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Area Action Partnership

Get involved in making a difference to your community.  Next meeting / AGM is on 16 January 2020
KoothA new online counselling and emotional well being service for children and young people aged 11-18 years.
ParkrunParkrun has launched in Jubilee Park every Saturday.
St Paul Community CentreA vibrant community right in the heart of Spennymoor.

Updated:  20/01/2022

Spennymoor Area Action Partnership

What are Area Action Partnerships (AAPs)

AAPs have been set up to give people in County Durham a greater choice and voice in local affairs. The partnerships allow people to have a say on services, and give organisations the chance to speak directly with local communities. By working in partnership we help ensure that the services of a range of organisations - including the county and town and parish councils, police, fire, health, and voluntary organisations - are directed to meet the needs of local communities and focus their actions and spending on issues important to these local communities.

Get involved in making a difference in our community

If you would like to have a say and influence decisions that affect your area join your local AAP. As a local forum member you'll be invited to meetings and events to discuss community issues.

How AAPs work

Each of the 14 AAPs is made up of an area forum and an area board to identify and tackle issues in local communities.

  • An area forum: for all-comers to meet twice a year to consider issues such as agreeing priorities for the area and reviewing progress of the partnership board. 
  • An area board: 21 elected members who will meet at least six times a year to discuss how the AAP is progressing against its action plan, manage spending and work with local partners around service issues.Each board is made up of elected members from organisations such as the county council, town and parish councils, and health, police and fire brigade, community and voluntary groups, and the public.

Each AAP puts plans and actions in place to deliver services where they are needed most and has a budget of £120,000 for local projects and investments, as well as an administration budget for staffing. This is in addition to a neighbourhood budget which each county councillor has to use for local initiatives, informed by the AAPs.

What do AAPs do?

AAPs contribute to the county council's and County Durham Partnership's vision. The AAPs work around the four themes of:  

  • Engagement: working with communities to build a dialogue with communities and encourage local people to be involved in planning local services.
  • Empowerment: giving people the power to work in partnership with organisations and help them combine their efforts to improve local services. 
  • Local action: developing an action plan for the AAP, and resolving issues by using AAP funding and the resources of the county council and partner organisations. 
  • Performance: monitoring and improving public service performance and supporting the AAP and County Durham Partnership to achieve their aims.

More information

Click here for more information on Spennymoor AAP web page.

The next meeting to which the public are invited will be held at the Byers Green Village Hall on the 19th of March at 6 pm.

Updated:  27/02/2020

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St Pauls Community Centre

A vibrant community centre right in the heart of Spennymoor. There is a wide range of activities taking place every day offering something for everyone of all ages. Click here for more information from their website.  Their leaflet is available to download here

Updated:  16/01/2020

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Parkrun has launched in Jubilee Park every Saturday

Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5km run which takes place at 9am every Saturday. 

Everyone runs for their own enjoyment.

Please come along and join in whatever your pace!  Whether it is walk, job or run. 

Taking part is completely free, but you must register before joining the run.  You can register at  where you will find more information about Parkrun scheme and the Jubilee course. 

Don’t forget to take along a printed copy of your barcode

Updated:  18/11/2019 

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KOOTH has been launched in County Durham

A new service, KOOTH has been launched in County Durham. KOOTH is an online counselling and emotional well-being service for children and young people aged 11 – 18yrs.

Children and young people can access online counsellors 365 days a year and access self-help materials co-produced by young people.

The service is confidential and anonymous and is fully moderated.

For more information contact Malcolm Connelly, Integration and Participation Worker,  or visit

Updated:  18/01/2020 

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