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School protects care services with council grant

by Craig Martin on 27 July, 2020

A Chester-le-Street secondary school is creating vital protective equipment for carers and key workers, using funding awarded through a council partnership. Park View School received a grant of £8,772 to enable its Design Faculty to produce essential visors which it is donating to doctors’ surgeries and care homes. The money was managed through Durham County […]

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Council staff with a learning disability are playing a valuable role in encouraging their peers to talk about cancer, by starring in a regional awareness video. The Be Cancer Aware video sees Ben Newton, Julia Smith and Paul James, from Durham County Council’s Adult and Health Services Engagement Team, alongside other community representatives, describing common […]

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Praise for County Durham’s young people

by Craig Martin on 6 July, 2020

Young people across County Durham have been recognised for their commitment to their communities. More than 1,500 youngsters from across the county signed up to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award between April 2019 and 31 March this year. Between them, they gave almost 15,000 hours of their time to the award – volunteering within their […]

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People who have lost their job or are looking for new employment are being offered help in County Durham. Durham County Council is encouraging residents aged 25 and over to take advantage of a tailored support programme which could boost their chances of finding work. The council’s Employability Durham Team is urging people to contact […]

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A County Durham learning service has adapted during the coronavirus outbreak to continue to reach hundreds of adults and children. The home delivery of learning packages means that, to date, 274 adults and 414 children have continued to engage with East Durham Trust, which delivers community learning on behalf of Durham County Council’s Adult Learning […]

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Two student social workers have shared their experiences of training with a local authority during the coronavirus outbreak. 26-year-old Sally Elders and 37-year-old Hayley Pound, were both part-way through their Durham County Council placements when UK coronavirus restrictions came into place. With support from the council, and partners Think Ahead and the higher education institutions […]

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Council launches virtual music lessons for adults

by Craig Martin on 12 June, 2020

New adult music lessons are offering talented performers and total beginners an opportunity to improve their musical skills. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Durham County Council’s Music Service has been teaching school-age pupils at home, completing more than 9,000 lessons via webcam, and has now extended its offer to adults across the county for the first […]

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Making music and memories in lockdown

by Craig Martin on 6 May, 2020

Videos helping children to hone their music skills at home have received more 5,000 views on YouTube. Last month, Durham Music Service (DMS) moved all of its teaching sessions online to allow schoolchildren to continue to their lessons during the lockdown. In normal circumstances, DMS provides small group lessons to more than 4,000 primary and […]

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Hear from County Durham’s excavating experts

by Craig Martin on 12 March, 2020

Experts who dig into County Durham’s rich history are inviting the public to a special day dedicated to archaeology. Archaeology Day on Saturday 21 March will celebrate the wonderful historical finds that have helped people understand County Durham’s deep past. Organised by Durham County Council’s archaeology section, the day will see a series of speakers […]

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Adopters needed to give children a loving home

by Craig Martin on 12 November, 2019

“To be able to adopt a child, especially a child with behavioural issues or a learning difficulty you need to be determined, to have empathy and be honest about what you can take on, but the most important things are to have a loving heart and mind and you’ll be amazing.” That is the message […]

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