Community Consultation Launched

Today we are announcing the launch of ‘Ask Stanley 2016’, a comprehensive consultation exercise with Stanley Residents. We want to know what you like about your area, what you don’t, and what you think should be done to improve both the good and bad things. We have put together a short questionnaire and will be trying to get as many people as possible to participate over the next six weeks. The more people take part and the more feedback we get, the better chance we have of identifying the real priorities of Stanley people.

We will use the results to identify issues and options for a more detailed questionnaire to be sent out later in the year and we will use all this evidence to build an action plan for the next five years.

To reach as wide an audience as possible, we are sending a hard copy of the questionnaire to every address in Stanley. The questionnaire will be in the centre pages of the ‘Stanley Life’ magazine, which will be distributed across the parish in the week commencing 18th January. We will also be going out into the community and have arranged sessions to discuss the consultation at:

Catchgate Primary School – 08.30am to 12.30pm Tuesday 9th February

Craghead Village Hall – 09.30am to 11.30am Wednesday 10th February

South Moor Methodist Church – 6pm to 8pm Tuesday 16th February

Tanfield Lea Community Centre – 6pm to 8pm Monday 22nd February

Asda – still to confirm date

Market day – Thursday 21st January 0900am to 1200pm

We will also be speaking to the schools because we want to capture the views of our young people – every person currently aged 13 or over will reach the age of majority during the lifetime of this plan so we need their opinions – any positive changes we can make will have the greatest impact on them.

The Consultation questionnaire can be found on our website at the following address:

Please take the time to complete the questionnaire. Your views are important to us.

Stanley AAP Small Grants Fund 2015/16


Stanley AAP is providing the opportunity for local groups and organisations to apply for a small grant to help them deliver projects and activities in the Stanley area.

Funding of £30,000 has been made available by Stanley AAP and we would like to invite local organisations to consider submitting an application.  You can apply for a grant of between £500 and £2,000 and your project / activity must fit into one of our local priorities:


Stanley AAP Priorities:

Regeneration of Stanley & its Villages

Opportunities and Activities for Young People

Support for the Elderly, Carers, and Disability Groups


Project applications submitted by the required deadline and that meet our grant criteria will be considered by a Stanley AAP Small Grants Awards Panel.

If you would like to apply for a small grant, please contact us for an application form.  Guidance Notes will also be included to assist you with the completion of your form and to see if your group is eligible to apply, but if you would like any further help or support then please contact a member of the Stanley AAP team and we will be happy to assist.


When all application forms have been received they will be independently appraised by the AAP Team that will check whether your project is eligible to be put to the Awards Panel.

If your application does not meet the criteria, we will provide a valid explanation as to why we could not progress your application on this occasion and offer advice and guidance. We will also, where possible, signpost you to alternative sources of funding for your project/activity.

As this is a competitive process not everyone will be successful in being awarded a small grant.

For more info: Email: or Telephone: 03000 265 323.

Posted on Behalf of Durham County Council: Please Contact DCC for more information not the Town Council