Activities & Events across Durham

 

  

VCS Half term holidays activities

Please find attached the Half Term Activities list from the VCS Alliance.

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May holiday activities at Bullion Hall

Venue:    Bullion Hall, Chester le Street

Activity:   Puppets and Crafts with Claire, 10 to 12pm, Tuesday 28 May

              T-shirt decorating with Lee (bring your own t-shirt), 1pm to 3pm, Tuesday 28 May

              Fun and games with Charlotte, 10 to 12pm, Thursday 30 May     

Cost        £4 for the week, packed lunches will be available for £2

Contact   https://www.facebook.com/bullionhallchesterlestreet/

Flyer

Something for everyone at first Community Fun Day

Durham University staff, students and local partners are inviting everyone to a new Community Fun Day.

The free event will offer something for all ages, including live music, theatre, sports, dancing, hands-on science, arts and crafts, stalls, exhibitions and much more.

Visitors will be able to get a flavour of some of the regular activities and events run by the University’s staff, students and partners throughout the year.

Creative Fuse North East, a partnership of the North East’s five universities, will be running hands-on arts and crafts, led by artists from across the region.

The Community Fun Day will be held in a marquee on Palace Green, Durham City, on Saturday 22 June, from 10am to 3pm.

Entry is free. A small charge may apply for some activities. No registration is necessary.

Some activities will be scheduled for certain times of the day. Full details of the activities on offer and the schedule will be announced closer to the date.

For more information, please visit: www.durham.ac.uk/communityfunday, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or follow the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2652182344798114/

Katie Binks, Acting Head of Student Volunteering and Outreach at the University, said: “Our staff, students and community partners organise and run an extraordinary variety of inspiring activities and the Community Fun Day will bring as many of them as possible together in one place for an event which is free and open to all to enjoy.

“There will be something for all ages and interests, so we hope that people will come along, join us and have fun being curious and trying something new. We look forward to seeing you there.”

Hannah Shepherd, the University’s Community Liaison Officer, said: “This community event will be happening just over a year since I started working as Durham University’s Community Liaison Officer. It’s been a great experience on the working group seeing it all come together through the hard work and passion for community engagement of all involved.

“I can’t wait to attend with my family as we’re always seeking out fun and different things to do in and around Durham. My son is just over two years old but I am excited for him to take part in some of the science and craft activities on offer, after seeing how much he enjoyed an event up at the Oriental Museum earlier this year.”

For all enquiries, contact Durham University Communications Team on 0191 334 6075; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

KickStart -  a Bootcamp for pre-start and new businesses

Mon 3rd, 10th, and 17th June 2019 FREE for DH9 Residents and residing businesses

We haven’t had a great take up to date for the new and pre-start business Bootcamp that is to be held over three consecutive Monday’s in June 2019 in The Louisa Centre (full details attached).

Please share the attached and below with your contacts and networks to help get the message out and publicise this FREE training course.

The link for on-line booking is : www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rtc-training-kickstart-bootcamp-for-dh9-businesses-tickets-59763305656   

Sport Works Ten Year Anniversary Invitation

You are warmly invited to attend a Sport Works Ten Year Anniversary celebration event on Wednesday 31st July at 12.15pm at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.

Please see invitation attached to this email.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 0191 5800 120.

If you have any queries or need assistance in any way please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With many thanks. 

Anne Williams Business Support Manager Sport Works Ltd t:    0191 5800 120 e:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. w:  http://www.sportworksltd.co.uk

Save the Date: Active Durham - Moving Forwards Event - 2 July 2019

The Active Durham partnership invites you to Active Durham: Moving forwards

As a key stakeholder involved in the promotion and development of physical activity across County Durham, we are delighted to invite you to the Active Durham: Moving Forwards event, which will take place at the Durham Centre, Belmont on Tuesday, 2nd July 2019. 

As the Active Durham partnership moves forward, into the second phase of the 5 year Active Durham Framework, this is an opportunity for stakeholders working to increase physical activity levels in County Durham to share good practice and to contribute to the future direction of the partnership.

Outcomes and workshop feedback from this event will support the Active Durham partnership to set clear, locally informed priorities and measures of success which will influence future work/progress.

We will be joined at the event by Allison Curbishley the North East, former British Olympic athlete, who is regularly heard commentating on BBC Five Live radio.

The event commences at 1pm, with a light buffet lunch from 12 noon

I do hope you can come along and would be grateful if you could let us know no later than Friday, 31st May 2019. Once we receive your acceptance, we will send more details about the event including map and directions.

