VCS Locality 4
Bishop Auckland, Barnard Castle, Crook and the Dales
VCS Alliance Worker Locality 4
Children and Young People’s Service
Direct 03000 266382 Mobile : 07795020057
Carers support group for parents/carers of children 5-18years with eating disorders.
7TH March, the first Thursday of the month 6-8pm
Willington Open Door Church
Contact Lisa on 07445307518
Wellbeing For Life service
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
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.
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.
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
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
Gateshead Club House
Every second Wednesday of the month 11-1pm
Wheels to Work
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
50p for cuppa and cake Papers, Magazines books and free WIFI
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 6th. No 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.
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.