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Bullion Hall - office space available

Bullion Hall is a busy well-loved community centre, which has rooms for hire /delivers activities and eight office spaces available for charities /social enterprise.

The building is open Monday –Friday 8am- 9pm and weekends depending upon bookings. The centre is staffed throughout opening hours by a team of caretakers who are all qualified re health and safety, first aid, fire marshal etc. We find that this often allows staff to safely work alone after office hours.

The  centre has a 34 space car park and is located just a 5 minute walk from Chester-le-Street train station , less than 10 minutes from the town centre and well placed regionally for the A1M or the A167.

Also on site is the infamous wait er while café which daily serves delicious hot meals, snacks and cakes to eat-in or take away. They also offer buffet services. The café has a five star food hygiene rating and is staffed by adults with special needs.

Rents include utility costs, cleaning and caretaking.

We have two office spaces now available to rent. Both comfortably accommodate 2-3 staff.

Office 1  is 18.65sqm,  currently  a dividing wall is in place  to create 2 rooms and a large storage cupboard. The dividing wall could be removed.  .                            

Office 2 is 13.35sq.m

Rents are paid monthly in advance. Licensees are required to give 3 months’ notice.

Charities Based in Bullion Hall include Integrating Children, Girls Friendly Society, Wheels to Work and ME North East.

For further details please contact Bullion Hall on 0191 3871149 or 07914755068 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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This edition of Touchbase includes information on:   

  • changes to Universal Credit 
  • how to contact a Universal Credit claimant's case manager
  • the EU Settlement Scheme
  • support for survivors of domestic abuse
  • Working Chance
  • a consultation to reduce health-related job loss
  • volunteering whilst claiming benefits
  • joining Disability Confident
  • Post Office card accounts

The Rural Bulletin - 20 August 2019

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!

Durham County Council Overview and Scrutiny Annual report 2018/19

Overview and scrutiny in Durham County Council has had another very busy year. Our annual report gives an update of the work we have undertaken during 2018/19 and highlights some of the work we will be undertaking in the coming year.

I hope you find the report interesting and if you would like any further information please contact the scrutiny team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE CORNFORTH PARTNERSHIP USES COALFIELDS FUNDING TO SUPPORT SKILLS

Thanks to almost £10,000 in funding from the Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, The Cornforth Partnership will provide female survivors of domestic abuse throughout Durham with access to a package of support and training.

Securing £9,894, the project will help those that attend the free sessions to overcome the trauma of their past experiences, while also focusing on developing new skills and training for the future. As well as giving these women greater aspirations, the idea is also to extend their employability.

With only 50 jobs for every 100 people of working age in coalfield communities, providing support, training and provision is fundamental if the lives of people are to change for the better.

Tony Cutmore, from The Cornforth Partnership, comments: “It can be very difficult for women to access the support and help that they need following domestic violence and that is why we felt that this project was so important.

“Having the support from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust really does make all of the difference. Without the funding we simply would not be able to work with these women, who have so much to offer and to achieve.”

Chief Executive of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Gary Ellis, comments: “We have a five-year strategy in place that focuses on three priorities for action; employment, skills and health and wellbeing.

“We know that access to support and training delivering in this way – in a safe and secure environment – can make all of the difference to these women and we are very pleased to be in a position to redirect funding where it matters most.

“Giving people the chance to reach their aspirations isn’t just about the direct impact it has on them but also on their families, friends and wider community.”

Delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports organisations and programmes of activity that meet with three key criteria; to address skills, employment or health and wellbeing.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established in 1999 and is the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages.

Over the years more than 2m people have benefited from support delivered by the organisation. More than 25,500 people have been supported into work, 5,500 jobs have been created or safeguarded, 1.3m people have received the necessary support to help improve their skills and gain qualifications and over 250,000 people have participated in activities that have improve their health.

For further details about the Coalfields Regeneration Trusts, visit: www.coalfields-regen.org.uk

Show off your gardening and environmental skills in the new ‘Greening Derwent Valley’ competition

Gardening and environmental enthusiasts are being invited by the Derwent Valley Partnership to enter their green spaces into a local contest.

The ‘Greening Derwent Valley’ competition encourages residents, community organisations and schools in Derwent Valley (Consett and its surrounding villages) to keep their area looking great by celebrating its most impressive floral displays, gardens, planters, allotments and wider environmental improvements.

Individuals, allotment holders, schools, groups and businesses have until 30th September 2019 to enter their projects in one of six categories:

  • Best business frontage/floral display;
  • Best group project;
  • Best neighbourhood area;
  • Best garden, yard or home space;
  • Best allotment; and
  • Best school, nursery or young peoples’ project.

Entries are also welcomed from people who do not have a garden, who can take part by displaying plant pots, containers, window boxes or hanging baskets as part of the ‘home space’ category.

An entry form can be obtained from the Derwent Valley Partnership Team by e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephoning 03000 260704 or visiting the Customer Access Point, Front Street, Consett. DH8 5AQ, where hard copies are available to pick up (look out for entry forms in other local locations too!). 

Greening Derwent Valley aims to celebrate the hard work and dedication of people who give up their time to make Derwent Valley an attractive place to live, work and visit.

The competition is free to enter, and entries will be judged once in either Spring (May-June 2020), Summer (June-September 2020) or Autumn (October 2020) - you can choose when you would like us to visit.

The winner of each category will receive a £100 voucher to spend on plants and equipment to help keep them green fingered! Certificates will be presented to the runners up after all entries have been judged.

Durham County Council Overview & Scrutiny Annual Report 2018/19

Sent on behalf of Cllr Rob Crute, Chair of Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Management Board.

Overview and scrutiny in Durham County Council has had another very busy year. Our annual report gives an update of the work we have undertaken during 2018/19 and highlights some of the work we will be undertaking in the coming year. 

I hope you find the report interesting and if you would like any further information please contact the scrutiny team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Council Activity Report - July

Please find attached the latest Council activity report which you may find of interest.

County Durham Partnership

Transformation and Partnerships

Durham County Council

Room 5-140/150

County Hall

03000 263593

INTERNAL 263593

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Charity funding news for July

Items in my update on our blog this month include:

  • Charity Tax Commission's final report proposes reforms that could unlock hundreds of millions of pounds for charities' each year

  • The 2019 Civil Society Almanac and key findings

  • New charity tax reliefs statistics published by HMRC

  • YouGov analysis of charitable giving in Britain

The Rural Bulletin - 23 July 2019

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!

Durham Community News July 2019

Welcome to the July 2019 edition

Summer newsletter

Hi – please find attached copy of our latest diabeties newsletter for distribution.

CYP Now Youth Work News:

A fortnightly email bulletin from Children & Young People Now delivering the top stories for everybody working with young people.

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Aspire Lift the Cricket World Cup on Behalf of North East Women

The men’s England Cricket Team may have won this year’s Cricket World Cup but the directors of local women’s organisation Aspire are sharing their own success having carried the trophy for the Sri Lanka vs South Africa match on 28th June at the Emirates Riverside Stadium.

Jan Vincent, Director of Aspire Learning and Wellbeing, said “Carrying the Cricket World Cup was a real honour, after an incredible summer of women’s sport we were thrilled to be given the opportunity to promote Aspire at such an important sporting event.”

Aspire is a not-for-profit organisation based in Chester-le-Street town centre, Co. Durham. From their women only centre they deliver high-quality free and low cost learning, support and wellbeing, as well as structured volunteering opportunities, to a diverse range of women across the North East of England. They recently received enjoyed huge success with numerous nominations at the Durham County Council Adult Community Learning Awards.

Cllr Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council and councillor for Chester-le-Street West Central, said: “I am delighted that Janice and Jan were chosen to lead the Cricket World Cup out to the world in the opening match at the Riverside... As well as their charity work with Aspire, they are very active members of the Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership and work tirelessly for the benefit of the local community. I’m extremely proud of them and delighted they enjoyed their very special day.”

South Africa’s men’s side may have won the match, and England’s the cup, but after an incredible summer of women’s sport, (including a semi final place for the England women’s World Cup team) it is going to be impossible to ignore the relevance of vital organisations such as Aspire that promote women’s health and wellbeing.

Make Your Mark Youth Voice

I am currently leading on pupil voice for Education Durham and I have been given your contact details by Sandy Denny as I understand you are a good person to speak to help to ensure that the ‘Make Your Mark’ UK-wide ballot reaches all young people in County Durham. The following info is being sent to all schools, academies and settings to encourage them to register to receive ballot papers (or downloadable tally sheets) and I wondered if there are any organisations which you could register or if you’d like to register as ‘Durham Voice’ and then distribute accordingly in September when the ballot takes place.

Make Your Mark – an opportunity for all 11-18 year olds to share their voice

Each year, 11-18 year olds across the country have the chance to have their voices heard on issues that are important to them by completing the Make Your Mark ballot, the UK’s largest youth consultation (1.1 million young people involved in 2018).

We are keen for all schools, academies and youth organisations to register to receive ballot papers by the 18th July deadline to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to have their voice heard.

Ten topics will be available to choose from on the initial Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the top 2 UK wide topics and the top 3 devolved topics being discussed by MYPs at their November debate in the House of Commons (subject to approval by the new Parliament).

Voting can take place any time between 23rd August and 9th October. Visit www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/makeyourmark/schools-colleges-and-youth-organisations to register now.

Please let me know if you have any questions: feel free to pass my email address on, too: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Rural Bulletin - 9 July 2019

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!

