East Durham Newsletter No 12

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First of all may we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

East Durham Trust will be open until Friday 23rd December and will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2012 at 9am.


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 Sations 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

Chairman’s Medal Award

Please help to identify those citizens in your area that deserve recognition for their outstanding commitment to their community through the presentation of the Chairman’s Medal.  The Chairman’s Medal is the highest honour the County Council can award.  It is presented to individuals, groups and organisations throughout County Durham, recognising significant achievement and outstanding effort in all walks of life. All nominations will receive a certificate of recognition and the Chairman’s Medal will be awarded at an Awards ceremony to be held Friday 9 March 2012 at County Hall and invitations will be extended to all nominees. Nominations are welcome from all interested parties, including self-nomination – and the relevant form you will need to complete is attached. If you would like any further information, please get in touch with your local AAP Team at www.durham.gov.uk

Closing date for nominations is Friday 20th January 2012

County Durham Intergenerational Network Awards

A new Intergenerational Award , which celebrates organisations/projects/volunteers that make possible the activities that bridge the generation gap in your community, has been launched last week at the County Durham Intergenerational Network meeting.  There are three categories for an organisation, a project and an individual volunteer.  Nominations are open to everybody in County Durham, for as many categories as you would like.  If you are interested in nominating yourself, an organisation, a project or someone you think deserves to be recognised for their work, contact caroline.evans@ageukcountydurham.org.uk for the relevant nomination form.

Nominations close at 4.00pm on Friday 20th January 2012. The winner will be announced at the County Durham Intergenerational Conference at Hardwick Hall on Thursday 1st March 2012.

Does Your Organisation Need Help with IT?

Organisations from across the region can obtain free IT advice and support thanks to further funding from the Northern Rock Foundation.
CITA’s ‘Circuit Rider’ programme helps voluntary and community organisations to reduce their administrative costs and work more effectively.  Book an IT ‘health check’ for general advice on how to improve your organisation’s IT systems. Alternatively, you can obtain support focussed on a particular issue of relevance to your organisation.
Recent examples of support through this programme include:
helping an organisation to make big savings by reviewing their IT spend
providing loan IT equipment to an organisation that had no computers of its own
support with marketing through developing a social media strategy
advice on how to reduce costs by using cloud computing
aiding an organisation to meet best practice with regard to data protection by enhancing security procedures

This programme is fully-funded by the Northern Rock Foundation so you don't need to pay a penny for the support you receive.  If your organisation would like to benefit from this programme give CITA a call on 0191 256 5015.
For more information visit their website: Northern Rock Foundation Circuit Riders


Facilitation Fund (England)

The Facilitation Fund is designed for Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations (DPULOs) to bid for modest amounts of money to fund specific projects and to improve their sustainability. The Fund defines DPULOs as organisations that:

  • are led and controlled by disabled people and have a minimum membership of 75% of disabled people on their board
  • actively demonstrate their commitment to disabled people by employing disabled staff and volunteers
  • actively demonstrate their commitment to the Social Model of Disability

The Fund will also consider those organisations which can demonstrate they are working to achieve the above definition. Funding of £10,000 - £30,000 typically (but no minimum) is available.Read More

Advice Services Fund

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.

Grants of £40,000 - £70,000 are available and, to ensure this funding has the greatest impact, priority will be given to organisations that have experienced high levels of cuts and those that haven’t received funding through the Transition Fund. Account will also be taken of how applicants plan to use their grants, their plans for the future, including ways to improve efficiency, and how the quality of their advice services helps meet local needs.Read More

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

This programme will be administered by Buttle UK over three years and will give emergency grants for essential items for struggling families living in extreme deprivation throughout the UK.  It will help them meet basic needs, for example ensuring that a child has a bed to sleep in and a hot meal a day. Applications must come through a statutory or voluntary agency able to assess the needs of the young person concerned, and administer the grant.
To find out more visit ButtleUK

Dulverton Trust Fund

Grants from £500 to £5,000 are available for small community and voluntary groups (with an annual income of less than £200,000) for the following types of activity:

  • Youth Opportunities
  • Support for disadvantaged people and communities
  • Conservation of wildlife habitats, trees and native woodlands, although projects concerned with single species are rarely considered.

Applicants should apply on the standard Community Foundation application form, but must state that their application is for Dulverton.

To find out more visit Community Foundation website.



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

Tuesday 17th January 2012 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Tees

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?

