Activities & Events across Durham

 

 

Who says young people lack aspirations and ambition?

Just a reminder to sign up to the Young People’s Aspirations and Ambitions Seminar which is taking place on Friday March 29th, between 1.00pm and 4.30pm, at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, where we will debate what to do to help young people achieve their ambitions and aspirations in County Durham.

We can now confirm that the Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd. Paul Butler will open the event, and an agenda for the afternoon is attached.

You may have already signed up, thank you!  But if not, please do, because we need to start a big conversation in the county on how organisations supporting young people need to think about the way they work with young people and with each other 

You will need to register your place by completing the booking form before 18th March 2019 at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/young-peoples-aspirations-and-ambitions-seminar-2019-tickets-56099466013

The summary report, attached, presents some pretty challenging messages - but it's time to look at what we all do to support young people and especially those from less advantaged areas.

DBS Refresher Event

29th March 2019 County Hall, Durham 9:30-12:30

This event aims to raise awareness of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and their role in helping employers to make safer recruitment decisions. The session will act as a refresher for staff already trained and a good introduction the role and scope of the Disclosure & Barring Service.

Places Strictly Limited

To book your place Click here

Pottery/Ceramics
 
Another course starts next Monday of this ever popular craft, 2 places left, must be reserved please ring 01207 583174 for more details or to book up
 
 
Invitation to STC Annual Town Meeting, Friday 22nd March, 6.00 pm
 

Please find attached an invitation to our Annual Town Meeting, where we will be launching the new Stanley Community Fund in partnership with County Durham Community Foundation and a new strategic grant fund for small grants.

I would be grateful if you could circulate the attached invitation to the Town Council’s annual meeting to members of the AAP board and anyone else in your network who would be interested in the launch.

Fundraising continues as local charity plans pop-up boutique

North-East leading health and wellbeing charity Pioneering Care Partnership are full steam ahead with their fundraising efforts for the ‘Dive In!’ Hydrotherapy Pool campaign.

The Customer Service staff of the Pioneering Care Centre are inviting the public to come along to their pop-up boutique, which will be in the Forster Room of the centre Thursday, 28th March from 10.30 – 15.30. Find items perfect for you in a decorated room equipped with a changing and seating area for you and your friends to try before you buy, or sit and relax with refreshments from the centres Garden Kitchen.

Discover perfect pre-loved items – some with the tags still attached! Hunt for bargains including shoes, bags and much more! All proceeds made from the boutique will be going to the Hydrotherapy Pool campaign for PCP.

If you would like to donate your pre-loved good quality items to a worthy cause; please bring them to the Pioneering Care Centre.

For further information about PCP please contact us at the Pioneering Care Centre, Carer’s Way, Newton Aycliffe,DL5 4SF tel: 01325 321234 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. website: www.pcp.uk.net.

Or follow PCP on Twitter: @PioneeringCare and Facebook: @PCPandCentre

Free information taster

FREE 'Taster' session at the Peterlee Citizens Advice Office(17-19 Upper Chare, Castledene Shopping Centre)
Offering information and support for unemployed Young people aged 16-24

Thursday 28th March 10am-12

Topic for March is Social Media. Joanne from Raw Digital will be joining us and will cover:

* Using social media and technology to find a job

* Using online to perform well in interviews

* Is your online presence helping you get a job?

A DurhamWorks Progression Worker will share information about the wide range of opportunities on offer for unemployed young people aged 16-24 who live in County Durham.

And of course, it's an opportunity to hear about the support and training on offer here at Citizens Advice for young unemployed people
(such as our new 3 day intensives on Apprenticeships).

It's free to attend, no need to book! For more details call Eve on 07876 346 047

COME AND JOIN US ADVICE IN COUNTY DURHAM – Network Meeting 

Wednesday the 3rd April 2019

9:30am -12:15

Autism themed meeting 

The Workplace , Heighington Lane Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6AH    Coffee and registration from 9.00 am

Its World Autism Awareness Week 2nd - 7th April 2019..

Advice in County Durham is a partnership of local advice providers, committed to working together to improve the provision of advice across County Durham.

