Active Through Football (ATF) is an exciting new programme from Sport England, funded by the National Lottery and delivered by the Football Foundation.
The ATF County Durham Consortium are currently working on a funding application to bring investment into the County which would create a range of new activities over the next 5 years based on residents' needs (if funded).
As part of their application, they are gathering information direct from residents living in the areas listed below, to be included as evidence that there is a need to deliver the ATF programme in Durham.
They would like to hear from as many people as possible, even if you have never kicked a football in your life.
North Durham (Consett, Stanley, Leadgate, Annfield Plain, Dipton, Kip Hill)
East Durham (Dalton-le-Dale, Easington Colliery, Easington Village, Haswell, Horden, Seaham, Shotton)
They are particularly keen to hear from people who currently do less than 30 minutes of activity a week.
The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and will help them strengthen their application. All those completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw and ten people will be drawn at random to win a £25 Amazon voucher.
The survey will close on the 30 March 2021.
Durham Active Through Football Survey
They are also seeking the views of residents through small online focus groups.
Focus groups will take place via Zoom w/c the 8th and 15th March and will last no more than 60 minutes. Please complete the relevant section of the survey if you are interested in taking part in an online focus group. All those taking part in a focus group will be entered into a prize draw, including 5 x £50 Amazon vouchers.
Our friends at East Durham Transport are available for transport to health appointments.
Their 16 seater minibuses ensure social distancing is adhered to and also have vehicles with access for 1 fixed wheelchair. All drivers are fully trained to MiDAS standards and follow strict COVID secure procedures as outlined by the Government.
Please contact Angela on 0191 5182633. Mon – Fri 9am – 12pm only. Please try and give as much notice as possible as they have limited drivers and vehicles and get very busy.
Band 1: Peterlee, Horden, Easington, Blackhall, Thornley, Wingate & Station Town areas
Band 2: Seaham & Murton areas
For those lucky enough to be offered the vaccine they can provide transport to your local doctors (home town or village to within the same town or village) at a cost of £10 return.
If you have any other appointments to other destinations they will discuss a price with you when you contact them.
Meeting to be livestreamed
A meeting of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee for County Durham CCG has been convened and members of the public can observe their work via a livestream link on the CCG’s Facebook page.
The meeting is being held on:
Tuesday 15 December 2020 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Questions for the Primary Care Commissioning Committee can be submitted in advance via firstname.lastname@example.org but no later than 12noon on Friday 11 December 2020.
The meeting agenda and papers will be available prior to the meeting online at https://countydurhamccg.nhs.uk/events/primary-care-commissioning-committee-meetings/
Support from the Bernicia Foundation helped feed and provide arts and crafts activities for more than 900 people from County Durham during lockdown.
A grant of £6,250 ensured the East Durham Trust was able to deliver packed lunches and activity packs to households hit hard by the pandemic.
Parcels containing a loaf of bread, ham, cheese, crisps, biscuits and fruit were distributed to hundreds of families by volunteers from the Lisa Dixon Centre, Haswell, and Dawdon Youth and Community Centre in Seaham.
Bernicia, which created the £1m Bernicia Foundation to help organisations promoting financial and social inclusion, moved quickly to make £200,000 of foundation funding immediately available to tackle hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Funding was distributed to eight local authorities who used their local knowledge to ensure it quickly reached those able to deliver targeted help to people in need.
For the full article visit: https://berniciafoundation.com/foundation-support-helps-families-through-lockdown/
Durham Deafened Support are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:
More information can be found on their website at www.ddsupport.org.uk/
For an application pack contact Durham Deafened Support on 0191 5183358 or email email@example.com
People across Teesside, County Durham, Darlington, North Yorkshire and York are being asked to share their views to help improve mental health and learning disability services.
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) has launched ‘Our Big Conversation’ and is asking people to share their views to help to improve the quality of care it provides for service users, carers and families.
They have launched 'Our Big Conversation', which runs until 8 September, and are asking everyone to get involved and to share their thoughts, ideas and insights.
For more information and to join 'Our Big Conversation' visit https://tellbrent.clevertogether.com/experiences
What is this study about?
We are working on a study to explore the quality of care received by young people and young adults who are currently transitioning, or who have previously transitioned their ongoing healthcare needs from child to adult services.
“Transition” is defined as the purposeful, planned process that addresses the medical, psychosocial, educational and vocational needs of a young person as they move from child-centred to adult-centred healthcare. (Blum R. W. et al, Transition from child-centred to adult health-care systems for adolescents with chronic conditions. A position paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, J Adolesc Health, 1993 Nov;14(7):570-6.)
As an example, we will be looking at young people and young adults with chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy or epilepsy who have experience transferring their care from a paediatrician or child health clinician to a doctor in adult medicine, GP or other adult health clinician.
The aim of the study will be to produce a report for clinicians and other professionals about how to improve the care they deliver, and guidance for young people and families on what care you should expect to receive.
