Description of Activities

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TIN Arts: is an innovative social enterprise that creates, inspires, delivers and manages participatory dance, arts and culture programmes for people of all ages and abilities. The organisation is co-led by professional contemporary dancers Tess Chaytor and Martin Wilson, who believe all people with a disability should be able to access the same activities as everyone else, no matter who they are, or where they live.

For further information about classes or activities available, please see the TIN Arts website:

Martin Wilson | 0300 124 0448 |

Durham Bridge Club: lessons for people who want to learn how to play bridge (costing £5 per week). There is also a bridge session (£3 per session) for those who have progressed from the lessons on Monday evenings

There are other bridge sessions – on Tuesday afternoons and there is a bridge session for more experienced players on Tuesday evenings .

Christine Farnsworth (Secretary) |0191 3867480|

ART: Art lessons provided by Susan Fraser in a relaxed atmosphere. These would suit  any budding artist.

Arabic Classes:

Seham Samud | 07805 204 592 |

Blind Life in Durham: We are a friendly pro-active group of blind and partially sighted people that meet regularly at events where we have chats and plenty of laughs.

We hold monthly social meetings and invite speakers to give talks on a wide range of subjects. In addition, we have social events and days out together. As well as that, we play New Age Kurling, New Age Bowls and more recently, Boccia.

Blind Life holds an annual New Age Kurling Blind Awareness Event, where sighted people are in teams of four and wear blindfolds when taking their shot. This causes a lot of laughs whilst at the same time gives appreciation of what losing their sight means.

Blind Life also enters New Age Kurling Competitions and have been very successful. Any member wishing to take part in these competitions are very welcome. It is about What We Can Do.

Please visit our website for more information

Margaret Welch | 01388 763501 |

Durham City Youth Project: Youth Clubs

Seniors Youth Club
Durham City Youth Project delivers an open session offering sports, arts and crafts, cooking, personal and social education sessions, team building and an opportunity just to come and socialise. Wednesdays, 6 pm-7:30 pm.

Juniors Youth Club

Juniors is an open access, all inclusive club for 7 – 12 year olds. We offer sports, team games, lots of arts and crafts, movie nights, cooking, holiday activities and Xbox. Wednesdays, 4:30 pm-6 pm.
Youth Council
The Youth Council are a small supportive group, that represent the views of young people. Run by young people for young people, they are a voice that enables them to make their views heard in the decision-making process both within the charity and their local communities. They give young people the chance to discuss relevant issues, engage with decision makers and contribute to improving the lives of young people. Thursdays, 4 pm-5:30 pm.
Contact: or
Hayley Manning | 0191 383 2819 | or just drop in. DCYP website

Durham Coronary Support: The voluntary group is registered with the NHS and linked to the British Heart Foundation. Our aim is to provide encouragement, advice, support and information to heart patients, their families and friends. The group is in contact with the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital of North Durham and someone from the group gives a short talk during each rehabilitation course.

Sally Henniker-Major | 0191 3749193 |

Durham Dance: There are Modern and Tap classes in line with the Imperial Standard for Teachers of Dance syllabus on a Monday.
There are Vocational ballet classes in line with the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus on a Wednesday as well as an Adult Ballet class on a Wednesday which is open to all.

Catherine Smith | 07725 599 461 |

English Folk Dance: The group meet to dance a wide range of English country dances, from Jane Austin, Playford style, to modern fast squares and contras. Some of the dances are over 300 years old and new dances are still being created.
We are always pleased to welcome new members and you do not need to bring a partner.

Bruce McDougall | 0191 370 0591 |

Full Gospel Fellowship: British-Israel Fellowship. We are a Christian organisation promoting the whole truth of the Bible, which we believe is the inspired word of God, as represented by the Authorised (King James) Version. We also promote Israel Identity Truth, that the Aglow-Saxon-Celtic people throughout the world have descended from ancient biblical Israel.

Colin Farquhar | 0191 384 7704 |

Hartbeeps: Our lovely, gentle class, which focuses on bonding and confidence. We use elements of baby yoga, baby massage, and calming techniques to guide little ones through our magical, imaginary Baby Land and help them to truly experience our soundtrack of remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies.
They’ll meet friendly puppet characters, be introduced to age-appropriate props and discover sparkly parachutes – all designed to delight those freshly acquired senses and help babies to uncurl and release trapped energy.

