Activities & Events across Durham

County Durham Partnership Annual Event 2018 **New**

Following a ‘save the date’ email. County Durham Partnership would like to invite you to their annual engagement event for 2018. 

This will take place on: Wednesday 10th October 2018 9.00am – 13.00pm The Ramside Hall Hotel, Carville, Durham, DH1 1TD A networking lunch will be available from 12.30pm. The Partnership Event will provide an opportunity to inform delegates about the development of a new vision for County Durham alongside promoting better understanding of the Partnerships work in tackling Mental Health in County Durham. 

Recognising the 10th October as World Mental Health day and a major priority for the County Durham Partnership, partners are invited to hear from a key note speaker on building community resilience, network within the partners’ marketplace and also attend one of four mental health themed seminars: · Anti-stigma and discrimination · Children and young people views · Workforce · Supporting adults with a mental health need 

If you wish to book a place at the Event please email the by Friday 21st September 2018, with your name indicating your three seminar preferences (in order of 1st, 2nd and 3rd) and we will try and ensure you are allocated to one of them (please find document attached showing description of the seminars). 

Please note that due to the venue’s capacity, numbers are restricted so therefore places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you have any questions, or if you require this email in an alternative format, please contact The County Durham Partnership team on 03000 263593

Save The Date - East Durham Trust Annual Conference 2018

In the next few weeks we will be issuing formal invitations to our Annual Conference on Friday 2nd November 2018. 

For the time being we simply wanted to give you a “heads up” as this year is likely to be our biggest and best event! Over the years the East Durham Trust Conference has become established as the major event in the local Voluntary and Community Sector calendar. 

We have confirmed contributions for key, high-profile speakers and will be sharing the details soon – rest assured the event is certain to be popular and bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis – watch out for your invitation! 

Malcolm Fallow Chief Executive of East Durham Trust

Modern Slavery Conference

I have 10 partnership places available for a conference around Modern Slavery being hosted by the region. It is on Monday 22nd October 2018 1-5pm at the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle where a police operation will be discussed around Modern Slavery. Please can you offer the invitation to relevant partners and let me know if you would be interested in attending.

Many thanks, Tonya Tonya COOK Acting Detective Chief Inspector 2971 Safeguarding Dept Peterlee Police Station Durham Constabulary Tel: 101 Ext. 752573 Direct line: 0191 3752573 Email: If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can textphone 18001 101.

Discovery Museum listings - October 2018

Please find attached listings for October 

Lantern Making with Handmade Parade 

10.30am til 4.30pm Saturday 6th and Saturday 13th October St Cuthbert's Centre, Church Hill, Crook, DL15 9DN Come and work with our Handmade Parade Artists to make a lantern for the annual Crook Christmas Light Parade. With the support of our artists you will be shown how to weave and decorate willow to create lanterns inspired by stories of Christmas. Lanterns created at these family workshops will by illuminated for the Christmas Light Parade on Sunday 25th November which we invite all participants from our workshops to take part in. 

These workshops are FREE however booking is essential to manage numbers and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

To book please email or call 01388 765002 with names and ages of participating children and supporting adults. Please note all children age 12 years and under must be supervised by a participating adult who will work with them to create their lantern.

RT Projects Samba Drumming Workshop

Beano has asked me to contact you regarding advertising a samba drumming workshop that we have starting next week. Please find attached a poster.

Active Life Coxhoe 

Brand new space, brand new equipment! New equipment includes: Treadmills, Cross trainers, Sparc trainer, Squat rack & dumbbells! 

Try our facilities for FREE and enjoy full benefits of being an Active Life member for a whole day, email to receive your day pass.

