VCS Locality 3

Newton Aycliffe / Spennymoor / Chilton, Shildon / Wheatley Hill / Ferryhill

Debbie Unsworth

VCS Alliance Worker Locality 3
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000 268598 Mobile : 07795020057
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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. 

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: 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

Relaxing Yoga and Meditation

 Helps reduce stress and improves sleep Mondays 6.00-7.00 See attached poster

Trimdon Theatre Group

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

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.

Mental Health Awareness  week  13-19th May

See attached some useful information on how to reduce stress.

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.

Wheatley hill Family Centre

Craft session –Wednesday 29th May 11.00-1.00 included lunch.  Places must be booked 03000269850

Tudhoe Moor family Centre-Spennymoor

Teddy Bears picnic Tuesday 28th May 10.00-12.00 includes Breakfast.  Places must be booked 03000 267488

Dean Bank Family Centre Ferryhill

Teddy bears Picnic for children under 10 Wednesday 29 May 11.00 - 1.00pm. Places limited and must be booked 03000 269 021

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 

Level 1 Certificate in Health and Safety in Construction CSCS

KHK People development Ltd are delivering CSCS training at Aycliffe Technology Park on

Tuesday 5th May to Friday 10th May 9.30-5.00

Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May 9.30-5.00

To refer contact Carey Lothian on 01325 314236.

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. 

Sanctuary Shildon Monthly Drop in

April 17th 12-1:30pm (Wednesday)

Monthly open drop in. Lonely? Want to make new friends and chat? Then go  along.   £1 Including refreshments.

4 Main St. Shildon.

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. 

East Durham Trust –Easter holidays Family arts and crafts –see attached poster

East Durham Trust will be hosting a Easter family arts and crafts session including lunch  at Wheatley hill Family Centre om Wednesday 17th April 10.30-1.30.  Places limited to book a place contact Paula on 0191 5695311. 

Free family Easter Lunch –See attached poster

Junction 7 and Neville Community centre will be hosting a free Easter lunch including entertainment and activities for the children on Sunday 21st April at 1pm.  Everyone welcome to book ring 0780445447 see attached poster. 

St Luke’s Church Ferryhill  Easter holiday club

see attached poster

Saturdays 20th April 10.00-12.00  booking essential contact Rev’d Lesley 01388309072

Cornforth Partnership Easter holiday lunch club see attached poster

Cornforth House will be hosting Easter holiday lunch club on Thursday 11th April 11.30-1.30 and Thursday 18th April 1.00-3.00.  Places must be booked by ringing 01740652000.

Shildon Foundation Easter activities 8-12 years

Monday 15th April-Thursday 18th April 10.00-3.00 sporting activities with Shildon AFC, free lunch and a free Shildon AFC football shirt at end of week. See attached poster on how to book.

VCS Clinics week commencing 8th April

Tuesday 9th April

Tudhoe moor family centre 8.30-10.00

Greenlane F.F Team  1.30-3.00

Wednesday 10th April

Denebank Family Centre 9.30-11.00

Ferryhill hub 1.00-2.30

Thursday 18th April

Aycliffe hub 9.30-11.00

Aycliffe Family Centre 1.00-2.30

Friday 19th April

Whaetley hill Family Centre 1.00-2.30

Excel Centre Aycliffe –Easter donations –Spennymoor, Aycliffe, and Darlington Families

If you have any families  who are struggling to buy their children Easter Eggs this year, the Excel Centre in Aycliffe are donating Eggs to families in need.  If you want to discuss in your teams and have a nominated person to take names by Wednesday 10th April then contact Janice Combs on 07783539167 she will arrange with you collection.

Other service available-Food bank(no voucher or paper work), uniforms, cleaning products, toiletries.  Contact Janice to use this service.

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. 

It’s all About Me course

Free 5 week course for parents commencing on Thursday 11th April 2.30-4.30.  Meet new friends, get help and advice and learn new skills.  For more information or to book a place contact Nikki Williams on 07342710886. 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. 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.

