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.
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 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
To register your interest in starting a partnership with GFS, please contact me using the details below.
Regional Development Coordinator
07540 413 993 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Voice Survey 2017 results **Current**
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: email@example.com 03000 267381
If you require any further information, or have any questions in relation to the survey itself, please contact Matthew Peart: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.betterhealthatworkdurham.co.uk or www.betterhealthatworkne.org 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,
Chief Executive Officer
Positive Directions N.E. CIC
Suite 10, Crossgate Centre
Tel: 0191 3740810
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.
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 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 **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!
Pelton Community Centre
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
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
DL17 8JP To view our details on the website Click Here
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 email@example.com or 1 The Villas Hill Crescent Seaham Co Durham SR77PF
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
• Potterhouse Lane, Pity Me
• Romanway, Bishop Auckland
Monday to Thursday – 10am to 4pm (closed Fridays)
Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays – 9am to 3.30pm
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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**