MS Information Day

Information Day Tuesday 16 October 2018 10.30am - 3.00pm (approx. finish), buffet lunch included St Anne's Centre, Wolsingham, DL13 3AT 

For those newly diagnosed or anyone who wants to learn more about service and support available as well as activities that help manage MS. Booking essential (details below) - call/text/email with contact details and any special requirements eg. dietary We’re the MS Society. Our community is here for you through the highs, lows and everything in between. We understand what life’s like with MS. Together, we are strong enough to stop MS

07919 698307

Citizens Advice in Peterlee are recruiting now, **New**

For a 12 week(one day per week) training opportunity designed especially for young people aged 16-14 who are not in education, employment or training, but need support in taking the next step towards getting work(interview skills ,CV writing, volunteering opportunities for example). Informal and flexible in our approach, we are motivated by a desire to help you move forward in the direction which best suits your needs. The course is a great way to make new friends, explore a range of options and take control of your future.

Call Eve Galloway on 07876346047 now(or email her at, to find out information on start dates ,to check your eligibility to join us and to find out what taking part could do to improve your chance of getting a job.

Beginners Spanish **New**

This is a course which encourages learners to use Spanish from the very first session through a series of fun activities. The course will enable learners to communicate in Spanish at a basic level, to discover a little about Spanish speaking cultures and to encourage further study of the language, history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.

When: Tuesday 18/09/2018 to 04/12/2018 Where: Park View Community Association, Church Chare, Chester-le-Street, Durham DH3 3PZ How long: 11 sessions Time: 7.00pm – 9.00pm Cost: £70.00 If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a free course. Reference: C2524368 

Book today: Tel.0300 303 3464

WEA Screenwriting Course **New**

DO YOU HAVE A STORY IN YOU THAT YOU KNOW COULD TRANSLATE TO FILM? YES? Then this is the course for you. • Introducing screenwriting as an art form. • Breaking down elements of a story. • Mapping and structuring your screenplay. • Looking at Character arcs • Marketing opportunities for your screenplay. • Thinking about your position in the film market

When: Thursday 20/9/2018 Where: Clayport Library, Millennium Place, Claypath, Durham. DH1 1WA How long: 11 sessions Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm Cost: £70 If you receive certain benefits you may be entitled to a free course. Reference: C2524094 Book today: T: 0300 303 3464 W.  

Electric Vehicle Roadshow **New**

I have been asked to publicise the attached EV charging Roadshow, happening in Durham on the 15th October. This is a big opportunity to find out more about EV’s, discuss issues with experts and test drive some of the latest models. It is only happening in five cities across England, so please have a look and advertise where you can.


Commencing Tuesday 2nd October 2018 6.30pm to 7.30pm at St Oswald's Church Hall, Church Street, Durham City. Only £30 per person for the 5 week course. There will be the opportunity to continue once the Taster Course has been completed (on the same day and time and the same venue). 

This is the ideal class to learn for Functions, Cruises, Holidays or just for fun and fitness.

Enquiries 0191 3863421 Dianne Ross Dance Academy Established 1984

Wear Valley Action Group Event **New**

Please find enclosed a poster for the Christmas event at Stanley, Village Hall, on Saturday 1st December.

Eat Wise & Socialise **New**

Active Life Coxhoe

FREE sessions every Tuesday between 9.00-11.00am FREE weekly weigh-ins Healthy eating Get active FREE mini health checks Meet new people 

For further information please call Laura Bryden or Shaun Gooch on 0191 3728710

VONNE AGM and Conference 2018 **New**

The 19th VONNE Annual General Meeting will be held from 10am on Thursday 18th October 2018 at Bede Tower, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR2 7EA. At the AGM members will agree the minutes from last year, review the accounts and annual review and appoint the auditors and elect new trustees. The VONNE Board is made up of a maximum of nine membership elected and up to six independent trustees appointed by serving trustees for their particular expertise, qualification and/or knowledge

Social Enterprise Accelerator – Trash Free Town **New**

The Old Rectory, Houghton Le Spring with Social Enterprise Acumen Time:Saturday 29th September 9:30AM to 1:30PM Change your community in 4 hours! Attend our half day social innovation accelerator to identify ways of preventing littering and related antisocial behaviour and co-create initiatives to solve these problems.


