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
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.
Trimdon Village Hall –Cookery plus Master Chef
A 5 week course commencing Thursday 21st March 10.30-12.30 See attached poster ring 01429 881948 to book a place.
Developing Emotional Resilience course-PCP Newton Aycliffe –See attached poster
Commencing Tuesday 12th March for 4 weeks –Parents will learn how to understand and manage their emotions and find developing strategies to suit them.
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.
NEPAC – Visitors Voice event –See attached poster
For families and friends of prisoners. Wednesdays 13th March 10.00-2.00 at Bowburn community centre. This event is free and includes lunch and refreshments.
Putting family ties at the heart of the prison reform
Early days in custody
Learning skills and employment.
Youth activities in Spennymoor and Croxdale
See attached flyers for information.
Cyper Crime Talk
Useful session during the Easter holidays for young people to attend. Henknowle Community Centre Tuesday 9th April 10.15-1.45. See attached poster.
Fit For Life 7-11 years - Ferry Hill Sports and education Centre –
New session starting Thursday 7th March 4.15-5.00 at Ferryhill Sports and Education Centre. This session will help build young peoples self esteem, embedding a happier and healthier lifestyle. This session is open to all abilities.
I am currently gathering activities/events in the area if you know of anything going on can you let me know so I can put together a what’s on programme to share with families.
Please contact me prior to clinics if you require to speak to me about VCS Support for a family to enable me to allocate you time within clinics.
VCS Clinics week commencing 11th March
Monday 11th March 10.00-11.30 Aycliffe Family Centre
Monday 11th Match 1.00-2.30 Aycliffe hub
Wednesdays 13th March 1.30-3.00 Ferryhill Hub
Fridays 15th March 1.00-3.00 Wheatley hill family Centre
Pop up play Café-
Alison and Kath were volunteers for the local food bank in Aycliffe and decided to set up the pop up play café after talking to parents accessing the food bank and talking about not been able to afford holiday activities.
Kath and Alison have just been awarded 11,000 over 3 years to continue with the programme.
One thing that was recommended was that they link with ONE Point and Families First. The project to support families struggling financially during school holidays. It’s a Holiday Hunger response to End Hunger UK.
If you have any families who would benefit from this project during school holidays please fill in the attached referral forms and send them back to Kath. Parents must consent to referral. Aycliffe families only
Cyber Safety Course PCP Aycliffe
Durham Cyber Safety will be offering security session for children on how to stay safe online. Parents/guardians are also welcome to attend the sessions. Each session will last and hour and look at top tips on how to stay safe online.
Tuesday April 9th 1.00-2.00 PCP Newton Aycliffe
Making Changes Together
1:1 Appointments for parents /carers of children with SEND –See attached poster for more information
Thursday 21st March 10.00-2.00 at Bishop Town Hall
Tuesday 26th March at Durham town hall.
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.
What’s on Cornforth Partnership
See attached what’s on guide for March
Little Rays parent and toddler group at Cornforth House Tuesdays 9.30-11.30 0-3 years commencing 26th February see attached poster
💥💥 teachers, teaching assistants, nursery staff, family workers and childminders💥💥
Little treasures have about 9 places left on our Peterlee sensory workshop with the amazing Claire stirland at sensory worx, that we are opening up to people in the education setting.
You must be available for both dates and times, and it doesn't matter where you live if you can travel you can attend.
9th and 16th of march 2-4pm and its £10 per person
The training will include:
An introduction to Sensory systems and Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory issues and eating/drinking
Sensory issues and eating/Exploring/Biting objects and food
Sensory issues and toileting
Sensory issues and washing/bathing/showering
Sensory issues and hair/nail cutting
Sensory issues and dressing.
This is an ideal opportunity to be better equip for any sensory seekers or avoiders that you teach or look after.
British Red Cross- First Aid Programme
Engaging and interactive workshops designed for 10-19 year olds to learn essential first aid skills. Free workshops in settings in areas where young people are high risk of experiencing a crisis related to drug or alcohol use.
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.
STARTING: TUESDAY 5th MARCH 2019
These sessions will be at SPENNYMOOR LEISURE & are aimed at giving young children the best possible early experience of FUNdamental movements, ABCs, social development and of course football! See attached for more information.
Human Kind- Steps 4 Success
A new way of learning for 16 to 18 year olds. See attached leaflet
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
Time to talk coffee morning –PCP Aycliffe
To celebrate Time to talk day the PCP will be holding a coffee morning on Thursday 7th February 10.00-12.00. A young champion from time to change and a PCP health advocate will be available to talk to. See attached flyer
Job club Wheatley hill Family Centre every Friday 1.00-2.45
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
Toddler group every Thursday 9.30-11.00
Level 2 Food safety course Monday 4th March 9.00-4.30-see attached poster Learn the importance of the food safety and gain knowledge of the procedures involved.
