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Sedgefield Homestay - Free Housing-Related Advice


Stoneham Home Group

Sedgefield Homestay

Free Housing-Related Support and Advice

  • Any aspect of your current tenancy

  • Claiming benefits

  • Budgeting your finances

  • Any general concerns you may have about your living and Financial arrangements

  • Finding education and training courses

  • Getting in touch with other services


If you require support with any of the above than our staff are available to help at the drop in’s below.


Monday – Chilton Foodbank St Aidan’s Church, Chilton, DH17 0EJ – 10am – 12pm

Tuesday – Shildon Alive 19 Church St, Shildon DL4 1DS – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Tuesday – Trimdon Village Hall Hallgarth Rd, Trimdon Village, TS29 6JX – 2pm – 4pm

Wednesday – Newton Aycliffe Foodbank St Clare’s Church, DL5 5NT – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Thursday – Ferryhill foodbank St Lukes Church, Ferryhill, DL17 8LT – 10.30am – 12pm

Thursday – Spennymoor Sure Start (Fortnightly starting 12th October 2017) Green Lane, Tudhoe Moor, DL16 6EX – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Thursday – Jubilee Fields Community Centre Jubilee Road, Shildon, DL4 2AL – 12pm – 2.00pm

Friday – Cornforth Partnership 68 High Street, West Cornforth, DL17 9HS – 9.30am – 11.00am


For further information call our Gateway Number 08000 731837





Durham County Council Budget 2018/19 Consultation

Over the last 6 years we've faced the greatest financial challenges in our history, having to save more than £200 million and reduce 2,600 staff as funding from Government has gone down year after year and demand for services is rising.  We still have some way to go as we need to reach savings of £250 million by 2022.

With less resources every year, it’s important that they are used as efficiently as possible.  So as well as seeking your views on our saving proposals, we also want to know how you think we can improve our services and how we can best meet your local needs.

Please help us manage these reductions and shape our continued service offer by completing a short survey.  Visit the council website to complete online forms at:  If you would like further information on this consultation or would like a hard copy please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 03000 263593

The closing date for the consultation is Friday 1 December 2017



Spennymoor AAP - Youth Fund is now open

 Spennymoor Area Action Partnership’s Youth Fund is now open for applications.  Organisations eligible to apply need to be not for profit groups such as Voluntary and Community Sector organisations and Town and Parish Councils.    

Any project applied for should provide new youth activities for young people aged 11-19 (25yrs for young people with Special Educational Needs or Disability).  Projects should also demonstrate they improve the social and emotional capabilities of young people.


The minimum grant for a project is £1,000 and the maximum is £3,000.



For more information on the Youth Fund or to request an application form, please contact the Spennymoor Area Action Partnership either by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 03000  261136



The closing date for completed applications is 5pm Tuesday December 5th.







 The Tree Council organised the first National Tree Week in 1975 and now up to a million trees are planted nationally each year as a result of this campaign.  Since 1979, Durham County Council has taken part in National Tree Week.  This year’s Tree Week will run from 25 November to 3 December 2017.


Please find attached an Application form should you wish to apply for a grant.  As requests will be on a first come, first served basis provided you fit the criteria, early application is recommended.  Completed application forms should be returned by Monday, 13 November 2017. National Tree Week

 A 100% grant up to a maximum of £150 is available to Parish Councils, Community Groups and Schools wishing to undertake well-planned tree planting projects during National Tree Week.


Please note, you will be required to fund the work and then claim the grant from the County Council.  Please ensure that you keep a complete record of spending on the project.  Notes on tree planting and aftercare are available upon application.






 Due to the outbreak of the potentially serious disease Chalara dieback which affects Ash trees, as a precaution - Ash hedgerow trees will not be permitted to be planted under this grant scheme until we know the full impact that the disease will have.



Household Waste winter opening times


See document link for information concerning household waste recycling centres in County Durham that will switch to their winter opening times from next month. 

Household waste opening times