The next East Durham Trust members meeting will take place on Monday 25th July at Thornley Methodist Church Hall. Watch out for the relevant meeting papers which will be sent out to all member groups very soon. If you currently receive your meeting papers via the post and would prefer an electronic copy contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A research project is looking at how the people of Murton interact at a local level.
The project which has been commisioned by the University of Central Lancashire will give residents of Murton the opportunity to share their opinions on the local community and how they relate to other people within it. In return those who take part will be entered into a free prize draw.For further information download the attached flyer.
If you live in Murton and would like to be involved in the research contact East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511
This inspiring community engagement project is an opportunity for children and young people across East Durham to take part in Lumiere, a major international arts festival.
Working with professional artists, involvement will raise aspirations, enable children and young people to enjoy and achieve and help them to recognise their potential to contribute towards the wider community.
A booklet summarising the learning from Big Lottery Fund's Community Building projects has been published. It documents challenges faced by the projects, and ways they can be minimised or overcome. It aims to share learning to help others avoid common problems.
To find out more visit the Big Lottery Fund website.
Published by the Department for Communities and Local Government this toolkit offers tips for anyone interested in running local projects, organising community festivals and engaging local businesses. It draws upon real life examples highlighting the experiences and the important and creative contributions made by communities across the country.
Following a competitive bid process the Community Development Foundation (CDF) has been chosen by the Government to deliver the Community First programme.
Community First programme will help communities come together through new and existing community groups, to identify their strengths and local priorities, plan for their future and become more resilient. Community First includes a £30m small grant programme for some of the most deprived areas in the country and a national £50m endowment match challenge.
SkillShare North East Ltd is a North East based social enterprise with 21 years experience of delivering accredited and unaccredited training to strengthen the voluntary and community sector.
With funding from the North East Third Sector Capacity Fund, SkillShare is able to offer a selection of its courses free such as Managing Voluntary and Community Organisations level 2 and 3, Income Generating and Copyright and First Aid.
Places are limited and courses commence soon! To book your place or for further information, please contact SkillShare North East Ltd
Monday, 25 July 2011, 10am - 2pm at the Linskill Centre North Shields
The Building Capacity for a Big Society project at VONNE is aiming to explore the Big Society agenda and demystify the localism bill. VONNE has teamed up with the Community Alliance in the North East to deliver an event for the voluntary and community sector to inform and raise interest in managing community buildings and assets. This event is aimed at any community group or voluntary organisation which wants to know more about the localism bill, the rights to buy and challenge, or is considering running a community building and wants to hear directly from those who have gone through this process.
Bowburn Community Centre Tuesday 12th July 9:30am-3:30pm
Are you part of a group or organisation that involves volunteers? Then this brilliant event is for you! It will include interesting and informative workshops, packed full of information that everyone needs to know if they work with volunteers!
The Sustainability and Funding project offers organisations in County Durham interested in tendering for contracts a free Tender Readiness Health-Check.
The process is designed to diagnose and address any support needs your organisation may have. Should your support needs require specialist attention (i.e. from a legal professional or consultant) the project has a small budget that may be able to pay for this.
If your organisation is interested in the Health-Check then please contact Peter Locke on 01207 529 621 or email@example.com.
•Durham County Council’s approach to environmentally, economically and socially sustainable procurement
•Answering sustainability questions at PQQ and ITT stage
•How sustainable approaches don’t have to cost more
These events are open to any organisation – both third sector and private sector – who is interested in doing business with the Council. In the event of high demand, priority will be given to organisations based in County Durham. Anyone wishing to attend one, some, or all four of these workshops should contact:
The recruitment process for the first 30 senior community organisers under the government's Community Organisers programme has started, Locality has announced. Once in place at eleven 'kickstarter' organisations around England, they will be trained by Re:generate. See Locality news item
Anyone with a knowledge of their local Compact is encouraged to take part in the first annual survey on the state of all local Compacts across England. Compact Voice wants to identify where they are working well and where improvement is needed. Local Compacts could be a key to maintaining strong relationships with local authorities, helping services remain intact and flourish. Survey open until 12th July.
A work shadowing initiative provides an opportunity for staff in government and civil society to step into each other's shoes for a day and learn about how the "other side" operates. 'A Day in the Life' is open to all voluntary and community sector staff in England, with particular relevance for those who have regular contact with government departments and are looking to improve how they work with, and influence, civil servants. The departments involved this year are DEFRA, BIS, Ministry of Justice and the Cabinet Office/Office for Civil Society. Apply by 22nd July - see NCVO information.
A report from the New Local Government Network (published Wednesday, 29th June) finds that there is no strong relationship between an area's financial wealth and its levels of volunteering, cohesion and civic involvement - and that there are areas of "double deprivation", lacking in wealth and "big society" resources. A map of areas across England giving their "Big Society score" is available on The Guardian's Datablog, http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jun/29/big-society-data-mapped
Thank you for taking time to read the East Durham Trust e-newsletter. If your community group or voluntary organisation have any good news to share or events to promote just email firstname.lastname@example.org