East Durham Trust Newsletter No 10

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This issue includes lots of information about new Trust projects we have recently launched. Keep checking the East Durham Trust website for further developments and news.

Please note the article below detailing future LINk coffee mornings and surgery dates. Wednesday 30th November has now been replaced with Friday 2nd December 10:00am - noon. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.



CREE Project - New Group Sessions

East Durham Trust have helped to set up a range of groups aimed at reducing social isolation among men.

The Trust are leading on the CREE project which is funded through County Durham and Darlington PCT and supports drop in groups based on an Australian idea known as ‘Men’s Sheds’.

The project is a response to the closure of traditional industries and the loss of social facilities which greatly reduce contact between men, which in some cases can lead to the development of Mental Health problems.

The Trust has helped to set up a number of groups in communities and has trained volunteers in the process. Often the men get involved in various activities but the real focus is general discussion in an informal atmosphere.

For anyone wishing to join a group further information is available by contacting East Durham Trust on 0191 5693511 or alternatively contacting the individual group. Details are as follows:

•    RT Projects, will offer specialist arts based sessions at their centre in Sherburn, Durham Tel: 0191 384 9745 for further details. The first session is scheduled for 25th November.

•    Trimdon Station Community Centre Men’s Group. For further details of group times contact Derek Bradley  on
01429 882200

•    Wingate CREE Project. Contact Shaun on 07988 876 319 or download the flyer  for further details

•    Recognise it, Resolve it – a group for all men including ex service men supported by Military Mental Health to be held at Eastlea Community Centre. Download the flyer for further info.

•    Shotton Community Centre Men’s Group. Download the flyer for further info

•    Males Care 2, A group for male carers. Contact East Durham Trust for further details

CHIT CHAT Telephone Befriending

Do you know someone who would enjoy a bit of CHIT -CHAT.

Our friendly volunteers like to talk but like to listen too. They will chat about anything such as your day, worries, good news or health.

If you know anyone who would benefit from this service. Maybe someone who doesn't get out very often due to health reasons please let them know about this great new service. Once set up there are no call charges as this is an outgoing call service only.

Anyone who would like to register can call 0191 5693511 and tell us what weekday and time are best for them to receive a call.

Food Donations Wanted

The East Durham Trust FEED project will see hundreds of local residents benefit from emergency food parcels in times of crisis.


Please donate none perishable food items or items with long sell by dates to help support this project. You could help us to help local families in times of extreme hardship.


There will be collection boxes located in many local community centres/venues as well as at Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee

For more information contact East Durham Trust on  0191 5693511 or email info@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk or visit www.eastdurhamtrust.org.uk


Olympic Torch Relay

The London 2012 Olympic torch relay begins on 19 May 2012 at Land's End and ends 70 days later on 27 July at the opening ceremony in the Olympic Stadium. Visit the BBC website to find out where the torch is going and when. In the local area expect to see the torch on  the 17th June 2012 at Peterlee, Horden, Blackhall and Haswell Plough.

East Durham Belles Swim with the Stars

 Six members of the East Durham Belles project were invited to 'Swim with the Stars' at the Ponds Forge pool Sheffield on Saturday 5th November. Members of the Great Britain swimming, diving and water polo teams took to the pool with swimmers from across the country who had reached the final of the Kellogs Amateur Swimming Association 'Swimtastic' Awards 2011.  The East Durham Belles project was nominated by Kate Smith, Aquatic Officer ASA North East, to receive the Community Project of the Year Award . Read More

NHS Seeking Expressions of Interest

NHS County Durham and Darlington are seeking expressions of interest to participate in a series of action learning sets lasting for three months. Their focus is designed for organisations that have just started, or are about to start, the enterprise journeys. At the end of the set participants will have:
•    Gained an understanding of social enterprise and know how to develop an enterprising culture in their organisation.
•    Had an opportunity to explore existing enterprising ideas and develop new ones with the support of fellow participants, facilitators and coaches.
•    Agreed with their organisation a plan for becoming more socially enterprising going forward
•    Established a peer support network and identified external support services available locally (including coaching and training, finance, networks)

Ideally CD&D is seeking between 8-10 organisations with one or two participants from each. Participants should be the CEO or similar and/or a Board member (appreciate many of the smaller groups will have fewer people and CD&D do not want to exclude them if they weren’t able to field one or other).

