East Durham Newsletter No-11

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Don't forget there will be a County Durham LINk surgery here at Community House on Friday 2nd December from 10:00am-12noon. The LINk representatives will be available for you to share any views or complaints regarding local healh and social care services. 

The next East Durham Trust membership meeting will take place on Monday 5th December, 10am at Hawthorn Community Centre. All Trust members are welcome. Anyone who brings along a donation for the Trust's FEED project will receive a complementary mince pie.(see article below for further details).


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 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


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.

The Home Heat Helpline Campaign

The main focus of the Home Heat Helpline campaign is to encourage people to call the Helpline if they are worried about paying their energy bills this winter.
The key aim of the campaign is to get those people who need help with paying their fuel bills, or know someone who needs help, to call the Home Heat Helpline number - 0800 33 66 99. This is a free service that provides independent advice to people on low incomes on how to get help with their gas and electricity bills, including grants for insulation and new boilers, discount or rebate schemes, and other help with keeping warm. People can also access the service online by visiting

Warm Homes Campaign - Durham Home Insulation Scheme

HOME INSULATION FROM ONLY £85…or FREE Durham County Council – Home Insulation Scheme

To help make your home more energy efficient there are a range of insulation grants on offer to help with the cost of loft insulation or cavity wall insulation.  Even if you have some loft insulation it may not be sufficient, as the latest recommended standard for loft insulation is 270mm, over 10 inches. DCC has now teamed up with British Gas to offer FREE or DISCOUNTED home insulation measures to homeowners or tenants in private rented properties living in County Durham.  Further details from 0800 622415 for a FREE no obligation survey
All schemes are subject to terms and conditions, funding, survey and are time limited.  Further information can also be found by following this link



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 including:

Blackhall Community Centre,
Healthworks, Easington Colliery,
The Lisa Dixon Centre, Haswell,
The Greenhills Centre, Wheatley Hill,
Wingate and Station Town Family Centre,
Shotton Community Centre,
St Mary's Church Hall, Horden
Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee

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

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.

The Ad They Couldn’t Show...


Recently Balance launched a new campaign ‘See What Sam Sees’. The campaign looks at the significant role advertising plays in encouraging young people to start drinking at an earlier age and in greater quantities.


View the online advertisement here (please forward the link to other interested parties and spread the word).

Or visit
www.balancenortheast.co.uk and click on the ‘Campaigns’ page. It is clear that the UK’s advertising regulations are failing to protect our children from alcohol advertising.

In the North East, we have the highest rate of 11-15-year-old drinkers and the highest rate of under-18 alcohol-specific hospital admissions.

You can help stop alcohol advertising from reaching our children by backing Balance’s campaign and

signing their petition.



Register for Free Meals to Support Your School

Schools receive a payment called Pupil Premium, for each child registered for free school meals - £488 for this school year. This money helps them to provide extra support such as extra tuition, learning assistants or after-school clubs. You can help schools increase their pupil premium by asking families who use your services to register for free school meals if they are eligible.

To find out more visit

Youth Diversity PoSBO Award 2011

This award is presented to young people to celebrate their achievements through the positive activities they are involved in and for the positive contributions that they make to society. The Youth Diversity PoSBO (Positive Social Behaviour Order') Award aims to recognise and celebrate what young people are doing to challenge inequality.

The Truth About Youth - North East project is coordinated  by the Regional Youth Work Unit in partnership with the Co-Operative Foundation as part of their Inspiring Young People campaign. The project aims to challenge and change the negative stereotypes held about young people in the media and society.
Read More


Advice Services Fund (ASF) is now open

The Government has made up to £16.8 million for a programme called the Advice Services Fund to support organisations in the free advice sector that have been affected by reductions in public spending. The programme aims to enable not-for-profit advice organisations to continue providing free services to people in their communities in England.  The ASF is being delivered on behalf of the Government by the Big Fund.Read More


Tesco Charity Trust

The next Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards round for elderly people and people with disabilities has been brought forward. The round will now open on 1st December 2011 and close on 31st January 2012.

