Activities & Events across Durham

UC Working group meeting Save the Date **New**

Further to the UC Working Group meeting this morning Thank you for everyone who attended , I think that people are starting to find the meetings really useful and a good point for information exchange I can now confirm that we have set a new date for the next UC working Group Meeting Due to summer holiday period we have scheduled Monday the 3rd September 2018 at 10am in Armstrong House

**Please note…As parking eye is now installed parking will be limited but will be available at the Arnison Centre for a maximum period of 4 hours so will allow adequate time as the meeting should last for no longer than 2 hours

Young Rangers delayed by football -places available!! **New**

There is still time to join the Young Rangers training we will still take interested young people for the course until 18th July Please forward information to those who may be interested. - Click for more information

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

County Durham Volunteers Co-ordinators Forum 17th July **New**

Dear Colleagues I would just like to remind you of our next forum meeting with the details being as follows: Tuesday 17th July 10.00am - 12.00pm with networking until 1.00pm and refreshments provided. Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn. DH6 5AT 

There is an agenda for this meeting and notes from the last meeting held in April 2018 attached below and if you haven't already done so it would be useful to us if you could confirm your attendance with Charlotte Linton as follows: / 01388 742 045 

We will be following the same "speed networking" fomat as in previous meetings and the theme for this meeting will be dealing with difficult volunteering situations. We will also have the Disclosure and Barring Service attending the forum meeting to undertake some research around the readability of a DBS letter Please do bring along any leaflets about your opportunities/services to add to our information table. 

Download Notes from 17th April Meeting here 
Download Agenda for 17th July Meeting here 

Kind regards Abby Abby Thompson, Volunteering Development Manager Durham Community Action, 9 St Stephen’s Court, Low Willington, County Durham DL15 0BF Direct line: 01388 742055 Main line: 01388 742040 E-mail:

Bloodhound Supersonic 1,000 mph car at North Durham Academy **New**

Monday 9th July 2018 We have the Bloodhound Supersonic 1.000 mph car at North Durham Academy on Monday and Tuesday next week to launch our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) week celebrations. A public and dignitary showcase will take place during the evening of Monday 9th July from 4.30 - 6.30 pm. Please come along to see this a unique, high-technology project to design and build a car that will break the 1,000mph barrier and set a new world land speed record! 

Thanks, Aaron Bourne Year 9 Achievement Leader Cross-Academy Lead: STEM Teacher of Science North Durham Academy High Street Stanley DH9 0TW

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!


Active Life Coxhoe

For ages 4-11 years 23 July to 31 August, 2018. 9.00-4.00pm £12 10.00 - 3.00pm £10 Limited places, advanced booking required.

Call us on 0191 3771789 to book.

SPORTED's Meet & Greet **New**

Thursday 16th August 2018

Thinford Cost Drive- through 3-4.00pm DH6 5JY

Broomside Park Belmont 5.20 - 7.00pm DH1 1GG

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary we are hitting the road and coming to a town near you

Come along and meet Emily Burns your local SPORTED Regional Manager to share your story and challenges and learn how our free member services could benefit your organisation

To book a slot to see Emily, email

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.

Gentle Exercise to Music **New**

Delves Lane Village Hall starts Friday 13th July 8.30 - 10.30

First Class free - Experiences Tutor - come along no need to book


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.

Powertex for men **New**

The first of ten Powertex sessions ran last night and I understand went well. There are still a few places on the course if you know men who are 50 or over or nearing 50 or are 23 but feel 50..then encourage them to join this group. It is very much about building confidence and friendships and if we can sustain the numbers about a longer term men's group.

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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.

Enter CIC Summer School **New**

Enter CIC’s summer school for 2018 will have plenty of beats as its the Tony Award-winning musical Hair Spray!

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray JR. is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. Adapted from the Broadway production that won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Hairspray JR. is a show that will celebrate your students’ diversity and bring audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor. 

It’s 1962, and spunky, plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has one big dream – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star. In balancing her newfound power with her desire for justice, Tracy fights to dethrone the reigning Miss Teen Hairspray, Amber von Tussle, and integrate a TV network in the process. With the help of her outsized mom, Edna, and guest DJ, Motormouth Maybelle, the rhythm of Tracy’s new beat just might prove unstoppable. Hairspray JR. is filled with a host of parts for a wide cross-section of students and an abundance of energetic production numbers. 

Our summer schools are extremely popular and you don’t even have to be a member of Enter to attend. In fact this is how many young people discover how fabulous Enter CIC is! However, you have to be quick off the mark as places on our summer schools fill up fast and places are limited! 

Come on don’t miss the beat, get welcomed to the 60’s and secure your summer school place by calling 01740 655437.

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

Pick & Mix Taster sessions **New**

Delves Lane Village Hall from the 2nd July for 6 weeks 9.30 - 11.00am

healthy Eating / Weight management / Physical Activity / Practical Cooking / Relaxation / Mental Wellbeing

All sessions are free Contact Wendy Scofield-Marlowe 07825196656or Caroline Cranson 07826530851

Sensing the Seasons **New**

A 60 minute guided Mindfulness walk through Witton Dene, suitable for most abilities

Next walks: Fridays 10-11am 29th June 27th July 31st August 2018

To find out more, contact Gillie Tel: 0191 3711387 /07508 471522 Meeting place: St Michael and All Angels Church, Coach Lane, Witton Gilbert, DH7 6SX

Young Rangers Programme **New**

The Young Rangers Programme offers an opportunity for Young people aged 16-25 years to learn more about the outdoors and to support the Family Forest activities in Witton Dene. The programme involves training in:  Leadership skills  Understanding Forest schools activities  Team building  Planning and delivering activities safely  Using tools & green woodwork skills  Being creative  Wildlife recognition - Can link to the Duke of Edingburgh’s or Youth Achievement Awards

When? Starts Wednesday 11th July and runs to September 19th 6.15-8.15 and will involve practical work with children

For further information or to book contact: Gillie on 07508471522 Or 0191 3711387 Meeting place: St Michael and All Angels Church, Coach Lane, Witton Gilbert, DH7 6SX Email:

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.

Beginners Flexibility Course **New**

Delves Lane Village Hall

Fridays 1.30 - 2.30 £4 per week

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