Activities & Events across Durham

Wear Camo for Carers Campaign East Durham **New**

Supported by East Durham Area Action Partnership (AAP) we are running “Wear Camo for Carers” - a campaign taking place across East Durham from March 1st – April 13th 2018 which aims to raise awareness of the number of people in our community who are Hidden Carers and could be said to be camouflaged! Carers UK figures show that 1 in 8 of the population are Carers and that those 7 million Carers save the state £132 billion each year. 

Here at DCCS we define a Carer as anyone who, without payment, provides care and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who, because of their difficulties, could not manage without that support. Although we are currently supporting over 17,000 Carers across County Durham we know that there are many more people who could be missing out on vital support, benefits, entitlements, and the specialist advice, information and support that we can offer. Many people don’t see themselves as a Carer. Looking after an ill, older or disabled friend, neighbour or family member doesn’t have a name, it is “just something you do”. For Parent Carers looking after a child with additional needs is equally hard to recognise “because she’s my child I saw myself as Mum – not a parent who is also a Carer”. For many Carers their role is not recognised or respected by those around them so it is hard for them to see the importance of what they are doing day to day let alone think that there might be some advice and support that could help them. These distinctive wristbands will shortly be appearing across East Durham and starting conversations and actions which we hope will enable Carers to recognise themselves as Carers and be valued, respected and supported by everyone in all aspects of their caring role.

If you would like to be part of the “Wear Camo for Carers” campaign you can be by inviting us to an event or group you are running between March 1st and April 13th, displaying a poster – making the distinctive wristbands available in your workplace, agency or community building or coming along to one of our events:- Asda Peterlee on March 16th Byron Place Seaham on March 23rd Dalton Park Murton on April 13th Contact Karen Wilson on 0191 5006011

Mental Health Services Focus Groups **New**

Are you interested in mental health services? There are two focus groups being held in March by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). They want to hear your views on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT). 

Both focus groups will be held on Tuesday 27th March 2018 10:00am-11:30am Memorial room Spennymoor Town Hall High Street Spennymoor DL16 6DG 13:00pm-15:00pm North Road Methodist Church North Road Durham DH1 4SG 

For more information or to book a place contact Daniel at the CCG on 0191 389 8617 or 

There is also an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) review and planning network event on Wednesday 21 March 2018 9:30am – 13:00pm Bowburn Hall Hotel Durham DH6 5NH To book a place Register via Eventbrite

The Durham Veterans Contact Point **New**

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

Free Benefits training course … **New**

We are delighted to have now opened the window to make bookings for Thursday the 19th April 2018 which is an Employment and Support Allowance course.. There are also still places available for the Universal Credit training which is scheduled to take place on the 5th April 2018 if you are interested .. 

Please see link below for course details – course will run from 9:30am-4:30pm in Armstrong House , Abbey woods Business Park, Durham DH1 5GH 

If you would like a place you will need to register with myself to be allocated a place….places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment ..

Universal Credit Working Group Meeting.. **New**

We have now rescheduled the date of the UC working Group Meeting Due to the most popular date we have now scheduled for Monday the 16th April 2018 at 10am – Armstrong House, Abbeywoods Business Park , Durham DH1 5GH A number of people have confirmed dates that are preferable, can you please let me know if this is suitable and that you will attend so we can accommodate .. 

Many thanks Sam Ms Sam Scotchbrook Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447


SATURDAY 16th June 2018 £10 PER ADULT £5 PER CHILD Pick up points: Bishop Auckland, Howden-le-Wear, Crook & Willington 

For more information please contact Mobile Lesley 07891082168 
Thankyou for your support

Little Wonders! Witton Dene Holiday Club **Current**

Forest skills activities 
★ Explore the woodland and churchyard 
★ Play active outdoor games 
★ Discover local wildlife and creepy crawlies 
★ Learn simple green woodwork skills 
★ Make crafts from natural materials 
★ Listen to stories around the campfire 

Tuesday 3rd April 9.30-11.30am or 12-2pm
Wednesday 4th April 10.30 am-3.30pm 
Thursday 5th April 10am-3.0

The activities are led by a Level 3 Forest school qualified facilitator These activities are aimed at children 2-5-years. Children must be accompanied by parents/carers No dogs please This activity is offered free of charge however we welcome Donations. Supported by D’Oyley Carte Trust Email:

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 Booking essential Come weather prepared Tuesday 3rd April 9.30-11.30am or 12-2pm

Think Autism in County Durham **Current**

Do you have a diagnosis of Autism and live in County Durham? Or do you support/care for an adult with Autism in the area? We want to hear from you We want to know your experiences and learn from them. We want to hear your thoughts and opinions to identify what is successful in County Durham and what isn’t. We want to make County Durham an Autism friendly place to live and visit and we need your help to plan and develop services. 

