DVP September Board Meeting - Reminder

This is a gentle reminder that the next meeting of the Derwent Valley Partnership Board will be taking place next Wednesday 27th September 2017 from 6pm-8pm in Consett Salvation Army Hall, Sherburn Terrace, Consett, DH8 6ND.

The Partnership Board meetings are open to members of the public to attend and everyone is welcome. Refreshments are provided and there are parking facilities adjacent to the main hall.


If you would like to attend the meeting or would like copies of the full set of papers, please contact a member of the Partnership Team on 03000 260 725.



FREE Flu Vaccination for Carers living in County Durham


Carers over the age of 18 can use their Durham County Carers card to receive a free Flu Vaccination in pharmacies across County Durham.


It makes sense for Carers to protect themselves as the NHS fear the approaching winter to be the worse flu season in many years.


When Carers protect themselves they are also reducing the risk to the person they care for.


Carers need to present their Carers Card at their local pharmacy to receive this free of charge.


Please note - up to 80% of pharmacies in County Durham are offering this service, so people need to ask at the point of booking and if they are not providing it FREE they should try an alternative pharmacy.


For more information on how Carers can apply for a card, Please visit


Youth Worker vacancy at the Activity Den

The Activity Den is seeking a Youth Worker to work with young people’s groups. The youth work sessions will be primarily on Wednesday and Thursday evenings with other times to meet project requirements. The Youth Worker will be responsible for supporting our volunteers and leading and managing the Activity Den’s Youth Clubs.

For an application pack and information about The Activity Den please 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. or telephone 01207 236739 or 07470178870.

Please note that CVs are not acceptable.

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Consultation on Stroke Services in County Durham


Healthwatch County Durham would like to hear from you, your family or carers who may have been affected by stroke within the last 12 months. They specifically would like to find out about your experiences of hospital discharge and your follow up care. Hearing your views helps them to improve services for the future.


They have a number of ways for you to share your experiences with them and they would be really grateful if you could take the time to do this.


The questionnaire is available online until Thursday 12th October.  Visit:


Healthwatch County Durham is an independent organisation that can help you to share your views. They are happy to arrange opportunities for you to give your feedback in whichever way is best for you:


Freephone: 0800 3047039


Text: 07756 654218


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Home visits (call, text or email to arrange)


One to one appointment sessions are available, please see the list below. You can call, text or email to book an appointment:


  • Thursday 21st September – Chester le Street

  • Wednesday 27th September – Stanley

  • Wednesday 4th October – Peterlee

  • Tuesday 10th October - Tudhoe


This joint piece of work is being carried out by NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG), NHS North Durham CCG and Healthwatch County Durham.



Eat Wise, Drop a Size celebration

Members of a Wellbeing for Life Eat Wise to Drop a Size group are celebrating feeling healthier and happier after attending the ‘life changing’ group for over a year now.

Eat Wise Drop a Size runs every Friday 10am-12noon and is a free, friendly class that supports people to make healthier food choices, get more active, lose weight and improve lifestyle.

They are inviting anyone who may be interested in joining to attend a one year celebration event on Friday 22nd September, 10am-12noon at St. Patricks Church Hall in Consett.

“It makes a tremendous difference to us” said Flo Robson, 74 who has lost over 9kgs and reduced her blood pressure and cholesterol since attending the group. “I used to be stuck at home on my own, now I’ve made so many friends I’ve had to buy a diary to remember everything! It has changed my life, I feel healthier, happier and look forward to it every week.”

Wellbeing for Life Health Trainer Wendy Marlowe runs the sessions and says “Healthy eating is not just about managing your weight; it is also about improving your general wellbeing.

Over 40 people have accessed this group in the last year and all have successfully dropped at least one size in clothes. Many have found that their health has benefitted from losing the weight, such as lowering their blood pressure, reducing their medications and finding it easier to get around more.

In addition, many of the group have found that there social life has also had a boost from the friendships formed. They organise days out together, support each other with difficulties they are experiencing and some attend a gentle exercise class together; which has helped with their weight loss.”

If you would like to know more about how it could benefit you, go along to find out more about what the service can offer or contact Wendy on 07825 196656.

For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact freephone: 0800 8766887 or visit:, Facebook: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService Twitter: @ WBFL_Durham