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VCS and 3rd Sector Training
Upcoming courses at St Margaret's Centre **New**

Our short courses are an excellent way to learn more about the centre in a relaxed environment and meet some of our friendly attendees. For more information or to reserve a space, please get in touch by calling 0191 384

Free training for County Durham Housing Group residents **New**

I wonder if you can add some free training to the Durham Voice please? Its math and English for local residents.  

There are 2 courses yet to start and we have space at both. 

2 courses – one at Peterlee and one at Gilesgate area of Durham.


We now have dates for 3 first aid courses all FREE to everyone working or not. All are level 2 all one day. Dates are as follows 9-5pm age 16+ Monday 9th October Monday 6th November Monday 4th December. Please contact us to secure a place

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 DDivanis@Cornerstonescentre.co.uk

Funded Stop Courses **New**

Please find attached a poster regarding some ‘funded’ Stop courses around County Durham. 

Free Family History Course **New**

At Cornerstones Centre For The Community Beginning Wednesday 27th September (6 Weeks) 9.30-11.30 Discover who your ancestors are and what they did, find out where you came from and who you may be related to. An extension to genealogy in which the life and times of people are investigated, family history lets you dig into the past to see famous family members and discover who sits within your family tree. 

Please Contact: Cornerstones Centre for the Community At Chester le Street Methodist Church North Burns Chester le Street DH3 3TF 0191 3881313 info@cornerstonescentre.co.uk Office Hours: 9.00-4.00pm

Waddington Street Centre - Autumn courses **New**

Would it be possible for you to distribute to the Provider Forum members the Waddington Street Centre Autumn Course Timetable. The term starts on Monday 18th September through to Friday 1st December. Course enrolments commence on Monday 4th September. 

Anyone wanting more information regarding accessing the courses should contact myself swakefield@waddingtoncentre.co.uk or Administration Officer Peter Graham-Smith psmith@waddingtoncentre.co.uk

Universal Credit Training and Briefing sessions **New**

As Im sure most of you are aware a new single benefit payment – the Universal Credit – will replace many of the current welfare benefits available to residents and is being rolled out across County Durham by the Department of Work and Pensions this autumn as part of the Universal Credit Full Service national programme.

Universal Credit is for working age people who do not have enough money to live on. This includes people who work full or part time, and those who are out of work. It will replace:

•             Income Support

•             Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

•             Working Tax Credit

•             Child Tax Credit. 

•             Housing Benefit

Universal Credit will be phased in across the County by Job Centre area, with the roll out taking place as follows:

October 2017

•             Peterlee JCP

•             Seaham JCP

December 2017

•             Bishop Auckland JCP

•             Consett JCP

•             Crook JCP

•             Stanley JCP

March 2018

•             Chester le Street JCP

•             Durham JCP

•             Newton Aycliffe JCP

•             Spennymoor JCP

It will mean big changes to anyone receiving it as it will need to be claimed online and will be paid monthly in arrears into a bank account. Anyone currently receiving Housing Benefit who moves onto Universal Credit will no longer claim this from the Council and housing benefit payments currently made directly to landlord will be paid to the individual instead as part of their UC payment. This will mean residents will be responsible for paying their landlord instead.

The Council and its partners have been planning for this roll out for some time and as part of this, the Advice in County Durham Partnership are holding a series of briefing sessions on Universal Credit. The briefings will will be a good opportunity to gain an awareness of the implications of this far-reaching Welfare Reform and for partners to come together to hear about the implications and support arrangements being put in place.

If you would like to attend one of these sessions the times and dates are attached.

Please note that priority will be given to those working in the east of the county for the earlier briefing sessions, so please bear this in mind when booking.

It would also be helpful if you could choose more than one date to enable us to make sure you are guaranteed a place on a session.

