East Durham Trust has opened eight new Community Job Clubs across East Durham to enable residents in local communities to access employability skills training, online job search, further training or voluntary work.
The main purpose of the initiative is to enable access to job search and reduce the chance of benefit claimants being disadvantaged and sanctioned because there is no access to home broadband connectivity or limited access in their village to perform the required hours of job search and job applications, or not having the IT skills to use a computer or internet. Many do not have transport and do not receive any funding for travel expenses to visit the Job Centres and could not access support locally but had to travel into Peterlee or Seaham Job Centres to carry out job search and applications, or face having their benefits sanctioned. Since the opening of the first Community Job Club in Peterlee Children’s Centre on June 1, more than 100 residents have accessed the clubs and total usage so far is 310 visits. It is hoped three adults will engage in work experience with local employers, two in contact centre training. Six young people are currently waiting to start an apprenticeship and two adults have moved into full-time employment.
Sophie Turnbull, an Academy at Shotton Hall Year 10 pupil, was presented with her physicist of the year award at Durham University. Sophie was selected from all Year 10 students as the highest achieving physicist and was nominated for the award in recognition of her hard work and diligence and the progress she has made since September. She was awarded a £25 book token and scholarship opportunities in the future with the Ogden Trust, which sponsored the event. She received her certificate and prize from Professor Carlos Frenk, Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology for Durham University’s world-renowned theoretical cosmology research group.
Helen McArdle Care, which already operates 17 care homes across the North East, has lodged a planning application to open a 55-bed care home on the site of the empty council-run care home Grampian House, which shut its doors last year. The 20-bed residential home was one of five run by Durham County Council homes closed due to the high running costs.
Colour Your Life is a social prescribing project, which provides access to activities for the improvement of mental health and the development of emotional resilience. There are professional, experienced tutors who deliver artistic and informal learning activities while providing opportunities for friendship in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. All the courses are held in Community House in Peterlee and are free. Visit the Colour Your Life page http://colouryourlife.org.uk/peterlee-hub/. Classes for adults are beginners sign language on Mondays from 1.30pm-2.30pm, arts and crafts on Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm, drawing and painting on Tuesdays from 10.30am-12.30pm.
Pupils at Cotsford Junior School enjoyed a week of activities, ranging from athletics to Zumba, during sports week. football coaching was with Brian Honour, and the hula hoop sessions, run by Hoopstarz, got everyone wiggling in time to the music. Breakfast Club got involved by practising a dance during its Wake Up and Shake Up sessions with The Garage, and representatives took take part in the Big Dance Pledge at East Durham College.
Horden Colliery Visitors Centre and Vintage Tea Rooms, Horden Welfare Park, is open for National Heritage Open Day on Friday from 10.30am- 3pm. Mining memorabilia is on show and the centre is near a children’s play park for all ages.
Darlington’s Festival of Thrift takes place on Saturday, September 26. As part of East Durham Creates Go and See East Durham Trust will be providing free transport and entry has been arranged for East Durham residents wishing to attend this incredible family fun day with a twist. There will be vintage clothing, upcycling, theatre, exciting stalls and more. Visit www.festivalofthrift.co.uk for more information. Spaces are limited so contact Jess on 0191 5693511 to put your name down.