The Winter Squads consist of four volunteers and help local residents during the winter months by clearing ice and snow from paths, help with shopping, arrange medical appointments and generally check on people during extreme weather.
Volunteers undertake training and are issued with uniform and equipment. They are based in local communities and make links with more vulnerable residents and referral agencies identifying areas in their villages where help may be needed. They can provide information on local activities and facilities and also refer people onto other agencies for further help and support.
During 2010/2011 there was four squads in Blackhall, Shotton, Murton and Thornley managed by East Durham Trust. During winter 2011/2012 this was increased by a further four groups and included Hesleden, Trimdon, Eastlea and Haswell Mencap
Winter Squads was supported by East Durham Area Action, Partnership, Durham County Council and County Durham Community Foundation. You can download a copy of the full evaluation report for 2010/2011 here and for 2011/2012 here
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.