Very best wishes

Annie Dolphin

Chair of Active Durham

Dementia Week In Durham

On Friday 24th May for Dementia action week, Durham’s main event will be held at St John’s Hall, Meadowfield.

Please Click here for the Flyer

Dementia Action Week event in Durham ….

DURHAM CITY CENTRE  21.05.18 TO 25.05.18

Dementia Action Week takes place on 21-27 May and we will be asking everyone to take actions big and small to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes. Yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and excluded from society. 

Join us in Durham City Centre this week for a variety of events and learn about how you can unite and take action on dementia.

Monday 21st 

from 10am Join the Dementia Bus in Durham Market Place

10 - 12 noon Dementia Friendly Breakfast Event at Town Hall

Freemans Quay Swimming

Tuesday 22nd May

Iszumi Bike Race- join th Dementia Friendly Durham City in cheering on the race

Wednesday 23rd May

2pm Charity Haircut – PCSO Leesa Bennison will be getting her hair cut by Toni & Guy to raise fund for the Alzhemier's Society..

"I am having my hair cut off for the Alzheimer’s society because I want to raise awareness for Dementia Action Week. Toni & Guy, Durham City are cutting my hair off on the condition that I raise as much money for this charity as possible. I have chosen 23rd May because it is Dementia Action Week. Please support me in raising funds and if you want to come along and make sure it I do it come along to Prince Bishops Shopping Centre at 2pm. Thank you for your support, no donation is too small! My hair will be then donated to The Princess Trust. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/leesa-hair "

5.15pm Evensong Durham Cathedral 

Those living with dementia, their friends and family are welcome to a relaxed, dementia friendly service to mark National Dementia Action Week and the launch of the Dementia Friendly Durham initiative. A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident they can contribute to community life. 

Thursday 24th May

  • 2.00 – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea at Café Cenno Durham Markets

Tuesday 29th May

  • 11am - 12 noon Alzhemier’s Society  Singing for the Brain, Summer Fetes InDurham, Millennium Place

DCA Volunteers Fair in Volunteers Week 

As part of Volunteers’ week 2019 we are running a volunteer fair in Durham City Outdoor Market Place on the 7th of June, 9am- 3pm.

I have attached a flyer with all the details of the event. It would be great if you could pass this on to colleagues and service users.  

The event is a drop in any time between 9am and 3pm. Durham Community Action will be there  2 stalls with staff on hand to talk to anyone who is interested in volunteering. We can take people round the stalls and introduce them to organisations. We currently have 35 organisations attending all actively looking for volunteers and I will be putting together a brochure of all the organisations with their current roles to hand out on the day.

I have also attached below the link to the event on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/events/385624575373987/

HWCD Annual Event - You're Invited...

Wednesday 26th June Spennymoor Leisure Centre 9.00am - 11.00am

Our annual event will give you the first look of our report for 2018/19, you'll find out what happened when we worked on four key areas of health & social care as voted for by you (mental health, dementia, transitions & GP appointments), and we'll hear from guest speakers.

Our event will open to arrivals from 9am for registration and breakfast. To book your place (it's free!), all you need to do is contact us in one of the following ways:

By phone - 0800 304 7039 or 0191 378 1037
By email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
By online enquiry form - available at the link here.

Share and Support East Durham 

East Durham AAP Health, Mental Health and Wellbeing Priority Group are hosting Share and Support East Durham on June 5th at Blackhall Community Centre.

The idea of the afternoon is to bring together as many professionals working across East Durham as possible to provide a networking opportunity which will happen between 1pm and 2pm – see Professionals advert. We have a total of 40 tables – many of which are taken - but there are still some left for any organisation who would like to showcase their information. All professionals working across East Durham are welcome to come along and see what everyone is else is offering 

Please could all professionals let people living in East Durham who are using their services know about the event and encourage them to come along.

From 2pm – 4pm – see Public Invite - the event will be open to everyone living in East Durham and they are welcome to come along and find out what is available in their area. There will be refreshments, a raffle, health checks, holistic therapies and some demonstrations. Everything is FREE!

If anyone would like to book a table or has any questions then please contact Julie Bearpark at East Durham AAP on 03000 262057

Many thanks for your support.

Take care.

Kind regards,

Karen Wilson
Mental Health Carer Support and Development Worker – East Durham

Chester-le-Street Theatre Group proudly presents ‘Whistle Down the Wind'.

Book early to avoid disappointment! Click for the Poster

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber / Lyrics by Jim Steinman

Based on the original novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the film produced by Richard Attenborough and directed by Brian Forbes from a screenplay by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall.

TIERED SEATING IS AVAILABLE!!

