VCS Locality 2

Peterlee / Easington / Seaham / Durham Central (Laurel avenue and surrounding area)

Samantha Friend
VCS Alliance Worker Locality 2
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000 266151

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Easington Homestay
Please find attached information on up to date Homestay drop in.

Santas Wish
Santa’s Wish is going to be up and running again in Peterlee. For those who are unfamiliar this is a project for people to donate toys/presents and these gifts to be distributed to families in East Durham who are in need at Christmas time. This proved very successful last year and I have been asked to forward these contact details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 03000 268744 direct and she will deal with the enquiry and make the arrangements to either collect toys before Christmas or to drop off a donation to a family near Christmas Day. This project proved very successful last year with many families receiving wrapped presents for children. If you think a family is in need and would welcome the help please phone Karen with details of the children eg ages and sex of young person. There will also be a shop in Peterlee Shopping Centre to allow people to donate and visit Santa in December
Requests need to be in by 14th December

Salvation Army
Salvation Army Horden are also taking requests for presents, these need to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Requests need to be in by 10th December

Pelaw View Centre
Pelaw View centre have a number of festive activities taking place these are:
· Saturday 8 December - Christmas Fair - 11am til 2pm - all welcome [table top stalls, tombola, cafe and activities].
· Monday 10 December - Pelaw Performers Christmas Performance - 6.30 - 7.30pm [dance and music performance].
· Thursday 13 December - Children's Christmas Party - 4pm - 6pm [Christmas Party with food, disco and games].
To book a place please contact Mark at the centre on 0191 3757939

Foodbank
Please find attached information on Foodbank Christmas opening times, I have spoken to East Durham Trust and they will be open Christmas Eve but closed 25/12/18 – 2/01/2019

Horden and Peterlee Rugby Club
Please find attached information on two events that are happening at Horden and Peterlee Rugby club:
An afternoon with elf, this is a cinema style event that will be playing Elf the movie on a big screen , taking place on 9th December 12:30pm (please see attached for more information)
Christmas Party, this will include a disco, balloon making and games to take part in. the event will take place on 22nd December 13:00pm (please see attached for more information)

Triple P
Please find below information on the Triple P courses staring in 2019 (referral form attached)

Triple P courses planned for Spring 2019
Consett One Point (DH8 6AY), Tuesdays 12.30 til 2.30pm starting 22/1/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)
Willington Sure Start, Wednesday 12.30 til 2.30pm starting 23/1/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)
Edenhill Sure Start (Peterlee), Wednesday 5.00 til 7.15pm starting 23/1/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)
Ferryhill One Point, Thursday 12.30 til 2.30pm starting 24/1/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)

Triple P courses planned for Summer 2019
Seaham Children Ctr, Tuesdays 12.30 til 2.30pm starting 30/4/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)
Stanley One Point, Wednesday 12.30 til 2.30pm starting 1/5/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)
CLS One Point, Wednesday 5.00 til 7.15pm starting 1/5/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)
Bishop Auckland One Point, Thursday 12.30 til 2.30pm starting 2/5/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)

Laurel Avenue Community Centre
Please find attached timetable for laurel Avenue Community Centre

Seaham Christmas light switch on
Seaham Christmas Light Switch On 2019 starts at 5pm on Friday, 30th November. Meeting at the top of Church Street at the first huge Christmas tree with a Christmas Lantern Parade walking down Church Street switching on the lights on the two huge Christmas trees with brass bands and kid entertainment. Then onto Byron Place Shopping Centre to switch on their lights and then walking to Terrace Green for a grand finale of fireworks and switching on the two huge Christmas Trees along with craft, food stalls and kids rides.

Clinic
From the beginning of December I will be holding VCS advice clinics this will be an opportunity for any member of staff to discuss any specific families who you feel will benefit from engaging from activities and services in the community, these will be as follows:

Peterlee Hub – Thursday AM
Easington Family Centre – Thursday PM
Horden Family Centre – Monday AM
Easington Families First (contact centre) – Monday PM

Seaham Family Centre – Tuesday AM
Seaham Hub – Tuesday PM
Laurel Avenue Family Centre – Wednesday AM

Morning sessions will be 09:00-12:00pm
Afternoon sessions will be 13:00-15:00pm

The Bridge Young Carers
The Bridge Young Carers support children, young people and their families who have a challenging caring responsibility. The service help and support the whole family by:
•Listening to you about what you and your family need.
•Sharing information, advice and support with you and your family.
•Providing young carers with one to one time.
•Providing young carers with opportunities to meet other young carers through. the young carers forum.
•Helping you get the support you need at school.
•Arranging carers breaks.
•Inviting you to share your views
I have attached referral form and referral information

Horden and Peterlee Rugby club
Horden and Peterlee Rugby club are having a Christmas party on 22nd December 13:00-16:00pm, tickets can be purchased from the club and cost £3 with children under the age of 2 being £1.50p (please see attachment for more information)

Waddington Street Centre
Waddington Street Centre is a small independent mental health resource centre with over 35 years of experience offering a wide range of informal educational activities and support services.
All of their activities and services aim to effectively support individual personal development and reduce social isolation and exclusion. Everything they offer is designed to suit a range of interests and needs. They are passionate about mental health and helping people to get back on track. They believe that people who struggle with their mental health should have a safe, supportive and interesting place to recover. Waddington Street is a community of like-minded people who support one another to have the best possible lives. They offer adult and Young People support, The Young Peoples Support drop in is catered for 16-21 year olds and is a referral only service.