As part of the scoping of this project we are asking young people and parent carers about your experiences and interactions with healthcare services during the transition period.
To make sure we include your views when designing the study we would like to ask you a few questions about the process of transition.
If you need this survey in another language or braille please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 020 7251 9060
Who should complete this survey?
Please complete this survey if you, or the person you care for:
Are under 25 years old
Has any condition that requires ongoing healthcare management (this can include both physical and/or mental health conditions)
Has had experience transitioning from child to adult services
ALL RESPONSES GIVEN AS PART OF THIS SURVEY ARE CONFIDENTIAL
Please click HERE to complete survey
Our lovely Chit Chat volunteers are delighted to be returning to the office!
For the past 4 months, Gladys (Left) and Linda (Right) have been calling vulnerable residents of East Durham from their homes throughout the entirety of the coronavirus pandemic.
'Chit Chat' aims to help the well being of local people through the provision of regular support and social interaction.
Macmillan Cancer Support provides support for this project with volunteers trained to be a listening ear for those affected by cancer.
To find out more about our Chit Chat service, you can visit our page here
Despite all of the barriers and problems that Covid19 could throw at us we will be having our Arts Café in East Durham.
Struggling with anything to do with mental health?
Mind Charity offer a Mental Health Infoline open 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday (Except for Bank Holidays).
The Infoline offers an information and signposting service where you can ask about:
- Mental Health problems
- Where to get help near you
- Treatment options
- Advocacy services
For more information and a range of other helplines, advice and services available, please visit:
A County Durham learning service has adapted during the coronavirus outbreak to continue to reach hundreds of adults and children. The home delivery of learning packages means that, to date, 274 adults and 414 children have continued to engage with East Durham Trust, which delivers community learning on behalf of our Adult Learning Skills Service. As well as helping families and individuals develop new skills and enjoy learning together, the packages also include a meal.
The sessions target vulnerable families and are usually delivered throughout the school holidays, when school meals have previously not been available.
The coronavirus outbreak put a hold on classroom activities and communal meals. However, with more vulnerable families needing extra help, new ways of providing services and reaching the community have been introduced.
Home deliveries have seen families receive arts and crafts learning packs with accompanying resources and information, such as rainbow mosaic making and bunting in celebration of VE day. To ensure learners can do activities without the help of tutors, special instructions have been provided, and activities matched to their needs.
Debbie Watson was referred to the project by a Durham County Council One Point family worker.
A single parent of two children, aged 11 and 13, she received an activity pack that the whole family could get involved with. Debbie said: "We enjoyed participating in the learning activity as a family and it provided a good opportunity to do something positive together during this period of uncertainty. "Once lockdown is over, and some type of normality resumes, I would like to learn some more new skills including sign language. I also would like to take part in a walk leader course and volunteer in the local community."
As well as activity packs, the service has been providing a meal of pie, peas and potatoes, along with cake for dessert. A total of 688 meals have been delivered so far.
Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children's and young people's services, said: "We are so pleased that families and individuals can continue to grow in skills and in confidence despite the unfortunate circumstances the pandemic has presented us with. Whilst face to face interaction cannot be replaced, the home deliveries are helping us all stay connected and keep learning."
Durham Deafened Support (DDS) has a twenty one-year history of successfully supporting people with hearing loss, living in County Durham and Darlington. DDS provides reintegration and support services which enable the deafened person, and their families, to cope better with the changes caused to their lives.
Durham Deafened Support is seeking a person with a creative approach, excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work unsupervised. This post is to support the Manager/Coordinator of DDS in the delivery of services supporting Deaf, deafened, hearing-impaired and deaf/blind people. The successful applicant will work as a member of a small team.
This post is part-time, 21 hours per week, fixed term for one year in the first instance, subject to annual review. The rate of pay is £9.27 per hour. The post is subject to a 3 month Probationary Period.
The person appointed will be based at the DDS office in Horden, but the role will involve travel throughout the County Durham and Darlington area. Access to own transport is therefore essential.
The post is subject to successful DBS Enhanced Disclosure and receipt of appropriate references.
For an application pack please contact: Tel: 0191 5183358 or e-mail: email@example.com
Supportive Care is holding a ‘Recruitment Roadshow’ in various places throughout our area to recruit for Home Care Assistants. Below is a list of when and where.
The Comic Relief Community Fund will invest in grass roots community-led organisations to bring about lasting change and legacy for local people.The Fund has four main objectives and will support innovative projects that will tackle Comic Reliefs’ four core themes:
Funding will be available to strengthen local organisations helping them with skills and advice to drive community projects forward, as well as providing the necessary funding and support that groups need to kick-start new initiatives.
Capacity building grants of up to £500 will support organisations to become more robust and better able to deliver projects that have a legacy beyond the funding. Funding will support activities such as developing organisational governance, policies and procedures as well as increasing overall capacity in groups.