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Brought to you by the Department for Work & Pensions

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:

•  changes to Universal Credit
•  a Get Your State Pension video
•  supporting parents in conflict
•  Support for Mortgage Interest videos 
•  Childcare choices – 30 hours awareness campaign  

We always welcome your feedback. Send your comments and thoughts about Touchbase, including what articles and information you would like to see to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Five articles to share on your socials over the summer

Your July update from Thinkuknow includes:

  • Five articles to keep parents engaged in online safety over the summer holidays
  • Conferences: Digital Families 2019 and new CEOP Ambassador dates
  • Five key takeaways from the Department for Education's new guidance on online safety

SKYDIVING SARAH TAKES ONE GIANT LEAP FOR HUMANKIND           

Sarah Pearson, who is in recovery from alcohol dependency is skydiving from 15,000ft to raise money for the organisation that helped save her life. 

Sarah was helped by Forward Leeds, one of Humankind’s drug and alcohol services. Sarah, who confesses to having a fear of heights, is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for Humankind by doing the tandem skydive. 

She said: “Humankind and Forward Leeds have essentially saved my life – something me and my family will always be grateful for.

“I wanted to challenge myself at the same time as raising money, and for someone who’s scared of heights, jumping from a plane seems like a good way to do that!”

Fifteen thousand feet is the maximum altitude for skydiving without supplementary oxygen. Sarah will be in freefall for a full minute at speeds of up to120mph. 

Sarah continued: “I’m really nervous about the moment we actually jump from the plane. I just need to try and enjoy the journey, no matter how scary it may seem at first. 

“It’s a lot like recovery really – knowing that others have gone before you and believing that you can do it too.”

Sarah’s skydive will take place on Sunday 21st July 2019, at the Skydive Academy in Peterlee, Co. Durham. She is inviting donations via her Just Giving page.

Anna Headley, Humankind Executive Director, said: “This is an incredible effort by Sarah and we’re all really proud of her. Sarah’s a great example of what Humankind is all about - helping people to build healthier lives that have meaning and value for themselves and their families.”

Sarah added, “Recovery is showing me that with the support of others, anything is possible. Two years ago I was barely surviving, scared to even leave the house. Now I’m thriving, and finding the courage to go out into the world and live life to the full.”

Nepacs E-News

Welcome to Nepacs news - bringing you regular updates on the work of Nepacs in the north east of England.

Nepacs has worked in the north east for over 135 years - focussed on supporting a positive future for prisoners, ex-offenders, their families and significant others.

Help offer of training room....

I’m after a favour if possible.. 

Can anyone offer to host some Aicd training on the following dates : Tuesday the 17th September and Tuesday the 19th November  9:30-4:30PM   ( for free if possible …I know I’m cheeky J )

I would need if possible adequate parking – enough to fit 16 delegates and a manned reception area and a screen for a projector ...

Would love to hear from you …

Ms Sam Scotchbrook

Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham

Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447

www.adviceincountydurham.org.uk

Why Women's Centres Work: Evidence Briefing

Aspire Learning, Support and Wellbeing are proud to be able to share the following national report: Why Women’s Centres Work: An Evidence Briefing (2019) which we directly contributed to and was authored in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund (Women’s and Girls’ Initiative) the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit, Travistock Institute of Human Rights and DMSS Research.

Why Women’s Centres work‘ is designed to help commissioners, service providers, funders and professionals understand how Women’s Centres can play a key role in meeting the needs of women in their communities. It provides:

  • • a brief description of the Women’s Centre approach
  • • an outline of why Women’s Centres are needed and the benefits they offer
  • • a summary of the evidence in relation to how and why they work
  • • quotes from women who have received support offered by Women’s Centres

About us:

Aspire is a not-for-profit organisation based in Chester-le-Street town centre, Co. Durham. From our women only centre we deliver high-quality free and low cost learning, support and wellbeing, as well as structured volunteering opportunities, to a diverse range of women across the North East of England. 

You can follow us on twitter: @Aspire_House and Facebook: www.facebook.com/aspire.northeast

Wear Valley Action Group News

Local community group secure funding from the lottery community fund to hold events in the communities for the 2nd year to carry on their work

The Wear Valley Community Action Group are a group of residents from across the Wear Valley Areas, including Wolsingham, Billy Row, Bishop Auckland, Willington, & St Helens. Members of the group have been volunteers for over 15 years working with the local Councils and Housing Organisations on getting the best services from the local social housing landlord ie Dale & Valley Homes.

In 2016/17 the group became an independent  group and went out to look for their own funding to carry on working in and around the communities they live in. In the first year they secured £1,000 in funding from the County Durham Community Foundation , funding from the local Councillors. The group have also received funding over the last few years from other agencies ie Gaunless Gateway Project.

The first year was a success so they then decided to apply for Lottery Funding to help them do more. The group were successful in receiving £5,000 which enabled them to do events ie Bus Trips, Easter Bonanza, Halloween Party and more.

The group meet on the first Tuesday of every month in Stanley Way, Community Hub, Billy Row, Crook DL15 9TF from 1pm – 3pm everyone is welcome. If you have any ideas please bring them along.

The group also organised community learning events on a variety of subjects covering cybercrime, drugs & alcohol awareness, loan shark community advocate training, and also signed the community loan shark pledge. In sunny brow they held an event at which Michael Barton was one of the speakers it was well attended by people from across the areas. The local Councillors show great support for the group and help them in anyway they can even helping out at events.

The group have again been successful and secured £7,850 from the Lottery Community fund to carry on the work they are doing. So far this year the group have held 2 energy advice events, information & advice events, cyber crime, an easter event and  bus trips to Dalton Park and Whitley Bay. The bus trips are always well attended and are aimed at everyone.

In the coming months there will be 2 events that will be held in Wolsingham Town Hall. On Wednesday July 10th   there will be an Information & Advice event from 10am – 1.30pm with a great variety of information on offer from a lot of different service area. These will include Cab, Managing Money, Believe Housing, Weardale AAP, Carers, Neighbourhood Watch, Police, Home Improvement Agency, Adult Learning, Recycling, Employability, Wheels 2 Work and more. Everyone that attends will not only receive some excellent information & advice but also a FREE gift.

The 2nd event that will also be held in Wolsingham Town hall on Wednesday 11th September 2019 6pm – 8pm is a Community Safety event. There will be representatives from believe housing safer neighbourhoods team, neighbourhood watch and Katie Cain from Durham Constabulary to give talks and presentations on the subject. The public will also be able to ask questions.

The group are going to be very busy this year with a lot of trips, events, community events etc organised which will all be advertised in the Weardale Gazette and the out and about magazine, face book, local papers etc

If you can please come along and support the events and the group.

The group have a face book page which you can contact us through and also an email address which is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Consett Churches Detached Youth Project (CCDYP) Annual Report 2018- 2019

Attached is a draft copy of our Annual report prior to our AGM to be held here in Glenroyd House, 6 p.m. Tuesday 9th July 6 p.m.   Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Happy reading!

Jackie Forbes

Project Manager

County Durham Apprentice Takes Home National Award

A County Durham apprentice has taken the top spot at a prestigious international awards ceremony.

Rebecca Elliott from Binchester was named Apprentice of the Year at the 2019 AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Training Provider awards.

She joined The Auckland Project, as a Business Administration Apprentice in 2016, aged just 17 and soon realised that her interests lay in finance.

Now 21, Rebecca has progressed to become a Projects Finance Assistant at the Bishop Auckland-based charity and is also completing an apprenticeship at New College Durham,

where she is studying for her AAT course to become a qualified accountant.

She was nominated for the AAT award by her New College Durham course tutor and saw off competition from four other shortlisted candidates from across the UK to take home the prize. 

Rebecca, said: “I was very flattered just to be nominated and I really didn’t expect to win, so when my name was called, I just couldn’t believe it.

“I am over the moon and quite proud, especially when I look at the standard of all of the other nominees I was up against.

“At The Auckland Project I’ve had opportunities to work closely on a variety of different projects, learning new skills and gaining real experience, it’s been really valuable.”

Rebecca is one of 26 apprentices at The Auckland Project, working in a range of areas including horticulture, catering, visitor experience, marketing and communications and business administration. 

Rebecca’s manager, Chris Bramley, Chief Financial Officer at The Auckland Project, said: “Rebecca was one of the very first apprentices to join The Auckland Project and she has been a valuable member of our team from the outset, consistently performing at a very high level both in the office and with her studies.

“We now have 26 apprentices working with us and Rebecca’s role in giving the organisation the confidence to develop our apprentice programme cannot be over-estimated.

“She is a fantastic example of a young and talented individual making a real contribution to our organisation and this award from such a prestigious organisation is testament to both her talent and attitude.”

The Auckland Project is creating a visitor destination in Bishop Auckland, using art, faith and heritage as a way to fuel long-term change and prosperity for the town. Part of this is creating opportunities for local people through employment, training and development. 

Camilla Race, Head of Employability at The Auckland Project added: “We are all absolutely thrilled that Rebecca has won this prestigious award, she truly does deserve it, she has worked extremely hard relishing any challenges set for her she has been a real asset to The Auckland Project.

“This is an excellent example of how an apprenticeship can open doors and lead on to professional qualifications and the opportunity of a great career.”

Vernon Anderson, AAT President, said: “The AAT Training Provider Awards are a magnificent opportunity to celebrate success.