To book a place on a briefing session please email :

Rachel O’Donnell   rachel.o'donnell@durham.gov.uk

Advice Coordination Officer 

Telephone: 03000 266038

**If you can please ensure that  you provide a contact email address and telephone number when booking.

We are also hosting some full training days for those who require the more comprehensive Universal Credit training

Please see our training brochure for all Universal Credit training  dates until the end of 2017


In order to secure a  place please contact  me directly Sam.Scotchbrook@cdcab.org.uk and please note preferred dates of course 

We will endeavour to allocate places as soon as possible however due to annual leave we may not be able to do so until week commencing the 4th September 2017

As always please contact either myself or Rachel for any questions or support that you may need

Many thanks


Ms Sam Scotchbrook

Network Development Officer - Advice in County Durham


CYL courses from PCP **New**

Attached are the Colour your life posters including family activity one, we looking forward to the family sessions.

Key Fund Investment Readiness Workshops 2017 **New**

Essential Investment Workshops for Social Entrepreneurs 

If you are you thinking of setting up a social enterprise and need finance to get it off the ground, the Investment Readiness For Social Investment workshop is for you! Perhaps you run a social enterprise that is looking at social investment to help you grow or develop a new idea for increasing income, whatever the reason, Key Fund is here to help. Investment Readiness For Social Investment Workshops are taking place throughout September 2017 on the following dates: 

Wednesday 13th September 9am-1pm Middlesbrough - Book here 
Thursday 14th September 9am-1pm Loughborough - Book here 
Thursday 21st September 9am-1pm Chester - Book here 
Thursday 28th September 9am-1pm Wolverhampton - Book here 

At Key Fund we understand how important investment is for the development and growth of your social enterprise. Sign up now to find out how we can help you make the most impact in your local community.

Introduction to Mindfulness **New**

Please find attached Poster & leaflet for the above course starting in September at Breathing Space Witton Gilbert Please feel free to forward to Friends and family; clients, customers and colleagues who may be interested

Introduction to CBT training **New**

Training at St Margaret's Centre 
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy September 4th, 11th and 18th 9.15 registration, 9.30 start, 3pm finish. 

One in four British adults will suffer from a mental health disorder in any one year, so regardless of your profession or type of organisation you are highly likely to come into contact with individuals who experience emotional well-being or mental health difficulties. The aim of this course is to assist participants to develop skills to approach these difficulties with cognitive behavioural techniques and develop appropriate interventions to assist others to cope with and manage their symptoms. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and international guidelines for the management of mental ill health. Taught by an experienced mental health professional and accredited CBT therapist, this foundation course introduces the participants to cognitive behavioural principles, approaches, strategies and techniques, and how to apply them practically. 

This course is suitable for anyone who works with the general public across a wide range of settings, and does not require a mental health background or previous training in psychological therapies. 

Venue: St Margaret’s Centre, The Old School, Margery Lane, Durham, DH1 4QJ Limited free parking available Course Fee: £240.00 to include handouts and refreshments Lunch is not provided but is available for purchase Discount for group bookings 

For more information: 0191 384 8100 or stmargarets_accounts@outlook.com ___

New courses at SMC **New**

Our short courses are an excellent way to learn more about the centre in a relaxed environment and meet some of our friendly attendees. For more information or to reserve a space, please get in touch by calling 0191 384 8100, emailing enquiries@stmargaretscentre.co.uk, or popping in to the centre.

Youth Educators in Durham **New** 

Centrepoint, in partnership with the Monkey Project, are offering young people aged 18-24 the opportunity to deliver awareness raising sessions across the region. Normally associated with challenging stereotypes and stigmas surrounding homelessness, this time we will be focussing on financial hardship. We will be discussing the impact that it can have on the choices and decisions that people are able to make along with short and long term implications this can have. 

Participants will help develop the sessions to ensure that materials are appropriate for our intended audience and that the message gets across clearly. They will also work on communications skills to support them with presenting a more/short personal piece of work to be shared, based on their own experience(s). 

v Participants will receive AQA certificates in Social Education & Peer Leadership, Equality & Diversity and Planning a Youth Work activity; 
v Training usually takes place over 4-6 sessions in venues that will be easy to get and close to where they live; 
v Awareness raising sessions will take place in/with schools, colleges and youth & community groups; and 
v We will reimburse travel costs and provide refreshments, so the whole programme is free. 

