News & Updates

The Rural Bulletin - 31 July 2018 **New**

This Rural Bulletin is published by the Rural Services Network and brings you a round up of our existing publications in one place! Get the latest rural news, read our current rural commentary in the Hinterland, focus in on our weekly Spotlight special feature and check out what we've been up to this week at RSN HQ!

Agency Social Workers **New**

31 July 2018 Dear colleague 

I am writing to inform you that Durham’s children’s social care services have taken the decision to work with an independent social work agency for a period of six months to support some of the social work teams that currently have high volumes of work with the aim of ensuring that all social workers have manageable caseloads and can provide high quality support to our children and families. The agency is called ICS/Liquid Personnel. They will bring in a team of experienced social workers with a team manager and support staff. Their senior manager will report directly to our Head of Service and the team will work with 180 children and their families at any point in time. 

The social workers will work to Durham’s policies and procedures; use Durham’s case management system; use Durham’s child protection processes and procedures and use Durham’s legal advisors in instances where cases need to be put before the court. We have shared all key partner information with the agency including names and contact details of all schools; and names of key managers across the partnership. We will be involved in an induction for the staff to familiarise them with Durham and relevant support services. 

The agency comes highly recommended from similar work they have done within other Local Authorities however, as is always the case, if you have any concerns about the quality of the service being offered to children and families please contact me  

Yours sincerely Helen Fergusson Head of Children’s Social Care
Durham Community News July 2018 **New**

Welcome to the July 2018 edition 
News Highlights 
Sported's Meet and Greets at Thinford and Belmont - 
Volunteers Day at St Patrick's Church Hall, Consett - 
Healthwatch County Durham GP Access Survey - 
Latest Altogether Greener newsletter available - 
Good Finance Live event in Newcastle -

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter July 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.

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

News and information about administration costs and unspent funds, our recent compliance and enforcement findings, plus recently published news and upcoming training dates.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Newsletter **New**

Please see the link to the new Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Newsletter here. It's a short read and includes details about the recent round of local grants, what has been funded and why.

The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Local Grants Programme is still open for applications. Find out more and apply here

The Rural Bulletin - 24 July 2018 **New**

This Rural Bulletin is published by the Rural Services Network and brings you a round up of our existing publications in one place! Get the latest rural news, read our current rural commentary in the Hinterland, focus in on our weekly Spotlight special feature and check out what we've been up to this week at RSN HQ!

The Rural Services network **New**

The RSN and the CCRI are working jointly on a number of areas to the benefit of rural communities and details of current work can be found below:

County Durham Local Access Forum 2017-2018 **New**

County Durham Local Access Forum (LAF) is a statutory body established under Section 94 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to advise local authorities and other agencies on the improvement of public access to land for the purposes of outdoor recreation and enjoyment. The LAF is required to produce an Annual Report which highlights the business of the Forum throughout the year, and members thought that Durham Voice may be interested in receiving its latest report for 2017/2018.

Rough Sleeping Outreach Worker **New**

Changing Lives is delighted to be working in partnership with Durham County Council to identify individuals in Durham City who are currently rough sleeping. Please see attached our leaflet to be displayed around your organisation, please feel free to share with business and organisations to raise awareness of the service. 

Our primary focus area is Durham City, however if there is any individuals sleeping rough outside the city can this be reported directly to Streetlink so a heat map can be completed and other areas can be targeted. Changing Lives will be conducting 2 sweeps a week in the city to identify and engage with individuals who require support. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Kindest Regards Claire Waggott Project Lead Auckland House E: T: 0191 3891409

Carers Stories Wanted **New**

Dear Colleague, 

I’m looking for people that can help us by letting me record their story. We often deliver training and presentations to people about what it is like to be a Carer and we feel that the best way to illustrate this is to take Carers out with us. But, we know that’s often not possible. So, I have been recording people’s voices anonymously which has left them free to talk to me about their feelings and experiences. 

By anonymous I mean I haven't attached a name to the recording so we can protect people’s identity. I'm wanting to talk to people about things that have gone right, things that haven’t gone well and what might have made their caring role better. I don’t have any posh recording machines I’m afraid, it’s just me and my iPhone. 

I was just wondering if you could help me find people over the age of 18 that would be able to spare about an hour to do this. I would really appreciate all the help I can get. 