“Each year, our students, training providers and tutors put in a significant amount of hard work, and this represents the best way in which to formally recognise their achievements. We are inspired by our winners and applaud the high level of attainment reached by all those shortlisted.”

For a full list of winners at the AAT Awards visit, aat.org.uk/aat-news/winners-announced-at-2019-aat-training-provider-awards

For more information on apprenticeships at The Auckland Project, visit aucklandproject.org/about/join-our-team/apprenticeships/ For regular updates, follow The Auckland Project on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Durham Community News June 2019

Welcome to the June 2019 edition

Crook Community Christmas Crowdfunder

Help us raise funding for the Crook Community Christmas Winter Light Parade 2019

“I've never been to a Winter Parade before, and it made me feel proud to live in Crook, to be part of something that was just about us." Make a donation today via our Crowdfunder Campaign at the link here and share with your friends and colleagues so encourage them to do the same.

Crook Winter Light Parade 2019 will build on the success of previous years and bring local people of all ages and abilities together to celebrate the coming of Christmas through the staging of an ambitious outdoor event for all to enjoy.  As parade producers, Jack Drum Arts will work in partnership with the Crook Community Christmas Committee, local councillors and local groups, young and old, to create a parade that is similar in scale to last year’s event - and with your help even bigger and better than ever before. 

YOU can help make the event happen by making a pledge of £5 or more which will contribute towards some of the costs ot producing the parade for the community of Crook and the wider area.  Any amount you can spare would be greatly appreciated. Your donation will go towards putting Crook on the map as a hub of life, light and inspiration to the thousands of visitors who come to our town each Winter to see us pull together as a community and create something that is truly spectacular. 

Be an active citizen, donate now, share with your friends and colleagues and help us to make wonderful things happen in Crook. Visit our Crowdfunder Campaign here

If you run a local business and would like to sponsor the event or help in other ways please get in touch via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office on 01388 765002.
Thank you for your generosity and we hope to see you at the parade.
“The crowd were a part of the parade. They weren't just watching it. From the older people in the care home, the dancing teens to the kids that posed for photos. They were as much a part of the parade as the performers. The energy and joy bounced back and forth.” 

News from Durham Christian Partnership

St Oswald's Way Walk
Working in connection with Durham Christian Partnership PAD-B is a life-changing programme to address people who are looking for any form of support. We offer a compassionate personal approach to recovery from drug or alcohol dependency and mental health issues.

“PAD B” means to “press a different button”, to do things differently in order to get a better result in life. The Pad B programme is set out to help people from chaotic backgrounds to recover and then go on to mentor/support others who struggle with similar problems.
We believe that the best person to help are the ones who have been through these issues, those who can relate to the struggles and battles of addiction and mental health. We offer a variety of activities, working together in groups and providing one on one sessions with a vision of helping those through their addiction and mental health.
From 9th to the 13th July a group from PadB will be trekking 97 miles through the Northumbrian countryside and coastline, the PadB group will be starting at Heavenfield on Tuesday the 9th of July, completing the trek to Holy Island on Saturday the 13th of July. They will be supported by St Nic's Church Recovery Group (Durham) and their aim is to raise as much money as they can to enable PadB to continue the valuable and much needed work in supporting those struggling with drug, alcohol and certain mental health issues.

PadB is a project operated under Durham Christian Partnership and is a life changing opportunity for those struggling with substance dependency and certain mental health issues to work their way back to being independent members of the community. PadB comes alongside individuals and offers a compassionate personal approach to recovery and which includes drama and art therapy, outdoor activities, including an allotment and supervised walks.
If you are able to support through sponsorship this would be very much appreciated - please follow the link below if you want to do it online, alternatively those doing the walk have a sponsor form.

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Aspire Women to Inspire at the Cricket World Cup 

Janice Rokni and Jan Vincent, Directors of the award winning women’s organisation Aspire, have been selected as trophy carriers for the Cricket World Cup 2019 match between Sri Lanka and South Africa taking place at The Riverside Cricket Ground in Chester le Street on Friday 28th June. 

Aspire is a not-for-profit organisation based in Chester-le-Street town centre, Co. Durham. From their women only centre they deliver high-quality free and low cost learning, support and wellbeing, as well as structured volunteering opportunities, to a diverse range of women across the North East of England. Offering a safe, friendly place to gain skills, socialise and improve confidence. Some of their biggest assets are the onsite crèche facilities and the award winning volunteers of the National Lottery Community Fund programme “Supporting Sisters” who are trained and mentored to offer peer to peer support and wellbeing services. 

Despite the growing popularity of cricket both domestically and internationally, women remain underrepresented in the sport. However our women’s team has gone from strength to strength. In 2017 the England Women’s Cricket Team won the BBC Sports Personality Team of the Year Award after winning that year’s World Cup, they were also runners up in the 2018 Women’s World Twenty/20. 

Janice and Jan hope their presence at the event will help the movement to change the underrepresentation of women in sport and be a brilliant opportunity to show the impact in Chester le Street that women can have on women and communities. Janice Rokni said of the occasion: “We are delighted to be nominated and selected to represent women at such a prestigious event. Aspire supports women to follow their aspirations and through our comprehensive offer encourages women to be more active and engage in sporting activities.” 

Alzheimer's Society Update & Newsletter

Please find attached the latest newsletter from Alzheimer’s Society County Durham. This is a Dementia Action Week 2019 special!

You will also find attached a new version of our referral form which should replace any previous versions of this form when referring any one into or services. We would be grateful if you could use this going forward and share with your colleagues/team.

Alzheimer’s Society Team South Approach, Bullion Lane Chester le Street County Durham DH2 2DW 0191 389 0400

Armed Forces Outreach Service

Have you or a close family member ever served in the Armed Forces?

Do you need advice and support on housing, employment or other welfare needs?

The Armed Forces Outreach Service can help you

Tel: Housing Solutions on 03000 268000

More Information

Council Activity and CDP update report

Please find attached the latest Council activity report and The County Durham Partnership update report which you may find of interest.

Kind Regards

County Durham Partnership Transformation and Partnerships Durham County Council Room 5-140/150 County Hall 03000 263593 E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Rural Bulletin - 25 June 2019

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!

Wheels 2 Work County Durham

Wheels 2 Work is a moped-loan scheme which aims to help people access employment, training or education that would otherwise be inaccessible due to poor public transport connections or out-of-hour work patterns.

The project has been funded by a number of Area Action Partnerships in partnership with Durham County Council, in response to a growing need to help local people get to work or college.  The idea behind the scheme is to provide a loan of a moped for 6 months to help people to establish themselves in work and/or training.

Mopeds of either 50cc or 125cc are available to people aged 16+ as long as they have a provisional or full driving licence.  The cost is £25 per week for a 50cc and £30 per week for a 125cc moped,

Riders are provided with brand new protective clothing (helmet, armoured jacket, gloves, waterproof over-trousers and high visibility vest) and a heavy-duty lock, and are also covered for bike insurance, road tax, breakdown cover, as well as regular servicing of the moped. There may be a chance to buy the moped from the scheme at the end of the loan period.

Ace Motorcycles in Pity Me, Durham provides the motorcycle training (also included as part of the scheme) which involves a full day’s Compulsory Basic Training, followed by a 2 hour CBT plus session on a separate day, when clients are provided with additional road time and are issued with their clothing and bike.

Please get in touch to find out more and to ask for an application pack, or pass on our details to anyone who may experience difficulties getting to work – this scheme aims to make people more employable by helping them to be mobile and independent.

We're waiting for your call! Tel: 0191 303 8442 Mobile 07460 068668 or 07472 668884.

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or message us through Facebook Please visit our website:  www.wheels2workcountydurham.org.uk

Wheels to Work County Durham is supported by grants from the North East Combined Authority (NECA), Durham County Council, County Durham Area Action Partnerships, the County Durham Community Foundation and the Virgin Money Foundation

The Rural Bulletin - 18 June 2019

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New events venue will benefit community for years to come

A tired and underused sports hall has been transformed into a high-class community events venue, thanks to funding from one of Durham’s 14 area action partnerships (AAP). East Durham Rural Corridor AAP and county councillors in Trimdon and Thornley were keen to help Trimdon Community College Association realise its ambitions to turn the school’s sports hall into a unique venue.

As well as providing practical support and guidance, Cllr Lucy Hovvels, Cllr Peter Brookes and the late Cllr Morris Nichols contributed a total of just over £39,000 from their AAP neighbourhood budgets towards the £60,000 project. This allowed the hall to be completely refurbished, including the installation of an internal marquee and new banqueting furniture. The revamped venue was launched at a special event last month.

Jane Bellis, East Durham Rural Corridor AAP co-ordinator, said “It’s fantastic to see what can be achieved when AAPs and county councillors work alongside community groups such as Trimdon Community College Association. This project demonstrates just how important partnership work is.”Annette Donohue, of Trimdon Community College Association, said: “The support of the AAP and our county councillors has been invaluable and has allowed us to provide a legacy for our community. Our younger members will benefit from having such a stunning venue for their special events for years to come.”

Durham County Council has 14 AAPs covering all parts of the county. To find out more about AAPs and their work, visit www.durham.gov.uk/AAPs

Office Spaces to Rent

Alington House Community Association
 
First floor office space to rent includes two desks, wifi, heat and light. Rent £350 per calendar month payable in advance. Contact Alan Barnett on 0191 3864088 for further details and viewing.
Second Floor office space includes 3 desks, wifi, heat and light, toilet facilities, small storage room. Rent £400 per calendar month, payable in advance. Contact Alan Barnett on 0191 3864088 for further details and viewing.
 