Thursday 4th October 2018 9:30am -12:15 Carers with a focus on Young Carers The Workplace , Heighington Lane Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AH Coffee and registration from 9.00 am Advice in County Durham is a partnership of local advice providers, committed to working together to improve the provision of advice across County Durham. We are focusing this meeting on what support services are out there in relation to Carers and in particular Young Carers … 

We have confirmed speakers.. Please note change in speaker….David Brown – Family Action Young Carers Sam Stimpson- Durham County Carers Service Philip Kerr – Carers Federation 

GeT!Nvolved **New**

Starting Tuesday 23 October, 10:00am – 3:00pm, FREE to attend This is a fun, exciting project for people with a learning disability or with mental health issues to volunteer and work in an arts event team at The Bowes Museum. 

You must live in County Durham and be a County Durham resident. You must be aged 19+

Click Here for more Information

Try out your local leisure centre for free **New**

Leisure centres in County Durham are offering people the chance to try their facilities for free. Whether you’re a swimmer, fitness enthusiast or complete newbie, new customers who visit Durham County Council leisure centres, from Monday 3 September to Sunday 16 September, can pick up a free seven day pass. The free pass entitles the new customers to try out centres’ full leisure facilities, whether that be a gym, swimming pool or fitness classes.

Anyone attending a gym will be offered a free one to one appointment, to discuss their fitness goals and be shown how to use the equipment. If you have any questions there will be leisure centre staff available at all times to lend a hand or offer help and advice. Andy Brown, the council’s principal physical activity manager, said: “This free pass gives new customers, who may be a little apprehensive about joining a gym, a chance to try out the leisure centres and realise it’s not as scary as they think. It’s a great way to get started on your fitness journey.” The free pass also includes access to the aqua fitness classes which run at some sites, including the popular aqua jump and aqua cycle. To avoid disappointment booking for the classes is advisable. To collect the free pass customers can visit their local leisure centre anytime throughout the fortnight. 

The offer is available at the following leisure centres: • Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre • Riverside Leisure Complex • Abbey Leisure Centre • Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre • Meadowfield Leisure Centre • Spennymoor Leisure Centre • Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex • Shildon-Sunnydale Leisure Centre • Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre • Teesdale Leisure Centre

Every thing in Place - Witton Methodist Church starts soon! **New**

Please find attached information as regards the above course "Come and join us for tea & biscuits & an informal discussion around plans for later life" - practical advice around future care needs Feel free to forward to Friends & family; customers, clients & colleagues 

Best wishes gillie -- Gillie Boggon Breathing Space Project St Michael and All Angels Church Coach Lane Witton Gilbert Durham DH7 6SX Mob: 07508 471522 Tel: 0191 3711387

Fulfilling Lives 10, Fulfilling Employment Event **New**

Please find attached poster for Fulfilling Lives 10, Fulfilling Employment Event that is taking place on 25th October.

DC Carers Support Annual General Meeting **New**

Friday October 5th 2018 11am at The Four Clocks Centre 154A Newgate St, Bishop Auckland DL14 7EH 

This year’s AGM will focus on the fantastic ways we, and our partners, work with Parent Carers. Agenda • Annual Report • Election of Trustees • Presentation and adoption of Financial Accounts • Presentation on successful partnership work with other organisations • Plans for the future 

We hope you can join us – please R.S.V.P by Friday September 21st by email to or call 01833 600573

Folk singing Starting soon!! **New**

Please find attached flyer for Folk singing activity starting this September


PCP’s popular craft fair and coffee morning fundraiser returns on Friday 28 September 2018, 10.00am – 1.00pm.

You can have your cake and eat it! **New**

 Join us and be part of the World’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan on Friday 28 September 10.00am – 1.00pm at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe. 

There will be some yummy sweet treats on offer and why not enjoy a cuppa in our friendly, relaxed coffee shop, where we serve a selection of freshly prepared coffees, teas and delicious snacks. You will also have a chance to start that Christmas shopping early – there will be a wonderful selection of craft and gift stalls selling handcrafted items, ranging from candles to knitted toys, wooden crafts and perfumes. Come and be part of our get together, have a nibble and a natter and help families affected by cancer at the same time. Cake tastes better with friends! Macmillan provide vital support; here are 2.5million people currently living with cancer in the UK, no one should face cancer alone. 