Thanking you. Best Wishes Jan
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

Holiday Hunger/Activities data capture **New**

As you will be aware as part of the council’s work around poverty, we have been looking at the issues of ‘holiday hunger’ and activity provision during the school holidays. We have carried out an exercise to capture details of the many schemes, projects, sessions etc. delivered around the county which provide activities for children and young people during the school holidays, some of which provide snacks/food whilst others do not. 

This information has now been published on the Family’s Information Service website under the category school holiday activities which can be viewed by anyone with access to the internet. Users can filter the list to display only activities which provide food or those activities within a specific location etc. Search results can be displayed in a list format or on a map. Storing and publicising this information here will also mean individual organisations and groups etc. can update their own entries as and when changes occur, and we ask that you help us to keep this up to date by encouraging the teams and organisations you work with to check their entries and keep them up to date, or if not already on this system register and advertise their activities/schemes etc. 

We are hoping that over time this information grows and proves to be a valuable resource not only for our residents but for teams and organsiations working with residents etc. Please therefore feel free to share this with the organisations and groups you are working with

Thanks for your time on this, and any questions please give me a call. 

Emma Gardner Policy & Executive Support Manager 
Transformation & Partnerships Durham County Council County Hall Durham DH1 5UF Direct Dial: 03000 268054 Email:

Joint Targeted Area Inspection - Domestic Abuse Briefing Note for Partners **New**

Dear partner We have received notification from Ofsted that Durham County Council and its partners will receive a Joint Targeted Area Inspection or JTAI. 

The inspectors will have a specific focus on the experiences of children living with domestic abuse but will look more generally at decision making at the point of referral and assessment; the quality of our children in need and child protection plans and the support we provide in the context of multi agency working. 

The inspection will start on Monday 9 July and inspectors will be on site for one week, with inspectors from 
Ø Ofsted to consider social care services
Ø HMIP (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation) to consider probation and the youth offending service (YOS) 
Ø CQC (Care Quality Commission) to consider health services 
Ø HMICFRS (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services) to consider services provided by Durham constabulary 

Please share with colleagues as appropriate. If you require any further information please contact your agency senior officers in the first instance. If required, you can contact Melanie Harnett, or 03000 269 284 who will forward any queries to the relevant person.

The summer edition of the Altogether Greener newsletter **New**

Please find attached the Summer Edition of the Environment Partnership Newsletter.

Heathwatch Annual Report 2017/18 **New**

Our 2017 – 18 annual report is now available on our website It’s been a really exciting year and I hope you enjoy reading the highlights, in particular where the voice of patients and service users has been heard and made a difference. 

Since publication I am pleased to be able to share that both our work on care home websites and access by vulnerable women to screening services have been shortlisted for national Healthwatch England Awards.

County Durham Dementia Support Team, Newsletter No. 10, June 2018 **New**

Please see attached the latest newsletter from the County Durham Dementia Support Team. I hope that you find it useful and informative.


One of the North’s biggest charities, employing nearly 1,000 staff and helping more than 20,000 people each year, has today rebranded and changed its name. 

DISC (Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities), is now known as Humankind. 

 Chief Executive Officer of Humankind, Paul Townsley, said the organisation, which has helped people improve their lives since 1984, is positioning itself for the future. Paul said: “We need to be more visible so that we can reach more of the people we represent.” Delivering a mix of housing, education, employment, training, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, young people and families, and clinical support, the charity has now completed a process of strategic review, merging with a healthcare organisation and re-branding. Paul continued: “The process that we’ve been through over the past two or three years has shown us what matters most to staff, to commissioners and to service users. We’re all about people – that’s the essence of it – the equality and potential of people and our commitment to treating everyone that way. Making sure all the people we work with access fair chances.” “The services we deliver, and the way we work has evolved. The thing that runs through all of it is this belief in equality – that we all deserve a chance to achieve everything we can in life. Boil it down and we’re people working with people – no prejudice, no judgement, just ways to help. That’s what the new name reflects.” 

 A new website has launched, services and offices have been re-badged. And a fundraising auction of work donated by artists will be hosted by the branding agency, Sheffield-based Peter & Paul. Lee Davies, creative director at Peter & Paul, said: “We want to give something back to the charity we’ve really got to know well over the last couple of years. “Humankind does amazing work that changes lives, and we really believe in them. We wanted to do something to raise funds but also to celebrate a project and a client that we’re really proud of.”

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.

Click here for our latest Newsletter

The Woodpile spring newsletter **New**

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