Following the success of SPIED, the project has been granted a further 3 years of funding to continue to support the community of East Durham.
Since COVID-19 SPIED has had to change rapidly to ensure that East Durham Trust can still support people in financial hardship as efficiently and effectively as before. For example, many services SPIED offered beforehand were able to take place face to face, however due to social distancing restrictions and for the safety of both our staff and our clients, we've had to cancel for the foreseeable future. SPIED now offers:
Benefits advice over the phone, including how to make a new claim, which benefits should be applied for and advise around the furlough scheme.
Debt advice - Particularly to people who are claiming Universal Credit and are having large deductions taken off their benefit. General debt advice can still be given.
Packed lunches delivered to children's homes - Aimed at families who find themselves in financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Emergency Food Parcels to local people in crisis.
Supported shopping trips/prescription pick up - this service is for people who are isolated or shielding.
Resilience Training - Delivered by MIND but now taking place over the phone.
Chit Chat - Local people in isolation receiving a telephone call up to 3 times per week.
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.