Activities & Events across Durham


Advice In County Durham & Children’s Services VCS Alliance Partnership & Networking Event **New**

Stanley Civic Hall Front Street, Stanley DH9 0NA Wednesday 27th June 2018 10am-1pm Advice in County Durham is a partnership of local advice providers, committed to working together to improve the provision of advice across County Durham 

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Children’s Services VSC Alliance and Stanley Town Council to bring together partners for a Networking Event to see what others are offering in terms of advice and support services in the Stanley & Consett areas or countywide This will be a great opportunity to meet others operating services in this area and to promote what you do, find out what others do and hopefully make some great contacts – 

Please let me know if you would like to come along We would love to see you there …please come along to Network and have a cuppa to meet others operating services in the local area

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

Woodland wonders half term activities **New**

Please find attached flier & poster detailing our next Woodland wonders family activities Feel free to pass on to Customers, clients and colleagues; family and friends Taking bookings now!! 

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

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

This is an invitation to Durham Woodland Revival's third event called ‘Woodland Allotments’ for anyone who may be interested in the concept of woodland allotments in our target areas of Co. Durham. 

This FREE event is on Saturday 9 June 2018, 9.45am – 12 noon , Waterhouses Village Hall, Waterhouses, Durham. Full details and how to book are the attached flyer. This is an open event so need to book in advance. 

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

Beginners Flexibility Course **New**

6 weeks start Friday 18th May 1-2.00pm

£20 for 6 weeks or £4 per session

Ring Julie for more information on 07948002772

Information Event at Tow Law - Spaces Available **New**

The Wear Valley Community Action Group are organising an information event at Tow Law Community Centre on Wednesday 4th July 2018 10am - 2pm. and  we have some spaces left 

If you feel you know anyone that would like to have an information stand on the day could you please ask them to contact Lesley at hillbillymellis31@gmail.com.

Dementia Action Week - Invite **New**

As I am sure you are aware we are very close to the start of Dementia Action Week 2018 (May 21st). 

You may notice the change in name from Dementia Awareness Week to Dementia Action Week; this is to highlight that, while raising awareness is always important, there are actions we can take to help people live well with dementia. Durham County Council and ourselves would like to invite you to the United Against Dementia Breakfast on 21st May from 10.00am - 12.00am 

The breakfast will promote the launch of Dementia Friendly Durham City and the Roadshow Bus will be in the Market Place. We hope this event will encourage, inform and inspire the community and further embed the Dementia Friendly work happening around Durham. 

We look forward to seeing you there Hannah Johnson Dementia Advisor- Sedgefield 07484 040 628

FULFILLING LIVES EVENT **New**

This e mail is to inform you of the next up and coming Fulfilling Lives 9 event, due to be held at Durham New College, Durham on Thursday 31st May 2018 10 – 1pm. 

People who experience physical or learning disabilities and their carers or support are welcome to attend. This is a FREE open public event. The theme for Fulfilling Lives 9 is dedicated to reducing the number of people who smoke in County Durham, and increase individual chances of accessing meaningful employment and training. 

Our partners, Smoke Free Life County Durham, and Department for Work and Pensions, Job Centre Plus will be on hand to offer support and advice. There will be over 80 stalls available on the day, covering 7 different specialised themed zones, and activities. Participants will have access to the Costa coffee shop and facilities at the college.

We look forward to seeing you on the day. Please could you share / cascade this information throughout your networks.

Volunteer Fair - Market Stall Event, Durham City **New**

Hi All, we have 10 stalls still available if you would like to come along to the Volunteer Fair on Friday, 1st June, 2018 and the cost of each stall is a partial contribution of £10. 

