VCS Locality 3
Newton Aycliffe / Spennymoor / Chilton, Shildon / Wheatley Hill / Ferryhill
VCS Alliance Worker Locality 3
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000 268598 Mobile : 07795020057
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 www.durham.gov.uk/volunteering
Triple P courses planned for Autumn/Spring 2020
What’s on July-September –Denebank and Ferryhill Family Centres.
See attached latest What’s on Guide for family centres in Ferryhill and Denebank, which included their summer activities.
The Google Digital Garage bus is coming Spennymoor Leisure Centre car park on Tuesday 16th July 8.30-4.00
The team at Google will be driving their famous bus into communities across the North East to deliver digital skills training. See attached poster on what workshops will be available.
Mindfulness-Based cognitive therapy course –PCP Aycliffe
For parents who are feeling stressed, anxious, sad or unable to stay positive. See attached poster
Thursday 5th September 9.30-11.00 for 4 weeks. Cost £3.00 session.
Computers for the terrified –PCP Aycliffe
Starting Wednesday 11th September 9.30-12.00 for 6 weeks See attached poster for more information.
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.
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.
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.
These can be booked at your venue. See attached information
Aycliffe Library what’s on
See attached document showing the libraries current offer with timings and costs.
Benefits of being a library member include: Free computer access, books, talking books, e-books and e-audiobooks through the Borrow Box app; and the books on wheels service which delivers to customers who are physically unable to visit the library.
Developing Emotional Resilience Course here at PCP.
Due to a lot of interest the PCP in Aycliffe have set up a second course
This is to start on Tuesday 18th June from 9.45am – 1.00pm, and will run for four weeks. This course is for ages 19+ and if FREE see attached poster.
Be Active Feel Healthy Course PCP Aycliffe
There are still a few places available for our Be Active Feel Healthy Course which starts on Friday 14th June here at The Pioneering Care Centre, 1.00pm – 3.00pm. The course is FREE and a fabulous way to learn more about a healthy diet and keep-fit techniques.
I have attached a poster for information.
St Pauls Centre Spennymoor After school family gardening club
Fridays 3.45-4.45 Free to attend –see attached information.
Armed Forces fun day
Ferryhill town hall gardens and market place Saturday 29th June 9.30-1.00 see attached poster.
Making Sense of Caring Event –Croxdale Community Centre
This event is for people caring for anyone under 18. Places are limited to book a place ring 03000 051213 or see attached poster.
Trimdon Community collage
Credit Union every Wednesdays 9.00-12.00
Parent drop in session Thursdays 9.00-12.00 for parents to pop along to make new friends have a chat and take part in crafts.
Ferryhill Ladder Centre Men’s Group
We have a new Men only Health and Wellbeing Group at the Ladder Centre called Happy Monday's. This group will look to tackle social isolation and improve the physical and mental health in our community through support, social activities, exercise, volunteering and confidence building. This group is being funded through the kindness and generosity of the National Lottery. Thank you to everyone who plays The National Lottery for supporting us. The National Lottery Community Fund
For more details about this group or any other of the services we offer please give us a ring on 01740 651639.
Aycliffe Family Centre -Summer holiday activities
Friday 9th August 11.00-1.00 there will be an additional needs movie event including Sensory. To nominated a family contact Laura or ring family centre
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.
https://www.turn2us.org.uk/About-Us/Our-Campaigns/Living-Without-Campaign/Where-to-get-help (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
Young Adult Support Café
16-21 years emotional wellbeing support drop in session PCP Aycliffe Mondays 5.30-7.30 –See attach poster.
Knit and Natter Group –Aycliffe PCP
Thursdays 3.00-4.00 in the garden kitchen £1.50 parents take along own knitting. See attached poster
Cornforth partnership Young parent group
For young people 16-24 and not in education or employment for more information contact Jamie-lee or Leanne on 01740652000. See attached poster
Aycliffe Family Centre- Pre-loved table top
Aycliffe family centre will be having a pre loved table top Friday 2nd August 10.00-1.00. They are looking for donations of clothes, household item (not electrical), and toys. If anyone has donations they can be dropped off at Newton Aycliffe family centre Stephenson Way .
Coxhoe Village hall toddler group
Mondays and Wednesdays 1.30-2.30 commencing 24th June poster to follow.
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.
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.
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.
Woman’s Gala Funday
Saturday 8th June 11.00-4.00 A day of Free family fun celebrating woman. See attached poster.
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 from this service call or email Ellie who is our lead for Short Breaks, details below.
Number - 07377531950
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.
Pop up play Café –Aycliffe
Jut to remind everyone about the Pop up play café- Families only need to be referred once and the volunteers will communicate directly with the families and invite them to the pop in café’s during all school holidays. This service is primarily for Newton Aycliffe families. See attached referral form and information.
