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Spennymoor AAP - January Board meeting


Spennymoor AAP Board Meeting will be held on Thursday 18th January 2018, 6.00pm – 8.00pm (doors open 5.30 for light refreshements) in Tudhoe Community Centre, St David’s Close, Tudhoe, DL16 6TG.



Durham Works - Hotel Indigo opportunities


DurhamWorks have a fantastic opportunity for unemployed young people to get a guaranteed interview with the new Hotel Indigo, opening soon in Durham City.

 The new and exciting Hotel Indigo Durham, with its Marco Pierre White restaurant, is opening this Spring.

 DurhamWorks are running 10 days of hands-on training, after which young people could be guaranteed an interview for a number of roles, including Bar Supervisors, Food & Beverage Assistants, Chef de Partie, Commis Breakfast Chefs, Kitchen Porters and Night Porters.

 The course is for 18-24 year olds, living in County Durham who are not in education, employment or training.

 The course starts on Monday 5th February at Derwentside College, but help with transport may be available.

 Young people can find out more and meet the employer at an open event on Wednesday 24th January at 2pm in Durham Town Hall, DH1 3NJ or can visit to sign up or find out more.



Community Led Local Development call for projects

There is a new exciting opportunity which aims to increase employment and skills, social enterprise, and social inclusion in order to support social regeneration within deprived areas. Community led Local Development (CLLD) is now live and has launched its first call for projects. There are 5 priority themes which the programme aims to address between November 2017 and March 2022. These being:

·         Sustainable communities

·         Enhancing Economic Inclusion

·         Stimulating Entrepreneurialism

·         Enterprising Spaces

·         Developing Growth & Enterprise.

See the link for the  First Call for Projects for the South Durham CLLD area   CLLD Call for projects This document gives a Summary of the programme, the funding available and the process for applicants. However if you are interested in applying for funding through the South Durham CLLD programme please contact:

Peter Garrod

CLLD Co-ordinator (South)

Durham County Council

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03000 266752



Managing Money Better


Impartial savings advice offered to County Durham residents

 Free and impartial advice is now available for County Durham residents wishing to save money on their energy bills.

 Durham County Council’s ‘Managing Money Better’ service has been introduced, in partnership with the Prince Bishops Community Bank, to provide free budgeting and monetary advice for all residents in the county.

 The service can help by assessing fuel needs, finding more competitive tariffs and helping consumers switch suppliers, as well as offering debt advice.

 Cllr Kevin Shaw, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for strategic housing and assets, said: “The average home energy bill is now £1,250 per year and there are many tariffs available from utility companies which can be very confusing to the customer.

 “If required, we can arrange for an experienced energy advisor from the Managing Money Better service can visit your home to carry out a free home energy assessment.

 “If it is identified that savings can be made, we can also help you switch suppliers to access the best available tariff to suit your individual needs.

 “Our advisors can also help with money management, provide advice on benefit entitlements and can also help you set up a bank or savings account with the Prince Bishop Community Bank.”

 To apply for the Managing Money Better scheme, contact Durham County Council’s warm homes team on 03000 268 000.