Sandra from PCP said, “When my father was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2009 Macmillan were with us every step of the way. They were there for the family, giving us practical support and advice and even helped us getting the right palliative care. I don’t know what we would have done without them.” 

For further information about PCP please contact us at the Pioneering Care Centre, Carer’s Way, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 4SF tel: 01325 321234 email: website: Or follow PCP on Twitter: @PioneeringCare and Facebook: @PCPandCentre  

2 New groups at Delves Lane **New**

Box n Core - Thursdays

Durham Veterans Contact Point **New**

The next Durham Veterans Contact Point will be held on Wednesday 19 September at Shakespeare Hall in Durham from 1230 hrs to 1530 hrs. (The usual venue) As you will be aware, the DVCP has been a bit of an experiment to see if the need is there, and to find out how we can make the provision of help and advice to veterans in the County Durham area easier to access. I can say with certainty that the DVCP has been a success so far in that veterans have been attending and seeking help and advice, or getting sign-posted to the right service providers. However, the real success has been in bringing the service providers together and finding ways of working better together, to provide a joined up service for local veterans. I thank you all for your help, advice and co-operation as we develop the DVCP locally, and hope you will continue to do so as we look to the future.

In 2019 we intend to run the DVCP for six months of the year in Durham City and move the location around the County for the other six months. The venue locations and dates will be published well in advance. This is designed to provide continuity in Durham and to provide the same service around the County on alternative months for those who are less able to travel, specifically in the 'hot spot' areas where there are a significant number of veteran cases. I will publish more on this in the coming months.

Love Beamish & Stanley Launch Event **New**

Thursday 27th September Launch at 6p.m. - 7p.m. Shafto Room, Beamish Hall, Stanley - Strict Entry Rules Apply

Love Beamish & Stanley Launch Event – Website / Video Campaign / Impact / Networking for More Local Businesses For Business Members For Potential Business Members For Funders i.e. AAP, Councillors Attendance is strictly by invitation only and please confirm that you will attend. We need to conserve our resources and in this way, we will cater for those who want to attend to build this campaign to raise awareness of Beamish & Stanley and the fantastic niche businesses and wonderful countryside here. 

Please feel happy to send the invitation to other local businesses in DH9 primarily but do emphasize that they must RSVP to confirm attendance. Exciting times – let me know if you’re coming on; or;

New Classes at Blackhall **New**

If any of you work with groups that may need these feel free to spread the word. 

Seated Exercise class with Megan - Thursdays 10am until 11am - Starting 6th Sept 2018 
Pilates class with Victor- Thursdays 10am until 11am - Starting 6th Sept 2018 

Open to all - no special referral required. 

Best wishes Mrs Alison Paterson Centre Manager Blackhall Community Centre (The Old Miners Welfare Hall) Hesleden Road Blackhall Hartlepool TS27 4LG Tel 0191 5867396 07962 071966

Headway County Durham **New**

Social Evening Saturday 22nd September 7pm to 11pm At The Masonic Hall Stanley DH9 8AD Tickets £4.00 

For Tickets please contact John Mobile 07928199642

New project for over 55's **New**

Please find attached a new project taking place at Bullion Hall - Evergreen Elders.

Bullion Hall’s Evergreen Elders project aims to provide isolated community members aged 55+ with a range of new activities which will help them make friends, get out of the house more and feel less lonely. We will be working closely with older people to find out which activities they would like to take part in and to link them up with a friendly face (a buddy) who can help them get to know other people in Bullion Hall.

Activities in Pelton **New**

Please find attached some exciting activities taking place at Pelton Community Centre

Dementia Event

New activities at Delves lane Village Hall **New**

Ways to wellbeing **New**

Ways to wellbeing is a Durham County Council programme, which aims to support adults over the age of 16 to improve their health and wellbeing. Through our programme, you can access a wide range of accessible and affordable opportunities that will help you to meet new people, be more active, and learn new skills. All of our group activities are delivered by friendly, highly skilled and experienced staff and volunteers. See further details below regarding the current range of activities available to access throughout County Durham:

#FirstEverOne -Young People's Hate Crime Summit **New**

Investing in Children along with young people will be facilitating a Young Peoples Hate Crime Summit across the region #FirstEverOne. 

