Projects supported by Weardale Area Action Partnership
Find out about the range of activities and events that we support in our community.
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Wolsingham Skate Park
Weardale AAP, working with Wolsingham Parish Council has completed a project to build a Skate Park in Wolsingham. What started as an idea by a young teenager developed into a £50,000 project which the WAP supported through our Area Budget with £20,000 of funding. The Skate Park encourages day visitors to the area increasing business opportunities for local traders as well as giving people of all ages a different way of keeping fit and healthy.
Small Grants Fund
In order to support as many local groups in Weardale as possible, the WAP Board have supported a Small Grants Fund for the last ten years. The aim of the fund is to provide small amounts of funding which can have a big impact for smaller groups who are normally excluded from other funding sources. These small groups are vital in rural communities such as those found in Weardale and are instrumental in tackling issues such as social isolation.
It's In The Bag!
It's In the Bag! supplied over 100 families with children of school age and their siblings with a bag of cupboard essentials every fortnight from June 2020 until the end of the school summer holidays. Additional bags of seasonal fruit and vegetables were also distributed. The bags were carefully planned to ensure multiple meals could be prepared using the contents. The bags also contained recipe ideas, competitions, and support service information.
In total, over 200 children and their families benefitted from this project which received £27,000 of WAP funding and provided a much-needed lifeline for a lot of families during a time of great uncertainty as well as unexpected financial pressure
Weardale food bank
To assist with purchasing items for the food bank. The Weardale food bank offers a confidential, sensitive and respectful service to local residents who are in need of additional support with food. Food parcels can be collected in person or delivered by volunteers working with the foodbank.
Funding of £3,000 was provided to the foodbank in the early days of the pandemic to enable them to purchase extra items in anticipation of an increased need.
In addition to providing funding, the WAP team also helped the food bank to update their publicity materials.
NorthPens - Our Isolated Dale
Weardale based writing group, Northern Pens, delivered a project designed to capture the experience of lockdown in Weardale with £4,575 of WAP funding. The group created a collection of poems and stories sharing their experiences and also produced a short film with the assistance of local film-makers.
Our Isolated Dale is available at Northpens
Benefit support (covid related) dedicated worker and Community Wellness Coordinator
Weardale residents benefit from two dedicated workers who provide an invaluable service. Linda Pearson is a qualified Citizens Advice worker and Lisa Turnbull is our Community Wellness Coordinator.
Linda works in Weardale giving benefits and debt advice to residents unable to access the Citizens Advice Service. This service is a great asset to Weardale and has made a huge difference in many people's financial situations over the years the project has been running. The emphasis on Covid related issues has been especially important as many residents continue to deal with the effects of furlough, redundancies etc.
Weardale's Community Wellness Coordinator, Lisa Turnbull, works with vulnerable patients in Weardale providing support and guidance using a medical / social model. She ensures they are getting the support they need and helps to get them specialised advice and guidance where required. Lisa has built up a rapport with people in the dale over the last few years. This takes time and is vital for this type of project to succeed.
Both Linda and Lisa have built up a rapport with people in Weardale which is vital for this type of project to succeed. They also work closely together, referring the people they work with to each other as needed.
For a full list of projects supported by the AAP please contact us.
Projects supported by your local county councillors
You can find out more about the local projects supported by your local county councillors through their Neighbourhood Budget on the Your councillors page.
- Area Action Partnership - Weardale
- Area Action Partnership - Weardale
- 03000 268 077
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Our address is:
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- Durham Dales Centre
- Castle Gardens
- County Durham
- United Kingdom
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