East Durham Newsletter No 13

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The next County Durham LINk surgery will take place at East Lea Community Centre on 9th February. Please note the change of venue for both this and the following surgery. More details follow bellow.

Don't forget if you vist the Social Networking site Facebook to Like the East Durham Trust page


New Food Co-ops Launched

The East Durham Trust Food Co-op project has seen two new venues successfully launch their own fresh fruit and vegetable co-ops this week.

Eden Lane Football Club, Peterlee launched on Wednesday 25th Jan from 10am-12pm and will run fortnightly

Gully House, Wingate launched on Thursday 26th Jan from 10am-12pm and will also run fortnightly.

Food Co-ops are already successfully established in other many East Durham Community centres . For further information visit the East Durham Trust website

Widening Membership Criteria for Credit Unions

As of 8th January credit unions will be able to widen membership criteria, including to community groups, social enterprises and businesses, not just individuals, This news article has further details http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/11220/.

Durham County Credit Union is a savings and loans co-operative for the local area. If you live or work anywhere in County Durham and are over 16 then you can join. For further information including collection point times and venues follow this link

New Start Date and Funding for Local HealthWatch

Further details on the establishment of local HealthWatch bodies, including a new start date and extra funding, have been set out by Health Minister Andrew Lansley.
Following feedback from local authorities and Local Involvement Networks, the start date has been moved from October 2012 to April 2013. It has also been agreed to supply additional funding to be used to establish Local HealthWatch.
To read the full announcement please visit the Department of Health website: www.dh.gov.uk.

Public Health in Local Government

The new public health system, which is due to be implemented from April 2013, will see local authorities take the lead for improving health, coordinating local efforts to protect the public's health and ensuring health services promote population health.
The Department of Health has published a series of factsheets explaining the details. Further operational details - including a public health outcomes framework and details on public health funding and workforce issues - will follow early this year. For further infomration visit the Department of Health website


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,
Accent Housing, Blackhall
Healthworks, Easington Colliery,
Easington Social Wefare, Easington
The Lisa Dixon Centre, Haswell
The Hazellwell Centre, Haswell
The Greenhills Centre, Wheatley Hill,
Wingate and Sations Town Family Centre,
Shotton Community Centre
St Mary's Church Hall, Horden
Horden Youth and Community Centre
East Durham College, Peterlee
East Durham Homes Outlet, Peterlee
The Pavilion, Peterlee
Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee
Centre for Health, Whitehouse Business Park
The Resource Centre, Murton
East Durham Homes Outlet, Seaham
Seaham Crisis Centre, Seaham
The Robin Todd Centre, South Hetton
Appleton House, Durham

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

E Petition Regarding Review of Cuts

This is a petition placed on the Government's own website. It calls for the government to "Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families". This petition has come from a group of ordinary volunteers, who are carers and/or disabled people who are alarmed by the number of changes taking place and their effect on society's most vulnerable people.
To find out more visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968

Launch of Horizons

Horizons  was launched on 4th January 2012, and is a partnership project between DISC, Action for Children, Cornforth Partnership and Consett YMCA. The project is an exciting new venture for Young Adult Carers in County Durham and is funded by the Big Lottery.

The project will work with Young Adult Carers aged 14-25 across the whole of County Durham with a focus on fulfilling potential and achieving aspirations. As well as direct work with Young Adult Carers and their Families we will also have Capacity Builders who will be working jointly with education and agencies (both statutory and voluntary) across the County to raise awareness and build referral pathways so that Young Adult Carers are no longer hidden and to ‘bridge the gap’ for Young Adult Carers between Children’s and Adult services.

As well as offering direct support to Young Adult Carers we offer training, information advice and guidance to statutory and voluntary services and agencies working with both children and young people and adults. All enquiries are welcome – please contact Rachel McCormack, Linda O’Neill or Cheryl Hunter at: DISC, Sapphire House, 01325 731160 or Email: horizons@disc-vol.org.uk



Community Film Unit: Speak Up Fund (England)

The Speak Up Fund is run by the Community Film Unit to partially fund films for organisations and groups that are dedicated to their local communities. The Fund aspires to make high-quality film available to organisations who have either not considered it before, never had access to professional training, or been unable to
justify the costs of producing their own film resources.
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Henry Smith's Charity: Holiday Grants for Children (UK)

The Henry Smith’s Charity is currently accepting applications through its Holiday Grant for Children Programme. Applications can be made by schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, are experiencing disadvantage, or those who have a disability. Read More

Blackhall: Ideas into Action

The Ideas into Action pilot programme launched yesterday (10th January 2012).

In the North East one of the eligible areas is the Blackhalls ward in East Durham.

The funding can be used to help get an idea off the ground. The idea should bring people together to make a difference in their community. We expect to fund a wide range of activities and the grant can cover the costs associated with making the idea happen.

