East Durham Trust: Fighting disadvantage in former Colliery communities.
We help the communities of the former district of Easington which is made up 20 distinct areas, most of which are former Pit villages that continue to be hugely affected by deprivation following the closure of the Pits.
We run a wide range of projects to help the community fight disadvantage including food parcels with additional items for victims of domestic abuse, telephone befriending for the socially isolated, saving money online, combating fuel poverty, helping people in the downward spiral of debt, helping people get into employment, getting the disengaged engaged with the arts, support for single parents, arts on prescription, community loans and SO MUCH MORE!
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Alternatively to donate contact Colin Jackson directly on 0191 5693511 or
or send a cheque payable to East Durham Community Development Trust Ltd to Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 5DP
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SPIED (Stop Poverty in East Durham) Project successfully funded by BIG Lottery: Reaching Communities.
East Durham Trust, who serves the former coalfield areas across Easington District, have received over £250,000 from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities fund. The cash will be used to support a range of Community based interventions that help local people who are suffering financial difficulty.
Over the next three years the funding will facilitate a package of initiatives including the extension of the successful Community Job Clubs programme, assistance for people who are suffering from debt or the effects of Benefit cuts and financial support for people in their first month of employment.
The new project, known as SPIED (Stop Poverty in East Durham), will build on previous success and will support thousands of local people up to 2019.
Billy's final bow in aid of East Durham Trust
Lee Hall, the writer ofBilly Elliot andBilly Elliot the Musical, along with members of the company of the touring production including Haydn May who alternates in the role of Billy, met with Malcolm Fallow, CEO of East Durham Trust.
It was to present him with a cheque for£59,438on behalf of the show.
The donation is made in support of the vital work carried out by the Trust in the local community and will be used to help continue a number of their ongoing projects.
The presentation took place at the Easington Social Welfare Centre, formerly the Easington Colliery Miners’ Institute, which is situated in the heart of the former Durham coalfield and was a key location during the 1984/’85 miners’ strike.
East Durham Trust is the flagship voluntary and community sector organisation for the East Durham area, established to counteract the effects of social and economic deprivation through a range of practical, community based programmes.
The Trust is also the community engagement partner in the Arts Council-supported ‘East Durham Creates’ initiative, working to increase arts engagement for local people with little or no access to artistic or cultural activities.
The donation to East Durham Trust is comprised of the proceeds of all tickets sold for the final performance ofBilly Elliot the Musicalin London, which took place on Saturday April 9that the Victoria Palace Theatre, together with generous donations made by London patrons at bucket collections held at the theatre throughout the show’s final week.
Malcom Fallow, CEO, East Durham Trust, said:"We are absolutely blown away by this fantastic gesture. The money will mean that vital support services for people in disadvantaged communities across the former East Durham Coalfield can continue and help more people. This isn't just about the money it's also the message of solidarity and support that comes with it."
Check out just some of the successes our projects have made recently or visit our current projects page for more information.