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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Princes Trust

Please see attached information on 12 week courses ran through the Princes Trust for clients 16 -25 years/

General information

  • The Bishop Auckland and Darlington team both start next Monday 14th January and are for young people aged 16 – 25 years.
  • 12 week course
  • All travel expenses reimbursed and £15 per week paid on attendance. No existing benefits are affected
  • Times approx. 9-4pm Monday – Friday (earlier finish Friday)
  • Course includes a free residential week in the second week as well as personalised work placements and projects and challenges in the local areas.

Bishop Auckland team run from the Four Clocks Bishop Auckland and can be contacted on 07553367548  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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. 

Hearts and Minds

An uplifting course for women developing an understanding of the importance of healthy relationships.

8 week course

Woodhouse Close Family Centre


Tuesday 22nd January

10am – 12noon

Achieve a level 2 qualification

For more information call Rachel on 01740 652000

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VCS Clinic Every Monday Bishop Auckland HUB

VCS Clinic Every Tuesday Crook Civic Centre

VCS Clinic Wednesday mornings Willington Family Centre

Please come and see me.

Useful emergency phone numbers

Please see above attachment for information and contact numbers families may find useful 

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 house-fund-individuals-hardship-relief-in-need

VCS clinics 2019

Bishop Auckland Hub  - Mondays 9am- 4.30pm

Cook Civic Centre  Tuesdays 9am – 4.00pm

Willington Family Centre Wednesdays  9am -1pm

Please come and see me.

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

Volunteer Opportunities at The Bridge Young Carers Service , County Durham County Council
Please see above attachment.
For all enquiries contact Kerryann Stewart 07580 324539

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