We would like to invite you to our stakeholder event on: Friday 11th May 9:30-10:30 – Adults with a diagnosis of ASD 11:00-12:00- Parents and carers of adults with a diagnosis of ASD 

The event will be held at: Committee Room 1B, County Hall, DH1 5UL If you are not able to attend please email your feedback to Please note there is limited parking outside this venue. 

There is an overflow carpark at the DLI museum DH1 5TU. There is also a park and ride bus stop outside County Hall and local bus stops.

Durham Woodland Revival - Developing Shared Ideas event **Current**

Durham Woodland revival are running a ‘Developing Shared Ideas’ event for existing and fledgling community woodland groups. 

This FREE event is on 7 April 2018, 9.45am - 1.00pm, Lionmouth Rural Centre, between Ushaw Moor and Esh Winning. Full details and Full details and how to book are here

Best wishes, Jill Essam Jill Essam Harehope Quarry Project Ltd Harehope Quarry Frosterley Co. Durham DL13 2SG 01388 528015/07807 002032

Durham Woodland Revival - Re-imagining Woodlands Event **Current*

This is an invitation to Durham Woodland Revival's second event called ‘Re-imagining Woodlands’ for existing and fledgling community woodland groups in our target areas of Co. Durham. 

This FREE event is on Friday 27 April 2018, 9.45am - 1.00pm, Elemore Hall School, Pittington, Durham. Full details and how to book are the attached flyer. 

Best wishes Jill Essam Harehope Quarry Project Ltd Harehope Quarry Frosterley Co. Durham DL13 2SG 01388 528015/07807 002032


Improving Access to Mental Health Services Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – (IAPT) Have you or a family member had an experience of psychological therapies e.g. counselling or CBT? We talked to people in 2017 about how we could improve mental health services and we would now like to discuss with you our plans for the new service. 

Please come along to our focus group on Tuesday 27th March 1.30 – 3pm at North Road Methodist Church and give us your views and suggestions. 

Tuesday 27 March 2018 1:30 – 3PM North Road Methodist Church, North Road, Durham, DH1 4SG 

For more information or to confirm your attendance please contact North Durham CCG on 0191 389 8617 or email

Memory Cafe **Current**

The Louisa Centre, Front Street, Stanley, DH9 0TE Come and join your local Health Trainers for FREE tea & coffee at our Memory Café! Great opportunity to have a chat and meet new people, carers are encouraged to attend too! Every LAST Wednesday of the month (from 28th February 2018) 1:00pm- 2:00pm. 

Each session will include information and guidance from your Health Trainers including healthy eating, opportunities to access groups in the community etc. 

For more information contact: Rebecca Haynes (Health Trainer)- 01207 218505

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 .

The Big Dig 2018 is happening in County Durham....get involved! **Current**

It’s time for the Big Dig again, where has the last year gone! I’m emailing you because your gardening group was involved in last year’s Big Dig which was a great success and we’re looking to do it all again this year. 

The Big Dig is happening on Saturday 22 April, are you looking for new volunteers and visitors to your community garden/allotment? This event is an excellent way to promote your garden/allotment to encourage the local community to get involved. You can hold your event on Saturday 22 April, or a date in April which suits your opening hours. 

Please contact me if you are interested in getting involved and I will then look to promote your organisation to encourage new volunteers or visitors. I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes, Rachel Gatland Strategy and Policy Officer Strategic Waste Management Durham County Council County Hall Durham DH1 5UQ 03000 266 104

No Smoking Day events 2018 **Current**

Stop smoking service No Smoking Day events for 2018 We are giving away free patches at 5 locations through County Durham (Bishop Auckland, Consett, Seaham, Newton Aycliffe and Chester le Street) on a first come first served basis. People who sign up to get patches will then be referred into a community clinic for further support and advice.

