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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

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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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

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.

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