East Durham Newsletter No 8

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East Durham Trust Annual General Meeting and AGM will take place on Wednesday 19th October, from 10:00am at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite. All members should by now have received their meeting papers along with conference booking form. Don't forget to complete and return  your booking form to Lindsey Wood at the Trust.
Further details below.... 


'Our Canny Big Society'

The AGM and Conference of East Durham Trust
Wednesday 19th October: 10:00am 
at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite
We are making no excuses for using local dialect in this year’s title! Indeed, we take pride in reflecting that the Community of East Durham has been actively supporting itself in a variety of ways long before the current government coined the phrase “Big Society”.

This year we will be looking to showcase some interesting and exciting projects as well as welcoming key note speakers who will bring a national and regional perspective to proceedings.

Specifically we have secured the input of Professor David Morris, a nationally respected figure in the field of Community Development and on a regional level we welcome Ian Dodds, the Cabinet Office lead on Civil Society.

To book your place at this years conference download the booking form and return to lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

CHIT CHAT Project is Officially Launched

More than 100 vulnerable and lonely residents of East Durham are soon to have their spirits lifted, thanks to the launch of a new telephone befriending service.
The CHIT CHAT project has already recruited ten cheerful volunteers who are ready to be that friendly voice at the end of the line to some of the area’s most isolated people. The project, which is managed by East Durham Trust, was officially launched by Roberta Blackman Woods MP who opened the dedicated call centre based at Community House, Peterlee.
Each of the project volunteers will have a small caseload of local people who have been referred by family or Health Professionals. As well as checking on the welfare of individuals who have difficulty getting out and about they will also be providing a friendly voice and listening ear from a social point of view.
The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the local Health Network and County Durham and Darlington NHS.
Referral forms for the service are now available to download from the East Durham Trust website.

East Durham Trust is Now on Facebook

 Please help us to spread the word about all of the good work the Voluntary and Community sector of East Durham do every single day!.
The new East Durham Facebook page will be regulary updated with news, photographs and opportunities.

Click here to follow East Durham Trust on Facebook.

Community Buildings and Surface Water Charges – Can You Save Money?

Community buildings can get a concession from Northumbria Water on surface water charges. The surface water drainage charges cover the cost of removing and treating surface water (rainwater) from your site or property. This includes water that drains from roofs, car parks and other hard standing areas. Northumbria Water needs to know about your community building to be able to grant you the concession. So make sure your building is registered by returning the necessary form via the website link below (towards the end of the page). The form asks you to confirm that you do not receive all your funding from a local authority – a lot of community buildings do receive funding from a local authority but will also receive money from other sources including room hire. There is also a FAQ document. Northumbria Water is consulting on how the concession scheme works this autumn and so you should also register to make sure you can give your views. 


Young Achievers Awards 2011

The Young Achievers Trust is pleased to announce that the 2011 Young Achievers Awards are now open for nominations!  Through these Awards, the Young Achievers Trust celebrates and supports the outstanding contribution of young people working to make their communities a better place across the following four categories:  arts, environment, community and sport.
 If you know an exceptional young volunteer and would like to find out more about our Awards and to make a nomination directly through our website, please go to http://youngachieversawards.org/   The deadline for applications is the 12th November.

2011 Bulb Planting Challenge

After a very successful 2010 campaign, Durham County Councils’ Civic Pride Team invite you and your group to join our 2011 Bulb Planting Challenge.

Sponsored by all 14 Area Action Partnerships, a staggering 150,000 crocus bulbs are available FREE for community groups and schools (approximately 200 per group) across the whole of County Durham to plant in their local neighbourhoods. To qualify to take part in the challenge, your group must commit to plant 200 or more of your own bulbs. The Bulb Planting Challenge will be launched on Monday 10th October 2011 and run throughout the month, giving groups and schools ample opportunity to plant the bulbs. By taking part in the Challenge your group also has the opportunity to be entered in a free prize draw, with the chance of winning £50 to spend at a local gardening nursery.

To receive your free bulbs:  Please contact either  01388 824015 or  01388 816166 ext 8826 

Internet Rangers One Month to Win up to £4,000 for Your School

BT Internet Rangers Schools Award

If you think you know a school or a young person that has helped or plans to help people within your community to get online, they could be in with a chance to win some incredible awards. There are cash awards of up to £4,000 available for schools and laptops and iPads available for young people up to the age of 16.  
You have until 24 October to apply.
Simply go to www.bt.com/internetrangers to enter or nominate someone now! 

Durham Constabulary Online PACT Forum

The next online PACT forum will be held on Monday 17th October at 6.30pm where a member of the Police will be on line as will one of your Neighbourhood Wardens and hopefully a couple of County Councillors.

To take part you just need to access the website which will go live at 6.30pm, You don’t need to register and comments/ questions can be added without giving your name if you prefer. If you want to raise an issue but can’t get online you can send an email and your comments will be included with a response in the forum. 

