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The Association is currently reviewing its Hallmark Level 1, 2 and 3 awards in order to try to achieve the Hallmark status again. We will be working with the Durham Community Action team, as Hallmark Officers, to undertake a virtual inspection of the community centre premises.

The Association is developing the main (Adult) hall so that it will be more attractive to our community users. The project that we currently want to develop is the addition of multi-media system in this hall, so that groups are able to further engage with their users. This will incorporate a hearing loop (invaluable for many members of our groups), a PA system so that the Centre Manager/ Covid-19 Coordinator(s) can instantly communicate with groups, projection equipment and interactive screen for teaching and learning to take place. In the sections below we are able to announce that we have successfully achieved the funding needed to create this new opportunity for our user groups. We hope that when everyone is able to return that they will benefit from the new project.

Dec 2020, the Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant of £5355 from the Sir John Priestman Charity Trust to complete the work on developing the multi media system in the main hall.

Nov 2020, the Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant of £4545 from County Durham Community Foundation towards the new multi-media development in the main hall.

Terry Simpson, our long standing Centre Manager, has decided to retire after suffering from ill health over the last year. Terry has been involved with the centre since we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2013. We wish him well and thank him for his time and dedication to the Association, as we have grown and developed under his management.

August 2020 – the centre has been redecorated internally (under the terms of our lease). All the halls will be clean and renewed to welcome back our user groups.

The Youth hall male toilets have been totally refurbished (with money from a National Lottery Awards for All grant of £10000).

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