October Half-Term Holiday Activities 2020

To access details about all of the great activities that are available in County Durham for our children, young people and families over the October half-term holiday 2020.

A mobile app is now live, and a printer friendly PDF version is also available on the County Durham Families Information Service website.

Information will be added over the coming weeks, so please keep checking for regular updates.

Durham Community Action Share and Learn Network – FREE Online Meetings

The Durham Community Action Share and Learn Network is a network of community organisations who run local buildings and local services. Regular meetings take place and focus on various topics including governance, funding and compliance.  

They are running three Share and Learn meetings throughout November:  

Resilience and Sustainability

Thursday 5th November 10.00 - 11.30am


This meeting has been arranged as part of Trustees' Week 2020, and will allow trustees and staff from charities and community organisations to come together to discuss potential funding opportunities, talk about ways to reduce costs and think about how to work with others to meet the needs of beneficiaries.


Youth Services Network 


Thursday 12th November 3.00 - 4.30pm 


An opportunity for those running youth services in County Durham to meet and share best practice, including discussion on risk management, volunteering and the potential of partnership working during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. 


Community Buildings Network


Thursday 19th November 10.00 - 11.30am  


This meeting is an opportunity for trustees and staff from community buildings to come together and talk about re-opening, share ideas and discuss any concerns around current restrictions. 


These meetings will take place online and joining instructions will be provided prior to the meetings.  

Attendance is FREE, although booking in advance is required to secure places which are limited. 

To find out how to book places visit:


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Online Electronic Music-Making for Women and Girls

Wednesdays 21st October – 20th January (with a break 23rd & 30th December)
6pm – 8pm via Zoom
Absolutely no experience necessary 

Lady Gaga. Björk. Kate Bush. Annie Lennox. Goldfrapp. Ladyhawke. What have they got in common? They’re all women who smashed their way onto the electric music scene, and you can too!  

Join world-class professional drummer and musician Cat Myers to learn all about the basics of electronic music-making in a friendly and welcoming environment. From synths to samples, loops to lyrics, she’ll guide you step-by-step towards your own personal compositions. All you need to take part is a laptop or tablet device and access to wi-fi.

Cat Myers is an accomplished session drummer, composer & drum tutor, in the past few years she’s mainly been touring the world with KT Tunstall & Mogwai. As a Roland Artist, Cat specialises in incorporating electronics & samples into drumming, attempting to push the boundaries of what she can play live.

This course is aimed at female carers of any age living in the North East of England. The definition of ‘care’ is very broad and includes parental responsibilities and supporting isolating individuals. If in doubt, get in touch for a chat.

To register a place please email 
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Name of course
Your Name and Date of Birth
Mobile Phone Number
Any disability we should be aware of

Let them know if the technical requirements of the course may be a barrier to you

They will respond with full details of how to access the course on Zoom. Access to the sessions will only be given to those who register via email. Consent will be required from a parent / carer for anyone under 18 years of age. 

Delivered by Jack Drum and funded by Spirit 2012’s Carers’ Music Fund, putting women and girls with caring responsibilities front and centre, offering them opportunities for fun, creative expression and (re) discovery of self through music-making.

Priority will be given to those who have not taken part in a full Sound Out! course. However, a waiting list will be operating, so do get in touch.

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Glenroyd House - Half Term Week - Halloween Activities

In Partnership with Derwent Valley AAP  

  • Story Telling by Monique

  • Mask Making

  • Pumpkin Carving

  • Halloween Colouring – in

  • Healthy food and well being


    Plus, Many Other Activities    

Monday 26th to Friday 30th October   

Healthy Lunch Provided  

Limited spaces available due to social distancing


Please contact Glenroyd House on 01207 297349


Help with energy bills and energy debts

The average home energy bill is around £1,340 per year and there are many tariffs available from utility companies, which can be confusing.

Durham County Council's Managing Money Better service can help to reduce energy bills by finding a more competitive tariff and switching supplier, as well as offering fuel debt advice.

An energy advisor from the Council's Managing Money Better service can make a home visit to carry out a free home energy assessment, which will include:

  • Help to switch suppliers if savings can be made
  • Helping to understands heating system controls
  • Dealing with fuel debt, including negotiation of affordable payment arrangements
  • Complex energy issues such as disputing a bill
  • Advice on grants for insulation, gas boilers and other energy efficiency measures
  • Application for Warm Home Discount and the Priority Services Register

In addition to advice on energy bills, the advisor can:

  • make referrals for advice on benefit entitlements
  • make referrals to the fire service for a free safety check
  • offer information on Carbon Monoxide awareness and water poverty 


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To make a home appointment or make a referral e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 03000 268000