Working hard for all in Bishop Auckland

23 April 2014

Campaigning for Bishop Auckland General Hospital

Opening the new Berco factory in Spennymoor

Opening the Sure Start centre in Coundon

Talking to Carers in Barnard Castle

With children at the Sure Start centre in Shildon

Answering questions in the House of Commons

Opening the new Thorns Lighting factory in Spennymoor

Campaigning for Road Safety in Cockfield

Supporting farmers in Teesdale

Meeting new mothers in Bishop Auckland

Could your community benefit from the Community Fund programme?

As part of the Helping Britain Prosper Plan nominations for the Lloyds bank community fund will open today. For the first time, Lloyd’s customers as well as the wider public will be able to nominate local good causes to invite them to apply to Community Fund this year.

Around 1,400 good causes in 350 communities across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands are set to benefit from Community Fund this year with grants of up to £3,000, supporting projects and services that make a positive difference to local communities. Over 2.3 million votes were cast for the 2013 Community Fund with 380,000 people benefitting from an award.

Helen is encouraging constituents to nominate a local good cause and take part in this year’s Community Fund programme. Nominations can be made online at Once nominated, each group will be invited to directly apply to Community Fund online.
Nominations will close on 30 April 2014, with applications remaining open until 9 May 2014.

Helen Goodman MP promotes MY NHS

Constituents who are interested in their local NHS services can join MY NHS a new programme which enables residents to get more involved in the work that the local Clinical Commissioning Group is doing to develp local services.

You can download an information leaflet and application form here:
My NHS A5 flyer draft DDES

For more information visit DDES Clinical Commissioning Group

Shadow Media Minister co-presents Bishop FM’s Breakfast Show #IWD14

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2014 Helen will be co-presenting Bishop FM’s Breakfast Show with Lisa Davies from the Durham Women Rising campaign from 8am on Saturday 8th March. You can tune into Bishop FM 105.9. This year’s theme is Inspiring Change and guests include Wear Valley Women’s Aid and the ‘Let Toys Be Toys’ campaign.

For listeners in South Durham tune into Bishop FM tune into 105.9 FM. On smartphones and tablets download the free Radioplayer app for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android (search Bishop FM). To listen online visit

To find out more about International Women’s Day visit here or follow @womensday.

To find out more about or to join Durham Women Rising visit here

Helen Goodman MP supports a new guide for organisers of voluntary and community events

Voluntary and community events are an important aspect of everyday life that help encourage people to play a more active part in society.

They may celebrate a particular occasion, raise funds for a good cause or simply bring people in a community closer together. We have worked with a range of civil society and government organisations to develop this guide, which will:
•help you to plan and run successful events with a minimum of red tape
•if you are holding a particular type of event, help you to find the specific advice you need

The guide should clear up any confusion over issues such as health and safety and food hygiene, which people often think will get in the way. Organising a successful event is really all about good planning and taking sensible precautions where necessary.

Bishop Auckland MP promotes local Healthy Lifestyle courses

Helen Goodman MP is pleased to lend her support to the free Healthy Lifestyle Courses starting at Auckland Youth & Community Centre on Thursday 27th February and Friday 28th February at the Four Clocks Centre.

Workshops include a healthy Indian cookery workshop, zumba, guided health walk and sound therapy.

Each session is free and for more information visit Healthy Lifestyle Courses at AYCC - Feb+March 2014.


Upcoming Events

Constituency Surgery

  • Date: 24 Apr 2014 at 17:00
  • Location: Middleton-in-Teesdale Community Centre, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0TN (next to the primary school)
  • Appointments are not required. If your case is urgent however you can contact Helen's Constituency Office on 01388 603075 or by email at [email protected] Directions From Barnard Castle take the B6278 then bear left to join the B6282 which goes to Middleton in Teesdale. The village hall is situated next to the primary school. It is set back on the right hand bend coming in from the east end of the village. Hall Postcode: DL12 0TN

Constituency Surgery

  • Date: 09 May 2014 at 17:00
  • Location: St Paul's Centre, St Paul's Gardens, Spennymoor, DL16 7LS
  • Appointments are not required but if your case is urgent then please do not hesitate to contact my constituency office on 01388 603075 or by email at [email protected]
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