Help is at hand for the hard up

East Durham Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow.
East Durham Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow.
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A community organisation is hoping to come up with new ways to help households facing hardship due to Government.

East Durham Trust aims to gather information and ideas to enable it to put together aid packages for vulnerable people bearing the brunt of thecoalition’s austerity measures.

That bid to offer assistance will be discussed at the organisation’s annual conference, being held next month.

The trust already runs a string of programmes intended to help people, including a welfare champions scheme, an emergency food initiative and a telephone intervention project.

Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “East Durham is probably harder hit than most areas, and we feel as though we have been kicked while we are down on a number of occasions.

“However, the saving grace is that East Durham is full of good Samaritans and people caring about the community.

“The conference will bring together hundreds of people sharing experiences of how we can best counter what people are facing.”

Guest speakers at the event will include Ron Hogg, Durham’s police and crime commissioner, and Anna Lynch, director of public health at Durham County Council.

Durham University professor and deputy vice-chancellor Ray Hudson will also be talking about international issues such as the economic situation in Greece.

The conference is being held on Thursday, November 14, at the Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton.

It follows on from the trust’s annual general meeting starting at 9.30am.