18th Jul 2019

Durham Community Action held its third very successful Share and Learn Meet the Funders event at Spennymoor Town Hall on 16th July.

One hundred and sixty representatives from over one hundred voluntary and community organisations spent the morning meeting with a range of funders and participating in specialist support sessions led by Durham Community Action’s staff.  

The event was supported by well-known organisations including Ballinger Charitable Trust, Banks Community Fund, BBC Children in Need, Believe Housing, Coalfields Regeneration Trust, County Durham Community Foundation, County Durham Sport, Cranfield Trust, Durham County Council, Greggs Foundation, Hospital of God, Karbon Homes, National Lottery Community Fund, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Newcastle Building Society, Northstar Ventures, Sir James Knott Trust and The Good Exchange, all of whom gave their time to listen to ideas and provide their advice.  

With project ideas in hand, delegates were able to speak directly to potential funders about the support they could offer. 

“I thought it was great, well organised and lots of communities represented from across the County” said Andrew Ballinger on behalf of the Ballinger Charitable Trust.

Those attending the support sessions were able to build on this opportunity and gain a real insight into how to make the best application for their needs with guidance on bid writing and fundraising strategy, and advice on governance and managing volunteers.

Kate Burrows, Community Support Manager for Durham Community Action, said

“The feedback from delegates was really positive as they left buzzing with ideas, ready to tackle their funding challenges!

We were delighted to facilitate the opportunity for delegates to access expert advice on bid writing and volunteering through the mini taster workshops and support sessions delivered by the Durham Community Action Development Officer Team.  Our Community Development team is ready to provide follow up support to those looking to develop funding bids, please just give us a call to have a chat about how we might be able to help or book onto one of our Community Development Workshops”

At Durham Community Action we aim to ensure Volunteer Led Organisations and Groups get access to the information, advice and guidance they need in order to support the development of a robust voluntary sector.

For more information about our work please contact us on 01388 742040, email or visit our website

Durham Community Action would like to thank all those who participated in the event for their time and support; we are very grateful to those who support the sector to build on success.

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