GAMP is the Great Aycliffe & Middridge Area Action Partnership, one of 14 Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) set up by Durham County Council (DCC) covering the whole of the County.
GAMP allows Residents, Service Providers, and Elected Councillors, in the Parishes of Great Aycliffe and Middridge, to work together to identify and tackle local issues. GAMP receives an annual Area Budget (currently £100,000) from DCC, and County Councillors have a Neighbourhood Budget, and a Member Initiative Fund; additional sources of Funding are often available.
GAMP is run by a volunteer Board, comprising 7 Public Representatives, 7 Elected Councillors (County, Town and Parish Councillors), and 7 Partner Representatives from Local Service Providers (Police, Fire, Health, Business, Local Authority, Voluntary Sector and Social Housing), which meets in public six times a year. The Board is supported by the GAMP Team.
GAMP principally operates in three Priority Areas which are determined by Local Residents by voting:-
In person at the annual GAMP Forum Event (which is widely publicised).
Electronically, if they are registered on the GAMP Database.
In addition, this year the Forum was held at a local Secondary School to allow the Pupils to take part.
The current GAMP Priorities are:
Activities for Young People
Crime & Community Safety
Employment, Enterprise, Education & Training
Each Priority has a Task Group made up of Members of the GAMP Board and Partner Representatives, which discusses ideas for Projects suggested by the Members of the Task Group, or Local Residents and Organisations. Possible Projects are worked up by the Task Group with assistance from the GAMP Team. Viable Projects must be approved by a Task Group, and are then considered by the GAMP Board, which makes the final Decision.
In addition, this year the GAMP Board has set aside £20,000 from their Area Budget for a Small Capital Projects Fund, which Local Organisations can apply for directly.
Information about GAMP can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/gampaap
Currently the Clerk to Middridge Parish Council, Alan Jordan, is a Public Representative on the GAMP Board, and a Member of the Crime & Community Safety Task Group. If you have any questions about GAMP please do not hesitate to contact him (see the Parish Council/Members Web-page).