East Durham Newsletter No 9

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Thanks to everyone who made it to the East Durham Trust Annual Conference on 19th October.

With a record number of people attending it was undoubtedly one of the best Trust conferences so far. For those who missed it the key note speakers presentation slides are available to download below.

Watch out for details of the next members meeting which will be taking place towards the end of November.


'Our Canny Big Society'

With well over 100 attendees the East Durham Trust Annual Conference 2011 turned out to be a great success.

The AGM and Conference of East Durham Trust  was held on 19th October: 10:00am at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suite

Thank you to all of our members, partners and supporters who attended.

Those that came along enjoyed excellent key note speakers including Professor David Morris of the University of Central Lancashire who enlightened the audience of the concept  Mental Health and Inclusion, a community of practice in the age of big society. Along with Ian Dodds of the Office of Civil Society, who discussed just what the Big Society means for the North East.

Coupling this with some light entertainment from local commmunity groups Nouveau Fitness CIC and Seaham Music Academy, and also informative workshops, the entire day proved to be an enjoyable and informative event.

We have been inundated with requests for the presenation slides from the day which can be downloaded below.

 Please note:

‘The contents of these presentations may not in any shape or form be reproduced without permission from the copyright owner.’

Presentation slides - Professor David Morris - 'Mental health and Inclusion, A community of practice in the age of big society'.

Presentation slides: Ian Dodds - 'Big Society in the North East'.


County Durham Healthy Homes Partnership

The County Durham Healthy Homes Partnership (CDHHP) was set up to tackle the negative effects that the cold can have on health. The partnership includes: NHS County Durham, the Energy Saving Trust, Durham County Council, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue, Welfare Rights, Age Concern, and the Durham Dales GP Led Commissioning Consortium.
One of the projects that we deliver is a referral mechanism designed to allow health and social care professionals to refer clients to us whose health and wellbeing may be compromised by the cold. Anyone referred to us can receive: a home energy check, referral on to any relevant heating or insulation schemes, a benefit entitlement check, and a fire safety check.
This project has already made a massive difference to people’s lives through tackling the cold and improving their health. To find out more about the County Durham Healthy Homes Partnership, visit their website.


Community Matters Launch Free Membership

With their recent members survey highlighting that members have seen their income drop by an average of 18%, Community Matters are pleased to announce that community organisations with an annual turnover of  £15,000 or below can now access our support services by becoming a member FREE OF CHARGE.

For further information visit the Community Matters website.

BBC - Britain in a Day

The BBC is inviting people from all corners of the country to contribute to a definitive self-portrait of Britain today by turning the camera on themselves. The result will create a time capsule of Britain as well as a feature-length documentary to be screened next year on BBC Two. Britain in a Day is a partnership with Ridley Scott's Scott Free London, the production company behind the acclaimed feature film Life in a Day and will provide a unique glimpse of contemporary British life. On 12 November people will have the opportunity to film something that captures the intimacy and singularity of their lives and upload it to a dedicated channel on YouTube.

To find out more visit the BBC website

New Job Club

Shotton IT Resource Centre is starting a Job Club which will be held every Thursday (starting this Thursday 27 Oct 2011) between 10:00 - 11:00.
If you want assistance in developing, writing or just printing your CV we are here to help.  Access to online job searching and tips on how to find the right job for you will also be available.
Everyone welcome and refreshments available too! For further information please contact Jim Currie on 0191 5208110




Grimple's Green Grants 2011

The Grimple's Green Grants was launched in August 2010 by The Green Insurance Company.

They are looking for green projects across the United Kingdom that they can fund and support and have up to £40,000 to give away to environmentally friendly projects. They are offering grants of up to £2,000 for small projects and organisations while alongside this they have a special one off grant of up to £10,000 available for one lucky project.

Further information can be found on their website.