More Information

You're invited to the ball **Current**

Join us for one of our largest fundraising events of the year. Hosted at the Assembly Rooms in Newcastle on 21st April 2018. The night will include the usual raffles, auctions etc. and we have entertainment supplied by Bay6 a great local band who performed at our last ball in 2015. You’ll receive a drink on arrival followed by a three course meal and coffee. 

Tickets are £55 each with tables of 10 costing £550. The event starts at 7pm with carriages at midnight. As our organisation has grown we have much to celebrate but we also need to raise as much money as possible to continue our life saving work. 

If you would like to book a table please contact us on 0191 387 5661 or

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

Make time for a CHAT! **Current**

My name is Beverley Butters and I am setting up a social group with Wellbeing for Life for people and their families affected by cancer. The idea is we would meet up once a month for a coffee and a chat, in a relaxed atmosphere. 

Our first session will take place on: Thursday 26 April 2018 10.30am-12.30pm at Starbucks Dalton Park Then the last Thursday of each month Give yourself time to embrace your life, the new normal. 

You can contact me on: 07552984440 Email: LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE 

For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service: Freephone: 0800 8766887 @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService @WBFL_Durham Celebrate Hope All Together C.H.A.T. 

Routes out of Poverty Events **Current**

Following the success of the ‘roots out of poverty’ events held across County Durham last year, it has been decided to hold another round of events aimed at all frontline practitioners and managers working with children, young people and families who are experiencing issues around financial exclusion and poverty. These events will be interactive half day sessions and will provide information and practical examples of the range of services and organisations that are available to support with the following issues: Employability, budgeting, Housing, health, education/cost of the school day, universal credit/welfare reform 

Dates and times for these events are: 
Monday 19th March 9.00am – 12.30pm, Excel Centre, Newton Aycliffe 
Monday 19th March 1.00pm – 4.30pm, Excel Centre, Newton Aycliffe 
Tuesday 17th April, 9.00am – 12.30pm, Horden Miners Welfare Hall, Horden 
Tuesday 15th May, 9.00am – 12.30pm The Greenhouse, Stanley 

Places are limited To book a place on one these events please click on the link below: 

Regards Lindsey Ellwood VCS Alliance Co-ordinator

Durham Woodland Revival - Developing Shared Ideas event **Current**

This is an invitation to Durham Woodland Revival's ‘Developing Shared Ideas’ event, for existing and fledgling community woodland groups in Co. Durham. 
This FREE event is on 7 April 2018, 9.45am - 1.00pm, Lionmouth Rural Centre, between Ushaw Moor and Esh Winning. 

Best wishes, Jill Jill Essam Harehope Quarry Project Ltd Harehope Quarry Frosterley Co. Durham DL13 2SG 01388 528015/07807 002032


The Share and Learn Network is an informal network of community businesses and groups who run local buildings/assets and local services. As part of the Network, we will ask you to share and learn from each other in the regular meetings and via conversations on the web based forum (details can be found here). We will ask what you can to offer to others in the network as well as what they can offer you. 

Our next meeting is coming up so please come along and join us to discuss: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Workshop Monday 19th March from 6.00pm to 7.30pm (Tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm) Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre, Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4HT 

Most of the session will be informal to allow people to chat to others within the network and there will be an opportunity for you to share ideas with each other, so please bring along leaflets, business cards and other marketing materials you would like to share. This meeting is open to everyone – attendance is free although booking in advance is required to secure places. 

Please book your place online by clicking here or by contacting Julie Harrison on 01388 742040 or by email 
This event is being facilitated by Durham Community Action. 

Future Share and Learn Network dates for your diary (topics and dates subject to change): 
Tuesday 15th May - Health and Safety Compliance 
Thursday 12th July - Meet the Funder 
Monday 22nd October - Managing Risks

ADVICE IN COUNTY DURHAM - Network Meeting **Current**

Thursday 5th April 2018 Welfare & Charitable funds Durham Leadership Centre, Enterprise Way, Spennymoor, Durham, DL16 6YP 

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. *Morning session 9:30am - 12:15- agenda to follow with details of guest speakers etc 

Please book early to avoid disappointment as there are limited spaces available ... For more information about the event, please contact: 

Sam Scotchbrook - Network Development Officer, Advice in County Durham on 0191 3726704 

In order to secure a place please email

County Durham Volunteer Coordinators Forum **Current**

Tuesday, 17th April, 2018 10.00am - 12 noon at Bowburn Community Centre Discussion Topic - Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers. Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 10.00am -12 noon at Bowburn Community Centre Tuesday, 16th October, 2018 10.00 am – 12 noon at Bowburn Community Centre The Forum provides the opportunity for staff / volunteers who are responsible for volunteer management in their organisation to network with staff / volunteers from other organisations who have similar responsibilities. At regular meetings presentations are given by organisations on new initiatives or overviews of volunteering programmes. Meeting topics includeon DBS checking, diversity in volunteer recruitment, support and training for volunteers. 