Tim Wright, Public Health Portfolio Lead, NHS County Durham and Darlington, Direct Line 0191 371 3694
Mobile 07799 431904 or EMail:  tim.wright@nhs.net        www.health-promotion.cdd.nhs.uk

Durham County Credit Union

Durham County Credit Union is a savings and loans co-operative owned and run by its members. If you live or work anywhere in County Durham and are over 16 then you can join.  

To join all you need are two forms of identification to confirm name, address and date of birth and pay a £1 joining fee

You can then start saving as much as you like, when you like, up to £5000, using PayPoint, standing order or at one of their collection points. Details of the collection points in East Durham can be found here.

When you have saved for a minimum of 10 weeks and have a minimum of £50 then you can apply for a low cost loan.

For more information contact

David Snowdon, Development Officer, Durham County Credit Union on 07932646021 or email snowdondavid@rocketmail.com or visit http://www.durhamcountycu.co.uk/home

New Creative Support Service

 Creative Support Ltd. is a not for profit organisation having extensive experience of providing housing related support, general social care and housing services to people with Mental Health needs, Learning Disabilities and general support needs.

 The service is funded by Durham County Council and County Durham PCT to provide long-term support and practical help to older people with Mental Health needs living at home or moving to their own accommodation.

For further information about the service download the leaflet here.


Reaching Communities: Buildings update

As of today there have been some changes made to the eligibility criteria for the Reaching Communities buildings strand.

There are more eligible areas now as they have added data from IMD 2010 and increased the percentage of urban areas that are eligible. (Areas from IMD 2007 remain unchanged)

The postcode checker on the Big Lottery Fund website has been updated and there are some additional documents explaining the changes.

You’ll see that there’s also a process for gaining an exception if a building is in an ineligible LSOA and the beneficiaries in an eligible one.

For further information, including Q&A's please visit their website.

Wakeham Trust

This trust offers grants of between £75 and £750 to help people rebuild their communities, with particular interest in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, and projects set up by those who are socially excluded. They also support innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities). They favour small projects – often, but not always, start-ups. This trust tries to break the vicious circle whereby projects have to be established to get funding from major charities, but need funding to get established.

To find out more visit out more visit Wakeham Trust

Source: NCVS

Don't Forget! Any community groups looking for funding information can contact Colin Jackson at East Durham Trust for guidance, support and information.



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:

Friday 2nd December 10am till 12 noon PLEASE NOTE This date will replace Wednesday 30th November 2011

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


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

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. 

Social Enterprise Day

Social Enterprise Durham is celebrating Social Enterprise Day next Thursday 17th November, 9-4 at Alington House, North Bailey, Durham.
We will discussing Localism, Transition, Social Impact Bonds and whatever the participants want to create in Open Space.
More info from Steve Day on 07786091373 or sday@du-services.co

Supporting Communities and Neighbourhoods in Planning

What will the Localism Bill mean for you and your Community?

You can find out more by coming along to one of our information sessions. We will have a number of guest speakers on a varied programme which will include representatives from Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and Durham County Council’s Planning Department.
You will also hear first-hand accounts from community groups who are already working towards producing a Neighbourhood Plan.
If you are thinking of carrying out a community plan for your neighbourhood or would just like to know more about the implications of the Bill why not join us at:

• Bowburn Community Centre, Bowburn on Friday 2nd December 10:00 a.m.
• Shildon Town Councils Civic Hall, Shildon on Saturday 3rd December 9:30 a.m.

Both events are free and lunch is included.
To reserve a place contact Steve Ragg on 0191 3833827 or e mail cdalc@durham.gov.uk


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.

Demand was huge for the first course date advertised, which is now full, We are however taking details for expressions of interest to run a second date.

East Durham Trust will be 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! Refreshments & lunch will be included

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 register an interest on 0191 569 3511 abby.thompson@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

Working with Teams and Groups Training

1 Day :: To be announced :: £75 + VAT* :: Spennymoor, Co Durham, DL16 7UT

For anyone engaging with groups or teams, whether in a supervisory or keyworker role, this training has been developed to enable you to motivate groups to achieve ongoing growth and achieve group based and individual goals.
This training provides the opportunity to enhance and develop skills and knowledge to enable you to achieve the best results from managing a team or group of individuals.
We will show you how to enable improved performance, increase morale and comradeship as you understand how teams evolve and develop a core commonality of purpose.
This course is for anyone who delivers group or team led workshops, managers or supervises a team and will help you to:-
•    Identify the difference between a team and a group
•    Work with team dynamics
•    Manage a team or group
•    Achieve the near impossible!

