New Covid-19 restrictions for our region

To help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the government have introduced new restrictions. From Friday 18 September:

  • Venues including pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to close from 10pm to 5am
  • Venues providing food and drink restricted to table service only
  • You must not meet with those outside your household or support bubble

Visit for the full list of restrictions and FAQs.


Covid joint restrictions

Shotley Bridge Hospital Support Group - Survey

Prior to a meeting next week with NHS representatives to discuss possible locations for the new hospital, which is due to be built in 2023, Shotley Bridge Hospital Support Group are keen to hear what locations local people think is the best from three sites available: Puddlers Corner, the former Blackfyne School site or land next to Prospect Business Park in Leadgate. 

To access the survey, please click on the link, complete and submit.    

The survey can also be accessed by visiting Shotley Bridge Hospital Support Group’s Facebook page.



urgent! Coronavirus Update

Were you at Consett Working Men’s Club on Friday 4 or Saturday 5 September? You may be at risk of Coronavirus – please self-isolate immediately for 14 days from your visit. 

The club is closed, and we are working with Public Health England to reach people who were there on those dates.  

Please remember, only get tested if you have symptoms, a negative test today could be positive tomorrow. Symptoms can take 14 days to develop. 

To book a test visit or phone 119 and visit if you need help to self-isolate.

Consett WMC outbreak poster FINAL


Friends Against Scams - short awareness session

Scams cost consumers £5-£10 billion every year and they're becoming increasingly sophisticated. The pandemic has made people even more vulnerable to scams due to increased isolation. Criminals are exploiting the current uncertainty with phishing emails which appear to be from recognised agencies and businesses like HMRC, TV Licensing and banks asking to confirm personal details and threatening fines if people do not comply.

Our most powerful protection against scams is each other. It is often the most vulnerable people in our communities who are targeted by scammers.  By learning about how to spot and report scams, we can protect our friends, family and colleagues from becoming a victim.

Get scam savvy and become a Friend Against Scams by completing a short e-learning course at:

Office furniture available for charities/voluntary organisations

Due to the closure of Derwentside Mind, office furniture is available to any charities/voluntary organisations.

Contact them via their Facebook messenger, telephone 01207 591705 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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