Sunshine Sensory –Aycliffe
Aycliffe youth and community centre –Thursdays 10.10-10.50 -Fun , songs, and Rhymes using instruments and probs. See attached poster
Emotional well-being Peer Support Project for young people 16-21.
Starting Monday 3rd June 5.30-7.30
The project is to provide a stigma free environment where young people can come together, meet new people, have a cuppa with the support from staff from Investing in Children and PCP. For more information call Chris Affleck on 0191 3077030
Spennymoor Library Routes into Health and Social Care
Starting Tuesday 4th June 9.30-3.15 for 6 weeks see attached poster
Ways of Wellbeing - Beginners Fishing Wingate
Starting 4th-25th June 10.00-4.00 all equipment provided 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 lonk 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.
PCP Aycliffe –New Courses
FREE Be Active Feel healthy course Starts Friday 14th June for 4 weeks 1.00-3.00 –Learn more about a healthier diet an become more active –See attached poster
FREE Developing emotional resilience course Starts Monday 10th June for 4 weeks 9.15-12.30 See attached poster.
New sessions at Trimdon Station Community Centre
Helps reduce stress and improves sleep Mondays 6.00-7.00 See attached poster
Are looking for people to join who are interested in acting, dancing or who have any kind of theatre background. Taster session free starts Saturday 1st June 12noon See attached poster for more information.
Greenhills Centre Wheatley hill
Mini First Aid Kids is designed for children aged 7-11. Children are starting to be more independent and can understand basic first aid. In the 1-hour session, Children learn to deal with bumps, burns, breaks and bleeding, carry out CPR and deal with choking. The class is practical, lots of fun and involves lots of activities for the children to enjoy
Monday 22nd July 11.00-12.00 or Friday 16th August
*Limited spaces Free Ring 01429 820214 to book a place
St Luke’s Church Ferryhill Fridays Coffee Morning
Parents can pop along for coffee and cake whist meeting new people starting Friday 31st May 10am.
Trimdon Community Collage
New –Chill out Tuesdays
Starts Tuesday 4th June 12.00-3-00 for 6 weeks for 19+. The session supports parents to meet new people, builds their confidence, learns them new ways of coping with stress and builds emotional resilience. See attached poster on how to book a place.
Wheatley hill Family Centre Baby Group
Starting Monday 3rd June 1.30-2.30 for babies birth to crawling –See attached poster
Family Holiday Association
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. 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
Wellness for you course -Denebank Family Centre
Starting Tuesday 4th June for 6 weeks 13:30pm-15:00pm For more details contact and to book a place contact Yvonne Frost on 07826884647-See attached poster.
May Half Term - Family Centre Activities
All activities must be booked by contacting the Family centre.
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
ESOL course –Aycliffe youth and community centre
English for Speakers of other languages this course will help parents improve their reading writing, listening and speaking skills. The course is held on a Monday and Wednesday see attached poster on how to book.
Little treasures Leaflets
Following Autism event I have attached leaflet from Little treasures.
Wheatley hill family centre Baby Group see attached poster
The sessions focus on different topics each week to support your child’s development, including fun activities on offer and advice on safety for your child.
Every Monday 1.30-2.30.
DADLG camping opportunities
Great opportunity for families who have children with additional needs. DADLG loan out tents and sleeping bags to families to enable them to try before they buy. They also recommend camp sites. See attached flyer.
Families needing help with Universal Credit Claim - See attached information
Do you have families that need help claiming Universal credit? Newton Aycliffe Citizens Advice centre have the help to claim team at the centre every Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Friday 10.00-4.00. I have attached single claim and joint claim information to enable parents to take relevant documents along when putting in a claim.
Cornforth House –Up and coming Events
Drop in for cuppa and chat – West Cornforth Primary School every Monday 8.30-9.30 and 2.00-4.00. See attached poster
Community Drop In –Come along and meet the team Tuesday 2nd April 2.00-4.00. See attached poster.
Girls Soccer –Ferryhill Sports and Education Centre
Every Saturday 11-12noon for girls 7-11 years –see attached poster.
Monday - Spennymoor youth and community centre DL16 6PP Group facilitator David.
Wednesday – Jubilee Fields Shildon DL4 2AL Group facilitator Martin
All our meetings run from 6-8pm.
Doors are open to men suffering from depression and other mental health issues. NO pressure to talk, NO judgements made, NO referral required.
http://www.manhealth.org.uk Call 01388 320023
North East Autism Society Toddler group –See attached poster
Greenhill’s community Centre Wheatley hill, Wednesdays 9.30-11.00
For Parents and Carers with toddlers who have Autism or special needs. Parents can register their interest by contacting Kerrie Highcock on 01914109974.
