Welfare Reform Fund Now Open!


Derwent Valley AAP Welfare Reform Fund 2019/2020 – Now Open!


The Derwent Valley AAP Welfare Reform Fund 2019/2020 is now open for expressions of interest. The Welfare Reform Fund of £10,000 aims to support either new or existing projects aimed at reducing the impact of austerity within our communities and can include themes such as poverty, low income, low employment opportunities, financial inclusion/debt and money advice, hunger, limited digital access, fuel poverty and access to/awareness of available benefits.

The minimum amount that can be applied for is £5,000, the maximum is £10,000.


We have produced some Welfare Reform Fund Guidance which should be read thoroughly prior to any expression of interest being made. There are specific criteria for applicants to meet in order for their application to be considered in the first instance, pages 1 and 2 of the Guide provide further detail relating to these requirements.


If you or any organisation that you are involved in are interested in applying to the fund, then please contact the DVP Team on 03000 260704 to discuss your project idea and/or to obtain a copy of the expression of interest form and accompanying guidance. You can also e-mail the team to request more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


 Please note that the closing date for completed Welfare Reform Fund Expressions of Interest is 12noon, Friday 30th August 2019.


County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Membership

Would you like to help County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) shape the future of health services?

We currently have almost 11,500 public members and anyone over the age of 14 and living in the area served by CDDFT, can become a member.

It’s absolutely FREE and means you can play a role in shaping our services for the benefit of patients. You can also vote in Governor elections and stand to be a Governor yourself.

For more information or to sign up please visit:

As a Foundation Trust member, you will also receive a free copy of the Trust's magazine 'Your Trust'. In this, you'll find updates on the latest events and developments within the Trust and the latest information for members and governors. To read the latest edition of 'Your Trust' or view previous copies, visit the Your Trust: latest news pages.

Every year we run events, tours and open days for Foundation Trust Members and to see what events and open days are available for 2019, please click on the link

Consett Community Trust – free packed lunches

Due to the successful application to the Tescos Bags of help Grants Programme, Consett Community Trust will be offering free children’s packed lunches during the school holidays (Monday to Friday).

Packed lunches will include (but not be limited to) a sandwich, crisps, fruit, a drink and a snack.  These can be ordered in advance by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text/phone on 07931 795 293.

This will be a collection only service and will be available to all children.

Children's activities during the Summer holidays

During the summer school holidays, a range of activities (some of which include a snack or food) are running in various locations across the county.

The activities are available on the Families Information Service website here:

To find out what is going on in your area, just enter your post code to filter the search.  

If you would like to get information by email of what is on in your area during the holidays, VCS Alliance staff will be happy to send you some information.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details of which area you would like information about.

Go North East bus service changes

Go North East will be making changes to a number of bus services, fares and zones from 21 July 2019.

Details of the changes can be found here: