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Funding available from the Derwent Valley Partnership for Holiday Activities in December 2021

Our ‘Fun and Food’ Fund aims to support local community groups, schools, early years settings and organisations in the Derwent Valley area to deliver activities, with healthy food provision, for children and young people during the December Christmas holiday period.

Applicants can apply for a small grant, minimum amount of £500, and must include a healthy meal (breakfast, lunch or tea) as part of the activity.

Application forms and guidance notes are available from the Derwent Valley Partnership Team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning: 07818 310365.

Deadline for fully completed applications and supporting documents is 12 noon, Monday 15 November 2021.

Youth Aware: Children's Mental Health Introduction

Youth Aware is an introductory course to youth mental health.  It is ideal for managers, School Governors, Elected Members,  wider VCS organisations and interested practitioners who do not work directly as frontline staff with young people aged 8-18 years.

This introductory session raises awareness of young people’s mental health by covering:

  • The common mental health issues affecting young people that include depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Methods to support young people with a mental health issues and relate to their experiences

Course information:

  • The course sessions will be delivered in one 4 hour virtual session
  • Participants will get a certificate and a manual to keep and refer to for future support
  • All courses are 9 am – 1pm and each course is 4 hours in duration.

Current courses are:  

  • 22nd October 2021 (9am – 1pm)
  • 29th October 2021 (9am – 1pm)

If demand is high then there will be the possibility of future dates.

Course Booking Information:

Book your place at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following details:

  • Your preferred course date (22nd or 29th October 2021)
  • Your full name (First name & surname)
  • Your email address & mobile phone number
  • A full postal address  (Where you want your course resources posting, this can be home or work address)
  • Your organisation name (Either DCC or a VCS service)

Active 30 Durham

Healthy – Happy – Active!

We want our children to have the best start in life and physical activity plays a key part in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We have a range of resources to support young people and families to be active during the school holidays.

Why not try setting daily challenges using the resources or host sessions delivering one of the activities. To help you we have created a list of activities for different ages and abilities that you can try each day. Visit the October half term page to get ideas and inspiration to encourage young people and families to be more active.

https://www.countydurhamsport.com/young-people/active-30/holidays/october-school-holiday-2021/

ACTIVE NORTH EAST!

Active 30 North East is a brand new tv show aimed at encouraging children and their families to get healthy, happy and active.

As recommended by the Chief Medical Officer, children should do at least 1 hour of exercise a day – including 30 minutes at school and another 30 minutes at home.

Now families can tune in every weekday at 6.30pm for a 10-minute active blast, delivered by an activity coordinator. Children will also have the opportunity to join in at school.

Join on Freeview channel 7, each day to take part in active blasts and wellbeing sessions.

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn0NO5RqtDY

Goodbye from the DurhamWorks Team at Citizens Advice County Durham

Although the team at Citizens Advice County Durham (CACD) aren't delivering employability training, they are still continuing to provide advice about benefits, ESA, statutory sick pay, housing, debt, energy etc.

Adviceline: 0808 278 7821, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Debt Adviceline: 0300 323 2000, Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

Consumer Helpline: 0808 223 1133, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Universal Credit Helpline: 0800 144 8 444, Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm

COVID19 temporary contact: 07736 923502

For more information visit their website: www.citizensadvicecd.org.uk/

CACD goodbye

Youth Aware

Youth Aware is an introductory course to youth mental health.  It is ideal for managers, School Governors, Elected Members, wider VCS organisations and interested practitioners who do not work directly as frontline staff with young people aged 8-18 years.

This introductory session raises awareness of young people’s mental health by covering:

  • The common mental health issues affecting young people that include depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Skills to work more effectively with young people living with mental health issues
  • Methods to support young people with a mental health issues and relate to their experiences

Course information:

  • The course sessions will be delivered in one 4-hour virtual session
  • Participants will get a certificate and a manual to keep and refer to for future support
  • All courses are 9 am – 1pm and each course is 4 hours in duration.

Current courses are:  

  • 22nd October 2021 (9am – 1pm)
  • 29th October 2021 (9am – 1pm)

If demand is high, then there will be the possibility of future dates.

Course Booking Information—action this ASAP- email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following details:

  • Your preferred course date (22nd or 29th October 2021)
  • Your full name (First name & surname)
  • Your email address & mobile phone number
  • A full postal address (Where you want your course resources posting, this can be home or work address)
  • Your organisation name (Either DCC or a VCS service)