It is possible to review the forum after it’s finished by going to the same website.  If you have any queries please call the Neighbourhood Police Team  
on : 0345 6060365 



Surviving Winter campaign: Grants

The “Surviving Winter Campaign” is being launched on 10th November, CDCF has linked up with Community Foundation serving Tyne and Wear & Northumberland and Tees Valley Community Foundation to ensure a regional approach to the campaign. 

CDCF will be supporting the elderly and other vulnerable groups.  CDCF will support:

  • Luncheon clubs (extra costs associated with additional meal times)
  • Homeless organisations (tangible items – blankets, water bottles, food parcels)
  • Elderly organisations (tangible items – blankets, water bottles, food parcels)
  • Snow clearing – transport organisations (ensuring elderly and the vulnerable are not housebound due to adverse weather conditions)
  • Individuals - for items that will improve the energy efficiency of their homes, or reduce their weekly bills (fridge freezers, economy kettles, reflective foil for radiators, bedding – as advised by NEA)

Groups / individuals wishing to apply to the fund will complete the bespoke Surviving Winter Application Form. 

Although CDCF promises to respond to any applicant within three months of receipt of the full application, for this campaign all grants will receive a light-touch assessment so that they can be awarded in as short a time as possible (max. 10 working days).
For any clarification on the above, or for further information, contact Christina Rackley, Head of Grants & Donor Development, on Tel: 0191 378 6345 or E-mail:christina@cdcf.org.uk


Innovation in Giving Fund

The Innovation in Giving fund is a jointly funded initiative from the Office for Civil Society (OCS) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) to help support projects and ideas that have the potential to deliver a significant increase in the giving and exchange of time, assets, skills, resources and money.

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NHS Procurement - Responses to Change


Built to Achieve workshops are benefitial to partners from the voluntary, community, social enterprise and public sectors.  Attend one of their free workshops to find out how to identify and develop innovative solutions to local health and well-being challenges within the current changing market place.
Thurs 13 Oct 09:30-12:30 Longhirst Hall, Morpeth
Tues 15 Nov   09:30-12:30 Dance City, Newcastle
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Houses of Parliament Outreach Service Workshop

21st October 2011  Durham Amateur Rowing Club, Green Lane, Durham from 10am to 1pm (registration from 9.30am). 
Entitled Get Involved, the workshop will look at how community groups and organisations can get involved in the work of Parliament. It will give practical information on how groups can engage with processes such as the passage of legislation, select committees, parliamentary questions and debates. 
Attendance is free. To book a place, please contact James on 0191 384 4801 or email admin.cvs@btconnect.com 


Making Community Buildings Work for Us

Your community facilities...open for future business?

This one-day regional event on 13 October 2011 will help staff and committee members running community buildings and the infrastructure organisations which advise them, to take on the future challenges. Through workshops, drama, networking, market place and action planning, the event will explore finance, people and places and possibilities!

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County Durham LINk Information Day Monday 7th November 2011

Come along to the LINk information day which will be held on Monday 7th November at East Durham College, Peterlee Campus, Willerby Grove, Peterlee, SR8 2RN, 10.30 am – 2.30 pm at with lunch and refreshments provided.

4 presentations will be given about North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust’s Quality Accounts, an update on Momentum, Mental Health Crisis and Community Pharmacy and the Services. 

To book a place, please contact Julia on 01325 327431 or email julia.catherall@pcp.uk.net  
If you require any communication support, please contact the Host team as soon as possible.

Is Prevention Better than Cure?

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are working with the Local Involvement Network (LINk) in County Durham to give people the opportunity to help shape the future direction of NHS activities in the local area. 

The free event has been organised to gather views and thoughts to help influence approaches to public health and health improvement. This will include services that contribute to health and wellbeing, including smoking, food and nutrition, alcohol and physical activity. 

The event takes place on Monday 10th October 2011 1pm to 4.15pm at The Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham DH1 1TN.

To book a place please contact 01325 327431 or email host@pcp.uk.net
Free refreshments will be provided.

Discover How to Make a Real Difference and Start Up Your Own Social Enterprise.

'An Introduction to Social Enterprise'

13th October         9.30 - 12.30 Durham County Cricket Club, Durham
27th October         9.30 - 12.30 Dance City, Newcastle
9th November 9.30 - 12.30 Wynyard Rooms, Tees Valley
22nd November 9.30 - 12.30 Longhirst Hall, Northumberland

What is social enterprise? How do you become a social entrepreneur? Have you got what it takes?
If you are starting to establish a social enterprise and are looking for a clear understanding of the concept, this workshop is for you. 
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The What, Why, and How of Charity Trusteeship

This exciting event in support of 2011 Trustees' Week will be held at The Caedman Hall, Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN on Thursday 3rd November from 4pm until 6.30pm 

It is aimed at anyone who is interested in becoming a trustee of a voluntary organisation but does not know exactly what it might entail or how to go about it.  The session will be led by Sarah King, Reach's Chief Executive, together with Maureen Kesteven, the County Organiser for the National Garden Scheme and a GVOC trustee. 

