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School protects care services with council grant

by Craig Martin on 27 July, 2020

A Chester-le-Street secondary school is creating vital protective equipment for carers and key workers, using funding awarded through a council partnership.

Park View School received a grant of £8,772 to enable its Design Faculty to produce essential visors which it is donating to doctors’ surgeries and care homes.

The money was managed through Durham County Council’s Chester-le-Street and District Area Action Partnership (AAP) and taken from the neighbourhood budget of three county councillors. Neighbourhood budgets are allocated to all county councillors by the council to use for initiatives in their local area.

The school, which has remained open to students of key workers during the coronavirus pandemic whilst supporting others with home schooling, was initially creating 50 visors a day to help combat a shortage of protective equipment.

However, it received such an overwhelming response that demand outstripped capacity, so local councillors offered to fund a second machine meaning the school can produce up to 100 visors a day to keep crucial workers in their community safe.

Mr Finley, Head Teacher at Park View School, said: “I am delighted that such a huge amount of goodwill has been shown in the area and I am pleased we can play our part. We will continue to make visors as long as they are needed.”

Michael Wilkes, coordinator for the Chester-le-Street and District AAP, said: “Park View School has gone above and beyond the call of duty to respond to the needs of the local community. This provides just one example of where the AAP has been able to support councillors in its area to distribute their budgets where they are most needed during these unprecedented times”.

Further information about the 14 AAPs which work across County Durham is available at

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