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COVID-19 CRISIS CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT FOOD

21st May 2020

A YouGov survey commissioned by the RSA’s Food Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) and The Food Foundation charity in April found that over 19 million people in the UK were cooking more from scratch since lockdown, 17 million were throwing away less food and  42% of people said they valued food more than before.   Read more...

LOCAL COMMUNITIES MAKING A DIFFERENCE

21st May 2020

The COVID-19 crisis hasn’t stopped volunteer-led organisations from being the go-to organisation in their communities and continuing to participate in Durham Community Action’s Community Hubs Development Programme. Read more...

VOLUNTEERS' WEEK 1ST - 7TH JUNE 2020

20th May 2020

Volunteers Week is fast approaching and although we may not be able to celebrate in the same way as we have in previous years, we believe that volunteers should still get recognition for their contributions Read more...

ONLINE SHARE & LEARN MEETING - PROTECTING YOUR ORGANISATION DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

18th May 2020

The Durham Community Action Share and Learn Network is a network of community organisations who run local buildings and local services. Regular meetings take place and focus on various topics including governance, funding and compliance.  Our first online meeting is coming up so please come along and join us to discuss Protecting your Organisation during the Coronavirus Crisis. Read more...

FREE ONLINE SAFEGUARDING WORKSHOP FOR VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

14th May 2020

This online workshop is taking place next week for Voluntary and Community Organisations. Read more...

FREE DIGITAL INNOVATION SUPPORT - NEW PROGRAMME LAUNCHED

4th May 2020

To help the VCSE sector make the most of online tools at this difficult time, innovation expert Michael Coates, MD of Protostar, has created a free programme of support for VONNE. Read more...

SAFEGUARDING THROUGH COVID-19

30th Apr 2020

As thousands of people volunteer to help their communities, organisations move to deliver their services online quickly, and trustees and leaders of charities are faced with challenges that just a few weeks ago would have been unthinkable, safeguarding needs to remain at the heart of our collective response. Read more...

DCA DID YOU KN0W - YOUR COMMUNITY BUILDING MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A £10,000 GRANT FROM DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL

23rd Apr 2020

Many community centres and village halls across the country are doing their best to access as much financial support as they can, and the constantly updated information can be very confusing. Read more...

NORTH EAST VCSE SECTOR COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY

22nd Apr 2020

Help VONNE, VCSE Local Infrastructure Organisations (LIOs) including DCA and members of the North East Funder's Network to understand the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on you and your beneficiaries.  Read more...

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME NOW OPEN

21st Apr 2020

Employers can now claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - claims can be made for 80% of your employee's wages, plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Read more...

LAUNCH OF COVID - 19 CHARITY IMPACT SURVEY BY NAVCA

16th Apr 2020

NAVCA, the national membership body specifically for local sector support and development organisations in England, are trying to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the finances and staffing of charities, and the potential impact on end beneficiaries. Read more...

ACRE PRESS RELEASE - HOW HELPFUL IS THE CHANCELLOR'S CHARITY SUPPORT PACKAGE TO RURAL COMMUNITIES?

14th Apr 2020

ACRE, the umbrella body for Durham Community Action, has been working with NCVO and other national charities to help Government get to grips with the impact of Covid-19 on rural people and community organisations throughout England. Read more...

CDCF – DCA COVID-19 RESPONSE VOLUNTEERING MICRO-GRANT PROGRAMME

9th Apr 2020

We are delighted to announce that the County Durham Community Foundation has awarded a small grant fund to DCA, which we will administer as a Micro Grants programme. The fund is to add further support to self-organised mutual aid groups and newly emerging volunteer groups which are responding to the impact of Covid-19 in their communities. Read more...

DATA PROTECTION AND VOLUNTEER GROUPS

9th Apr 2020

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO), who are responsible for upholding information rights, have released guidance for groups mounting COVID-19 response operations within their communities. Read more...

INFORMATION FROM NATIONAL LOTTERY COMMUNITY FUND ON JOB RETENTION SCHEME

9th Apr 2020

The National Lottery Community Fund have confirmed that posts they have funded may be eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, where organisations can apply for a grant to cover 80% of their usual monthly wage costs. Read more...

COVID-19 DATA PROTECTION AND VOLUNTEER GROUPS

6th Apr 2020

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COVID-19 RESPONSE FUNDING PAGE UPDATED

2nd Apr 2020

Please keep an eye on our COVID-19 Response Funding page as we are constantly updating the information.  Read more...

COVID-19 ADVICE FOR COMMUNITY BUILDINGS

27th Mar 2020

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COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR VOLUNTEERS

20th Mar 2020

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COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON INSURANCE AND PROTECTING COMMUNITY BUILDINGS

19th Mar 2020

In light of COVID-19, Allied Westminster, the UK’s largest provider of insurance for village halls and the principal supporter of ACRE's Advice Service for Village Halls, has put out some information and guidance to help people stay informed and keep buildings safe and secure. Read more...

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