News & Updates

The Future of SPACE  **New**

We have had an amazing 6 months project pilot in SPACE and we would like to say thank you to all the families who have made SPACE what it is, we know from your feedback that SPACE has helped and made a difference. We are really disappointed to inform you that the SPACE Service is coming to an end and will be closing on 28th June 2018. 

The 6 month SPACE project pilot funding has helped us understand how much a project like this is needed across County Durham and Darlington. Thank you to all services and professionals who have supported the project. The team feel really privileged to have met and worked with so many amazing young people and parents. We have put together a list of other support and services available to young people and families if you are looking for further support once SPACE closes. As part of the plan to move things forward we are setting up a working group of young people, parents and community members who are interested in helping to continue to develop the project to hopefully start things up again in the future. If you are interested in getting involved please let us know and we will keep you up to date. To support with the transition we have put together a list of other support and services available to young people and families.

Please can we ask services to remove any SPACE publicity from their organisation base/social media or websites and not to make any new referrals to the service. 

Plan for closing the service is as follows: 

Drop in and one to one support This will be offered up until Thursday 28th June. 

Group Activities: The sessions below will be the final group and will be a celebration of what each young person has achieved whilst in SPACE. Group Final date Planet Together 24th June Planet Explore 25th June Planet Chill 25th June Planet Talk 26th June Planet Creative 27th June Planet Game 27th June Planet Create 28th June 

Phone Support This will be offered Monday to Friday 12pm-6pm up until Friday 13th July. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. Many Thanks SPACE Team Tel: 07415380040 Email: Wendy Minhinnett Success (North East)

Young Carers’ Charter Success in County Durham **New**

Only half of young carers have a particular person in school who recognises that they are a carer and gives them help and support. Without support, young carers’ educational achievement and development can be significantly affected, with little time to do homework, coursework, attend open days or socialise with friends. There can also be a significant impact on the young person’s mental health and wellbeing. Therefore, in 2012 The Bridge - Family Action’s Young Carers Service in Durham - launched the Young Carers’ Neighbourhood Charter to help these unidentified young carers. Its aim is to be an incentive for schools and organisations across County Durham to identify and provide valuable support for young carers, who may have previously gone un-noticed. 

The Charter has grown from strength to strength and we are delighted that since September, ten schools have achieved chartership status. In addition, ten more schools have become re-accredited, renewing their charter status! To show their dedication to young carers, schools have delivered young carer assemblies, hosted young carer awareness days, fundraised, carried out questionnaires with their pupils to identify caring roles and set up young carer groups, amongst many other activities. Different organisations have also shown a dedication to young carers. The Youth Offending Service, Nepacs (North East Prison After Care Service), the Children and Families Partnership and North Durham CCG have been re-accredited with the Charter. Many GP surgeries have also become involved in the Charter – five surgeries from the Central Durham GP Federation and Pelton and Fellrose Medical Centre have recently achieved accreditation. 

Over the next few months, we hope that at least another ten schools another five organisations will achieve chartership status. This includes all One Point services and Area Action Partnerships across the County. There are very exciting times ahead for the Charter, which is a crucial tool to provide early intervention to help our most vulnerable families. If you are interested in finding out more about the Charter or would like to make a donation or fundraise for the Young Carers Service in Durham please email

Finchale News Announcement **New**

A message from our Chief Executive Officer  - I'm delighted to announce some exciting news for Finchale, now Finchale Group. In December we are relocating from our Pity Me base to purpose-built premises in Belmont Business Park (Richard Annand VC House) - placing Finchale Group at the heart of the community we serve. 

Our new home is being created close to public transport, leisure and sporting facilities, a wide range of training and employment opportunities, incorporating training suites (available for hire), a drop-in centre, fantastic I.T facilities and suite and easily accessible office and parking space all to enhance our clients’ and our communities experiences. The team has also invested masses of creative thought and energy in a revitalised brand as Finchale Group and over the coming months, you will begin to see that rolled out. Our new website showcases our refreshed image that puts our clients at the heart of a positive new message.

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter June 2018 **New**

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 Community News June 2018 **New**

Welcome to the June 2018 edition News Highlights 

Changes to AAP support from DCA - read more 
Free Carbon Monoxide Awareness Workshop
Read the latest news from the Charity Commission 
Nominate for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 
Get involved with Small Charity Week 18th - 23rd June 

Charity Commission News: Issue 60 **New**

You can read the latest edition of Charity Commission News on our website. 

This edition includes: 
a reminder to keep your details up to date 
advice on safeguarding in charities 
automatic disqualification guidance for charities 
the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 
new welcome pack for charity trustees 
fundraising charities: additional reporting requirements 
Charity Commission welcomes its new Chair 
insider fraud findings and advice for charities 
top tips for preventing, detecting and responding to fraud cyber security: 
charity guide charities will need a Legal Entity Identifier to trade in financial instruments 
new simplified financial sanctions guidance for charities operating overseas 
keeping in touch with the Charity Commission

Durham Community News May 2018 **New**

Welcome to the May 2018 edition 

News Highlights 
Have your say - The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey 
New Charity Commission welcome pack for trustees 
Read the Spring Growing Durham newsletter 
Grants available - Derwent Valley Partnership project call out
CDC Enterprise Agency Business Blast events 

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter May 2018 **New**

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.

GDPR Update from VONNE **New**

As the 25th May draws near the ICO have a number of useful resources on their website to help preparations including: 

A series of blog posts tackling 'GDPR Myths', including the most recent one on consent under the GDPR. 
A live chat service to accompany the existing advice service for small organisations preparing for GDPR. 
A self-assessment checklist and interactive lawful basis tool. 

The final, detailed guidance for using consent as a lawful basis has now been published.

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter April 2018 **New**

April's Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter, which includes an introduction to the next campaign, Veg Cities, which aims to increase the availability and consumption of vegetables. We are applying for funding to be able to coordinate a local campaign. 

If you are already involved in work around healthy diets please do get in touch asap to see if using this campaign might assist your work. We would like to have some confirmed active partners in place before the end of the month! Kind regards Liz

Support for those who feel alone or isolated **New**

Connecting Communities is a free service from British Red Cross which is reaching out to connect people with their communities. We have teamed up with the Co op to tackle a problem that is having a detrimental affect on lives and wellbeing. We can support people aged 18+ who are currently experiencing loneliness or social isolation which could be through things like bereavement, ill health, mobility, being new to the area – a new mum - or family moved away. We place the person at the centre of what we do and with our team of trained volunteers offer practical help and emotional support for up to 3 months depending on need. We can support people to attend activities or social groups they are interested in or just go for a coffee and chat until their confidence builds.

If you would like to make a referral or self refer or just want more information please ring 07808 243720 or 0191 384 1360 or email If you might be interested in volunteering for the service please see our ad in this newsletter.

CDCF May News **New**

County Durham Community Foundation (Charity Number 1047625) is an independent grant-making charity. We promote lasting charitable giving by bringing together donors with their chosen causes, through well-targeted grants that make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. We act as a vehicle for individuals, families and companies who want to put something back into their community, either in their lifetime, or through leaving a legacy.

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The Woodpile spring newsletter **New**

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