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.



The Wood pile- Free Joinery workshop

Learn basic joinery skills were you will complete a small project over a 6 week course. The next available course is from the 30th July to 3rd September at The wood pile in Dragonville, Durham DH1 2RS. The course is free to Unemployed or inactive, disabled individuals. I have attached the Information flier.

Contact 0191 3869735

Volunteer opportunities through Culture, Sport and Tourism

For adults and young people 14+ with progression opportunities. 

Once a member of the public shows an interest in volunteering or completes an application form,  Durham County Council’s Culture and sports Volunteering Skills team will make contact to arrange an informal chat to discuss your interests and what you would like to achieve through volunteering.

For more information ring 03000 266 555 or visit website

Triple p dates

Staying Cool is in the process of organising for September onward. Will share when this is done.

Triple P Dates of the next courses are:-

Venue                                   Time                      Day                        Start date            end date

Autumn Term 2019

Consett OP                         9.30 til 11.30      Tuesday               17/9/19                19/11/19

Bishop Auckland OP        1pm til 3pm        Tuesday               17/9/19                19/11/19

Chester-Le-Street OP       5pm til 7pm        Wednesday        18/9/19                20/11/19

Peterlee OP                        12.30 til 2.30      Friday                    20/9/19                22/11/19

Spring Term 2020

Willington Family Ctr      9.30 til 11.30      Tuesday               21/1/20                31/3/20

Stanley OP                          12.30 til 2.30      Wednesday        22/1/20                25/3/20

Chester-Le-Street OP       5pm til 7pm        Wednesday        21/1/20                31/3/20

Seaham OP                         12.30 til 2.30      Friday                    24/1/20                27/3/20

Summer Term 2020

Consett OP                         9.30 til 11.30      Tuesday               21/4/20                23/6/20

Ferryhill OP                         12.30 til 2.30      Wednesday        22/4/20                24/6/20

Chester-Le-Street OP       5pm til 7pm        Wednesday        22/4/20                24/6/20

Peterlee OP                        12.30 til 2.30      Friday                    24/4/20                26/6/20

Sport works 10th Year Anniversary Celebration

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

Home Group’s Durham Learning Disabilities Service

Offer between one to seven hours support per week to parents with a learning disability or difficulty in the East Durham, Durham city, and Derwentside areas.

They provide support developing parental and living skills, setting up and maintaining a tenancy, accessing other appropriate services including health care, managing finances and benefits and support to liaise with other professionals. See attached information and referral form.

Tai Chi & Mindfulness

A new Tai Chi & Mindfulness class is running at Bullion Hall Every Monday between 9.30-11am, From the 10th June-1st July. There is no need to book you can just turn up on the day. I have attached the Information flier.

Neighbourhood Interventions surgeries

Throughout July I am trialling a North Neighbourhood Interventions ‘drop in’ where partners can attend with a view to :-

  • Learning about the work of the Neighbourhood Interventions service
  • Helping you with any queries that you may have about community safety issues
  • Finding out about MAPS & Time Limited project processes
  • See how we develop themed campaigns and offer advice on how to protect your property
  • Reporting issues to the correct business service areas
  • Knowing how to contact the Neighbourhood Interventions Officer in your locality

Details of the North Neighbourhood Interventions Surgeries are as follows:-        

Monday 8th July 2019 (13:00 – 14:30) in the small meeting room at Morrison Busty

Tuesday 16th July (10:00 – 11:30) at the Stanley CAP – Louisa Centre

Wednesday 24th July (14:00 – 15:30) at the Customer Consett access point

Thursday 1st August (9:00 – 10:30) at the Chester-Le-Street One Point Hub

Steve looks forward to seeing you there and feel free to contact him using the details below,  if you have any queries about the surgeries.

Steve McCallan

Community Safety Officer Neighbourhood Protection Consett Police Station - 01913752650 County Hall – 03000 265457 Mobile - 07768670371

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Secure e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AAP Youth Fund 2019 – Launched

Chester-Le-Street & District Area Action Partnership (AAP) are pleased to launch the AAP Youth Fund– Project Call Out 2019/20, to provide one-off grants for projects that address the mental health and poverty issues affecting Young People across the Chester-Le-Street & District AAP area. £10,000 available, minimum grant £1,000 per project, with a maximum of £3,000 per project.

The Youth fund is an allocation of funds to each of the 14 Area Action Partnerships (AAP) to support community led youth initiatives that meet local needs, impact on County and AAP priorities as they relate to improving outcomes for young people and encourage young people’s participation in activities and projects that provide opportunities for them to contribute positively to their local communities. Applications should demonstrate how they involved young people in the decision making in the development of the proposal. Its overall purpose is to support the improvement of social, emotional capabilities of young people, aged 11 upwards.