The Rural Bulletin - 11 June 2019

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Teesdale Day Clubs are urgently needing replacement office chairs!
 
Are you having a clear out or getting new office furniture??
Ideally we would like 3 swivel/fully adjustable good condition 2nd-hand office/desk chairs either free of charge or at a reasonable price! 
Arms not required. Any colour considered as long as they are in reasonable condition (e.g. clean and tidy fabric and fully working!)
For further information or to make us an offer please contact Tracy or Andrea at the office on 01833 695822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Council Activity Report

Dear Partner,

Please find attached the latest  Council activity report which you may find of interest.

Kind Regards

County Durham Partnership

Transformation and Partnerships

Durham County Council

Room 5-140/150

County Hall

03000 263593

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The Rural Bulletin - 04 June 2019

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Getting help to make a new Universal Credit claim

Citizens Advice County Durham will offer support with making a new claim for Universal Credit, from opening an account to receiving the first full payment.

Our trained advisers can help you to:

Explore whether UC is the right benefit for the client.

Our first aim is to explore whether the person should be moving to Universal Credit or remaining on legacy benefits. We can explore better off calculations and determine whether a change of circumstances is sufficient to warrant a change to UC or indeed whether they have sufficient credits to apply for one of the new style benefits.

Support Claimants in setting up their Universal Credit account (including guidance on email addresses/ basic bank accounts) via an Individual Needs Assessment.

Our approach is explore the client’s ability to be able to make and manage a claim independently.  This may involve supporting them to transfer their existing digital skills to the UC platform, or considering a non-digital approach to making a claim.  We appreciate that the claim needs to be sustainable so we will work with clients to identify the most appropriate route. 

Support claimants to understand and complete claim to-dos

Give advice and support around verifying identity including what documentation is likely to be required, or how to use the ID verify service.

Make sure clients know what evidence to provide to the jobcentre. 

Exploring any financial assistance that may be beneficial and available in the early stages of UC

Understand the UC Claims Process and commitments as a claimant (including conditionality)

In addition to the above we will explore whether clients need any other support from CACD.  This is particularly important given our research to date indicates that 41% of UC Claimants struggle with debt, compared to 33% on legacy benefits.  In  addition, we are acutely aware of the implications of missing a single payment, how costs  and debt can quickly escalate and the detrimental effect this can have on mental health.   

We want to support any client who will benefit from our service.  This is a service for everyone, regardless of their digital skills.  Even clients who are perfectly capable of making and managing an online claim could still benefit from advice around the claims process.  Issues such as implications of receiving final payments from work during the assessment period, understanding that help with a mortgage is in the form of a loan, or understanding the claimant commitment and adjustments that can be made to it based on the client’s individual needs.  Moreover, self employed claimants could benefit from advice around the minimum income floor and what this means for them.  These issues are not exclusive to people who physically require help to make the claim, but could also benefit from advice to understand it. 

If clients are unsure of the help that they need, they can visit any of our sites to see a Help to Claim Adviser or contact us via webchat or our free helpline.  The helpline is open 8am to 6pm.    

Visit us: http://citizensadvicecd.org.uk/contact/  

Call: Freephone 0800 144 8 444 (England) or 08000 241 220 (Wales)

You can find more information on Universal Credit on the Citizens Advice website

Should anyone wish to talk to me about the project or to set up a referral routeway, they should feel free to do so on the details below. I can confirm that there is already an existing referral channel through the

Kind regards,

Jess Arragon

Universal Support Best Practice Lead

CACD Help to Claim Universal Support Project Manager

Direct dial: 0191 372 6710

Extn 6710

Mobile: 07534 518634

www.citizensadvicecd.org.uk

Touchbase 134 Brought to you by the Department for Work & Pensions

Welcome

This edition of Touchbase includes information on:   

  • Jobcentre Plus arrangements for the Spring bank holiday
  • recent changes to Universal Credit 
  • practical tips to manage risk for defined benefit pension scheme trustees
  • the Work and Health Programme
  • Childcare Choices
  • a public meeting for the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council
  • the Workplace pension campaign partnership with Gogglebox
  • the Find a job service being shortlisted for prestigious industry awards

Northumbrian Water support services

I’m emailing you to let you and Durham Voice know about some of our free support services that we offer to make things a bit easier for our customers, whatever the circumstances. Your readers may find some of these beneficial.

I have attached a digital version of our Water without the Worry stakeholder pack which outlines everything we have to offer.

We can:

  • Reduce bills by up to 50%.
  • Help to write off water arrears.
  • Cap water charges.
  • Arrange payment for water directly from benefits.
  • Provide bills in an alternative format such as Braille, large print, Easyread bills.
  • TextRelay.
  • A password protection scheme.
  • Tailor our service should we need to do work outside a property (eg family member who may be upset by loud noises or someone with mobility requirements).
  • A translation service.
  • Support in the event of an interruption to the water supply.

If you notice someone who needs a bit of extra help, it would be great if you could provide them with the relevant phone number from within the pack, or they can sign up online at www.nwl.co.uk/priority.

If you would like to speak to us about partnership working, would like to request physical packs or further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Louise Fenwick | Marketing and Communications Executive Telephone: 0191 301 6789 | Mobile: 0771 333 2929 Northumbrian Water | Boldon House | Wheatlands Way | Pity Me | Durham  DH1 5FA

The Rural Bulletin - 21 May 2019

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Durham Community News May 2019

Click here for the Latest news Update

News Highlights

  • Charity Commission alert on cyber crime - read more
  • Care Quality Commission want to work with the local voluntary and community sector - complete the questionnaire here
  • VONNE Growth and Resilience 'Hear from a Peer' events - read more
  • Development of Safeguarding resources for the Third Sector - read more
  • Economic Justice for the North East event - read more
  • St Helen's Parish Centre Free Information and Advice event - read more

Bullion Hall - office space available

Bullion Hall is a busy well-loved community centre, which has rooms for hire /delivers activities for the benefit of the local community and also eight office spaces available for charities /social enterprise.

The building is open Monday –Friday 8am- 9pm and occasional weekends depending upon bookings.  The centre is staffed throughout our opening hours by a team of caretakers who are all qualified re health and safety, first aid, fire marshal etc. We find that this often allows staff to safely work alone outside of usual office hours.The  centre has a 34 space car park and is located just a 5 minute walk from Chester-le-Street train station , less than 10 minutes from the town centre and well placed regionally for the A1M or the A167. Also on site is the infamous wait er while café which daily serves delicious hot meals, snacks and cakes to eat-in or take away. They also offer buffet services. The café has a five star food hygiene rating and is staffed by adults with special needs.

Rents include utility costs, cleaning and caretaking. Rents are paid monthly in advance. Charities based in Bullion Hall include Integrating Children, Girls Friendly Society and Wheels to Work. From June 2019, room 4 will become available. This office is 18.65sqm currently has a dividing wall to create 2 rooms and a large storage cupboard. The dividing wall could be removed. A second office is likely to become available in August/September time and this space is 13.35sq.m.

For further details please contact Belinda Lowis on 0191 3871149 or 07914755068.

Barnardos….Pause..

Please see the first Pause North East Newsletter of 2019! I have also attached a leaflet detailing the work that we do. Pause is a project delivered by Barnardos and are one of our newest members of the Aicd Partnership

Pause in the North East has been on a journey over the past few months and we wanted to share with you information about what we have been up to. We have expanded vastly therefore some people may still not be aware that we are supporting women in their area. I would be really grateful if you could please share this email with your teams and colleagues.

If anyone would like more information about how we are supporting women across the North East please get in touch.

Low-cost laptops and PCs offered to charities

Durham County Council has partnered with Protech City to offer low-cost computer equipment to County Durham based registered charities under the Digital Durham Reboot scheme.

A quarter of Durham County Council owned desktops and laptops are replaced each year to ensure they are technically up to date and perform well. Some of these devices are suitable for reuse, and are being offered through this scheme.

The equipment starts at just £75 for a desktop and £105 for a laptop. Both come with genuine Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Business software and a Windows 10 operating system that includes anti-virus.

To be eligible you need to use the equipment to:

  • Help residents get online by providing free internet access
  • Provide support to residents to improve their skills – this could be digital skills
  • Assist the charity to run more effectively

You can request an application form through one of the following ways:

Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone:  03000 261 160 (voicemail service)

http://www.digitaldurham.org/low-cost-laptops-pcs-offered-charities/

Link for understanding UC

At todays Supporting Chester-le-Street & District Task Group, there was a very interesting presentation given by Paul Robson – Partnership Manager – Department of Work and Pensions regarding Universal Credit.  Please see link below regarding understanding Universal Credit as discussed. 

https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/

The Rural Bulletin -8th May 2019

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The Rural Bulletin - 30 April 2019

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Durham Community News April 2019

Please find below the latest from Durham Community Action.

Room Available Waddington Street Centre,

3 Waddington Street, Durham. DH1 4BGwww.waddingtoncentre.co.uk

Due to the recent ending of a tenancy agreement, Waddington Street Centre has a room available to hire on the ground floor of the building. The room is 4 metres square, partially furnished and has been previously used as a counselling room. Waddington Street Centre is located a five minute walk from Durham bus and rail stations and has the advantage of being a community based mental health resource with a cafe facility that is open 6 days per week.

The room is available at a rent of £5k pa which includes utility costs. The building has wifi throughout. 