We only ask that participants are aged 18-24, have some experience of financial hardship, are committed to completing the training and attend a minimum of 3 awareness raising sessions with Centrepoint staff.

To sign up to this exciting opportunity, or to discuss it in further detail, please contact Alex at Centrepoint on 0191 510 9762 or 07734 968 801 or email a.mallett@centrepoint.org

Nepacs' Hidden Sentence training **Current**

 We are currently promoting a number of Hidden Sentence training courses that we are delivering across the north east. 

See details here  For details of two sessions we are delivering on behalf of Durham County Council please visit their LSCB website at: http://www.durham-lscb.org.uk/professionals/training-programme/other-training-available-for-partners/ 

All of the courses below will take place from 9.30am to 4pm – registration from 9am. 

Other sessions taking place are as follows: 
Thursday 21 September 2017 – venue in Stockton, Teesside Book and pay by end August 2017 for a reduced cost of £35+vat per person (After this time cost will increase to £50+VAT per person) 
Monday 6 November 2017 – venue in Morpeth, Northumberland Book and pay by 20 October 2017 for a reduced cost of £35+vat per person (After this time cost will increase to £50+VAT per person)

For more information on these sessions or to book a place please ring 0191 332 3810 or email training@nepacs.co.uk 

In addition the following session is free to professionals working in the Darlington area. Places are to be booked via the local authority. See below. Tuesday 21 November 2017 – venue in Darlington Commissioned by Darlington Borough Council for professionals working in the Darlington area – inc local authority, health and social care, education, police, probation or voluntary sector. 

Places are FREE for people working in the area. To register for this event please email workforce.trainingbookings@darlington.gov.uk Any queries should be directed to Lucy or Jill on 01325 406454. 

I would really appreciate it if you could promote these sessions with your staff and any other contacts who you feel would be interested.

Club Durham Funding Workshops **Current**

Club Durham is launching a series of mini funding workshops in response to feedback from clubs requesting more support around funding and finance. Each workshop is two hours long and they are free for all Club Durham clubs to attend. 

Thursday 29th June – Workshop 1: What do you need funding for and where is it? All clubs would like funding but does your club really need funding. This workshop helps you reflect on the short and long term needs of your club in relation to funding and helps you decide whether grant funding is the right option for you. You will also look at where funding can be found and decide and whether these funds are right for your club. 

Wednesday 26th July - Workshop 2: Basic Bid Writing If you have decided grant funding is the option for you, this workshop looks at the basics of bid writing. You will learn about different types of funder, what they want to see in applications and how this should influence how you write your application. 

Thursday 24th August - Workshop 3: Advanced Bid Writing This workshop looks at how you can make your application stand out from the crowd through the use of evidence to support your application. You will look at ways to collect your own evidence, as well as how to use the research that is already out there. * Although this workshop builds on workshop 2, you do not need to attend workshop 2, if you feel your club already understands the basics. 

Wednesday 27th September - Workshop 4: Community Fundraising Grant funding is not the only way to raise the funds your club needs. This workshop looks at how to raise money from the community and which option is best for you. You will examine lotteries, challenge events, celebrations and regular giving as some of the options available.

Monday 23rd October – Workshop 5: Approaching organisations for sponsorship Sponsorship from local organisations can be another alternative to grant funding. This workshop looks at how to approach an organisation with your request. 

All workshops will be held at Finchale College, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5RX and run from 6-8pm. Tea and coffee will be provided. You can book on one of the workshops, the ones that are of most interest to you or the entire series. 

Once you have decided which workshops you would like to attend, please email cdsport@countydurhamsport.com with the following information: Club name: Workshops you would like to attend (i.e. workshop 1&2): Names of people attending the workshop: Contact email address: Contact phone no. 

