THE impact of austerity will be discussed as part of a series of meetings in former mining villages.
Durham Miners’ Association (DMA) is holding the events to plan how it can help communities which it says are being hit by Government cutbacks as the legacy of pit closures lingers. The first will be at the Glebe Centre in Murton at 5.30pm on Tuesday.
DMA general secretary Dave Hopper said: “We become increasingly concerned when we hear of families relying on food banks to put food on the table and others worried sick wondering how they are going to pay the rent because a child has left home and they now have a spare bedroom.
“We have a real fear that increasing numbers of our people, particularly our young people, are becoming overwhelmed and isolated and feel there is no one they can turn to.
“We have to reverse this and rebuild the caring society that our forefathers established – a society where we look out for each other.
“We know there are many individuals and organisations striving to do what we are proposing, and we would be pleased to work with them to unite our communities.
“The DMA has deep roots and a proud tradition of care, as our yearly Gala demonstrates.
“We appeal to everyone to come to our meetings, join with us and see what we can do to help.”