Please make enquiries on 0191 3860702 to either Manager Steve Wakefield –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Deputy Manager Ali Lee –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Presentation - Young people’s aspirations event - 29th March

Please find attached for your information, the presentation from the Young People’s Aspirations Event which was held on 29th March 2019.

Pelton Youth Project Annual Report

Would you please share Pelton Youth Project's Annual Report with all of our partner organisations in Chester-le-Street,

The Rural Bulletin - 24 April 2019

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Durham foodbank: Junction 7 foodbank - Newton Aycliffe

Please note that our foodbank which is in Junction 7, Newton Aycliffe is closed for the foreseeable future.  We do still have the foodbank in St Clares Church, Newton Aycliffe that is open on Wednesday and Friday from 1.30pm - 3.30pm that you can refer clients to.

DSCP newsletter 

Special Newsletter: Launch of new safeguarding arrangements 1st April 2019

“Durham LSCB has been a successful partnership and I would like to thank its members, past and present, for all their work to safeguard children. They have also given us a fantastic foundation on which to launch the new Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership.

I would also like to thank all our current partner agencies, our Lay Members and Cllr Gunn, ably supported by our Business Unit, for their diligence and commitment to ensuring that the new DSCP was ready ahead of schedule. This gives us three months until the end of June to embed the new partnership.

Within this special edition newsletter, you will see our Vision and Values; our DSCP structure and our independent scrutiny arrangements. You will see that DSCP has a different way of engaging partner agencies to ensure broader engagement, not only with those who are of the criminal justice; education, health and Voluntary and Community sectors, but also key partners such as housing, faith groups and sports and social clubs.

Every child should have the opportunity to flourish and achieve their full potential, and this invariably depends on promoting their welfare and ensuring they are safe. Through continuous engagement we will ensure that Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership consistently strives to identify and deliver the right services for our children and their families in County Durham.”

Michael Banks, Independent Chair,

Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership

NCVO bulletin for March

Click here to access the bulletin

JTD Newsletter

Please see attached our first Newsletter which includes contact details for the Joining the Dots service.

Many thanks

Ali CookeMacmillan Public Health Cancer Project Management Support

Public Health Room 3/56-71, Adult and Health Services, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ

Tel: 03000 267345

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The Rural Bulletin - 26 March 2019

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The Rural Bulletin - March 2019

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!

National Lottery funding

Hello everyone,

You may have seen our social media posts yesterday but we are delighted to announce that we have been successful and have been awarded National Lottery funding for our project. It’s thanks to millions of National Lottery players that they have been able to support our amazing work to support our residents across County Durham!

Due to this support we will be able to have a new Advice in County Durham website and AICD referral portal.. we are  really excited and will share further details with you all very soon!

Many thanks 

Ms Sam Scotchbrook Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham

Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447 www.adviceincountydurham.org.uk

Durham Community News March 2019

Welcome to the March 2019 edition 

News Highlights

  • Small Charities Coalition Charity Set Up Guide available 
  • Grant funding to improve energy efficiency in County Durham Community Buildings 
  • Shotley Bridge Community Hospital Services - Public Engagement Events 
  • Pumpkin and Sunflower Growing 2019 Competition 
  • Wheels to Work County Durham Project Officer job vacancy -
  • Gilesgate Lumiere Lantern Parade 
  • The Woodpile Workshops: Quilting and Joinery

Online Version 

Wheels 2 Work County Durham  

Just to advise that Wheels 2 Work County Durham is now able to take enquiries from all areas of County Durham.  

Wheels to Work County Durham has expanded and can help all eligible County Durham residents by providing affordable transport to individuals who are unable to access either public or private transport for employment or education. 

Those joining the moped loan scheme also receive full personal protective equipment, heavy duty lock, insurance, break-down cover, road tax and servicing, as well as motorcycle training.

Over 95 people living in County Durham have already benefitted since the scheme began, using their W2W mopeds to get to work on time.

I have attached a general overview of the Wheels 2 Work project; please get in touch if your require any further information.

Kind regards

Tracey Johnson Project Officer Wheels 2  Work County Durham

Mobile: 07472 668884 Office: 0191 3038442 My normal working days are  Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Wheels 2  Work County Durham Bullion Hall South Approach Chester-le-Street County Durham DH2 2DW

(If your email is urgent and an 'Out of Office' message is received, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and another member of the team may be able to help).

Shildon Alive New premises!

'Shildon Alive has moved to 91-95 Church Street, we offer one to one Advocacy support(appointment based), food crisis support, a credit union collection point for savings and loans, laptop use and job search support a community space(all welcome) with activities including Art, puzzles, games, table tennis. Tea coffee and hot chocolate are available for 60p.

Opening times Mon - Sat 9:30-4:30 closed for lunch 12:30-1:30

The premises has toilet facilities with disabled access.(baby change unit not fitted yet)

We also have a Fridge and Shelves for all project which is open to everyone in the community. Our volunteers collect food waste(fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries etc) from local supermarkets which is available for all.

We are also setting up a community kitchen with Little Chefs Big Chefs CIC which will be open by the end of April. We will produce meals from food waste and hold cooking workshops as we develop this element of the project.'

Tuesday afternoon 1:30-3:30 Homegroup floating support

Wednesday morning 10-12 Homegroup floating support

Thursday afternoon 2-4 MOVINON housing support

Hope that makes sense!

Paula 

http://shildonalive.org.uk/

The Rural Bulletin - 05 March 2019

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Launch of Community Marquee – Consett & District RFC

Consett & District Rugby Football Club (CDRFC) are delighted to be launching a new venue for community groups around Consett and Derwentside.

From 1st May 2019 to the end of August, CDRFC will be installing a marquee at their clubhouse grounds. The marquee is being offered free of hire costs to community groups for end of season presentations, fundraisers, team building or any other type of appropriate activity.

The project, enabled by the generosity of Councillors Alex Watson, Owen Temple, Stephen Robinson and Peter Oliver through their Neighbourhood Budgets, will not only provide an excellent additional facility and superb venue for groups, but will continue to reinforce the aim of Consett & District RFC to be at the heart of the community in Consett.

To book the marquee for your event, please contact the General Manager, Gillian Thompson at The Demi for more information, either by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone (01207) 590662.

Punk All Dayer

Aycliffe Radio have given Gaz 'n' Alby the platform to play their specialised genre of music and with hundreds of listeners from all over the country are taking their show to the next level with a specialist all dayer on the May bank holiday weekend, Sunday 5th May 2019. 

From 1.00pm till 11.00pm you will hear at least eight punk bands play live at The Turbinia public house in Sid Chaplin Drive, Newton Aycliffe DL5 7PA. Tickets for the event are priced at £6.00 each and are available from The Turbinia, Newton Press reception or direct from Gaz on 07952 244404.

The "Punk All Dayer" will hear live music from local bands "Boilermaker", "Amazing Space-frogs", "All Out Attack", "MC16", "Numskulls" and "Snide Remarks". Travelling from Manchester, and also appearing at Rebellion this year, are "Dead Objectives" and from Derby "The Lengthmen" - plus lots of classic punk tracks from Gary Avery and Alby Denham on the decks.

Make a note in your diary . . . get your ticket purchased . . . enjoy a Sunday afternoon with Gaz 'n' Alby at The Turbinia with the "Alternative Aycliffe Punk All Dayer". More information can be found on the website at www.ayclifferadio.co.uk/punk-all-dayer

To get a taste of how the day will go, you can tune in to Alternative Aycliffe every Wednesday night from 8.00pm to 10.00pm on Aycliffe Radio via the app, smart speaker, website or any wifi enabled device.

Network Meeting Routes out of Poverty Events – Summary…

28.02.19 at Livin Offices, Spennymoor

Last week we hosted our first Networking events of the year. A huge thank you to our hosts for the day Livin who were a brilliant support during a busy day of two back to back events.

In a change to the usual format we held a Routes out of Poverty style event which was a Durham County Council initiative previously rolled out to front line staff to raise awareness of local authority services.

Huge thank you to Councillor Angela Surtees, Cabinet Support Member for Social Inclusion and HR with DCC opened the event looking at the current landscape of the county, the local impact of Welfare Reform and the work DCC are doing to address poverty.

In a carousel style activity six different council services talked with delegates about how they support residents in County Durham;

-          the Durham Savers project looks at the ways residents can save money through energy switching services, smoking cessation support and credit unions.

-          The Education Service looked at ways to cut the cost of the school day and explained the work they’re doing around pupil premiums and raising awareness of child poverty.

-          DCC Employability Team highlighted their different services including Durham Advance; a programme supporting people 25+ with health conditions to overcome barriers into employment, education and training.

-          Public Health for 0-19 year olds highlighted the Healthy Start Vouchers which can help towards to cost of milk and fruit if you’re pregnant or have a child under 4.

-          Stronger Families talked through the ways they can support families as whole, providing access to a lead worker, employment advisers and two Citizens Advice County Durham advisers.

-          Durham Welfare Rights service explained how the core tribunal representation service works and highlighted the additional targeted work they do in areas of sensory support, suicide prevention, benefit take up campaigns and more.

The table talkers were supported by a number of stall holders who attended the events and shared their information, huge thanks to the Better Health at Work Award, Community Peer Mentor Project, Durham County Carers Support, HMRC Help to Save, Managing Money Better, ManHealth, NE First Credit Union, Perennial, Smokefreelife County Durham and Switchaid.

