Activities & Events across Durham

Armistice celebrations at PCP 

on Monday 12th November 2018, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Itinerary

Whats On at Fishburn Youth & Community Centre

We have a lot of things going on here at FYCC. Please see below some events that are happening over the next couple of months.


What's On Monthly at the Pioneering Care Centre

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.

The Woodpile - List of upcoming Workshops

Hello please find a list of some of our upcoming workshops into 2019 including FREE Joinery Workshops for unemployed. 

If you require any further information please contact us, you can find workshop info on this page. https://thewoodpile.org/workshops-events/

Land of Oak & Iron Meet & Mingle 

7-9pm, Friday 16th November Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre and café shrub, Winlaton Mill, NE21 6RU 

Immerse yourself in the Land of Oak & Iron as our heritage is brought to life through music and song. Test your knowledge of everything Land of Oak & Iron with our fun quiz and enjoy delicious food from café shrub. Meet like-minded people who share your passion for the history and heritage of our local area. 

Booking essential, tickets are £5 per person and include food, but not drinks. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-mingle-tickets-52001545021 

Food Durham Annual Gathering - save the date!

Following on from my previous email and Annual Report, I can now tell you that the Annual Gathering will be on the morning of Wednesday March 13th and this year our host is Durham University. We have booked rooms at Collingwood College, which does not have the access problems we encountered at the Holgate Centre (Collingwood was unavailable that year due to refurbishment). 

Our keynote speaker has also confirmed and it is Prof. Mike Hamm, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Food Systems, at Michigan State University. Mike’s research interests are Community-based food systems, food security, sustainable agriculture and nutrition education. His outreach focus is working with communities to develop community-based food systems and working on local and state food policy issues, including membership on the Michigan Food Policy Council. 

You can find out more about the Center from this page: https://www.canr.msu.edu/people/hamm. His approach and research interests and community outreach match closely with the work of Food Partnerships in the UK. The Gathering will be in the morning, finishing with lunch and you should be away by 1pm. Get the date in your diary now!

 
Generosity Festival: Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy 

This coming November, the Tyne and Wear and Durham Community Foundations are organising a “Festival of Philanthropy” called ‘Generosity’ which aims to highlight the difference philanthropy makes to the region. As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, St Cuthbert’s Hospice are delighted to be participating in this festival, by welcoming you to a special event showcasing how philanthropy has supported people with life-limiting illnesses to make every day count and the role that philanthropy can play in the future of Hospice care. 

The event, taking place at the Hospice on Wednesday 21st November from 6pm to 8pm, will aim to demonstrate the importance of Hospice care in our community. A presentation delivered by Hospice Chief Executive, Paul Marriott will demonstrate what philanthropy has helped the Hospice to achieve over the last 30 years. We will also hold a panel discussion / Q&A session around the future need for Hospice Care and the role that philanthropy will play. 

Tours of the Hospice will be available after the event. We would be delighted if you could join us for this event. And, as a bit of a challenge, we are also encouraging our guests to bring a friend / colleague along to better understand the work here at St Cuthbert’s. It doesn’t matter whether they are an existing supporter or not. This is not a fundraising event and there will be no pressure on anyone to commit to anything. Its purpose is purely to inform. 

The event is free to attend but please book soon as places are limited. You can register a place for you and any guests HERE or by calling 0191 374 6195 or emailing sarah.donkin@stcuthbertshospice.com 
We look forward to hopefully seeing you soon!

Updated Poster for Zumba sessions

Blackhall Community Centre, Hesleden Rd, TS27 4LG Mondays 6.15 - 7pm - 

Zumba Cost: £ 3 or 1 x AFD Pass Free for Under 14s

T e l : 0 7 8 4 9 8 4 2 5 4 9 F a c e b o o k : @a p e x f i t n e s s & d a n c e


HOPE at Pelton Community Centre

Here at Pelton Community Centre on Monday 5th November, 2018 we have a new group starting run by humankind with funding that we have been awarded from Co Durham & Darlington Community Safety Fund. The group is called HOPE(Health, Outreach, Prevention, Education) It provides help & support for people over the age of 18 years who have recognized problematic drug & alcohol use.

Pelton Community Centre Front Street Pelton Chester-le-Street Co.Durham DH2 1DE Telephone: 0191 3700726


The Activity Den Annual General Meeting 

The Activity Den, Tanfield, are holding their Annual General Meeting on: Tuesday 13th November 2018 6.30pm at The Activity Den 

Refreshments will be available alongside a presentation of the work we do. Members of the public are welcome to attend. 

