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


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 **New**

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 **New**

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 www.eastdurhamtrust.org.uk 

The direct link to the fundraising platform is https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/thepeoplestakeaway

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

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 http://www.peltoncc.communitybookings.co.uk. 
Pelton Community Centre Front Street Pelton Chester-le-Street Co.Durham DH2 1DE Telephone: 0191 3700726


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

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 
Volunteering 
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 greenscape16@btinternet.com 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 www.durham.gov.uk/householdpermit 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 www.durham.gov.uk/hwrc

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 ageldart@redcross.org.uk

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 DES@durham.gov.uk call 03000 266 644 visit www.durham.gov.uk/des   

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 http://www.dccarers.org
Charity Tax **Current**

The Charity Commission is still trying to introduce a charge for regulation, in effect a charity tax. This is despite the idea being opposed by most charities and rejected by two parliamentary committees that explored the idea. The Charity Commission has argued that charging charities for their regulation just brings them into line with other regulated sectors who pay for their regulation. A new article by Andrew Purkis carefully pulls apart this argument. 

NAVCA has long opposed the charity tax and this article challenges the lazy thinking of the charity tax supporters. Please promote this article in your own newsletters and social media. 
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 rose.maddick@hospitalofgod.org.uk www.hospitalofgod.org.uk

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 co.uk and not .com 

ddivanis@cornerstonescentre.co.uk 
info@cornerstonescentre.co.uk

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 DDivanis@Cornerstonescentre.com www.cornerstonescentre.com

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: http://www.durhamcommunityaction.org.uk/rural-community-hub-research.html

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 
Peterlee 
Co. Durham SR8 4LX 
0191 5183358 
admin@ddsupport.org.uk