Area Action Partnerships

All of our partnerships have AAP pages on the Durham County Website.

Here you will find information on all the AAP geography, membership, priorities and the latest news from each area.
Some even have a facebook page for you to follow!

 

East Durham AAP Bulletin

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Stanley AAP e-bulletin – February 2019

Welcome to theLatest Edition of the Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP) e-bulletin. The e-bulletins will provide you with information to keep you up to date with the work being developed by the Partnership and its partners to address local issues in the area, along with items of information that we feel you or your networks may be interested in. We hope you find it informative and worthwhile.

Spennymoor AAP It’s Up 2 U Event is Coming!!

Local organisations across the Spennymoor AAP area are set to benefit from the It’s Up 2 U Community Grant Fund again.

The fund, which is being made available through the Spennymoor Area Action Partnership (AAP), has proven again to be very popular with 27 local groups and organisations vying for a share of the £25,000 grant pot.

A full list of the projects and the groups/organisations vying for your votes are listed below:

Group A

  • Blind Life in Durham - Keeping Fit and Healthy
  • 3rd Spennymoor Brownies - Visit to Girlguiding World Centre, London
  • Byers Green Community Arts Group - Arts to Help Inclusion
  • DurhamGate Residents Association - DurhamGate Residents Association
  • Foundation of Light - Kicks Engagement
  • North Park Primary School – Food for Less!
  • Salamander Taekwondo – Sports Equipment
  • Spennymoor Cricket Club - Develop Junior and Adult Cricket
  • Spennymoor Jubilee Independent Methodist Church - Building Improvements
  • Spennymoor Stage and Song - Storage Boxes for use with New Containers
  • Spennymoor Town Band - Youth Band Uniforms, Music Stands and Folders
  • Spennymoor Youth and Community Association – Shapes
  • Spennymoor Youth Theatre Group and Performing Arts School - Summer Concert 2019
  • Grow at St Paul’s (St Paul’s Spennymoor Parochial Church Council) - After School Family Gardening
  • Tudhoe Cricket Club - Tudhoe Cricket Club
  • North East First Credit Union - Managing Your Resources
  • Tudhoe Community Centre - Food, Friendship and Fun

Group B 

  • Durham Christian Partnership - Money Advice in Spennymoor Foodbank
  • Friends of St Charles’ RC School - Secure Fencing to Outdoor Multi-Skilled Area
  • Learning Library - Moving Forward
  • Rosa Street Primary School - Performing at Playtimes
  • Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust - Team Solan Supports more Warriors
  • South Durham Gymnastics - South Durham Gymnastics (SDGC): Painting Your Town Pink!
  • Spennymoor Gala Committee - Spennymoor Gala & Parade 2019
  • Spennymoor Boxing Academy - Canvas and Tracksuits and WATT Bike
  • Parkrun Limited - Spennymoor Parkrun
  • Spennymoor Town Youth FC – Help Us Change!

The decision on who gets the money will be made by members of the public who will get to vote on their chosen projects at the event being held on 2nd March 2019 at Spennymoor Leisure Centre between 10am – 2pm.  As long as you live, work, volunteer or study in the Spennymoor AAP area and are 11 years old or over, you will have the opportunity to vote on projects that will benefit the local community.

At the event projects local to the area will be showcasing what they do and what they’d like the money for. After viewing the projects people will be asked to complete a ballot paper and vote for which projects they would like funding to be awarded to.  This year the projects have been grouped depending on the amount of money they have applied for.  If a project has applied for a £1,250 grant or lower then they are in Group A.  If a project has applied for higher than this then they will be in Group B.  Group A has a total of £10,000 to be allocated to projects and Group B has a total of £15,000 to be allocated to projects.

At the event members of the public will also have the opportunity to vote on the priorities which they think the Spennymoor AAP should focus on for the 2019/20 financial year.

The event promises to be a really exciting opportunity for members of our community to get involved in making local decisions. You can only do this by being there on the day so make sure that you come along and make your vote count!