*Only two members per club can attend

The Woodpile Latest Workshops **Current**

We have a range of great workshops starting with Decoupage on 1st July, to celebrate we have a special offer 2 places booked together for £60 saving £10! All dates are on the posters below and more info at http://thewoodpile.org/workshops-events/

New courses at SMC **Current**

Please see attached which I have been asked to send out on behalf of St Margaret’s Centre

Training Courses (Level 2) Available with criteria and date: Unemployed 19+ **Current**





Any area



First Aid


Wednesday 2nd August


Any Area



Food Safety


Wednesday 30th August


Any Area



First Aid


Monday 11th September


Any Area



Health and Safety


Monday 25th September


Any Area



Food Safety


Monday 9th October


Any Area



First Aid


Monday 23rd October


Any Area



Food Safety


Monday 6th November


Any Area



Deb Divanis

TEL: 0191 3881313/info@cornerstones centre.com/ddivanis@cornerstonescentre.com

Colour your Life Dance lessons course **Current**

LearnCreateDevelop @CYL_CoDurham Swing Dance Lessons Led by Joo-Lee Stock for beginners (adult) Starts Thursday’s 29 June 3.30 - 5.00pm for 10 weeks Join us for a new fun dance programme and find out what it's like to learn the Lindy Hop and Charleston; dances which originated in Harlem, New York in the 1920s. 

No dance experience needed as this class is aimed at absolute beginners. This step-by-step class will take you from 'Two Left Feet' to 'Comfortable And Confident' in a short time. 

Come in casual clothes and wear shoes that are comfortable, preferably with a smooth sole and flat or low heels. Only £3 per session

Book your place today! T: 01325 321234 E: colouryourlife@pcp.uk.net colouryourlife.org.uk


Dear colleague, 

The attached flyer provides details of a short e-learning course for anyone working with children and families. 

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 are the biggest reforms for meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND for over 30 years. This short e-learning course provides all front-line staff in education, health and care services with the fundamentals of the SEND reforms and how to put them into practice. 

Links to the course for DCC colleagues and partners can be found in the attached flyer. 

If you have any questions or problems accessing the course please contact: Email: developmentandlearningchildren@durham.gov.uk Tel: 03000 267372
Degree Training Opportunity **Current**

We have been offered the opportunity to facilitate a B.A Honours course in Professional Business Management which will be 90% subsidised.

The course is for people in employment and will run one day a month for 3 years from September of this year . The cost of the course is £900 per year to the learner. 

This is a great opportunity so if you or anyone you know may be interested could you please get them to contact me at the following address.

Kind 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 DDivanis@Cornerstonescentre.com www.cornerstonescentre.com

New Dates Parent Training Sessions **

Please find attached new dates for parent training sessions - can you share with any parents, networks & teams who could pass to parents who may benefit.

New Dietwise Courses **Current**

I wonder if you would be kind enough to attach these two adverts regarding food mood and attitude sessions to the next Durham voice newsletter? 

One is in Bishop Middleham and the other in Staindrop.

Introduction to Mindfulness **Current**

Please find attached a poster and leaflet detailing a forthcoming 6 week course to be held at St Michael & All Angels Church starting Wednesday 24th May Feel free to forward to friends, family, customers, clients or colleagues who may be interested

Colour your Life Courses in Newton Aycliffe **Current**

Please see attached our upcoming courses and sessions for Colour your Life, please pass this on to any of your clients that would be interested in coming along.

Fundraising Training Opportunities **Current**

he government has awarded the Foundation for Social Improvement a grant of £199,580 to run a two year training programme to develop fundraising skills for small, local charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1 million. 

It is expected to deliver over 5,000 fundraising training opportunities. Link here

New Summer Programme at Greenfield Arts **Current**

Greenfield Arts are pleased to announce our new Summer Community Learning Programme is now available and is fuller than ever! 

We have some fabulous opportunities to get creative as we are introducing new classes such as ‘Exploring Collage’ with successful artist Sharron Bates, where you can learn to blend materials and create your own original images. We also have a workshop in Wax Batik with textile artist Rosi Thornton. This is a one-off session where you will get the chance to learn new skills and create your own designs to take home. We are also pleased to announce our first ‘Creative Forum’ where a community of artists can meet up and learn from one another with guidance from mixed media artist Sharron Bates. We also look forward to the return of our popular adult courses including three levels of Spanish which include Spanish Beginners, Improvers and Conversation, catering for those who would like to ‘get by’ to being fluent for pleasure or business. 

