Information for Professionals

If you are a professional working in County Durham or surrounding areas with any client group at risk of social isolation, please get in touch to discuss how we can support your client group.  If you would like to download our posters or leaflets you can do so below.

We are currently accepting referrals.  Please see our Groups and Services page for more details of current services offered.  If a client would like us to drop them a line please let us know.  Our referral form for professionals is found under the button above, or here, or if you have several clients to refer we are happy to provide you with a personal 'click through' online form to save you some time, please just ask.  Alternatively you can refer to us through the Advice in County Durham (AiCD) portal.

Singing Group

Our Singing Group is moving venues.  Please drop us a line to be kept updated, or check back here for more information when we have it.

Clients are welcome to turn up to this group without a referral, however they will need to fill in a short form when they arrive the first time.  With a referral that won't be necessary, as long as we have their emergency contact details.  A referral will also help us to make sure they get any support they need to enjoy the group.

Face to face groups

Groups run weekly, with a new set of clients invited every 8 weeks, currently at the Fulforth Centre Sacriston and Framwellgate Moor Community Centre.  Please get in touch if you would like further information, or for a different format referral form.  If you are working in an area which you think would benefit from our services, please let us know.  We are happy to arrange a group wherever we are needed.

Our sessions will always involve a warm welcome, and a cup of tea while we assess ability and confidence.  Sessions thereafter will be tailored to clients needs and abilities, but could include cooking, craft, singing or music, gardening, woodwork, dancing or seated exercise, or a combination of activities.  

Our aim is that the support is happening in a warm safe environment, and the practical or social skills are learned only when people are comfortable - there is nothing forced, and no expectations or obligation to perform.

If you would like to give input on the development of this service please consider completing this survey for professionals, found here.  It should take no more than 3 minutes, and can be completely anonymous if you wish.

If you would like more information, please email and we will be happy to help.

If you would like to give your clients the opportunity to have input on what groups they would like to see happening in their area, please feel free to share our simple, quick survey, found here.  It has only 10 simple questions and should take no more than 4 minutes to complete.