More details of the Community Awards deadlines, criteria and our online application form can be found at Tesco Charity Trust

Please note that you will not be able to register an application until 1st December 2011.

Please also note that there will be no elderly and disability round during February and March 2012.

Communities Living Sustainably

Could you help BIG learn how communities in England can live in a more sustainable way?

If the answer is yes, your community could be one of 10 to receive up to £1million to work across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors to build a sustainable and resilient community that can develop inspirational ideas and share their learning with other communities across England.

They are particularly keen to see vulnerable people benefitting by making greener choices that will help them reduce their costs and improve their quality of life.

They will invest in up to ten communities by providing:
•    Access to expert support and advice to help each community develop their skills, knowledge and abilities and build on best practice within and between communities
•    Up to £10,000 to develop a project delivery plan that details the environmental, economic and social challenges affecting the community and how they can be addressed
•    Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million for up to five years. This funding will provide an opportunity for communities to work together to access further resources and support so that their communities are sustainable and resilient long after our funding ends.

For more information visit their
website  or contact the Big Advice Line on 0845 4 10 20 30.

Please note the closing date for the expression of interest stage is Tuesday 31 January 2012.




Event To Help Carers With Money Matters.

Carers Rights Day, 2nd December 2011

Thousands of people looking after sick or disabled relatives at home may be missing out on vital benefits and support.
Carers can find out more by attending a special Carers Rights Day event organised by Durham and Chester-le-Street Carers Support on Friday 2nd December at Durham City Town Hall, Market Place, Durham from 10am to 1pm.

Durham and Chester le Street Carers Support is one of hundreds of groups across the UK who take part in Carers Rights Day, a national awareness day organised by Carers UK. The aim of the day is to inform Carers of the rights,benefits and services they are entitled to.
There will be advice and information from Carer Support Co-ordinators, Durham Welfare Rights Officers and Job Centre Plus.  Kevan Jones MP and Roberta Blackman Woods MP will be attending to listen to issues Carers need support with.  At 11am there will be a short talk by Ward Hadaway Solicitors on issues around Wills and Trusts for Carers.  Places are limited so please phone 01913871991 to book a place or email


Better Together: Collaboration Information session for the Children, Young People and Families VCS


Tuesday 6th December 2011
1.00pm – 3.00pm
Disability North, Newcastle upon Tyne

o Are you a North East third sector organisation delivering on the children, young people and families agenda?
o Want to know more about consortia models and how they work?
o Do you need to save money, network with other organisations and access bigger and better funding opportunities?
o Are you interested in learning more about working collaboratively with other similar organisations, either in your geographic area or field of work?
o Are you interested in accessing further support to help you work collaboratively and tender for contracts?

Christmas Event at Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve


Come along and see Santa Claus in his workshop on Sat 3rd and Sun 4th of December
between 10am and 4pm at Oakerside Dene Lodge, Stanhope Chase, Peterlee

He is visiting for one weekend only, entry is FREE and there will be refreshments, prize tombola, raffle and cakes.

 It is FREE to visit Santa Claus and there are FREE craft activities for the children too!


Blackhall Community Association Chrsitmas Family Party


Friday 2nd December 2011  Xmas Family Party With Hi lights Disco
Doors Open 7pm Music Starts at 7.30pm
Bar and Caf, Party Games
Tickets £2 per person or  £5 a family of 5


Accent Foundation Careers Fair


6th January 2012 10am-2pm
St Mary's Church Hall



Everyone is welcome -  not just Accent Residents. Computers will be available to use and help with CV writing.



Including information stands from East Durham Trust, Families First, Mental Helath Matters, East Durham Partnership, Springboard, Hartlepool Job Club, Learn East, East Durham College, The Army, Citizens Advice Bureau, Learning Curve, Department for Work and Pensions and Job Centre Plus.