Source: Grantfinder

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Updates Guidelines for Education and Learning Programme

The update aims to provide greater detail on the specific interests of the work the Foundation would like to fund in supplementary schools. The changes indicate that the programme wishes to support proposals for the development of strong, sustainable partnerships between supplementary and mainstream schools. The Foundation is particularly interested in proposals that present low cost models for building and maintaining close collaboration and sharing of practice that will in particular, benefit underachieving pupils.

Additionally, the new guidelines welcome proposals to support the post-16 progression of supplementary school students to continuing, further or higher education, employment or training.

The programme's other two themes - Speaking and Listening, and Tackling Truancy and Exclusion - remain unchanged.

Applications may be submitted at any time.

For further details about the Open Grants Programme click here

Source: Funding Central

Lottery £50m to shelter VCS from funding cuts

A funding lifeline of at least £50 million to support hundreds of vital Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) projects and services has been announced  by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

The full impact on the VCS of cutbacks is still to come according to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) which estimates that voluntary and community groups will face a reduction in public funding of over £900 million by 2016, losing a total of £2.8 billion in that period.Read More



Mining Banners & History Celebration

Saturday 29th 0ctober, 11am – 4pm at Trimdon Station Community Centre

Open by Phil Wilson MP

Free Admission Refreshments Available

Alcohol Awareness Week

14 to 20 November

As part of Alcohol Awareness Week 2011 we are being urged to think about the impact that alcohol is having on families, particularly children. Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, is highlighting the dangerous impact that exposure to alcohol is having on children, especially through marketing and advertising. The alcohol industry currently spends £800 million a year on marketing, leading young people to start drinking earlier and to consume more.
More information is available from this fact sheet. 


County Durham LINk Coffee Morning and Surgery Dates

Local Involvement Networks or 'LINks' were set up by the Government in April 2008 to give local people a stronger voice in how their health and social care services are delivered. All LINks are be managed by local groups and individuals who will decide what their priorities are and how they will work.

The LINk represenatives for the East Durham area are David Taylor-Gooby and Les Goodrum. The reps will be available for you to visit to share your views, concerns an opinions on the following dates:

Coffee Morning on  Wednesday 23rd November 2011 from 10am till 12 noon at Community House, Peterlee

Coffee Morning on Wednesday 14th December 2011 10am till 12 noon at Glebe Centre, Murton

The reprentatives will also be available at the following surgeries, which are all scheduled to take place at Community House:

Wednesday 30th November 2011 10am till 12 noon

Thursday 15th December 2011 1pm till 3pm

Wednesday 11th January 2012 10am till 12 noon

Thursday 9th February 2012 1pm till 3pm

Wednesday 7th March 2011 10am till 12 noon

For further information about County Durham LINk visit http://linkcountydurham.co.uk/index.htm

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.

Commissioning for Families

16 November, 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Glebe Centre, Murton, Co Durham. 

Does your voluntary and community sector organisation work with children, young people and families?
• Are you a small/medium sized organisation either new or considering delivering public services for your local area as part of their commissioning strategy?
• Do you want to hear about what your organisations should be considering in order to be part of the new landscape?

Then this event is for you and will be a first step in a learning platform for you to secure sustainability for your organisation and most importantly your service users.

This training is targeted at organisations working with children, young people and their families and is limited to 45 places. The training is free of charge to the VCS organisations, but no-shows or cancellations without reasonable notice (5pm 12th November) will be subject to a £30 charge to
cover administration and catering costs.

For further information click here



How to be a Brilliant Organisation

We feel obliged to warn you......This course could seriously improve your ability to run your organisation! 
We’ve had a great deal of interest from groups and organisations large and small for a straightforward course that teaches them about general good practice and what they should be doing to make sure they’re always on the right track. From volunteering and governance to marketing and promotion, there’s so much you want to know and there’s never been such a thing as a
one day course that teaches it all in one go. Well....until now that is.
East Durham are supporting CAVOS in running the course who are experts in the field of Voluntary Sector good practice and are really good at telling people how to do things well! So get yourself along to this free course and find out everything you need to know about.....well.....everything you need to know! Refreshments & lunch included

