VCS Locality 3

Newton Aycliffe / Spennymoor / Chilton, Shildon / Wheatley Hill / Ferryhill

Debbie Unsworth
VCS Alliance Worker Locality 3
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000 268598 Mobile : 07795020057

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Christmas Activities and Events
Please find attached Christmas activities and events across the Locality also Christmas sessions at Tudhoe Moor Family centre

Aycliffe Alcohol Recovery Mutual Support session
Thursdays 11.00-1.00 at Tesco’s Store in Aycliffe contact Val if you need more information 07598994054- See attached information.

Christmas food hampers
Feeding Families are offering our families in need a food hamper for over the Christmas period again this year. This will be referral only through their website which is now open. As they are now a registered charity, they have to be assured that the families we refer in are in genuine need, and they will take your referral as confirmation of this.
They are also in need of our support to gather donations if any of you could spare some time  and have an online raffle to raise funds if any of you wish to take part at
Referrals are to be taken through their website at- Find out more on their Facebook page

Adult Learning and Skills course at Aycliffe youth and community Centre
See attached courses at Aycliffe youth and community centre from January till March including: Maths, English, Get into Health and Social care, Paediatric first aid, ICT. I have included contact details for parents to book onto courses.

++++ New +++ Job Club
Wheatley hill Family Centre will be relaunching their Job Club which will start on Friday 7th December 1.00-3.00 if you have any parents who need support with CV writing, Job searches, Interview skills, Job applications, Further training they are welcome to come along for support .

ALSS Distance learning courses
ALSS have Distance Learning Courses on offer, I have attached the list of courses. If the learner has access to a laptop and the internet at home then these might appeal to them. Or they could go to local library. I have attached referral form which can be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Triple P courses planned for Summer 2019
Seaham Children Centre, Tuesdays 12.30 till 2.30pm starting 30/4/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)
Bishop Auckland One Point, Thursday 12.30 till 2.30pm starting 2/5/19 for 10 weeks (ex ½-term)

Wellbeing for life –Micro grant
Grant available to assist parents using the Wellbeing for life service who may not be able to access due to financial difficulties or health problems.- See attached information
Music tots –Shildon Salvation army
New session on a Thursday 9.30-11.00 first session free then £1.25 session –See attached poster

Early days plus session
Trimdon Community centre Tuesdays 9.30-11.00 for babies 6-12 months –see attached poster

Christmas crafts workshop Shildon Foundations –See attached poster

Christmas Windows
Each day in December a shop window will be opening to reveal a different Carol or song all designed by local schools and organisations. Families can go along and take part and enjoy the unveiling of the advent windows. See attached programme.

Wellbeing for life Micro Grant
The Micro grant fund is to assist users of the Well-being for life service who might be unable to access the required support due to financial difficulties. Grants could be used for such things like gym clothes, trainers, football boots or even bus pass to get them to sessions.

I have attached information also information on the Well-being for life service also referral form.

Feeding Families Christmas 2018
See attached information about the feeding families project.

Music Tots –Salvation Army Shildon
New session on a Thursday 9.30-11.00 See attached poster.

Free CSCS Course Shildon
Starting 17th December 9.00-4.00 for 4-5 days at Jubilee Fields Community centre. Priority will be given to Livin Tenants . See attached poster.

Early Days Plus
This session starts on Tuesday 20th November at Trimdon Grange Community centre. See attached poster.

***Clothes rails**** Children’s and Adults
We are also asking for donations of Childrens and Adults Clothes to enable us to stock up the rails in our family centres, if anyone has any children’s clothes they can be dropped off at any of the family centres in Aycliffe, Wheatley hill, Dene bank Ferryhill or Tudhoe moor in Spennymoor. We are going to be starting a Christmas rail in December so in need of party wear and Christmas jumpers.

Home group budgeting and Christmas Shopping session
This course is free and open to anyone to help enhance their budgeting techniques including saving and borrowing, online safety, website authenticity and how to compare prices. Tuesday 20th November 10.00-12.00 at PCP in Aycliffe places can be book by ringing 01325321234.

Job Coaching for Young Adults/Adults with Additional Needs
They provide life-skills and employability training for young people and adults with intellectual disability, and run social enterprises within our local communities. See attached information.

Emotional Resilience Nurse Clinics Aycliffe Hub
See attached posterfor clinic times –support for young people 5-19 years around emotional well-being.

Everything a pound Christmas sale
Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre Monday 3rd December 10.00-12.00. All money raised will go back into the community for parties , trips and activities for families living in Aycliffe. See attached poster.

Let’s get Festively Fabulous
Wednesdays at Dene bank institute 4.00-5.30 for more information and to book a place contact Laura Birkin on 07827957615. See attached poster

Festive Winter Well-being courses for 4 week
Sessions include Christmas crafts, Relaxation and stress management, healthy recipe ideas
Spennymoor Library Monday 19th November 10.00-11.30
Ladder Centre Ferryhill Tuesdays 4th December 1.30-3.00
to book a place contact Laura Birkin on 07827957615.