You’ll find us on the grounds of Tanfield Lea Community Primary School, Tanfield Lea, Stanley, Co. Durham, DH9 9LU. Tel. 01207 236739 – Please pop along and see us !

Meet the Detectives

The Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP will be attending the Meet the Detectives event on: 

Tuesday 6th November West Auckland Memorial Hall, DL14 8HT 4pm – 7pm 
Thursday 8th November Civic Hall, Shildon 4pm – 7pm 

 At the event you can meet your local CID team and specialist detectives to talk about local issues, fraud and cyber safety. Please see the attached leaflet for more details. 

There will also be an opportunity to vote on the Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP priorities however you can also vote by following the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/1920PrioritiesVolunteer 

Nepacs AGM and public meeting

Regional charity supporting prisoners’ families invites members of the public to their annual public meeting A regional charity which supports families of prisoners is holding its annual general meeting and public meeting on Thursday 8 November 2018 at the Council Room, Hotel Indigo, Durham City, DH1 3HL. Nepacs is a long standing charity which works across the north east region to help support a positive future for prisoners and their families. Its staff and volunteers provide much valued services to support friends and families of prisoners, in seven prison across the north east and within the community, including prison visitors’ centres, play areas, youth projects, family support and the Teesside, Newcastle and Durham courts project. 

Members of the public are welcome to attend the event from 6.30pm to hear our guest speaker Kathy Evans, chief executive of Children England who will give an address entitled: More wealth than money on the added value which the voluntary sector can bring to providing services for the most vulnerable in society, including children affected by the imprisonment of a parent. Kathy has been CEO of Children England since April 2013. During her career Kathy has been the Chair of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, a trustee of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, a member of the ACMD Hidden Harm implementation group and DCSF Care Matters advisory group. She was also consultant to the Police Foundation and Justice, devising potential alternatives to Youth Courts, to support the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. 

If you would like to attend the meeting please get in touch with Nepacs by email ksimpson@nepacs.co.uk or telephone 0191 3323460. 

For more information on Nepacs please visit our website www.nepacs.co.uk or follow us on facebook or twitter.

Decades Project

‘The Decades Project’ is run by a distinct group of young women from across County Durham, who have collaborated to research the contemporary Heritage of North East women with funding by the Heritage Lottery. 

Through various mediums the group will launch their findings on the 26th November from 5.30pm until 8.00pm @ County Hall Durham - what a great way to end the year since women in the UK could vote. 

The event is FREE and refreshments will be provided.

Xmas Open Day

Xmas Open Day Saturday 10 November 2018 from 10-2pm 

Fabulous range of hand made Xmas products - please help support our day service! 

Endeavour Woodcrafts CIC The Old Fire Station Darlington Road Ferryhill DL17 8EX

Co-ordinators Forum

The next meeting of County Durham Volunteer Co-ordinators Forum will be held on 15th January 2019 from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm at Bowburn Community Centre. 

The suggested topic for meeting is “Loneliness Across All Ages” and it would be really useful to us if you could let me know if you would like to contribute to this session around the experiences of your organisation through client and volunteering support. We will also be back in touch nearer the time with a reminder and agenda for the meeting.

Spennymoor AAP - : Everyman Theatre- NOVEMBER & DECEMBER

Please see below 2 shows at Spennymoor Settlement



Durham Not Alone Art Auction

Please see flyer below from Jackie Easton at Durham Not Alone.

BEAUREPAIRE-Site Work and Our Community Christmas Event

After the busyness few weeks we are having a few days off work to sort out and plan future work on-site! Our Battle of Neville's Cross Re-enactment went really well and I would encourage you to follow the links and read up on the following articles in the Northern Echo with regard to our work on-site.

 https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/opinion/letters/16984125.my-wife-and-i-attended-a-talk-where-the-speaker-mentioned-beaurepaire-referring-to-the-historic-ruins-of-the-prior-of-durham-holiday-home-situated-just-outside-durham-near-bearpark-he-said-that-since-durham-city-council-was-abolished-the-county/

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northdurham/16989868.children-re-enact-battle-of-nevilles-cross/

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/16980596.children-to-recreate-medieval-battle-to-mark-anniversary/ 