Tuesday 29th November 9.30am - 12.30pm @ East Durham Trust, Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, Co. Durham. SR8 5DP

The training will be delivered to suit the needs of the organisations taking part. However, topics to be covered will include:
•    Barriers to volunteering and how you can reduce the barriers for potential volunteers
•    Promoting what you do—to the right people in the right way
•    The difference good governance makes in attracting and keeping volunteers
•    How you run your organisation is the key to your success and sharing good and bad practice
•    How to sell what you have to people who weren’t even looking to buy!
•    Be smart about marketing

Contact :
Abby Thompson at East Durham Trust to book a place on 0191 569 3511 abby.thompson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Time Management’ and ‘Dealing with Difficult People’ Courses

Venue: Disability North, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, (very close to the Freeman Hospital) with free parking for all delegates.
Cost:£49 plus VAT each.

COURSE 1 – SUCCESSFUL TIME MANAGEMENT THAT WORKS Thursday 3rd November 9.30am-12.30pm

This course gives a range of time management techniques designed to make you more effective in your work.
It includes many practical methods to improve your skills and deal with issues like procrastination, work overload and clutter, prioritisation and dealing with interruptions effectively. Click here to book a place.

COURSE 2 – DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE Thursday 3rd November 1.30pm-4.30pm
This course gives a range of ways to deal with a wide variety of difficult people. It explores issues of emotional intelligence and other practical ways to achieve better working relationships with those you struggle with, whether colleagues, customers, clients or in your non working life.
Click here to book your place.

Public Health Improvement Training across County Durham and Darlington

County Durham and Darlington NHS training is suitable for both volunteers and paid staff. The training events calendar is available to download here.

For more information on these courses or to request an enrolment form please contact the Capacity Building Service on 0191 569 2833/2857 or cdda-tr.CBS@nhs.net or download from the training pages at www.health-improvement.cdd.nhs.uk

Developing an Effective Board

Wed 16 Nov 09.30 - 12.30   Dance City, Newcastle
Tues 22 Nov 09.30 - 12.30  Three Tuns, Durham

Topics covered will include: The mission focussed board, understanding who you need on board, how to find them, starting how you mean to go on, key roles and responsibilities and putting them into practice,  organising your board  and review and renewal 

The workshop will be practical and interactive. It will also be injected with an abundance of first hand experiences that will get beyond the rhetoric and into the reality of developing your committee or board. 
For more information or to book your place on one of the above sessions, please call 0191 281 5777 or email businesslink@btob.co.uk  


Raising Social Investment Workshop

The 'Raising Social Investment' workshop will help you look at how to make your proposals for funding look more attractive and how to go about actually raising this finance to develop your organisation.

Raising Social Investment - 1st November, (9.30am - 12.30pm), Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough
Raising Social Investment - 3rd November, (9.30am - 12.30pm), The National Glass Centre, Sunderland

By attending the series of workshops you’ll be able to build your skills and knowledge and enable yourself to improve the position of your organisation going forward.
Please note that due to the popularity of these workshops attendance is on an application basis.  If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, or would like further information, please visit www.newmarketsnewopportunities.co.uk or call Caroline Dowie on 0191 281 5777 or by email caroline@btob.co.uk


Nick Hurd’s Open Letter to the Voluntary and Community Sector

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, has set out the government's flagship objectives in an open letter to the voluntary sector. The open letter reiterates the government’s commitment to the big society agenda; sets out the priorities for government and the Office for Civil Society; and outlines the action the department has been taking to improve communities.
To find out more visit


Big Society and Inequality Survey

Voice4Change England and the Women’s Resource Centre have been commissioned by the Office for Civil Society to provide advice on:
•    the challenges that inequalities present to the Big Society agenda and how to address them
•    the opportunities for tackling inequalities that the Big Society agenda offers
The survey will be open until 11 November.
To find out more visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/KX5ZTTD

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 lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

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