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Project information

Tow Law Bridge Project

Tow Law Bridge Project will offer integrated youth services, using Tow Law Community Centre as a base, to young people in Tow Law and also linking up with youth services in Consett and Crook, as well as the Hilltop Villages in the area. Thus we will act as organiser for all the services provided.

April 2011 - March 2014

Charity information: Tow Law Community Association

Tow Law Community Association logo
  • Need


    Tow Law is an isolated rural community, 12 miles from the nearest main centres of Bishop Auckland and Durham. Tow Law has generally low standards in education and lack of opportunities compared to urban areas. It has a history of low attainment within its population and has a high proportion of children and young people with learning disability. In recent years there has been an increase in drug and alcohol related incidents involving young people and sporadic examples of anti social behaviour.


    Tow Law Bridge Project will act to initiate and organise projects for young people to counteract their rural isolation, by working with them to provide opportunities in leisure, sports and education and activities that widen young people's horizons. Within this framework, we will work particularly with vulnerable young individuals; those with learning difficulties, in need of crisis support and/or conflict mediation; and those encountering prejudice that may lead to bullying or isolation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved personal development and independence for up to 120 young people of all ages over 3 years


    » Leadership Training
    » Residential Experiences
    » Mentoring

    What success will look like

    Success will be to help young people build up confidence and self esteem, to overcome perceived limitations and to enable them to become fully involved in their community

    Aim 2

    Support 45 young people over 3 years who find themselves at risk of family breakdown


    » Build established relationships
    » Overcome related behavioural issues
    » Gain access ro related professional support

    What success will look like

    Success will be helping young people by building on established relationships to prevent a negative spiral of self esteem, overcoming related behavioural issues

    Aim 3

    Work with up to 30 young people over 3 years on community safety issues


    » Promote understanding and tolerance and to help improve community relationships

    What success will look like

    Success will be to promote understanding and tolerance and to help improve community relationships in developing an integrated working network

  • Impact


    As this project is very much young person centered, young people will be involved in decision making and will themselves be encouraged to evaluate their individual progress as well as being involved in the overall direction of projects. Regular reports will be submitted by the Workers to the monthly Management Committee meetings as part of an on-going and progressive process with representation at these meetings by young people being encouraged


    The Association Board of Directors constantly reviews the sustainability of the organization and the need to generate their own funds to keep projects going. They have recently completed a sustainable energy audit to save running costs and increase reserves. They will use the project to build up their partner base to ensure quality outcomes and attract continued funding.


    The Management Committee will be responsible overall for monitoring outputs and will obtain monthly prepared reports and evaluations from their professional workforce to present to the Management Committee of the Community Association on a monthly basis.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,327 Salary / NIC One worker 12 hours per week for 3 years
      £15,163 Salary / NIC One worker 6 hours per week for 3 years
      £4,510 On Costs Core Costs for Projects

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Community Association £5,000 Guaranteed
    Hadrian Trust £500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Tow Law is an isolated rural community, 12 miles from the nearest main centres of Bishop Auckland and Durham, the area is covered by services from Durham County Council, although Tow Law has its own Parish Council.
    The project will be administered by the Tow Law Community Association, who are based at the The Tow Law Community Centre.


    The population of Tow Law is around 4,000. The beneficiaries will primarily be young people from Tow Law and surrounding areas, who need to have consistent youth support and have identified that need themselves. The Tow Law Assembly identified what the young people wanted to achieve; the project is designed to take those aspirations forward and build on them as part of a solid base for life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tow Law Community Association is the main supplier of activities and projects for young people in Tow Law. As an independent Association it is run by a voluntary management committee made up of 4 officers, Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary with up to 12 directors.
    All the Directors and the other members of the Management Committee live in Tow Law and have a good understanding of what services and facilities are required locally.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jenny Mountain

    Jenny is our Youth Worker and Youth Projects Officer. She has worked in the area for a number of years and knows the young people well.