From Tuesday 2nd July – Saturday 6th July 2019 in the 'Bill Stephenson Hall' at Chester-le-Street Community Centre. Performances nightly at 7.15 pm. £10 Adults and £8 Concessions.

Tickets available by calling our Box Office on 0191 3883778.

#CLSTG
#WDTW
#whistledownthewind
#andrewlloydwebber 

Promotion of Hawthorne Project

Our two new groups have started within the last week, and we wanted to push things a little more. We will welcome anyone to the groups, older people, their families, carers, friends or anyone who would like to join in.

This week the Hawthorne Groupplan to do some art work on Ceramic mugs, while enjoying a cuppa and some biscuits and having a lovely chat. We hope the group grows in numbers and look forward to seeing what else they get up to.
The Luncheon Club will be back on next Thursday 9th May.

Hopefully see some of you there.

Kind Regards
Clare Robinson
Centre Manager

http://www.peltoncc.communitybookings.co.uk.
Pelton Community Centre
Front Street
Pelton
Chester-le-Street
Co.Durham
DH2 1DE
Telephone: 0191 3700726

Dementia Action Week in Shildon …

Dementia Action Week sees the Locomotion in Shildon hosting an event which will take place on Tuesday 21st May between 12 noon and 3pm. Please see attached poster for details…

Please could you promote and share the attached poster..  

Learning Curve Group

LCG are holding a careers event on the 30th of April 4pm – 7pm. The purpose of the event is to attract candidate interest for potential opportunities we have here at Learning Curve Group. We are mainly targeting people who are currently looking for work or looking for a change in careers. There will be no set times, it is simply a drop in session. There is no dress code and we will sign people in on Eventbrite when they arrive. 

We would highly appreciate it if you could also share this with your network to promote our event further and attract more candidates

The link to register interest is here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/careers-event-with-learning-curve-group-tickets-59945701206?aff=ebdssbdestsearch&utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=cp&utm-term=destsearch

FREE Live Two Day Music Festival

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019, Aycliffe Radio present a "Two Day Open Air Live Music Festival” in Newton Aycliffe Town Centre mall. The event is free to attend thanks to grants from Aycliffe Town Centre Management and Great Aycliffe Town Council and will include a selection of local performers all giving their time to entertain 

FX-Productions are providing a professional 24ft x 24ft covered stage with lighting and a superb PA system with professional stage management crew. Performing on both days will be a mixture of groups, solo artistes, dancers and special headline acts. Saturday 8th June will see Amelia Lily, fresh from London's West End as Princess Fiona in Shrek; Amelia is a local favourite and returns to Newton Aycliffe for another exciting performance.

On Sunday 9th June the headline act will be Dene Michael, lead singer from the party group of the 1980s, Black Lace, performing hits such as "Agadoo", "Superman", "I am the Music Man", "Conga" and many others. Dene will be accompanied by Jeni Jay and between them will perform a "Party Crazy" set as well as tribute to artistes such as Elvis and Kylie Minogue.

The event starts at 12.00noon on both days with performances from local dance troupes Infinity Dance Academy and Aycliffe Dance Academy, followed by a selection of entertainers all the way through till 6.00pm.

Local artistes who are giving their time are Dua Lipa tribute act (Cassandra), Becky Sawyer, Darren Kent, Whiskey Haze, Harris Tweed Mystery Machine, Amy Stevens, Hollywood Boredom, Anthony Fish, Call of the Wild, Copper Beach, Four Letter Word, Chris Mardula, Shania Twain and Kylie Minogue tribute acts.

Professor Nincompoop will perform two shows each day for the younger children at 1pm and 3pm; there will also be a kiddies fairground on site, glitter bar, face painting and refreshments. Competitions, spot prizes, plus other surprises for those in attendance 

For more information about the event visit the website www.ayclifferadio.co.uk/2019-two-day-music-festival.

BPD Support Group

Please find attached details of a new peer support group for people with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, emotionally unstable personality disorder or traits of these conditions.

All venue, date and contact details are on the flyer

FREE INFORMATION & ADVICE EVENT

MONDAY 3RD JUNE 2019 10am – 1.30pm ST HELEN’S PARISH CENTREMIDDLEWOOD AVENUE, ST HELEN AUCKLAND, DL14 6DJ

CAB, ENERGY, RECYCLING, POLICE, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH, ADULT LEARNING, AAP SHILDON, MONEY MATTERS, HOME IMPROVEMENT AGENCY, CARERS, NE FIRST, SAFER HOMES, BELIEVE HOUSING, WELL BEING FOR LIFE, THE WELL, RECYCLING, DURHAM DEAFENED SUPPORT, WHEELS 2 WORK, GAUNLESS GATEWAY PROJECT, COUNTY DURHAM HANDY PERSONS, SAFER HOMES, PCP, TEES ESK NHS, STOP SMOKING, DURHAM COMMUNITY ACTION WEAR VALLEY COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP  AND MANY MORE.