If you would like a stall – pls complete the attached booking form and return it to me. If you are unable to attend but would like us to take along some leaflets, please send us a supply at the address below. If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Kind regards Julie Julie Bailey, Support Officer (Volunteering & Data) Durham Community Action, 9 St Stephen’s Court, Low Willington, County Durham DL15 0BF Direct line: 01388 742058 Main line: 01388 742040 E-mail: Julie.Bailey@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk

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

New Art Group at delves Lane **New**

Tuesday 29th May 1.00 - 3.00pm

Cost £3 per week - please reserve your space delvelvillahehall@gmail.com

Peaky Blinders Gala Dinner and events for Hope 4 Kidz **New**

Our next event is not one to be missed, BY ORDER OF THE PEAKY BLINDERS you are cordially invited to The Hope 4 Kidz Gala Dinner on June 22nd 2018 at Lumley Castle Hotel. Guests can attend in formal and glam wear with an optional 1920's nod. So grab your caps and flappers and prepare yourself for an evening of booze, grub and horse racing with a twist!!! Tickets....50 pounds includes a GinGin Mule cocktail on arrival and a beautiful 4 course meal fit for a peaky. We have the amazing singer known as 'The Peaky Blinder' taking to the stage performing the theme tune and some of the contemporary tracks used for the series. Adding modernised swing style songs to seamlessly merge old with new to provide the ultimate vintage & contemporary cross-over shows.

Also gamble like a peaky as we have horse racing, but not as you know. Get your bets in and see if luck is on your side! Stay over - 95 pounds B&B.

We are also gearing up for our next Fork & Fizz event this time we are branching out to Newcastle as we have had enquiries from Newcastle business ladies to bring one a little closer. The event will be at The Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle on 10th May 2018, 12pm-4pm. The event will begin with half hour networking, then take seats for a fabulous 2 course lunch, Debbie Hayes will be taking to the stage to discuss her business Little Blue Heart Company and women in business, little bit more networking and then a little gift to leave with. Networking with a twist! 

To purchase tickets please call 0191 5347788 or email hope4kidz@btconnect.com

DASH Auction of Promises charity fundraising event **New**

When: Thursday 7th June 2018 Where: Durham Amateur Rowing Club, Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JU 

How much: only £10 a ticket (available from our website) including a buffet dinner, entertainment and fantastic company! 

Join us for an evening of fun fundraising including live jazz music, buffet dinner, bar, ‘silent auction’ and socialising with DASH staff, trustees, volunteers and supporters

Holiday activities for ages 4-11 years **New**

Active Life Centre Coxhoe 29 May - 1 June, 2018 advanced booking required

Tuesday 29th May PYJAMAS, PIRATES & PRINCESSES DAY 
Wednesday 30th May SPORTS DAY 
Thursday 31st May FOOTBALL CAMP 
Friday 1st June ARTS, CRAFTS & THE MENACE

Wear valley community Action Group **New**

Information & Advice event  - Wednesday 4th July 2018 In Tow law, community centre 10am – 2pm 

Please come along and join us. There will be a good variety of information free buffet & refreshments Consumer protection energy advice cab carers support Home improvement agency well being for life welfare rights And many more 

This event has been supported by local councillor Richard Manchester

ADVICE IN COUNTY DURHAM & Children’s Services VCS Alliance Partnership & Networking Event **New**

Stanley Civic Hall Front Street, Stanley DH9 0NA Wednesday 27th June 2018 10am-1pm 

Advice in County Durham is a partnership of local advice providers, committed to working together to improve the provision of advice across County Durham We are delighted to be working in partnership with Children’s Services VSC Alliance and Stanley Town Council to bring together partners for a Networking Event to see what others are offering in terms of advice and support services in the Stanley & Consett areas This will be a great opportunity to meet others operating services in this area and to promote what you do, find out what others do and hopefully make some great contacts – please let me know if you would like to come along 

We would love to see you there …please come along to Network and have a cuppa to meet others operating services in the local area I have attached a stall holder information form to be completed if you are attending – as we will be collating a brochure of agencies attending on the day

Ms Sam Scotchbrook Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham 
Direct line: 0191 3726704 / Mobile: 07967344447 www.adviceincountydurham.org.uk 

COME AND JOIN US ADVICE IN COUNTY DURHAM – Network Meeting **New**

Thursday 7th June 2018 9:30am -12:15 Armed Forces Support in the County Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ Coffee and registration from 9.00 am Advice in County Durham is a partnership of local advice providers, committed to working together to improve the provision of advice across County Durham. 

