A CONFERENCE set up to highlight the effects of Government cuts and austerity brought together more than 200 people from across the region.
The event was hosted by the East Durham Trust at the Glebe Centre in Murton and featured talks by key public figures, with a series of workshops held to raise awareness of the ongoing work being carried out to help those most vulnerable.
Speakers included shadow cabinet minister Chi Onwurah, a Newcastle MP, County Durham’s director of public health Anna Lynch, Durham University’s vice chancellor Professor Ray Hudson and Durham’s police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg.
Other delegates included representatives from community groups, volunteers and public sector staff.
The trust’s chief executive said: “Although we were overwhelmed by the turnout, we weren’t surprised.’’