HEDLEY HOUSE OPENS THE DOORS FOR VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE IN DURHAM

Yesterday Hedley House, a new supported accommodation project for young people at risk of homelessness in County Durham, celebrated its official opening (Wednesday 9 October).

The project, based in Park Road, South Moor Stanley, is provided by a partnership of Changing Lives, Durham County Council Housing Solutions and Children and Young People’s Services.

It provides safe and secure accommodation for vulnerable young people, facing difficult life circumstances and that are at risk of becoming homeless.

The project was officially opened by Councillor Carole Hampson, Town Mayor of Stanley.

In celebration of the launch Changing Lives hosted an afternoon tea, which was prepared by the young residents. The event was well attended, with our CEO Stephen Bell welcoming guests from Durham Police, Durham Housing solutions and Durham County Council.

Agenda & Papers Full Council 24th September 2019

The Agenda and background papers for next week’s meeting of Stanley Town Council are linked below.

The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall, Front Street at 6.30pm on Tuesday 24th September.

‘-Full Council Agenda 24th September 2019

Combined Papers Sept 19

The Council will also be holding a Planning Committee Meeting prior to the Full Council Meeting at 6pm. The meeting is being held to consider the single issue of the application which has been submitted in respect of the Former Greenland School in South Moor.

‘-Planning Agenda 24th September 2019

Combined Background Papers Planning 24-9-19

Finance Committee 12th December – Agenda and Papers

The Agenda and papers for next week’s Committee Meeting are linked below.

At the meeting Inspector Dave Stewart will speak to members about current policing priorities in Stanley. There will be an update from the Community Led Local Development Fund Officer about projects locally which are being funded through European Strategic Funding, an update on the activities of the STC Wardens service and a discussion about the budget for 2019/20.

The meeting starts at 6.30 pm, Wednesday 12th December at the Civic Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

‘-Finance and General Purposes Agenda 12.12.18

Background Papers Finance December 18 [PDF, 32.3 MB]

 

Full Council 25th September – Papers Uploaded

The agenda and background papers for next Tuesday’s Full Council meeting are linked below.   The meeting will be held at 6.30pm at the Civic Hall and is open to the general public.  Members of the public may ask questions in relation to the business on the agenda, please notify the Town Clerk in advance of the meeting.  Contact Us

the business to be considered at the meeting will include:

An update from the CLLD Funding Officer; Fireworks; Civic Hall Business Planning; Beacons of Light; Neighbourhood Wardens Update.

Council Agenda 25 September 2018

September 18 FC Supporting Papers

 

Full Council Agenda & Papers 24-4-18

The Agenda and background documents for next week’s Ordinary Council meeting have been uploaded. Items being discussed include: Petition received re: Coffee Shop; Proposal for Youth Theatre event on Armed Forces Day; Advice in County Durham local voluntary group networking event; Enhanced Warden Service.

‘-Full Council Agenda 24 April 2018

April 2018 Full Council Background Papers (Public)

 

Projects & Initiatives Committee 10th April 2018

The Agenda and papers for next week’s Projects Committee are linked below.

The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 10th April at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public.  Items to be considered:

Advice Service Specification

Youth Theatre production for Armed Forces Day

Advice in County Durham Networking Event

‘-Projects and Initiatives Agenda 10.4.18

Projects Background Papers (Public) April 18

Full Council Papers 27-3-18

The Agenda and Background Papers for next week’s Ordinary Council Meeting are linked below.  The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm at the Civic Hall. All meetings are open to the public. Please note: If you wish to ask a question at the meeting, it must be notified to the Clerk in advance of the meeting. The Clerk can be emailed on info@stanley-tc.gov.uk

Business to be discussed at the meeting includes:

Member’s Initiative Fund – Details of the projects supported by Councillors in 2017/18

Events Specification – Tender details

Wardens SLA – Specification for enhanced wardens service

Civic Hall Hire charges

‘-Full Council Agenda 27 March 2018

Background Papers March 18

STC – Supporting the Just for Women Centre

In September 2015, Stanley Town Council was approached by PS Dave Clarke who had a vision to turn a junk shop on Stanley Front Street into a community cafe which would provide support, training and mentoring and help to tackle social isolation and a range of issues. The Town Council supported his vision by taking the lease of the building on and that initiative has grown into PACT House, which has been a shining example of how a local council can tactically deploy a small part of its budget to empower and enable a wide section of the community and support volunteering and community led social support by giving them a focal point with security of tenure.

The Council believes this model of supporting key local third sector partners is a model which not only provides support for people at the sharp end where it is needed but also represents incredible value for money. The Council could not possibly have provided a resource like PACT House on its own without spending hundreds of thousands of pounds and had it tried to, there would have been no guarantee that the public would have ‘bought in’ in the way that they have with PACT being an independent locally managed organisation.

Following this model, the Town Council is now in the process of trying to secure a permanent base for the Just for Women Centre. The Just for Women centre is another local success story, providing help and support and therapeutic services for hundreds of local women, young people (and men, through their CREE projects) which have been vital helping vulnerable people who have nowhere else to turn. They also work with young people from both local secondary schools and through the Catch 22 programme. Their current premises are being sold and there is a real risk that the charity and the services it provides could be lost to Stanley if they cannot find suitable alternative accomodation. The programme of austerity that has been in place for nearly 8 years means that many vital services supporting local people have been lost as the statutory providers can increasingly only deal with only those in absolutely dire need. Without services like Just for Women and PACT House, there would be many more in dire need which would stretch those statutory services even further and further squeeze people in need of help and support locally.

An article form the Northern Echo last year gives just some examples of the work that the centre has done locally.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15671566.A_haven_for_the_desperate___Just_For_Women_Centre_has_been_a_lifeline_for_women_from_all_over_the_region/

Local MP Kevan Jones, who is president of the charity, said “I’m delighted to see that the Town Council are rising to the challenge of using their limited resources to see services provided in Stanley in an innovative way by working in partnership and providing support to third sector providers to enable the community to help themselves and deliver much greater value for money”

This is why the Town is proposing to purchase a building in Stanley to lease to the Just for Women Centre to give them the security of tenure to keep their existing services going and be able to build their programme in the future. We welcome the public’s opinions as to whether supporting local charities to provide services in Stanley is a good approach for the Town Council to take.