A BIG Thank you again to all those who took part and I hope it is one of many likewise events we can hold on the site. We have included below a timetable of when we will be working on-site, as requested by many of you. We hope that as many as possible from the local area and within the North East can help on at least one of these days! DREAM really needs your help to make this site better! The whole project is aimed to integrate the community and its local heritage; the entire project is for you and we urge that you contribute in any way you can-whether it is on-site labour; donation of materials, money or time; or help in events on site. Specific help we need on-site are people able to strim the grass; people able to weed kill the site; and people able to cut down large trees. More so we will be receiving a container on the 7th November, and thus we will have the facility to store tools on site and donations of these would be much appreciated. The container will cost between £150 and £200 for 6 months and we would like to ask if any one would like to specifically pay for these as their donation to site work. Finally, we need a considerable amount of weedkiller and again we would ask if people could donate money towards this. Email us to let us know if you are able to support us in any of these ways. If you would like to donate to us our funding page is accessible here: https://www.gofundme.com/DREAMCommunityCharity OR If you would like to be a large donor, or a regular donor to our work please contact us by email. 

7th November-site work day 9-4pm 
9th November-site work day 9-4pm 
15th November-site work day 9-4pm 
16th November-site work day 9-4pm 
17th November: Durham AAP's 'It's Up To You Event' in Durham City. DREAM COMMUNITY CHARITY has been shortlisted to potentially receive funding at the 'Its Up To You Event'. HOWEVER WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! On the 17th November we need as many locals as possible to go to Durham Town Hall and vote for our project to receive funding! Our success will depend on how many people you can get to come along and give us their first vote, so make sure you spread the word. 

Attached is our poster for 'A Traditional Christmas' asking for performers. Please share and get involved!

New Groups at Delves Lane Hall

Gentle & Seated Exercise


Celebrating 100 years since the end of the WW1 

We’ll Meet again 9th November 2018 12 Noon – 7pm

Itinerary for the Day – As close as we can be. 

12:00 – 1pm - Lunch served – Bully Beef 
12.30 – 1.30pm – Yvonne Slater Singing 40s theme with sing a long and flags at the end 
1.30pm – 2pm - Comfort Break - visit stalls like Beamish with memorabilia 
2pm – 3pm British Legion Pub quiz 
3.00 – 3.45 News Reel – Coldstream Guards concert on the big screen – 16 mins 
3.45 – 4.00 - Craft Activity with Michelle Banner. Soldier ,poppies, union jacks and fabric paint 
4.00 – 5.00pm – Afternoon tea 
5.30pm – Finale with poppies and drama performance – We’ll meet again sing a long if so desired 

Other areas of interest on the day Sally and Nicola – dinner plates Beamish – ~Edwardian Domestic set and WW1 objects Football card Tombola Bar will be available Tank – a real live proper Tank for viewing Guest of Honour – British Legion Vet Period costume or clothing encouraged but not compulsory 

Tickets are £3.50 – includes lunch and tea.

Mrs Alison Paterson Centre Manager Blackhall Community Centre (The Old Miners Welfare Hall) Hesleden Road Blackhall Hartlepool TS27 4LG Tel 0191 5867396 07962 071966 alison.blackhallcommunity@gmail.com www.blackhallcommunitycentre.co.uk

County Durham Partnership Event - 10th October 2018

Thank you for attending the County Durham Partnership Event on 10th October 2018. Please find link for presentations for the event which you may find of interest: CountyDurhamPartnershipEvent101018 

Thank you Kind regards County Durham Partnership Transformation and Partnerships Durham County Council Room 5-140/150 County Hall 03000 263593 INTERNAL 263593 E mail: countydurhampartnership@durham.gov.uk

Lip-reading class in Bishop Aukland

A new lip-reading class started at Henknowle Community Centre On Friday 5th October 1:30 TO 3;30

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 tutor. “On the edge of conversation, is one of the loneliest places on earth” 

 Tel: 0191 5183358 e - Mail admin@ddsupport.org.uk www.ddsupport.org.uk

Mindfulness walk in Witton Dene

Please find attached poster & flyers for the sensing the seasons walk on Friday Please feel free to forward to friends & family; clients, customers & colleagues who may be interested

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

Pottery Class @ Delves ane village Hall

Christmas pottery/Ceramics course due to start soon last chance to book your spaces ring 01207583174 for more details

Poster

Eat Wise and Socialise

Healthy eating isn’t about calorie counting, elimination diets or expensive ingredients. It’s real ingredients and wiser food choices. Join like-minded people to socialise and share the fun experience. 

