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 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

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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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

Vacancy: Adults, Wellbeing and Health OSC

Volunteer needed to join Council’s Adults, Wellbeing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

The council is looking for a Durham County Council resident to serve as a non-voting co-optee on its Adults, Wellbeing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  Co-optees play a key role in helping to shape health provision in the County, using their expertise, personal knowledge and experience to influence how the council and partners develop and deliver services now and in the future.

During the past year, the committee has considered a wide range of issues including: Health and social care integration; draft Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2020-25; Care Quality Commission Inspection Report; Health Protection Assurance Report 2018/19; North East Ambulance Service Report; Review of Stroke Rehabilitation Service and In Patient Rehabilitation Services; Future of services currently provided  at Shotley Bridge Community Hospital; Public Health Response to the COVID-19 pandemic and County Durham Care Partnership System Response to COVID-19 pandemic. 

Meetings are held in the morning starting at 9.30am and normally concluding by 11.30am although sometimes they can go on longer.  The committee has six scheduled meetings per year however there are opportunities for special meetings and for co-optees to be involved in additional focused pieces of work undertaken by the committee should they wish to do so.

Currently, the council is conducting business via virtual meetings therefore the successful applicant would need to have access to IT and internet to be able to participate and contribute in meetings.

Applicants will need to go through a formal selection process involving an interview with Durham County Council members.  The appointment will be until May 2022 when a full refresh of non-voting co-optees will be undertaken.

Our current serving non-voting co-optee on the Adult, Wellbeing and Health OSC, Rosemary Hassoon has said:

‘I have enjoyed my time as a co-optee on the Adults, Wellbeing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  I have found that by using my own experience and knowledge, by asking questions in committee, I have been able to challenge decisions and help develop health care provision in the county.  I have always felt that the contributions that I have made during meetings have always been valued and I have always been treated with respect by members of the committee, DCC officers and NHS colleagues.  The current health care system is very complex and difficult for a lay person to understand however being a member of the committee means that I am kept updated with current and proposed changes to provision in the county.  I would strongly recommend anyone with an interest in health provision in the county to apply’.

For more information, or to apply for a position as a non-voting co-optee, call either Stephen or Diane on 03000 268140 or 03000 268141 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applicants are required to submit completed application forms by the 20 November 2020.

Dementia Friendly Chat & Craft Group

Wellbeing for Life is running an online dementia friendly arts and crafts group starting on Friday 4 December at 10.30am to 11.30am.

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

Booking is essential.

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Exercise your vocal chords!

Wellbeing for Life is running online singing for health sessions starting on Thursday 3 December at 10.30am to 11.30am.

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

Booking is essential

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