Volunteers Week Volunteers Fair, **Current**

Market Stall Event, Durham City – 1st June, 2018 – All Day – further details to follow, to register your interest please get in touch with 

Introduction to Managing Volunteers, **Current**

FULLY FUNDED, Thursday, 7th June 9.30am – 3.00pm, Delves Lane Village Hall, Consett, DH8 7BH Managing volunteers effectively and providing them with adequate support will help retain them which is vital to the running of a charity/social enterprise. This 5 hour non-accredited course will explore the good practice that exists in managing volunteers including supervision, support, paying expenses, policies, safeguarding, role descriptions, agreements and open recruitment processes. 

Volunteer Passport Open to All **Current**

We are offering this course at Delves Lane Village Hall, Consett, DH8 7BH on Fridays weekly from 4th May to 15th June (excluding half term week 1st June) from 9.30am – 12.30pm The Volunteer Passport is a course run over 6 weeks for people who wish to become volunteers and for those who are already volunteering. No previous experience needed The Passport is a volunteering journey which is individual to you and what you want to achieve, from making a plan through to placement within an organisationThe Passport is a volunteering journey which is individual to you and what you want to achieve, from making a plan through to placement within an organisation

Annual Volunteer Celebration Event **Current**

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 – To be held at Durham Cathedral, event to include tours, presentation, refreshments and will end with a special evensong for volunteers. Full details of how to nominate individual volunteers and groups to follow.

If you have any queries or want to book on any of the above events, please contact: or Call 01388 742058 

Introduction to Universal Credit Training Course released..**Current**

We are delighted to announce the date of the next Universal Credit Training date as Thursday the 5th April 2018 - please see attached link for details of course details , suggested advice knowledge and venue etc The course will be held in Armstrong House, Abbey woods Business Park, Durham, DH1 5GH...first come first served basis...- 
please contact me to reserve a place or to ask any questions about suitability etc 

Many Thanks Sam Ms Sam Scotchbrook Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447

Wear valley community action group Community advocate loan shark training **Current**

Natalie barker from the Illegal money lending team will be providing free Loanshark training 

On Tuesday 20th march 2018 At Auckland youth centre, bishop auckland Woodhouse close, dl14 6ql  - 11am-12.30pm 

All welcome, refreshments provided If you would like to attend please contact 
The event is supported by the gaunless gateway project

Free cyber crime community event **Current**

A community event will be held in Howden-le- wear Village hall On Monday march 19th march 2018 10am-1pm 

Darren miles the dangers of cyber crime 
Kevin tuck neighbourhood police 
Natalie barker illegal money lending 

Please come and join us Everyone welcome. 
This event is organised by The wear valley community action group  

Active Life Coxhoe - Walking Football **New**

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


Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th April 2018 Creating Culture is a one week residency in County Durham where young people from the UK and Lithuania will come together to meet, create networks, and develop their understanding of culture, human rights, and current issues affecting young people in Europe. Young People will work with leaders, activists, educators and artists using creative methods to explore inclusion, integration and intercultural dialogue. 

Ages: 16-24 years Location: Emmaus Youth Village, Consett, County Durham. Participants: 60 young individuals: 35 from Lithuania & 25 from North England. Cost: £50. This cost includes your accommodation, all meals, and two trips. NB a small number of free places are available for those from low income households in receipt of benefits. Evidence will be required. 

