AN area action partnership is recruiting proactive residents to help tackle key issues in their communities.

Last month, Weardale Area Action Partnership (AAP) hit the road to discover more about residents’ concerns, along with the events and activities they would like to promote. The team travelled to villages, towns and hamlets across the Dale and asked people about the type of schemes they would like introduced in Weardale.

They are now in a position to make decisions about which ideas will be taken forward and developed into projects.

Tasks groups are being set up to enable residents to get involved in the decision making process. The groups will focus on two key areas and people can find out more at special meetings at the Durham Dales Centre in Stanhope on Thursday, June 21.

The Children, Young People and Families Group will meet at 10am, followed by the Culture, Tourism and Heritage Group at 2pm.

Angelina Maddison, Weardale AAP co-ordinator, said: “It is always nice to get out and about and speak to members of the public about what matters to them.One thing that came across quite strongly was that there is a lot happening in each individual community but people outside the village are hamlet don’t always find out about it. We are keen to help people share information to ensure other people know about it, and to support and promote the work of smaller groups.”

Anyone wishing to attend the meeting is asked to contact Weardale APP by Tuesday, June 19, so that paperwork can be sent out in advance. Contact 03000-268507 or