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.
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
You can also follow Bishop Auckland Town Team throughout the year for up to date information on events in the town centre.
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 www.trusteesweek.org.uk 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.
Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman MP supports local performance of Playing House, interactive live theatre.
Playing House is an interactive performance set in a home like yours or mine. Inside you will hear real stories from your local community. The performance has been put together by local artists and women from the local community and features an ensemble cast of community and professional performers. All the words are from testimonies of local women about their experiences. These were collected from interviews and meetings in towns and villages across County Durham and Darlington over the last few months.
During the event there will be opportunities to watch live theatre and dance, share your stories, enjoy some tea and cake, discuss the issues raised and to make your mark on our house of stories. There will be professionals available to offer advice and support. The Women’s Voices Project also has a blog where you can read about our journey and get involved.
Performances take place on Friday 26th September at Bishop Auckland Town Hall at 1pm (Women only) and 7pm.
For more information visit Playing House
The potential positive impact on local communities of plans for a proposed new wind farm in Teesdale has led them to win the backing of Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman.
The Windy Bank Wind Farm has been put forward for a site between the village of Woodland and the southern edge of Hamsterley Forest by County Durham firm Banks Renewables.
Having reviewed the details of the updated scheme design that was recently submitted by Banks to Durham County Council, which includes an enhanced community benefits fund worth up to £1.75m across the project’s 25-year lifespan, Helen has given her support to the four-turbine, scheme.
She believes that this funding could offer the area a chance to address a number of pressing local needs that might otherwise not receive the attention they require.
Helen Goodman says: “Labour remains strongly supportive of using appropriately-located onshore wind farm developments as part of the UK’s future energy infrastructure, and the Windy Bank Wind Farm would seem to offer a great deal to the local community alongside the green energy it would produce.
“Rural areas such as ours suffer disproportionately on a number of different fronts, including specific issues around skills development, employability and fuel poverty, and Government funding for projects addressing these areas will remain very stretched for the foreseeable future.”
“The resources that the Windy Bank community benefits fund would make available locally could make a huge difference to the lives of many people in different parts of our community, and I’m keen to see how the proposals Banks has worked up in response to comments they’ve had from local people could be brought to life using money drawn from this fund.”
“As someone who is in favour of renewable energy and onshore wind farms, and of the communities in which such schemes are based benefiting from their development, I’m firmly in favour of the Windy Bank Wind Farm going forward and would hope that Durham County Council will agree with my views.”