Denebank and Ferryhill Institute
See attached new timetable of activities within the centre. There are activities for pleasure, healthy lifestyles and community groups –See attached programme.
Community Peer Mentors
See attached information from Jim Cunningham, Jim can be contacted if you feel you have any parents who would benefit from this service.
Community Peer Mentor Coordinator Office: 0300 003 1818 /07787-86008
Greenhill’s community Centre Wheatley hill- Get Creative session
Ways to wellbeing
Free Creative session every Wednesday 2.00-3.30 all materials provided See attached poster.
Community Floating Support –Adults with mental health
A service for people with mental health issues, over the age of 18 years, who do not have the support of a social worker or care coordinator. See attached information on how to refer and more information about the service or ring 03000 269 071.
Aycliffe youth and community Centre Youth Group 11-19 years
Every Wednesday commencing Wednesday 6th March 6.30-8.30 only 50p entry.
Groundworks are looking for volunteers for the group contact Michelle 07909231894
Shildon Alive new premises
Shildon Alive have now moved into their new building 91-95 Church Street Shildon.
Craft workshops every Wednesday at 1:30,
'Fridge and Shelves for all' are full of surplus food from local supermarkets for everyone to take and help us reduce waste.
They have support services and credit union collection point which is available every day.
Anyone can pop in for a chat and a cuppa and find out about exciting new projects.
Blue Light Café –Middlestone moor Community Centre
Spennymoor Neighbourhood Police are opening a Blue Light Café at Middlestone Moor Community centre with some exciting projects planned. See attached poster for drop in sessions families can go along to talk to partner agencies and enjoy a cuppa.
Sense Early Explorers Group
A specialist play and communication group for pre-school children with multi-sensory Impairments
Ruff N Tumble Newton Aycliffe Thursdays 1.00-2.30
Rocsolid Supported housing –Newton Aycliffe
Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre
+++New Youth Club+++ 11-16 years
Starting Wednesday 6th March 6.30-8.30 (awaiting poster)
Groundworks have volunteering opportunities for anyone who is interested in youth work to support within session. Contact Michelle on 07909231894 for more information
The Newman Holiday trust
This is an Ofsted registered charity which provides free, week long residential holidays for young people with disabilities and/or SEN. They provide one-to-one care for children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience a week away from home. For more information see the website www.newmantrust.org.
The team has a number of projects that can provide advice and support around jobs and training. See attached poster
Auckland Youth and Community Centre Girls Group 10-14 years
Our programme of activities are fun, but ultimately designed to develop self-confidence, life skills and resilience through being part of a supportive, non-judgmental group of girls and young women.
Useful information and links to support children with Gender Identity Issues
See attached information form the young Minds website which may come in useful for young people with Gender Identity Issues.
Trimdon Station community Centre Youth Groups
Kids club Every Tuesday 4.00-5.00 includes Hot Dog and Juice. See attached poster
13+ Youth Group every Thursday 6.00-8.00 50p entry –activities include pool, air hockey table and trips. See attached poster
Early Explorers Pre-school Group
Thursdays 1.00-2.30 for Children 0-5 with multi-sensory impairments or those with additional disabilities. (Places need to be booked)
Ruff N Tumble Newton Aycliffe See attached leaflet.
Twinkle Time Denebank Family Centre
Mondays 9.30-11.00 booking recommended see attached flyer
Little Rays Parent and Toddler group
Tuesdays 9.30-11.30 at Cornforth house commencing Tuesday 26th February. Contact Emma for more information on 01740652000. See attached flyer
Family Action –Free family line service
Free FamilyLine Service tackles these issues in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support parents and carers through telephone calls, email and text message. See attached information.
Sherburn House Hardship Fund
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. £300 grants are available to families and they have quick turnaround at present. –See attached information
Safe Families for Children
offers volunteer support for families with young children, usually with at least one child under the age of 10 in the household. Respite stays with our ‘Host Homes’ are offered to children aged 10 and under, except in instances of sibling groups when older children may be cared for together with their younger brothers or sisters.
Durham area Disability Leisure Group
Find attached the latest Community short breaks form DADLG also application form for parents to register for activities.
Helping hands charity
A representative from LifeLine called in today asking if we had any families that would benefit from their support.
They are able to provide household items, cleaning products and have a ‘cold weather’ grant that could be used to buy children winter coats, for families with low income.
