In May 2000, and after a great deal of hard work over previous years from many community members, UTASS opened its doors to the public. A company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, UTASS is managed by local people for local people. Our dedicated team of eight project staff, mainly part time plus volunteers provide a wide range of support services to communities in Teesdale and we specialise in agricultural matters.
Over 1,500 family members make it the largest membership registered charity in Teesdale. Membership is open to ANYONE, although people living outside Teesdale will be designated associate membership status, in line with our organisation's constitution.
But what do we do ....
•Practical support with the completion and submission of complex forms and paperwork, including awareness raising re: CAP Reform regulations.
•Production and dissemination of regular briefings consisting of essential information distilled and de-jargonised from Defra, EU etc. and pertinent to the running of livestock based farm businesses.
•Support with issues brought about by foot and mouth disease, Blue Tongue Virus etc.
•In cases of severe hardship, acting as third party referrers to organisations which include E Finn Care, Independent Age, Addington Trust and RABI.
•Support and training in setting up of sustainable methods of dealing with on farm paperwork, including the computerisation of farm records.
•Quarterly Community Newsletters.
•Various training courses based on locally identified needs.
•Advocacy and liaison work with local Landlords, Defra, Trading Standards & other agencies.
•Lamb Bank, Sales & Wants and Labour/Skills List development work.
•Facilities for advertising local businesses/services.
•www.utass.org Website available at all times.
•Internet access, photocopying & faxing facilities.
•Organisation and delivery of social & community events.
•Topical presentations & awareness raising events.
•Requesting & receiving feedback on consultations at local, regional & national levels.
•General drop in and telephone advice on a range of issues and signposting to other helper organisations & agencies.
•Provision of meeting venue & outreach facilities for a range of agencies & organisations including Citizens Advice Bureau, Durham Dales Action for Carers, Age Concern, Teesdale Housing and District Council.
•Provision of facilities for pilates sessions (twice weekly).
•Support with the provision of Local Producers Markets.
•Young People’s Drop In sessions include Sky TV, darts, wii, X Box, table tennis, arts activities, music decks, healthy eating programmes & debate on lifestyle choices
•Young People’s C-Card and Chlamydia services
•UTASS supports Farmwatch and the Teesdale Heritage Group working under "umbrella" groups
We continue to offer 24 hours a day, seven days a week service for those with urgent needs.
We will be happy to supply you with a paper copy of our Annual Report 2009 - please let us know.
UTASS is a Registered Charity 1120120 and Company Limited by Guarantee 6054331.
UTASS is assisted by a grant from The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales and gratefully acknowledges the support and financial contributions from The R H Woods Charitable Trust, The Prince’s Countryside Fund, The Hedley Foundation, LANTRA Landskills North East, The Raby Charitable Trust, Christ’s Hospital in Sherburn, Durham County Council Youth Opportunity and Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities Funds, Education in the Community and local Councillors, NFU Mutual, GSC Chartered Surveyors and Service Users