East Durham Trust


We are a support organisation for the voluntary and community sector.

We provide a range of services for community groups including funding advice, training, information and support. We also have a volunteer brokerage service, supporting individuals who would like to volunteer and groups who would like to recruit volunteers.

We also manage a range of projects and contracts including:
  • Peoples Takeaway is  a volunteer-led project that provides hot meals just like a real takeaway only free.
  • Stop Poverty in East Durham (SPIED) is a three year project intended to combat the effects of poverty in East Durham through a number of different iniatives.  These are: benefit checks and support, debt advice, holiday activities with food to combat holiday hunger, transport to work scheme and community job clubs.
  • FEED. This project provides emergency food parcels for East Durham residents in financial crisis. You will need to be referred to join this group.
  • CHIT CHAT. Volunteers run this telephone befriending service for social isolated members of the community.
  • Colour Your Life. This project provides access to activities to improve people's mental health. Our courses are all about unlocking the skill and talents of local people and raising awareness of services in our local communities that keep us well. We use professional, experienced tutors who organize artistic learning activities and give people the chance to make new friends in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment.
  • Horden Hub House.  This is a brand new community initiative based on Seventh Street in Horden created to respond to the challenges that exist in the former mining community of Horden and beyond, link local people to support available and the activities of the CRT, East Durham Trust and East Durham AAP and other organisations.
  • East Durham Solutions.  We provide run befriending service to support the most vulnerable East Durham residents.  Our volunter 'Community Coaches' will be responsible for hand holding/befriending services for local people living in private rental properities who are in crisis situations.  They will support residents into identified services as well as receiving and signposting residents into the Housing Solutions Triage System.
  • Domestic Abuse Network.  We have established, alongside the Police and Crime Comissioner, an active forum for groups and individuals who have been affected by Domestic Abuse.  The group meets on three occassions and has already shared vital information about services and resources available.  We have also provided emergency food parcels for those in need of this support.
  • East Durham Creates is a Creative People and Places project funded through the Arts Council England which provides a range of activites including:
    • Go and Sees which are a range of research trips to inspire creativity.  Future trips include Hull City of Culture and inspirational local projects,  
    • Let's Create.  We have launched two schemes, Big Ideas and Small Ideas, to encourage local groups, artists and organisations to apply for support for projects that engage the people of East Durham in the arts.
    • The Community Panel.  We will continue to advise on various aspects of East Durham Creates and transition into the Creative Community Learning Network.   If you are interested in becoming a Community Panel member, please contact Jess on 0191 5693 511 or email jess.hunt@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

We also offer meeting rooms to hire, office services and DBS checks (charges apply).

To find out more about any of our services, please contact us or visit our website.

Service Details

Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 5DP (directions displayed on map)
East Durham Trust
Service Type:
Information and advice
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Accessible premises:

Our building has disabled access and toilet facilities.

  • Easington
Age groups:
  • 18 - 25 years
  • 26 - 39 years
  • 40 - 54 years
  • 55 - 59 years
  • 60 - 64 years
  • 65 - 84 years
  • 85+ years
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0191 569 3511
0191 569 3522