The summit aims to bring young people and adults together to discuss ideas and share opinions regarding issues of hate and hate crime. Investing in Children and young people will develop and share an action plan with key partners, young people and delegates. 

Key Speakers include: - Sylvia Lancaster - The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Jo Farrell- Deputy Chief Constable – Durham Constabulary Young People with Knowledge of Hate Crime – ideas for change. Ron Hogg – Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Workshops by:- Cheesy Waffles Charity – Learning Disabilities and Hate Crime. 'All in Youth' Project Middlesbrough – Performance through dance to break down diversity. Challenge Youth Racism Project. 
More workshops to be announced. Buffet provided by Haswell & District Mencap

Wear valley community Action group Free Information & advice event **New**

Wednesday 19th, September 2018 In Crook football club 10am—2pm 

Representatives from a range of organisations will Be available to help you including Home group, recycling, fire brigade, Auckland youth centre, Carers support, wheels for work, durham community action, home improvement agency, health watch county durham, energy advice, new boilers, credit uniion, energie, Well being for life, county durham housing group, & more. Free refreshments & a buffet lunch 

This event has been organised by Wear valley community action group

Good Finance Live event - 27th Sept **New**

Good Finance Live is a new one-day event for charities, social enterprises, community businesses and local groups in the North of England who are looking for repayable finance or feel ready to take it on. It will take place in Newcastle on 27 September 2018. 

If you have an idea or opportunity to increase your social impact, develop more enterprising business models or grow your sustainability and you think repayable finance could help come along to Good Finance Live. You’ll have the chance to meet with social investors, hear stories from others who have used social investment and learn about the latest market developments and trends. 

For more information visit:

The Greatest Fitness Showcase **New**

In celebration of Active Life Coxhoe's 7th birthday we proudly present: The Greatest Fitness Showcase Saturday 6th October, 6.30-11.00pm Come see what we do, sit back, relax and let us entertain you! With class demonstrations including Metapwr, Fitsteps, Pound, Body Combat, Body Balance and many more. Performances from rock and pop cover band 'in the Bag' and vocalist and host for the evening Ian Fraser.

Tickets are available to buy for only £2.50pp and include pie & peas and a FREE drink! -  For more information or to purchase a ticket call us on 0191 3771789.

UTASS hosting Turn2us training… **New**

UTASS have some Turn2Us training on Monday, 24th September from 12.30-3pm and wondered whether this was something that might be of interest to others outside of UTASS – this is based in Middleton in Teesdale- there are 2 spare places can you please contact Julia Stephenson on 01833 641010 for further details if you are interested

AYCC and Widening Horizons Project… **New**

I was just wondering if you would like to get involved in our 2nd Official Widening Horizons Project Summer Event and Open Day. The event will take place at AYCC on the 1st September 2018 11pm till 2pm. To support this main event we are again requesting local organisations and groups to come along and have a stall to advertise their organisation and to offer a creative activity if possible. This is an opportunity not only to support AYCC but the potential to speak to people who may be interested in your service. If you could let me know if you want to have a space by Friday 24th August that would be great!

If you need any more information please contact David on the details below….

Dave David McCreedy Widening Horizons Delivery Manager Auckland Youth and Community Centre T: (01388) 604575 (Option 3) E:

Partnership Event 10th October 2018 **New**

The County Durham Partnership is holding a Partnership Event on Wednesday 10 October 2018. 8.30 – 13:00. Please save the date! 

In support of a major priority for the partnership this event is being held on World Mental Health day and will be an excellent opportunity to renew our approach to tackling mental health, alongside building community resilience and developing the partnerships vision for the future of the County. The event will include key note speakers and themed sessions, and will be high profile with senior partner attendance expected. This is simply a polite note requesting you save the date in order to attend the event. Format and agenda for the day will follow in the coming weeks. 

