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Projects supported by the Great Aycliffe and Middridge Area Action Partnership

Find out about the range of activities and events that we support in our community.

We are updating our AAP Facebook page with any local information regarding the coronavirus. This includes changes to services or support in your area.

All the projects supported by the AAP and the local councillors over the last year are listed in the Icon for pdf Great Aycliffe and Middridge Area Action Partnership - Annual Report 2020/21 (PDF, 867.0kb) .  Some examples of projects are detailed below.

Junction 7 - food bank support

Junction 7 were successful in applying for and securing two grants through the GAMP Covid-19 Emergency Response fund, which enabled them to successfully support families across the Newton Aycliffe area during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The organisation saw a huge increase in demand for their food package service during the outbreak, receiving more referrals each week. The funding received enabled them to support those additional families who found themselves in need during a difficult time.

The project was also supported by numerous volunteers who gave their time each week to help support the scheme, without this support the project would have struggled to cope with the demand.

Since the beginning of the pandemic Junction 7 have operated a referral system for food packages out of their base in The ARK at Silverdale Place in Newton Aycliffe, where a team of volunteers put packs together and organise their safe distribution and collection. Junction 7 continue to support the community and offer a number of services for residents.

Newton Aycliffe Play Café - family COVID-19 support

The Newton Aycliffe Play Café project provide much-needed food and household essential parcels to families across Newton Aycliffe.  The organisation was faced with an increase in demand for their service during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, receiving more referrals week on week. The funding received helped greatly in supporting the additional families.

The Play Café received fantastic support from Newton Aycliffe Working Men's Club who provided use of their concert room where all packs were prepared safely in adherence with government guidelines.

The Play Café have provided an essential service to the community throughout the pandemic and continue to operate their service to those who require support.

Pioneering Care Partnership - older persons activity packs

The Pioneering Care Centre were successful in securing GAMP COVID Emergency Response funding in order to provide activity packs to older residents within Newton Aycliffe.

Each pack contained arts/crafts and baking activities, in line with PCP's mission of Health, Wellbeing and Learning for All, along with a letter with good wishes from the Pioneering Care Partnership, Patient Participation Group and GAMP. The aim of the packs was to promote resilience and to increase mental wellbeing, whilst also providing diversionary activities for older people who might be isolated or feeling lonely during this unusual time of social distancing.

Doorstep delivery of the packs was carried out by PCP staff, volunteers and the GAMP team, who all ensured safety precautions were in place. In total 250 bags were delivered and greatly received, benefitting 258 local residents.

For a full list of projects supported by the AAP or further information about any of the projects please contact the AAP office.

Projects supported by your local county councillors

You can find out more about the local projects supported by your local county councillors through their Neighbourhood Budget on the Your councillors page.


Contact us
AAP - Great Aycliffe and Middridge
01325 327 441
Our address is:
  • Pioneering Care Centre
  • Cobblers Hall
  • Newton Aycliffe
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL5 4SF