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Projects supported by the Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership

Find out about the range of activities and events that we support in our community.

We are updating our AAP Facebook page with any local information regarding the coronavirus. This includes changes to services or support in your area.

All the projects supported by the DVP and the local councillors over the last year are listed in the Icon for pdf Derwent Valley AAP annual report 2021/22 (PDF, 2.0mb) .  Some examples of projects are detailed below.

Wellbeing, Wildlife and Wonder

Learning for Life received a grant of £8,087 from the DVP to develop a garden house to enable workshops and the creation of sensory trails for learners.  Workshops will include nature bingo, Makaton sessions and sensory activities.  They will also plant wildflowers and other plants to enhance the sensory area and attract wildlife.

Learners will help research and plan nature trails, then explore local woodland, parks and green spaces.   Each learner will be given a step tracker to see how far they have walked, and this information will be collated and displayed to show achievements.  Learners will also be given a bug viewer and scrap book to learn and appreciate the spaces and wildlife around them.  Binoculars and cameras will also be used to explore further.

The aim is to promote physical activity, wellbeing and mental health and an appreciation for the environment for learners with disabilities.

My Mammy/Mummy Matters

Clart About received £11,480 from the DVP to create a facilitated support group for new parents who gave birth during the Covid-19 lockdown.  Providing a supportive network for mothers and babies, the group offers twice weekly sessions to promote positive bonding experiences through parent led activities, sensory play, peer support and group conversation facilitated by early years practitioners.

The group aims to promote positive mental health and reduce social isolation and encourages parents to take an active part in the group to help build confidence, self-esteem and make new friends.

Consett Steel Workers Memorial

Project Genesis Trust received £10,000 from the DVP and £14,000 from local councillors to erect a memorial on the former steel works site to commemorate the 11 men who lost their lives in an industrial accident at Consett Steel Work in July 1950.

One of the poignant stories is from Mr Jeffrey, who went to rescue his own father John.  John then returned twice to attempt to rescue the other men but sadly lost his life during the rescue.

Fit for the Future

The Do Business Network provided an intensive support programme to micro and small businesses in the Derwent Valley area.  Funding from the DVP of £6,510 was used to deliver online business training workshops, ran by local experts, to enable businesses to - plan for the future, improve risk management and efficiency, improve adaptability, win new customers and trade over a bigger area, enter new markets, enhance business resilience for the future and build management confidence and impact.

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.


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