Be A Warm Grain Host

What is the future of food? What will we be eating in 5, 10, 50 or even 100 years…?

Our food systems are on the edge of huge transformation, but what say do we have in what we will produce and eat in the future?

We want local communities to shape their food futures TOGETHER and we’re looking for volunteer hosts to help us do that.

Whether you’re a grower, chef, the cook of the house, a thinker, artist, run a small business, are committed to sustainability or just love food and want to safeguard its future – we could be looking for you!

Are you interested in food, cooking and its evolving futures? Then be part of the food democracy revolution, come and join us….

What you’ll do?

  • We’ll introduce you to some interesting ideas and research around sustainable foods systems
  • We’ll help you develop a menu, and plan your own small meal for your community using future foods
  • We’ll support you to invite people to share your meal with and have interesting conversations about how our food is changing in response to the climate and ecological crisis
  • We’ll then work together to think about how this can become a larger communal feast and programme of activity at Festival of Thrift in September 2024

Are you interested?  Want to find out more about being a host?

Attend our introductory information workshop on Saturday 24th February.

To register your interest in this event please email us at by Monday 12th February 2024 to let us know as space is limited.

Please include:

  1. A short/informal paragraph or video on why you’re interested in being a host
  2. Your name, email, mobile number, date of birth, home address and postcode

Festival of Thrift – Come & Celebrate Sustainable Living


Formal Certification For Youth Worker

Engage Training and Consultancy- Youth Focus North Easts’ Training Centre have a new Level 2 in Youth Work Principles cohort starting in April.

The venue is in Hartlepool but is accessible via car, bus and train for anyone travelling.

For more information email and to view application form click here

The deadline is the 1st March at 12noon


Creating Opportunities For Past Convictions

Join Clean Slate Solutions on their mission to create opportunities for people with past convictions.

Attend their event on Thursday 29th February 2024, from 15:00 to 17:30 at The Trinity Centre in North Ormesby.

They have some inspiring speakers, including employers, local police and crime commissioner, and the amazing individuals that they have supported.

Explore the multifaceted impact, from recruitment to reducing re-offending rates, contributing to positive changes in Teesside.

Your attendance matters. Please RSVP – find out more here

Half Term Learning

Why not join in with some family learning classes at Billingham Community Centre during February half term.

Time 2 Talk Events

Join in Mind time to talk day this Thursday 1st February. Pop in to Stockton Central Library 10am till 12pm or Thornaby Central Library 1pm till 3pm.

Northern Cancer Voices (NCV)

NCV are a small patient and carer led charity in the North East and North Cumbria. It is a service improvement group and seeks to be the voice of cancer patients across the North East and North Cumbria, collecting patient feedback with the purpose of improving services. NCV aims to improve the experience of cancer patients by increasing patient participation and strengthening the network of patient & carer groups in the region, being as a trusted partner working with patients, their families, professionals, and the wider community.

NCV’s core ways of working are to deliver in the following areas

Community Networking – Attending and hosting events to provide advice and information. Signposting services to raise awareness. Promoting the work we do in the community, recruiting volunteers in each area we cover. This ensures that the volunteers are representative of the community in which they are working.

Fieldwork – Meeting with anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis, engaging with them in their community to listen to their experiences. This allows NCV to understand the voice of the public by listening to those with a lived experience including family and friends and using those experiences to influence positive change. NCV will also proactively identify under-represented groups of patients actively seeking ways to reach out to them with the support of experienced local groups. Or where identified work to set up additional support groups.

Service Improvement – Collating and disseminating structured information and intelligence which can be shared with service providers to promote service improvement.  Working in partnership with the system via the cancer governance infrastructure to seek the views of members of the public in relation to specific projects. 

NCV are always looking for patients and carers to join their group. Currently however they are looking engagement officers and volunteers to work with them on a project about to start in Tees Valley.

NCV are also looking for businesses to take up Cancer Champion Training for their staff to help raise awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and also bust some myths around cancer too. This is a 2-hour focussed session delivered by a cancer charity.

 If successful, this project will be rolled out to other areas. Can you help? Northern Cancer Voices | Network of Patient/Carer groups in the North East and North Cumbria

Can You Add Your Voice?

Join in the Survey! Exciting opportunity for Tees Valley residents to impact public health! We’re conducting a survey to understand views on flu & COVID-19 vaccines. Your insights will guide vital health strategies. It’s quick (15 mins) & you could win a £20 voucher! Click ➡️ #VaccineConfidence #PublicHealth #TeesValley

Take part in an Interview. Take part in impactful research on vaccine confidence in Tees Valley! We’re inviting residents to share their experiences in a study exploring attitudes towards flu and COVID-19 vaccines. Your insights are valuable in shaping health strategies, and you will receive a £20 voucher. Interested in participating in an interview? Sign up here: #VaccineResearch #PublicHealth #TeesValleyStudy

Wellness Warrior Workshop

The wellness sessions are completely free and available for volunteer and community groups in Stockton-on-Tees.  The workshop will lasts around 1 hour 30 mins and can be facilitated at the organisation’s own premises.

Email if interested.

Bernadette – Safeguarding Adult Review

Bernadette was 32 years old and lived with her male partner. She had diabetes, depression and a history of drug and alcohol misuse. She was known to a number of agencies but her engagement with services was inconsistent. Bernadette had also been identified as a victim of Domestic Abuse and had previously been subject of Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

Bernadette had contact with health services on a number of occasions, including A&E. On the day before her death, she presented to acute services with injuries, but left prior to examination – she was deemed to have mental capacity with respect to this decision.

This Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) looks at how services worked together to support Bernadette and highlighted the following themes:

  • Professional curiosity
  • Mental capacity and considering executive capacity
  • Consent to share information and when professionals can reasonably override the lack of consent
  • Recognising Self-Neglect and using the Section 42 (Safeguarding) Framework
  • Understanding the Drug and Alcohol Related Death process

Organisations are encouraged to read the SAR Report and Learning Briefing to consider and apply the learning to their own practice. There is also a recorded PowerPoint presentation about the case, which can be shown during team meetings and other relevant forums.

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