East Cleveland Mutual Aid Groups Initial Research Findings

As you will be aware that we have been involved in a piece of research with Teesside University looking at the impact of community groups during the pandemic. This has been with our friends and colleagues from East Cleveland Good Neighbours and Saltburn Community Response.
We wanted to provide you with an update as to how it was going and some of our initial findings.
You can get involved in participating in interviews or an upcoming focus group for people who have helped out in April by contacting Claire O’Malley at the University, or take 5 to fill in our questionnaires here: https://bit.ly/39bhvru

Census 2021 is in full swing in Tees Valley.

With March 21 literally around the corner, Census 2021 is in full swing in Tees Valley.

The letters, with your unique access codes, have all gone out and responses are already coming in.

“A successful census will help give the best picture of the needs of everyone living in England and Wales,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“It helps us understand what our society needs now and what it will likely need in the future. We’ve had a fantastic response so far, with so many of you completing the questionnaire on your laptops, phones and computers.

“It takes just 10 minutes per person to take part and if you can’t get online, there are paper forms available for those who need them. Now is the time to make your mark on history.”

Operating in line with the Government’s latest Covid-19 guidance, field officers will be deployed across the country to contact those who have not responded. They will offer help and advice to those who need it. They will also remind people that their census response is required by law.

This census is the most inclusive yet. Everyone can identify as they wish using search as you type online and write-in options on paper if they need it.

The questionnaire includes 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.

To complete your census, and to find out how you can get help, please visit census.gov.uk or call 0800 141 2021.


Multiverse Lab invites you find out what heath and social care issues matter most to our communities

Multiverse Lab: Zoom Social

11am on Thursday 15 April or 5pm on Thursday 6 May. FREE.

Book at https://www.unfoldingtheatre.co.uk/whats-on

Come along to a fun, informal Zoom session to talk about all things health and wellbeing! This 1-hour session will introduce you to a North East project called Multiverse Lab. Multiverse Lab aims to ask 2,000 local people, “What is the health or social care breakthrough you hope to see in your lifetime?”

Multiverse Lab has been commissioned by health researchers including Newcastle University to find out what heath and social care issues matter most to our communities. They will use the findings to make sure that North East health research better reflects what matters to local people.

This is a chance to make your voice heard!

Book at https://www.unfoldingtheatre.co.uk/whats-on

To find out more email info@unfoldingtheatre.co.uk

Youth Centre Recovery £8 Million Fund by Julia & Hans Rausing Trust

​The Youth Centre Recovery Fund has been established by Julia and Hans Rausing to help charities running youth centres to be able to survive and recover from the impact of Covid-19.

A total of £8 million is available to provide core funding for the costs of running youth centres and delivering youth work. Funding will cover the period from 1 April – 30 September 2021.

The aim is to ensure that youth centres remain viable and are able to re-open or continue to deliver services as the country emerges from Covid-19 restrictions. The pandemic and concomitant actions taken to combat it are likely to have a significant negative impact on young people’s mental health and life chances, especially those from less advantaged backgrounds. As such, it is critical that charities running youth clubs are able to continue to provide support and opportunities to young people.

Who Can Apply

The Fund is open to registered charities who run youth centres in England. They must offer youth services within a locality and operate out of a fixed space or venue. They should be at risk of being unable to re-open and resume services, of cutting provision, or of permanent closure for financial reasons by the end September 2021.


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NHS England Safeguarding app

NHS England Safeguarding app
The NHS Safeguarding app has been developed to act as a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals, carers and citizens. It provides 24-hour, mobile access on up to date legislation and guidance across the safeguarding life course.

The app also provides information on how to report a safeguarding concern and even has a directory of safeguarding contacts for every local authority in England, searchable by region.

It can be accessed via Apple iOS, Google Play or it can be downloaded by visiting your device’s appropriate app store and searching for ‘NHS Safeguarding’.

Update on current advice/situation for village halls 8th March 2021

ACRE has issued new information to help village halls prepare for reopening. Our assessment is that contrary to the government’s announcement on 22 February, village halls will not be able to reopen after Easter, except for a small number of permitted activities. Most will have to wait until 17 May before they can be hired out for many functions including exercise classes, coffee mornings, performances and celebrations.

The update, should be read alongside previous advice and information issued by the charity which provided a detailed commentary on how village halls could previously reopen following the government’s Covid Secure rules

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Skelton Townscape Heritage Project – Final Evaluation Survey

The final evaluation is taking place for the Skelton Townscape Heritage Project regarding the uplift on Skelton High Street through the National Heritage Lottery funded project. Last time the survey was conducted, we had face to face interviews on the High Street, but as we can’t do that with the restrictions currently in place, there is an online survey available. Please would you take a few minutes to complete the survey and feedback your thoughts?

The survey can be accessed via the link http://oakhamwarp.dinksurveys.com/skelton

There is also a separate survey for business owners but they will be contacted directly.

Skelton Heritage Project Logo

NEW DEAL? NEW RULES. Access free EU Business Support to make sure you’re up-to-date

Doing business with Europe has changed. Even though a EU–UK Trade Agreement is in place, there are still important steps you might need to take to make sure your business complies with the new rules.

If your business is based in Tees Valley, then Tees Valley Business’s EU Exit Support Team is on-hand with free support to help you keep your business moving, and to support you to make the most of any new opportunities.

