Our Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) cover all areas of the county. They help deliver high quality services and give local people and organisations a say on how our services are provided.
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.
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.
The AAPs are:
You can also see more information about each of the areas on our AAP profiles page.
Each of the 14 AAPs is made up of an area forum and an area board to identify and tackle issues in local communities.
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.
AAPs contribute to the county council's and County Durham Partnership's vision. The AAPs work around the four themes of:
A variety of training sessions are available. Please contact your AAP coordinator for details (contacts available on each of the AAP area's webpages).