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.

 

 

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. www.sense.org.uk/get-support/information-and-advice 

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: www.rfca-ne.org.uk 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.

Bullion Hall Half Term Events

Bullion Hall, Chester le Street are holding three events during the Half term holidays…

Tuesday 28 May 10 to 12pm, Puppets and Crafts with Claire,

Tuesday 28 May 1pm to 3pm, T-shirt decorating with Lee (bring your own t-shirt),

Thursday 30 May  10 to 12pm, Fun and games with Charlotte,

£4 for the week, packed lunches will be available for £2

Please contact   https://www.facebook.com/bullionhallchesterlestreet/  or call into the Hall for more information and to book. I have attached the information flier for you to share.

Dementia Awareness week 20th-24th May 2019

Wellbeing for life and Dementia Friends are running 1 hour information sessions around the county. Please find the dates and venues within the attached information flier. 

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 5.pm. 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:

www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk/apply-for-a-break/breaks

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. https://planetradio.co.uk/tfm/charity/info/grants-tfm/

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.

Mental Health Awareness  week  13-19th May

See attached some useful information on how to reduce stress.

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, 

CAB Universal Credit Support

Citizens advice are running help to claim support session’s in Consett and Stanley, attached is the information flier with contact details, days and times.

 

 

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.

Newsletter

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

MHIS CYPF Event

Mental Health Support in Schools are holding an event to help design and develop a new project around mental health support teams in schools. The event is open to young people aged 8-18 years and their parents/ Carers and will be held at The Durham County Cricket Ground on Saturday the 13th April between 12.30-3pm. I have attached the information leaflet to share with families. To book your place please contact Wendy on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07415 380 040 b Thursday 11th April.

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.

Catchgate Easter Event

I have attached a leaflet with Easter events being held at Catchgate and Annfield Plain Library.

Blackhill and Consett Park Easter events

Bike Confidence Sessions

Wednesday 10th April    Blackhill & Consett park     Free

Session times: 10am – 11am; 11.15 – 12.15pm; 1pm – 2pm; and 2.15pm-3.15pm.

Come and learn the fundamentals of cycling through a fun, interactive session in the park. Bring your own bike and helmet. Designed for children aged 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-booking is essential. Places for each child taking part can be booked at: www.landofoakandiron.org.uk/whats-on  

This activity is being organised by Groundwork NE & Cumbria as part of the Land Of Oak & Iron “Go Green” programme.

“Chicken Licken: A Tale Jam”

Friday 12th April.   10.30am    The Lodge, Blackhill & Consett park      £2

A Gala Theatre co-production with Ruth Mary Johnson.

Join us as we explore an old fable in a new way with fun, fake news and feathers! A specially-commissioned new family show with live music.

To book please phone 03000 – 262480 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

“Street Trees”

Friday 12th April      The Lodge, Blackhill & Consett Park     Free

12.30pm – 3.30pm

Join CEED and OASES for tree-mendous fun.

A chance to have your say on trees in your neighbourhood – where would you like to see new trees planted? We also have some free tree “whips” (very young small trees) to give away! There are a wide variety of British native broadleaf trees – so if you fancy a new tree in your garden, please do come along.  We will also have some fun tree-related family activities.

The Street Trees project is working across the Derwent Valley area, funded by Derwent Valley Area Action Partnership, to engage communities in understanding the value that Street Trees play in our every- day lives, and to discover the importance of trees for people, for nature and for our climate.

“Wild About The Park”

Monday 15th April      The Lodge, Blackhill & Consett Park      Free – donations invited.

Session times:  10am-12noon and 1pm – 3pm

Join us for some Easter-themed family activity out in the park, and some camp-fire cooking in our community garden! Please meet at The Lodge for registration.

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited. To book into a session please phone 03000 – 262480 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VCS Clinics

Monday 8th April @ Brandon Family Centre- 10-11.30am

Monday 8th April @ Chester Le Street One Point Hub- 1-2.30pm

Tuesday 9th April @ Stanley One Point Hub- 1-2.30pm

Wednesday 10th April @ Greencroft, Stanley- 1-2.30pm

Thursday 11th April @ Moorside Family Centre- 9.30-11am

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.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

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.

Personal Assistant Training

Adult Learning & Skills Service are running a Personal Training Course at Stanley One Point Hub, starting on the Wednesday 24th April for 2 weeks from 9am-4.30pm. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 03000 266 115 to book a place. I have attached the information flier to share.

Stanley Auditions

South Moor Musical Theatre Group is looking for girls aged between 7 and 15 to undertake the roles of ‘Annie’ and ‘Orphans’ for its production of Annie at the Alun Armstrong Theatre, Civic hall, Stanley. I have attached the information flier for you to share with any budding actors you are working with. Registration closes on the 24th March, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

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. 

VCS Clinics

Monday 25th March

Brandon Family Centre- 10-11.30am

Chester Le Street One Point Hub- 1-2.30pm

Tuesday 26th March at Consett One Point Hub- 1-2.30pm

Wednesday 27th March at Stanley One Point Hub- 1-2.30pm

Thursday 28th March at Moorside Family Centre- 10-11.30am

Community Garden at Blackhill & Consett Park

A new season of gardening activities in the Community Garden at Blackhill & Consett Park is starting on Monday 18th March. The group is open to adults aged 16 and over, and will be led by Liz Beech, an experienced and qualified outdoor education worker. The sessions run between 1pm and 3pm, and meet at 1pm in the classroom on the ground floor of The Lodge, which is located near to the main entrance into the park on Laburnum Avenue, Blackhill. The gardening group is a friendly and supportive setting in which to introduce adults to a range of hands-on practical gardening activities, with advice and information available as needed. As most of the session will be outdoors in the community garden, please dress appropriately.

People have the opportunity to take home some of the produce grown during the season, although we also aim to donate some to local community organisations who run lunch clubs.

There is no set charge for taking part, but we do request donations towards the programme costs, which are also being supported again this year by The Friends of the Park. Registration is also required.

Contact The Lodge, Blackhill & Consett Park, Laburnum Avenue, Consett, DH8 5TA

Tel: 03000 – 262480

Adult Learning Skill Services free Course availability

I have attached the information fliers to share with any families who may be interested.

ITQ L1 Certificate

This course will be running at Stanley One Point Hub from Wednesday 24th April for 11 weeks, 9.30am-12pm. Please call to book your place on 03000 266 115 or Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ITQ L2 Certificate

This course will be running at Cornerstone Centre, Chester le street from Wednesday 24th April for 11 weeks, 9.30am-12pm. Please call to book your place on 03000 266 115 or Email-This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maths Course

This course will be running at Burnhope Community Centre from Wednesday 24th April for 12 weeks, 9.30am-12pm. Please call to book your place on  03000 266 115 or Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

English Course

This course will be running at Burnhope Community Centre from Wednesday 24th April for 12 weeks, 12.30-3pm. Please call to book your place on  03000 266 115 or Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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

Website: www.talkingchanges.org.uk

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.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/YMCA-Furniture-Project/1155935621129455 

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.