We are delighted to host an Autism themed meeting during  World Autism Awareness week… 

Further details of content  and  speakers are to  follow…

Please see attached the booking form… 

Get the date in your diary as this will be a popular event and places will be limited ..

Celebrate 100 years of the Forestry Comission at Hamsterley Forest

Step, pedal or ride into the forest this year and discover all that Hamsterley has to offer during the Forestry Commission's centenary year. 

The Forestry Commission was created in 1919 and today it actively manages its forests to benefit people, nature and the economy. Hamsterley Forest represents 2000 hectares of this, a breathtaking mix of broadleaf and coniferous woodland, found in the Durham Dales on the edge of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Explore the forest on two wheels, two legs or four on the network of waymarked walking, mountain biking and horse riding trails, or try the new five kilometre running route which opens in April. There is plenty for children to enjoy year-round, from Viking WildPlay and the Zog Activity Trail, to the Gruffalo Sculptures and Orienteering and the Snarkhunter digital app. 

Get active at Hamsterley Forest this year and improve your physical and mental wellbeing in the fresh air amongst the trees…

Start planning your Hamsterley Forest adventure today >>> 

Citizens Advice County Durham…

FREE ‘Taster’ session at the Peterlee Citizens Advice Office(17-19 Upper Chare, Castledene Shopping Centre)

Offering information and support for unemployed Young people aged 16-24

Thursday 28th March 10am-12 

Topic for March is Social Media. Joanne from Raw Digital will be joining us and will cover:

  • Using social media and technology to find a job
  • Using online to perform well in interviews
  • Is your online presence helping you get a job?

A DurhamWorks Progression Worker will share information about the wide range of opportunities on offer for unemployed young people aged 16-24 who live in County Durham.

And of course, it’s an opportunity to hear about the support and training on offer here at Citizens Advice for young unemployed people

(such as our new 3 day intensives on Apprenticeships).

It’s free to attend, no need to book! For more details call Eve on 07876 346 047

Lantern Making Workshops & Parade

Please see attached an invitation to get involved in several  lantern making workshops for  the 2nd Annual Gilesgate Lumiere Lantern Parade. All welcome! 
Folks can reserve a place on Eventbrite (link below)
 
 
The parade is on Saturday 30th March. -

 

UC Working Group Meeting..

Thanks for all those who attended the last UC working Group meeting last week 

I have attached minutes for the last meeting held on Monday the 4th March 2019 

Date of Next meeting …Monday the 8th April 2019 at Armstrong House, Abbeywoods Business Park, Durham DH1 5GH  2-4pm

Prostate Cancer UK March for Men…

The cancer awareness workers are  coordinating the health market on Saturday 23 March in Bishop Auckland .

Working with Cllr Joy Allen who is organising the march for men and various cancer awareness events in shops and coffee shops around the town.

We have space for 25 tables within the Newgate Centre, promoting, health, wellbeing and cancer awareness.

Spaces are limited ,  we do have a few tables left, would it be possible to invite anyone who would like to come along and join us, then can by:

contacting me or Elliott and we will try and accommodate.

We are expecting a good turn out and it will be a great  opportunity to network with other services/organisations in and around Bishop Auckland.

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Reminder - 10.04.19 SAB Annual Event

Please be advised the next SAB Annual Event will be held on Wednesday the 10th of April 2019.

The 2019 Annual Event will be focused around Self-Neglect.

Please note this email as an alert to hold the date prior to Eventbrite booking details being forwarded.

For those of you who would like to offer opportunity to front line practitioners to attend, can you please contact the Business Unit in the first instance as there are limitations on numbers for the venue.

Many thanks,

Safeguarding Adults Board Business Unit

Transformation & Partnerships

Room 4/129-134

County Hall

Durham

DH1 5UL

( 03000 268870/268871/267965

What's On Monthly at the Pioneering Care Centre

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. 

Places are filling up fast, let’s get you signed up as our “Veterans at Ease Total Warrior”!

