14th Jul 2021

Community groups in County Durham will benefit from grants given by Ballinger Charitable Trust.

Durham Community Action have been working with Ballinger Charitable Trust to distribute small grants to community groups within the Derwent Valley, Teesdale and Weardale area action partnership areas. These grants are to help groups come out of ‘COVID hibernation’.

Ballinger Charitable Trust award grants to charitable causes working with young and older people in the North East and focus on helping local communities flourish, especially after the challenges of the pandemic.

Kate Burrows, Community Support Manager, said:

“Community development and the provision of advice, support and guidance is at the heart of what we do at Durham Community Action.

We are proud to be working with Ballinger Charitable Trust to enable our communities to re-emerge after COVID hibernation.

We believe these microgrants will help volunteer led community organisations to thrive in their local community.”

The event took place on Wednesday 7th July with 12 organisations across the county including Making Memories who support people living with dementia through games sessions and Stanhope Silver Band who support free instrument loan and lessons to anyone wishing to learn a brass instrument to encourage new members to join. 

Andrew Ballinger, Trustee at the Ballinger Charitable Trust, said:

“A common theme of the people we met was that they had an activity in their lives that they clearly loved, combined with a passion for their local community and they were giving their time to combine the two, to support people around them.

We thoroughly enjoyed meeting with each organisation, hearing their stories and providing their groups with financial support.” 

Steve Caygill from Raby Castle Cricket Club was awarded a microgrant from Ballinger Charitable Trust at the event and said:

"We are thrilled to be awarded a Ballinger microgrant. Young people have had a difficult time over the last year, but now it’s great that they can get out again and play cricket with their friends.

We will use our funding to invest in equipment that will make our junior practice sessions even more fun and enjoyable. "

Durham Community Action have a range of online training workshops and events to assist voluntary and community organisations with volunteer management, consultation & engagement, strategic planning, operational and financial management, recommencing in  September 2021.

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