They are open Mon & Fri 10.00-14.00 at St Clare’s Church Aycliffe
See attached referral form
Trimdon Village Hall
Toddler group every Tuesday 9.00-11.00 for children birth – 4 years. See attached poster
Thornley Village Centre
They have 2 new groups
After school club every Monday 3.30-5.00 no need to book just go along –See attached poster
Trimdon Station Womans Cree project
Wednesday 10.00-12.00noon open to all woman of any age and is free to attend. If childcare is a barrier the children are welcome to go along too. See attached poster
Baby Group Wheatley hill Family Centre
10 Week free session Beginning Monday 21 January, 1.30pm - 2.30pm Running every Monday. See attached poster
Wheatley hill Family Centre Job Club
Every Friday 1.00-3.00
They can provide help with:
CV writing, Job searches, Interview skills, Job applications, Volunteering, Further training. Parents can call in for a friendly chat and free refreshments.
The Spennymoor Survive and Thrive group
1.00pm and 4.00pm every Thursday, at St Andrew's Church Hall, Spennymoor.
The sessions aim to help people improve their emotional wellbeing and members choose the activities they would like to do. Past sessions have included quizzes, cookery demonstrations, mindfulness taster sessions and relaxing group walks. People can also get one-to-one support from group leaders Julie Patterson and Paul Cooke.-See attached 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.”
Stephen Walls | Local Partnership Manager | Department for Work and Pensions | Gateshead Jobcentre
Employability Durham are supporting unemployed adults over the age of 25+ who may/may not have health conditions, progress towards/in to work. Clients need to be unemployed and we can work with the economically inactive group, such as, lone parents on income support. We offer support County Wide. We work on a mostly 1:1 basis to help with practical job search activities, confidence building, access to courses or groups which may improve their skills and wellbeing. We also have a flexible fund for clients to remove barriers such as transport, interview clothing or some childcare costs.
Adult learning and skills..
“Durham County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service’s new Learning Guide is now available – courses available across County Durham. Find more information at www.durham.gov.uk/adultlearning or call today on 03000 266115”.
SEND toolkit training sessions for parents
Emotional Resilience Nurse Clinics Aycliffe Hub
See attached poster for clinic times –support for young people 5-19 years around emotional well-being.
Emotional Resilience Nurse Clinics
Bishop Hub Tudhoe Moor Family centre See attached poster for clinic times –support for young people 5-19 years around emotional well-being.
As you know we have clothes rails with in the family centres we are in need of winter clothes for children, young people and adults of all ages. We are also looking to set up a Christmas clothes rail at the end of November with party wear as some families may not be able to afford Christmas party clothes to enable children to attend their Christmas parties at their schools/nurseries. If anyone has any donations they can be dropped in at either Aycliffe family centre or Wheatley hill family centre.
Home Group….Sedgefield Homestay
We have made some changes in the community venues in which we hold our Drop Ins at and so please find attached the latest menu.
Buttle grant - www.buttleuk.org
See attached information about the Buttle charity which provides grants to Families affected by Domestic Violence, Kinship care families, Estranged young people, also beds for children. I have also included a family received following a successful application.
Young Minds Crisis Messenger
If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support. The Young Minds crisis messenger service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258. We aim to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than 5 minutes to provide support in a crisis. They will listen to you and help you think through how you’re feeling, and will aim to help you take the next steps towards feeling better. Texts are free, see attached.
More information can be found on www.youngminds.org.uk
Sc.out.ed play session Trimdon Village hall
Play session Mondays 4.00-5.30 5-11 years Mondays 7.00-8.30 11-16 years Only £1.00 session. No need to book just turn up. See attached poster.
Sho Shin Kai Karate
Karate Classes in Thornley and Trimdon for young people from age 7 years who would like to learn discipline, build confidence, or to learn self-defence. See attached poster.
Mauy Thai martial art
Ferryhill sports and education centre Wednesdays 6.00-7.00 for 7-18 years. See attached flyer
Furniture Re-use schemes
Please find attached a list of furniture help schemes across county for supporting families when needed
SEND in the Early Years useful contacts
Following the SEND in the Early Years event on Friday 5TH October I have put together a useful contact list of providers to support Children with special educational need or disabilities. Please see attached.
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.
Peoples takeaway East Durham Trust
US girls –
Ferry Hill Sports and Education Centre Girls only group for age 11-14 year olds every Wednesday 5.00-6.00 – Free session- attend for 4 weeks and receive a Us Girls T-shirt. See attached poster.
St Pauls Centre –Spennymoor
Wellbeing Club – is aimed at parents who are isolated, lonely, and need to build up friendships. Employability Club is aimed at parents who lack confidence, need more skills, support and encouragement. Both sessions are held weekly on a Monday 9.15-12.30 see attached poster.
Trimdon Village hall –New Youth Club
New youth club 8-19 years starting on 5th October Every Friday night, various activities –See attached poster.