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Fulfilling Lives Conference 8 **New**

26th October 2017 New College Durham 10am – 3pm
With over 70 stalls! Social Activities, Health, Advice, Staying Safe and Carers zones showing what is on offer for you. It is a day packed full of information for people with learning disabilities and their carers. 

Come along and experience fun sessions, games and free prize draw, plus new zone for deaf and blind people!

For further information please contact Paul James on: 03000 265521 or Julie Simpson 03000 265443. 
To book a stall please email Paul.Richard.James@durham.gov.uk.

Cyber Crime & fraud and loan shark event **New**

Free community event - Wednesday 11th October 2017 In Dovedale, Community hub, sunnybrow 10.00am—1.00pm

Cyber crime & fraud, loansharks And consumer protection advice 
How safe are you? 
Free lunch & a friendly chat

This event has been sponsored by your local councillors

Commissioning Priorities Public Engagement Event **New**

We are holding our annual Commissioning Priorities Public Engagement event on Thursday 12th October starting at 11am, held at Spennymoor Town Hall. We would like to invite you to come along to have your say and hear about our priority areas. 
There will be presentations and discussions; NHS staff and GP experts will be in attendance to discuss our plans and invite your feedback. 

If you would like to attend then please click on the link to register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ddes-ccg-commissioning-priorities-public-event-tickets-37806133162. Alternatively you can call 0191 371 3222 to register.

Spanish Classes at Consett **New**

Could you please add this advert for Spanish classes resuming at Consett Station Club next Friday 22nd September

Have your say on the future of civil society in the North East **New**

Register for VONNE conference 2017 The theme for VONNE’s conference 2017 is The Future of Civil Society: A North East Perspective and we are delighted to announce our Keynote Speaker will be Julia Unwin CBE, Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Civil Society Futures. 

We will be incorporating a Civil Society Futures Conversation within the conference, which will feed into the Inquiry’s call for evidence and recommendations. Make sure you attend and have your say on how the North East’s VCSE sector can tackle the challenges we face together. IPPR North will also be launching their report Civil Society Support in the North at the conference. 

Register now for the conference.

Balance Alcohol Event **New**

Date: 6th December 2017 Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham 

Keynote Speaker: Dr David Jernigan, Associate Professor, John Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health 

Context: Many of our children are choosing not to drink alcohol. Yet many of them are profoundly affected by alcohol, regardless of whether they drink or not: 
· In the North East an estimated 3,000 11-15 year olds become regular drinkers every year 
· On average, over one child aged under 18 is admitted to hospital for an alcohol specific condition every day in the North East 
· Children are exposed to alcohol marketing from such a young age, that 98% of 10-11 year olds in the region can accurately identify Fosters as an alcohol brand 
· Nationally, around 200,000 children are living with an adult who is dependent on alcohol 
· Alcohol is cited as the main reason children call Childline for help 
· Children of parents with problematic alcohol use are at greater risk of a range of harms and neglect 

 Attendees can also expect to hear about the impact of alcohol on childhood; the role played by commercial interests; the latest research on young people’s consumption; how harm impacts on the public sector; and discuss how we can work together to help give our children the best start in life. We’ll be circulating info about how to register for this event in due course – but please block out in your diary in the meantime and we’d be really grateful if you could cascade amongst your colleagues involved in the CYP agenda.

Illegal Money Lending Bite Back Sessions **New**

Karbon Homes, in partnership with Illegal Money Lending Team, Think Families & NE First Credit Union are hosting 2 ‘Bite Back’ sessions next Wednesday & Thursday at Pelton Community Centre

 It will be an informal setting for coffee, cake & a chat around saving, budgeting, borrowing the right way, and if people are aware of any loan shark activity, it’s a safe environment to discuss. To prevent people from taking out a loan shark loan, we have an incentive running for the first 50 people who sign up – if they save for 10 out of 12 weeks, they will receive a £25 bonus added to their savings! We also promise that their savings, and the £25 bonus will be available BEFORE Christmas!! 

Where: Pelton Community Centre When: Wednesday 20th September 9.30am – 12pm Thursday 21st September 1pm -3.30pm It is open to ALL residents of the area (not limited to Karbon Homes tenants). To open a credit union account, residents will need to bring with them 2 forms of ID – a fact sheet is also attached to give a bit more detailed.

