VCS Locality 4

Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Crook and the Dales

Susan Hutchinson

VCS Alliance Worker Locality 4
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000 266382 Mobile : 07795020057
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Nourish

Carers support  group for parents/carers of children 5-18years with eating disorders.

STARTS TONIGHT!

7TH March, the first Thursday of the month 6-8pm

Willington Open Door Church

Wesley Street

Willington, Crook

DL15 OAG

Contact Lisa on 07445307518

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Wellbeing For Life service

It’s all about me!

A weekly drop - in starting 11th April 12.30  at Woodhouse Close Family Centre running for 4 weeks.

Help and Advice , Make new friends, Learn new skills.

‘Let it go’ in a safe place.

For more details contact Nikki Williams on 07342710886 to book a place.

J and K Training

Functional Skills Maths and English.

For those who would like to gain a qualification in Maths and/or English , or update their existing skills, J and K deliver from Entry Level1 to Level 2 in both Maths and English.

For more details and to book places please contact J and K Training on 01388 604004 .

Level 2 Award  Food Safety in Catering

Jubilee Fields Community Centre, Shildon

Tuesday 12th March 2019,  9.00am – 4.30pm.

First Aid for Baby and Child

Jubilee Fields Community Centre

Tuesday 19th March, 9.30am- 2.30pm

Both of these courses are free to anyone in receipt of benefits.

For further information contact Denise Hopps , Bishop Auckland College on 01388 443078

ROAD (Reaching out across County Durham)

Please see below updated details for ROAD navigators.

Durham and Chester le Street    Sophie Bottomley       07812663034     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Consett                                            Hollie – Jo Chalmers   07812672668     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

South West Durham                     Chris Cowley                 07525813065    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

South West Durham                     Julia Fletcher                07736264979     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stanley                                            Stephen Kettle             07710700996     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

East Durham                                  Alison Soulsby              07803079644     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Durham and Chester le Street    Sarah Menday              07715201689    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bishop Auckland Crook Barnard Castle   Vicky Wood   07885460715     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

VCS Clinics

VCS Clinic Bishop Auckland Hub  - Monday

VCS Clinic Crook Civic Centre - Tuesday

VCS Clinic Willington Family Centre - Wednesday

If you have a complex family or query you wish to discuss in private please ring to make appointment so rooms can be booked.

Dales Homestay Drop ins

Please see attached flyer for FREE Homestay drop-ins  in the Dales area. 

Support with Debt problems, Housing issues, Health Concerns.

Auckland Youth and Community Centre- Girls Friendly Society

The Girls Friendly Society runs every Wednesday 5.30 – 7pm at Auckland Youth and Community Centre

Age group 10- 14 years

Weekly fee 50p

Have Fun – Develop new supportive friendships and take part in activities , be creative and enjoy themselves.

Get advice and support – Volunteers are there every week to offer a friendly ear and chat to girls and young women , we can also advise on how to seek professional help if needed.

Try something new – We encourage girls and young women to learn new practical skills and hobbies and even go on the odd trip.

To sign up girlsfriendlysociety.org.uk/for-parents/register-your daughter

Man Health New Groups

Mens support group for those suffering mentall health issues, depression and anxiety

Free to attend, you do not need an appointment or referral.

NO judgement will be made and there is NO pressure to talk.

The groups are ran by men with lived experiences of mental health issues and ages from 17 – 76 years old so there is a wide varied age range .

Barnard Castle The Witham 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle,DL12 8LY New Group starting Wednesday 30th January and every Wednesday thereafter.

Shildon Jubilee Fields Community Centre every Wednesday, Darlington, Quakers Meeting House  New Group starting 18th January and every Friday thereafter.

Spennymoor Youth and Community Centre, Rushmoor, Merrington View every Monday

For more detail visit the Man Health website or contact Louise Littlewood 07598139987.

VCS Clinic Bishop Auckland Hub –Monday

VCS Clinic Crook Civic Centre  - Tuesday

VCS Clinic-Willington Family Centre – Wednesday morning.

NOURISH

Carers Support Group for Parents/Carers of children 5-18years with eating disorders.

Starting 7th March, then the first Thursday of the month  6pm – 8pm at  Willington Open Door Church Wesley Street Willington , Crook

For further details contact Lisa 07445307518 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wheels to Work Discount

Discount offered to clients on the following contracts

 Normal fee would be 50cc moped £25 per week and 12cc moped 330 per week.

For those on following contracts discounts apply

Zero hours  50% discount weekly fee

18 hours 50% discount weekly fee

Apprentices £10 per week

For contact details please attached flyer

Autie Mates-Adult Autism Support Group

Adult autism friendship group/drop in.

A peer support group for adults at the higher end of the spectrum.

A safe environment for adults pre and post diagnosis to chat and make friends.

Ferryhill St Lukes Church

Fridays, every fortnight starting 22nd March

12.30 – 2.30pm

Contact Dawn – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Gateshead Club House

Every second Wednesday of the month 11-1pm

Contact Angela  - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wheels to Work

Please see attached flyer.