Starting 10th October & Running for 8 weeks Drop-in Every Wednesday 10 - 11:30am Cornerstones Community Centre Chester le Street DH3 3TF

PLUS free support from the Wellbeing for Life team For more details contact: Jennie Cammidge 07827 982 462

For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service: Freephone: 0800 8766887 www.wellbeingforlife.net

Main Autism Event… 

We have booked the Think Autism Celebration Event for Thursday 15th November, 2pm-4pm at Sjovoll Centre, Framwellgate Moor School Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5BZ As always, it is an open forum to discuss your thoughts, opinions and your experiences of Autism in County Durham in order that we might improve services in the region. But this year there is an opportunity for anyone who has a talent or skill they are particularly proud of to share it with us. 

If you are interested in attending, or require any more information about it, please call/text me on 07796769271, call the office on 0191 300 8556, or email me atmbrookes@iammain.ork.uk. It would be great to see you there, but if you can't make it and have something to say, please email me your feedback at mbrookes@iammain.ork.uk

Christmas Crafts @ The Woodpile

We're running a Christmas Crafts Workshop, just wondering if you'd mind advertising it? here's a link to book and for more info, thanks 


Get online and Get Connected! 

BRAND NEW and Fun IT Course for those wanting to learn new skills around using the internet and staying safe Wednesday 7th November for 3 weeks 1pm-3pm FREE to anyone in receipt of a means tested benefit or just £15.00 At Foundations, Shildon 51-55 Church Street DL4 1DT Shildon

Call 07738035216 for more information or to book a place

Opportunity for Professionals Voices 

Over the last few months I have been working on a project called “The Voice” where I have recorded Carers stories and experiences. The success of the project has been astounding because people have been candid and open in talking about their caring role. I’ve also been extremely lucky because everyone I have recorded has been wonderful and made interesting recordings. We decided to record people’s voices as against videoing them because it means a person can remain anonymous and not be seen. In fact, we as an organisation have learnt enormously from this experience. 

Now as a follow up to the project I would like to record some professional voices and I was wondering if people would be happy to help me. I would now like to record any professional whose work brings them into contact with Carers. We would like to use the “Voices” to illustrate a point when we are delivering presentations and training. We might also want to attach the voices to our website as we feel the Professional Voice would be a perfect complement to the Voices of our Carers. 

These are the questions (where applicable) I would like to ask: • Are you routinely able to involve Carers when planning services for the person they care for? • Would you view the Carer as an equal partner in a person’s care? • Are there any barriers in having a Carer involved in the support your organisation provides? • What changes could you make within your organisation/service to help Carers? • Does the organisation/service for whom you work offer support and assistance to employees with caring responsibilities?

I’m afraid I don’t have any sophisticated recording equipment, I only have my iPhone. Please email me if you feel able to help and I will try my very best to fit in with your diary. Thanking you in advance for any help you can offer

Jan Burden, Durham County Carers Support jan.burden@dccarers.org 0191 500 6034

Generosity Festival: Celebrating 30 Years of Philanthropy 

This coming November, the Tyne and Wear and Durham Community Foundations are organising a “Festival of Philanthropy” called ‘Generosity’ which aims to highlight the difference philanthropy makes to the region. As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, St Cuthbert’s Hospice are delighted to be participating in this festival, by welcoming you to a special event showcasing how philanthropy has supported people with life-limiting illnesses to make every day count and the role that philanthropy can play in the future of Hospice care. 

The event, taking place at the Hospice on Wednesday 21st November from 6pm to 8pm, will aim to demonstrate the importance of Hospice care in our community. A presentation delivered by Hospice Chief Executive, Paul Marriott will demonstrate what philanthropy has helped the Hospice to achieve over the last 30 years. We will also hold a panel discussion / Q&A session around the future need for Hospice Care and the role that philanthropy will play. Tours of the Hospice will be available after the event. We would be delighted if you could join us for this event. And, as a bit of a challenge, we are also encouraging our guests to bring a friend / colleague along to better understand the work here at St Cuthbert’s. It doesn’t matter whether they are an existing supporter or not. This is not a fundraising event and there will be no pressure on anyone to commit to anything. Its purpose is purely to inform. 

The event is free to attend but please book soon as places are limited. You can register a place for you and any guests HERE or by calling 0191 374 6195 or emailing sarah.donkin@stcuthbertshospice.com We look forward to hopefully seeing you soon!