 At Veterans at Ease we are passionate about helping those who are suffering from PTSD and other mental health conditions.  In 2010, whilst working as a Scene of Crime Instructor based in the North East, Garreth Murrell took the opportunity of voluntary redundancy to set up Veterans at Ease with the aim of helping other members of the Armed Forces & Veterans following his own battle with PTSD.

He and all the therapists at the charity once suffered themselves from the effects of a mental illness before overcoming their difficulties and training to become qualified practitioners and therapists. All money raised will be used to allow us to continue providing therapy free-of-charge to our ex-military men and women who, having served our country, need our services.

Gather your team of runners and compete over 30 punishing obstacles to become the VAE Total Warrior Team Champions or take the challenge on your own while raising much needed funds for us. 

Take a look at the course here; https://www.totalwarrior.co.uk/

At Veterans at Ease we are passionate about helping those who are suffering from PTSD and other mental health conditions.  We are offering FREE tickets this year. In return for the fantastic package we are offering all we ask is for each runner to raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship.

All money raised will be used to allow us to continue providing therapy free-of-charge to our ex-military men and women who, having served our country, need our services. To get involved, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dementia Friends Champion training day

Attention!!! The moment we’ve all been waiting for!!  We now have a DF CHAMPION session being held within the North of Durham.  Anybody who is wanting to become a Champion please book onto this course as soon as possible as spaces are limited.  You can book on through the dementia friends website.  As long as you’re a dementia friend then you can become a Champion (don’t worry if you’re not a DF – just let me know and I’ll quickly make you a dementia friend).

Please note, it may take a few hours to get the booking system up and running for this session, so keep checking.

Let me know if you’re going to book on just so I have an idea of numbers please.

Thank you very much.  If you wish to forward this email on to contacts/ friends/ steering group members etc. then please do so.

The session will be held on: Thursday 4th April, 9.30am (correct start and finish times will be stated when booking) Venue: The Louisa Centre, Front Street, Stanley in the Flexi Room (lift access is needed)

Rebecca Haynes
Dementia Friendly Communities Coordinator
Office: 0191 3890400
Direct Line: 0191 3893179
Mobile: 07708510082
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Cyber crime talk

A cyber crime talk will be held on Tuesday 9th April 2019 In Henknowle community centre, Cumbria place

10.15am—11.45am

By Katie Bartle durham police

Please come along and support the event and find out how to stay safe online.

This event has been organised by Wear Valley Community Action Group

Vacancies for Brownies

8th Chester le Street Brownies takes place every Monday 18.30-20.00 at Chester le Street Methodist church for girls aged between 7- 10 years of age.

Brownies is about trying new things that teach young girls about themselves, their community and their world.

If you are interested please contact Amy Holmes on. Tel.      07541133473  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.<This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wood Pile Workshops

We have all of the upcoming dates for our 2019 workshops.

Click Here

Easter Event at Crook Football Club

Sat 13th April 9.30 - 2.30

More Information 

JDA Youth Programme for 2019

We have re-launched our exciting programme of evening term-time activities for young people.

Mondays:

Jackass Juniors Youth Theatre
Ages 7 – 11
4pm til 5.30pm
Cost: £3 per session

Jackass Seniors Youth Theatre
Ages 12 – 24
6pm til 8.30pm
Cost: £4

Venue: Jack Drum Arts, St. Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook, DL15 9DN

Youth Theatre sessions focus on developing drama skills, confidence, and creativity in a fun and supportive environment. Both groups work towards regular public performances, both indoors and out!

Wednesdays:

Cree-ate Youth Café
Ages 9 – 12
4pm til 6pm
Cost: Free, with the opportunity to purchase refreshments
A weekly youth group giving a space for young people to chill out and take part in facilitated creative activities delivered by professional artists and youth workers

Hotspot Youth Café
Ages 12 – 17
6.30pm til 8.30pm
Cost: Free, with the opportunity to purchase refreshments
Drop-in sessions, developing confidence, teamwork, and citizenship. Video games, music, activities, and much more.

