Christmas is Coming !!

Here you will find all your activity and events leading up to Christmas

Community Christmas Lunch**New**

County Durham’s Wellbeing for Life service have organised a Community Christmas Lunch at Consett Rugby Club on Friday15 December for local clients who need a bit of a boost with some good company at this time of year. 

Participants will get to enjoy Christmas dinner, games, Bingo and Lingo, coffee and mince pies with some nice company and festive singing. Being able to get out and about and connect with other people is often much harder than it seems and this can become more unpleasant at Christmas. Social isolation is a real problem for many people in our community and the Wellbeing for Life service helps to tackle some of these issues.

The Wellbeing for Life service provides support to people to live well in County Durham, by helping to address the factors which influence their health and build their capacity to be independent, resilient and maintain good health for themselves and those around them. Wellbeing for Life staff work with individuals on a 1-1 basis and in groups to recognise the issues that are affecting their wellbeing and help them make positive changes. Michelle Gibson, Wellbeing for Life Co-ordinator (North Durham Hub) said “After the success of the Christmas Meal last year held at PACT House in Stanley we wanted to repeat this on a larger scale. The feedback was so positive from clients that attended, saying they all had a wonderful day and really valued getting out and meeting some new people.” One client who attended last year said “Thank you to the Wellbeing for Life staff and volunteers for going the extra mile to organise the event. It takes a lot of planning; however it is worth when you see how much everyone enjoys the day. 

The service provides a vital link into the community to those who can be socially isolated because of restricted mobility, bereavement or their family and friends don’t live close by. Health trainers encourage people to get out and about - even if it's just to the end of the garden - and to stay active.” Evidence suggests that those with strong social and community networks are more likely to be healthier, happier and live longer. 

For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact Freephone 0800 8766887 or visit www.wellbeingforlife.net, Facebook @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService Twitter @WBFL_Durham.

Christmas Wellbeing Events **Current**

18th December 2017 Laurel Avenue Community Centre

19th December 2017 Bullion Lane Children’s Centre

Booking is essential. For more information or to book your place contact: 0800 8766887

Alzheimer's Society Carol Service **Current**

Elvet Methodist Church, Durham 12 December 2017, 7pm Join us for a magical evening of musical performances, sing-along carols and festive readings by special guests. 

It is set to be a great evening:- - Hosted by BBC’s Colin Briggs - Sara Dee – soloist - The Dalesiders - Newbottle Primary School - Chester le Street SftB 

The evening starts with door opening at 6.15pm for refreshments (donations) and tombola, followed by the Carol Concert at 7pm – 8.30pm. To purchase tickets please see poster or collect and pay at our office: South Approach Bullion Lane Chester- le- Street DH2 2DW 0191 389 0400

People will be able to purchase tickets on the day IF THERE ARE TICKETS REMAINING.

Buy your tickets today: alzheimers.org.uk/carolsdurham or call 0330 333 0804 

Marketplace and networking event in County Durham **Current**

Thursday 14th December 2017, 12.30pmChanging Lives| The Fells | Great North Road Plawsworth | County Durham | DH2 3NL

Join Changing Lives for an extra special Christmas party and networking event this December at our accommodation project in Plawsworth, County Durham.We will have a charity marketplace where you can fnd out more about the support services in the local area, and build relationships with other agencies. Following this networking event, join us for an afternoon of mince pies and Swing as we welcome local singer, Steve Halliday, to the party!

If your agency would like a stall at our marketplace networking event, please get in touch with Donna Calverley, Service Manager. Please note that these stalls are on a frst-come-frst-served basis, and are limited to one per organisation.

e: donna.calverley@changing-lives.org.ukt: 07841 919 433

Nepacs Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017 **Current**

We’re very excited to let you know that Nepacs has been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017, the UK’s largest match funding campaign. Last year, thanks to generous supporters like you the campaign raised over £7.2 million for participating charities.


Christmas courses at SMC! **Current**

Our extra-short Christmas courses are an excellent way to learn more about the centre in a relaxed environment and meet some of our friendly attendees. This month we have pastel drawing, pebble painting, cake decorating and even a Christmas carol singing group! 

For more information or to reserve a space, please get in touch by calling 0191 384 8100, emailing enquiries@stmargaretscentre.co.uk, or pop in to the centre.

WEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP CHRISTMAS EVENT **Current**

SATURDAY 16TH DECEMBER 2017 10.30AM—1.30PM 
WHEATBOTTOM COMMUNITY HUB 

TOMBOLA, GIFT STALLS, CHRISTMAS RAFFLE, CAKE STALL, AND SPECIAL GUEST FOR CHILDREN SANTA CLAUS WITH FREE PRESENT FOR CHILDREN

Christmas Carol Concert at Elvet Methodist Church **Current**

Elvet Methodist Church, Durham 12 December 2017, 7pm 

Join us for a magical evening of musical performances, sing-along carols and festive readings by special guests. 

Buy your tickets today: alzheimers.org.uk/carolsdurham or call 0330 333 0804 

Registered charity no. 296645. Alzheimer’s Society operates in England, Wales and Northe