New Unlimited Broadband Anywhere You Are*

Struggling with slow broadband speeds, or live in an area not covered by super-fast broadband? 

A Gigacube could be the answer. It’s a wireless router that offers broadband anywhere with speeds up to 1000mb by turning Vodafone’s 4G and 5G networks into super-fast Wi-Fi.

To find out more visit

 *This service may not cover some areas.

Community Fibre Partnerships - helping communities to provide faster broadband

What’s a Community Fibre Partnership?

BT work with local communities to build a customised fibre solution to bring fibre broadband to homes and businesses.

They put a joint funding arrangement in place, which means they contribute to some of the costs and your community funds the rest. They will then build the most affordable solution they can to meet your needs. They will also advise on any grants you might be able to get to help pay for your part e.g. from local authorities or the Government.

If your area already has fibre broadband, you can also use a Community Fibre Partnership to upgrade to even faster speeds.

To find out more, click:

If you represent a community or are interested in bringing high-speed broadband to your area, register to become a partner at

Better for everyone virtual events 2020 – Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership 20th October

This Autumn, Durham County Council are hosting virtual consultation events across each of County Durham’s 14 Area Action Partnerships. 

At these events people across County Durham will be able to have their say on the future of their local area.  Following the county’s decision to allocate £20 million to make our towns and villages more vibrant, this includes an opportunity to influence how we spend these funds. 

We will be recognising the outstanding community response to the pandemic. You’ll have an opportunity to find out more about how groups and individuals in your area have responded and to give a huge thanks to the hundreds of community and voluntary sector organisations and individuals, who have kept the County going at this extremely challenging time. 

Hear key updates from the Leader of Durham County Council, Cllr Simon Henig, and Senior Officers, on important local issues, including the new vision for the county.  Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health for County Durham will be updating on the COVID-19 pandemic in your area and outlining how you can help by becoming a COVID-19 Community Champion. 

The Derwent Valley AAP’s event will run from 6.00pm to 7.15pm on Tuesday 20th October. 

To find out more about these Better for everyone virtual events please visit the council’s website:   

For further details and to book a place for the Derwent Valley AAP Event please visit the Eventbrite website:   

We hope you will be able to join us for an uplifting and informative event as we move forward together.


Calling all 16-19 year olds who are interested in a career in the film industry!

Are you aged 16-19 years, passionate about film, and want to pursue a career in the film industry?

The BFI Academy is a fantastic 8-day program designed to give young people a chance to produce short films using industry-standard practices and professional equipment. A fantastic addition to any CV or Personal Statement, the course demonstrates planning and communication skills and the commitment to follow through on a project. At the end of the project, you will have a high-quality short film to add to your portfolio and showcase to universities.

The academy is delivered by a team of professional filmmakers and sound designers with guest industry speakers and masterclasses in scriptwriting and animation. No matter your interest or previous experience every participant will have the chance to dip their toes into all aspects of filmmaking and dive deep into the areas of their passion, with our accomplished team on hand for career advice. In tandem with the course, you will work towards achieving your Bronze Level Arts Award, provided by Trinity College London and recognised nationally.


Applications for the academy are to be made online using the following link.

The extended deadline for applications is 12:00 noon | Friday 16th October.

For more information please email James at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call  01388 765002 for an informal chat.

Funding Available - Covid-19 Recovery

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.

Please share this project call out via your own networks and social media channels as appropriate. Thank you.