and this scheme will be available to SSE customers across the country. Applications can be made using an online form and the eligibility criteria mirrors SSE’s WHD Broader Group criteria, I have attached this for your reference. The scheme is administered by Charis Grants and funded through the Warm Home Discount Scheme. Application numbers are limited and therefore it will be available on a first come first served basis and restricted to one appliance per household. The links for the application form are: or

Budget Consultation 2017 **Current**

Why it's important to give us your views 

 Just as your feedback has guided us over the last six years; your views from this consultation will guide us in our future approach. So do have your say now. What are we asking about? 
 Once you've read the budget proposals, we need your views:

Do you think this is a reasonable approach? 
Are there any particular savings proposals for 2018/19 that you would like to comment on? 
Despite the financial challenge, we aim to continue to transform and improve.
Is there anything about our services you think we should change? 
We recognise the importance of working with local communities to meet local needs. What do you think would most improve the quality of life in your local community? 

How to have your say  - the consultation closes on Friday 1st December 2017.

 use the online  form 

contact us by email or post

attend a public session - such as an AAP Board meeting, a partnership or community meeting

Christmas Baubles Needed Urgently **Current**

Deb Divanis from Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester-le-Street Methodist Church is collecting Christmas baubles for a project that they are undertaking. If you or any of your network have any old Christmas baubles in the house lying around gathering dust from Christmases past, then they have just found a new home. If you could ring Deb and then drop them into Cornerstones as soon as possible she would be most grateful. 

Debs contact number is 0191 388 1313.

Office Space at Bullion Hall **Current**

From January 2018 there will be an office vacancy at Bullion Hall. 

This is a unique opportunity for a social enterprise to join a number of other like-minded organisations in a vibrant community setting. The Hall is generally open Monday –Friday 8am- 9pm as well as weekends and other times by arrangement, includes access to a 34 space car park and is located just a 5 minute walk from Chester-le-Street train station , less than 10 minutes from the town centre and well placed regionally for the A1M or the A167. Charities currently based in the Centre include Wheels to Work, ME North East, Integrating Children Chester West and Central Community Project, Girls Friendly Society and RSVP North East (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme).In addition the centre serves as a community centre with approx. 200 local residents each day participating in a wide range of activities on offer from parent and toddler groups, martial arts and dance and exercise classes to music, art and craft groups, languages and lunch clubs. Also on site are additional rooms that may be hired as well as the infamous Wait er while café which each day serves delicious hot meals, in-house buffets, snacks and cakes to eat-in or take away. 

The vacant room is approx. 12.5m2; rental charges include all utility costs, cleaning and caretaking. 

For further information visit our website on Contact either Belinda (Development Manager) at Bullion Hall on 07914755068 or the caretaking team on reception on 0191 3871149.

Facilities and Space at Grange Villa Community Centre **Current**

Grange Villa Community Enterprise Centre have these facilities available . . to hire….Ideal for Early Years, a Private Nursery etc. Available Immediately Secure Outside Space Office/Meeting Rooms

Get in touch for more info or pop in for a look around: Address: 1 East St, Grange Villa, Chester le Street DH2 3LN Phone: 0191 370 1674

Nepacs News October 2017 **Current**

Welcome to Nepacs news - bringing you regular updates on the work of Nepacs in the north east of England. Nepacs has worked in the north east for over 135 years - focussed on supporting a positive future for prisoners, ex-offenders, their families and significant others. 

NCVO update for October 2017 **Current**

News, comment and useful resources - Click for the Newsletter

OilCAN - save money on your heating fuel **Current**

OilCAN is a bulk buying heating fuel service offering County Durham and Northumberland residents, groups and businesses the opportunity to buy oil, liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and coal at lower prices. Read More

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - what you need to know **Current**

Many people and organisations in the voluntary and community sector are hearing the acronym GDPR but what is it and what do you need to do about it? Read More

Paediatric Forensic Network Annual Report **Current**

Please find attached the Annual Report for the Paediatric Forensic Network . This network provides forensic assessments for children and young people under 16 from Northumbria , Durham and Cleveland Police force areas

Children's Services and Voluntary and Community Sector Alliance Feedback **Current**

Dear Colleague 'County Durham's Children's Services and VCS Alliance' is a partnership between Durham County Council's Children's Services and the Voluntary and Community Sector with the aim of improving outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Through the work of this partnership we envisage fundamental changes in the relationships between Children's Services and Voluntary and Community sector partners to deliver better services to children, young people and their families, building upon existing networks and relationships that have been built up across the county. 

