Age UK Superstore!

Age UK have a new superstore which is now open in Unit 26a Calder House, Mandale Park, Durham DH1 1TH.

The store is open Tuesday – Saturdays 9:30am-5:00pm and Bank holidays 10am-4pm

For further details see attached poster and if you are interested in donating or volunteering please call 0191 384 5098.

AGE Uk store 1


AGE Uk store 2



Have your say, make your voice heard – The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey

Local residents in County Durham have a brand new opportunity to have a say about rural crime in the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey.

The survey is available at and is open until Sunday 10 June 2018.


It is three years since the last National Rural Crime Survey.  It highlighted the cost of crime to our rural communities.  This cost isn’t just financial, it showed that there can be a greater fear of crime, along with chronic under-reporting as well as anger and frustration at the police and government.

In response to community concerns and the recommendations made by the National Rural Crime Network following the 2015 survey, Ron Hogg Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner worked with the Chief Constable, Mike Barton to produce and implement the Rural Policing Statement.  The statement explains how the concerns of residents have been listened to and the steps that have been put into place to improve services to rural communities.

Improvements include the introduction of the Rural Specials Unit, Community Safety Responders, cross-border working, Community SpeedWatch initiatives, an additional police vehicle, additional staff training, use of mobile tablet technology and greater partnership working.  All of which contribute to enhancing the services delivered to our rural communities.   

Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington said:

“I encourage anyone living or working in a rural community to take a few minutes to complete our survey. By using your voice, you can give us a true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in our rural communities across county Durham and Darlington.  It is important for us to see what has changed since the 2015 survey.   It will help to provide a clear picture of what has improved, what challenges remain and what more we can do to make a difference to the lives of those who live and work in our rural communities.”

“I will be using the results of the 2018 survey to help me to formulate the next Rural Crime Statement which I plan to publish in the autumn. This will help us to deliver effective, appropriate and efficient services to our Rural Communities.  The results will also feed into the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Rural Affairs National Strategy for 2018-2021 which is also due to be launched later this year.”

Stroke Services in County Durham

Following a consultation on stroke services in County Durham, Healthwatch County Durham made some recommendations to the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) based on information received from people and stroke groups who took part in the survey.

  • The CCG has arranged a new contract with the Stroke Association who will continue to support patients, family members and carers.
  • As Healthwatch suggested, there needs to be clear simple literature given to stroke patients, families and carers. This will be offered by the Stroke Association following discharge.

  • Healthwatch also suggested that stroke patients should be given a care plan either on discharge or shortly after they return home. The Stroke Association will check that there is a care plan and a follow up 6 month review will be provided.

The full report can be accessed on the Healthwatch County Durham website or if you would like to receive a paper copy, please contact Healthwatch County Durham on 0800 3047039.

Request for Articles for Summer 2018 Edition of DV News

The Derwent Valley Partnership is now requesting articles for the Summer 2018 edition of the Derwent Valley News which will be distributed to all households in the Derwent Valley area during the first two weeks of July 2018.

We are looking for articles from organisations, partners (housing, health, police, fire, CVS) community groups, community partnerships, residents associations, projects or any other local information from the Derwent Valley area.

The articles should be approximately 100 words in length, and if you have photos or logos to accompany the article please include these – photos in their original format (not pasted into word documents) are required.

If we receive articles over 100 words, we will need to politely request that these are then edited down as unfortunately, we have limited editorial space within our four page newsletter and we try to accommodate as many articles as possible.

The deadline for submitting articles for the Summer 2018 edition is Friday 25th May 2018. Please send your articles directly to Kath, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who is currently the lead officer for the publication.

Please feel free to share this request with your own networks, or relevant groups who would be interested in contributing to the Derwent Valley News publication.

If you have any queries about sending in articles or would like to know more about the newsletter, please contact a member of the DVP Team on 03000 260 725 / 260 722.



Specialist Valuation Day at Delves Lane Village Hall

Come along to Delves Lane Village Hall for a free valuation on various items (see poster) on Tuesday 17 April from 10am  - 2pm.

Delves Lane Village Hall, Delves Lane, Consett, DH8 7BH