Following the success of SPIED, the project was granted a further three years of funding to continue to support the community of East Durham. Since COVID-19, SPIED changed rapidly to ensure that East Durham Trust could still support people in financial hardship as efficiently and effectively as before. For example, many services SPIED offered beforehand took place face to face, however due to social distancing restrictions and for the safety of both our staff and our clients, we cancelled some of these services. SPIED 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 lunchesdelivered 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
Charity No: 1117642 Company No: 05934124
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 and health inequality. East Durham Trust’s operates on a ‘hub and spoke’ approach through well-established partnerships with our communities. We work directly with community members and partners to facilitate prevention, intervention and crisis support services delivered in our communities, for our communities and by our communities.
We empower people to take ownership of their own needs and work to lift up those most in need in East Durham. We help build and maintain meaningful relationships within our community ensuring those on the margins are helped to be in reach of a spectrum vital services.