The residency will involve 3 main themes/topics 1. Media literacy and critical thinking “Deconstructing Media Messages; Creating Counter; Looking Beyond the Frame” You will gain an introduction to critical thinking and learn to analyse perceptions of issues such as image, relationships, gender, events etc created by the media and advertising. In groups you will create media outputs on topics of your choice. 2. Tolerance, respect and positive attitude towards others and vulnerable groups of society You will have a chance to discuss these issues with experts, and create work expressing your own ideas and experiences. You will work together to consider different ways of changing existing situations and moving towards unity and mutual understanding. 3. Dialogue and expression Working in smaller groups you will choose a topic and a form of art, and with the help of a professional artists, examine different forms and manifestations of discrimination and create an artistic presentation (e.g. songwriting, film, graffiti, theatre, art, animation, writing, etc) 

How to Apply: Request an expression of interest form from: and return by noon on Thursday 15th March. You will receive confirmation of your place by Monday 19th March. 

Questions and more information: You are welcome to contact us at or via Facebook @JackDrumArts or by phoning 01388 765002 with any questions or concerns. 

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

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

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.

February Half term Woodland wonders Activity in Witton Dene **Current**

Please find attached flier detailing our next Woodland wonders family activity Feel free to pass on to Customers, clients and colleagues; family and friends Find out more at

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

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.

Stanley Kinship Carer Support Group **Current**

The Stanley Kinship Carer Support Group will now be meeting on the first Tuesday of the month 10am-11.30am (next meeting Tuesday 6 February) at the coffee shop in The Civic Hall, Front Street, Stanley DH9 0NA.

Durham County Council's Community Action Team in Spennymoor **Current**

Durham County Council's Community Action Team (CAT) will be focusing on Spennymoor in the coming weeks from 22 January – 25 March. They are looking to tackle housing and environmental issues and are asking residents what their issues are. The first chance for residents to meet the team is on Thursday 25th January, 10am-4pm at Spennymoor Leisure Centre foyer. Feel free to pop down and let them know what the issues are in your area. 

Although the CAT will focus area of around 540 properties including Craddock Street, Villa Street, Robert Street, Eden Road, South Street, Drake Street, Wear Street, Stratton Street, Baff Street, Clarence Street and James Street , they will also see how they assist/ offer advice on issues in other areas of Spennymoor.

Building Better Governance programme **Current**

February- April 2018 Governance is key to a strong, sustainable VCSE sector. As well as ensuring legal compliance, good governance is assessed in funding applications and helps shape a collective vision for your organisation. VONNE, in partnership with CASS Business School and the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, are bringing Building Better Governance to the North East.

In a series of three full days, you will: · Understand what constitutes effective governance · Create opportunities for self-reflection and confidential peer-to-peer learning And ultimately improve your organisation's governance. Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is kindly supporting a 'buy one get one half price' offer for organisations with a turnover of up to £750,000 which book places for one senior manager and one trustee. 

For full details please see the attached flyer and the event registration page on the VONNE website

Wellbeing For Life Cancer Support Group **Current**

All welcome including family and friends. Held Fortnightly on a Thursday 10.30am-12.00 @ Healthworks, Paradise Lane, Easington SR8 3EX 

Come and have a chat and a cuppa, Or just sit and listen it’s up to you, Just give it a go. 

For more information please contact: Beverley Butters – 07552984440, or Vicki Moffat – 01915274150

Durham Drop In Foodbank - CHANGE OF VENUE **Current**

Please note that the Durham Drop In foodbank currently located in Fram Well House will be moving to Waddington Street United Reformed Church, Waddington Street, Durham, DH1 4BG from 3rd January 2018. 

Please advise any clients who you issue vouchers to that this is where they will need to go to if they are wanting to visit the Durham Drop In.

Gala Music Night Swells Charity Funds **Current**

The Rotary Club of Durham Bede joined together with Lloyds Banking Group, Durham to raise funds for two local charities with a concert held at Elvet Church, Durham. The Gala concert “Friday Night Is Music Night” was held on Friday 3rd November 2017 to benefit St. Cuthbert’s Hospice, Heel and Toe Children’s Charity and also the British Heart Foundation. The members of the Rotary Club of Durham Bede arranged this, their annual concert, along with major support from the Lloyds Banking Group, Durham, who supported the event with Matched Giving. Elvet Methodist Church, Durham was the setting for the event which featured a wide range of popular music ranging from Films, Opera, The Musicals and Folk provided by the young musicians of the Durham County Wind Band; Leaders Caroline Roberts & Tina Mortimer, and the voices of Val Anderson, Soprano, Evelyn Mitchell, Mezzo, and John Oliver, Baritone with accompanist Martin Dack. There was a special guest appearance by flautist Dr. Michael Cave, Cardiologist at the University Hospital of North Durham, accompanied also by Martin Dack. The volunteer work of Dr. Cave with the British Heart Foundation was rewarded with a donation from the Rotary Club. The audience did not need any encouragement to raise the roof with Last Night of the Proms favourites. 

