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Helping people with health conditions stay active

by Craig Martin on 8 July, 2021

People living with long-term health conditions in County Durham will be among the first to benefit from a pilot scheme which encourages being physically active to help manage their health and wellbeing. We Are Undefeatable is a targeted pilot project run by Durham County Council to assist people with conditions in Ferryhill, Chilton and the […]

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Young people are being encouraged to make a splash with free swimming sessions at County Durham’s leisure centres. Durham County Council has put together a host of summer pool activities for children and young people aged 18 and under living in County Durham. From fun with inflatables, to general swimming, the free sessions are all […]

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Patients being treated for long-term effects of coronavirus in County Durham and Darlington are benefitting from a new mental health and wellbeing initiative. The Reading Well initiative, by The Reading Agency, is providing book collections to support patients in the region being treated for post covid syndrome, also known as long Covid. The books are […]

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Two County Durham care responders have been praised by fire services for their quick-thinking, which helped save the life of a 98-year-old during a kitchen fire. Rebecca Henry and Martin Wanless, Care Connect workers at Durham County Council, responded to an alert after elderly resident Irma Oliver raised the alarm when a fire broke out […]

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People looking to keep fit while staying safe indoors during the coronavirus pandemic can now take part in free online exercise classes. Durham County Council has launched a series of virtual classes which will be free of charge during their initial period. From gentle yoga classes to active HITT, the varied timetable of sessions is […]

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Keyworkers caring for some of County Durham’s most vulnerable residents have begun to receive their Covid-19 vaccines at a new dedicated centre. This week, a vaccination centre opened at County Hall in Durham City to vaccinate frontline social care workers, including those employed by Durham County Council, the NHS and the independent sector. The centre […]

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School pupils in County Durham got creative to design posters aimed at reinforcing the important handwashing message as part of the fight against coronavirus. Durham County Council’s competition for primary schools and early years settings across the county asked youngsters to come up with ideas for how best to raise awareness of the message about […]

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Hundreds of Christmas food parcels handed to families

by Craig Martin on 19 December, 2020

Hundreds of food hampers have been given to County Durham families ahead of Christmas after thousands of pounds in funding was granted. Durham County Council pledged £21,000 towards the Feeding Families-run scheme, which helps those who are currently in financial hardship. The facilities team at the council collected a total of 700 hampers from the […]

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Some of County Durham’s first Covid Community Champions have shared what motivated them to sign up to the scheme following its official launch today. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Durham County Council has supported communities to stay up to date with the latest coronavirus information and guidance. The Covid Community Champion programme builds upon […]

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Care Homes Update

by Craig Martin on 2 November, 2020

I continue to request a review into the large number of Covid related deaths in County Durham so that we can find ways to protect the elderly with the onset of future waves. This has been refused by the portfolio holder and the Council’s scrutiny function stalls on pushing the matter further. While Durham County […]

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