Citizens Advice County Durham Survey

Citizens Advice is undertaking a consultation to help to understand the things that are important to people in County Durham so that they can continue to shape services to best meet their needs.

To take part in the short survey, please click on the link below and follow the instructions on screen

Citizens Advice County Durham Survey

Integrated Sexual Health Service consultation

The Integrated Sexual Health Service (ISHS) delivered by County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust (CDDFT), are seeking the views of young people aged under 25 years and adults over the age of 25 years to help shape their services. 

The consultation is now live and will run until 17th May 2019.

Please use the links below to access the consultation surveys.

In addition to the above links, the surveys will be accessible through the CDDFT website and paper copies will be available for those attending clinics. 

Review of Statement of Policy under the Licensing Act 2003

All licensing authorities must prepare and publish a statement of their licensing policy every five years. The current policy which was published in 2014 must be reviewed this year. A new policy will be developed over the coming months that will be adopted by the Council by the end of October 2019. 

In carrying out the review, DCC want to consult with existing licensed premises and with organisations, persons and bodies representing responsible authorities, the public and most importantly, the licensed trade in our area.

As with the current policy, the new one will be focussed on the following four licensing objectives which the policy will seek to promote:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public Safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm

DCC would very much like to hear your views in relation to our current licensing policy and would welcome any suggestions you may wish to make that might lead to improvements in the policy for the coming five-year period. 

For more information and to have your say on the policy, you can let us know via the following link:

The consultation closes on Friday 3 May 2019

Shotley Bridge Community Hospital Services - Public Engagement events

The NHS in Durham will be launching an engagement exercise to hear from local people about services that could be provided from a brand new health facility in the North West Durham area – and we want to hear your views!

NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for planning and buying the majority of health services in the area, is keen that public feedback helps to influence how services are provided in the future.

The CCG will be undertaking an eight week engagement period from Thursday 27 March – 22 May 2019 but we wanted to let people know about the events before then. Please do share this information with any groups or individuals that you feel would be interested in attending or participating.

Further information will be shared when the CCG officially launch the engagement next week.

Come along to one of the CCG’s public events and find out more. We will also be holding a series of ‘pop-up’ events at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital and a variety of community centres across the local area during the engagement to talk to you about this. Online opportunities to feedback will also be available from 27th March too.  You can get in touch with us by using these dedicated contact details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 0191 389 8609 (recorded answerphone).




Online registration

Wednesday 10th April

6 – 8pm

Consett Football Club, DH8 7BF

Thursday 11th April

12 – 2pm

St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, DH8 0NW

Thursday 25th April

11.30am – 1.30pm

Blackhall Mill Community Centre, NE17 7TL

Tuesday 30th April

1 – 3pm

Lanchester Community Centre, DH7 0NY

Wednesday 8th May

1 – 3pm

Burnopfield Community Centre, NE16 7JF

Thursday 9th May

6 - 8pm

Bishop Ian Ramsey School, Medomsley, DH8 6QN

Wednesday 15th May

6 - 8pm Wolsingham School, DL13 3DJ

Thursday 16th May

1 – 3pm

Louisa Centre, DH9 0TE

The engagement programme will mainly focus on services currently provided at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital, which includes:

  • Outpatients – clinical appointments when you don’t need to stay in hospital overnight
  • Urgent care – when your GP practice is closed and you need medical attention but it’s not an emergency

  • Chemotherapy - a cancer treatment using medicine to kill cancer cells

  • Rehabilitation beds - where you can be supported to restore mobility to enable you to live as active life as possible

  • Diagnostics – x-rays and things like ultrasound scans

  • Theatre - where you would have operations 

  • Endoscopy – procedures that can examine the inside of your body using an instrument called an endoscope. 

Durham County Council - have your say on key consultations

People in County Durham are being invited to help shape the future of their area by taking part in three major consultations which begin this week.

Durham County Council are asking people for their views on the latest stage of the County Durham Plan as well as two new strategies looking at housing and homelessness. 

People can find out more about the County Durham Plan and how to have their say at or by attending one of the drop-in sessions around the county.

The council is also consulting on strategies, developed with partners, which aim to tackle housing issues and provide support to County Durham’s homeless.

The County Durham Housing Strategy seeks to identify issues residents face in terms of housing and sets out ways to address them such as targeting future actions and investment. This includes providing homes that meet the needs of older people, improving standards in the private rented sector and working to bring long term empty properties back into use and maximising the delivery of affordable homes.  

The County Durham Homelessness Strategy aims to set out an approach and key actions towards preventing homelessness across the county over the next three years. 

The strategy includes action plans for each of its three key aims which include preventing homelessness by early intervention, increasing access to and supply of accommodation and providing a range of support services to those at risk alongside partner agencies.

More information about the strategies and how people can get involved is available online at

Drop-in sessions will be taking place across the county where staff will be on hand to talk about all three consultations. 

A local drop-in session is being held on Friday 15 February, 4.00pm – 7.00pm at St Patrick’s Church Hall, Consett.

The deadline for all three consultations is Friday 8 March 2019.