Any questions or if you would like your organisation to get involved with the event, please get in touch. 
Kind Regards, County Durham Partnership Transformation and Partnerships Durham County Council Room 5-140/150 County Hall 03000 263593 INTERNAL 263593 E mail:

Delves Lane Village Hall Lunch Club **New**

Every Wednesday Come along and make friends and enjoy a 2 course lunch and bingo

Please pre book with Pauline on 01207508032

Wear valley community Action group Information & advice event **New**

Wednesday 19th september 2018 In Crook, football club dl15 9pw 10am – 2pm Please come along and join us. 

There will be a good variety of information free buffet & refreshments Consumer protection energy advice cab carers support well being for life welfare rights And many more

Lesley Mellis Secretary Wear Valley Community Action Group

Stanley Activity and Support Information Directory **New**

4th Edition The 4th Edition of the Stanley Activity and Support Information is now available to view via the following link: The Directory contains a wide variety of activities that you can get involved in, in local accessible community venues. Support information from a number of local organisations is also available at the back of the Directory. We hope you’ll enjoy the booklet and find an activity that suits you. 

If you would like a hard copy of the Directory just get in touch with the Stanley AAP Office.

Coming Together Dementia Friendly Activities **New**

Please find attached information about new activities that are starting in our offices on Wednesday 15th August. If you would like to attend please let us know as soon as possible We would be grateful if this poster could be shared with your contacts list

Craghead Village Hall – Weekly Coffee Morning **New**

For residents who have learning difficulties Innovations a local charity working with residents who have learning difficulties are holding a weekly coffee morning on a Wednesday at Craghead Village Hall between 10-11.30am. The menu includes: Cheese scone with butter 50p Fruit Scone with butter, jam and cream 50p Tea 50p Coffee 50p Fruit Shoot or pop 50p Biscuits 30p Please come along and join us!

Creating Resilience & Emotional Wellness **New**

Come and take part in our 8-week programme of structured group sessions covering key aspects of Resilience Building including improving confidence and self esteem, managing negative thoughts and stress & developing coping strategies, including Mindfulness techniques. 

Our next course takes place at… Shildon Alive Hub, 19 Church Street, Shildon, DL4 1DS on… 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th November and 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th December 2018 All sessions run from 9.30am-12.30pm 

Free to attend and drinks & biscuits provided! Call 01325 283169 and ask to speak to Nicola to book a space

Routes out of Homeless Events **New**

April 2018 saw major changes to homeless legislation with the introduction of the Homeless Reduction Act. Join the Housing Solutions Team to learn about the services they offer and help shape our future homeless service. 

These events will be held at the Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1TN · 5th July 2018, 9am - 12noon and 1pm - 4pm · 12th September 2018, 9am - 12noon and 1pm - 4pm · 24th September 2018, 9am - 12noon and 1pm - 4pm 

To register for this event, please follow the link below.

Workshops at The Wood Pile **New**

We have a variety of workshops throughout September NEW DATES ADDED!!! 
Decoupage 1st Sep
Image Transfer 8th Sep
Crackle Glaze 15th Sep
Gold Leafing 22nd Sep
Mosaic 29rd Sep*** 

Usually costing £35 each. SPECIAL OFFER all 5 workshops together for £130 saving you £45 book up before all places are filled.

What's On Monthly at the Pioneering Care Centre **New*

Please find attached our What’s On Monthly Newsletter for the Pioneering Care Centre. This newsletter is distributed at the beginning of each month with upcoming classes, courses and events. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who you think may be interested.

HIIT High Intensity Interval Training **New**

45 minutes of fitness - all levels welcome

Only £2.50 per class and children are welcome

Thursdays 9-10am at Delved Lane Village Hall from the 5th July

What's On Monthly at the Pioneering Care Centre **New**

Please find attached our What’s On Monthly Newsletter for the Pioneering Care Centre. This newsletter is distributed at the beginning of each month with upcoming classes, courses and events. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone who you think may be interested.

New course starting at The Fulforth Centre **New**

Please could you send poster advertising our new palette therapy course starting 15th June here at the centre to all your contacts that you think would be interested.