You can find more information on the work of the Spennymoor AAP by visitingwww.durham.gov.uk/spennymooraap or www.gospenny.com , by following the Spennymoor Area Action Partnership on Facebook or by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

BASH EBulletin Jan 2019

Please find attached the latest edition of the BASH Ebulletin

Emma Walton

Area Action Partnership Support Officer Durham County Council
Shildon Business Centre Dabble Duck Industrial Estate Shildon DL4 2RF
Tel. 03000 268 663 (Direct Line)

PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE BOARD VACANCIES

Ø Do you live, work, volunteer or study in the 4 Together Partnership area (Ferryhill, Chilton, Bishop Middleham or West Cornforth) and are aged 16 or over?

Ø Do you have a keen interest and passion about your local community?

Ø Would you like to have a say on local issues and priorities?

We have two vacancies on our Partnership Board for public representatives.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Forum member with a keen interest in the local community to join a dynamic and proactive Board, who have successfully delivered a number of projects throughout the Partnership area since our formation in June 2009.

The role isn’t onerous; in terms of time commitments, there’s a requirement to attend a Board meeting every two months, and preferably to have input to at least one of our Task & Finish Groups if you can, but really it’s about sharing your valuable local knowledge and being passionate about your community – helping to make a difference in our area.

If you’re interested in applying or would like to discuss the role further, please contact us:

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Telephone: 03000 267210

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 1 February 2019.

   Your area, your action, your partnership

   4 Together Partnership, Durham County Council, 3-5 Haig Terrace, Dean Bank, Ferryhill, DL17 8NR

   Tel: 03000 267210  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Web: www.durham.gov.uk/aap

Durham 2030: Refreshing the Vision Focus Groups

As some of you will be aware, Durham County Council are currently refreshing their ‘Altogether Better Durham’ vision and through discussions/feedback earlier in the year with a range of stakeholders, 7 emerging ‘ambitions’ have been drafted.

The Derwent Valley AAP (DVP) would now like to provide an opportunity for local residents, partners, Elected members, businesses and community and voluntary representatives to have their say on these ambitions, the main question being, are these the right ones for County Durham and for our communities?

The 7 draft ambitions are:

  1. A thriving economy that creates financially secure jobs
  2. County Durham is a place to visit, stay and come back to
  3. A range of good quality housing is available to meet the future needs of the county
  4. Vibrant town and village centres
  5. County Durham is a great place for children and young people to grow up
  6. People are supported to enjoy healthier and happier lives
  7. Fair and supportive communities where everybody matters

Two Focus Groups, to outline fully these ambitions and obtain your views, are being hosted by the DVP on Wednesday 9th January 2019 at the following times/venues:

  • 10am – 11.30am, St Patrick’s Church Hall, Victoria Road, Consett. DH8 5AX
  • 6pm – 7.30pm, Training Room at Derwentside Business Centre, Consett. DH8 6BP

If you would like to take part in one of the consultation Focus Groups, please book a place in advance (to help us arrange seating and refreshments!) either by return of e-mail, contacting the team on 03000 260725 or e-mailing to our generic address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 4th January 2019.

DVP January and March 2019 Board Meetings

We would like to invite you along to our first Board meeting of 2019 which will be taking place on:

Date:     Wednesday, 30th January 2019

Time:    5.30pm-8pm (please note the earlier start time for this meeting due to the busy agenda)

Venue:  Consett Salvation Army Hall, Sherburn Terrace, Consett. DH8 6ND

At this meeting you will be able to meet Police, Crime and Victim Commissioner Ron Hogg and share your views in relation to the setting of the Police Precept. For those interested in the future of Shotley Bridge Hospital, an opportunity to receive an update and give your views will also be provided. The meeting will also provide opportunities for Forum members to be consulted on the County Durham Plan and to find out what the Partnership priorities for 2019/20 will be for the year ahead.

