Following the success of the Welfare Champions Project and with support from East Durham Area Action Partnership, East Durham Trust launched the Debt First Aiders project. We recruited an army of local volunteers who have been trained to provide initial support to people who are currently facing debt or welfare issues and concerns. Our volunteers were based in the community, in venues across East Durham and had a sound knowledge of local services which they can signpost people to get them the support they need.
Additional funding from the Scottish Power Energy People Trust was provided to support those affected by energy related debt issues which included additional training and volunteers to help with these issues.
Debt Advice Services are Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
East Durham Trust Community House Yoden Road Peterlee SR8 5DP T: 0191 5693511
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, providing holiday activities with food, getting the disengaged engaged with the arts and more.