Come along to this event that will help you look at:
o    Understanding collaborative working
o    Benefits and pitfalls of working with partners in a consortium
o    Models and themes for potential consortia
o    Further support from Better Together
To book a place on this event, please contact Andrea I’Anson by email to Andrea@childrenengland.org.uk. If you have any other queries prior to booking please do not hesitate to contact Francesca Magog by phone 07989634647, or by email to Francesca@childrenengland.org.uk

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 EVENT - A gathering of Women in East Durham

Wednesday 18th January 2012 at The Glebe Centre, , Murton, 12 noon to 2.30 pm with lunch or 5 pm to 7 pm with tea and refreshments

•    Local women
•    Women activists in East Durham and/ or
•    Representatives of women’s organisations, voluntary organisations, community groups

The purpose of the event will be to identify issues affecting women in East Durham and to discuss actions which can be taken to respond to these.
'Women’s Voices for Women’s Spaces' is a partnership project between Women’s Resource Centre and NEWomen’s Network to provide tools, skills, resources and support for women’s VCOs to lobby policy makers about gender inequality in the North East, particularly in relation to addressing women’s issues locally, funding for the women sector and the protection of women only services. The project has a focus upon making change and learning from the concrete experience of women’s efforts to challenge gender inequality and get their voices heard locally/

To book online please follow this link. or contact Sue Robson, NEWomen’s Network for a booking form. Email: sue@newwomens.net,
tel: 07813 109 215.

County Durham LINk 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 reprentatives will  be available at the following surgeries, which are all scheduled to take place at Community House:

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


Would You Like Your Organisation to Be More Enterprising?

Would you like to explore social enterprise with other like-minded people?

NHS County Durham and Darlington are seeking expressions of interest to participate in a series of free Action Learning sets lasting for three months.

Action Learning is a problem solving forum in which people learn through interaction with each other.

Their focus is designed for organisations that have just started, or are about to start, their 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).

NHS CD&D is seeking between 8-10 organisations with one or two participants from each. Participants should ideally be the CEO or similar and/or a Board member, however any appropriate member of staff can participate (we appreciate many smaller groups will have fewer people and NHS CD&D do not want to exclude anyone if they aren’t able to field one or other).

Anyone interested in taking part should contact:

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        

Places for Everyone – Online Course in Capital Development

Are you a North East voluntary or community group or organisation exploring the option of buying, building or redeveloping your own building? If so, don’t miss out on your chance to access an online course offered by Places for Everyone.

The course, which takes approximately eight hours to complete, has been designed to help organisations understand the capital development process and how to overcome any barriers. You will gain a better understanding of what is involved in the process from start to finish including:
•    Identification of need
•    The design and building process
•    Business planning – making the building work for you
•    Funding – where to start?
•    Who can help?
•    Case studies

Read More

Attachment and Bonding Training

12 January at Buston Terrace, Newcastle

Barnardo’s North East Training Service has developed this one day session for those who work with children, young people or families. It will look at:

·         What is attachment and bonding?

·         Attachment – why is it important?

·         How attachment affects children/young people and how this can relate to their behaviour

To find out more visit Barnardos North East

Love Food Hate Waste - Free Training

Every house in Britain has food waste, whether that house is lived in by a single person, a family or students.  Many businesses and schools also produce significant amounts of food waste. 

What if we could teach all those people how to reduce food waste, and then to further promote positive environmental behaviour by showing these people how to encourage others to reduce food waste and save money too?

Waste Aware North East and WRAP are providing training sessions for those people who want to spread the Love Food Hate Waste message.

The course, which takes about 3.5 hours to complete, is free of charge and ideal for people with many connections within the community or their business.  If you are a business this course can often fit into your corporate social responsibilities as well as personal development for your staff.

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An Introduction to Working with Children Training

Free non accredited course and practical information

Trimdon Village Hall on Thursday 5th,12th,19th, 26th January  and Wednesday 8th February 2012 between 10am-12 noon


Trimdon Grange Community Centre Tuesday 10th,17th,24th,31st January and 7th February 2012 between  10 – 12noon

Contact Margaret Girvan for more information or to book a place. Tel : 01429 882241 or e.mail margaretgirvan@edpcn.com

Dealing with Deafness (DWD) Rehabilitation Week

DDS will be hosting another “Dealing with deafness” rehabilitation course which will take place at Durham County Cricket Club in Chester-Le -Street beginning Monday 12th March 2012.  The course is free to people living in County Durham and Darlington and is designed for people who have acquired a hearing loss.  It is specifically aimed at those who:
Have Neurofibromatosis 2  (NF2 )
Have a severe or profound hearing loss
Are considering having a Cochlea Implant
Are  becoming excluded because of their hearing loss 
Are becoming isolated , even within the family circle

