VCS Locality 1

Consett / Stanley / Chester le Street / Durham West (Brandon and surrounding area)

Lesley Clough 
VCS Alliance Worker Locality 1 
Children and Young People’s Service 
Direct 03000267661 Mobile-07584141197

The Buttle Grant 
The Buttle Grants are for families affected by Domestic violence With a holistic package of support the grants can include counselling and activities for children to meet their emotional needs, in addition to the more traditional essential household items such as cookers and children’s beds to meet their physical needs. I have attached an information form with details of what they do and how they can support our families, Please see the breakdown of support offered to a family at the end if the information….I think it will surprise you at how much support they can provide 

FREE TRAINING @Cornerstones 
Cornerstones Centre for the Community in Chester le Street will be hosting the following free training. Criteria is 19+ unemployed or 'not working' and you must live or be volunteering in Durham. All courses are 9.30-3.00pm Food Safety Friday 9th November - Level 2 Health and Safety Monday 19th November - Level 2 If you require any further information please contact the office. Deb Divanis Project Development Officer Cornerstones Centre for the Community at Chester-le-Street Methodist Church North Burns Chester-le-Street DH3 3TF Tel: 0191 3881313 07419 986883 Email: 

Young Adult Support Group in Durham
I have attached the information flier for the YASC- YASC is a Young Adult Support Café every Tuesday evening from 5-8pm which Investing in Children facilitate in partnership with Waddington Street Mental Health Resource Centre in Durham. YASC is an informal emotional wellbeing peer support drop in session which supports young adults aged 16-21 transition from Children’s to Adults Services. The session is based at Waddington Street Centre in Durham and is free to access with facilities that include a café with light refreshments facilities, art studio and media room. If any of the young person’s that are interested but are apprehensive about joining a new group then please let Chris know and he can see what support he can put in place to support them in advance of attending a session. Chris is happy to meet with young people/ parents/ carers etc. at a time and venue convenient to them. Contact Chris Affleck on Telephone: 0191 3077030| Mobile: 07453058986 

Derwentside Men’s Cree
Derwentside Men’s CREE is held on a Tuesday afternoon between 1.00 - 3.30 at Wear Road Community House, Stanley, DH9 6JS. The Men’s CREE is run as a drop in where the members decide what they want to do, it could be art, board games, film day, quiz, cooking, outings or just a chat among themselves. Contact Leigh or Audrey on 01207 284063 on a Tuesday afternoon only.

Delves Lane Community Association Christmas Fayre
A Christmas Fayre is being held on Saturday 10th November between 1-4pm. There will be Toys, Tombola, Cakes, a Raffle, Gifts, Bric-a-brac and Refreshments are available. Stalls are available to hire at £8. Contact 01207 583174 or email 

Remembrance Beacon Lighting 
A remembrance beacon will be lit by the Town Council to mark a century since the guns fell silent this Remembrance Sunday. Stanley will be illuminated by a Beacon of Light - one of over 1,000 that will be ignited at 7pm on November 11, across Britain – as it falls silent to honor the millions who fought and died in the conflict, which ended 100 years ago. Stanley Town Council, which has funded the Beacon in Front Street, will light its brazier as the last post is played by a bugler. The service will also feature a dedication to the memory of Private Michael Heaviside, a Craghead pit hewer who was awarded the Victoria Cross for valor during the conflict. This event will be held on the 11th November at 6.40pm on Front Street Stanley. 

Deric Youth Project 
DERIC Youth Project are offering a couple of activities in Bearpark for children. They are holding a breakfast club for 8-13 yr. olds on a Saturday between 10am-12pm. This includes a light breakfast and different activities and is £1 per session. They is also a 11+ Drop in held on a Thursday between 6.30-8pm, there is a 50p charge per session. Refreshments are available and activities include free Wi-Fi, Pool Table and xbox. 
Contact numbers to enquire are 0191 3732524 07469889404

Community Friends Coffee mornings 
The Community Spirit CIC hold a Community Friends coffee morning every Wednesday from 10am -12pm at The Hotel 52 in Stanley. This service is dedicated to help tackle social isolation and loneliness within the local community. There is a £1 donation towards tea and coffee. I have attached a flier that you can share with any families you feel may need this service. 

Help to Health 
There is a volunteer patient driver scheme which supports people to get to health appointments around the county, this service has a service charge of 45p per mile, there is a £1 minimum/ £10 maximum each way journey cost. They require a minimum 48 hrs notice and can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance. This service is available Monday-Friday. I have attached the information flier for you to share. 

Durham Works Health and Social Care Qualification 
Specifically for ages 16 – 24, There is a Free course taking place locally at The Centre of Light, Chester le street if you are interested in a career in Health or Social Care. Lunch will be provided and help with travel costs. You can gain a qualification and receive tailored support. To book a place or to find out more about this contact Melanie Wilson Tel: 01388 317005 or email 

If U care share Foundation
The aim of this foundation is to provide practical and emotional support at a critical time within families by working with local and national agencies in order to provide the support needed to those affected by suicide. If U care share foundation was founded after a loss of Daniel O’Hare, aged 19 to suicide. I have attached their information leaflet to share with families affected by such a sad loss, referrals into the service can be done over the phone on 0191 387 5661.

Conversation Starter
I have attached a tool that can be used within teams to check that colleagues are doing ok in regards to mental health, If you notice a colleague is not acting as normal perhaps play this tool with them to start a conversation about how they are #Be in your colleagues corner….

North East Autism Society Parent and Toddler group- Stanley
There is now a NEAS Parent and Toddler group, which is a service for parents and carers with toddlers who have Autism and special needs. This is running weekly on a Friday between 1-2.30pm at the Stanley Children’s centre. To register interest contact Kerrie Highcock on 0191 410 9974 or email I have attached the poster for you to print and take to parents/carers.


Useful websites and links and Support groups 
Making changes together County Durham have put together some useful websites and links to support parents who have children and young people with additional needs. See attached 

Pelton Community Centre-Step Forward and dance 
Free session Commencing 3rd October –See attached flyer. 

SEND Toolkit Training sessions for parents 
2 hour sessions to help parents/careers understand school SEND support and EHC plans. There are a number of sessions county wide, please see leaflet for information. 

Sexual Health Hubs
Contact the sexual health hub for free, confidential advice and treatment, either drop in on the Queue & wait sessions or telephone and book an appointment or seek advice on the phone, contact details are on the attachment. 

Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) Clinics 
I have attached information for the CASH Clinics for the County with days and times.

Parent/Carer Support Groups in Co. Durham
I have attached the list of available Parent and Carer Support Groups around the County, Please feel free to print and give to Parents and Carers

Grandparents Plus support group I have attached a list of support groups in the county that support Grandparents who are looking after family members through Kinship care. The contact details for each area can be found under group venue details. 

Cornerstones…free training … 
Cornerstones in Chester-Le-Street are hosting the following free training courses from September here at Cornerstones Centre for the Community. They are all level NVQ level 2 and the criteria and dates are as follows. Criteria: 19+ unemployed or economically inactive, which includes volunteers, living in the Durham area. All courses are 9.30-3.30pm. Monday 24th September Food safety Wednesday 26th September Health and Safety Friday 9th November Food Safety Monday 19th November Health and Safety For further details please contact Deb Divanis on Tel: 0191 3881313