VCS Locality 2

Peterlee / Easington / Seaham / Durham Central (Laurel avenue and surrounding area)

Samantha Friend

VCS Alliance Worker Locality 2
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000 266151 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Google Digital Garage Bus tour

Get free face-to-face training from Google in digital skills

From how to grow your career, to set up your own business, and much more. It’s a place where you can take the first steps to fulfilling your potential.

In each location you can attend workshops on Digital Marketing, Social Media Strategy, CV Building and Stay Safe Online, or attend a one to one mentoring session to grow your online presence. No need to register beforehand, you can just turn up on the day.  

31st July - St Johns Car Park, Seaham SR7 7JE10:00 - 11:00 Build a CV

9:30am - 10:30am First Steps Online

12:00pm - 1:00pm Build a CV

2:00pm - 3:00pm Write a Cover Letter

All day one to one mentoring sessions  from 9:00am to 4.00pm

Street Game Peterlee


From next Tuesday, 2nd July sessions will be held on the outdoor 4G pitch at East Durham College between 7 and 8pm. Street Games is completely free and McDonald's are still providing refreshments at no cost to our young people aged 10-16. We have some exciting new games and look forward to seeing Peterlee's young people there enjoying doing some exercise and getting some fresh air

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

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

Summer Activities

The VCS are busy collating a list of summer activities at the minute, this will be shared as soon as it is complete. If you are organising, hosting or know of any summer activities please can you forward the information over to me. Thank you.

Smokefree Life

Please find a poster from Smokefree Life about how the service can support people


Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track.

The website allows you to put in the families details to see if they are claiming the correct benefits as well as any grants they may be able to access

Skills Network

Please see attached flyer

Fully Funded Level 2 certificate in IT user Skills.

For ages 14 years +

Gain a recognised qualification

Contact Skills network 01757 210 022


Horizon Young Adult Carers Support Service

Please attached information

14 years – 25 years caring for a parent, sibling, grandparent, another relative or friend.

This could include cooking, housework, shopping, personal care, parenting younger siblings, and providing emotional support.

Horizon can support you around your caring role for up to 6 months.

Go to for online referral.

Contact 01325 731160

Salvation Army Murton – Garden Party 2019

Salvation Army Murton are holding a Lion Kind themed Garden Party

Saturday 6th July from 2pm

Lots of activities including:

  • ·Stalls
  • ·Games
  • ·Tasty afternoon tea
  • ·Ice cream
  • ·Plants
  • ·Shop will also be open for gifts and bargains

Shotton Community Centre

Community Coaches is running a drop-in session on Friday 28th June 12.30pm till 2.30pm at Shotton Community Centre

We offer a wide range of advice and guidance and support.

If you have any issue's please come and see us at the centre.

If you are needing help sooner please ring 0191 5693511 and ask for Kylie Austin Project Co-ordinator for Community Coaches

(please see attached poster)

Laurel Avenue Community Centre

Grub Club is now on Wednesday’s starting tomorrow. 2-3 pm Adults can come along and join in some growing & cooking food activities and 3-4 pm families/children can join in after school

Wellbeing Wednesdays

Please find attached information on Wellbeing Wednesday sessions, a new and exciting opportunity for women to come together.

Sessions take place at The Patio Coffee shop, Seaham Town Hall

(For more information please see attached poster)

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.

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.


Please find attached information leaflets on Adult Learning courses taking place at Acumen sites in Horden and Seaham.

Eden Hill People Centre

Eden Hill People centre are running their annual Natwest Family Day this is a opportunity for agencies and service to promote there work to the to the community, please see information on the poster, if you would like a stall please let me Maureen Conway know on 07930330717

Please see attached poster

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

Horden Youth and Community centre

Go Digital – Computer course for beginners 

Starting Monday 1st July (Monday –Friday)

30 hours per week for 2 weeks 


Free Laptop on completion of the course 

(please see attached for more information)

Dawdon Youth and Community Centre 

ABC Parent and Toddler session

Tuesday 13:00-15:00pm

No booking required

Children 0-5   

Trauma-Informed Peer Support Group

Waddington Street Centre in Durham City have a new Trauma-Informed Peer support group for anyone aged 18+. This group is for anyone with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder, emotionally unstable personality disorder or recognised traits of the above conditions. The group is ran by peers with lived experience and is on every 2nd Monday of every month from 6.30-8pm. Please find attached the information leaflet.

