Working hard for all in Bishop Auckland

25 January 2015

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

Training on resolving local disputes

Ron Hogg, Police & Crime Commissioner for County Durham & Darlington is funding local training on resolving local disputes later this month. For further information on the event on Marketing leaflet for Durham PCC funded project – 13th January 2015 or Marketing leaflet for Durham PCC funded project – 22nd January 2015

Need help with CV or job application writing?

Local residents in Woodhouse Close, Bishop Auckland, can receive help and guidance with their CV and job application writing from 11am to 1pm on Friday 21st November at Auckland Youth & Community Centre.

For further information CV Preparation

Festive Fun in Bishop Auckland constituency

Looking for free festive events in your local areas? Why not support your local Christmas Lights Switch On and other events across the constituency by following the links below.

2D Community Festive Fayre

For further events in Teesdale visit Teesdale Discovery

Barnard Castle Christmas Lights Switch On

Bishop Auckland Christmas festivities

You can also follow Bishop Auckland Town Team throughout the year for up to date information on events in the town centre.

Shildon Christmas Lights Switch On

Spennymoor Lights Switch On

Spennymoor Town Council Christmas Party Nights

Helen Goodman MP celebrates local charity champions

Helen Goodman is thanking local charity trustees for their dedicated work in running local charities, and highlighting the benefits of becoming a charity trustee.

There are 240 charities in Bishop Auckland. They cover a wide range of activities and services but all depend on the trustees that oversee their work, most of whom are volunteers. Trustees’ Week raises awareness of the work they do, and also highlights how people can benefit themselves by becoming trustees, through gaining valuable experience and skills.

Helen Goodman, MP for Bishop Auckland, said:

“We have some fantastic local charities in Bishop Auckland doing really important work, but they wouldn’t be able to function without their trustees. As we approach national Trustees’ Week I want to pay tribute to their tireless work to keep our local community projects going.

“I would also really encourage people to consider becoming a trustee. Being a charity trustee is a great way of learning new skills and gaining valuable experience, and could lead to new opportunities and employment. With estimates suggesting that almost half of charities have at least one vacancy on their board, there’s an organisation for you, whatever your age or background. Lots of charities need trustees who will help them achieve their goals, so it really is a win-win situation.”

Paula Sussex, Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, said:

“Trustees’ Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the vital work trustees do. As the backbone of their charities, it’s really important that trustees collectively hold a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives, and regularly make time to step back and evaluate where there may be gaps. As well as skills, consider if your trustees’ backgrounds can help make contacts in the community, give fresh insight into your beneficiaries’ needs, or develop new ways of carrying out your work.’

For further information
Trustees’ Week runs 10-16 November 2014. To learn more about Trustees’ Week and trusteeship, visit and follow @trusteesweek. The website includes case studies, recruitment resources, details of local events being held during Trustees’ Week and links to trustee matching services for those who want to become a trustee.

Young people are hugely under-represented on charity boards – 18 – 24 year olds make up only 0.5% of the trustee population. For more information on volunteering opportunities for young people visit V-inspired. If you run a charity and would like to involve more young people in running your charity visit Charity Commission.


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