Junction 7 – 7 Silverdale place Aycliffe
Credit Union Launch- Monday 4th February 10.00-2.00
Join the credit union and save for 10 weeks and receive £25.00 incentive( first 50 people) Young Savers will receive £10.00 incentive after 10 weeks saving.
Jubilee Fields Community Centre Shildon
+++New Sessions +++ Rainbow tots Every Wednesday 9.30-11.00-See attached poster
First Aid for Baby and Child –See attached poster Tuesdays 19th March 9.30-2.30
Free to anyone on benefits, Livin will also fund those tenants who do not qualify for free place. Limited spaces so you need to book as soon as possible.
Durham County Carer- Making sense of Caring
–See attached posterSaturday 16th March 10.00-1.00 with free buffet lunch Spennymoor Enterprise House For Parent/carers who want to find out what help and services are available.
Ferryhill Sports and Education Centre
Soccer Stars Do you have any families with children who have an interest in football, Ferryhill Sports and Education Centre have Soccer stars Every Saturday for ages 2 years up to 9 years
See attached poster for times for different age groups.
CATSS Residential April
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.
++++ Katie is almost full on the primary project but I have a few spaces left and a few on secondary project+++++
Cookery Class PCP Aycliffe
Starting 5th February for 8 weeks 1.00-3.00- Parents can learn how to cook a range of nutritious meals to take home whist meeting new friends. See attached poster
The Princes Trust Bishop Auckland/Darlington -See attached poster
Here’s a bit of general info:
- The Bishop and Darlington teams both start next Monday (14th) and are for young people aged 16-25yrs.
- 12 week course
- All travel expenses reimbursed and £15 per week paid on attendance. No existing benefits are affected.
- Times are approx. 9-4 Monday to Friday (earlier finish on a Friday!)
- Course includes a free residential week in second week as well as a personalised work placement and projects and challenges in the local areas
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.
Parents and Toddler Group
Thornley Village Centre
Commencing Thursday 24th January 9.30-11.30. £1.00 adult, children free See attached poster
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
Adult and child swimmers needed - Spennymoor Leisure Centre
Children and parents to take part in a 2 session teaching programme for Adult and child, in the pool. We are holding a course for swimming teacher’s on Thursday 31st Jan and Thursday 7th Feb 2019.
If you are interested in booking yourself and your child onto the sessions below, please go to reception and reserve a place. Cost is £2.00 registration fee.
Each session is ½ hour long in the pool with a qualified swimming teacher, you will be lead through a play session for children giving, parent’s guidance and ways of developing the child’s water confidence.
Children must be aged 0 – 4 years, the sessions offered are:
9.30-10.00am, 10.00-10.30am, 2.45-3.15pm.
See attached poster for new maths course starting at Shildon Foundations in February.
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”.
Early days courses Tudhoe Moor Family Centre Spennymoor
CATSS (Children Achieving Through Student Support) project for 2018 County wide
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 more information contact Katie Stobbs 0191 334 1797 www.scadurham.org.uk
If you know of any child who would benefit from either of the CATSS projects, please could you respond by email as soon as possible Katie can send a nomination form to you. Nominations will close on 14th January 2019.
SEND toolkit training sessions for parents
Activities and courses at PCP Aycliffe Newton Aycliffe
I have put together sessions and courses that are coming up at the PCP in January –See attached information.
Job Coaching for Young Adults/Adults with Additional Needs
They provide life-skills and employability training for young people and adults with intellectual disability, and run social enterprises within our local communities. See attached information.
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.
WECAN parents support group
I had a meeting with Nicola Best from Greenfields school in Aycliffe she runs a parents support group at Sunnydale school in Shildon every Thursday and is looking for new members. If you have any parents who would benefit from the group you can refer them by contacting Nicola via email or phone. See information on attached leaflet.
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
Crafty Chatty Café
Fortnightly starting Tuesday 2nd October 1.00-3.00 at Shildon Methodist Church. A chance for people to make friends and get out the house. The aim of this session is to provide a safe welcoming environment for people to meet and share their problems. See attached poster.
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.
Stop Smoking Clinic
Wednesdays 8.30-10.30 at Aycliffe family Centre. Limited spaces to book a place contact Kathryn Harbin on 0782884684. 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.