Read More

Manual Handling Training

Tuesday 7th February 2012        10.00am – 1.00pm 

The course is aimed at staff and volunteers from voluntary organisations and community groups who would like to know more about manual handling.  This short course will look at:         
What is moving and handling?
Common injuries
Risk assessment
Principles of safer handling
Practical activity

Cost:    £25.00   – VCS Organisations,   £75.00 -  Statutory Organisations
Closing date for bookings: Tuesday 31st January 2012, Course held at: GVOC, John Haswell House, Gateshead



Have Your Say on the Future Plans of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has launched its public consultation on the Service's Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). Integrated Risk Management Planning is about allocating resources in the most effective way to improve public safety, reduce the number of fire incidents and save lives. The Service has made significant progress over recent years in improving the safety of residents and businesses across County Durham and Darlington. Their aim is to continue to protect local communities during a period of sustained and unprecedented cuts in public spending.

The consultation process gives everyone the opportunity to have their say about the changes being proposed and will involve staff, residents, businesses, partner organisations and representative bodies.

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Durham County Council Consult on the Durham HealthWatch Model

Following Durham County Council’s HealthWatch Reference Group meeting held on the 19th October at the Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe the Council have issued a consultation document “Engagement and consultation on the model for Durham HealthWatch” which needs a response by the 13th January 2012.

If you would like the opportunity to read the feedback on the discussions of what Local HealthWatch should look like in Durham, please visit the LINk website or alternatively email Melanie Turnbull at Melanie.Turnbull@durham.gov.uk to receive a copy.

Consultation: HMRC Consults on New Definition of Charity for Tax Purposes

HM Revenue and Customs has produced draft orders that will apply a new single definition of a charity, charitable company and charitable trust across all UK charity tax relief and exemptions, due for April 2012. Currently the new definition, set out in Part 1 of Schedule 6 to the Finance Act 2010, only applies to gift aid, and includes the “fit and proper person” rule. The deadline for consultation responses is 20 January.
To find out more visit the HMRC website

How Does TUPE affect you? National Survey to Present to Government

Does your organisation have experience of TUPE or has your organisation avoided a contract because of TUPE? If yes, NCVO, NAVCA, LVSC, ACEVO and others are keen to hear from you. This group of umbrella bodies are running a national survey of the voluntary and community sector to find out how TUPE is impacting on organisations, and what needs to change. The research will be shared with the sector and presented to the Department of Business Skills and Innovation who are running a wider survey. The deadline for responses is 20 January.

To find out more visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/TUPEregs

Household Waste Recycling Centre Consultation

As you may be aware, Durham County Council's cabinet have agreed to begin a consultation on proposals for the future provision of household waste recycling centre (HWRC) facilities.

In summary, the survey seeks to gauge opinion on the proposed changes which involve:
•    closures
•    permits
•    mobile provision
•    opening hours
•    the types of vehicle allowed on site

The consultation runs for twelve weeks. Detailed background information is available on the consultation pages of Durham County Council’s website at www.durham.gov.uk/consultation where you can submit your views on the online survey.  If you have any queries, call the Strategic Waste Management Team on 0191 383 5674.

The consultation closes on Friday 20 January 2012.


Commons Committee Gives its Views on the Big Society Agenda

The House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee published its report on The Big Society on the 14th December, with an extended headline of "Big Society doesn't do enough to help 'the little society': Without a coherent implementation plan, there is confusion over message, whilst smaller charities face barriers in contracting and commissioning policies." Read PASC report. PASC calls on the government to appoint a single minister to take charge of the agenda and recommends the introduction of impact assessments for every government measure.

The Guardian rounds up some sector (and politician) reaction, NCVO's full response, and Civil Society Media has a piece saying that if the government is serious about getting charities to help create the Big Society, it should give the sector back its irrecoverable VAT, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/11159/.

Source: VolResource

Youth Contract

The recently announced Youth Contract scheme will offer wage incentives that will be available to voluntary sector employers. If voluntary sector organisations can provide young people with sustainable paid jobs, they could be eligible for the wage incentive scheme. The scheme will be delivered through the Work Programme, and the Department for Work and Pensions will be talking to employers, providers and other key stakeholders, including the voluntary and community sector, as they develop the detailed design.
To find out more visit the Department of Work and Pensions website


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 indsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk


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