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.

May-June 2019 DADLG Timetable and Weekly Clubs

Durham Area Disability Leisure Group (DADLG) are holding several Family Activities for families with children who have a disability or additional needs throughout May and June. I have attached the information leaflet with contact details to book onto each session and a leaflet with their weekly clubs.

Little Treasures Summer Inclusion Activities and Training Course

Two activities are available through Little Treasures over July and August for children with Autism /children on the asd pathway and their siblings. I have attached the information form and contact details to book.

Men’s Health Links

Manhealth have produced a useful information leaflet with contact links specifically for men around Mental Health telephone support that is available within the county. I have attached the flier.

County Durham Community Clothing Bank

Ladies and gentlemen, we will be asking you to register for school uniforms in person at our clothing banks from the 30th April. Please bring with you proof of benefit. You will be given a, receipt to bring back with you when you come to collect uniform at the end of July. Please do not lose this receipt as we can only give uniforms with receipts. We will buy the uniform sizes and colour required. We have a limited amount of money so first come first served. Thanks Dawn Wilson

Autism Awareness at The Metro Centre

A new scheme aimed at raising awareness of autism is taking place at the Metro Centre.

Go to any of the information desks at the Metro Centre and you can hire a backpack which includes

  • Sunglasses
  • Ear defenders
  • Egg timers
  • Visual aids
  • Fidget spinners

And much more to support children with autism.

Orange wristbands are issued to make staff aware the child is autistic.

£10 refundable deposit.

Participating shops will reduce lighting, sound and speaker announcements for quiet hour on the

First Tuesday of the month 10 am - 11am and

First  Saturday of the month 9am – 10am.

Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership

Please find attached the Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership newsletter which has the launch of the new arrangements

Cheesy Waffles Project

The Cheesy Waffles Project is a Provision for young people with additional needs age 11 – 30 years

Please find attached information on all the session that are ran in Belmont Community Centre.

ACT Foundation

Please find attached information on The ACT Foundation who support people in need, the information includes:

  • Grants – for specialist equipment or home adaptations
  • Respite

(please see attached for more information) 

The Pavilion Peterlee

Please see attached for information on Junior activities taking place at The Pavilion Peterlee 

Eastlea Community Centre Womens tea and chat group

Our Women's Tea and Chat are holding on Open Day on Wednesday 27th March 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Why not pop in and have a look at what they do. Drop in any time during the event and have a cuppa and a bite to eat.

(please see attached for more information)

Boogie some more session

North East Dance are running some ‘Boogie some more’ sessions at Eastlea Community centre, the aim of the session is to develop children’s physical, language and social skills. The classes are for children aged 18mths-3/4years and take place every Tuesday 13:00-14:30 for 6 weeks and are FREE of charge (please see attached for more information)  

Children, ICT and e-Safety

Please find attached information on keeping children safe whilst online, the leaflet covers:

  • How your child is using ICT in school
  • How using ICT in the home can help children learn
  • How children can use the internet safely at home
  • Where to access further information

Talking Changes Baby steps Support group

Talking Changes are running a support group in Seaham for new and expecting mam’s who are experiencing low mood and anxiety, attached is the leaflet for more information

MoMo Challenge

Please see attached important information regarding MoMo challenge from Cleveland police  

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.