Grant funding of up to £4,000 will be available for projects, including purchasing items, materials and equipment to benefit the local community, improvements to a community building, developing an outdoor space or running a community project or activity. Projects can also fund coordinators to manage volunteers, staff to lead activities or training sessions, workshops and community activities.
To be eligible, your group or organisation must:
To apply, follow the link below:
Comic Relief Community Grants
Believe Housing are welcoming applications from not-for-profit and voluntary organisations as well as local schools.
In order to qualify for the £500 community grant, your project must benefit the local community in one or more of the areas that Believe Housing operate in.
The grant can be used to support:
- Assistance to set up a class or other residential activity.
- Paying travel costs.
- Buying equipment for community-based activities.
- Funding an event.
- Printing a community newsletter or other communications materials.
- Contributing towards venue hire and rent up to 25% of the grant to a maximum of £125
- Supporting activities that encourage social integration, develop sustainable communities and start-up projects.
- Funding short term coaching or training costs.
To view a full list of locations that qualify for the grant, for more information and to apply for the grant, please follow the link below:
Friday 24th April 2020 (09.00 – 15.30)
STRIVE Academic Centre, The James Cook University Hospital,
Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW
Acute oncology refers to the management of the unexpected care needs of the patient with cancer, including emergency situations and the acutely unwell patient. This study day touches on some of the topics that arise within acute oncology.
Advanced Care Practitioner roles in oncology
Oncology care for elderly and frail patients
Venous thrombus embolism in oncology and haematology
Acute pain team; interventions to achieve pain control
Vague symptom pathway pilot one year on
This event is FREE of charge to attend
Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Register online now at:
Calling all practitioners, non-practitioners, parent/carers, young people and young adults.
Now the Durham Local Offer is being updated and reviewed, we want to know what YOU think should be on the local offer from a HEALTH point of view. This could be content, links, information etc.
They would be really grateful if you could complete the survey by 31 January 2020. The Local Offer is a shared resource, and the more informative and useful it is to people the better.
The three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in County Durham and Darlington (NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG (DDES), Darlington CCG and North Durham CCG) will relaunch their two public consultations to ask local people to share their views and ideas on Stroke Rehabilitation Services and Inpatient Rehabilitation (Ward 6) at Bishop Auckland Hospital. They will both run until Tuesday 3rd March 2020.
The initial consultations, which started in October 2019, were paused due to the nnouncement of the general election and therefore lead to a period of purdah.
Please see below details of how you can find information for both consultations. Also included below are details of how you can get involved and the link to our websites for all of the consultation materials.
We are holding four public events for each consultation, if you wish to attend one, please register on the Eventbrite links below or by telephoning 0191 389 8609 and leave your name, email address or home address and phone number and which event you would like to attend or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Stroke Rehabilitation public events
Saturday 25 January 2020
Bishop Auckland Football Club
Tuesday 4 February 2020
Durham Town Hall
Thursday 6 February 2020
The Witham, Barnard Castle
Tuesday 11 February 2020
St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington
Ward 6 public events
Thursday 30 January 2020
Saturday, 8 February 2020
Durham Town Hall
The Witham, Barnard Castle
Wednesday 12 February 2020
Bishop Auckland Football Club, Bishop Auckland
Tuesday 25 February 2020
St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington
Ways in which people can get involved
1. Visit their websites for full details on the consultations and to read the stakeholder briefing and full consultation documents: Stroke Rehabilitation Services and Ward 6
2. Complete the Stroke Rehabilitation consultation survey and Inpatient Rehabilitation (Ward 6) consultation survey
If you have any questions please call 0191 389 8609 and leave your name, email address or phone number or email email@example.com
They can provide versions of the consultation document in other languages and formats such as Braille and large print on request. Please contact the NECS Communications Team on 01642 745401.
Venue: The Hazelwell Centre, Haswell, DH6 2DY
Date and Time: 09th December 2019 at 10:00am
All members are invited to attend.
Apologies to be submitted to Colin Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have another brilliant volunteer giving up his time to help with our People's Takeaway project. We would like to welcome Keiron to our team where he will be helping us to make pizzas for struggling families and individuals throughout East Durham every Friday.
The People's Takeaway project is supported by:
Believe Housing Limited
Further information on the People's Takeaway is available HERE.
Every Thursday for the past 6 weeks East Durham Creates and East Durham Trust have been hosting art workshops with refugees who have resettled in East Durham.
They have tried a variant of different art forms including willow weaving, college, cyanotypes, origami, steel drums and sculpting.
We are continuing to work with them over the coming weeks to organise an exhibition of their work in a celebratory event - so keep your eyes peeled for more information.
It was great to see our keen volunteers from the Horden Hub House Men's Group making the most of the beautiful weather and getting busy in the garden this morning.
East Durham Trust
T: 0191 5693511