Activities & Events across Durham

Wellbeing For Life Cancer Support Group **New**

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

Share and Learn Meeting January - Funding Workshop **New**

The next meeting of the Share and Learn Network takes place on Monday 22nd January from 6.00 - 7.30pm at Cornerstones, Chester le Street with a funding workshop. 

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

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.

St Johns Hall - Burns Night Fundraiser **New**

Friday 26th January - Meadowfield british legion DH7 8RT from 7.00pm - £8 per ticket

Bagpipers, Three course meal. Ceilidh Band, Raffle

Tickets available from Lesley Baxter 07846542035

Great support for the return of the Festive Fair! **New**

In the region of 1000 people braved the freezing temperatures to visit the Community Festive Fair on Sunday 10 December at Bishop Auckland College. They weren’t disappointed either as the weather only added to the festive feels of the day. Ice Queen and sister Anna opened the event, organised by County Durham’s Wellbeing for Life service, followed by an impressive display from Spidey. Spectators browsed the 70+ stalls selling unique handmade gifts or informing people about local services available to them to improve their wellbeing. People also took part in robot building, arts and crafts, healthy festive food demonstrations, cycling to Santa and men were taking advantage of free hair and beard cuts from the Man Cave. 

Santa was a big delight too; Julie Cockburn attended with her family and said “Just wanted to say a huge "WELL DONE" to Wellbeing for Life on such an amazing fair. There was something on for everyone, it was a wonderful day. A lot of hard work and dedication was put into the event so thank you from me and my family. P.s the Santa was AMAZING!!! The best Santa we have seen in a very long time. Thank you for putting this event on.” 

Two local choirs brought the event to a close. The Bishop Auckland Choral Society beautifully sang some classic carols and Wellbeing for Life’s singing group ‘The Weardale Warblers’ entertained the last of the crowds with their first ever public performance of some family favourites. Wellbeing for Life aims to help people to live well and maintain good health for themselves and those around them. The aim of this large scale event was to celebrate Christmas as a community and to share all the good things that happen locally. As well as to inform local people that Wellbeing for Life are around to support them to live well this Winter. Photos and videos from the event are on their Facebook page: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService. 

For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact freephone 0800 8766887 or visit, twitter @WBFL_Durham  

Loan shark training **Current**

A date has been confirmed for the loan shark training Tuesday January 16th 2018 at Auckland Youth Centre, Woodhouse Close, Bp Auckland 11am - 12.30pm.

If you know anyone that would like to attend this event please let me know and bring them along. The venue has been sponsored by the Gaunless Gateway Project.

Thanks Lesley Mellis Secretary Wear Valley Community Action Group

Building Health Partnerships meeting **Current**

Save the date: January 11th 2018

If you were able to join us for our second Building Health Partnerships event on Monday 30th October at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe you should already have received presentation slides from the event. Following on from this, please find attached the summary document from that meeting. We're busy planning the next full partnership sessions and will be in touch soon with venue and booking details.

In the meantime please save the following dates in your diaries: Thursday 11th January 2018 (am) Thursday 22nd March 2018 (am) 

Best Wishes, Abi Lunn 
Policy and Communications Support Officer Voluntary Organisations Network North East

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

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.

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