As you can see it was a jam-packed day with attendance and contribution from several local authority and Voluntary and Community Sector services. We’re very grateful for everyone’s contribution to a hugely successful day. You can see more information on the local authority services highlighted at www.durham.gov.uk and can find a copy of the PowerPoint from the day attached… 

Access to Cash review

This morning the Access to Cash Review final report has been published. The report gives an overview of the current issues faced in the decline of cash followed by recommendations for government and the payments industry. You will find a copy of the report here

I want to thank you again for your contribution to the review in the workshops hosted around the UK or through your submission to our call for evidence. The issues brought to our attention and discussions around cash use and access were invaluable and helped the panel to shape the report. The recommendations outlined for the government and industry will ensure that no one is left behind.

Kind regards,

The Access to Cash Review

A new service for patients making Universal Credit claims

I’m delighted to announce that from Monday 1st April 2019 Citizens Advice County Durham will offer a “Help To Claim” service, supporting people with the practicalities of starting their first Universal Credit claim (this includes people whose existing benefits and tax credits are being replaced by Universal Credit).

GP practices can refer patients to Healthier & Wealthier to access this support, and of course our advisors will arrange it anyway if the need is identified when giving advice on other topics.

Universal Credit typically replaces means-tested working-age benefits and tax credits for people on low incomes and working part time, and those seeking work or currently unable to work; but some people have found it difficult to make or manage their claim online, and getting it wrong can lead to serious consequences (on top of a range of scenarios where people are worse off even when things go smoothly).

Alongside our existing advice services, a dedicated team will provide help face-to-face, by phone and via web-chat, including:

  • Assessing the patient to make sure they are capable of managing their claim and requesting any special arrangements or additional support they are entitled to from DWP
  • Checking if the patient should be applying for Universal Credit in the first place
  • Getting email accounts, bank accounts and other paperwork ready and identifying appropriate proof of identity
  • Highlighting the practicalities of getting used to monthly payments
  • Making the claim itself
  • Requesting Alternative Payment Arrangements and advances on the first payment where appropriate

Face-to-face support will be offered at our 10 offices around County Durham.  Computers will also be available in all sites to enable patients who are digitally competent to set up and manage their own Universal Credit online account.  Please note this service will not be taking any referrals until 1st April 

If your patient’s circumstances are changing at home or work and you want Healthier & Wealthier to check their needs, call 0191 372 6697 to make a 30-second referral.

Alzheimer's Society Newsletter County Durham

Please find attached our latest newsletter.

Our Dementia Advisor service referral form is also attached.

SUPPORT SERVICE FOR THE LONELY

British Red Cross have a support service for anyone aged 18+ living in North Durham and currently experiencing feelings of loneliness or isolation. This could be for many reasons including anxiety, being new to the area, bereavement or ill health.  We listen to you to find out what your interests are  and support you to meet new people and make new friends. If you or someone you know could benefit from up to 12 weeks of support to help connect you to people in your local community who share your interests you can call us on 07808 243720 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are also looking for support volunteers – please get in touch if you are interested in joining our team

Domestic Abuse Navigator Service …

The DAN service operates across Tees Valley, Durham & Darlington local authorities and has come about as a result of a joint bid made by these local authorities and providers to MHCLG. 

We know that there are many women who due to complex needs are refused access to the refuge and this is where the DAN service comes in helping those women with emergency & move on accommodation and much needed support.

We hope that you find this newsletter of interest and if you wish to find out more about the service there are contact details on the last page for each of the local authority areas. 

Click Here for the Newsletter

The Small Charities Coalition free digital tool

The Small Charities Coalition has launched a free digital tool to help people set up small charities and register with the Charity Commission.

Charitysetup aims to guide people through the process of setting up a charity in a clear and concise way and was developed with the tech charity the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) and the development agency Super Being Labs.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increases from April 2019 

The National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage will increase from 1stApril 2019, with the statutory national minimum wage for those aged 25 and over increasing 4.9% from £7.83 to £8.21.

The Low Pay Commission (LPC), which recommended the increase, estimated that the increase will benefit around 2.4 million workers. Subject to sustained economic growth, the government’s aim is for the national living wage to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020.
 
www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Durham County Carers Support

Please find attached the latest news from Durham Carers. 

The Woodpile Feb Newsletter

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Your help needed

We have designed a survey for over 50s living anywhere in Chester-le-Street [by that I mean anywhere in the area previously covered by the old district council].

I wonder if you could circulate this to your clients and/or contacts please and encourage them to complete it?

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FM0OF/

New Employability Hubs in South Durham from Livin

Livin is one of the main social landlords in South Durham and with almost 8500 properties we work hard to support tenants and residents into work, education and training. With the news that the GAMP employability task group is coming to an end, we offered to take the lead in setting up a new voluntary employability network in its place. However, due to the interest that this has generated from employability services and partners, we have since decided to set up four smaller networks in South Durham, where possible trying to mirror the DCC and DWP customer boundaries. 

We are calling the new networks ‘employability hubs’ and each hub will focus on a different cluster of high priority towns and villages (deprived, rural, poor transport links, high levels of unemployment etc.) .  These will be virtual networks but with occasional meetings within each locality, as and when there’s a demand. A comprehensive list of contacts, provision and a funding roadmap could follow along with joint recruitment events and Facebook groups.  Livin may even continue to offer some form of employability skills fund but is still to be confirmed.

I have set up a webpage, email account and registration page at www.livin.co.uk/employabilityhub where all existing and new partners can register to send and receive employability and labour market updates with other members of each hub.  I intend to share updates as a weekly bulletin so members will be free to send relevant job, training and funding information to the central mailbox.

I would appreciate it if you would share this news with all employability services, training providers, schools, colleges, charities and employers who offer support to residents in the South Durham area and I’ll be in touch very soon!

Best wishes,

Chris

Telephones Available

Due to a recent telephone upgrade we now have a bundle of office phones with no homes, there are 4 Cisco 7942 handsets and 34 of the 7911 models, please see attached photo.

We are looking for a donation for the lot, or would accept donations on individual handsets for smaller organisations.

The handsets are currently at our Spennymoor office. For further information please contact either Jacqui Coulson or Andrea Emerson on 0300 005 1213.

The Rural Bulletin -  2019

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! 

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Charity impact news and useful resources

Items in my update this month include: 

  • Just for Kids Law have shared their evaluation report online. 

  • Get our new research findings on the volunteer experience.

  • The RSA has a new handbook to help people get to grips with the evidence agenda in arts and cultural learning.  

  • There's a new blog series which explains NCVO's own digital innovation journey

  • Read about the Data Playbook which has been designed to improve data literacy rates.  

  • And I've included some upcoming training.

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Loneliness and Young Adults: County Durham

Are you aged between 20 and 35 and living in County Durham?

I am looking for young adults in County Durham to take part in my research. This project is about young adults and loneliness. Over 9 million people are lonely in the UK and yet many people feel too ashamed to admit to feeling lonely or isolated.

Anyone can be lonely, but it is often an issue that is associated with older generations. This research aims to hear from the ‘missing voices’ of the loneliness debate: young adults.
This is your chance to add your perspective on why you and many young adults in the area may be feeling lonely.

If you want to take part and be interviewed, or you’d like some more information on the project, please get in touch by text, phone or email:

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

Phone: 07445599913

You can also find out more at https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/jrkelly2

Waddington Street Centre, Durham - Room available to hire

Due to the recent ending of a tenancy agreement, Waddington Street Centre has a room available to hire on the ground floor of the building. The room is 4 metres square, partially furnished and has been previously used as a counselling room. Waddington Street Centre is located a five minute walk from Durham bus and rail stations and has the advantage of being a community based mental health resource with a cafe facility that is open 6 days per week.

The room is available at a rent of £5k pa which includes utility costs. The building has wifi throughout.

Please make enquiries on 0191 3860702 to either Manager Steve Wakefield –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Deputy Manager Ali Lee – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

News - January 2019

This edition includes:

  • check and update your details before submitting the annual return
  • changes to public display names on the charity register
  • quality and transparency has fallen in charity accounts
  • charities should get ready for Making Tax Digital for Value Added Tax (MTD VAT)
  • the importance of safeguarding and protecting people
  • keeping in touch with us

Read Charity Commission News issue 62 on our website.

£500,000 Northstar Ventures Boost Set To Help Low Income Families

Durham-based charity that works with social housing providers to help tenants access loans for vital household goods has received a £500,000 investment boost from the North East Social Investment Fund managed by Newcastle-based investor Northstar Ventures.

The Smarterbuys Store is a weekly payment store working in partnership with social landlords across the UK to give their tenants access to cheaper credit for white goods, TVs and furniture, as an alternative to having to turn to pay day loans and other high interest providers.

The charity was set up in 2012 in a partnership between an ethical community bank and an established housing association. The new funding from Northstar Ventures will help the charity to market its services directly to consumers on lower incomes, not just those who are social housing tenants.

Vicky McCourt, chief executive at Smarterbuys Store, said: “Northstar Ventures really understood our needs and our aim to expand our customer base and work more directly with consumers, and we are delighted to have its backing.

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Food Provision and holidays….

As you may remember last year we made a request for information detailing holiday activities (with food) so that we could compile a list of provision across the county.

We would like to do the same for this year too so would be grateful if you could please let me know if you or any of the organisations you are working with are planning to deliver activities or schemes this year with food provision, in particular the six weeks holiday period for summer 2019.

