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Think Positive - mental health support

Think Positive is a mental health support service offered through PACT House.  A range of wellbeing services is available to help and support you on your road to recovery.

Counselling/talking therapies can be face to face (when permitted), telephone or online.

Anyone living in the Derwent Valley area can access the service.  There will also be some localised support for residents in the area they live in such as Glenroyd House in Consett.

For more information:

Think Positive – tel 07735 143086

PACT House – tel 07720 650533

Think Positive

Funding available for Easter holiday activities for children, young people and families

Our Holiday Activities with Health Food Fund (HAWHF) aims to support local community groups and organisations based in the Derwent Valley Partnership area to deliver holiday activities, with healthy food provision during the Easter holiday period.

All proposed activities must be able to be carried out under Government Guidelines for Covid 19.

Applicants can apply for a grant ’over’ £500 and are limited to one per organisation.

Applicants must provide a healthy snack or meal as part of the activity - this could be a packed lunch, delivered meal or even a box of ingredients to make a meal/snack at home!

Application forms and further guidance can be requested from the Derwent Valley Partnership team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for applications and supporting documents is 12 noon on Wednesday 10 March 2021. Applications received after the deadline will unfortunately not be considered.

f you have any queries regarding our Easter 2021 HAWHF scheme, please contact the team using the e-mail address above, or telephone 07818 510365.

Please feel free to share through your own networks.

Virtual Jobs Fair with Karbon Homes

Karbon is hosting a virtual Jobs Fair on Thursday 4 March 2021 from 10am – 11.30am.

Anyone interested in attending, please contact Karbon Homes at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Virtual Job Fair

Council Tax discounts for persons with severe mental impairment

Did you know that council tax bills could be reduced for people who are severely mentally impaired?

If you have been diagnosed by your doctor with a condition or illness that is classed as a severe mental impairment or care for someone who does, you may be entitled to receive a reduction or exemption on your council tax.

This can include people with Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or other similar conditions and those with severe learning difficulties. 

Those living alone don’t pay any council tax at all, while those living with another person - often their carer - qualify for a 25% reduction.

You can find out more and make an application at http://www.durham.gov.uk/smi

Other Council Tax discounts

Discounts may also be available for people who live alone, people with severe disabilities, students, student nurses, apprentices, National Traineeship trainees or if you have a property which is exempt from council tax.

If someone has moved out of their home permanently to receive care in a hospital, a residential care home or a supported housing scheme / hostel, they may also be entitled to a discount or exemption on their property. 

Find out more at http://www.durham.gov.uk/counciltaxdiscounts

Psychological First Aid training course in supporting children and young people

Public Health England, with support from partners, have launched #PsychologicalFirstAid training for people that work or live with children and young people under the age of 25 to help support the mental wellbeing of our younger generation @NHSEngland @BritishRedCross @educationgovuk

The course is free and on completion, participants will have an understanding of what Psychological First Aid is, be able to identify who would benefit, offer age appropriate help and respond to additional needs.

To find out more and how to enrol on the course, visit

https://www.futurelearn.com/.../psychological-first-aid...