On this page, we invite your comments and suggestions around the subject.
Whatever UK Coal may say or do, our Valley and Villages need our care. Once, we had the "Leadgate Caretakers" but lost these through "lack of funding". But that doesn't mean we stop caring!
Here in Leadgate, our streets are littered, grass overgrown and buildings daubed with paint. There will always be some of this but we think we might take inspiration from what nature does for herself in the Pontburn Valley and give her a little practical help.
Think back on the Leadgate Caretakers or call me at home on 01207582385 if you need details. Like the box folders full of old campaign litterature, I have much the same on the Caretakers, including practical, pragmatic applications ready for grant funding if this helps.
Update as at 27 Mar 09
As of today, officially, we still have no business, the company - for such it is - remains unregistered with Companies House and strictly, therefore, cannot trade. This means that we are unable to financially reward those that are helping, often with their own resources - increasingly with their own money as well as time and effort. It also means, perhaps more importantly, that we are being prevented from tendering for public as well as private contracts and it is absolutely vital that we present a reasoned case to the new ~Durham Unitary Authority when it forms in just 4 days time.
The case we present will not be speculative nor unsubstantiated. For those unable to come to Leadgate and witness, at first hand, what has been achieved, "Hope 08" last year was well recorded, with images as well as words.
as we discussed. I am still trying to get a meeting organised. Let me know your availability over the next 2 weeks and I will plan the meeting around it. I have invited Kate Welch of Acumen, Watts Stelling, a local councilor and Martin Boyle, a local businessman (both closely involved with the caretakers) to join us; I will also invite Sustrans to attend, would you like to invite Kath Ivens of Groundwork as well as Bernie?
The projects that we can invite your participation in should include the ongoing caretaking of the Leadgate stretch of the C2C as well as other ongoing projects in and around Derwentside, both public and private. The projects are process-driven and involve a wide range of skills, venues and both rural and urban contexts. They are all dependant upon close collaboration between the public, private and third sector within a jointly-managed social enterprise which, in this economic climate, should be an attractive proposition.
We have ongoing plans for the closer involvement of Sustrans volunteers once their FJP concludes in Nov and of course yours is about to commence. I would like to suggest that if you would allow me I can build in 2 days key skills training into your induction programme for your FJP trainees and will provide you with a separate proposal for this which might include YMCA participation if Bill Robson wishes to work with us through the Prince's Trust.
I really, really would like DCC to take our proposals seriously as our plans include much closer collaboration between the pubic and third sectors and therefore would also like to invite an officer from DDC. However,you might take a view on this. Will you please get back to me asap. Also, can any as yet info adressees give me some indication of their thoughts and availability if they wish to take this forward.
copy that Billy. I'll drop by. David
Consett YMCA <email@example.com>To:
DAVID SHIELDS <firstname.lastname@example.org>Sent:
Wednesday, 15 September, 2010 9:22:48Subject:
RE: Meeting with Leadgate Caretakers
I hope you are very well,yes in principal we would help depending on timings, as the prince,s trust runs on a 12 week cycle three times a year,come as see us sometime to discuss it.
Created on 02/06/2007 08:44 AM by dshields
Updated on 24/12/2010 05:10 PM by dshields