VCS Locality 1


Consett / Stanley / Chester le Street / Durham West (Brandon and surrounding area)

Lesley Clough

VCS Alliance Worker Locality 1
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000267661 Mobile-07584141197 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Little Treasures Funday at Usher Moor

Little Treasures are holding a fun day on Thursday 11th April between 10.30-14.30 at The Hut, Usher Moor, Chestnut Grove, Durham DL7 7LJ.

They have Zumba dancing, sweet carts, Pet a pony, Bouncy castle, tombola, big raffle And lots of stalls... Please come and support them for their 1st Funday of the year, all proceeds go back into the charity.

Little Treasures e-learning Training course

Little Treasures are hosting an information day-  Free courses for all in Consett on Saturday 30th March from 13:00-15:00 at The Grove & Moorside Community & Social Club, Deneburn Terrace, Consett. DH8 8BE. I have attached the e-learning course information for you to share with parents who may be interested.

NEPAC Visitors Voice Regional Event 2019

NEPAC are hosting their Regional Visitors Voice event on Wednesday 13th March at Bowburn Community Centre, Bowburn between 10am-2pm. This event is for Prisoners Friends and Families to voice their views of how they think prisons are doing and how best to support family and friends and prisoners. Places must be booked and there will be a free lunch and refreshments provided. I have attached the information flier for you to share with the relevant families you may be working with.

The Richmond Fellowship

The Richmond Fellowship offer support to people who are suffering with mental ill-health and use a recovery focused model of support, Their floating support services provide help in people’s own homes, supporting individuals to manage their tenancies, maintain domestic routines and play an active part in their community. I have attached the information flier with contact details.

VCS Clinics

Due to Annual leave there will be no clinics on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thursday 13th March- Moorside Family Centre 10-11.30am.

Craghead Funday

Stanley County Durham are hosting a Funday in Craghead Millennium green, Stanley on Saturday 15th June at 11am. There will be Music, Stalls, refreshments and children’s rides.

Universal Baby Group

Bullion Lane Family Centre are holding a Baby group for mams, dads and babies, this will be held every Friday Morning during baby clinic between 10-11am. For more information please contact Bullion lane family centre on 03000 268 643.

British Red Cross Programmes and Workshops

British Red Cross host a free First Aid course for young people and a free Refugee workshop within schools and youth work settings, I have attached the information for these two courses with contact details if you would like them to deliver within your area.

SEND Workshop

Making changes together are holding workshops for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND in Durham Town Hall on the 28th March between 10am-12pm. The topics to be addressed are SEND Law and support, a Sensory workshop, and planning for the future: wills and trusts. To book a place contact Ann Connor on 0191 5873541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Momo Challenge Information

I have attached an information sheet regarding The Momo Challenge for you to share with parents.

Helping Hands

The Helping Hands Charity in Newton Aycliffe has changed its referral process, the new referral form is attached and must be sent back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Who will then contact you to arrange pick up of items. The charity formally organised by the church has now been taken over by Lifeline community Action and can supply needy families with household packages free. I have attached the information and referral form for you to complete for your families.

Baby Steps

Baby Steps is a support group for new mums experiencing low mood and anxiety, Babies are also welcome.

We know what a challenging time this can be and our aim is to give you a safe space to explore this with other mums who are going through similar experiences. We will also help you to manage any low mood or anxiety you may be experiencing following the birth of your child .

The course runs over 6 weeks, each week covering a new topic and will last approximately 1.5-2 hours. It is also delivered from a child friendly venue so no need to arrange child-care. Each session will be facilitated by two members of the Perinatal Team. The support group is held at  Bullion Lane Children’s Centre, Chester le Street.

For further information please contact Talking Changes to complete a short assessment on….

Phone: 0191 333 3300

Fax: 0191 333 3301


Emotional Wellbeing Group for young people

Stanley Family centre are holding an emotional wellbeing group for young people aged between 12-15 years. There will be 4 sessions looking at different topics, held on Monday 29th April, 6th May, 13th May and the 20th May from 4-5 pm. Please refer any young people you are working with to:-

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Tammy Bryant on 03000269838

Manhealth #Timetolisten

Manhealth have published an information poster with helpful contact numbers for men suffering from any

Mental ill-health. I have attached the leaflet for you to share with your families. 