Venue: Blue Stone Tea Shop, Crook, DL15 9UA

Fridays:

Rock Band Beginners:
Ages 12 – 24
4.15pm til 5.30pm
Cost: £4

Rock Band Advanced:
Ages 12 – 24
6pm til 7.30pm
Cost: £4

Venue: Jack Drum Arts, St. Cuthbert’s Centre, Church Hill, Crook, DL15 9DN

From complete beginner to advanced rock legend, Rock Band sessions support young people to develop existing musical skills, learn new instruments, develop their own original music, and take part in public performances.

For all activities call 01388 765002 or email info@jackdrum for more information or to book a place

Durham Veterans Contact Point

As you may be aware, this year we intend to move the DVCP around the County every second month, however some of the dates are not yet fixed.  I will publish these as soon as they are.  In the meanwhile, here are the dates and locations of those that are fixed:

February Wed 20 - Peterlee - Venue TBC

March Thu 21 - Durham Town Hall

April Wed 17 - Newton Aycliffe - Venue TBC

May Thu 16 - Durham Town Hall

June - Wed 19 - Consett - Venue TBC

July - Wed 18 - Durham Town Hall

August - Wed 21 - Hartlepool - Venue TBC

September - Thursday 12 - Durham Town Hall

October - Wed 16 - Bishop Auckland - Venue TBC

November - Thu 21 - Durham Town Hall

December - Wed 18 - Darlington - Venue TBC

The Durham Veterans Contact Point has been running since April 2018 and has been a success in terms of direct contact with veterans.  It has also been a success in bringing service providers together and working closer.  Long may it continue.

Durham SSAFA are grateful for you continued support for the DVCP.

Regards,Paul  Moore Branch Secretary Durham SSAFA Tel: 0191 383 9452

Cafe Opening 21st January 2019!

We were delighted to receive funding from the Durham AAP and Durham Samaritans Society to convert one of our workshops into a community mental health café. Work has been going on throughout 2018, and we are now close to opening the doors on our next exciting venture: The Old School Café. The launch will be on the 21st January - More Info

This is going to be a safe and welcoming place for people to mix with a wider social circle, access volunteering opportunities, and talk openly about their feelings while enjoying a wide selection of food and drinks. The space will also be used to run peer support groups and luncheon clubs.

We are all so excited to move forward into what will be a huge change for St Margaret’s Centre, and have put a lot of thought and research into making it a mindful social hub for the community. 

County Durham Partnership Event - 10th October 2018

Thank you for attending the County Durham Partnership Event on 10th October 2018. Please find link for presentations for the event which you may find of interest: CountyDurhamPartnershipEvent101018

Thank you Kind regards County Durham Partnership Transformation and Partnerships Durham County Council Room 5-140/150 County Hall 03000 263593 INTERNAL 263593 E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lip-reading class in Bishop Aukland

A new lip-reading class started at Henknowle Community Centre On Fridays 1:30 TO 3;30

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 tutor. “On the edge of conversation, is one of the loneliest places on earth”

Tel: 0191 5183358 e - Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.ddsupport.org.uk

Stanley Activity and Support Information Directory 

4th Edition The 4th Edition of the Stanley Activity and Support Information is now available to view via the following link: http://www.durham.gov.uk/media/5183/Stanley-activity-and-support-directory/pdf/StanleyAAPActivityAndSupportDirectory2017.pdf

The Directory contains a wide variety of activities that you can get involved in, in local accessible community venues. Support information from a number of local organisations is also available at the back of the Directory. We hope you’ll enjoy the booklet and find an activity that suits you.

Craghead Village Hall – Weekly Coffee Morning 

For residents who have learning difficulties Innovations a local charity working with residents who have learning difficulties are holding a weekly coffee morning on a Wednesday at Craghead Village Hall between 10-11.30am. The menu includes: Cheese scone with butter 50p Fruit Scone with butter, jam and cream 50p Tea 50p Coffee 50p Fruit Shoot or pop 50p Biscuits 30p Please come along and join us! http://www.innovations-opportunities.co.uk/our-service.aspx

Profoundly deaf, Deaf Blind, Hard of hearing, and hearing loss?

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 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.ddsupport.org.uk