East Durham Trust, who serves the former coalfield areas across Easington District, have received over £250,000 from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities fund. The cash will be used to support a range of Community based interventions that help local people who are suffering financial difficulty.
Over the next three years the funding will facilitate a package of initiatives including the extension of the successful Community Job Clubs programme, assistance for people who are suffering from debt or the effects of Benefit cuts and financial support for people in their first month of employment.
The Trust sees the award as welcome recognition for their work in the community and comes at a time when local people are continuing to suffer greater levels of hardship.
As Chief Executive Malcolm Fallow explained, “This funding will ultimately have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of local people. Having spent many years working hard to counter the effects of Public Spending Cuts, Welfare Reform and a negative economic climate we are boosted by this news.”
Established over ten years ago, East Durham Trust have an established reputation for tackling local issues by working alongside local community groups and volunteers. The new project, known as SPIED (Stop Poverty in East Durham), will build on previous success and will support thousands of local people up to 2019.