Everyone will benefit from Census 2021

Households across Tees Valley will be asked to take part in Census 2021 this spring.

The census, run by the Office for National Statistics, is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every ten years since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Understanding the needs of the nation helps everyone from central government to organisations, such as councils and health authorities, plan and fund public services across England and Wales. Census outputs inform where billions of pounds of public funding is spent on services like transport, education and health – on cycle routes, schools and dental surgeries.

Information from the census is also important in helping lots of other people and organisations do their work.

Charities and voluntary organisations often use it as evidence to get funding. It helps businesses to understand their customers and, for example, decide where to open new shops. Plus, those doing research, like university students and people looking into their family history, use census data. It provides important information on population diversity, allowing organisations to know whether they are meeting their responsibilities and triggering action where necessary.

Census 2021 will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“The census provides a unique snapshot of our communities,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at ONS, said. “It benefits everyone. Based on the information you give, it ensures millions of pounds are invested in emergency services, mental health care, school places, hospital beds, houses, roads, GP’s and dentist’s services.

“No-one should miss out. Everyone can complete online with a new search-as-you-type ability and paper forms for those who need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households will soon receive letters with online codes explaining how they can take part. The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information and advice on how to answer the questions, visit census.gov.uk or contact Nick Dent, the Census Engagement Manager for Darlington and Stockton on Tees.

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Village Halls Week 25th – 29th January 2021 Celebrating 100 Years Together

Village Halls Week 2021: 25 January – 29 January 2021 – Celebrating 100 Years Together

Village Halls Week is a national celebration of village halls, their volunteers, and the services they offer in their communities.

This last year has brought difficulty to everyone. We have seen rural communities pull through and support one another in every way they can, both online and in supporting neighbours as safely as possible.  This year, Village Hall Week 2021 will run from Monday 25 January – Friday 29 January and the spotlight will be on how village halls have been key in supporting their communities both during the pandemic but also in previous times of struggle.

If you would like to promote your village hall, see the tips below on how to get involved. Details of Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)‘s programme are also listed:

Monday 25 January 2021

“Village halls can be found in almost every rural community across England and date back nearly 100 years.” Share your hall’s history on social media using the hashtag #villagehallsweek. You could put up old pictures or past flyers, detail significant guests, share an old film or write an article on your history.

Listen to opening speeches by Lord Gardiner, ACRE’s Executive Director Richard Quallington and their in-house expert Deborah Clarke celebrating a century of village halls. ACRE will be posting these to their social media feeds: Twitter and Facebook.

Tuesday 26 January 2021

“Village halls support a great range of activities and events which combat loneliness and support the local economy.” Use this day to shout about what you usually offer your community when not in lockdown.  Let us know what you usually provide – from fitness activities to shops, pubs, entertainment, schools and wi-fi hubs – and your plans for 2021 so that we can help spread the word.

Share stories about your hall on social media and by signing ACRE’s Doomsday Book, telling ACRE about the activities and events you host and the difference it has made to people in your community.

Wednesday 27 January 2021

“Village halls have shown great resilience in the face of Coronavirus” How have you survived the lockdowns and closures? Perhaps your hall has been saved by fundraising and the support of your community or a grant from an organisation. Share your survival stories on Wednesday 27 January using the hashtag #villagehallsweek. Why not contact your local BBC radio station to feature your story.

Join an online event hosted by ACRE and sponsored by Norris & Fisher to find out how your village hall can recover from Covid-19. Register your place

Thursday 28 January 2021

“What does the future hold for village halls?” (with a focus on environmental and energy efficiency)  We want to hear from pioneering halls. Have you got PV Panels? Do you have a vegetable garden? Do you provide electric car charging points? What does your hall do to help the community look after the environment?

Be a part of a conversation about what the future holds for village halls and join an online event hosted by ACRE sponsored by Utility Aid to find out how your village halls can contribute to a zero-carbon future. Register your place

 Friday 29 January 2021

“A review of the week and plans for the future”

Listen to a podcast sponsored by Allied Westminster with Louise Beaton OBE discussing the history of village halls. Louise is a special adviser to Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and was recently recognised in the New Year’s Honours for her long-standing dedication to village and community halls. Register your interest.

For more information about ACRE’s online events during the week, please see the ACRE webpage.

Keep a lookout on our social media channels throughout the week, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #VillageHallsWeek!

North East Forum on Ageing

NEFA is aware that now, more than ever, it is important that the voices of organisations in the North East and the people that they represent are both listened to and acted upon.

The network already many embraces many local groups and individuals with an estimated reach of over 30,000 older people but is hoping to expand this number by welcoming others who share similar aims in order to provide a unique resource for the public, private, third and academic sectors to access the opinions, knowledge and experience of older people to bring about improvements in Health & Wellbeing.

NEFA’s Constitutional Objectives are to:

Ensure older people’s voices are heard at a local, regional and national level
Promote a positive image of older people in society
Increase confidence and knowledge of member organisations

It is free to join NEFA and the benefits include:

  1. Regular meetings with partner organisations to share good practice and ideas and shared bulletins
  2. Collaborations involving member organisations recording the views of their members and users which in turn reach wider audiences through increased social media and online coverage. (Website, Twitter, E-bulletins, Facebook and press releases).
  3. Increased possibility of future partnership funding collaborations through the network (a new funding platform is currently under review)
  4. Findings of regional consultations will have the increased strength of numbers and diversity resulting in an ability  to increase the possibility of reaching those in positions of influence

Please sign up so that organisations throughout the whole of the North East – Northumberland, Newcastle , Gateshead, South Tyneside , Sunderland, Darlington, Durham, Redcar, Cleveland and North Tyneside can work closely together to help improve lives.

If you wish to join us please visit https://nefa.org.uk/joinus/

Please find attached documents detailing the work and ethos of NEFA.

Information about NEFA NEFA-Strategic-Plan