If you know of any organisations locally that would like to apply to this fund for support with a project that they are developing, then please forward this e-mail with the attached criteria, and ask that they contact the Chester-Le-Street & District AAP Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 03000 266145 to discuss. Their details will be registered and they will be forwarded an application form to complete. The closing date for this fund is Friday 23rd August 2019, and all applications MUST be returned either by e-mailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (attaching both the application form, and supporting documents) or posted to the following address by that date:

Chester-Le-Street & District AAP Office

Chester-Le-Street One Point Hub

Burns Green


Co Durham

Karbon Homes…..

In a world that’s becoming more and more digital each day, it’s important to us that our customers aren’t left behind.

The Foundations for Life team, Karbon’s employment and digital support service, would like to invite residents of Annfield Plain to our techy tea party, a session set up to show how they can make the most of being online.

Our digital foundations coaches will be on hand to help residents;

-        Stay connected with friends and family – using email, Skype and social media

-        Find/apply for jobs and update their online employment journal

-        Make savings online using price comparison websites

-        Set up on Karbon’s online portal to pay rent, report repairs, or bid for a new property

The team will also be holding an Amazon Dot demonstration, giving helpful tips on how to make the most of having Alexa in your home.


Annfield Plain Community Centre

When? Thursday 20th June Time? 1pm – 3pm

If you cannot make this session on the 20th, employability and digital coaches will be holding sessions at the community centre every Wednesday afternoon between 2pm-4pm, which are open to all.

First Aid classes for Children See attached information

First Aid Classes are available for children from as young as 3 years old.  Both our Early Years (ages 3-6) and Kids classes (7-11) have won awards and provide children with the basic first aid knowledge required for a first aid emergency.

You can book onto a public class at a local venue, or you can enquire about classes to take place in schools, clubs or privately arranged venues.

Turn2us Grants for white goods 

If you’re struggling with household appliances, you might be eligible for some financial support. Use our tools and information today to see what could be available. (right click and open hyper link)

Child Accident Prevention Trust’s (CAPT) Child Safety Week

Burns and Scalds. Did you know that 6 toddlers are admitted to hospital every day because they have been badly burned? Following this simple advice could help reduce this figure and protect your child. See attach for a useful information on how to prevent burns.  

DADLG Summer activities 

See attached the Summer community short breaks programme.

SHOUT text messaging service 

Shout is the UK's first free 24/7 text service for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It's a place to go if you're struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Shout is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. We take people from crisis to calm every single day. See attached

Tai Chi 

Bullion Hall is now offering Tai Chi classes every Monday from 9.30am-11am between the 10th June- 1st July. There is no need to book and each session is £3. I have attached the flier.

Derwentside College summer courses

There are a number of free courses over June at Derwentside college in Consett,  I have attached the information flier with contact details.

The Foundation of Light Courses

There are a number of courses available from The Stadium of Light at the minute. They provide the following:-

Healthy Lifestyles- Nutrition and diet

Employability- help to get back into work

Safe Families- Internet safety, safety home equipment and loan sharks among other issues.

English/ Maths

Generally the courses run 6-10 weeks for a 2 hour session per week. This can be altered to half day sessions to condense the course if preferred. They do not provide a crèche but if another room is available they can bring extra staff to accommodate this. They will facilitate all courses and supply all provisions needed for free.

Please contact Catherine Watson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone- 0191 563 4746 if you are interested in running any of these courses.

Update on Darlington Arq Services –High Quality/Low cost Counselling

They are primarily an LGBT community organisation although they work with anyone from any background. Services include: Counselling, Peer Support / Drop In / Social Support Groups, LGBT Awareness Education, for more information see above information


Sport Works has extensive expertise in providing sport and exercise services for children and young adults with disabilities.  If you are working with families who have children with SEND and would benefit form this service  call or email Ellie who is our lead for Short Breaks, details below.

Number - 07377531950

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

Volunteers needed CAMHS

CAMHS are looking for volunteers 18+ for more information see attached poster or call Michelle Trainer 0191 4415733 closing date is 9th June –See attached poster

SENSE –Specialist service for children and young people with Multi-sensory impairments

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. SENCE supports children, young people and adults click on the following link to find out more. 

Army Cadets 12-18 years

For young people from all walks of life-access fun, friendships, action and adventure.  There is no requirements on Cadets to join the armed forces.

Become an Army cadet and you will be spending time taking part in adventurous activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, archery, and abseiling. 

For young people from all walks of life-access fun, friendships, action and adventure.  There is no requirements on Cadets to join the armed forces.

Google: or call 0191 3847202

Volunteers’ week 2019

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. 