Homelessness Information poster

Durham County Council and Changing lives have published an information poster with contact details for anyone who is experiencing homelessness. I have attached the poster for you to share.

Please contact:

TEL: 0191/3881313

Mob: 07806745097

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pact House Job Club

Pact House in Stanley are holding a drop in job club every Tuesday from 9.30am-12.30pm, there will be a tutor present to offer support and there is free access to wifi and computers. I have attached the information flier for you to share.

Emotional Health and Resilience Nurse Drop In.

I have attached the new dates and times for the Emotional Health and Resilience Nurse Drop in in Consett and Stanley.

Pelton Mindfulness course

Humankind and Skills for life are offering a Mindfulness course for adults with learning disabilities at The Pelton Community Centre in Pelton. The course will run for 8 weeks and begins on the Wednesday 20th February between 10am-12.15pm. There is a taster day organised on Wednesday the 30th January from 10am-12.15pm. I have attached the information flier for you to share with your families.

Contact Anne at Humankind on 07786156739 or Kathy at Skills for people on 01912818737 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Staying Cool Courses

There are a number of Staying Cool courses available across the county, this is a 1 day course that is an Emotion, Anger and Aggression Intervention session for Adults and Teens delivered by Tom Clark. I have attached the timetable for the next couple of months which also has the contacts for each session. 

YMCA Furniture Project

The YMCA has a great furniture recycling unit in Consett and they clean and re-sell at affordable prices, Please take a look at their Facebook page with directions of where they are located. 

Sherburn House Fund Individual Hardship (Relief in Need)

(Managed by County Durham Community Foundation)

             £300 grants available for individuals or families

             Funding for essential domestic equipment (eg cookers, washing machines, beds etc)

             North East wide (recipients must live between the River Tweed and River Tees)

Applications are invited from professionals working with clients who are experiencing extreme hardship and are in extreme social and financial need. It is likely that they have been unable to obtain funding from other sources.

Applications must be submitted by organisations willing to undertake a supervised spend (purchasing items on behalf of your client).

For full details, please visit the CDCF website

Catchgate & Annfield Plain Drop In.

There is a Youth Drop in for 11-17 year olds. There will be youth worker support available along with refreshments and Activities. This is held at The Communal room, West Road (Old Man’s Hut) Annfield Plain on Mondays from 6.30-9.00pm. 

After School Drop In @ Pact House

There is an after school drop in for 11-17 year olds at Pact House, Stanley on  a Thursday between 3.30-5.30pm. There will be youth worker support available along with refreshments, WI-FI, Computers and Activities.

Is your boiler off information leaflet

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service are working together with the local authority in North Durham to keep you warm this winter. If any families are struggling to pay bills, have heating issues or are vulnerable in cold weather please contact this service. Contact  0191 375 5604 More Information

Claiming NHS Prescription Costs whilst in receipt of Universal Credit

 In advance of official communications from NHS, please see attached workaround that has been notified to DWP.

“At present, NHS prescriptions do not have a Tick Box option for someone claiming Universal Credit.

 There have been examples of claimants choosing the ESA option and as a result have received a £135 penalty notice.

 Until a new print is available claimants on UC should tick option K indicating JSA in payment.

 This is the workaround which has been issued to Pharmacies.”

