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Primary school pupils have been learning about different cultures of the world as part of a month dedicated to equality and diversity organised by Cestria Community Housing.
Staff and tenant volunteers from the Chester-le-Street housing provider visited Lumley Junior School to host a series of lessons with youngsters in years three, four, five and six.
A charity which has been helping young people in a County Durham town for more than 40 years is expanding its services to include younger children after it was awarded a cash grant from a local housing association.
The Chester-le-Street Youth Project currently provides a range of leisure, sport and arts opportunities to youngsters in the town aged between 13 and 19.
A North East housing association has become the first in the region to sign up to an innovative new scheme, designed to help tenants save money towards their rent.
Cestria Community Housing has joined forces with payment card provider allpay to take part in a pilot project, through which tenants using allpay Mobile’s new SIM card will receive money back towards their rent account each time they top up their mobile phone.
As a new mum to lively triplets and with her armed forces husband serving abroad in Afghanistan, moving into a new home could have been a stressful experience for Claire Nelson.
Thankfully her new landlord, Chester-le-Street-based Cestria Community Housing, was on hand to provide Claire with the support she needed, including helping her access funding to carpet her new home.
A County Durham housing association reached a major milestone this week after officially unveiling its first new build development in the village of Sacriston, near Chester-le-Street.
Kevan Jones MP for North Durham joined staff and tenants from Cestria Community Housing to plant a time capsule to mark the official opening of the scheme, which includes 22 two bedroom bungalows.
Cestria has commissioned BMG Research to conduct a survey among tenants from June to July 2013. All residents will receive a survey form to fill in. If you take part in the survey you could win one of three cash prizes of £100 each.
As part of a project, there has been a re-configuration of resources within the housing teams. From 13th May there will no longer be a General Housing Team and a Supported Housing Team.
Instead there will be two teams, one team will cover the central area (Chester-le-Street and Pelton Fell) and the other team will cover all the outlying villages.
A County Durham housing association has reached a major milestone this week with the completion of its first new build development.
The 22 bungalows have been constructed for Chester-le-Street-based landlord Cestria Community Housing and are the first new affordable homes to be built by the association, providing much needed homes for the area.
Why not give yourself a chance to win the 'Big Break' from your bills that you deserve in 2013? Cestria is joining a campaign run by Bacs, the not-for-profit organisation behind Direct Debit, encouraging people to switch to Direct Debit - and someone will win £12,000, enough to cover regular bills for an entire year!
Do you know someone who deserves a medal?
The Chairman's Medal is the highest honour given by Durham County Council and is presented to individuals for voluntary effort and outstanding charitable organisations throughout County Durham, to recognise significant achievement and outstanding effort in all walks of life.