Ideally we need to know:

  • What is the scheme/activity name?
  • Contact name or establishment providing the scheme/activity   
  • Is this scheme/activity specifically designed to tackle food poverty/holiday hunger in children?
  • Does the scheme/activity run on every day of the school holidays? Provide details            
  • is this is full day scheme/activity e.g. 9am-3pm? If no, provide details      
  • What is the catchment/eligibility area children must live in (or go to school)to be able to take part? Provide details of other eligibility criteria              
  • What is the age group of the scheme/activity?
  • is there a compulsory cost children must pay take part in the scheme/activity? If yes, provide details, also are there any concessions available       
  • Is food provided for all or some children?  If yes, provide details e.g. snacks or full meals and if this is an additional cost

Please remember to include those schemes/activities/projects which have been established specifically to tackle the issue of food poverty or holiday hunger for children and young people. Plus any schemes which target children and don’t currently provide food but with option/possibility where the addition of food would provide a solution to holiday hunger.

Please do not worry about duplication etc.  we would rather that schemes/activities etc. are captured twice than not at all, and once we have all returns we will merge and tidy into one list and decide on next steps etc.

As you may be aware the Department for Education has opened an application process for bids to fund local co-ordination of free holiday activities and healthy food for disadvantaged children during the 2019 summer holidays. The council is currently working with colleagues from the voluntary and community sector to look at this funding opportunity and information you are able to provide on current provision would be useful for this process.  Timescales are very tight (closes 7 February) so I would therefore be grateful if you could please respond to me before 18 January.

Thanks - Emma Gardner

Policy & Executive Support Manager Transformation & Partnerships Durham County Council County Hall Durham DH1 5UF  Direct Dial: 03000 268054 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One to One Looking for Office Space

One to One, a County Durham charity is looking for office space for 4 desks preferably around the Spennymoor area.  Ideally we would like to be in a community setting so that we can continue to be involved in grass roots activities.

But who are One to One?    One to One supports adults with learning disabilities by employing trained enablers or befrienders to take adults with a learning disability out and about for a few hours a week; in fact any activity can be enjoyed as long as it’s safe and legal. These activities are quite varied and many undertake some kind of exercise or sport – walking, swimming or attending a gym. Other activities include visiting relatives, gardening, playing darts and pool, meals out and shopping trips to the coast or countryside or nearby visitor attractions. We even have two clients that are writing their own books.

Benefits for carers and families:    As well as delivering positive outcomes for service users One to One also provides real benefits for carers and families. One family who confessed to initial apprehension about using the service said they had all benefited greatly from it, so much so that it had “changed our lives”. Another said that “without One to One none of this would have happened – we wouldn’t be where we are today – it has made a positive difference to all our lives”. Many people have told us about befrienders going the extra mile or becoming a true friend. Examples have included taking shopping to the family when the carer was ill, making extra visits, or spending time informally supporting the carers – all of which is evidently greatly appreciated and valued.

Our staff:    All of our befrienders are employed by us and are fully trained, including in First Aid, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Health and Safety. They are also covered by an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check which is updated on a regular basis. All provide fully insured transport where required for the chosen activities.                                       

What we do:

  • Promote well-being
  • Encourage independence
  • Maximise clients potential through a variety of social experience
  • Provide respite for carers
  • Deliver a personal one to one service
  • Provide transport to make the above possible

Duration of each visit is the service users choice and is usually around 3 hours a week but can be a lot more or even less. It’s all down to the service user’s needs and preferences.

One to One is a Registered Charity No. (CIO) 1174859.

Please visit our website to see more of what we do :  www.onetoone.org.uk  or visit our Facebook page: One to One – County Durham

The Rural Bulletin - 15 January 2019

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!

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LiquidLogic System for Children's Social Care & Early Help Services

As communicated before Christmas, Durham County Councils new Children’s Services IT System (Liquidlogic) will ‘Go Live’ on Friday 1st February 2019.  This will replace the current SSID IT System for Children’s Social Care and Early Help Services.

On the evening of 22nd January 2019 we are taking the final ‘cut’ of data from SSID to migrate to Liquidlogic.  From this point, the SSID System will become ‘read only’ for staff within Children and Young Peoples Services and no further child data will be entered into the SSID System. 

There will be some impact on partners as follows:

There will be a period where we are unable to provide data reports to partners in relation to Children on a Child Protection Plan and Looked After Children.  This will include the following reports:

  • Nightly updates to the Child Protection Information Services (CPIS)
  • Weekly updates to Children on a Child Protection Plan and
  • Discoverer reports for Looked After Children.

We will re-instate the above data reports to partners from Liquidlogic as soon as we have confidence that the data has been migrated as expected and that this has been tested robustly.  There may be some changes to how the data is accessed by partners, which will be explained to those staff involved.

In addition, whilst First Contact Service will operate as normal over this period, early help requests received between 23rd and 31st January 2019 will be allocated to One Point teams after the ‘Go Live’ date. This will mean that that there will be a delay in the letter you receive informing you about the outcome of your early help referral for up to 7 days after we go live with Liquidlogic.

If you have any queries or concerns please contact the Project Team as below:

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Get Involved in #VillageHallsWeek

Have you heard about #VillageHallsWeek? Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and their 38 member organisations, including ourselves, are running a week long campaign from 22nd - 28th January which celebrates rural community spaces and all the volunteers who invest their time into village halls and community buildings. 

Here at Durham Community Action, we would like to raise the profile of village halls and community buildings across County Durham.

If you have any events taking place next week that you would like promoting please let us know - these can be your regular activities or events such as lunch clubs, coffee mornings, performances etc. that we can give some extra promotion for via our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

If you are promoting events yourself on social media, please use the #VillageHallsWeek to link them into the national social media feeds.

Please email your event details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To find out more, visit our website

Council Activity Report

Please find attached the latest Council Activity Report which may be of interest.

Kind Regards

 

County Durham Partnership

Transformation and Partnerships  Durham County Council  Room 5-140/150  County Hall  03000 263593  E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Durham Community News January 2019

News Highlights

  • County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF) seeking a Donor Services Manager - read more
  • Healthwatch County Durham information and listening events for vascular services - read more
  • FSI Small Charity training in Newcastle - read more
  • Incredible Edible Launch in Bishop Auckland - read more
  • Read the NHS Long Term Plan - read more

Date set for merger of Humankind and Blenheim CDP

We are excited to announce that Humankind and Blenheim CDP will merge on 1st April 2019 to become a national provider of innovative health and social care services.

Our previous announcement on 19th November, outlining our intention to merge, received an exceptionally positive response, from our staff teams, but also from our partners, stakeholders and the public. We are delighted that these groups recognise how exciting this news is for both of our organisations, and more importantly for the people who use our services.

Our merged organisation will be different to others for two main reasons. Firstly, we will offer a comprehensive range of health and social care services that address the needs of those who need better opportunities in their lives; by providing safe homes, health provision and services which develop the skills required to live independent and fulfilling lives. Secondly, we will work in partnership with a range of different partners, of varying sizes, specialisms, focuses and constitutions. From small private companies to large NHS providers, we recognise that others are often best placed to deliver services and are able to complement what we offer. These partnerships are formed specifically to meet the needs of those who access our services, and the communities which we serve.

By coming together, our joint organisation will be more sustainable and have the resources to develop better services. As we look ahead at the start of a new year we want to take the chance to thank you all for your hard work, now and in the future, which will make this merger a success!

Paul Townsley               John Jolly

CEO Humankind           CEO Blenheim CDP

HUMANKIND LAUNCH SPARKLE THROUGH WINTER CAMPAIGN FOR SERVICE USERS

Humankind is running a Winter Sparkles campaign aimed at helping people who use our services, as well as the wider public, through the dark months of winter.

Research* has highlighted the particular problems associated with depression following Christmas, especially in groups who have substance misuse issues. To help our service users beat the winter blues, a campaign promoting #sparklethroughwinter has been launched by Humankind.

Emily Todd, Director of Humankind Services in West and South Yorkshire said: “The short days and long, dark nights of winter can have a negative effect on people’s mind-sets, leading to further unhelpful thoughts. We are hoping these ideas for overcoming the winter blues will help people get over any self-defeating thoughts and sparkle through the winter”.

A selection of posters have been developed and circulated across their services so people can easily see and understand these messages. They use strong imagery to enhance the messages on how to help make winter ‘sparkle’, with themes ranging from leisure, health and friendship.

Alongside the posters, staff and service users are being encouraged to share their own ideas on how to Sparkle through Winter on Humankind’s Instagram account as well as on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #sparklethroughwinter.

*Leo Sher, Alcoholism and seasonal affective disorder, Comprehensive Psychiatry

Environmental project opportunities

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority have joined forces on a new Heritage Lottery funded project called Tees-Swale: naturally connected. We are currently in a 16 month development phase and we anticipate that delivery of the full 5 year project will begin in autumn 2020. The project is focused on habitat restoration in Teesdale and Swaledale.

However, we are also looking for community groups who may be interested in taking part in art workshops, outdoor adventure activities or hill farming experiences in Upper Teesdale and Swaledale, and those who feel they cannot enjoy and access the area. We are keen to engage with a wider audience than those who currently visit the area, especially from around Bishop Auckland, West Auckland, Shildon, Newton Aycliffe and Barnard Castle.

If you think your group may be interested please contact Alex, the Tees-Swale Access and Community Engagement Officer, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01388 528801.

If you would like to be kept up to date please join our Facebook group called Tees-Swale: naturally connected.

Update from the Family Holiday Association

We have provided nearly 4000 families breaks and days out in 2018. We have some great new partners that have come on board for 2019.