FREE ENERGY ADVICE TALK

TUESDAY MAY 21ST HENKNOWLE, COMMUNITY CENTRE CUMBRIA PLACE, DL14 6TJ 10.15am – 11.45am

PLEASE COME ALONG TO THIS TALK SUSAN CARR & LYNNE GRANGE FROM DCC WILL BE GIVING FREE ENERGY ADVICE

EVERYONE THAT ATTENDS WILL RECEIVE A FREE GIFT

FREE INFORMATION & ADVICE EVENT

WEDNESDAY 10th JULY 2019 10am – 1.30pm WOLSINGHAM TOWN HALL

CAB, RECYCLING, POLICE, ADULT LEARNING, EMPLOYABILITY AAP WEARDALE, MANAGING MONEY, HOME IMPROVEMENT AGENCY, SAFER HOMES, BELIEVE HOUSING, WELL BEING FOR LIFE, RECYCLING, DURHAM DEAFENED SUPPORT, WHEELS 2 WORK, HEALTHWATCH, ALZEIMERS SOCIETY, COUNTY DURHAM HANDY PERSONS, SAFER HOMES, PCP, TEES ESK NHS, CARERS, NE FIRST, STOP SMOKING, DURHAM COMMUNITY ACTION AND MANY MORE.

Pioneering Care Partnership (Newton Aycliffe)

Whats on in May

More Information

New Cancer Support Group in Horden

Please see attached flyer regarding a new cancer support group in Horden.

Many thanks

Ali Cooke

Macmillan Public Health Cancer Project Management Support

Public Health Room 3/56-71, Adult and Health Services, Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ

New! Durham City Veterans Breakfast Club

Please could you advertise the fact that there is now an Official Durham City Veterans Breakfast Club.

It is held every second Saturday 

The resident chef is an Ex RAF chef and his breakfasts are something to behold 

The venue is the café at Alington house, 4 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3ET

All serving members of HM Armed forces, Reservists, Veterans and their family members will be made very welcome.

The link to the Facebook site is https://www.facebook.com/groups/2887028387988986/

Come along and have some good Craic

Garreth Murrell

CEO and Founder

FREE Open morning at Citizens Advice Peterlee Office

in Castledene Shopping Centre.

Thursday 30th May

If you’re 16-24, live in County Durham and not in education, employment or training… we can help you get a job! No need to book!

JOIN US 10am-12 for information about DurhamWorks (a countywide initiative which supports young people to get into work) and the training on offer at Citizens Advice.

Meet our staff and hear how we can help you find the ideal job.

No need to book, just turn up! For details call Eve on 07876 346 047

ChesterFest: Coming this Summer!

Durham Cricket Foundation is proud to announce ChesterFest; the first free community festival with Hadrian’s Tipi, live music, street cuisine, food stalls and entertainment for all the family.

The festival will take place in Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street on Saturday June 22 (11am-9pm) and Sunday June 23 (11am-6pm) and will include a beer and food festival, plus a variety of brilliant live music over both days and cult band the Lake Poets – whose hit single ‘Shipyards’ was used as the intro track of the Sunderland football documentary on Netflix – headlining on the Saturday Night (6pm start).

The community event, the first of its kind, aims to offer local bands, businesses and organisations the chance to showcase what they do.

We’re delighted to announce that a host of local companies have already signed up such as Bon Bons, Vibrant Hair & Beauty and Arty Party’s Craft Cabin, plus renowned businesses such as the Fat Hippo, Log Fire Pizza Co, Spud Gun Loaded Fries, the Northumbrian Sausage company and many more exciting stalls have all confirmed their attendance.

As part of the festival, there will be a community village which provides the opportunity for local community groups and charities to have a stall FREE OF CHARGE. 

For further information on the festival please see the attached flyer with further information on the festival/community hub.

Dementia Action Week at Beamish

Attached is the programme for Dementia Action Week at Beamish Museum.

Annual passes can be used during the week, or purchased on the day.  Carer’s are admitted free. 

Reduced entry day admission vouchers are available through the Health & Wellbeing Team at Beamish or through the Alzheimer’s Society (but these can only be used once)  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information about these vouchers or about the activities planned for the week.

