Silver Talk telephone befriending service in Derwent Valley


"I’ve been very very grateful for Silver Talk and through it I’ve made a new friend. It’s nice to be able to talk about anything and nothing and know that someone is thinking about me." 


Did you know that around half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone at all? 


Thanks to funding from Derwent Valley AAP, Karbon Homes is helping to change that. 


Silver Talk is a free telephone befriending service, offering over 50s the opportunity to connect for a regular, social telephone chat.  


People are matched with one of their friendly volunteers, for an up to 30-minute chat at the same time each week.  

It's up to them what they talk about, but their Silver Talk companion is there to provide both a friendly voice and a listening ear.  If people need information or advice, they will do their best to help them.    


To see a short film that shows what a difference Silver Talk makes to its users, visit:    


To find out more about Silver Talk, or to make a referral, get in touch with the team today either by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 0191 223 8662.      




“I find volunteering for Silver Talk really rewarding. It does wonders for my mental health and confidence and I feel happy knowing that I’m making a difference and giving something back."    


If you or someone you know is looking for a way to give back that doesn’t require a huge time commitment and that can be done from the comfort of home, Silver Talk could be the perfect fit.  


With a minimum commitment of 45 minutes a week, and a mobile phone provided to make calls, volunteering couldn’t be easier. 


For more information about volunteering, get in touch with the team today either by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 0191 223 8662. A volunteer role description can be found on their website



Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!

If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone.

As part of Neighbourhood Watch's Cyberhood Watch initiative, the PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign helps everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps

  1. Create a separate password for your email account
  2. Use 3 random words
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

To find out more about how to do each step and about the campaign, visit their Password Protection page on their website.

Pom Poms for the Soul!

Have fun making pom pom's online.  Join the online group starting on Tuesday 1 December , 1.30 - 3.00pm.

For more details contact Catherine on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Booking is essential

For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service :Freephone: 0800 8766887 or visit their website:

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Your views on Draft Primary Care Strategy

Primary care – your local GP practice – is often described as the ‘front door of the NHS’ and provides people with community-based access to medical services for advice, prescriptions, treatment or referral, usually through a General Practitioner (GP) or nurse.

County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CDCCG) needs to look forward to help plan and prepare for how they will support and develop Primary Care (GP practices) across the County.

As part of this, a draft version of the CDCCG Primary Care strategy is available to view on the CCG website.

You will also find a short video about this draft strategy from the Director of Strategy and Delivery for Primary Care.

If you have any thoughts or comments to contribute towards the development of the strategy, please do share them using the short set of questions. If you wish to make any comments on the draft strategy document, please do so before 24 November 2020.

All of this information is available on the Current Conversations page of the CCG website.

Wellbeing for Life's 'Eat wise to drop a size' is going online!

To find out how to make small changes to help improve your health and wellbeing, come and join the online group on Thursday 19 November, 10am - 12pm via Microsoft Teams.

For more information and to book a place contact 0800 8766887.

Visit Wellbeing for life's website at

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