We are also welcoming back our popular favourites such as Yoga and Floral Art, Creative Writing and Watercolour Painting. There are also opportunities for young people in our after school activities with the return of our regular sessions in Dru Yoga and our ever popular Art Club. We are also pleased to re-introduce our own Rock School and our brand new venture Movie Makers where you can learn all about film-making. There is something for everyone of all ages and abilities, whether you are looking to improve wellbeing or develop your artistic talent, whatever level, we look forward to welcoming you to Greenfield Arts. 

For all courses and events you can now book your place online at www.greenfield-arts.co.uk, just follow the link to 'Courses and Activities' and complete the simple online form. If you would like any further information please contact our friendly team on 01325 379048 or email info@greenfield-arts.co.uk. 

Hidden Sentence training - NEPACS **Current**

We are delighted that our Hidden Sentence training planned for 29 June is now fully booked. 

Due to the demand we have arranged an additional session which will take place on - Thursday 21 September 2017 in Stockton on Tees (venue TBC) from 9am to 4pm I would really appreciate it if you could share this with any of your colleagues and let me know if any of your staff would be interested in attending. Book and pay for your place by 31 August 2017 for a reduced cost of £35+vat (after that date cost will be £50+vat). 

Hidden Sentence training is essential for any employees or volunteers whose work brings them into contact with families of prisoners, including health professionals (particularly those working in early help/interventions), probation/CRC staff, school staff, child care providers, social workers, youth workers, play workers, local authority staff or community/voluntary workers. This one-day training course (designed by Action for Prisoners and Offenders Families) will give you a clear overview of the offender's journey, its impact on the family from arrest to release, and a range of strategies and resources to help you support them in your work. In the north east over 1,400 professionals have received Nepacs hidden sentence to date. 

I would really appreciate it if you could promote this training via your newsletters, network, social media etc. I have attached a poster for the training. Anyone who wants more information or to book a place can contact our team on 0191 332 3810 or training@nepacs.co.uk or visit our website www.nepacs.co.uk

New courses at SMC **Current**

We have two upcoming courses based around preparing for meaningful occupation and breaking down the barriers that may exist around returning to employment, training, volunteering or studying. 

Our own 'This Is Me' course has ran twice in the past and received excellent feedback from attendees. The instructor will support individuals to think about their skills and interests in a positive way and find out what really matters to them in a non-pressure environment. We think it is the perfect way to encourage people to look past their diagnoses and see their potential.

'Excellent delivery, paced just right, enjoyable.' 'Most useful employment course yet, very good!' 

For more information or to reserve a space, please get in touch by calling 0191 384 8100, emailing enquiries@stmargaretscentre.co.uk, or popping in to see us at the Centre.

Additional Training Dates at Cornerstones**Current**

We are running ;

 Youth Mental Health First Aid at Cornerstones on Tuesday 20th & 27th June - 
 RSPH L2 Understanding Health Improvement Monday 26th June & Thursday 29th June Venue TBC - 
 City & Guilds Health Trainer Qualification Level 3 – Monday 12 June, Tuesday 13 June, Monday 19 June, Tuesday 20 June Venue TBC - 

Warm Regards Bridget Woodhead, CIPD, IfL, MHFA Director Traincon 

Ask about our new bite size courses today, 2 hour sessions starting from £29 per delegate. Telephone: 0191 2636121 Mobile: 07917062257 WWW.Trainconlearning.co.uk


Building emotional resilience Developing the emotional resilience and confidence of candidates who are unemployed, preparing them for returning to Meaningful Occupation. Delivered for 2 hours per day, 3 days a week, for 3 weeks. 2 groups starting 6th June Morning group 10am – 12pm Afternoon group 1pm – 3pm

COURSES TOPICS: Develop Self-Awareness Increase Emotional Resilience Deal with Problems in Daily Life Manage Social Relationships Work as Part of a Group Work Toward Goals Stress Management Mental Health, Mental Distress and Mental Illness Well-Being Skills and Qualities 

This course is specifically designed for those who may have one or more barriers to learning and MEANINGFUL OCCUPATION, and is specifically designed to re-engage learners with the opportunities in their local area 

Rob Chatwin Centre Manager 
St Margarets Centre,The Old School Priory Orchard,Margery Lane Durham,DH1 4QJ 0191 384 8100 www.stmargaretscentre.co.uk 

Course Itinerary Summer 2017 **Current**

Following on from my last email please also find attached the training programme for Summer 2017. 