We are focusing this meeting on what support services are out there for Serving Personnel ,Veterans and their families within County Durham

 **Confirmed speakers to date are.. *SSAFA *Veterans at Ease - Garreth Murrell *Armed Forces Outreach Workers

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

Universal Credit Training… **New**

We only have a few more places left for Thursday the 14th June 2018 Introduction to Universal Credit training 

This will be the last training session to be held until September… All Benefits training for the remainder of 2018 is available to view on the link below.. https://indd.adobe.com/view/16266a28-f2e4-44ce-a737-12cc6b536c59 

If you want a place please book now to avoid disappointment..

Veterans At Ease charity fundraising event **New**

Veterans at Ease are holding a charity fundraiser at Beamish Hall Hotel in the form of a “Last Night of the Proms” evening. It is now a free entry event and we would love to see you all there wearing as much red white and blue as possible. It’s in aid of those veterans who returned home from serving their country with mental scars. 

The do starts around 7.30pm and carriages are at 11pm We have three fantastic bands :- The Durham clarinet ensemble (some of the players are world renowned) Rag Time Rewind are an alternative jive swing band The Durham schools wind band – this is a big band and are award winners in their own right. 

It will be a superb night and we would love to see you all there 

For more details contact Garreth on 07584056181 Free parking at the hotel available.

WEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP **New**

Boundary Mill Coach Trip SATURDAY 16th June 2018 £10 PER ADULT £5 PER CHILD 
SUNDERLAND TALL SHIPS SATURDAY 14th JULY 2018 ADULT £6.50 CHILD £4.50 
REDCAR SATURDAY 11th AUGUST 2018 £3 PER PERSON WHITBY SATURDAY 25th AUGUST 2018 £5 PER PERSON 
SUNDERLAND ILLUMINATIONS SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER 2018 £3 PER PERSON 
LEEDS SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER 2018 £5 PER PERSON 

PICK UP POINTS: ST. HELENS, Bp AUCKLAND, HOWDEN, CROOK, STANLEY, BILLY ROW, & WILLINGTON. TIMES TO BE ARRANGED

For more information please contact wearvalleycommunityactiongroup@gmail.com Facebook: WEARVALLEYCOMMUNITYACTIONGROUP Mobile Lesley 07891082168 

Thank you for your support


Fulfilling Lives event - 31st May 2018. **Current**

My name is Paul James; I work for the Partnership and Engagement Team for learning disabilities (adults) within Durham County Council. We organise an established market stall event called Fulfilling Lives, which is a free event for people with learning disabilities and their carers. 

Fulfilling Lives helps to show what is available throughout the North East. The event promotes the following information and advice for visitors: 

Social zone – this area promotes what support groups are available in our region. It also gives advice and ideas, places to visit and things to do. 
Carers zone – this area is dedicated to advise carers what help and support is available. Help and advice zone - for people with learning disabilities and their carers, for example advice in welfare benefits. 
Training and employment zone – where we encourage businesses to show what training and employment opportunities are available for people with learning disabilities.
Police and Neighbourhoods zone – on staying safe and reporting crime. 
Health zone - latest information on improving your health. 

Our next Fulfilling Lives event will take place on Thursday 31st May 2018 between 10 and 1pm at New College Durham. We would like to offer you a free stand at our event. I attach a booking form for to complete and return to myself. Fulfilling Lives is a popular event so can you please return your completed form ASAP and no later than Thursday 3rd of May. 

If you need any further information please feel free to give a call on the numbers below but please note I only work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Paul James Parliament Facilitator Durham County Council Adult & Health Services Partnerships & Engagement (Learning Disabilities) Room LG 113/116 County Hall Durham DH1 5UL Direct line: 03000 265521 Mobile: 07769131326

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

WEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP Boundary Mill Coach Trip **Current**

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 wearvalleycommunityactiongroup@gmail.com Mobile Lesley 07891082168 
Thankyou for your support

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 .

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

SHARE AND LEARN NETWORK MEETING - GDPR **Current**

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

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 julie.bailey@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk 

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. 

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: julie.bailey@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk or Call 01388 742058 

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 info@cornerstonescentre.co.uk
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 admin@ddsupport.org.uk www.ddsupport.org.uk