To check availability or book places on this training course please contact Disc on 01388 - 424 450,  email talk.to.us@disc-vol.org.uk or click here to download a booking form


NVQ Management of Volunteers

Last Few Places Available!
PNE Development has a limited number of places available for the NVQ in Management of Volunteers.  Click here for details.  Pay by the end of November to guarantee your place. 
Contact the qualifications team at development@pne.org or telephone 0191 4387999 for an application form.

Accounting and Finance for the Voluntary and Community Sector and an Introduction to Social Return on Investment – a New Approach

28 November, 12.00pm to 5.00pm at the North East of England BIC, Wearfield, Sunderland, SR5 2TA

This free workshop will be facilitated by Ellison Services and SkillsBridge volunteer Martin Quinn. It will cover:
•    Accountancy systems for the voluntary and community sector
•    Financial planning and best practice
•    An introduction to social return on investment
•    A new approach to embedding social return on investment practices in your organisation
Lunch will be served on arrival and free on-site parking is available.   

To register for the event phone Aiden Regan 0191 275 5050 or 07950 831896 or email aiden.regan@northeastenterprisebond.org

Level 2 Food Safety Course

YMS are offering a Level 2 Food Safety course for a REDUCED price of £50 per person.
The course will be held at the Yms training centre in Seaham on the 25th November, starting at 9am.
To book your place, contact  0191 581 9810 or email  info@ymstraining.co.uk



Guide for Trustees Thinking About Tendering for Public Services

NAVCA and the Local Government Association have launched a new free publication called At Your Bidding to mark Trustees' Week (31 October - 6 November). At your Bidding is a guide for charity trustees about commissioning and tendering for public services. It focuses squarely on the key issues that individuals need to be aware of in fulfilling their duties as charity trustees. All trustees of local charities are encouraged to download a free copy.

Source: Vonne

New Apprenticeships Launched for Third Sector Employers

Three new apprenticeships are now available to support third sector employers in successfully recruiting, training and retaining staff in roles which are key within the sector: campaigning, fundraising and volunteer management.
Whilst the third sector currently lags behind other sectors in providing apprenticeships, employers have reported that they produce a highly skilled, motivated and productive workforce. The three new apprenticeships will provide apprentices with recognised professional qualifications in their chosen fields.
They have been launched by Skills - Third Sector, the registered charity working to make it easier for people who work and volunteer in charities and social enterprises to have the right skills to make a difference to people and their communities.
Visit the Skills website to find out more information.



Big Policy Direction

The Cabinet Office is consulting on proposed new Big Lottery policy directions. The result of this consultation will affect how £600m per year of funding is used. The spirit of the proposal is one of guidance that still allows flexibility on the part of Big. VONNE recommend reading the briefing note prepared by Voluntary Sector North West.
Of particular concern are the percentage of the funding that will go to the VCS, and the emphasis placed on the social investment market. The Consultation closes on 18th November.

VONNE will submit a response and so please contact Jo Curry with your views jo.curry@vonne.org.uk

BrIefing note from VSNW

Source: VONNE

Interested in Access and the Countryside in County Durham?

If you are interested in how access to the countryside and public rights of way in County Durham are managed and improved, then there are opportunities for you to get more involved. The County Durham Local Access Forum (LAF) is looking for new members, and if you think you have something to offer they would love to hear from you.
The LAF is an independent statutory body which advises the County Council, Natural England and others on matters relating to access, rights of way and recreation.  Anyone can apply, but we are particularly looking for people with knowledge or experience in areas such as land management, health, cycling, tourism, motorised recreation and disability.
The Forum meets at least four times a year, usually in the evening, at a variety of venues around the County, and members receive travel expenses.  The meetings are open to the public and copies of previous minutes and annual reports can be seen at www.durham.gov.uk/laf .If you are interested in joining the Forum please contact Mike Ogden on 0191 383 4082 or email mike.ogden@durham.gov.uk and you will be sent an application pack.

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 email lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk


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