The Wheels to work scheme currently have bikes/ mopeds ready for Bishop Auckland and Shildon.

For clients 16+ to support them getting to and from work/training.

Steps4Success a new way of learning for 16-18 years

Step4 Success programme provides tailored support for young people to increase their confidence and qualifications.

It also provides opportunities for work experience.

Young people work towards NOCN certificate in Skills Employment, Training and Personal Development as well as Functional Skills in Maths and English.

Please see attachment for more details.

DADLG (Durham area disability leisure group)

Community Short Breaks Services Activities and Events for February ,March and April 2019

See above attachment under Community Short Breaks.

Cyber Crime Talk

Tuesday 9th April 10.15 – 11.45

At Henknowle Community Centre, Cumbria Place, Bishop Auckland

Speaker Kate Bartle from Durham Police

Come along and find out how to keep safe online.

This event has been organised by Weardale Community Action Group.

Staindrop Community Café

Scarth Hall

Monday 9am – 12noon Everyone welcome including children

50p for cuppa and cake Papers, Magazines books and free WIFI

For more information email Joanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All emergency services get free cuppa and cake!

Wellbeing for Life training calendar

Please see above training calendar from Jan –March  from Wellbeing for Life service. All course are FREE AND OPEN TO ANYONE LIVING OR WORKING IN County Durham.

Also attached the full training brochure for 2019.

All detail on how to register for the course are contained in the information above, alternatively for further information regarding any of the courses on offer contact 01388 455 244

Upcoming events at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

There is a new exhibition opening on Saturday 26th January and running through until April 6thNo Man’s Land is a women’s photography exhibition spanning 100 years of images from 3 World War female photographers through to 3 contemporary photographers who were influenced by the WW1 images.

www.impressions-gallery.com/exhibitions/exhibitionphp?id=82

As part of the Community Engagement running alongside the exhibition, on the morning of Friday 8yh March we have our  International Women’s Day event which is linked to the exhibition. The IWD event will be an hour long theatre based event with speakers Mrs Sue Snowden, Durham Lord Lieutenant, HRH  the Queens representative, Kate Fox, BBC Broadcaster and performance poet.

After the theatre event there will be an opportunity to talk to speakers , visit the exhibition , community information stands as well as the  pop up studio linked to the exhibition.

For further information contact the Town Hall directly. 

Sherburn House Funding Individual Hardship (Relief in Need)

(Managed by County Durham Community Foundation)

  • £300 grants available for individuals or families
  • Funding essential domestic equipment (eg. Cookers, washing machines ,beds etc.)
  • North East wide (recipients must live between the River Tweed and River Tees)

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.

Applications must be submitted by organisations willing to undertake a supervised spend (purchasing items on behalf of your client)

Foe full details please visit the www.cdcf.uk/apply-for-a-grant/grants-for-individuals/sherburn- house-fund-individuals-hardship-relief-in-need

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.”

Auckland Youth and Community Centre
Please see attached the new weekly timetable of events starting at the Youth Centre from 15th October. Something for everyone, After School Club - activities for 4-14year olds. Toddler group for under 5’s . Fitness and Wellbeing classes High/Low intensity (depending on need). Girls friendly society for 10-14year olds. Auckland out of School Care - activities for 4-14year olds. Mixed Martial Arts for beginners. Durham Employment Skills - employment skills and advice for clients.

Wear Wellbeing Crook
Travellers Rest Crook Mindfulness Meditation Group Starting Tuesdays and Saturdays 3.30pm in the lounge Relaxation and meditation is scientifically proven to improve sleep, mental health and wellbeing. Learn techniques to help manage pain and also tap into the feel good endorphins that happen with exercise – without leaving your chair. Learn to relax and manage your life in a more peaceful way.

Wellbeing for Life - Crook
Blue Stone Craft Group - Every Tuesday 1.30pm Blue Stone Tea Shop · Meet new friends · Learn new skills · Share your own skills · Enjoy a cuppa To find out more please contact Liz Oakes on 07584703815, or Catherine Taylor 07795347596.

Veg out in Barney Barnard Castle TCR hub
Veg out in Barney started as a rotary project in 2013 planting out vegetables and herbs so that the community could help themselves to free produce.
The purpose of the garden is threefold
1.To produce free fruit, veg and herbs for the local community so that people can help themselves to the produce.
2. To teach gardening skills (free of charge) to both adults and children.
3. To provide a therapeutic atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.
Next year we have plans to provide tailored training sessions for all ages and abilities to ensure that the garden is used to its full potential.
Please visit us – everyone is welcome.
For more details contact Barnard Castle TCR hub on 01833 690150

SEND in Early Years useful contacts
Following the SEND in early years workshops please see above attachment for useful contacts.

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

TCH Hub Barnard Castle
Yoga Bunnies This fabulous yoga class for little ones takes place in the Dance Studio of the Hub every Tuesday at 10am and Thursday at 4pm and 4.30pm Follow Sarah on Facebook or phone her on 07402221503 in order to reserve a place.

Housing solutions Referral form-
Referral form for Triple p programme and Staying cool
Request for Family Intervention referral