Understanding the role of the trustee


This training session provides a short overview of the main roles and responsibilities of a charity trustee. The session is equally relevant for management committee members and the directors of CICs. It is a 2-hour session to help you understand the tasks and behaviours that help create and build successful organisations in the Voluntary and Community Sector.

The session will be delivered by Ruth Barnes and John Atkinson, who together have several decade’s experience contributing as trustees, directors and management committee members in the Tees Valley. There will be lots of time for questions and answers.

This session is for anyone who is interested in becoming a trustee or joining a board or management committee, or anyone who wants to better understand a current role. There is greater detail in our Trustee Essentials course.

Understanding the role of the trustee | Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency (mvda.info)

Dry January. Are you in?

 Start your new year the right way by going 31 days alcohol-free.

Dry January is for everyone who drinks alcohol who would like to pause for a month for the health and financial benefits, which include improved sleep, having more energy, better mental health and concentration, clearer skin, saving money and feeling an amazing sense of achievement.

The most recent data (HSE 2021) shows that 24% of adults in the North East drink at ‘increasing or higher risk’, above the Chief Medical Officer’s current recommended limit of 14 units of alcohol per week.

Download the free Try Dry® app and sign up for daily coaching emails to help go alcohol-free. Collect your daily teacups while tracking your calories, drinks saved, and mood. You’ll be able to claim your virtual Dry January® badge at the end. Take control of your Dry January® and double your chance of having a totally alcohol-free month.

If you are alcohol dependent, you should not suddenly stop drinking. If you experience fits, shaking hands, sweating, seeing things that are not real, depression, anxiety, or difficulty sleeping after a period of drinking and while sobering up, you may be clinically alcohol dependent and should not suddenly stop drinking. Please seek support from your GP or Stockton-on-Tees Recovery Service, who will be able to help you to reduce your drinking safely.


COVID-19 walk-in vaccination clinic

A COVID-19 vaccination clinic is coming to Stockton on Friday 15 December. Between 10am and 4pm all eligible groups can attend to be vaccinated. No appointment needed – just walk in!

The clinic will be adjacent to the Market Cross Monument, opposite the Butterwick Hospice Shop on Stockton High Street.

Eligible groups include children under 16 years who are at risk of COVID-19, adults aged 65 or over, carers, and those who are immunosuppressed.

For more information about COVID-19 and flu walk-in vaccination clinics visit the NHS website.


My Life, My Community

Social Groups for Autistic and Neurodivergent Adults (18+). Connect with others and create friendships and supportive connections with Daisy Chain’s new funded project.

For more information visit www.daisychainproject.co.uk



Hope for Change

Please find attached information regarding a project for 16- to 25-year-old women, The Hope for Change project is aiming to empower young women to make a difference to the barriers they face with mental health.



Daisy Chain Survey

Daisy Chain are collecting feedback from autistic adults, parents/carers and professionals about your experiences of adult social care in Redcar & Cleveland or Middlesbrough.

We are looking for feedback about all adult social care services including:

  • Social workers
  • Support workers
  • Home care/supported living
  • Support assessments
  • Safeguarding support
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Day services and community opportunities
  • Advocacy
  • Advice and guidance
  • Transition from child to adult social care

Your feedback will be presented to Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland Local Authority, who will use it to create a South Tees Strategy and Action Plan for autistic adults. Your feedback will remain anonymous.

Support this work by completing our online questionnaire and/or attending one of our consultation sessions. Make your voice count!

HAVE YOUR SAY – South Tees Adult Social Care


Love Exploring This December!

WOW! Fairies have been spotted in Stockton-on-Tees! All through the winter and festive season we will have augmented reality fairies for you to find in parks and other locations. Just grab your mobile phone, download the Love Exploring app and bring your family along to play in this #FairyWalkUK. The Love Exploring app is completely free to download and play – all you need to do is have fun! https://loveexploring.page.link/download

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