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.



Acumen – Horden

Please see below courses that Acumen are delivering from their Horden site, I have attached the leaflet for you all to have a look at:

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

VCS Clinics

Clinics will be running next week with me being in the following locations:

Peterlee Hub – Thursday AM

Easington Family Centre – Thursday PM

Horden Family centre – Monday AM

Easington Families First (Contact centre) – Monday PM 

Seaham Family centre – Tuesday PM (not attending due to meeting planned)

Seaham Hub – Tuesday AM

Laurel Avenue Family Centre – Wednesday AM

Emotional Health and Resilience Nurse drop in session

If you are a young person aged 5-19 who has concerns about any of these things or you care for a young person aged 5-19  and have concerns….

Come along and speak to your Emotional Health and Resilience Nurse Joanne Crowe at 

PETERLEE ONE POINT HUB on:  Thursday 3.00pm-5.00pm February 14th  & 28th  March 14th  April 11th & 25th and SEAHAM ONE POINT HUB on:  Thursday 3.00pm-5.00pm February  21st March  7th & 21st April 4th & 18th

Job Club

Job Club is returning to Horden Youth and Community Centre drop ins will be taking place every week from:

  • Monday 11th March 10:00-16:00pm
  • Saturday 16th March 10:00-12:00noon

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

Humankind – Step 4 success

Humankind are running a Steps 4 success course, the sessions are a new way of learning and are aimed at young people aged 16-18 year olds (please see attached for more information)

Eastlea Community Centre

Please find attached an up to date activity timetable for Eastlea community centre

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

Citizen Advice Bureau

Please find attached a flyer about a series of information/taster sessions taking place at Citizen Advice office in Peterlee the last Thursday of each month (10am-12noon) starting 28th February. At each session there will be information about DurhamWorks a taste of the Citizens Advice training available as well as a monthly topic (starting with Apprenticeships). This is a new initiative, which we hope will generate some new participants.

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


Please find attached the newsletter for DADLG there is lots of activities taking place

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

Horden Youth and Community Centre

Horden Youth and Community Centre are running a level 2 food hygiene course on Monday 4th February 09:00-16:00, the course is free for unwaged, low waged or volunteering and also be a county Durham resident. (please see attached for more information)


For the last 17 years, CATSS has taken hard-to-reach children from the local area on a series of day trips and a residential trip during the Easter holidays. It allows children to get involved in a variety of great activities, provides respite and offers new developmental opportunities. The trips are completely free of charge. The CATSS Primary project works with children aged 7-11 years and the CATSS Secondary project works with children aged 11-13 years.

For primary aged children, this year’s project will comprise of three day trips and one residential trip. The first two day trips will be held on Saturday 2nd March 2019 and Saturday 16th March 2019. The residential trip will be from Tuesday 9th April until Friday 12th April 2019. The final day trip is scheduled to take place in May/June 2019.

For secondary aged children, this year’s project will comprise of two daytrips and one week residential trip. The first day trip will be held on Saturday 23rd February 2019 and the second day trip will be held on Saturday 9th March 2019. The week residential trip will be Monday 15th April- Thursday 18th April 2019.

Nominations are open to any child who is at-risk or from a hard-to-reach group. This could include young carers, looked after children, or children with very limited social opportunities. We welcome nominations for children from across the County Durham area (we don’t have resource to take children from outside Co. Durham)

If you know of any child who would benefit from either of the CATSS projects, please could you email Katie Stobbs on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0191 3341797 as soon as possible so we can send a nomination form to you. Nominations will close at the end of January 2019.

Dawdon Youth and Community Centre

Dawdon Youth and Community centre are running a British Sign Language and Makaton course, this will start Friday 18th January 13:00-15:00 and will be eight sessions in total, the course will be free for the unemployed (please see attached for more information)

Peterlee Loan shark week of action

The Illegal Money lending Team are organising a week of action in Peterlee commencing Monday 28th January. There is a lot of intel around loan shark activity within Peterlee and we need to ensure residents are aware how to report it and generate an awareness. I have attached the social media toolkit for you all to have a look at as they have some really good links.

Horden Youth and Community centre

Hub Grub

Horden Youth and Community centre have a hub grub that takes place every Thursday, here they offer a meal for £1 (free to county durham housing residents)

Meals are served from 16:00-17:00 with all the family welcome.


Mind will be dropping in during the new year on Mondays starting 14th January, they provide a confidential service and can offer support and workshops around the following issues



Depression and anxiety management

Sleep management

Sessions will take place at Horden Youth and Community centre 11:00-13:00

(please see attached for more information

Breastfeeding Cafes

Please see attached information on Breastfeeding Cafes across County Durham

Dawdon Youth and Community Centre

Dawdon Youth and Community Centre have a new course taking place in their centre, the course allows the learner to work in the warehouse sector after training the learner will be supported and interviewed for up to six vacancies working in various warehousing operations  for up to 10 weeks, 16 hours a week at national minimum wage (please see attached for more information and contact details)

Stay warm and well campaign – Dawdon Youth and Community centre have a homemade lunch session that takes place every Friday which costs £1 per portion, the session takes place 11:30-13:00 and can be eaten in or taken away

Adult Learning and Skills service

Please find attached our new Learning Guide advertising courses starting from January 2019

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.”

Glebe Centre Murton
Please find attached timetable of activities taking place at The Glebe Centre Murton

Salvation Army Sherburn Hill
Please find attached information on sessions taking place at Salvation Army Sherburn Hill, the centre is currently having a makeover but classes are still going ahead as normal

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

Dawdon Youth and Community Centre
The centre have asked me to share a number of things this week: ABC Parent and Toddler group The ground is for children aged 0-5 and takes place every Tuesday 13:00-15:00 at a cost of £2 a child with extra siblings at a charge of £1 (please see poster attached)

Job Club and Welfare drop in
The above sessions are now taking place every Tuesday 12:00-14:00 (please see attached for information)

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 community Centre

Blackhall Community centre have a session running for pre-schoolers, this takes place every Friday 09:30-11:00am and costs £2

Hub Grub Community Café
Horden Youth and Community Centre are providing a healthy tea for £1 or free for County Durham housing group tenants, this will take place every Thursday 4:00-5:00pm (please see attached poster) .

Hearts and Minds Domestic Violence group
Bowburn Community Centre have a 8 week Hearts and Mind course starting Monday 5th November 10:00-12:00. The course is for women and allows them to develop and understanding of the importance of healthy relationships. (please see attached poster)

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)