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Area Action Partnership


Get involved in making a difference to your community.  Next meeting / AGM is on 16 January 2020
Children and Young People Advisory BoardInvesting in Children and Rollercoaster Parents Support are proud to announce a new Children and Young People and Parent/ Carer Advisory Board for Mental Health in County Durham and are looking for members.
Homegroup Supported RecoveryThis service provides support to individuals residing in the community or supported living accommodation
ParkrunParkrun has launched in Jubilee Park every Saturday.
St Paul Community CentreA vibrant community right in the heart of Spennymoor.

Updated:  20/11/2019


Spennymoor Area Action Partnership

What are Area Action Partnerships (AAPs)

AAPs have been set up to give people in County Durham a greater choice and voice in local affairs. The partnerships allow people to have a say on services, and give organisations the chance to speak directly with local communities. By working in partnership we help ensure that the services of a range of organisations - including the county and town and parish councils, police, fire, health, and voluntary organisations - are directed to meet the needs of local communities and focus their actions and spending on issues important to these local communities.

Get involved in making a difference in our community

If you would like to have a say and influence decisions that affect your area join your local AAP. As a local forum member you'll be invited to meetings and events to discuss community issues.

How AAPs work

Each of the 14 AAPs is made up of an area forum and an area board to identify and tackle issues in local communities.

  • An area forum: for all-comers to meet twice a year to consider issues such as agreeing priorities for the area and reviewing progress of the partnership board. 
  • An area board: 21 elected members who will meet at least six times a year to discuss how the AAP is progressing against its action plan, manage spending and work with local partners around service issues.Each board is made up of elected members from organisations such as the county council, town and parish councils, and health, police and fire brigade, community and voluntary groups, and the public.

Each AAP puts plans and actions in place to deliver services where they are needed most and has a budget of £120,000 for local projects and investments, as well as an administration budget for staffing. This is in addition to a neighbourhood budget which each county councillor has to use for local initiatives, informed by the AAPs.

What do AAPs do?

AAPs contribute to the county council's and County Durham Partnership's vision. The AAPs work around the four themes of:  

  • Engagement: working with communities to build a dialogue with communities and encourage local people to be involved in planning local services.
  • Empowerment: giving people the power to work in partnership with organisations and help them combine their efforts to improve local services. 
  • Local action: developing an action plan for the AAP, and resolving issues by using AAP funding and the resources of the county council and partner organisations. 
  • Performance: monitoring and improving public service performance and supporting the AAP and County Durham Partnership to achieve their aims.

More information

Click here for more information on Spennymoor AAP web page.

Updated:  11/07/2019 

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St Pauls Community Centre

A vibrant community centre right in the heart of Spennymoor. There is a wide range of activities taking place every day offering something for everyone of all ages. Click here for more information from their website.  Their leaflet is available to download here

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Again this year, the Whistling Teapot will run Christmas Together for people who will be on their own this Christmas. Please see the flyer.

  

Updated:  18/11/2019 

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Parkrun has launched in Jubilee Park every Saturday

Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km run which takes place at 9am every Saturday. 

Everyone runs for their own enjoyment.

Please come along and join in whatever your pace!  Whether it is walk, job or run. 

Taking part is completely free, but you must register before joining the run.  You can register at www.parkrun.org.uk/jubilee  where you will find more information about Parkrun scheme and the Jubilee course. 

Don’t forget to take along a printed copy of your barcode

Updated:  18/11/2019 

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Homegroup Supported Recovery

This service provides support to individuals residing in the community or supported living accommodation, with the aim for the individual to be in control of managing, to the best of their ability, their own mental health condition and to promote other areas of healthy living.

The team of trained colleagues will support individuals to create a bespoke plan to address and improve health and wellbeing needs. 

Areas of support can include:

  • accessing health services,
  • accessing psychological therapies,
  • diabetes prevention,
  • stop smoking support,
  • healthy eating,
  • engaging with local community support networks

Note this service is not available for anyone under Care Coordination or Social Work.

For more information pick up the flyer at Reception or click here  to open a pdf version of the flyer.

Updated:  18/11/2019 

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Children and Young People
Mental Health Advisory Board

Investing in Children and Rollercoaster Parents Support are proud to announce a new Children and Young People and Parent/ Carer Advisory Board for Mental Health in County Durham.

Are you a young person or parent interested in making a difference in children and young people’s mental health in County Durham? If so, joining the County Durham Children, Young People and Parent/Carer Advisory Board could be for you!!

What is the County Durham Children, Young People and Parent/Carer Mental Health Advisory Board?    

This is a brand new project that aims to ensure children, young people and parent/carers:  

  • Have their voices heard around mental health in County Durham; 
  • Have an equal voice in the design and development of any new services or programmes that are to be delivered across County Durham;  
  • Play a key role in evaluating the effectiveness of current emotional and mental health provision in County Durham;  
  • Have an opportunity to contribute to consultation exercises that impact on children and young people’s mental health support;
  • Play a key role in finding new opportunities and recognising good practice in mental health in County Durham and Nationally.

To apply, please click on the link at the bottom of the Advisory Board information sheet. Click on the following link to apply: https://forms.gle/5Gk1FSps9rxDEMX96

The deadline for applications is Friday 6th December

For more information or to have an informal chat contact:    

Added: 20/11/2019 

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