Delves Lane Village Hall Activities **New**

New Playgroup Tuesdays 9.30

Free Carbon Monoxide Awareness Workshop **New**

Durham County Cricket Ground on 18th October 

The Gas Safe Charity is delivering a series of free carbon monoxide (CO) awareness workshops across the UK in 2018. We will be at Durham County Cricket Ground on the morning of the 18th October, finishing about 12.30 with a buffet lunch. The workshops are aimed at staff and volunteers from ANY organisation that delivers their services in the homes of vulnerable people. There is a mix of presentation as well as interactive group work about implementing the learning within each organisation. Exposure to even low levels of carbon monoxide in someone's home has been linked to a greater risk of falling, as well as early signs of dementia. We welcome attendance from community groups, local charities, statutory services and private home care agencies. 

Click on the link get a booking form/find out more information or email to receive a booking form.

If you have any questions call Hilary on 07813 977798 or Simon on 07549 956376.

When a hearing aid is not enough **New**

Did you know there are 10 lip-reading /support groups in County Durham?

Don’t let your hearing loss isolate you Coping skills make life easier 

Learn how to: • Manage your hearing loss. • Reduce misunderstandings that cause embarrassment, anger and stress. • How to plan to manage difficult situations. • Meet people in a friendly informal atmosphere. • Qualified experienced teacher 

Why not contact us to see what it’s all about! or pop in for a friendly informal chat “On the edge of conversation is one of the loneliest places on earth” 

Attendance is by referral only, please ask your Hearing therapist, GP, Social Worker, or contact us for a self referral and for more information Tel: 0191 5183358 Fax: 0191 5182980 Text 0191 5183583 e - Mail

Woodhouse Close Community Forum .. **New**

Woodhouse Close have a community forum that meet quarterly in Auckland Youth & Community Centre ..we are looking for individuals who work in and around Woodhouse Close in Bishop Auckland and would like to make a difference to the local community 

The forum was set up for the following .. To provide a user-led, practical, local forum for Woodhouse Close. To identify potential gaps in local provision and work in partnership to provide solutions through co-ordinated activity and the sharing of good practice. To identify projects to support these aims and identify or provide the necessary resources. To identify potential barriers or risks to project delivery e.g. funding and work together to provide solutions. To ensure the ongoing effectiveness of the group’s work through action planning, monitoring and review. To provide a means of reference to local, regional or national policy and research on the identified areas of concern. 

If you are interested in becoming involved please contact either John Wiseman or David McCreedy on T: (01388) 604575 for further details


Boundary Mill Coach Trip SATURDAY 16th June 2018 £10 PER ADULT £5 PER CHILD 


For more information please contact Facebook: WEARVALLEYCOMMUNITYACTIONGROUP Mobile Lesley 07891082168 

Thank you for your support

The Durham Veterans Contact Point **Current**

The Durham Veterans Contact Point in Durham City, is a place where veterans can come to meet with someone face to face, either to get help and advice, or just for a natter over a cup of tea. The intention is to provide a rounded and holistic approach to the service we provide to veterans within the County, and therefore representatives of other organisations such Royal British Legion, Army / RAF / Navy Associations & Clubs, Veterans Mental Health & Transition, Intervention & Liaison Service, Durham County Council, Armed Forces Outreach Service, the Armed Forces Breakfast Clubs and others, will be present and ready to offer advice and help to veterans. 

The Durham Veterans Contact Point will take place on the third Wednesday of every month at Shakespeare Hall on North Road in Durham (less than 100m from the bus station) at 1230 hrs to 1700 hrs.

The format is extremely informal, and veterans from all over the County are invited to drop in for a chat, have a brew, meet caseworkers, and get whatever advice they may need. The important point is that this is a chance to meet face to face and have questions answered. There are private rooms / offices available for confidential discussion if required.