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL will be on its way soon. We appreciate you support in helping us spread the word to enable us to support our customers in these fantastic opportunities. As always all training is free of charge unless otherwise stated. 

Any questions please feel free to contact Sean on the details below: 

Sean Robson Community Training Coordinator County Durham Housing Group Tel: 0191 3497753 Mobile: 07469402619 Email: sean.robson@cdhg.co.uk

FREE Training - Autism Post Diagnostic Support Service **Current**

We are pleased to be able to inform you that MAIN – Taking Autism Personally (MAIN) have been engaged for a further year to provide a Post 16 Diagnostic Support Service for people who are on the autism spectrum but who are not eligible for social care.  Part of the contract remit is to deliver free training 

This training is available to parents/carers of people who meet the above criteria and who reside in  County Durham and professionals working in County Durham with this group of individuals such as social workers, people working in care and residential settings, colleges etc.  Attendance at the Awareness training is required before progressing on to further training courses as this is the foundation on which to build further knowledge. 

Please contact me if you are unsure if you are eligible for this free training 

Below is our schedule for the remainder of 2017.  This year we are providing the training at three different locations in Durham:

Seaton Holme, Easington Village SR8 3BS

Whitton Gilbert Community Centre, Whitton Gilbert, DH7 6TZ

Supportive, Chapter House, 7a Dean & chapter Industrial Estate, Ferryhill, DL17 8LH

Thursday 25th May – 10.00 am – 12 noon

Awareness of the Autism Spectrum

Seaton Holme, Easington, SR8 3BS

Thursday 15th June – 10.00 am – 12 noon

Awareness of the Autism Spectrum

Whitton Gilbert Community Centre, Whitton Gilbert, DH7 6TZ

(TBC) either Wednesday 19th, Monday 24th or Tuesday 25th July

Awareness of the Autism Spectrum

Supportive, Chapter House, 7a Dean & Chapter Industrial Estate, Ferryhill, DL17 8LH

 Thursday 10th August - 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Behaviours that challenge

Seaton Holme, Easington, SR8 3BS

Tuesday 19th September - 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Behaviours that challenge

Whitton Gilbert Community Centre, Whitton Gilbert, DH7 6TZ

(TBC) either Wednesday 11th, Tuesday 17th or Thursday 19th October

Behaviours that challenge - 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Supportive, Chapter House, 7a Dean & Chapter Industrial Estate, Ferryhill, DL17 8LH

Monday 20th November – 10 am – 3.30 pm

How to provide accurate social information for people on the autism spectrum

Seaton Holme, Easington, SR8 3BS

Tuesday 12th December - 10.00 am – 3.30 pm

How to provide accurate social information for people on the autism spectrum

Whitton Gilbert Community Centre, Whitton Gilbert, DH7 6TZ

Alternatively if you have a minimum number of six staff who require the training I can make arrangements to deliver at a venue convention to yourselves at a mutually agreeable time and date.

To make a booking please email hjaques@iammain.org.uk

If you have any queries or want a copy of the course outcomes, please do not hesitate to email the above address and I will reply by return or alternatively if your query needs more detailed information you can telephone me on 01642 608012

Catch 22 provision next contract **Current**

I have attached a DRAFT copy of our educational offer from August 2017 for circulation although we now have a new central marketing team so will be printing and distributing new leaflets and marketing information in late May- our unique selling point it that we work with small groups in work based learning setting 98% of young people who completed with us last contact achieved their core aim and moved onto a positive destination 

We are delighted that we are now able to expand our offer at Bishop to include construction skills and hospitality and catering This may be of interest to year 11 school leavers as well as those completing previous education and training as well as NEETs/ DurhamWorks referrals We are also taking referrals for those yp still on school roll in year 10/11, that may benefit from a different offer in a work based learning environment Our offer also now can include work experience as a core aim and supported internships We can also offer short course tasters NOW (up to mid July) for up to 150 hours for yp who may want to commence an accredited programme in August- please contact local managers to discuss as per draft flyer

FREE Train the Trainer Practical Cooking Training **Current**

Dear colleague Wellbeing for Life is offering a new programme of training to build capacity in communities as part of our legacy building. 