To refer into the adult support service please visit the website at https://www.waddingtoncentre.co.uk/referral/ Please note that the client may only be able to access the open access groups unless they have support from the Community Mental Health team, who can refer the client into the full service. On referral please state that the information about the centre has been given form the VCS Alliance service. To gather further information or to refer a Young Person to the Y-ASC please contact Chris Affleck on 0191 3077030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Ali Lee on 0191 3860702 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. On referral please state that the information about the centre has been given form the VCS Alliance service.

Puffing Billy
Please find attached information to share with your families around the Puffing Billy routes and what time to be expected in their village

Safeguarding
Please see attached information on County Durhams Safeguarding Awareness Week, this will be taking place between Monday 26 November and Friday 30 November where a number of events will be taking place

Glebe Centre Murton 

Please find attached timetable of activities taking place at The Glebe Centre Murton

Durham Learn
Durham Learn are offering Maths and English courses that allow you to complete in the comfort of your own home (please see attached for more information)

Salvation Army Sherburn Hill
Please find attached information on sessions taking place at Salvation Army Sherburn Hill, the centre is currently having a makeover but classes are still going ahead as normal

The Parents Guide to gaming
I have attached an information leaflet on The Parents Guide to Gaming, with the run up to Christmas families may be getting new games, the booklet highlights how to keep little ones safe when using this equipment

Horden Hub House Christmas Arts and Crafts sessions
Horden Hub house have organised some Christmas arts and crafts sessions, these are due to start tonight at Horden Family Centre 15:30-18:00 and will run for 8 weeks (please see attached)

Christmas Party
Horden Hub house have organised a Christmas party for Thursday 13th December at 1pm (please see information attached)

Citizens Advice
A new training opportunity being offered by Citizens Advice as part of the DurhamWorks programme will be available for young people aged 16-24 ,starting 5th November, and will include: Customer Service,Communication, questioning and call handling. CV building where required and interview technique including the STAR technique. What’s different about this training is that at the end of it will be a guaranteed interview with contact centres in the north and east of the county! Awareness Sessions are being offered to help promote the course and to provide information about potential Call Centre/Contact Centre vacancies( particularly in the north and east of the county) and employer requirements.

NORTH , Stanley Children’s Centre, Tuesday 30th October starting at 1000 and finishing no later than 12 noon. This is not a drop in but a structured session which the employer will be attending to talk about their vacancies and requirements.
EAST , CACD, Upper Chare , Castle Dene Shopping Centre, Peterlee , Wednesday 31st October starting at 10.00 and finishing no later than 12.00. This is not a drop in but a structured session and we hope to have employer attendance at this event too. To book places on the Awareness sessions please email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Eve on 07876346047

Training will be delivered by Citizens Advice County Durham (CACD) at their Peterlee base, 17-19 Upper Chare, Castledene Shopping Centre starting Monday 5th November. Course details : 10.00am-4pm Monday-Thursday for 2 weeks starting Monday 5th November . Lunch will be provided for the 8 days of structured programme . We welcome those currently registered with DurhamWorks , but also those who have not yet registered with DurhamWorks and would like to do so. Help with costs associated with attending the course will be available.

Dawdon Youth and Community Centre
The centre have asked me to share a number of things this week: ABC Parent and Toddler group The ground is for children aged 0-5 and takes place every Tuesday 13:00-15:00 at a cost of £2 a child with extra siblings at a charge of £1 (please see poster attached)

Job Club and Welfare drop in
The above sessions are now taking place every Tuesday 12:00-14:00 (please see attached for information)

Shotton IT Resource Centre

The Parish Meeting Rooms, Friar Street, Shotton Colliery,DH6 2PA

Shotton IT Resource centre offer a range of training courses that are delivered distance learning, some of these include: · IT delivered by The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) · Numeracy and Literacy · Home and office IT · Specialist IT · Computer Build · Basic sign language · Adobe photoshop · Digital photography · Keyboard skills · Food Hygiene The centre also offers a lot more learning opportunities and also relevant staff to help with finding a job, updating CV and checking benefit entitlement.

Blackhall community Centre

Blackhall Community centre have a session running for pre-schoolers, this takes place every Friday 09:30-11:00am and costs £2

Durham Centre Youth Project
Please find below information on sessions that are being run by Durham Centre Youth Project
Our current activities are
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze 4-6pm Friday Framwellgate Community Centre (new group starting in October)
Duke of Edinburgh Silver 6-8pm Friday Framwellgate Community Centre (New Group Starting in October)
Junior Youth Club 5.30-7pm Wednesday Framwellgate community Centre, Starts 17th October
Senior youth Club 7-8.30pm Wednesday framwellgate Community Centre
Detached Youth Work Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 Durham City, Belmont and Sherburn Road estate
Mobile sexual health bus Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Currently in Murton, Peterlee, Ferryhill, Seaham (C-card service)
Inspire First- group work around risk taking, mental health, choices and consequences, sexual health ran in Seaham School Internet safety delivered in school drop down days.

For more information please contact 0191 383 2819 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hub Grub Community Café
Horden Youth and Community Centre are providing a healthy tea for £1 or free for County Durham housing group tenants, this will take place every Thursday 4:00-5:00pm (please see attached poster) .

Blackhall Scouts
Blackhall have a Cub Scout session that runs every Thursday night at the scout hut, 06:30-08:00 for children aged nearly 8 to 10. The sessions cost £2.50p and activities include crafts, games and badge work.

SEND toolkit training for parent/carers
Please find attached information on dates for SEND toolkit training sessions aimed at parents/carers. The sessions will describe how school and settings assist children with SEND. (please see attached poster for more information)

Dawdon youth and Community centre – *****Free driving lessons and test*****
Dawdon Youth and community centre are offering 15 hours free driving lessons, provisional and theory paid for. To be eligible for this people must be 20+, unemployed or on a low income working 16 hours or less a week and also complete a 16/17 day course on either Maths/English or extended employability. Call Sharon on 01913038987