To ensure that this work is driven by key stakeholders we would really appreciate it if you could take some time to complete the survey at the link below: 

It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and all information captured as a result of this survey will influence and shape the development of the VCS Alliance. Closing date for responses in Wednesday 15th November 2017. 

If you have any queries feel free to contact me. 
Thank you for your support. 
Lindsey Ellwood Think Family Development Officer Children and Young People’s Service Durham County Council County Hall Durham DH1 5UZ Direct 03000 261763

New opportunities for girls and young women **Current**

About GFS - Established in 1875 Girls Friendly Society (GFS) is one of the oldest UK registered charities working to support girls and young women. We support girls and young women through the difficult transitions from childhood through adolescence to young adulthood by providing opportunities for them to develop their confidence, self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and resilience to enable them to fulfil their potential and live as independent women. 

Our Programmes Our programmes include personal and social development activities for girls and young women delivered by trained volunteers. We provide guidance, advice and information about a number of topics, issues and themes including healthy living, positive relationships, education and independent living. We also support and promote campaigns addressing issues affecting girls and young women such as sexualisation, abusive relationships, discrimination and the lack of equality in the workplace and everyday sexism.

Our programme covers six themes: 
• Happy to be me 
• My community 
• Be creative 
• Get active 
• Let's Play 
• Skills for life 

We deliver a variety of programmes and activities to girls and young women in a non-judgemental, single gender and safe environment throughout England and Wales. Our activities and programmes are tailored to our girls and young women from the age of 5-25 and take place in a variety of settings such as community centres, village halls and churches, GFS centres, schools, colleges, faith-based centres, sports centres and 'on the street' (outreach). 

Our offer to partner organisations: 
• Start up grant of up to £500
• Access to a suite of online programme resources 
• Support to identify and recruit volunteers to deliver activities 
• Excellent induction training for all Group and Activity Leaders 
• Certified training in First Aid and Food Safety for leaders
• Regional, national and international events and opportunities for girls and young women
• Access additional funding and resources for residential trips 
• Ongoing support from a dedicated member of GFS staff First Steps: 

To register your interest in starting a partnership with GFS, please contact me using the details below. Helen Morrell Regional Development Coordinator 07540 413 993 |

Student Voice Survey 2017 results **Current**

Dear colleague, 

Please find attached the results of the Student Voice Survey for Secondary Schools and for Primary Schools. 

The Children and Families Partnership commissioned the survey which was supported by the Durham Association of Secondary Heads (DASH) and Durham Association for Primary Headteachers (DAPH), to seek the views of children and young people in County Durham on a range of relevant issues to assist both the Partnership and Schools in the development of an evidence base to assist future planning, service development and performance activities. The questions cover a range of important issues including achievement, safety, careers advice, healthy lifestyles, and social, moral and cultural issues. 

 Over 9,000 pupils participated in the survey, from 117 County Durham schools. An action plan is being developed on behalf of the Children and Families Partnership, to ensure that issues raised in the survey are addressed. Everyone involved in improving outcomes for children and young people is being asked to contribute any actions or projects which address the points raised. 

Please share these with me and I will incorporate them: 03000 267381 

If you require any further information, or have any questions in relation to the survey itself, please contact Matthew Peart: 03000 265910.

Pioneering Care Partnership - Local Champions of health and wellbeing celebrated at Royal Society for Public Health Awards 2017 **Current**

County Durham were celebrating this week after a double win at the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Awards. County Durham Better Health at Work team were the winner of the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Award 2017. A special surprise was being awarded one of only two National Public Health England (PHE) Commendations for their efforts to Reduce Inequalities at a Community Level. 

The Judging Panel said “This programme has impressive levels of engagement and participation, particularly from hard-to-reach groups in areas of high deprivation. Its engagement with local businesses at all levels enables best practice to be shared, while the range of campaigns and the outcomes demonstrated from these campaigns are also very impressive.” Carol Gaskarth, PCP Chief Executive said “We are very proud of our partnership approach to help local businesses to understand the importance of workplace health. This achievement showcases their brilliant work, well done to them all”. Any business within County Durham can sign up to the award to achieve a healthier and happier workforce and become an employer of choice. 

More information can be found at or or alternatively contact the team on 01325 321234.

Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2016/17 **Current**

Please find below a link to Durham County Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Annual report, 2016/17. We hope you will find this of interest.

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. 

If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

Promoting Britain Against Cancer in the geographies **Current**

Our social enterprise Positive Directions NE is offering a complimentary winter garden tidy up for anyone who has been recently diagnosed with cancer or who has just started treatment. We hope this offer will help relieve any practical pressures or anxieties while undergoing treatment. This offer is in memory of my late mother Sonia Duncan who I lost to pancreatic cancer 3 years ago. 