Abby Cutler | 07534 018440 |

Indian Music:

Kaavya Mohan | 07424 371 982 |

Praveena Srikantan |

Ingeus: People referred to the scheme will get tailored, personalised help to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes including education on healthy eating and lifestyle, help to lose weight and bespoke physical exercise programmes, all of which together have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

There are currently 2.6 million people with Type 2 diabetes in England with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year. While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and is not linked to lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.

Angela Allinson | 07384 832 004 |

KALMA LIFE Baby Massage & Yoga: Your journey begins with kalma baby. We are specialists in baby yoga and massage. Creating opportunities to bond through therapeutic touch with sensory, music and songs. Building a community of support which educates parents on wellness.

Laura Dixon | 07989 985190 |

Little Movers: Little Movers is a dance and movement based class for babies and preschool children.

Baby Movers (birth to wobbly walking) is a relaxed friendly class. We use a mix music, movement, props and themes to support development. We get active, learn through play and get little ones moving too! A great way to socialise, meet new friends and enjoy quality one to one time with your baby.

Little Movers (confident walkers to 5 years) is a fun, active and energetic class enjoyed by children and their grown ups too! We sing, dance, play games and have fun using props, themes and of cause dances. Come and join us for lots of fun and make some wonderful memories while your little one learns through play.

Sarah Kane | 07738 375 126 |

Martial Arts: Seishin-do Karate Ryu, Teaches traditional martial arts. The school or RYU has been established since the early 1990s. The classes are run on Wednesdays from 1330 hours to 1500, Fridays from 18.00 to 20.00 and Saturday mornings from 0930 to 1130. The age group starts at 6 years and upwards. Our goal is to instil in our students self-respect for all, and as well as the keep fit and discipline involved in any martial art the commitment a student makes is vital to his/her caricature. We look forward to meeting you.

Brian George Sensei Godan | 07711 600 571 |

ME North East: Meets last Wednesday of each month. They are a charitable organisation, supporting people who are living with ME/CFS and their families. We cover an area from the Scottish Borders in the North to North Yorkshire in the South and West to Cumbria.

Rachel Burton| 07490 948645 |

The Reedemed Christian Church of God: A church service for old and young every Sunday at the Community Centre.

Pastor Oluferni | 07931 230 710 |

River Wear Tai Chi: Sometimes described as moving meditation, Tai Chi is an ancient and powerful form of Chinese exercise, which promotes mental and physical health. The graceful flowing movements bring about a sense of calm, while strengthening the joints, muscles, tendons and bones, and improving circulation, breathing, and the function of the internal organs and nervous system.

Tai Chi is lead by Jamie Muir, who has studied under various world renowned Masters, and has over 20 years experience. Classes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Monthly payment is £35.

Jamie Muir | 0191 389 3812 | 07970 103 440 |

Singing Elf Craft Club: Our adult, in-person sessions aim to give you a creative and mindful experience. Enjoy calming crafts, a warm cuppa and a good natter with our friendly groups. Craft Club offers one-off sessions, exploring a new theme, skill or craft each time. You don’t need to attend regularly to take part. You can visit as many sessions as you like, however the craft theme will be the same for every venue that fortnight.

Each session will be based on a wellbeing theme which relates to the craft and our mindful moment.

Everyone is welcome whether you’re crafting for the first time or joining in as an experienced crafter. Why not bring along a friend, neighbour or relative – just make sure each person books a place.

Rebecca McGarvie |

Spanish Class: Learn Spanish with the help of an experienced tutor in a small group situation.

Paul Button |

Sweaty Mama: is a unique and effective way to exercise whilst you bond with your child allowing you to spend quality time with your child whilst you undertake the workout.  Exercises to suit all ages & development of the child as well as suit the fitness level of the Mama. Gradually build up fitness levels and strengthen your core & posture to rehabilitate your body after having a child. A fab, fun workout to upbeat music both you and your child will love!* With babies, toddlers and Preschoolers all joining in the fun! 45 minute session| 6 weeks continual course, £40 for 6 weeks.

Dianne Nelson | 07429 516556 |

Yoga: The Hatha Yoga class is a drop in class so there’s no need to book in advance. Cost is £8 payable via bank transfer or cash. Class is mixed in terms of ability and experience – beginners can access the asanas (postures) at their level and experienced yogis can feel they are being progressed and challenged.

Ellena Plumb | 07585 558 095 |

A Timetable of our Weekly Classes can be found here

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