The first of these Train the Trainer courses is Practical Cooking. Learn how to deliver sessions on healthy practical cooking which combines how to convey health messages, practical cooking skills and ideas on ways to make cooking fun and healthy. This training is ideal for those people who already do or want to offer practical cooking in the churches, community centres, foodbanks, community groups etc so that they have the skills long after Wellbeing for Life to support their community. All participants will receive this training for Free as well as a food & hygiene qualification. An additional benefit is that having the training can only be a positive thing when applying for funding for delivery of practical cooking sessions. 

Please pass this on to your staff, networks and volunteers who it may be of interest to. Kind regards Marnie Marnie Ramsey Wellbeing for Life Co-ordinator (South West Durham Hub)

Want a FREE Level 2 qualification? **New**

Our FREE Level 2 courses are ideal for anyone with an interest in health or helping others adopt a healthier lifestyle. Accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), they are also relevant to a wide range of work and volunteer roles across the health and social care sector. We have limited places remaining on the following courses leading to Level 2 qualifications:

Smokefreelife County Durham now offers Health Professionals the following FREE  training opportunities at various locations throughout the County.

Smokefree Homes and Families Training (1.5 hours): 

Explores the dangers of secondhand smoke and the simple steps that can be taken to reduce harm. Ideas about how to start a conversation about smoking with a client and how to refer to the Stop Smoking Service for support. 








Carer’s Way

Newton Aycliffe,





One Point,

Burns Green,  







Mickle Grove Hub


Bishop Auckland

DL14 8HH




Bullion Lane Children’s Centre

Gray Avenue





Enhanced Brief Intervention Training (Smoking) (2.5 hours): 

Equips participants with the skills to provide clients with simple, opportunistic advice about smoking and how to quit. Includes updates on current medication, e-cigs, harm reduction and how to refer to the Stop Smoking Service for support








Carer’s Way

Newton Aycliffe,





One Point,

Burns Green, 







Stanley Children’s Centre

Clifford Road






Mickle Grove Hub


Bishop Auckland

DL14 8HH


To book a place, please visit our website: www.smokefreelifecountydurham.co.uk/health professionals/training calendar

Alternatively, you can contact Shirley Robson on 01207 770 031

Changes at Mickle Grove Community Training Hub **Current**

I am writing to advise you that as of today I no longer coordinate the training at Mickle Grove Community Training Hub.
Due to changes in the organisation I am now employed by County Durham Housing Group as Community Investment Officer, working Mondays and Tuesdays.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support over the past few years. It has been a delight to work alongside all of you and I thank you for supporting me in my past role as well as supporting Mickle Grove.
The new community training coordinator who will be coordinating training at Mickle Grove as well as other communities across County Durham is called Sean Robson. Sean is also employed by County Durham Housing Group and I have included his contact details below for your information.
Sean Robson
Community Training Coordinator
County Durham Housing Group
Tel: 0191 3497753
Mobile: 07469402619
Email: sean.robson@cdhg.co.uk

Aspire Programme - Sport Works **Current**

Aspire is a programme for 15-24 year olds living in the local area who are at risk of becoming NEET, delivered by Sport Works, in partnership with Home on the Range.

With fun, land based, interactive sessions tailored to suit the needs of the learners we work to ensure that the young people have all the necessary skills to develop on to their next step – further education, voluntary work, traineeship, apprenticeship or employment
Health and wellbeing
Decision making
Rights and responsibilities
CV building
Decision making
Interview techniques
Outdoor activity – sports and land based activity

Contact Us:
Sport Works
Tel: 07716023803
0191 5800 120