Don’t forget Stockton Sparkles Market and Lantern Parade this weekend!

There is still plenty in store for you over the weekend as part of Stockton Borough Councils Stockton Sparkles programme.

Watch on in amazement as glowing lanterns light up Stockton High Street on Sunday 3 December at 4pm.
Santa and his elves will make their way down Stockton High Street with members of local schools and community groups. Expect a dazzling array of illuminated lanterns, street theatre, atmospheric Christmas music and a live band performance.

You can also enjoy free glitter face painting as well as drop-in Christmas Card and Eco Reindeer Dust Making in one of our cabins between 1-4pm.

For more information visit the Tees Valley website.


Christmas Market

Browse our Christmas Market from Thursday 30 November to Sunday 3 December. Packed with stalls from local artists and markers in bespoke wooden cabins and if it’s delicious food and drink you’re after, join us for some festive delights!

Traders include:

  • Tasty Tarts
  • Three Brothers Brewing Company
  • Happy Paws Bakery
  • Butterflies Florist
  • Blueberry Hill Preserves
  • The Velveteen Rabbit Luncheon Club
  • The Seahorse Coffee Box
  • Wilks Candle Creations
  • The Gingerbread Mam
  • The Community Gift
  • Community Partnerships

For a full list and opening times visit the Tees Valley website.


Mini-Candle Holder Workshop

On Saturday 2 December you can also enjoy a free mini-candle holder workshop with New Leaf. Suitable for ages 13+. For booking information visit the Tees Valley website.


Mental Health Wellbeing Group in Ingelby Barwick

Come chat with others and talk about mental health or anything else that’s on your mind.

Next meeting is 4th December and will be Christmas themed. Find out more here on Facebook


Café Amala

Café Amala is a wonderful opportunity for older adults and those living with long term health conditions to come try a class for free and meet class members.

We have opportunities for people to self refer if living with a long term health condition, for 6 weeks of funded classes.

Although over Middlesbrough, This is extended beyond our Chair Yoga and Exercise sessions, to our Mixed Ability Yoga and Gentle Yoga and Meditation sessions.

We also run a women’s meditation and relaxation group, fully funded for first 6 weeks. for all information and timetable.

Help With Hospital Travel Costs!

Did you know that people in receipt of certain benefits can receive help with travel costs when attending hospital appointments with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust?

If you have appointments at the University Hospital of North Tees, University Hospital of Hartlepool or Peterlee Community Hospital and you claim any of the following benefits, you may be entitled to be reimbursed for travel costs:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • You receive Universal Credit and meet the criteria
  • You’re named on, or entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate (if you do not have a certificate, you can show your award notice) – you qualify if you get child tax credits, working tax credits with a disability element (or both), and have income for tax credit purposes of £15,276 or less
  • You have a low income and are named on certificate HC2 (full help) or HC3 (limited help) – you can apply for these certificates through the NHS Low Income Scheme

To claim your travel costs, please bring evidence of your benefits status to your appointment and your bus ticket or evidence of a paid parking ticket. Ask a member of the hospital department’s clerical team for a travel reimbursement form and they will happily outline how to make the claim.

For more information or queries on claiming travel costs please call 01642 624718or 01642 624377, alternatively please email us at:

Web link:


ADHD Survey

Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees have been made aware of challenges facing people awaiting an ADHD Diagnosis. We have been working with a local Healthwatch Champion and support services to gather additional intelligence about the lived experience of ADHD and the impact this has had on health and wellbeing.

This work is now forming a more in-depth review into the support available for those waiting diagnosis, both for themselves and family, while ascertaining the impact this has on access to health and care services and information that could help to improve access to services.

Through the survey below and online, the feedback and intelligence gathered will be shared with the Local Authority,  Public Health, Healthwatch England, NHS England and the CQC to help shape the future planning and commissioning of local services.

Direct link to survey –

Link to more information on HWS website –



Alcohol & Drugs Services Survey

The purpose of this engagement is to understand the views and experiences of people accessing drug and alcohol services, their friends & family, and professionals in Stockton-on-Tees. To ask people what they think is working well, what could be improved, and what could help them to access services in a meaningful way.

There are three versions of this survey:

Service Users

Friends & Family –

Professionals –

Link to more information on HWS website –



Enjoy the Festive Twilight Experience at Preston Park Museum. See the Victoria Street’s festive makeover and stroll around the museum after hours. You can buy unique gifts, cards and decorations from the Christmas Shop. Enjoy a seasonal hot drink and treat from the Victoria Tea Room. There will be plenty of festiveness including music playing around the museum.

No booking necessary.

Thursday 30 November 5:30 – 8:00pm
Tickets £3 (under 16’s free)



Attend a special Christmas service at Stockton-on-Tees Crematorium

Join us on Wednesday 6 December, from 6pm to 7pm, for a special Christmas service at the Stockton-on-Tees Crematorium (TS19 9NA).

It’s the first of its kind to take place at the crematorium, and the evening will create a space for those who have lost loved ones to reflect, remember and commemorate during the Christmas period. There will be readings, poems, music and carols, with refreshments available following the service.

The service is also being held during national Grief Awareness Week and Cruse Bereavement will be in attendance to offer advice and support.

During the evening there will be an opportunity to write dedications on stars and hang them on the Christmas tree for those special people in your thoughts at this time of year. After the Christmas period, the stars which are bio-degradable will all be composted and scattered into the gardens onsite.

The event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information about our Crematorium visit


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