Emotional Resilience Nurse Clinics
Bishop Hub Tudhoe Moor Family centre See attached poster for clinic times –support for young people 5-19 years around emotional well-being.

As you know we have clothes rails with in the family centres we are in need of winter clothes for children, young people and adults of all ages. We are also looking to set up a Christmas clothes rail at the end of November with party wear as some families may not be able to afford Christmas party clothes to enable children to attend their Christmas parties at their schools/nurseries. If anyone has any donations they can be dropped in at either Aycliffe family centre or Wheatley hill family centre.

Home Group….Sedgefield Homestay
We have made some changes in the community venues in which we hold our Drop Ins at and so please find attached the latest menu.

Buttle grant
See attached information about the Buttle charity which provides grants to Families affected by Domestic Violence, Kinship care families, Estranged young people, also beds for children. I have also included a family received following a successful application.

WECAN parents support group
I had a meeting with Nicola Best from Greenfields school in Aycliffe she runs a parents support group at Sunnydale school in Shildon every Thursday and is looking for new members. If you have any parents who would benefit from the group you can refer them by contacting Nicola via email or phone. See information on attached leaflet.

Young Minds Crisis Messenger
If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support. The Young Minds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than 5 minutes to provide support in a crisis. They will listen to you and help you think through how you’re feeling, and will aim to help you take the next steps towards feeling better. Texts are free, see attached.
More information can be found on

DIY Christmas Crafts
Starting on Tuesday 6th November at the Ladder Centre Ferryhill 12.30-3.00 for 4 weeks. These sessions are free if on benefits places can be booked by contacting Denise Hopps on 013883078. See attached poster.

Crafty Chatty Café
Fortnightly starting Tuesday 2nd October 1.00-3.00 at Shildon Methodist Church. A chance for people to make friends and get out the house. The aim of this session is to provide a safe welcoming environment for people to meet and share their problems. See attached poster.

Sc.out.ed play session Trimdon Village hall
Play session Mondays 4.00-5.30 5-11 years Mondays 7.00-8.30 11-16 years Only £1.00 session. No need to book just turn up. See attached poster.

Furniture Re-use scheme
Please see attached Furniture re-use schemes in count Durham.

Sho Shin Kai Karate
Karate Classes in Thornley and Trimdon for young people from age 7 years who would like to learn discipline, build confidence, or to learn self-defence. See attached poster.

Stop Smoking Clinic
Wednesdays 8.30-10.30 at Aycliffe family Centre. Limited spaces to book a place contact Kathryn Harbin on 0782884684. See attached poster.

Mauy Thai martial art

Ferryhill sports and education centre Wednesdays 6.00-7.00 for 7-18 years. See attached flyer

SEND in the Early Years useful contacts

Following the SEND in the Early Years event on Friday 5TH October I have put together a useful contact list of providers to support Children with special educational need or disabilities. Please see attached.

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.

Peoples takeaway East Durham Trust
I would like to remind you that the People’s Takeaway service is also open to referrals to people living in East Durham who are living in financial hardship. The service can be accessed by both individuals and families and offers a free freshly prepared pizza delivered directly to their door. Deliveries take place on a Friday evening between 4pm and 5:30pm. All referrals must be made and received by 5pm on a Thursday in order to receive a meal on the Friday evening. Referrals received on a Friday will be delivered the following week. I have attached referral form. Please email referrals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.k


US girls –Ferry Hill S

Sports and Education Centre Girls only group for age 11-14 year olds every Wednesday 5.00-6.00 – Free session- attend for 4 weeks and receive a Us Girls T-shirt. See attached poster.

St Pauls Centre –Spennymoor
Wellbeing Club – is aimed at parents who are isolated, lonely, and need to build up friendships. Employability Club is aimed at parents who lack confidence, need more skills, support and encouragement. Both sessions are held weekly on a Monday 9.15-12.30 see attached poster.

Shildon Foundation
ALSS are recruiting for a Maths course at Shildon Foundation on a Wednesdays 9.30-12.30 For more information and to refer Parents contact ALSS on 03000 266115 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hearts and Minds course (see attached posters) 
The award winning course is ran over 8 weeks to females who may be living with or have experienced domestic abuse. The course starts; Monday 5th November at Bowburn Community Centre 10am-12pm Tuesday 9th October at Trimdon Grange Community Centre 10am-12pm If you have any further questions or queries please contact Rachel Weir 01740 652000Jubilee Fields Community Centre
Are you working with young people 16-24 years? The foundation of light will be delivering a Customer services course in October. Travel and Lunch provided please contact Christian on 01388317006 for more information. See attached Durham works poster.

Maths and English Wheatley Hill Family Centre
Wheatley hill Family centre were due to start maths and English courses today but due to no parents coming along it may get cancelled. If you have any parents interested please contact Diane Swaddle Development and Engagement Officer on number Direct line: 03000 266241