Some activities can get very busy so it’s best if you let Michelle at Beamish know if larger groups are planning on visiting. 

The Woodpile Courses
 
Joinery for the Unemployed - More Information

Have you heard what’s going on at Raby Castle?

An action-packed year lies ahead in 2019 at Raby Castle with fun for all the family, including children’s tours of the Castle, forest school activities, seasonal markets and outdoor theatre, plus lots of brand new events including Open Farm Sunday, photography workshops and wildlife walks .

More Information

Positive Choices sessions

Please find attached our poster for our Positive Choices poster.

Mobile Cinema leaflet- all venues

Can you circulate this poster with the cinema dates and times on please.

INVITE to Place Based Approach Stakeholder Event

Dear Partner

Please find attached information and an invitation for representatives from your organisation/school to attend a Stakeholder Event to develop new ways of working with our children, young people and families. The pilot Place Based Areas are:

  • Easington/Peterlee
  • Ferryhill/Newton Aycliffe
  • Stanley/Consett

Please book your place by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FREE ENERGY ADVICE TALK

TUESDAY MAY 21ST HENKNOWLE, COMMUNITY CENTRE CUMBRIA PLACE, DL14 6TJ

10.15am – 11.45am

PLEASE COME ALONG TO THIS TALK SUSAN CARR & LYNNE GRANGE FROM DCC WILL BE GIVING FREE ENERGY ADVICE

EVERYONE THAT ATTENDS WILL RECEIVE A FREE GIFT

A sensational spring and summer awaits in Durham

With days getting longer and lighter nights to enjoy, things are certainly starting to heat up in Durham, with a packed programme of unmissable events, festivals, anniversaries and openings to enjoy.

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Enjoy reading? - New reading Group

 Cornforth Library are looking for members for a new reading group to be held one Thursday per month at 4pm*

If you would be interested, please contact the Library on 03000 269529, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just pop in and see us!

*Times and frequency can be changed depending on the needs of members

Sharing Solutions Conference…

The  LIP Network is coordinating the Sharing Solutions Conference for the advice sector on 21st May. It is kindly being hosted by Allen & Overy.

The conference is being run in partnership between with the Advice Service Alliance, the Access to Justice Foundation, LegalVoice and the Litigant in Person Support Strategy and we would like to invite you and your networks to attend.

With interactive sessions focused on relevant and topical issues such as supporting distressed clients and the use of tech for good, our aim is for attendees to leave the event with relevant and practical information that can support the delivery of services in their organisations.

More information and tickets can be found here.

Activities at Delves Lane

Line dancing Wednesdays

Positive Living Group Mondays 

Drop-Ins at St Margaret's Centre

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What's on at Discovery Museum - April (Easter holidays)

April 2019

Discovery Museum
Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA
TEL: 0191 232 6789
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discoverymuseum.org.uk

Breaking News - Kynren 2019 Ticket Launch!

We are very excited to announce that 2019 tickets go on pre-sale for our loyal customers today, with general tickets launching from Monday at 9am. We wanted to reward those who have applauded us in the past or already expressed interest in coming along this year, not only with a 10% Early Bird discount but also first choice at seating!

More Information

Please see attached flyer regarding being an autism confident employer.

This is an opportunity for businesses to hear how young people with Autism can be an asset to their company.

Information & Advice Event

The above event will take place on Monday 3rd June 2019 at St Helens Auckland, Bishop Auckland. 9am - 10am set up time and the event will run from 10am - 1.30pm. Lunch will be provided.
 
I will forward a poster as soon as I have one with the full address and the postcode on.
I know some of you have already confirmed your attendance if not could you please confirm as soon as possible. We would like as many services in attendance so that we can get information out to as many of the public as possible.
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 
Thanks
Lesley

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The woodpile Upcoming Workshops

We have some great upcoming workshops, our next three workshops are as follows.

More Information

 

Spirituality and Recovery Conference 2019

I wish to inform you of the ‘Spirituality and Recovery Conference’, taking place from Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th July 2019 at St John’s College, Durham.

This year the conference will be looking particularly at how practice of person-centred care relates to the themes of spirituality and recovery in mental health and we are delighted to welcome amongst our speakers Dr Jed Boardman who authored the recent Royal College of Psychiatrists’ report on person-centred care, as well as Prof Wilf McSherry, Prof Chris Mayers, Julia Head and Miles Rinaldi, representing their respective fields of nursing, occupational therapy, chaplaincy, and recovery and social inclusion.

Further information, including booking information, can be accessed via this link: https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/services/spirituality/. Alternatively, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 >>> 

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..

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.

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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 

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 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