DVP Board Meeting - November 2020

As many of you will be aware, the Derwent Valley Partnership Board meetings are now undertaken virtually via Microsoft Teams, our first being held on 30th September 2020.

We are now pleased to be in a position to be able to give access to our Board meetings to our Forum members and wider community, should they wish to join us as an observer.

Our next Derwent Valley Partnership Board meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 25th November 2020 from 1pm-3pm via Microsoft Teams.

This meeting will include a number of partner updates including consultations linked to Durham County Council’s (DCC’s) budget and DCC’s plans to transform its leisure services. The Board will also be reviewing a number of Covid-19 Recovery Fund project proposals that have been recommended for funding consideration by our Task Group. To end the meeting, there will be two video’s highlighting the work undertaken during the initial lockdown by local communities and businesses, and a thank you on behalf of the DVP.

All of our meetings are open to members of the public to attend and everyone is welcome, so please feel free to share this information via your own networks.

If you would like to attend the online meeting, please book your place by e-mailing us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  so we can provide the electronic meeting link for you nearer the time of the meeting. If you have any queries regarding the meeting, you can also call the team on 07818 510365.

We hope you can join us!

Roller Coaster Family Support

Support for parents/carers who are caring for a child/young person (0-25 years) with emotional or mental health difficulties.

For more information, contact the team on 07377 213952 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Derwent Valley Partnership – Covid-19 Recovery funding available

Dear Community Representative,

The deadline for our Covid-19 Recovery Funding is fast approaching (2nd November).

If you feel your group/organisation requires some support and/or can help us to help the community start to recover from the pandemic against the themes listed below, please contact a member of the team to discuss your ideas and obtain an application pack.

Full details of the funding is available below and please feel free to share this opportunity via your own networks as appropriate.

Best wishes,


Derwent Valley Partnership – Covid-19 Recovery funding available.


AAPs across County Durham are progressing with their Area Budget allocations for the 2020/21 financial year. Taking into consideration the current challenging situation we all find ourselves in, it has been agreed that there will be a generic focus for the remainder of this financial year on COVID Recovery

COVID Recovery could mean a number of different things, depending on the environment you are delivering in, and also the community within which your work is carried out.

Taking on board the wide-ranging remit that COVID Recovery could cover, we have provided a more focused list of the types of project we would like to support, which we have agreed locally, to tackle particular issues in the Derwent Valley area given the challenges the pandemic has presented:


  • Projects which create a more entrepreneurial culture within the Derwent Valley area for individuals to consider self-employment as an option.
  • Projects which increase the skills base of residents due to the impact of Covid and the increase in unemployment rates.
  • Projects which increase the capacity to provide 25+ with employability skills including ICT skills and access to digital equipment.

Advice and guidance

  • Projects which work with individuals to tackle issues as well as providing holistic advice, guidance and support services
  • Preventative projects which enable communities to think ahead and plan to improve their circumstances. (e.g. managing finances).
  • Projects which add value and work in partnership with existing advice and guidance provision.

Physical activity, mental health & wellbeing

  • Preventative projects links to suicide prevention and promoting good mental health.
  • Projects which will use the local environment for physical activity (walks, cycle paths)
  • Physical activity related projects aimed at reducing obesity levels and supporting a healthy lifestyle.

Organisational sustainability

  • Projects that support community facilities to operate under the current challenging circumstances so they can continue to stay open in the future.

Food provision and support

  • Projects that provide services to those most in need and promote awareness of other services to ensure residents feel comfortable accessing it.
  • Projects that work in partnership with other providers to make every contact count to support addressing the reasons as to why people need to access such facilities.

Social Isolation

  • Projects that facilitate more community engagement and service provision to support people to engage with communities and access services safely.
  • Projects that keep all sectors of the community connected with others, ensuring they feel safe, have purpose and can access support.
  • Projects that aim to reduce social isolation within communities.

Support to small businesses (through a third party, not-for-profit organisation to complement existing DCC and external opportunities).

  • Projects that provide support which is accessible to the whole of the Derwent Valley SME community
  • Project that support the growth of local businesses to create more employment opportunities.
  • Projects that enable businesses to trade and operate more digitally.

*Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there may be other recovery areas that you feel may need to be considered. If this is the case, please speak to a member of the Derwent Valley Partnership team who can advise you further.

Taking the information above into consideration, the Derwent Valley Partnership (DVP) would like to invite not for profit organisations and groups to submit potential project proposals based on one or more of the COVID Recovery themes, and the priority areas highlighted above.

We are looking for projects that can both supplement existing activity and explore new innovative ways of working in a changing landscape. The minimum amount you can apply for is £5,000.  Applicants can apply for capital and/or revenue costs.

Please note, projects should not have a start date before the end of January 2021*

*We appreciate that in these current times, restrictions and guidance relating to Covid-19 are ever changing. Therefore, we accept that there will need to be flexibility offered to applicants in relation to their project proposals which, although being suitable at the time of submission, may require some changes in order to be delivered moving forward*.

The deadline for receiving completed applications is 12 midday on Monday 2nd November 2020

Alongside your application, we would also require the following documentation:

  • A recent bank statement- no more than 3 months old
  • A copy of your signed constitution/governing document
  • A copy of your latest signed accounts
  • Quotes for any capital items you wish to be funded

If you are interested in applying to the DVP Covid-19 Recovery Fund, please contact the Derwent Valley Partnership Team via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 07818 510365 to discuss your project idea and to request an application pack.

Free School Meals Support

Following the recent announcement that Durham County Council would be providing assistance during this holiday week to those eligible for free school meals, we are pleased to share with you the details of how parents and carers can access it. Those eligible parents will be able to claim £15 per child for the half term week, to be spent on food supplies. 

A form has been developed which is can be accessed on the council’s website at:

Parents and carers can fill out their details and those who are eligible will be sent a QR code to their phone. This code can be redeemed for a cash value of £15 at any PayPoint/Post Office and used to buy food and drink supplies. Details of where these points are located can be found at: or

Anyone who struggles to access the internet or who needs additional support should call our County Durham Together Community Hub on 03000 260 260, where our staff will be on hand to either assist them with the forms or talk through their other options.

Please note, the scheme only applies to children whose parents receive certain benefits – further details are available on the website.

We are aware that there are many community groups and venues that are already providing excellent support and provisions for people in our communities and we wish to stress that we are not looking to replace this great work. However, we recognise that this support is not an option for everyone, for a range of reasons, and we hope that the council’s scheme will ensure that no child goes hungry during this holiday week.

Please feel free to share this message or the social media post on the DCC Facebook page with those in your own communities.

Macmillan Joining the Dots - Still working for your Wellbeing – just at the end of the phone!

Macmillan Joining the Dots is a free, personal service for people aged 18 and over who have been diagnosed with cancer. They are also there to support friends, carers and other family members.

In these very difficult times, they are continuing to offer ongoing emotional support and practical help such as transport and benefit advice, over the telephone. They will soon also be offering their services on a one to one basis, via video calls.

Contact them on:

Freephone: 08008766887

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.