President Terry said: “I am pleased to announce that, with the support our members, friends and supporters who attended the concert and the Lloyds Banking Group, and other very generous donations plus the revenue from ticket sales we will be donating in excess of £1300.00 to each of the charities. “To me, this is what Rotary is all about, raising money for wonderful causes and having a great time doing it.”

Sedgefield Homestay Free Housing-Related Support and Advice **Current**

• Any aspect of your current tenancy 
• Claiming benefits • Budgeting your finances 
• Any general concerns you may have about your living and Financial arrangements 
• Finding education and training courses 
• Getting in touch with other services 

If you require support with any of the above than our staff are available to help at the drop in’s below. 
Monday – Chilton Foodbank St Aidan’s Church, Chilton, DH17 0EJ – 10am – 12pm 
Tuesday – Shildon Alive 19 Church St, Shildon DL4 1DS – 1.30pm – 3.30pm 
Tuesday – Trimdon Village Hall Hallgarth Rd, Trimdon Village, TS29 6JX – 2pm – 4pm 
Wednesday – Newton Aycliffe Foodbank St Clare’s Church, DL5 5NT – 1.30pm – 3.30pm 
Thursday – Ferryhill foodbank St Lukes Church, Ferryhill, DL17 8LT – 10.30am – 12pm 
Thursday – Spennymoor Sure Start (Fortnightly starting 12th October 2017) Green Lane, Tudhoe Moor, DL16 6EX – 1.30pm – 3.30pm 
Thursday – Jubilee Fields Community Centre Jubilee Road, Shildon, DL4 2AL – 12pm – 2.00pm 
Friday – Cornforth Partnership 68 High Street, West Cornforth, DL17 9HS – 9.30am – 11.00am 

For further information call our Gateway Number 08000 731837

The Woodpile free Workshops **Current**

We are running FREE workshops for unemployed persons, we have a Joinery Workshop and Furniture Upcycle Workshop. All information can be found on the posters, please feel free to get in touch with us for more information, or to see about signing up. Please click here for more information

Chester le Street Charity Shop Reopening **Current**

A treasured charity shop will reopen to the public this week after an exciting refurbishment. St Cuthbert’s Hospice Chester-le-Street shop has undergone a complete transformation, with a big revamp and lots of new decorative touches added to the interior. The shop has a long history in the town and first opened its doors to the public 20 years ago and helps to raise much needed funds for the Durham based hospice, which provides care and support to many residents across the area. 

Retail Manager Olwyn Hobbs said: “It has taken lots of great teamwork to create this beautiful looking shop and we are so excited for the public to come and take a look around. We’ll be offering a prize to the first customer to visit on the opening day. We’re so grateful to the community for their continued support over the years so it will be nice to say thank you in this way" People visiting the charity shop on Front Street will be able to pick up a bargain, with items such as clothes, shoes, games, ornaments and household goods all sold. 

The shop will reopen to the public at 10:30am on Friday 3rd November. Usual opening times Mon-Sat 9:30-4:00pm. 172 Front Street, CLS, Durham DH3 3AZ.

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

Exciting News - Evening Lip Reading Support Group **Current**

Just a quick reminder that our evening lip reading course starts this week at Langley Moor 6:30PM to 8:30PM.

If you are interested in attending please let us know as soon as possible, places are allocated by referral only 

Kind Regards Jane Dennison Admin 
Please note our new address from the 26th June 2017 
Durham Deafened Support c/o Horden Social Welfare Centre Seventh Street Horden Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 4LX 0191 5183358

Yoga Classes at Horden **Current**

Following our move to larger premises, we now have some spaces available in our Yoga group which takes place in our offices in Horden on a Friday morning between 10AM and 11AM. 

If you are interested please can you contact Durham Deafened Support in the first instance 
Jane Dennison Admin 

Please note our new address from the 26th June 2017 Durham Deafened Support c/o Horden Social Welfare Centre Seventh Street Horden Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 4LX 0191 5183358