For any further information contact us on the number below, 

Regards Mandy English-Jones Chief Executive Officer Positive Directions N.E. CIC Suite 10, Crossgate Centre Alexandria Crescent Durham DH1 4HF Tel: 0191 3740810 mb: 07958006024

Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) October 2017 Newsletter from ENTRUST **Current**

News and information about updates to finding funding on the ENTRUST website, our compliance risk model consultation, recently published news and upcoming training dates.

In this quarter's update: 
New Finding Funding Search 
Removal of Paper Form 2 (Project Registration form) 
ENTRUST Compliance Risk Model Indicators 
Make sure your EB Contact Details are up to date 
Calling ENTRUST - Helpline options 
Closure of the LCF in Wales 
Other recently published news Training from ENTRUST

Click for the newsletter

Office Space to let at Bishop Auckland  **Current**

A-Byte Computers have several offices to let  in the centre of Bishop Auckland very close to the Bus Station and ideal for the administration office of community groups. We will soon have a reception service and the building has very fast broadband connections.

The offices are all are upstairs, (without a lift) with the use of kitchen facilities They have attach a document showing prices and a pdf with a floor plan

They have also included a picture of the 

Preparing for Universal Credit - 14 September 2017 **Current**

Thank you to everyone that joined us last week for the Universal Credit conference – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and that you were able to take something away from the day. 

We were delighted with the turnout on the day, the event ran at full capacity with 150 people in attendance. The day began with opening remarks from the Advice in County Durham Chair, Jo Laverick who introduced Councillor Angela Surtees and Lorraine O’Donnell (Director of Transformations and Partnerships at DCC) who spoke about how Durham County Council are preparing for the roll out of Universal Credit. Sue Royston, former Welfare Rights and Policy Adviser with Citizens Advice was the key speaker and talked through her experience of full service roll out in Yorkshire. Her talk explored the difference between ‘full’ and ‘live’ service and advice on whether and when to make an application for UC. Sue also pointed out some potential challenges and how to prepare for them, finally explaining the impact Universal Credit has had the service she delivers. 

Following the speakers, four workshops were available to attend: - 
Sarah Batty took us through the experience of Middlesbrough based social landlord, Thirteen Group who have been full service since December 2016. - 
Scott McInally, Manager of Durham Welfare Rights Service hosted a discussion around the positive role of partnership working in responding to the challenges of Universal Credit. - 
Daphne Hall from Lasa explored the journey of a claim, highlighting the importance agreeing a manageable claimant commitment at the beginning and providing tips to make the process run smoother. - 
Elaine Connolly and Paul Robson from the DWP focused on digital capability and the importance of supporting those unable to access services digitally. 

Following the workshops, the event finished with a panel discussion with some of the workshop hosts, guest speakers and DCC management. Topics explored included; the benefits of UC, outcomes from the day, the online journal, training availability, citizens income and the potential role of the network in campaigns. 

An enormous thank you to all the speakers and workshop hosts who attended and everyone who helped behind the scenes to pull the day together. As a partnership we have lots of food for thought and will be pulling together outcomes from the day and some practical tips in the run up to UC which we hope to explore further at our next network meeting on Thursday 9th November – more information to follow…

The People's Takeaway Project **Current**

Following the Better Together Forum meeting on Tuesday, please see the message below from Lyndsey Wood, Deputy Manager, East Durham Trust: As discussed in the meeting the link for the People’s Takeaway project can be found on the Trust website home page 

The direct link to the fundraising platform is

Spread the Word - The Chronicle Wish Campaign **Current**

I hope you are well, just wanted to ask if you could help spread the word for Pelton Community Centre and Room 14. Help us collect tokens from The Chronicle. We need tokens, so need people to collect on our behalf and drop them into us. 

The Wish Campaign runs from now until January, so need as many as we can, they will be in each day with some bonus issues with a few tokens in, which would be brill! 

Thank you in advance. Kind Regards, Clare Robinson Centre Manager 
Pelton Community Centre Front Street Pelton Chester-le-Street Co.Durham DH2 1DE Telephone: 0191 3700726

Welcome to the Land of Oak & Iron Newsletter **Current**

It feels like summer is well and truly over, but as autumn arrives we bring you the first Land of Oak & Iron Meet & Mingle, stories from our events over the summer and much more. 
Land of Oak & Iron Meet & Mingle 
Chopwell WoodFest Success 
Immersed in Heritage 
Walk This way

The British Red Cross shop in Ferryhill **Current**

Hi my name is Jon Christian I'm the new shop manager I'm trying to rebuild our shop team and we would really appreciate your help in promoting the volunteer roles and training opportunities we have with The British Red Cross.