All of the people involved in the application need to live in an eligible area, you can check if they live in an eligible area by putting their postcode their website at Ideas into Action. They also need to know about the idea and be prepared to help put it into action.Read More



‘Dyslexia Awareness’ Presentation

A FREE dyslexia awareness presentation is available to local community and volunteer groups throughout Co Durham and Tyne and Wear, an overview will be given on the following topics:
•    Signs of dyslexia.
•    What it is like to be dyslexic. (The presenter has dyslexic herself so has first-hand experience) including how dyslexia affects self-esteem?
•    Some simple things to improve the dyslexic environment.
•    How employers can help in the workplace.
•    How teachers/parents can help in the child.
The presentation can be tailored to be as in-depth or brief as you would like it to be to fit in with your organisational needs.  Dys-spell is a dyslexia support service in the Derwentside area but the presentation can be provided in other areas. For more information please go to www.dys-spell.co.uk or telephone Maggie on 01207 693940.


FREE Training Workshops for Women's Organisations & Groups

Friday 24th February 2012 from 11 am to 5.00 pm, Allington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham City, DH1 3ET

Choose from ONE of the following:

Influence, power and policy - A workshop covering lobbying local authorities, MPs and Parliament.- Facilitator Jessica from Metheringham-Owlett Political engagement

Persuading MPs, influencing policy decisions and understanding what happens in Westminster and in local government.  We'll focus on how to  build relationships with sympathetic MPs and how to approach different political audiences.  Bring along your experiences and share practical advice on political engagement.
BOOK HERE NOW! - There are only 10 places available on this course


Introduction to developing a sustainable funding mix - Facilitator Rukshana Kapasi from Women's Resource Centre

  • Planning and Strategy
  • Alternative ways to save money
  • Developing income from Individual Donors
  • Commissioning and procurement
  • Trading and social enterprise

BOOK HERE NOW!  - There are only 14 places available on this course

Sue Robson sue@newwomens.net  http://www.newwomens.net/
07813 109 215 (please note that Sue only works for 1.5 days per week on NEWomen's network)

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

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Corporate and Community Fundraising Courses in Newcastle upon Tyne

Thursday 23rd February 2012
Disability North, Gosforth, Newcastl
e upon Ty
ne, with free parking for all delegates
Each costs just £49 plus VAT, and includes a full course handbook on disc, tea & coffee,


How to identify target companies
Researching these targets effectively
Methods of approaching your targets
What fundraising products you can use
Success in corporate sponsorship
Making sure you match corporate needs
Using sales promotion tools well
How to develop long-term beneficial relationships with companies

Book online at: Company Solutions


1.30 to 4.30pm
Successful events fundraising
Building events into long term income generators
Enhancing event participation
Developing use of the media in local fundraising
Increasing event profitability
Building volunteer support of fundraising
Improving event design
Developing volunteer fundraising groups

Book online at : Company Solutions Website



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 is David Taylor-Gooby .

The reprentatives will  be available at the following surgeries:

Thursday 9th February 2012 1pm till 3pm NEW VENUE  East Lea Community Centre

Wednesday 7th March 2011 10am till 12 noon NEW VENUE Blackhall Community Centre

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


Valentine Dance at Blackhall Community Centre

Saturday 18th February 2012 with live Music Featuring The Alf Langthorne Quartet
Tempo at its best!!
Dancing from 8pm to 11pm and Tickets £3.50
Ballroom, Latin, Sequence, Rock & Roll
Bingo and Raffle

EngAge Network Events

Become a ‘Confident Consumer’.
This training helps you identify age discrimination, be more assertive in requesting services and how to get the help that you need. It may help you take a pair of shoes back to a shop, speak up for your group at a meeting, or just feel more confident in expressing an opinion. If you would like to join a training course near you please contact the EngAge Team. It can be delivered to any group or individual as long as they are 50+ and living in County Durham. Individuals can express an interest and will be signposted to the next available course. FREE

Regular monthly social and friendship group for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people Takes place on the second Wednesday in the month between 11:00am - 1:00pm with a shared lunch at Belmont, near Durham City. Please contact Clare Midgley on 0191 3839750 to discuss your needs.

Contact the EngAge Team on 0191 3839750 or email engage@ageukcountydurham.org.uk  if you would like to find out more.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Events

Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) is pleased to announce a programme of safe, welcoming and inclusive events for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and their friends who live in County Durham. 
The programme which includes talks, seminars, socials, music nights, and a summer ball has been organised by the AAP and partners including Gay Advice Durham and Darlington; DISC, Chester-le-Street CVS and Engage, Age UK (County Durham) as well as Durham County Council. All these agencies are fund-raising and contributing in kind towards the cost of the programme. These events will contribute towards the priorities of the Area Action Partnership by supporting the voluntary and community sector and making the City Centre a safer place to be.  “It will be nice to be able to go out, be ourselves and be safe” said a member of Age UK Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Group. You are invited to contact Jayne Mills at Durham AAP on 0191-301-8871 or jayne.mills@durham.gov.uk