A full meeting agenda will be available in due course.

If you would like to attend the Board meeting, we kindly ask you to book a seat in advance to help us with the provision of seating and refreshments. Please contact a member of the team on 03000 260725 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Monday 28th January 2019 to book your seat.

Derwent Valley Partnership – March Board Meeting

We would like to give you advance notice of the March Partnership Board meeting which will be taking place as detailed below:

Date: Wednesday, 13th March 2019

Time: 6pm-8pm

Venue: Consett Salvation Army Hall, Sherburn Terrace, Consett. DH8 6ND

I appreciate this is a little way off so would ask you to keep a note of this date and to contact a member of the team on 03000 260725 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Monday 11th March 2019 if you wish to attend.

We look forward to seeing you at a future meeting and remember to check our website (Derwent Valley Life) and Facebook page (‘Derwent Valley Partnership – AAP’) regularly for the latest news and event information.

 

Welcome to the 45th Edition of the 4 Together Partnership E-Bulletin December 2018

We hope you find the information useful. Please feel free to circulate to any relevant contacts as appropriate.  If you're aware of anyone who would like to join our Forum database, please don't hesitate to put them in touch with the AAP team using the contact details at the bottom of this message.

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GREAT AYCLIFFE & MIDDRIDGE PARTNERSHIP (GAMP) E-BULLETIN DECEMBER 2018

Welcome to the latest GAMP e-bulletin, we hope you find the information useful.

Please feel free to circulate to any relevant contacts as appropriate.  If you know of anyone who would like to join our Forum database, please don't hesitate to put them in touch with the GAMP team using the contact details at the bottom of this message.

4 Together Partnership Ebulletin - November 2018

Welcome to the November Edition of the 4 Together Partnership E-Bulletin We hope you find the information useful. Please feel free to circulate to any relevant contacts as appropriate. If you're aware of anyone who would like to join our Forum database, please don't hesitate to put them in touch with the AAP team using the contact details at the bottom of the bulletin.

Stanley AAP e-bulletin – December 2018

Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP) e-bulletin. The e-bulletins will provide you with information to keep you up to date with the work being developed by the Partnership and its partners to address local issues in the area, along with items of information that we feel you or your networks may be interested in. We hope you find it informative and worthwhile.

East Durham Rural Corridor AAP e-bulletin – October 2018

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the East Durham Rural Corridor (AAP) e-bulletin. The e-bulletins will provide you with information to keep you up to date with the work being developed by the Partnership and its partners to address local issues in the area, along with items of information that we feel you or your networks may be interested in.
We hope you find it informative and worthwhile

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Stanley AAP e-bulletin – October 2018

Welcome to the October 2018 edition of the Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP) e-bulletin. The e-bulletins will provide you with information to keep you up to date with the work being developed by the Partnership and its partners to address local issues in the area, along with items of information that we feel you or your networks may be interested in. We hope you find it informative and worthwhile.

AAP - Priority Survey

Once a year, each AAP must go through a priority setting exercise. This is to clearly identify a focus for the work of the AAP's but also this year it will be impacting the Council's Vision.

A document format is attached also if needed. http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/19031/Have-your-say-on-Area-Action-Partnership-AAP-priorities-for-2019-2021

BASH E-Bulletin Sept 2018

Please find attached the latest edition of the BASH Ebulletin

Thank You Emma Walton Area Action Partnership Support Officer Durham County Council Shildon Business Centre Dabble Duck Industrial Estate Shildon DL4 2RF Tel. 03000 268 663 (Direct Line)

Great Aycliffe & Middridge Partnership E-bulletin - Sept 2018

Welcome to the latest GAMP e-bulletin, we hope you find the information useful. Please feel free to circulate to any relevant contacts as appropriate. If you know of anyone who would like to join our Forum database, please don't hesitate to put them in touch with the GAMP team using the contact details at the bottom of the bulletin.