Our charity shop is the only one in the market village of Ferryhill and we really need the support of the local community to volunteer shop and donate to us. Please let me know if you can help us to try to re build our volunteer team please get in touch so we can promote our volunteer opportunities available in Ferryhill. 

3 Darlington Road Ferryhill Durham DL17 8JP  To view our details on the website Click Here

01740 657276

Best wishes Jon Christian Shop Manager British Red Cross shop.

Feedback Required for seaham "Greenscape"" **Current**

I'm looking for contacts of people working with young people, mental health, mobility issues, families, drug and alcohol, and others. I'm looking for feed back for my project for Seaham " Greenscape". 

I'm putting together a project for an Equestrian and Falconry Centre with tearoom sensory room and Garden. The aim of the project is to engage with people listed above along with others and tourism, leisure and its community. We will be offering a wide range of activities on and off site, we will also would like to link up with other groups and organisations to deliver what is need for them. 

If you could circulate these question and email it back to Greenscape 

1) If a Equestrian/Falconry Centre with tearoom sensory room and garden were to be build your group or organisation use it? 
2) How often would you like to use it per week? 
3) If so what parts of the centre interests you the most? 
4) Would you only be interested in just the on site activities or would going off site be of an interest to your organisation ? 
5) Please feel free to add any information that would help your group or organisation at the centre? 

Could you please send all replies to or 1 The Villas Hill Crescent Seaham Co Durham SR77PF 
Thank you Des Consitt

Recycling centres to change to winter opening hours **Current**

Household waste recycling centres in County Durham will switch to their winter opening times from next month. 

From Sunday, 1 October until Saturday, 31 March, recycling centres owned by Durham County Council and managed by HW Martin will be open during the following hours:

Monday to Sunday – 9am to 3.30pm 
• Annfield Plain 
• Heighington Lane, Newton Aycliffe 
• Middleton-in-Teesdale 
• Potterhouse Lane, Pity Me 
• Romanway, Bishop Auckland 
• Seaham 
• Tudhoe 

Monday to Thursday – 10am to 4pm (closed Fridays) Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays – 9am to 3.30pm 
• Coxhoe 
• Horden 
• Thornley 

Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays – 9am to 3.30pm 
• Hett Hills, Chester-le-Street 
• Stainton Grove, Barnard Castle 

 Recycling centres accept a range of household materials including soil and rubble, wood, plasterboard, scrap metal, car batteries, batteries, TVs and monitors, fridges (except Stainton Grove site), textiles, shoes, glass, cardboard, paper, plastics, cartons, cans, cooking oil and general waste that cannot be recycled. Trade and commercial waste is not permitted. 

Residents visiting with a van, pickup or minibus, or towing a trailer need a waste permit to enter the sites. Three permits can be requested at one time and can be applied for online at or by calling 03000 261 000 during office hours. All centres are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For more information about recycling centres, visit

The Durham Independent Living Service **Current**

What’s it all about? It is about being treated with dignity and respect. It is about being asked what it is an individual wants to do to aid their recovery. It is about highly trained and experienced volunteers listening to what a service user has to say. It is about planning how individuals can be supported to make changes, or to maintain their independence. It is about having planned support for up to eight weeks to develop new skills, work on the old ones, meet new people, take up a new hobby, get the paperwork in order, signpost onto other organisations with specific skills, support to cope with long term health conditions, feel more secure in one’s own home. If we cannot help directly, we will listen to what it is you need and we find someone who can.

It is about having a positive experience being supported during a time when perhaps feeling a little vulnerable. What can you expect? An initial assessment, to discuss what support is needed. From there, we will aim to offer weekly visits, lasting approximately one hour. Our priority is you. We will work alongside you to ensure we meet your individual wishes and preferences. All our volunteers are interviewed, references raised, DBS completed and given comprehensive training to ensure they are suitable and skilled sufficiently to meet the needs of our clients. Our criteria Anyone over 18 years old can be referred to the service. There needs to be a commitment from the individual to want to be supported. 

What we do NOT do: We do not provide personal care We do not do housework We WILL signpost to companies and organisations that do Happy to meet with interested groups/individuals to discuss the work we do and provide information about the service. 

