Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

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Stonham Home Group Easington Homestay drop-in centre provides free housing support and advice; including applying for housing, setting up and maintaining tenancies, dealing with arrears, claiming benefits, budgeting, filling in forms, finding education and training courses and signposting to other services. Horden Homestay drop-in is on Monday 10am – noon at Sure Start, Ocean View and Peterlee is on Friday from 10am–3pm in Eden Hill Sure Start centre. For more information on this service please contact Stonham office on 0191 5182401.

Family and friends gathered with Castle Eden Dene volunteers at The Lodge car park for the Jed Traynor Memorial Walk, starting with a tribute speech from Jed’s brother John. It is 18 years since he died in the London, Southall rail crash. Memorial plaques are placed through the Dene starting at the main entrance gate and along the route to the coast. Gerard Traynor, 38, was a leisure and tourism officer with Easington District Council, part of a four-man council delegation attending a conference in Swansea. He lived with his wife Jillian and four children in Boldon, South Tyneside.

East Durham College’s employability team has had another successful year helping hundreds of people in the local area gain new qualifications, with some going on to gain employment. This year has seen 100% success and achievement by everyone taking their qualifications. Nearly 650 people achieved success in courses run by the team across the last year, with some achieving employment. Employability courses include advice and guidance on preparation for job interviews, team building and job preparation skills plus advice and support towards becoming self-employed. This month there will be two new courses launched. Go Live is an eight-day course offering intensive support with employability skills and personal and social development and Kickstart a four day course offering support with employability skills and interview techniques. All courses in employability at East Durham College now benefit from partnerships with The Money Advice Centre and the National Careers Service.

Craig Gilmour has joined East Durham College at the start of the new academic year as head rugby coach to take over the rugby scholarship development programme on a full time basis. He is back to where he started, as he studied on the elite rugby scholarship course at East Durham College when he left school, playing alongside current England international David Wilson during his playing days at the college. Since graduating Craig went on to represent his local side Horden RFC, as well as playing in the national league for West Hartlepool and captaining the Durham county side. Craig’s coaching background has seen him work for many years as a part of Horden’s youth set up with players aged 13 to 19 years old. 

East Durham Trust’s Men’s Shed project known as CREE project will formally be delivered by Durham County Council Public Health who took the project back in-house in September as a result of financial pressures on the public sector. The Trust has managed the project for almost five years, establishing over 30 groups throughout the County and making a major contribution to Mental Health. The project has also gained recognition, attracting huge media attention and even winning national awards. Much of the success has been thanks to the time, effort and dedication of the CREE Champions based in the local community and we hope that the project will continue to flourish with their input under the new arrangements. In the meantime a huge thanks to everyone who has supported the project along the way.

North East Ladies Day have nominated the Durham Deafened Support as one of their three designated charities for 2015. It was a wonderful day for members of the club to take part in their annual lunch.