Mayor’s Civic Awards 2023/24.

🤔 Do you know an individual, couple, group, organisation or business that deserves recognition for the difference they are making in your community? Enter them into the Mayor’s Civic Awards 2023/24
Closing date is 5pm on Friday 26 January 2024. make your entry today at
This years Award Categories are;
🏆Young Person Award
🏆Individuals Service To Community Award
🏆Groups & Organisations Service To Community Award
🏆Business Service To Community Award
🏆Health & Wellbeing Award
🏆Green Award
🏆Carer/Foster Carer Award


Gluten Free Stockton-on-Tees Events

This group are going from strength to strength, offering a Facebook page and website with information on gluten free food, recipes and places to eat out in the Borough. Boasting over 600 members now it’s become a wealth of information. For their latest events  visit their website here.


BCT Aspire Volunteers Needed!

BCT Aspire is a charity based in Billingham and has been in the community for over 10 years, it runs a variety of Youth Sessions, trips, and events and much more for children and young people

It would be impossible for us to accomplish this without our amazing volunteers and the great community we have, so that’s where you come in.

Would you like to:

  • Support a great cause?
  • Meet like-minded people?
  • Share your talent and energy with a group of caring individuals?
  • Experience a sense of pride in your accomplishments?
  • And most of all, having fun while doing so.

What better way to give back to your community than investing in its young people?

If you/or you know someone that would be interested, please get in touch via social media, phone or email.

01642 961695 /


Safeguarding Children Newsletter

You can read the latest edition of the Safeguarding Children Newsletter from HSSCP Jan 2024 here.


New ParkPlay at Ropner Park and John Whitehead Park

Meet, move, and play, all at the heart of your community. ParkPlay, funded by The National Lottery and Sport England aims to provide two hours free games at parks for families every Saturday morning, all year round.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council will be launching ParkPlay at two parks, Ropner Park starting Saturday 17 February and John Whitehead Park on Saturday 9 March. Enjoy informal games and activities at your local park, just keep an eye out for the ParkPlay flag.

A new ParkPlay means even more memories and happy faces, and it’s completely free! Register on the website to take part:


Starfish Academy is Funded!

Following on from a hugely successful 6 years of running a similar youth employment and wellbeing awareness service, we have secured funding to be able to relaunch this essential service as Starfish Academy. It can be a highly rewarding feeling when someone you help progresses into work, education, training, volunteering or work experience. Some complete goals as part of their development plans and we should celebrate these achievements no matter how big or small.

Starfish Health and Wellbeing have a background in wellbeing and mental health, with community approaches we support, inspire and nurture the wellbeing of the community. The Starfish Academy provides free 1-1 coaching and training for 16-30 years olds, in Teesside, and combine wellbeing and career planning to motivate and assist young people to reach potential and beyond. The model of enabling personal and professional development, has helped numerous young people overcome barriers to moving on and progressing in life.  Our wellbeing awareness and employability skills coaching we believe, is second to none.

For a referral form or more information about the referral process please send an email to

New Support Group!

Mums in Recovery Support Group has been setup by Ray and Sarah.

We both have lived and life experience around recovery. Through our experiences, it has bought us to identify that there is nothing for mums in recovery from alcoholism and substance use in the community. We know and understand how important it is and what we need to maintain recovery. This isn’t always easy and one of the main difficulties is childcare. We cannot stress how important attending meetings and other recovery-based support groups are for recovery.

Well, we have found a simple solution, run one ourselves! We want to remove the barrier of childcare worries and create a safe space for mums to come with their little ones, to connect, seek support and be a part of a ‘mums in recovery’ community. If our mums have children that are at nursery or school, mums can come and have some much-needed breathing space and just be themselves!

What our mums can expect at our support group:
• A safe environment
• A warm, friendly welcome
• A relaxed space to be your true self
• A non-judgemental approach, accepted for who you are, we are all equal humans!
• An escape from isolation
• To connect and feel supported

We mums are worth it all!

We will provide a comfortable area for babies and children to play (your children are your responsibility).

If you know of any mums or services that support mums in recovery, please forward this on, lets work together and get this out there! Your support towards this is very much appreciated.

Click here to see our poster

Location – Low Grange Community Centre, Billingham, TS23 3PF.
Day – Fridays Time – 10.00 – 12.00

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact ourselves and we would be more than happy to answer and questions you may have.
Ray – 07794902318 or  Sarah – 07753414660

Co-op Co-operate platform

Local VCSE groups and organisations are encouraged to sign up to Co-op Co-operate online platform to access information about volunteering and training:

Charlie, a Member Pioneer Co-ordinator, tells us why you should register your community group on Co-operate: A free online hub helping incredible local groups like yours do more in your communities.

Register for the following online sessions:

Join Co-operate to access our free online showcase on Tuesday 6 February (6pm to 7:30pm). We’ll be talking about how your group could benefit from our New Year promotion of local volunteering opportunities to our thousands of Co-op members and colleagues.

Join Co-operate and access our free online networking meet-ups where you can hear more and share with other groups tackling the same issues in communities across the UK. Our next is on Tuesday 20 February (6pm to 7:15pm) for groups working to support mental wellbeing and Wednesday 20 March (6pm to 7:15pm) for those working to support fairer access to food.


Pantry In The Park


Billingham Wellbeing Group

‘Bored’ Games Club


Wynard Woodland Park Workshops.

Discover the art of spoon carving with your special someone at Wynyard Woodland Park.

Or why not join the Coppice Woodland Management and Willow Weaving workshop at Wynyard Woodland Park which provides the opportunity to experience the satisfaction of harvesting your own raw material. With expert guidance turn your willow into an enchanting work of art, a keepsake of your day and newfound skills.

Step into the world of traditional woodworking with the Cleft Gates and Hurdles workshop. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned woodworker, this workshop at Wynyard Woodland Park offers something for everyone

Find these and more online here at the Stockton Information Directory

Booking necessary, see above link for details.


Get ready to party with ARCtic Piranha!

The ARCtic Piranhas are a group of learning-disabled adults who plan fun, safe and inclusive club night events in Teesside.

Join the ARCtic Piranhas at their Valentine’s Day-themed club night.

Tickets are £5, and carers or companions can go free (a ticket must still be booked for entry, and can only be booked in person or over the phone).

No 60 bar will be open serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, so bring additional money for drinks and snacks.

Please note during the event, there will be loud music. We can provide ear defenders if required. There will be no sudden loud sounds or flashing lights. During the event it may get busy; there will be loud music and colourful lighting. If you need a little break from the party, there will be a chill-out space away from the venue which you can use.

For more details, or to confirm your attendance please contact Emma Dyson (Creative Learning Coordinator at ARC) via or 01642 665 401.

Arctic Piranha: Valentine’s Day Club Night – ARC | Stockton Arts Centre (

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