East Durham Trust conference to combat austerity

Malcolm Fallow, Chief Executive of East Durham Trust
Malcolm Fallow, Chief Executive of East Durham Trust

A COMMUNITY organisation is set to explore new ways to help households facing harsh government cuts during its annual conference.

East Durham Trust’s annual conference, titled Putting Brilliance Into Resilience, aims to gather information and ideas on ways the organisation can help vulnerable people hit by the austerity measures.

The trust already runs a string of programmes aimed at helping people, including the Welfare Champions scheme, the Food Emergency East Durham (FEED) and a telephone intervention project, that have proved to be a success.

Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “East Durham is probably harder hit than most areas, and we feel as though we have been kicked while we are down on a number of occasions.

“However, the saving grace is that East Durham is full of Good Samaritans and people caring about the community.

“The conference will bring together hundreds of people sharing experiences of how we can best counter what people are facing.”

Guest speakers for the event will be Ron Hogg, Durham’s police and crime commissioner, Anna Lynch, director of public health at Durham County Council and Durham University professor and deputy vice chancellor Ray Hudson who will be talking about international issues such as the economic situation in Greece.

The conference is being held on Thursday, November 14, at Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton.

It follows on from the trust’s annual general meeting 9.30am.