Pride of Thornley project –See attached poster

Thornley Village Centre are looking for young people age 11+ to take part in the Pride of Thornley project.  If you know of anyone who is interested in the environment and the outdoors please contact Brenda on 01429 824126.

Fit for life – Aycliffe Leisure Centre –See attached poster

A fun functional class for children 7-11 years on a  Tuesdays 4.45-5.30.  First session free then £2.00 a session.

Wingate Family Centre –Timetable

See all the latest activities in attached timetable at Wingate Family centre. 

Junction 7 Aycliffe new phone number 07783539167

Trimdon Community Collage Easter Fun See attached poster

+++Free furniture++++

East Durham Partnership Horden SR8 4TQ have some free furniture, if you have any families who would benefit contact EDP on 0191 5868493

VCS Clinics week commencing 25th March

Monday 25th March Aycliffe hub 12.30-2.00 Aycliffe Family Centre 2.00-3.30

Tuesday 26th March Greenlane F.F Team 1.00-2.30 Tudhoe Moor Family Centre 2.30-4.00

Wednesday 27th March Ferryhill Hub 1.00-2.30

Thursday 28th March Denebank Family Centre 1.00-2.30

Friday 29th March Wheatley hill Family Centre 1.00-2.30

Introduction to Counselling  and Listening skills at  St Pauls Centre Spennymoor

Wednesday 24th April 9.30-12.30 for 5 weeks- See attached poster for more information.

Volunteers wanted- Spennymoor Citizens Advice are looking for Volunteers.  See attached poster for more information

Functional Skills Maths and English

J+K Training Bishop

Attendance requirements 09:30 till 16:00 Wednesday and Friday for 6 weeks To book Parents  onto the course, please contact

J and K Training on 01388 604004.

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 

Street  games Wheatley hill

Street Games for youths in Wheatley Hill is held at Peterlee Fire Station. They are looking for youths to join them on a reserve list. If you know of any young person from Wheatley Hill, aged between 11 & 16 years and are available between 6pm and 8pm on a Friday please let Sarah Kinghorn  know by emailing her at:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Children’s Cyber Security Sessions

Durham Constabulary will be hosting 4 workshops for children, Parents and Carers during the Easter Holidays at PCP in Newton Aycliffe.  See attached poster for more information and how to book. 

What’s on at Cornforth House

See attached timetable for the month of March.

ROF 59 Newton Aycliffe -  Bounce aware Support night

A dedicated session on the trampolines to help with a wide range of sensory, development and physical disabilities. See attached poster for more information .

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.

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. 

Topics include:

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 –

See attached poster

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.

Easter holidays

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.


Pop up play Café-

see attached information and referral forms

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

- See attached information

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

See attached poster

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

Rocsolid is a caring environment with 24/7 support, good life skills training, excellent role models and good quality accommodation, see attached referral form and information

 If you want more information contact Steve  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Employability Durham

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.



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 




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.


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 

Bishop Auckland Team runs from the Four Clocks on Newgate Street: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07553367548

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.

Maths-Shildon Foundation

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

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.

If you would like to refer anyone to our team, you can do so via the advice network portal (we should be set up very soon) or use the attached referral form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 or call today on 03000 266115”.

Early days courses Tudhoe Moor Family Centre Spennymoor

Please see the attached documents for the upcoming Early Days  and early days plus courses. If you know of any families who would benefit, please let them know. I have attached a blank referral.


SEND toolkit training sessions for parents

See attached poster County wide

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 -
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

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.

See attached.

Peoples takeaway East Durham Trust
I would like to remind you that the People’s Takeaway service is also open to referrals to people living in East Durham who are living in financial hardship. The service can be accessed by both individuals and families and offers a free freshly prepared pizza delivered directly to their door. Deliveries take place on a Friday evening between 4pm and 5:30pm. All referrals must be made and received by 5pm on a Thursday in order to receive a meal on the Friday evening. Referrals received on a Friday will be delivered the following week. I have attached referral form. Please email referrals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.