St Cuthbert’s Furniture Scheme

St Cuthbert’s Furniture Scheme offers pre-loved Furniture, Antiques, Retro & Contemporary Items and Clothing, this is a charity store for the St Cuthbert’s Hospice. The store is open Monday – Friday 9.30am- 4.30pm and Saturday 9.30am – 3.30pm. The address is 12A Oakway Court, Meadowfield Industrial Estate, DH7 8XD. Telephone – 0191 378 4720 and ask for Malcolm if you are referring a family to them and they will try to give them a discount if  buying multiple items.

They also offer a coffee morning kit if you would like to host a fundraising event for St Cuthbert’s Hospice, I have attached the information leaflet for both.

Consett Detached Youth Project

The Consett detached youth project have a number of groups available covering the Consett area, They are looking for referrals for the following groups-

Self-esteem sessions in Tesco’s Community Room Consett Friday evenings to 6.30.

Roots and Wings Blackhill  Baptist Church Hall, Thursdays 3.30 to 5.30 pm aged 11 to 13.

Please contact Lynn Walton to discuss and refer a young person on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Family Holiday Association

See attached

Are now accepting applications for breaks and days out in the Summer holidays.  For more information and to register as a referrer log onto:

Call 020 3117 0650 for more information.

Cash for Kids grants –Useful information if you are wanting items not covered by other grant providers.

Cash for Kids responds to the needs of children in our communities so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential.They  support children aged 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect.

We accept grants all year round. We have just done our latest grant round but we try and do them every three months, all applications entered after the last grant round will be considered by our board of trustees. Here is the link to submit a grant, please provide as much detail as possible.

You can apply on their behalf but we don’t have a date yet for the next grant round, we will be in touch when we have more of a idea.

Darlington ARQ  LGBT Service

Offer Counselling, peer support and awareness education sessions to find out more or to refer to the service see attached information. See also attached booklet Coming Out.

Little Treasures Training courses

Little Treasures are running  Government funded, level 2 accredited courses in Understanding Autism, Behaviour that challenges, Young People's Mental Health and Learning Disabilities. 

You attend the sign up at the venues below but the courses are completed at home online or paper format. 

These courses are open to anybody who is interested.

The course signups are at: 

Lumley Community Centre 12th October

Lanchester Social Club 14th September

There is still places on Little Treasures sex ed and relationship workshop if you know anyone who would benefit from this please pass on the email.

This will be held on 11th May at Washington Village Hall and is £10 per person.

To book on please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and the course and area you want to sign up to.

Positive Choices

Positive Choices is a small friendly supportive group for women that runs every Tuesday from 12.30-2.30pm at North Road Methodist Church, Durham.

Pact House

Pact house is offering free breakfasts for kids over the Easter holidays, 

Cheesy Waffles

The Cheesy Waffles Project is a Provision for young people with additional needs age 11 – 30 years.  Although our project is predominantly for young people with learning disabilities it is not exclusive to and everyone is welcome.  I have attached copies of their information and activities.


Please find attached a special newsletter from Durham Safeguarding Partnership (formerly LSCB) to launch new safeguarding arrangements.

Mental Health Problems

I have attached an information leaflet from The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust around Mental Health problems in Children and Young People, this is a guidance leaflet for parents and carers.

What’s on North Durham

Wellbeing for life have released a ‘what’s on’ timetable, which I have attached for you to share with your families.

Consett Community Fridge

Consett Community Fridge is available at The Umbrella Community Centre 
Derwent Shopping Centre, (Victoria Road)
Consett. DH8 5SD. They are now open Monday 2-3pm Wednesday 3-4pm & Saturday 1-2pm.

Knitting, Stitching and Card Making

There is a craft group held every Tuesday at St Stephens Community Centre, South Stanley between 9.30-11.30am. First week is free and refreshments are provided. I have attached the flier for you to share.

The Hut, Usher Moor Community Cafe

There is a community café held every Monday 8am-1pm at The Hut in Usher moor. They supply Tea/ Coffee and Hot Sandwiches and lunches at reasonable prices. I have attached the information flier.

Kidhugs Toddler Group

There is a new toddler group running at The Hut in Usher Moor every Tuesday morning 9-11am called Kidhugs. Admission is £1.50 per family and covers tea/ Coffee, Juice and Snacks. I have attached the information flier.

Re-wilding at Horsethinking Timetable

Horsethinking at Maiden law have released the timetable for the Chicken Gang & Re-wilding project. There will be camping out, planting a forest, watching skylarks, curlews and lapwings nest and bring up their young in our summer wild meadow, create a chicken theme park (!) to persuade the chickens not to dig up the new woodland. I have attached the information flier with contact details. 

Crossfit Fit class free junior session

Crossfit First class are offering free Junior sessions to access their strength and conditioning facility, the sessions are open to 11-19 year olds on Tuesdays 4.30-6.30pm at Quaking houses Village hall. Contact 07402115854 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I have attached the information flier

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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

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.