We will have some hard copy leaflets available from Monday if you would like any – just give me a bell. 

Many thanks Suzanne Suzanne Jobson Financial Inclusion Manager Karbon Homes

Firewalking for Bullion Hall **New**

Dear All When I last told you all that following the zip wire over the Tyne my next feat of daring would be a walk over hot coals , many people came back to say that I was indeed intrepid , or words to that effect !, and that they would prefer to sponsor my feet online . 

We now have a fee free site set up that allows you to gift aid your kind donation knowing that there is no commission being charged by the host site. Our autumn challenge is to raise over £1000 via the Firewalk. And finally just to say that if you’d like to Fundraise for Bullion Hall and take part in the Firewalk yourself , we still have places available.


Thank you Belinda


A 60’s NIGHT BAR—BUFFET-DISCO Saturday 14th October 7pm—11pm Free Entry 

To Celebrate the History of Alington House we are having a 60’s Night on Saturday 14th October 7pm—11pm Through our research Discos in the 60’s were very popular in Alington House with the unique mirror ball adding to the effects and the atmosphere of the evening. Fancy Dress is optional but please feel free to wear your 60’s outfits 

Tickets are free at Reception Or Ring 01913864088 Email info.alingtonhouse@gmail.com

Sensing the seasons in Witton Gilbert **New**

Hi Folks Why not join us a mindfulness walk on Friday 29th September and watch as the Autumn unfurls in golden colour!! Please feel free to forward to Friends & Family; Colleagues, customers and clients 

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

Illegal Money lending Conference**New**

And Charter Signing Invite 18th October  I would like to formally invite you to our Conference which is taking place at Bishop Auckland Football Club on the 18th October at 1pm until 4pm. To book your place which is a first come first served please click on the Eventbrite link below:

Thanks Natalie Barker – North East Region Liaise Officer England Illegal Money Lending Team, PO Box 12971, B33 0TD Direct Line: 07557 203 149 Email: Natalie.Barker@birmingham.gov.uk

Health and Wellbeing Board Engagement Event **New**

County Durham’s Health and Wellbeing Board would like to invite you to their annual engagement event for 2017. 

This will take place on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 between 12.00noon – 4:00pm at The Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1TN. A networking lunch will be served from 12.00noon. 

The event will begin at 12.45pm There will be two key note speakers on the day focusing on tobacco and dementia. There will be a number of themed workshops relating to health and social care and the wider wellbeing approach (outlined below). An overview of each workshop is also provided within the survey monkey link. Adult and Young Carers Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Dementia Adult’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Making Smoking History in County Durham Healthy Weight and Obesity Active Durham Partnership If you wish to book a place at the Big Tent Event please complete the booking form on the SurveyMonkey link below by Tuesday 12th September 2017, indicating your workshop preferences. 

Please note that due to the venue’s capacity, numbers are restricted to 200, therefore places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions, or if you require this email in an alternative format, please contact Charlotte Smalley or Glenn Robinson on 03000 265 141.

New fundraising at Bullion Hall **New**

You may remember in April the zip wire – and how terrifying that was…well I have a feeling that this is a case of out of the water and into the flames, once again then I am seeking sponsorship for my next ordeal. The team of 5 brave and not so brave volunteers who took part in the zip wire managed to raise an incredible £1500 towards Bullion Hall . We are aiming to repeat that success in October through a new team of brave and less brave soles.. If you would like to sponsor me, please let me know and I will complete the sponsorship form with the following details Name, Address, Postcode, Amount, Are you a taxpayer ( in order for us to claim gift aid). Then providing I am not in A&E on Monday 16th October I will follow up your email to let you know of my bravery…

We will be setting up a new page on the just giving site in the next few weeks for those who prefer to pay electronically . Bullion Hall is still seeking volunteers to take part in our sponsored firewalk scheduled for Saturday 14th October. For further details/ to book your place please contact Leanne on volunteersbullionhall@yahoo.co.uk

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

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 admin@ddsupport.org.uk

Yoga Classes at Horden **New**

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 admin@ddsupport.org.uk

Save the Date - The Better Together Conference 2017 **New**

Friday 10th November 2017 9.30am - 3.30pm Shotton Hall, Old Shotton, Peterlee, Co. Durham SR8 2PH 

Details to follow - visit our Better Together VCS Forum webpage, follow us on Facebook and Twitter or register your details here to receive information from us