Please find attached information on new up to date HomeGroup drop in sessions

Laurel Avenue Community Centre

Laurel Avenue Community Centre have a Caff Gaff every Friday morning 10:00-12:00, free breakfast and refreshments available

Durham Foodbank

Please see below location of Durham foodbanks in the Seaham and Durham Central area



St Hild and St Helen

Christian Fellowship

Mount Stewart Street


Tuesday 10:00-12:00

Red voucher required

Gas and Electricity also available


Durham drop in

Waddington Street

United Reformed Church

Waddington Street


Monday 11:30-14:30

Wednesday 11:30-14:30

Friday 11:30-14:30

Red Voucher required

Gas and Electricity also available

Durham Elvet

Elvet Methodist Church

8 Old Elvet


Monday 10:00-12:30

Wednesday 10:00-12:30

Friday 10:00-12:30

Red Voucher required

Gas and Electricity also available

Durham Gilesgate (Laurel Avenue)

Laurel Avenue

Community Centre

Laurel Avenue


Saturday 09:30-11:30

Red Voucher required

Gas and Electricity also available


Holy Trinity Church

Church Lane



Saturday 10:00-12:00

Red Voucher required

Gas and Electricity also available


Horden Centennial Centre

Horden centennial Centre are running a Karate session every Tuesday night 19:00-21:00 (juniors can finish earlier) for children aged 5+ (please see attached for more information) 

Peterlee Street Games

Peterlee Street Games takes place in Asda lower car park and is aimed at Young People 10-16. The sessions take place every Tuesday 19:00-20:00

East Durham Trust – Volunteer Community Coach

Anyone needs assistance / support then we have drop in sessions at the following locations:-

Horden Hub House - Tuesdays 930-1230

Eastlea Community Centre Tuesdays 11-1

Haswell Mencap - Wednesdays 10-12

Horden and Peterlee Rugby Club - Thursdays 930-1130

Dawdon Community Centre - Tuesdays 12-2

Macrae House, Murton - Wednesday 10-12

East Durham Trust (Community House) Wednesdays 1-3 (appointment only)

We can assist with housing queries, benefits enquiries, applications for white goods, help with accessing local community activities, accessing welfare assistance and make arrangements to support you at DWP assessments.

Please feel free to drop in or call Ian on 0191 5693511

Family Holiday Association

We have provided nearly 4000 families breaks and days out in 2018. We have some great new partners that have come on board for 2019. Spring Breaks, Group Trips funding and Days Out tickets available.

More Information   

Eastlea Community Centre

Eastlea Community Centre have a women’s tea and chat session running every Tuesday 11:00-13:00 (please see attached for more information)

East Durham Trust Fuel

Ian Thorburn explained that he has a pot of money which he stated is not there for ever and only used in emergency’s but can support families with gas and electric in an emergency situation.  He also said if parents contact the supplier they may provide them with emergency gas and electric too.

You can contact Ian on 0191 5693511

Breastfeeding Cafes

Please see attached information on Breastfeeding Cafes across County Durham

Prescription information for Universal credit claimants

“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 Parents Guide to gaming
I have attached an information leaflet on The Parents Guide to Gaming, with the run up to Christmas families may be getting new games, the booklet highlights how to keep little ones safe when using this equipment

Shotton IT Resource Centre
The Parish Meeting Rooms,
Friar Street,
Shotton Colliery,

Shotton IT Resource centre offer a range of training courses that are delivered distance learning, some of these include: · IT delivered by The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) · Numeracy and Literacy · Home and office IT · Specialist IT · Computer Build · Basic sign language · Adobe photoshop · Digital photography · Keyboard skills · Food Hygiene The centre also offers a lot more learning opportunities and also relevant staff to help with finding a job, updating CV and checking benefit entitlement.

Blackhall Scouts
Blackhall have a Cub Scout session that runs every Thursday night at the scout hut, 06:30-08:00 for children aged nearly 8 to 10. The sessions cost £2.50p and activities include crafts, games and badge work.

SEND toolkit training for parent/carers
Please find attached information on dates for SEND toolkit training sessions aimed at parents/carers. The sessions will describe how school and settings assist children with SEND. (please see attached poster for more information)