Youth Work in County Durham

Each week we will try to bring you details and information from Youth Work across Co Durham


Just Simply Ask 

We have launched ‘Just Simply Ask’ – a new portal for young people in Co Durham and we would like to share it with you to get your feedback..

What is it? Just Simply Ask has been created by young people for young people, alongside a number of groups within schools, youth settings, Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS) and Investing in Children to be a single point of resource for young people. Two apprentices have been employed and the intention is to work over the coming year alongside existing groups of young people in Co Durham to develop the website further.

The project is supported by partners from the CCG’s, Public Health, Durham County Council, Police & Crime Commissioner, LSCB, Harrogate Trust 0-19 Service, Co Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and Cornforth Partnership. One aim is to signpost to the information contained in the myriad of websites across Co Durham, but the other part of the project is to create a fun, interesting and informative social media site where young people can share and explore ideas and issues that matter to them. Keeping it local – this is where we’d like your help We know that young people can find out information through existing routes (Google Bing etc.) and this is reflected in the information on the current site, but we’d also like them to access information within our own services.

If you have such information you feel young people should be accessing, don’t hesitate to get in contact with Steven and his team and they can discuss how this information is signposted from the site. This could be anything from local groups they might like to join, where they could get discounts or where they could get advice on relationships, sports or drugs and alcohol. We are also looking for groups of young people that would like to use the platform so they can explore issues relevant to them and if you contact the team they will be happy to work with you and your group to develop this. One future possibility is also a live chat facility called “Ask the Expert” where young people would have access to a professional live online to discuss a particular topic such as Apprenticeships, Mental Health, Bullying or Sexual Health.

If this is something you would be interested in - please get in touch. ‘Just Simply Ask’ for more information

The contact details for us are on the website - - using the feedback form or alternatively contact Steven Cook the project manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01740652000

Youth Focus: North East e-newsletter

Welcome to this weeks newsletter featuring a selection of news, events and opportunities across the region and beyond.

If you would like to share regional information, events, or vacancies with your colleagues in the North East feel free to email across the full details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Durham Young People's Service: Residential Vacancies

The Young People's Service has a room available in the Core House based in Brandon; this is staffed 24/7 and provides housing-related support to single young people between the age of 16-25.

There is also a current vacancy at one of their dispersed properties in Spennymoor, which is shared with another young person, and can be a single young person from 16-35. They will still receive housing related support but this is for semi-independent living, and people who already have quite a few independent living skills.

Follow these links for:
Information about Durham Young People's Service
Information about Accommodation Service
Referral Form

Invitation Survey of Youth Homelessness North East 2018

Turning Research into Practice seminars 2018 Survey of Youth Homelessness in the North East Wednesday 12th December 10am-12pm at Mea House, Ellison Place, Newcastle NE1 8XS The seminar will be followed by lunch.

More Information

Youth Homeless North East Newsletter November 2018

Welcome to the Youth Homelessness North East Newsletter

Did You Know? Originally set up in 2007 as the North East Regional Youth Homelessness Network, we relaunched as Youth Homeless North East in 2012

Home Office Disrespect NoBody Campaign - Teaching Resources

The PSHE Association and the Home Office have launched new and improved teaching resources which support the government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign.

The campaign aims to help young people: • understand what a healthy relationship is and; • re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and what consent means within their relationships It also aims to help young people develop key skills and attributes such as empathy, respect, communication and negotiation so that they can enjoy healthy relationships as they grow up and in adulthood. By promoting healthy attitudes and behaviours at an early age, the campaign seeks to challenge damaging ones and prevent the onset of domestic violence in adults in the long term.

The resources (which are free to download here) have been developed in consultation with PSHE teachers and include: • A campaign discussion guide • Discussion guides, lesson plans and ready-made template slide decks on three topics: relationship abuse, sharing sexual images and consent • Interactive classroom activities, including agony aunt responses, true or false questions and myth busting activities

Additional resources on how to use the Disrespect NoBody campaign with 8 – 12 and 16 - 18 year olds are also available.

You can view and download other resources to support the campaign here, including resources for LGBT young people and social media graphics. You may also order up to 10 copies of a DVD hosting the campaign adverts to use alongside the guide by emailing the Disrespect NoBody campaign team.

BriteSpark Films Opportunity

BriteSpark Films are making a documentary in which a group of young people go to America, to a Florida correctional facility, and take part in a programme aimed at preventing offending and improving behaviour. They're looking for 'youngsters who are at a bit of a crossroads' - young people aged 16-17 who might be offending, e.g. shoplifting, TWOC, have behavioural problems, aren't getting on with family, getting in trouble at school.

The producers have asked anyone interested to contact them for a chat, telephone number 0207 704 3300, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Children North East - Peer Mentoring Scheme 

Children North East is a charity that supports young people and families across the region. They are excited to have started a Peer Mentoring project for young people aged between 11-18, and are hoping to recruit some volunteers aged between 17-25 who can work 1-1 with the young people to help build confidence and access activities/social events that they may not have done otherwise. All expenses etc. are paid and they also provide thorough training which is accredited.

Volunteers can apply online here

Youth Focus: North East Annual Stakeholder Questionnaire 

Good Afternoon As a valued stakeholder and partner of Youth Focus: North East, I am sending you a copy of our annual stakeholder questionnaire. Each year Youth Focus: North East sends out a stakeholder questionnaire, to gain a greater insight into how effectively our services are delivered and received. The annual survey helps our organisation to respond more effectively to your needs as our partners, and for us to plan for the future.

The questionnaire should take you no more than 5 minutes to complete and will be of great benefit to our planning and evaluation processes. Please click on the link below to complete the questionnaire.

Annual Stakeholder Survey

Children’s Voices - The Wellbeing of Children with Mental Health Needs in England

This report, released by the Children’s Commissioner, examines the wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England and their relationship with mental health services. Qualitative research explores the limited awareness of mental health issues in young people, focusing on their perception of mental health.

Read the report now.

25% of independent children’s homes could close

Learning disability charity Mencap has warned that a quarter of independent children’s homes could close immediately if the government does not fully fund the £400m sleep-in care back-pay bill that is affecting care and learning disability charities.

Read more.

Stamp it Out 

Investing in Children who are part of the County Durham mental health anti-stigma and discrimination group Stamp It Out have been working with students from New College Durham who created and performed an amazing bespoke performance in the form of a Flash-Mob on World Mental Health.

This talented group of students from the college are helping to tackle mental health stigma amongst young people and within education.

For more information on the Stamp It Out Project you can click on the Twitter and Facebook icons

Or contact Chris Affleck on 0191 3746113 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.