Supporting Chester-le-Street & District Task Group

A 'Development Day' took place yesterday as part of the Supporting Chester-le-Street & District Task Group. Can I just thank everyone who took part, we now have a much clearer idea of where people think we should be focussing in the forthcoming year. Jane and I will now work to bring together an updated action plan, with more focussed actions, to the next meeting. Please find attached extra information that was discussed at the meeting as part of the 'Development Day', which will inform further discussions at future meetings.

Discussion also took place regarding the following:
* Terms of Reference (TOR) - These were circulated to group members, and it was noted that these were a generic TOR, and could be focussed in more. Jane and I will work on these for the next meeting.
* Monthly Meetings - Due to the Supporting Group being newly formed, it was though that for the first 6 months, meetings should be monthly - I will be writing out to you with further dates for your diary.
* Time Limited Sub Groups - It was agreed that there was a need to form a couple of sub groups - these being: o A Communications Sub Group - which would meet a couple of times to understand how we communicate better, and what information is missing. o A Funding Sub Group which would meet more regularly and act as an 'assessment panel' to look at approaches for funding - especially helpful when we may have a number of applications that will be submitted for a named fund e.g. Older People's Social Isolation Fund and Youth Fund. Due to time limitations within the Task Group setting, these would not be able to be dealt with, and given the time needed to assess.

AAP Priority Survey Now Open

Your Area Action Partnership’s Need Your Help… Over the years the AAP’s have asked residents and partners to provide them with their thoughts on where their AAP should concentrate its work in the future. In 2017 we carried out the AAP Priority Survey across the county and gained just under 10,000 responses. This enabled us to provide invaluable information, not only to AAP’s but to a variety of partners on what residents thought where the key areas for improvement in their communities. This has supported various Services, Partnerships as well as voluntary groups to provide evidence of need to substantiate funding bids and service development. The new online AAP Priority Survey has gone live on the Durham County Council website and we are now asking you to pop online and fill in a 10 minute electronic survey:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/19031/Have-your-say-on-Area-Action-Partnership-AAP-priorities-for-2019-2021

Please pass this link onto anyone you think may be interested. AAP’s will publicise this on Facebook and in the press, we’ll also be looking at opportunities over the next couple of months to engage people in the voting, so as usual we’ll be seeking help from our partners, and we’ll be attending various local events where we can to gather votes. We had an excellent response rate when we carried this out 2 years ago and fully appreciate the support from yourselves in terms of engaging with groups and individuals so please help us to break the 10,000 barrier.

The survey will be open until 30 November 2018, but we are asking people to provide feedback as soon as they can.

 

South Durham CLLD Local Action Group Vacancy

South Durham Community Led Local Development- vacancy for the Local Action Group The South Durham CLLD Local Action Group (LAG) meets regularly and allows representatives to be actively involved in being responsible for setting the strategic direction of the programme, monitoring activity against the Local Development Strategy (LDS) and managing the approval process of applications.

The LAG is currently made up of 14 members and the ‘public sector’ element of that can only be a maximum of 49% of the membership. We are currently seeking representatives from the Private sector as well as representatives that have experience within our ERDF priority themes – for more detail on these themes please see attached document. The LAG also needs to be balanced geographically across the South Durham area. Essentially we are looking for people who are involved in economic development, skills and work sectors. The more the LAG reflects these key areas and is also representative of the target CLLD communities, the more likely we are to deliver successful outcomes through the programme.

For further information on the CLLD programme itself and a map of the South Durham CLLD area please visit our website at http://www.durham.gov.uk/SouthDurhamCLLD For more information or an application pack please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spennymoor AAP - Mapping exercise

Spennymoor Area Action Partnership (AAP) would like to update the information we may or may not hold concerning organisations, groups, activities delivered etc. in our AAP area. The reason for updating and compiling this information is so we can create an extensive and up-to-date area profile of what is available and what is being delivered in our locality.

