VCS Locality 4

Bishop Auckland / Crook/ Barnard Castle

Susan Hutchinson
VCS Alliance Worker Locality 4
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000 266382

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Dales Homestay updated Drop- ins
Please see attached poster for drop ins across the Dales.
Free support around Health Concerns, Debt, Benefits, Housing issues.
No appointment necessary
Call 0191 332 4935

Grants for people in need
ACT Foundation
Enhancing the quality of Life for people in need.
Support for individuals in need
Please see attached information.

Helplines for Young People


Hearts and Minds
8 week Free course for women developing an understanding the importance of healthy relationships
Woodhouse Close Family Centre
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
10am – 12noon
Contact Rachel 01740 652000

Volunteer Opportunities at The Bridge Young Carers Service , County Durham County Council

At The Bridge Young Carers service, we support children, young people and their families who have a challenging caring responsibility through one to one work, project work, peer support and family support. You can join our team as a volunteer and help make a difference to the lives of young carers in County Durham, thanks to some exciting opportunities that are now available:
· Young Carers Ambassador Project Support Volunteer
· Volunteer Driver
· Family Support Volunteer
· Charter Champion, Community Engagement Volunteer
For more information please contact me, Kerryann Stewart, the Community Development Practitioner for an informal chat where you can find out more about the role and the service and look at the next steps to getting involved; by phone: 0191 3832520 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the website:

SEND in Early Years useful contacts
Following the SEND in early years workshops please see attachment for useful contacts.

Useful Funding Opportunities

The Family fund New providers of the BBC Children in Need emergency essentials programme.
The Glasspool Charity Trust, - assists adults with and without children.
Carpets -
Carpets - - however only open to female applicants unless nurses or artists
General Advice -

Wellbeing for Life training dates for Bishop Auckland Crook Barnard Castle
Free for anyone living or working in County Durham working

Food and Mood
Monday 17th November 9.30-12.30 Willington Health Centre
Brief Introduction to Motivational Skills
Monday 19th November 9.30am -12.30 pm Crook Community Leisure Centre
Suicide Awareness
Wednesday 21st November 9.30 am - 4.30pm Crook Community Centre
Diabetes Awareness
Thursday 22nd November 10am – 1pm Stanhope Community Centre
Brief Introduction to Healthy Eating
Monday 26th November 1pm – 4.30pm Wolsingham Town Hall
Assertive Skills
Tuesday November 27th 1.30pm – 4.30pm Willington Health Centre
Basic Mental Health Awareness
Thursday November 29th 9.30am – 12.30pm Stanhope Community Centre
Healthy Lives, Living Well
Tuesday 11th December 9.30am – 12.30pm Stanhope Community Centre

Book online at

VCS Clinics
As from Monday 19th November I will be holding weekly clinics at Bishop Auckland Hub for the full day to provide VCS support for all staff .
As from Tuesday 13th November I will be holding weekly clinics at Crook Civic Centre for the full day to provide VCS support for all staff.
Please come and see me.

Clothes Donations
We currently have a small rail of winter clothing outside the Woodhouse Close Family Centre for anyone in need of warm clothing. Willington Family Centre will also have a rail as from next week.
If anyone has any good quality winter coats/wellies / jumpers they may no longer need could you please donate to this worthy cause by dropping them off at the centres.
During the run up to Xmas I am also looking for party wear so we can also have a Xmas rail for those less fortunate to feel special at Xmas time.
Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Emotional Resilliance Nurse drop ins
Please see attachment for times and dates of resilience nurse drop – ins at Barnard Castle One Point Hub
Call 03000 266810/07392194326 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Auckland Youth and Community Centre

Please see attached the new weekly timetable of events starting at the Youth Centre from 15th October. Something for everyone, After School Club - activities for 4-14year olds. Toddler group for under 5’s . Fitness and Wellbeing classes High/Low intensity (depending on need). Girls friendly society for 10-14year olds. Auckland out of School Care - activities for 4-14year olds. Mixed Martial Arts for beginners. Durham Employment Skills - employment skills and advice for clients.

Wear Wellbeing Crook
Travellers Rest Crook Mindfulness Meditation Group Starting Tuesdays and Saturdays 3.30pm in the lounge Relaxation and meditation is scientifically proven to improve sleep, mental health and wellbeing. Learn techniques to help manage pain and also tap into the feel good endorphins that happen with exercise – without leaving your chair. Learn to relax and manage your life in a more peaceful way.

Wellbeing for Life - Crook
Blue Stone Craft Group - Every Tuesday 1.30pm Blue Stone Tea Shop · Meet new friends · Learn new skills · Share your own skills · Enjoy a cuppa To find out more please contact Liz Oakes on 07584703815, or Catherine Taylor 07795347596.

Veg out in Barney Barnard Castle TCR hub

Veg out in Barney started as a rotary project in 2013 planting out vegetables and herbs so that the community could help themselves to free produce.

The purpose of the garden is threefold

1.To produce free fruit, veg and herbs for the local community so that people can help themselves to the produce.

2. To teach gardening skills (free of charge) to both adults and children.

3. To provide a therapeutic atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

Next year we have plans to provide tailored training sessions for all ages and abilities to ensure that the garden is used to its full potential.

Please visit us – everyone is welcome.

For more details contact Barnard Castle TCR hub on 01833 690150

Volunteer Opportunities at The Bridge Young Carers Service , County Durham County Council

Please see above attachment.

For all enquiries contact Kerryann Stewart 07580 324539

SEND in Early Years useful contacts

Following the SEND in early years workshops please see above attachment for useful contacts.

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

ST. Cuthberts centre Crook
Yoga Pupz Durham for babies from 6 weeks to actively crawling will be held every Wednesday in the Centre from 11.15am to 12noon. Please contact Melanie on 07837192805 for further details.

TCH Hub Barnard Castle
Yoga Bunnies This fabulous yoga class for little ones takes place in the Dance Studio of the Hub every Tuesday at 10am and Thursday at 4pm and 4.30pm Follow Sarah on Facebook or phone her on 07402221503 in order to reserve a place.

Jack Drum Arts
Wonderful opportunities for 16-19 year olds who are passionate about film and want to pursue a career in the film industry. See attached information.

Housing solutions Referral form-
Referral form for Triple p programme and Staying cool
Request for Family Intervention referral

Home on The Range young peoples Cree

The Young peoples CREE runs Saturday morning 10-12 noon. The group predominantly choose to take part in horse/yard duties etc. However the activities are very much group orientated and they can choose what they would like to take part in for example arts/crafts , bakery/cooking, creative writing and many more. If anyone is interested contact Nikita 07900240542 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Visits can be made prior to starting the CREE.

Home Group Drop ins

Advice on tenancy and finances A reminder of the Home group drop –ins in the Bishop Auckland Area. See attachment for details. Home Group are also delivering pop up drop- ins Starting Thursday 6th September 2-4pm at the Ironworks Tow Law and every other week. Also at Stanhope Community Centre starting Thursday 13th September 2-4pm and every alternate week