Keep your business moving…

It’s important to make sure you have everything covered so that your business can continue to operate without interruption.

Even if you do not trade internationally, there are still things you need to consider. For example:

  • Will your supply chain be impacted?
  • Do you employ workers from outside the UK?
  • What are the VAT implications for your business?
  • Do any Patents or Trademarks need attention?
  • How might the changes impact working online?
  • Do you travel for business?

Make the most of new opportunities…

There are also plenty of new opportunities which could support your business growth.

From tapping into new growth sectors, to accessing new international markets and securing Government grants to help meet new demand.

Access free support for your businesses…

If your business is based in Tees Valley there is funded support available through Tees Valley Business to help you navigate the changes and opportunities.

You can contact the EU Exit Support Team via a FREE 24hr helpline for a quick answer to any specific questions you might have, and to access relevant guidance and information.

If you need more intensive support the team can also arrange a 1-2-1 appointment with an EU Exit Adviser for you. A specialist adviser can run a ‘health check’ to make sure you have everything covered and put your mind at rest, or they can help you find out about additional grant support that may be available.

Call the FREE 24hr helpline now on 01642 662778, or get in touch by emailing eubusinesssupport@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk

You can also visit https://www.teesvalleybusiness.com/support-for-businesses/eu-transition/ for more information.

Charities and voluntary organisations are #NeverMoreNeeded

Across the country charities and voluntary organisations are helping tackle coronavirus

• Providing food, medicines and essential support to isolated and vulnerable people
• Supporting children and adults with disabilities, long-term conditions and serious illnesses,
along with their families
• Working to look after people affected by difficult issues such as mental ill-health,
homelessness, debt, drug and alcohol misuse, domestic abuse and exploitation
• Keeping people safe and making sure no-one is forgotten

At the same time, due to the massive impact of the coronavirus outbreak, charities and voluntary
organisations have been hit by

• Sudden increase in demand for what they do, as part of the response to coronavirus.
• Loss of fundraising income as events and activities have been cancelled – from coffee
mornings to the London Marathon, and everything in between.
• Loss of income from charity shops, hiring our premises and providing services due to social
• Regular donors cancelling their giving because they have had their own income cut, through
furlough or redundancy.

And all this after more than a decade of having to do more with less, following the financial crash in

People across the country are relying on charities for the essential support they provide and how
they shape our society for the better.

The #NeverMoreNeeded campaign is asking everyone to show that they understand the importance
of having thriving and sustainable charities and voluntary organisations.

Show your support by:
Adding the #NeverMoreNeeded logo to your social media profile pages – download images.
Follow the campaign on social media @NeverMoreNeeded, like, retweet and reply to us, using
Write to your local MP about the campaign – template letter. Template-letter-for-member-of-public-to-send-to-MP
Share your story – how has a charity or voluntary organisation touched your life or your family?
What’s the difference this has made to you? View examples on resource page. Here



‘The Grinkle Monster’ comes to life in East Cleveland

‘The Grinkle Monster’ comes to life in East Cleveland by local artist Gillian Gilmour on behalf of East Cleveland Good Neighbours

The Grinkle Monster has been entertaining the young people of East Cleveland since the beginning of the 1st lockdown 2020 and now he has his very own book to raise funds for the local community of East Cleveland.

The book brings together all the wonderful illustrations and breathes life into ‘The Grinkle Monster’ who has been visiting the rural communities in East Cleveland with tales of history and local legends.

Gillian Gilmour creator said, “The Grinkle Monster is about bringing to a younger audience a sense of pride in the rich cultural history of the area in these very difficult times”. 

Gillian lives in a small village in East Cleveland. She is an artist, teacher, and Town Councillor, who taught Art, Textiles and English for many years in a secondary school in Leeds.  Much of her artwork has been inspired by the history and heritage of this area.

Gillian is a volunteer for the local group East Cleveland Good Neighbours who have provided vital support across the 13 villages of East Cleveland. It is through East Cleveland Good Neighbours that the Grinkle Monster was born as an activity for younger members of our community. During this work, the Good Neighbours have provided timely craft packs for our children and families; each bag contained an episode of the Grinkle Monster with wonderful crafts and activities to enjoy at home.

The book brings together the first 12 episodes with fun and engaging activities to enhance the times spent together indoors. It is funded by Loftus Town Council and Tees Valley Rural Action.

Our local independent bookshop community has rallied behind the cause and you can purchase the book through click and collect or by post from the following local stores.

Chapter One, Loftus; Artcentric CIC and Book Corner, Saltburn.

All funds raised will go directly to East Cleveland Good Neighbours; an army of over 80 local resident volunteers who believe in looking after their community and raising community spirit through these difficult times.  They provide vital services and bring the rural communities of East Cleveland together, by providing healthy cooked meals to the isolated, a vital food bank for those in need, craft and activities for families and a much-needed virtual community through their Face Book group and page.

Linda White from East Cleveland Good Neighbours says “It was clear from the start of Covid that it was important to keep the community connected and engaged. It has been wonderful to watch the Grinkle Monster develop and travel throughout the year. It’s certainly been an interesting journey and amazing opportunity for families to connect and celebrate our local culture”.

Grinkle Monster Launch