Durham Veterans Contact Point Dates: 
Wed 18 Apr 1230 - 1700 hrs 
Wed 16 May 1230 - 1700 hrs 
Wed 20 Jun 1230 - 1700 hrs 
Wed 18 Jul 1230 - 1700 hrs 
Wed 22 Aug 1230 - 1700 hrs 
Wed 19 Sep 1230 - 1700 hrs 
Wed 17 Oct 1230 - 1700 hrs 
Wed 21 Nov 1230 - 1700 hrs 
Wed 19 Dec 1230 - 1700 hrs

Young adult social group **Current**

My name is Lileen Cuthbertson. I am secretary and manage Neville Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.  We realised that there are not a lot of social groups for young special needs adults............. So, we have a social cafe called SNAG ( special needs adult group ) , on a Thursday night 7-9 . It is a drop in cafe , David brings his Nintendo switch so that he can play 123 switch.its a good ice breaker and always has them laughing ! I also have a football table , pool table and table tennis . We have jig saws and paper and colouring in pens. Anyone over the age of 16 is welcome. Parents and carers can join in the fun too if they want to . Is this the kind of thing that you would like to put on your website site ?

Please get in touch if there is anything else that I can help you with. All the best, Lileen and David .

Spennymoor AAP - Come Eat Together project **Current**

If you would like to enjoy lunch out but don’t want to dine alone, Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together project has a solution. Their lunch clubs provide opportunity for people aged 50 and over to dine out with others and make new friends over a nutritious, affordably priced meal. With 2018 now underway, why not treat yourself to a nutritious low cost meal at The Green Tree, a beautiful country pub and restaurant. A warm welcome is assured from hosts the Hopson family who are inviting members of Come Eat Together to dine in style with a special low cost monthly lunch in the restaurant. 

Andrea Goldie, Development Worker said, “We would like to invite people aged 50+ who may experience loneliness, want a break from caring for someone or just want to make new friends to come along and join in. This monthly lunch club at The Green Tree in Tudhoe offers diners a tasty meal in a lovely traditional country inn. They can enjoy the opportunity to chat to other people and enjoy a tasty meal, with the added bonus of no washing up”.

Booking is essential. For more information and to book your place please contact the Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577. 
The Come Eat Together project is funded by the Big Lottery Silver Dreams Fund. For further information contact Christine Fletcher, Development Manager, Age UK County Durham on 0191 374 6564 / 07812019189 or email her on 

The Come Eat Together website provides news and information and can be found at 

Christine Christine Fletcher Development Manager

Active Life Coxhoe - Walking Football **New**

Walking Football every Thursday 6.00-7.00pm on our 3G Pitch starting on 15th March.

Rhyme and Sign **Current**

If you are interested in coming to Baby Rhyme and Sign please register your interest with the Office 0191 3881313 or
This is for babies from 6 to 18 months with their carers and will be £4 per session. By adding simply Makaton signs into songs and rhymes enables children to join in, even before they can talk and supports their understanding by giving visual clues. 

Regards Deb Divanis (Project Development Officer) Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester le Street Methodist Church North Burns Chester le Street County Durham DH3 3TF Tel: 0191 3881313

Profoundly deaf, Deaf Blind, Hard of hearing, and hearing loss? **Current**

BID services will be at Cornerstones Centre for the community every Friday morning 10.00-12.00pm to support people who are: Profoundly deaf, Deaf Blind, Hard of hearing, and hearing loss. If you know someone in this situation who needs help completing applications, help with debt or letters explaining please come along .
When a hearing aid is not enough New Evening lip-reading class **Current**

At No.7 Keller Court ,Langley Moor Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30  - Coping skills make life easier 

Learn how to: • Manage your hearing loss. • Reduce misunderstandings that cause embarrassment, anger and stress. • How to plan to manage difficult situations. • Meet people in a friendly informal atmosphere. • Qualified experienced teacher If an evening class is no good for you, we have another 10 lip-reading classes in County Durham, contact us to get more information “On the edge of conversation is one of the loneliest places on earth” 

Attendance is by referral only, please ask your Hearing therapist, GP, Social Worker, or contact us for a self referral and for more information Tel: 0191 5183358 Mobile: 07463259216(Text only) e - Mail