For more infomration and to book your place contact Amanda Grange on 0845 678 0571 or email amanda.grange@accentgroup.org or call into the Accent Foundation office at 50-54 Middle Street, Blackhall Colliery, TS27 4EA



FREE Seminar: Challenging Government Cuts

A FREE seminar which will explore how charitable and voluntary organisations can protect their service users against the current backdrop of Government funding issues, including how to challenge cuts in vital services.
Date: Monday 30 January 2012
Time: Registration from 5.30pm, with presentation starting at 6pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Venue: Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Gainsborough House, 34-40 Grey Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6AE
This seminar will discuss the legal implications of the Government’s cuts and will highlight the practical issues, whilst also providing information to service users and contacts as to how to tackle decisions on public service cuts affecting them. Real life case studies will be discussed, whereby charities and other voluntary care and service providers have benefitted from recent Court decisions. Most recently, Irwin Mitchell’s successful application to the High Court to overturn the Isle of Wight’s budget changes for
adult social care.
For further information, please contact:
Rachel Watson on 0191 279 0097 or email

Invitation - County Durham Social Enterprise Business Forum

With support from NESEP (North East Social Enterprise Partnership) and Durham County Council Acumen Development Trust are launching a Business Forum for social enterprises, based in or working in County Durham.
The Forum is planned to be an opportunity for existing social enterprises or those aspiring to be social enterprises to meet to discuss issues, find solutions, do business together and anything else that would benefit members.

The initial meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th December 2011 from 10am-12 with lunch provided at 12 noon to give more time for informal networking. The Brockwell Centre, Craghead Road, Pelton Fell, Co. Durham  DH2 2NH

Places are limited, to reserve a place at the meeting email 

for further details.




Funded Courses Available

Funded courses are available for those who are unemployed and are wishing to gain more qualifications. Funded courses are delivered over 3 weeks, 2 days per week, 6 days altogether.
1) Course: Level 2 Door Supervisor (SIA) 
Dates: 30th Nov, 1st, 6th, 7th, 14th and 15th Decemeber
Venue: Yms Training Ltd, 21a Church Street, Seaham, SR7 7HQ
2) Course: Fire Warden, Food Safety Awareness and Level 2 Emergency FirstAid
Dates: 8th, 9th 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th December
Venue: Yms Training Ltd, 21a Church Street, Seaham, SR7 7HQ
To book you place please contact us on 0191 581 9810 or


Dealing with Change


One Day Course for Charities, Social Enterprises and other Civil Society Organisations



January 12th and January 19th 2012, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington



A practical exploration of how to manage change by understanding and empowering the people involved.


For further information download the event flyer





Invitation to Help to Improve Local Health Services – Knee Pain

Darlington emerging Clinical Commissioning Group are looking at a continuous improvement programme and are currently focussing the following knee conditions with a view to review and improve the current service across County Durham and Darlington.  If you are receiving treatment for the knee conditions listed below / have recently received treatment for these conditions they are interested in your views, particularly what worked well or what could be improved.  They will be arranging a focus group to gather your views in January 2012 and if you are interested in taking part please contact Gill Irving by emailing gill.irving@nhs.net

or by telephone on 0191 374 4100 before 31 December 2011.

Knee osteoarthritis
Torn cartilages
Torn cruciate ligaments (internal)
Adolescents (young adults) with pain in front of the knee
Cruciate ligaments
Mencius tear meniscus
Patella replacements
Knee cap replacement


Community Buildings Consultation

People in the County use Durham County Council (DCC) community buildings a total of 21,000 times every week, for varied activities. More than 700 people volunteer to support these facilities.
DCC is now looking to invest £2.15million in community buildings and want your views on the options that have been developed. For more information or to have your say, please visit their
community buildings consultation web page

. The consultation ends on 12 December 2011.


Help Support the Women’s Sector in the North East

NEWomen's Network role is to strengthen the Women's Sector in the north east. NEWomen's Network is calling on women’s organisations and groups to complete a short survey to assess the health of the women's sector in the north east; for the last two years the results have been used to lobby decision-makers and funders to protect the sector against the recession and public spending cuts. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by 9 December.
To take part visit



The Localism Bill is Passed by Parliament

The Localism Bill which includes a set of new rights for communities has been passed by Parliament. The measures in the bill will come into effect over the coming months and many are expected to be in place by April 2012.
To find out more visit

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