The Buttle Grants
The Buttle Grants are for families affected by Domestic violence With a holistic package of support the grants can include counselling and activities for children to meet their emotional needs, in addition to the more traditional essential household items such as cookers and children’s beds to meet their physical needs. I have attached an information form with details of what they do and how they can support our families, Please see the breakdown of support offered to a family at the end if the information….I think it will surprise you at how much support they can provide

Young Adult Support Group in Durham
I have attached the information flier for the YASC- YASC is a Young Adult Support Café every Tuesday evening from 5-8pm which Investing in Children facilitate in partnership with Waddington Street Mental Health Resource Centre in Durham. YASC is an informal emotional wellbeing peer support drop in session which supports young adults aged 16-21 transition from Children’s to Adults Services. The session is based at Waddington Street Centre in Durham and is free to access with facilities that include a café with light refreshments facilities, art studio and media room. If any of the young person’s that are interested but are apprehensive about joining a new group then please let Chris know and he can see what support he can put in place to support them in advance of attending a session. Chris is happy to meet with young people/ parents/ carers etc. at a time and venue convenient to them. Contact Chris Affleck on Telephone: 0191 3077030| Mobile: 07453058986

Derwentside Men’s Cree
Derwentside Men’s CREE is held on a Tuesday afternoon between 1.00 - 3.30 at Wear Road Community House, Stanley, DH9 6JS. The Men’s CREE is run as a drop in where the members decide what they want to do, it could be art, board games, film day, quiz, cooking, outings or just a chat among themselves. Contact Leigh or Audrey on 01207 284063 on a Tuesday afternoon only.

Deric Youth Project
DERIC Youth Project are offering a couple of activities in Bearpark for children. They are holding a breakfast club for 8-13 yr. olds on a Saturday between 10am-12pm. This includes a light breakfast and different activities and is £1 per session. They is also a 11+ Drop in held on a Thursday between 6.30-8pm, there is a 50p charge per session. Refreshments are available and activities include free Wi-Fi, Pool Table and xbox.
Contact numbers to enquire are 0191 3732524 07469889404

Community Friends Coffee mornings
The Community Spirit CIC hold a Community Friends coffee morning every Wednesday from 10am -12pm at The Hotel 52 in Stanley. This service is dedicated to help tackle social isolation and loneliness within the local community. There is a £1 donation towards tea and coffee. I have attached a flier that you can share with any families you feel may need this service.

Help to Health
There is a volunteer patient driver scheme which supports people to get to health appointments around the county, this service has a service charge of 45p per mile, there is a £1 minimum/ £10 maximum each way journey cost. They require a minimum 48 hrs notice and can be booked up to 4 weeks in advance. This service is available Monday-Friday. I have attached the information flier for you to share.

Durham Works Health and Social Care Qualification
Specifically for ages 16 – 24, There is a Free course taking place locally at The Centre of Light, Chester le street if you are interested in a career in Health or Social Care. Lunch will be provided and help with travel costs. You can gain a qualification and receive tailored support. To book a place or to find out more about this contact Melanie Wilson Tel: 01388 317005 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If U care share Foundation
The aim of this foundation is to provide practical and emotional support at a critical time within families by working with local and national agencies in order to provide the support needed to those affected by suicide. If U care share foundation was founded after a loss of Daniel O’Hare, aged 19 to suicide. I have attached their information leaflet to share with families affected by such a sad loss, referrals into the service can be done over the phone on 0191 387 5661.

Conversation Starter
I have attached a tool that can be used within teams to check that colleagues are doing ok in regards to mental health, If you notice a colleague is not acting as normal perhaps play this tool with them to start a conversation about how they are #Be in your colleagues corner….

North East Autism Society Parent and Toddler group- Stanley
There is now a NEAS Parent and Toddler group, which is a service for parents and carers with toddlers who have Autism and special needs. This is running weekly on a Friday between 1-2.30pm at the Stanley Children’s centre. To register interest contact Kerrie Highcock on 0191 410 9974 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I have attached the poster for you to print and take to parents/carers.

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

SEND Toolkit Training sessions for parents
2 hour sessions to help parents/careers understand school SEND support and EHC plans. There are a number of sessions county wide, please see leaflet for information.

Sexual Health Hubs
Contact the sexual health hub for free, confidential advice and treatment, either drop in on the Queue & wait sessions or telephone and book an appointment or seek advice on the phone, contact details are on the attachment.

Contraception and Sexual Health (CASH) Clinics
I have attached information for the CASH Clinics for the County with days and times.

Grandparents Plus support group

I have attached a list of support groups in the county that support Grandparents who are looking after family members through Kinship care. The contact details for each area can be found under group venue details.