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Join your Area Action Partnership

Joining your Area Action Partnership (AAP) means that you can get to the heart of your community. You can find out what's going on and have a say on how projects develop in your local area.

Be part of the AAP board

To help AAPs to be action-orientated, the forums are supported by a board of 21 members, made up of:

  • one third elected councillors (of which at least one position is for town and parish councils)
  • one third members of the public
  • one third representatives from partner organisations

All meetings of the board are open to everyone.

Public representatives will be needed soon to sit on our Area Action Partnerships all across County Durham. Many sitting public representatives will be reaching the end of their four-year term and there will be many vacancies to be filled across all of the council's 14 AAPs. 

Information about the role of an AAP representative and the recruitment process can be found in the following documents:

How to join

Anyone that lives or works in County Durham can join an AAP. Your help and participation is crucial. It depends on where you live or where you work as to which AAP you can join. 

Find your local AAP on the map:  Icon for pdf AAP Map (PDF, 2.4mb)

Apply to be an Area Action Partnership forum member. Please see the document downloads section of this page for individual AAP privacy notices.

Or alternatively, download and print our  Icon for pdf AAP Recruitment Postcard (PDF, 571.9kb) .

Why should you join?


As a member of your AAP, you will be part of the forum. This is a group of people - on average about 150 people and organisations - which meet twice a year to help decide on the direction of the AAP. The forum gives you the chance to have a say on major issues that affect your area.

Task groups

Each AAP also has task groups to work on specific projects. If you're interested in a particular topic your AAP is working on, you can also get involved in a task group.

Recommend a friend

If you're already part of an AAP, please recommend a friend. Speak to your neighbours, people in your community groups, and the people you work with to tell them all about your AAP.

Contact us
Area Action Partnerships membership
0191 383 4964
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