Our Regional Partners
This project is part funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport through the Life Chances Fund, and administered by The National Lottery Community Fund.
The team have been building fences. Our young employees have been developing their skills and have proven to be very fast learners! This fence has been built by one of our young people who has shown outstanding commitment during his employment with us.
Before and after images of a job at Durham County Council Allotment plots. The team regularly carry out works at local allotments, including site clearance works, general maintenance, and fence/gate building.
Durham Woodland Revival Project
The Skill Mill Durham have been undertaking a project for Durham Woodland Revival. Durham Woodland Revival is a Heritage Lottery Fund supported project that aims to manage woodlands and revitalise the forestry sector in County Durham.
The ‘Sunderland Bridge/Croxdale and New Brancepeth Deerness Project’ aims to conserve and restore the network of woodlands and strengthen resilience against diseases and the effects of climate change. In addition, it will reconnect communities and landowners with woodlands, providing support to manage them effectively. The Skill Mill team are undertaking path clearance work and installing public walkways over water logged areas to improve public recreational access.
Peterlee Town Council 'Bring Back The Denes' Project
Brendan Arnell, Parks & Special Projects Team Leader for Peterlee Town Council, has praised the work which The Skill Mill Durham have carried out over the past year.
"We are really appreciative of the help that the lads and Peter have given us over the year and the “Bring back the Denes” project has worked wonders in the reduction of fires, vandalism and also in the reduction of litter we have collected, due to the cutting back of the undergrowth etc".
There has been an outstanding effort from all of the young people involved throughout the project.
County Durham YJS & Skill Mill in Local Press
County Durham Youth Justice Service (YJS) and The Skill Mill have been commended for achieving the Investing in Children Award, fundraising activity and their outstanding work with young people. The article, which featured in the local press, supports the range of activities offered by County Durham YJS, including the training and employment opportunities which The Skill Mill proudly provide.