Outdoor Theatre commemorating the end of The Great War

Outdoor performance commemorating the end of the Great War Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018, 4pm & 7pm Hamsterley Forest, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, DL13 In this promenade theatre performance, Soldiers, Conscripts & Volunteers alike will be plucked from the rolling hills of Durham and plunged into the murk and stink of the First World War. Your Mission? Join the Peart family and bring them home. Follow your guide as you navigate gas attacks, trench warfare, & brutal bombardment amid the destruction of the fields of France.

 Join a trio of County Durham youth theatres as they bring local stories of WW1 to life in this outdoor theatre performance within Hamsterley Forest. Developed by Jackass, Turrets & WASH in collaboration with acclaimed theatre company Burn the Curtain & local professional artists, actors & musicians, Dulce Et Decorum est is a hard-hitting journey of resilience, courage & the truth behind that old lie; Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

Tickets are available to purchase online at Ticketsource This project has been made possible with funding from Northern Heartlands, County Durham Community Foundation's #IWILL funding programme, 3 Towns Area Action Partnership, Durham County Council's Community Learning Programme, F&PC Scotto Charitable Trust, Gaunless Gateway and the National Foundation for Youth Music. 

Chester-le-Street Theatre Group proudly presents ‘Robin Hood (The Geordie Pantomime Adventure)’ 

In this brand new adaptation of the classic Robin Hood story there’s a true local twist. Featured are all of the essential characters for a true and faithful telling of the story – but there’s also a few surprises in there too!!!! Within this action-packed story are frequent swords, swashbuckling and a catalogue of festive fun and jokes! You won’t want to miss it! Click for the Poster

TIERED SEATING AVAILABLE From Tuesday 27th November – Saturday 1st December at Chester-le-Street Community Centre Performances nightly at 7.15 pm with a 2.15 pm Saturday Matinee £10 Adults and £8 Concessions 

Tickets available by calling our Box Office on 0191 3883778 

We are proudly supporting NEH (North East Homeless) again during this production. Like our hero Robin Hood we would like to share our fortune with those less fortunate, so from now until closing night we shall be collecting items such as thermal socks, gloves & hats (no scarves), toiletries such as hygiene wipes, deodorant, feminine items etc (no aerosols), underwear (new), sleeping bags and insulated flasks/cups to help our street friends through the winter. Any donations will be gratefully accepted and passed on to NEH after the show. For anyone wishing to donate collection boxes will be placed in the Community Centre or donations can be given to cast members who will pass them on. 

What's On Monthly at the Pioneering Care Centre

Please see below/attached for information

Run Durham - Couch to 5k

Could you please try to promote these run sessions for me starting 2nd October
Parents with buggies are welcome. We have a route planned using the railway line from the Locomotion Museum so it will be quite quiet if people are worried about being seen

Lip-reading class in Bishop Aukland

Would you please circulate the attached information regarding a new Lip-reading class in Bishop Aukland

Signs of Safety Information sessions 

These sessions will be delivered by Chris Ring, Strategic Manager for Families First, South who is leading on the implementation of Signs of Safety in Durham. These sessions are open to everyone working with children, young people and families in Durham and will help participants to have a basic understanding of Signs of Safety and Durham’s approach to implementation. 

The session • Outlining the Signs of Safety approach and purpose; • Identifying some of the terms, tools and techniques used in practice; • Identifying what needs to happen next; • Identifying what this means to you in practice. 

28 September 2018 9:30am – 11:30am
19 October 2018 2:00pm – 4:00pm
14 November 2018 9:30am – 11:30am

All will take place at Education Centre, Stanley, DH9 0HQ Education Centre, Stanley, DH9 0HQ


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.

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 eve.galloway@citizensadvicecd.org.uk), 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: enrolonline.wea.org.uk Tel.0300 303 3464

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

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

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.

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:


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: http://www.durham.gov.uk/media/5183/Stanley-activity-and-support-directory/pdf/StanleyAAPActivityAndSupportDirectory2017.pdf 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

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! http://www.innovations-opportunities.co.uk/our-service.aspx

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 spot

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 admin@ddsupport.org.uk www.ddsupport.org.uk

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

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 christine.fletcher@ageukcountydurham.org.uk 

The Come Eat Together website provides news and information and can be found at www.comeeattogether.org 

Christine Christine Fletcher Development Manager


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 admin@ddsupport.org.uk www.ddsupport.org.uk