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First Wellbeing Open Day 16 Nov 2021

Tuesday 16 November was our first Wellbeing Open Day at Framwellgate Moor Youth & Community Centre. Trustees wanted to find out information from local residents about how we could help them to recover from loneliness experienced during Covid. Leaflets about the event had been distributed by our local Councillor Mark Wilkes and trustees.

We combined the first Open day with a charity event to raise money for Pudsey bear (Children in Need), raising over £300.

It was a really successful day and everyone who attended was friendly and open about why they were there. The event was supported by NHS professionals, representatives of supportive charities, centre trustees, centre staff and volunteers. There were many good ideas expressed by the people who attended.

Refreshments were prepared by Framwellgate Moor WI who also served them – the cakes were very good. This was welcome when people were able to sit down over a cuppa and a cake and have a chat with others who were there.

All in all a good start to the trustees plan of gathering information which will ensure that the Wellbeing programme (starting in January 2022) is a success. The preplanning was led by trustees, helped by Carol Callum, Assistant Centre Manager.

More Open days followed on Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm. During other Open days the charity we will be supporting is Macmillan nurses. Many residents dropped in for tea/coffee or a warm lunch. We enjoyed seeing them there.

The new smart screen in the Adult hall is now operational. It links to a laptop or USB pen drive to show presentations or video for user groups

The Coop Community Fund has contributed £4906 towards the update of the Community Centre with new screens for digital information being provided. Thank you to all their loyal members who chose our community centre as their charity.

Wellbeing Open Days Tuesdays 10am-2pm

We have invited our staff and National Health professionals, to talk to and answer questions. We have leaflets about the centre’s facilities, activities and history. The W.I. are providing refreshments and there is a tombola and raffle to raise funds for charities we support.

Are you able to help us by providing information which we will use to make our Wellbeing Programme (starting January 2022) more interesting and appropriate for those attending?

The Community Centre is registered as an approved charity with Amazon’s charitable section, called Smile. Please see ‘Join us’/Corporate Supporters page for more info.

DCYP Youth Club Graffiti wall

Whilst working towards the Youth Arts Award accreditation, young people from Durham City Youth Project at Framwellgate Moor Youth Club have been given the opportunity to work with some local artists.

They learnt about different arts forms and during this they they created an amazing Graffiti wall. In addition the young people experienced tasters in Dance, DJing and Rap. This only happened with the support of Durham AAP and Co. Durham Community Foundation Community Arts and Culture Grants Programme.

The Community Centre has been recently externally decorated.

The Association has received its Hallmark Level 1, 2 and 3 awards again. We worked with the Durham Community Action team, as Hallmark Officers, to undertake a virtual inspection of the community centre premises.

Multi-media system with hearing loop and PA system for Adult hall

The Adult hall has been fitted with a modern multi-media system to enable all groups to maximise its usefulness. In addition the hall has a hearing loop and Personal Address system.

Dec 2020, the Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant of £5355 from the Sir John Priestman Charity Trust to complete the work on developing the multi media system in the main hall.

Nov 2020, the Association is pleased to announce that they have received a grant of £4545 from County Durham Community Foundation towards the new multi-media development in the main hall.

Terry Simpson, our long standing Centre Manager, has decided to retire after suffering from ill health over the last year. Terry has been involved with the centre since we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation in 2013. We wish him well and thank him for all his work and dedication to the Association, as we have grown and developed under his management.

August 2020 – the centre has been redecorated internally (under the terms of our lease). All the halls will be clean and renewed to welcome back our user groups.

The Youth hall male toilets have been totally refurbished (with money from a National Lottery Awards for All grant of £10000).

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