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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Derwent Valley AAP priorities

AAP priorities are normally consulted on with the public every two years. At the beginning of 2022 the public were asked to respond to a survey and the DVP Board choose to keep its existing priority task groups with community recovery as a cross cutting theme.

We are updating our Derwent Valley Partnership Area Action Partnership on Facebook with any local information regarding the coronavirus. This includes changes to services or support in your area.

Current priorities

Over 2022/23 and 2023/24 our current priorities of Employment, Environment and Health will continue to have a cross cutting theme of Community Recovery.  We will also be keeping an eye out for any emerging issues that may need support.  The DVP Board will look at this cross cutting element over the next two years and allocate funding where appropriate.

Employment, enterprise and training

The Task Group will be focusing on developing effective partnerships and projects between employers and training and education providers to help local residents gain employment and access training.

The Task Group will be looking at projects that address the themes within their action, which are:

  • Skills for the Future
  • Barriers to Employment


The Task Group will be looking at projects that address the themes within their action plan.  The themes include:

  • Reducing energy consumption - heat, transport and electricity
  • Recycling, reuse and waste reduction

Health and wellbeing

The Task Group will be looking at projects that address the following themes:

  • Improving mental wellbeing and physical activity for all ages
  • Suicide prevention
  • Reducing social isolation
  • Bereavement support.

Priority Task Groups

We take actions on issues linked to our priorities. To do this, we have priority task groups. These groups are made up of board and forum members and representatives from relevant partner organisations.

At task group meetings, we identify and discuss issues linked to our priorities, and we consider project ideas and requests for funding linked to these issues. If we want to progress any project ideas, we then send them to the board for approval.

If you're interested in getting involved with one of the task groups or would like to discuss an idea you may have for a project, contact us.

Contact us
Area Action Partnership - Derwent Valley
03000 260 723
Our address is:
  • Customer Access Point
  • 36-38 Front Street
  • Consett
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 5AQ