In order to facilitate this piece of work we would encourage you to inform us of/update us on the following information:
· Group/Organisation Name
. Contact Details
· Type of Activity/Activities Delivered
Availability e.g. venue, time, cost etc
· State if you wish this information/activity listing on www.gospenny.com Yes/No

*Please feel free to also add any other additional information that you feel will be relevant.

Please note that, once compiled, we will create a profile that will be able to inform the work of the AAP and its partners. Where relevant, we can also use the information supplied to publish on our community website www.gospenny.com (we will only do this is you give us permission to do so). We do understand that, as quickly as the information is gathered, it can become out-of-date, however we intend to ensure the information gleaned is kept as up to date as possible and therefore the profile is an ongoing piece of work. Overall we hope that this exercise will, amongst other things, enable us to continue to deliver a high quality service, avoid duplicating existing service delivery and provide up-to-date and worthwhile exposure of what our local groups and organisations are currently delivering.

We hope you feel this work will be of benefit to yourselves and as a result we look forward to receiving your information. If you have any questions or queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Regards Lynn Lynn Cummings BA(Hons) Project Support Officer Transformation and Partnerships Mid Durham AAP & Spennymoor AAP Durham County Council 03000 261134 (Spennymoor AAP only) Mob: 07557541413 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting 3 July 2018 Key Messages

The following are the key messages from the Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting held on Tuesday 3 July 2018 at Trimdon Community College, Elwick View, Trimdon Village, TS29 6JU:

● Everyone was welcomed to the East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership Annual General Meeting and Board Meeting.
● Councillor Maura McKeon was appointed as the new Chairperson for 2018/19. Ian Walker was appointed as Vice Chair (Partner Representative). Jen Straughan-Hawley was appointed as Vice Chair (Public Representative).
● Thanks were offered to the outgoing Chair (Chris Varty) and Vice Chairs (Roger Goodes) and (Councillor Stuart Dunn) for their commitment to the AAP.
● A warm welcome was offered to Tony Cutmore from The Cornforth Partnership who replaces Barbara Hind from Durham Community Action as the VCS representative on the Board.
● Councillor Jan Blakey was recognised and thanked for all of the work she had undertaken to support the Board. Jan has been a longstanding Board member who has stood down and has been a Board Member since the AAP’s inception in 2009.
● Michelle Robinson from the Planning Team, DCC delivered a presentation on the County Durham Plan – Preferred Options Stage. The County Durham Plan sets out a vision for housing, jobs and the environment until 2035 as well as the transport, schools and healthcare to support it. Further information on the County Durham Plan can be found on the following webpages - http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/7440/What-is-the-County-Durham-Plan- http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/7563/Have-your-say-on-the-plan The consultation period ends on 3 August 2018 at 4.30 pm.
● Councillor Stuart Dunn gave a brief overview of an update report on progress made through and following the Joint Priorities Task and Finish Group meeting held on 19 June 2018. The Board agreed to support the following area budget projects -  Keeping Safe and Well in EDRC – Age UK - £10,000.00  Revitalise – Foundation of Light - £6,040.00  Kicks – Foundation of Light - £13,000.00 ● Inspector Sarah Honeyman gave a verbal update on local policing information.
● The following Neighbourhood Budget project; was shared with the Board - Name of Scheme: Kelloe Bowling Green Improvements Councillor(s): Dunn / McKeon Interest Declared: No Amount: £1,227.00 (£613.50 per Cllr) The Board was happy for this project to go ahead.

● Date and time of next meetings - The next Board meeting will be held on Thursday 6 September 2018 from 5.00 pm – 7.00 pm at Sedgefield Methodist Church Hall, North End, Sedgefield, TS21 3BT. Subsequent Board Meeting Dates • Tuesday 2 October 2018 – Bowburn Community Centre • Thursday 6 December 2018 – St Alban’s Church Hall, Trimdon Grange • Tuesday 5 February 2019 – Kelloe Primary School • Thursday 7 March 2019 – Cassop Community Centre