projects we’ve supported so far

Trimdon Summer Breakout Programme

The Trimdon Summer Breakout Programme was the first beneficiary of our group grant scheme, receiving an award of £500. The programme arranges activities for local youngsters during the school holidays. Thanks to the support from the group grant scheme, they could plan trips to Beamish Wild Treetop Adventure Course and Maiden Castle Sports Complex. The project is an example of how a relatively small amount of funding has made such an impact, allowing up to 50 children to have a bumper summer.

County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank

County Durham Socialist Clothing Bank was awarded £500 to purchase everyday items to help families during times of hardship. The clothing bank was set up in 2014 in Brandon, to support people in the north east who are out of work, facing problems with welfare benefits changes, or in low paid jobs. Thanks to the support of the group grant scheme, more than 1000 tubes of toothpaste, hundreds of bottles of shampoo, dozens of bars of soap and other essential toiletries have been provided to vulnerable and unemployed people across County Durham.

The Robin Todd Centre

Our group grant scheme supported the Robin Todd Centre over the Christmas period, allowing them to build a grotto, decorate the entire facility and stage a series of Christmas events. The Robin Todd Centre, a registered charity based in South Hetton, provides a wide range of activities for local residents. Over the festive period, youngsters from South Hetton and the surrounding areas were treated to a disco, brass band performances and the chance to pick up a small gift from Santa Claus in his specially created grotto.

2505 Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets

Members of 2505 (Bishop Auckland) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets hosted an event for local veterans and their families, thanks to a group grant award of £460. Working with the armed services charity SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association), the cadets hosted ‘Operation Red Velvet’, a drop-in café for veterans in the Newgate Shopping Centre, Bishop Auckland. The funding also helped the cadets to gain formal qualifications in food hygiene.

The DERIC Youth Bus Project

The DERIC (Durham Education Resource In the Community) youth bus project will now be working with older people in Ushaw Moor and Bearpark, thanks to a £500 group grant award. DERIC aims to tackle isolation and improve wellbeing for older people. Ushaw Moor and Bearpark suffer from a lack of dedicated facilities for older people – the project’s new minibus will now provide transport to safe and secure venues for socialising. It is expected that around 60 older people will benefit from a new programme of activities every week using the bus.

West Auckland New Age Kurling Club

West Auckland Memorial Community Association’s New Age Kurling club received a grant of almost £300 to restore 20 stones, which have seen almost 10 years of action. The club was at risk of grinding to a halt when a lot of their stones required expensive repairs. The funding allowed the club to purchase new ball bearings to return the kurling stones to the best condition for the teams to play with. More than 30 disadvantaged adults from Bishop Auckland, Crook and West Auckland regularly play the sport. The club provides a highly-valued social outlet for everyone who gets involved.