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The Rural Bulletin - 08 January 2019

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!

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Newcastle University Engagement Jan 31st

We are running a project for Newcastle University and are looking to engage with a variety of organisations, charities, CICs, Third sector etc  and affiliated  businesses for a VCSE/CIC Third Sector event in January and March, details below.

I appreciate you are focussed on Durham but  wondered if you would be able to help in extending the offer to your contacts?   Our project is supported by Newcastle University (IAA) Impact Accelerator Account, open to all businesses/organisations and encouraging an exchange of experiences, ideas and offers between attendees and Social Science Researchers; intertwined with multiple opportunities to network and build new contacts.  While networking attendees are encouraged to discuss current or recent challenges with PhD students who are interested to hear your experiences.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/join-us-for-our-free-vcse-3rd-sector-cic-lunch-time-networking-event-tickets-52486338050

Wheels to Work County Durham

Wheels to Work is a moped-loan scheme which aims to help people access employment, training or education that would otherwise be inaccessible due to poor public transport connections or out-of-hour work patterns.

The project has been funded by a number of Area Action Partnerships in partnership with Durham County Council, in response to a growing need to help local people get to work or college.  The idea behind the scheme is to provide a loan of a moped for 6 months to help people to establish themselves in work and/or training.

Mopeds of either 50cc or 125cc are available to people aged 16+ as long as they have a provisional or full driving licence.  The cost is £25 per week for a 50cc and £30 per week for a 125cc moped,

Riders are provided with brand new protective clothing (helmet, armoured jacket, gloves, waterproof over-trousers and high visibility vest) and a heavy duty lock, and are also covered for bike insurance, road tax, breakdown cover, as well as regular servicing of the moped. There may be a chance to buy the moped from the scheme at the end of the loan period.

Ace Motorcycles in Pity Me, Durham provides the motorcycle training (also included as part of the scheme) which involves a full day’s Compulsory Basic Training, followed by a 2 hour CBT plus session on a separate day, when clients are provided with additional road time and are issued with their clothing and bike.

Please get in touch to find out more and to ask for an application pack, or pass on our details to anyone who may experience difficulties getting to work – this scheme aims to make people more employable by helping them to be mobile and independent.

We're waiting for your call!

Tel: 0191 303 8442

Mobile 07460 068668

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Or message us through Facebook

Wheels 2 Work County Durham is supported by the North East Combined Authority, Virgin Money Foundation, the County Durham Community Foundation, Durham County Council and it’s Area Action Partnerships and the Scotto Trust.

Council Activity Report

Please find attached the latest  Council activity report which you may find of interest.

County Durham Partnership

Transformation and Partnerships

Durham County Council

Room 5-140/150

County Hall

03000 263593

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Charities looking for affordable office space

Visit https://www.eastdurhambusinesscentre.co.uk for more info.

We have excellent facilities at affordable prices. If you could mention us in your email campaigns if possible?

Paul Devine - Director

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Durham Community News December 2018

Please find online the latest newsletter from Durham Community Action.  Please circulate to your networks if appropriate.

The Rural Bulletin - December 2018

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Latest Issue of AiCD Newsletter..

We're delighted to share the latest issue of the Advice in County Durham newsletter...

Packed with useful information for advisers the magazine features:
- latest information on UC
- findings and recommendations from the FCA's latest report on high cost credit
- details of the new welfare rights campaigns team
- information on the main areas of focus in the newly-published Carers Action Plan 2018-2020
-an article on PIP and useful caselaw

You can view the newsletter at https://indd.adobe.com/view/4794ca43-f543-44e5-9d0c-65fde451b553

Please feel free to share with colleagues and staff A massive thank you to everyone that contributed to the issue. If you’re interested in submitting a piece for the next issue please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PCP pledge to help end mental health discrimination

PCP is incredibly proud to be joining the Time to Change campaign aiming to end the stigma around mental health problems. Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem yet there is still a shame and silence about talking about how people feel. On Wednesday 10th October 2018, World Mental Health Day, PCP officially signed the Employer Pledge and to publically showing their commitment to helping end mental health discrimination in the workplace.

Carol Gaskarth, PCP’s Chief Executive said, “Mental health problems can affect anyone yet people can find it hard to open up to others. Sometime we say we’re fine when we’re not and we are encouraging everyone to get behind the Time to Change campaign of asking twice. By asking people if they’re okay and double checking you can give people the opportunity to share how they’re truly feeling, and then friends, family, work colleagues or employers can offer help and support. “The nature of what PCP does means we are well placed to champion change and tackle stigma around mental health in the communities we serve. Our pledge extends to empowering staff to talk freely about past or present experiences and providing practical help to build resilience whilst offering support when it is needed. PCP aims to make a lasting change for the benefit of current and future employees. It is in all of our interests to be more open about mental health problems and be able to share experiences in the same way we do with physical health problems.”

PCP signed the Employer Pledge at the County Durham Partnership Event at Ramside Hall Hotel in front of a range of partners, stakeholders, community groups and champions to demonstrate widely their pledge to tackle discrimination and stigma associated with mental health. To find out more about the Time to Change campaign go to

www.time-to-change.org.uk/

Savings for schools

"Traincon Learning provide training within schools and business around the Newcastle and Durham areas. Until recently I was also a school governor at Wyndham Primary School and I have gone through numerous Ofsted inspections where the inspectors are looking for major innovations that schools undertake to make major budget decisions.

As you may be aware, the government want to see all schools become sustainable by 2020. We are working closely alongside a company working on the ‘Greener schools initiative’ which is being overseen by Ofsted. They work alongside schools and large premises at identifying savings in their energy bills. They recently saved Hadrian school in Newcastle £17,000. I referred them to a school in Newcastle two weeks ago and it has been confirmed that they will be making a saving of £88,640 and a rebate of over £3,600 on their gas & electric bills which is amazing'. This releases money that can be benefited elsewhere.

If you would like further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Rural Services Bulletin - October 2018

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Environment Partnership Autumn Newsletter

Please find attached the latest Environment Partnership Newsletter. Our Edible Gilesgate project is featured this time.

Dr Liz Charles, Project Manager (Food)
Usual working days: Wednesday – Friday
Durham Community Action, 9 St Stephen’s Court, Low Willington, County Durham DL15 0BF
Direct line: 01388 742044 Main line: 01388 742040 Mobile: 07825 211746 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Holiday Hunger and Activity Provision…

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.

Learning Following on from the good work which was delivered by many groups and organisations to provide activities for children and young people during the school holidays (some of which provided snacks/food whilst others did not), we are keen to hear of any evaluation you may have carried out on the sessions/projects you delivered. If you did deliver something, we are particularly keen to learn:
· What did you deliver?
· What was it you wanted to achieve from the sessions you delivered?
· What difference did the session make?

If you could take the time to provide a brief response to these questions, it would be much appreciated, and please feel free to submit more detailed information and any learning you gleaned. The council’s Child Poverty Working Group will use this information to feed into the work they are doing on Child Poverty and holiday hunger. ***Please send your responses to Emma Gardner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before close of play on Friday 21 September 2018. October half term/Christmas We would like to repeat the data capture exercise which was carried out in earlier in the year and capture and publicise activities/schemes/sessions etc. which are planned for the October half term, and for the Christmas holidays.

The information we previously gathered was 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. Any new information we receive for the October/Christmas holidays we will check to see if this is already on the site and if not we can publish. Alternatively, because storing and publicising this information here means individual organisations and groups etc. can update their own entries as and when changes occur, you can help us 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 organisations working with residents etc.

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

Reboot

Durham County Council has partnered with Protech City to offer low-cost computer equipment to County Durham based registered charities under the Digital Durham Reboot scheme. A quarter of Durham County Council owned desktops and laptops are replaced each year to ensure they are technically up to date and perform well. Some of these devices are suitable for reuse, and are being offered through this scheme. The equipment starts at just £75 for a desktop and £105 for a laptop. Both come with genuine Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Business software and a Windows 10 operating system that includes anti-virus.

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The Wood Pile Latest...

Hello everyone, we'll have a new newsletter coming up soon, but in the meantime we wanted to let everyone know that we're going to be closed Friday 5th October until Tuesday 16th October. Our website will still be up and running and we'll be keeping an eye on social media if you have any queries do get in touch. We still have places available on some workshops, we have Gold Leafing on 22/09/2018 Mosaic on 29/09/2018 after this the weather starts to get rather cold in the warehouse so we'll just be running Shabby Chic on 20/10/2018 03/11/2018 and finally 01/12/2018. You can see all workshops on our website, and we're taking contact details for our wait list for next years workshops.

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SJKT Update 

The Sir James Knott Trust will be moving office on 17th of September 2018.

The new telephone number and address will be as follows:
Sir James Knott Trust, Suite 103 Broadacre House Market Street East Newcastle NE1 6HQ Tel: 0191 4328990

Please can you update our contact details

*Please also note that the office will be closed between Thursday 13th to Tuesday 18th of September and we shall not be able to send or receive e-mails during this period.*

As of December this year, Mrs Vivien Stapley will be retiring as Trust Secretary and her replacement will be in post from 1st October. We therefore advise that should you wish to contact the Trust, it would be best to use This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Miss Vicky Willis - Trust Administrator Sir James Knott Trust Floor 2b 16-18 Hood Street Newcastle NE1 6JQ Tel 0191 2304016 www.knott-trust.co.uk Registered charity number 1001363