East Durham Trust provides a range of services for people in the East Durham area, many facing disadvantage and poverty. Click on the video below for examples of the work we do.
Couch to 5K runners complete gruelling Castle Eden Dene Run for Run East Durham Project
Hundreds of people took part in a grueling 5k trail run through Peterlee's Castle Eden Dene on the 20th June.
The event was part of the Run East Durham project, which is attempting to increase levels of physical activity in the area. The project is funded by County Durham Community Foundation and many of the runners have been working up to the 5k challenge with training sessions held in communities across East Durham, as part of our 'Couch to 5K' programme.
The runners did amazingly well, with everyone making it to the top of the infamous 'heart attack hill'. There were lots of great stories from the runners, many of whom had never done anything like this before. For example it was Margaret's 70th birthday as well as her first 5k run! Even the East Durham Trust staff got involved and have been training together and motivating each other in the office. It seems that the run has inspired many to keep up their training and in some cases join running clubs or become run leaders for the next phase of the project.
Runners were also asked to bring donations to our food bank as part of their entry to the race. We were staggered by the amount of donations we received and are truly grateful for everyone's support.
Trust Launches Exciting New Social Inclusion Project
East Durham Trust today launched the “Walk Together” programme that will see over 40 walks staged across the district with over 300 people taking part. The project is funded by County Durham Community Foundation as part of their “Enriching Later Life” initiative and is aimed at promoting physical activity and tackling social isolation.
Chief Executive Malcolm Fallow explained, “Research shows that as people approach later life their social networks and contact with others reduces. Ultimately this can lead to issues around loneliness and affect mental wellbeing- this project is looking to simply give people the opportunity to mix whilst getting a degree of physical exercise at the same time”.
The walks will be aimed at people aged over 50 and will start and finish at local community venues- always ending with a cup of tea!
Margaret Vaughan from the County Durham Community Foundation explained “As most people are aware County Durham has an aging population and it is great to be in a position to support an initiative that seeks to provide a vital social connection for people”.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the project should contact the Project Co-ordinator Alison Pattison on 0191 5693511.
Young People Watch Birdsong at Gala Theatre
A group of 10 young people went to watch an incredible performance of Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong at the Gala Theatre in Durham, as part of the launch of our 'No More Nowt Happens' project, aiming to get young people more involved in staging arts events in East Durham. The group had a fantastic time and were incredibly moved by the performance. They were also treated to a backstage tour of the sets after the performance and an opportunity to talk to people from the Gala Theatre about different career paths and the process of putting on a show. They learnt about sound, lighting, props and other aspects of the theatre. The group left feeling very inspired!
Go and See - Hull: UK City of Culture 2018
Delegation from East Durham Experiences The Impact!
Almost 40 residents from East Durham took part in a fact-finding visit to Hull which is the UK City of Culture for 2018. The delegation was part of our East Durham Creates 'Go and See' Programme and included people from all walks of life in our community...
East Durham Trust Community House Yoden Road Peterlee SR8 5DP T: 0191 5693511 F: 0191 5693522
WHAT WE DO
We help the communities of the former district of Easington which is made up 20 distinct areas, most of which are former Pit villages that continue to be hugely affected by deprivation following the closure of the Pits. We run a wide range of projects to help the community fight disadvantage including food parcels, telephone befriending for the socially isolated, helping people in the downward spiral of debt, supporting people to get the benefits they deserve, helping people get into employment, providing holiday activities with food, getting the disengaged engaged with the arts, support for single parents, arts on prescription, community loans and SO MUCH MORE!