Call us on 0191 33204194 or 07739 479 512 or email

Altogether Greener Newsletter **Current**

The autumn edition of the Environment Partnership newsletter is now available on the Environment Partnership website. Altogether Greener Autumn 2017

Durham Employment & Skills **Current**

Whether you are a new business or well established, Durham County Council’s Durham Employment & Skills Service can offer staff training and recruitment services to help your business grow. 

We provide industry recognised qualifications for your staff from short courses that can be completed in a day to high level management qualifications. We can also develop and deliver bespoke training programmes to match your business needs. 

We understand that finding and keeping the right people is vital to the success of a business. We will tailor our recruitment service to meet your business needs, whether you have a single vacancy to fill or you need a bespoke recruitment strategy, we will endeavour to support you in finding the right people with the right skills and attitude for your business. Our service is tailored to meet your specific needs, giving everything you would expect from a recruitment agency, without the cost. 

Contact us now to discuss your requirements email call 03000 266 644 visit   

Marie Curie October Newsletter **Current**

Welcome to the October edition of the Marie Curie Newsletter
Partnership News September 2017 **Current**

Welcome to the latest edition of the Partnership News. 

If you would like any additional information about any of the articles in our newsletter please visit the County Durham Partnership website or, alternatively, follow the links provided throughout the newsletter. Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information. Please get in touch if you have any partnership news or issues you would like us to cover in our future newsletters or on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter September 2017 **Current**

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

Caring Matters August 2017 **Current**

Our latest newsletter is now available!

Durham County Carers Support Newsletter **Current**

I have attached a copy of our latest newsletter. Please don't hesitate to share the newsletter with anyone you feel might find it useful.

Jan Burden 
Durham County Carers Support Health and Social Care Development Worker 
Enterprise House Enterprise City 
Meadowfield Avenue Spennymoor 
County Durham 
Dl16 6JF 
Tel: 0191 500 6034
Nouveau Health & Wellbeing Newsletter **Current**

We are an award winning Social Enterprise working across the North East & Yorkshire Established in 2008 to encourage increased fitness levels, personal development and healthy lifestyle choices - helping people and communities feel positive, be active and live well.

Click for the Newsletter  

Hospital of God County Durham Service Newsletter **Current**

Please find attached the latest newsletter for the Hospital of God service in County Durham. If you have any queries, or wish to know more about any of our services, please feel free to contact me on the details below. 

Kind regards, Rose Maddick Service Development Manager, Hospital of God, Antioch House, 66 Crossgate, Durham, DH1 4PR 0191 3863033 07702494784

Chester-le-Street and Durham City Mind Closure **Current**

I would be grateful if you could advise those in your contact list that this charitable company previously known as Chester-le-Street and Durham City Mind has ceased trading.

Cornerstones email changes **Current**

As from Monday 10th of July Cornerstones email address is changing to and not .com

Kind Regards Deb Divanis (Project Development Officer) 

Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester le Street Methodist Church North Burns Chester le Street County Durham DH3 3TF Tel: 0191 3881313

Durham Community Action beats off stiff competition to win a Power to Change Research Grant **Current**

Durham Community Action, in partnership with Community First Yorkshire, was one of only three organisations to be awarded a research grant from the Power to Change Research Institute’s last application round. Power to Change is a £150 million fund, endowed with money from the Big Lottery to address social needs by growing community businesses across England. Durham Community Action’s research aims to better understand the size, scale, scope, potential growth and future pipeline of Community Businesses from amongst Village Halls, Rural Community Hubs and Rural Buildings. 

The research will focus on rural North Yorkshire and Durham Dales and will take place over the next several months. “We think this research is very timely and will give us a focus to talk with the trustees and the volunteers who run community buildings about how they see their local services for the future. Village Halls and other hubs of activity in rural communities are locally well-known assets which are managed by the community. They are excellent bases from which to develop and deliver a range of services which provide benefits for the local communities they serve” says Jo Laverick, Executive Director of Durham Community Action. “The term, Community Business, is not necessarily commonly understood. Groups and organisations may be missing out on a whole range of support and funding packages because they think it is not for them, or they don’t identify what they do as a community business” she added.

In a call to get involved in shaping the future of local services, Jo asks all voluntary and community organisations in the Durham Dales area, who are locally rooted, trading for social benefit, accountable to their local communities and delivering community benefit to get involved with this research. From this, we’d like to generate a significant research report, which we can then use to inform future policy, practice and support across all rural communities. 

For more information and to access the E-Survey, please visit Durham Community Action’s website:

Durham Deafened Support - We have moved **Current**

Please note our new address from the 26th June 2017 

Durham Deafened Support 
c/o Horden Social Welfare Centre 
Seventh Street Horden 
Co. Durham SR8 4LX 
0191 5183358