Wellbeing for Life FREE training courses 2020

Do you live or work in County Durham? Then take a look at the Wellbeing for Life’s training calendar and join one of their free training courses!

Unfortunately the training team are not able to deliver face to face sessions at the moment and courses will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

The courses on offer are:

  • Healthy Lives: Food for Thought
  • An Insight into the Menopause
  • Physical Activity: Basics to Getting Started
  • Basic Diabetes Awareness
  • Building Personal Resilience to Change
  • Basic Mental Health Awareness

To find out more about these courses click here: Training calendar-Oct-to-Dec-2020.pdf

For more information about Wellbeing for Life and how to register and book a place visit


Alzheimer’s Society (a little different) Memory Walks

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks will not be taking place as planned this year.  However, people are encouraged to still get involved by signing up and taking part in their own Memory Walk for loved ones this Autumn.

It's a good way to perhaps remember a friend or relative and help boost your own health and wellbeing at the same time.

If you wish to sign-up you can visit:

'Thrive' membership offer

There are many benefits of keeping active, not only for your physical health, but also for your mental health.  A healthier person also has more chance of overcoming Coronavirus if it were to strike.

With this in mind Consett Leisure Centre and the Louisa Centre, Stanley are offering £10 off all non-contract memberships. This means no 12 month commitment, just a rolling, stop anytime arrangement. On top of that there’s no joining fee – this is usually £20!

Sound good? Take a look at our memberships page and to use the online joining form to sign up!

Visit the leisure centres' Facebook pages Consett Leisure Centre or The Louisa Centre

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To help keep the public safe, our leisure centres meet all of the necessary guidelines and we are adhering to the restrictions.


Nepacs helpline

Nepacs (a north east charity) has introduced a new helpline to offer information and support to individuals, their families and loved ones at the point of arrest, at court, throughout a prison sentence, and on release.

Their friendly team of helpline volunteers are available to offer a listening ear to those who need someone to talk to, and provide important information about processes and next steps.

The new helpline is part of the charity’s ‘Early days in custody’ project which is funded for three years by National Lottery Reaching Communities fund and a legacy gift donated to Nepacs from the Newcastle and Northumberland Police Courts Mission Fund.

The helpline team can be contacted by: Freephone 0800 012 1539, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Text 07983 437 457 and is open: Monday and Friday 12noon - 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am - 2pm.

Nepacs is recruiting more volunteers to join the helpline team. Volunteers will enable families to feel informed as they navigate their way through the criminal justice system, and will help people to stay connected in this challenging situation. If you are friendly, non-judgemental, patient and have excellent listening skills the charity would love to hear from you. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Nepacs volunteer coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0191 375 7278.

For more information about the support available to families or friends with a loved one in a north east prison please visit the Nepacs website

Free mental health training sessions for small businesses and voluntary organisations*

Free mental health training sessions for SME organisations (small and medium sized enterprises and voluntary community sector) based in County Durham are available thorough Hartlepool and East Durham Mind.

The mental health training hub is needed now more than ever. With the recent experience of lockdown and ongoing stresses and challenges the SME sector is facing we all need to take more time to understand the impact of mental health on the workplace, and the difficulties people are facing.

The training is open to SMEs in County Durham and will initially be delivered online, with easy to access, short and accessible training sessions, and follow up support sessions.

The training hub will provide business owners with practical tips and advice to maintain wellbeing, understand how to approach conversations around mental health and how to offer support to people struggling with stress and distress.

To find out more and how to book a place, visit 

*may be subject to criteria