A calendar of events is available to download here

Criminal Justice System Event – 30th March 2012 – Bowburn Community Centre

On Friday 30th March 2012 One Voice Network will be holding a Criminal Justice System (CJS) Event at Bowburn Community Centre.  The event will look at:

The Criminal Justice System in County Durham;
How VCS organisations, both large and small can engage with the CJS;
What opportunities are available for VCS organisations to the support the delivery of CJS priorities;
The experience of organisations already supporting the delivery of CJS priorities;
How VCS organisations can build relationships with key CJS commissioners and who those commissioners are.
Please keep the date free in your diary. There has not been much discussion in County Durham about how the wider VCS can engage with this agenda and the opportunities it may present. Therefore your attendance and input into this event, which we hope will be the start of ongoing discussions, will be much appreciated.

Further information, including an agenda and booking procedures will be available in due course.  Peter Locke,
Sustainability and Funding Officer, One Voice Network Tel: 01207 529621


Northern Employment Conference for the Voluntary and Community Sector

5 March, 9.30am to 4.00pm at Royal York Hotel, York
This comprehensive conference is open to organisations that operate in the north east. There will be discussions on key employment issues for voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations including disability and employment, managing absence, leadership in the sector, performance management, social networking, managing conflict and an employment law update.
For event flyer click here



Data Protection Advisory Visits

Charities as well as small businesses are being encouraged to invite an 'advisory visit' from the Information Commissioner's Office to provide advice on issues relating to data protection. This is an alternative to a full-blown audit, and involves a one day visit from a member of ICO's good practice team to see what they do with data and how they do it. There is no charge, and a short report is produced at the end summarising action to take. For more information visit the  Information Commissioners Office website.

Source:Vol Resource

TUPE: transferring employment rights to and from your organisation

The NCVO TUPE guide has been updated. If your organisation transfers a project, organisation or part of an organisation, The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) may apply. If TUPE does apply, your organisation has legal obligations including responsibility for employees assigned to the project, organisation or part of the organisation transferring, and most employment rights and liabilities relating to those employees, will pass to the new employer. The guide describes the TUPE Regulations for staff transfers; explains what you will need to do should TUPE apply; includes information on good practice; and other information you need to be aware of.
To find out more visit www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/sites/default/files/NCVO_TUPE_Factsheet_Revised_Jan_2012.pdf


Charities Act 2011 – New Legislation Receives Royal Assent

The Charities Act 2011 received Royal Assent on 14 December and will come into force in March. The new Act repeals and replaces the Recreational Charities Act 1958, the Charities Act 1993 and many of the provisions of the Charities Act 2006. The new act consolidates existing legislation and so does change charity law. The Charity Commission will be working to update its guidance to reflect changes in the law.
To find out more visit www.charity-commission.gov.uk

‘Rain tax’ Subsidy Extended for One Year

VONNE reported on Northumbria Water’s consultation on a new “rain tax” for community buildings last year. Northumbria Water said the results of the survey were inconclusive and has agreed to extend the subsidy for another year. This was also in view of the government’s plans to expand the idea of social tariffs, which might involve a future review of all charges. The concession will remain until these uncertainties are resolved while at the same time gathering more information as to the attitudes towards cross-subsidy and the impact of its removal or change. VONNE board member George Courtice attended the consultation meetings and has written a short summary on the discussions that took place.
To find out more visit the VONNE website

Source: VONNE



National Citizens Service Delivery Partners 2012 by Local Authority Area

In 2012 National Citizen Service will give up to 30,000 16-year-olds the chance to learn new skills and get involved in their community, a three-fold increase in the number of places in 2011. The scheme will take place in a number of different locations across England.
In the Durham area providers include, Academy of Youth and V

For more information visit the Department for Education website



Toolkit for Supporting Community Led Regeneration

The Department for Communities and Local Government has updated its toolkit for community led regeneration, which lists the various programmes, policies and funding streams the Government thinks might support regeneration activity.
To find out more visit the Communities and Local Government website


VCS Hub Links Schools and Groups Offering Extra-Curricular Activities

ContinYou and their partners, the University of the First Age, QiSS and 4Children, are working with the Department for Education to enable schools to easily find high-quality extra-curricular activities and programmes for their KS1, KS2 or KS3 pupils or their SEN pupils up to age 16. To achieve this, the Learning Exchange has developed a new database called the VCS Hub which holds the profiles of quality-checked voluntary and community sector organisations offering extra-curricular activities (after-school, holiday clubs etc) to pupils aged 5 – 14 years, and up to 16 for pupils with special needs. On joining the VCS Hub, an organisation becomes a member of the Learning Exchange and can then take advantage of the free resources, support and training they offer.

To find out more visit www.learning-exchange.org.uk

 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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