It will include helpful advice and guidance on what is involved in the role, the kind of commitment which will be expected of you and the liabilities involved. There will be  a workshop on why you might become a trustee and what benefits it might bring to you personally and professionally. There will be advice on how to find out about the kinds of roles which might be available. You will also have a chance to network over a glass of wine. There will be no charge for the event. Booking is essential so if you would like to attend please email mail@reachskills.org.uk


Trimdon Grange Banner Association Fund Raising Night

In aid of the Trimdon Grange Banner Appeal presents Extraordinary Gentlemen

Friday 11th November 2011at the Grange Public House (ex Trimdon Grange W.M.Club) Tickets £2.50 each
contact Margaret Girvan 01429 882352 or margaretgirvan@edpcn.com for tickets.



Preparing for Personalisation - One Day Workshop

Location:    Newcastle upon Tyne
Date:         19 & 20 October 2011
The personalisation agenda has the potential to transform public service delivery across a wide range of areas for both service users and providers. Preparing for personalisation is a particular relevant and timely issue for third sector social care providers.
These one day workshops will cover the key issues facing third sector organisations wishing to develop business models to enable them to enter the market place for the delivery of personalised services. Free for third sector organisations in the North East For further infomration click here

Courses for VCS in Newcastle

On Monday 24th October, Company Solutions are holding the following courses. The venue is Disability North, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, (very close to the Freeman Hospital) with free parking for all delegates. The courses cost £49 plus VAT each. 

This half day course will cover a range of techniques to develop the relationships with funders and donors of all kinds.
It will go beyond just traditional funders and look at relationships with all different kinds of supporter to maximise your organisation’s success in this climate.
You can book this course online 

This half day course will cover a range of negotiation techniques and tools to help you achieve greater success with negotiating. It will be relevant for building relationships with funders, and with all other interactions, such as employee relations, service user relationships and customer care.
It is suitable for everyone wanting to start or improve their negotiation skills. 
You can book this course online


Lift Consultation

Durham County Council is reviewing its arrangements for providing and maintaining stairlifts and vertical, step and platform lifts. The council is considering paying a five-year warranty for all eligible lifts, with no further funding provided after the five-year period ends. Therefore anyone who has a lift or signs up for one will be given ownership of it after it has been in their home for five years. They will then be responsible for any repair or maintenance costs.
Residents who would be affected by the proposed changes will be asked for their views during a three-month consultation, which will run until Friday, 2 December.
An electronic survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Stairlift_Questionnaire or residents can email acs.commissioning@durham.gov.uk Paper copies are available by calling 0191 372 5498



BBC Children in Need November 18th

This year’s North East and Cumbria filming for BBC Children in Need is going to be held at Beamish.  We’re looking for volunteers leading up to and on the night of Appeals day to help out with general and technical tasks.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to dress up as Pudsey and would like to volunteer at some of the pre-recorded filming, or would like to help manage crowds on the day.  
If you would like further information on volunteering opportunities for BBC Children in Need please contact claire.rutter@bbc.co.uk
or telephone 0191 232 1313.




Latest Results from VONNE's Surviving or Thriving Survey

This summer VONNE in partnership with NCVS undertook the fifth survey in its continued monitoring of the impact of the economic downturn on the north east's third sector. The trends that emerged are pretty negative – there has been a steady rise in the numbers of charities reporting a decrease in funding, losing staff and drawing on reserves to keep services going. Almost half (49%) of respondents said they plan to lose a service this year; a fifth say they will or may close; a third say they plan to merge their organisation. It is estimated that north east charities have lost £3.5 million of funding in the last six months alone, and 257 jobs have been lost. 
To read the full report visit the VONNE website.

Call for Evidence on Social Mobility and Child Poverty

Alan Milburn has been appointed as the Independent reviewer of Social Mobility and Child Poverty, being an appointment pending the establishment of a statutory Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission next year. The call for evidence explores questions around how child poverty and social mobility are linked, and examples of how projects can be set up and expanded and progress measured on these issues. Responses will help the Independent Review to build recommendations for what action Government, and wider civil society, should take in order to raise social mobility and tackle child poverty.
To find out more visit the Cabinet Office website.

What Creates and Sustains Active Citizenship?

The Pathways through Participation final report has been launched. The project from NCVO, Involve and the Institute of Volunteering Research, looked at how and why people get involved and stay involved in different forms of participation over the course of their lives. Participation means many things to many different people. The project looked at participation in a very broad sense and considered the act of taking part in a wide range of social or civic activities. This report will be relevant to all organisations that look to involve people in their work through volunteering, in campaigns and coming along to events.

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 

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