Review of Polling Districts

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is launching a review of polling districts and polling places within the Borough. A polling place is the building or area where a polling station is located.

The Council is required to carry out a review of its polling districts and polling places every five years. The consultation will run until midnight on October 29.

The consultation will consider views on polling district boundaries and will consider issues such as where polling places and stations are located. The Council would particularly welcome suggestions for alternative places which may be used as polling stations where a mobile station is currently used.

For full details and to submit your views visit The outcome of the review will be published on the Council’s website at the end of November.



Thrive Teesside and the APLE Collective are showing solidarity and raising awareness for the International Day to End Poverty 2023.

Here is the web page link where our online map is hosted-

Thrive as a founding member of APLE and each year we work towards lighting up the UK map on October 17th to mark The International Day to End Poverty (IDEP) and amplify the voice of people who are trying to address the issues that keep people trapped in poverty.

We have kickstarted our campaign on social media on the 1st of October, promoting the International Day to End Poverty 2023 and our #LightUpTheUKMap campaign.

It would be great if you could show support by reposting and sharing our tweets

If you are doing anything on October 17th within your organisation that gives people a voice, tackles poverty stigma or are doing some fab work that helps people live a better life in these difficult times, please do let us know and we will add you to our online map/campaign


Here to Help coming to ARC

The next Here to Help event is taking place at Arc on Tuesday 10th of October form 12 until 3, in conjunction with world Mental Health Day. There will be lots of organisations offering help and advice on a range of issues from health to finance and benefits.

Please share with your communities and encourage anyone interested to pop along. There will be mindfulness, yoga taster sessions, lino printing, a wellbeing walk and much more on offer to help support mental health and promote self-care. All sessions are free!


Halloween Spooky Walk returns…

The ever-popular Halloween Spooky Walk will be returning on Sunday 29 October to give families a fright at Preston Park Museum and Grounds.

This year you’re invited to discover the traces of an abandoned theme park… Deserted remnants of forgotten fairground rides are scattered across the woodland and a group of lost souls can be found roaming, trying to capture willing souls to join them in their eerie world forever.

4pm and 5pm walks: Aimed at children aged under 11.
For the 4pm walk, families are encouraged to arrive between 4pm and 4.30pm. And for the 5pm walk, families are encouraged to arrive between 5pm and 5.30pm.

 7pm and 8pm walks: Aimed at adults and children aged 11 and over.
Expect spooky interventions from a live cast, as well as sounds, lighting and other special effects. Audiences are encouraged to arrive between 7pm and 7.30pm for the first walk and between 8pm and 8.30pm for the second walk.

There will also be some fairground rides and spooky concessions on site to enjoy.

Tickets are on sale now, buy yours here!


Warm Homes Healthy People is back

The Warm Homes Healthy People scheme is now open again for applications.

From October 2023 to March 2024 Warm Homes Healthy People provides a range of interventions for those whose physical or mental health suffers with conditions made worse by the cold and require affordable warmth.

This scheme can offer help with boiler repairs, emergency heating, debt advice, welfare benefits advice and energy efficiency measures.

To find out more visit or call 01642 528215.


Digital Inclusion Awareness Event – 13th October

Join Teesside University, furbdit from The Hope Foundation & Good Things Foundation for our DIG-IT digital inclusion awareness event at the Stockton Employment and Training Hub to find out more about the initiatives that the partners of the DIG-IT digital inclusion project are involved in and how you can play your part to reduce digital poverty.

Come along on Tuesday 10th October 9.30am – 11am.

These brilliant initiatives include the Good Things Foundation National Digital Inclusion Network, Fix the Divide Fund digital inclusion grants, furbdit #device & digital support & the National Databank to improve #connectivity and reduce digital poverty in the Tees Valley 💻

We encourage you to come along for a tea & coffee and chat with the local partners, organisations & charities all involved in making Tees Valley a digitally inclusive hub!


Free Holidays Are Fun activities this half term!

Booking is now open for hundreds of free and exciting activities on our Holidays Are Fun (HAF) programme this October half term.

There’s a wide range of sessions to choose from for eligible school age children from Reception to Year 11, including boxing, sports and arts & crafts. Each day includes a free nutritious meal for every child taking part.

HAF is led by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in partnership with Catalyst, and activities are available for families who are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, in receipt of Universal Credit or experiencing financial difficulties.

Sessions are running from Monday 30 October to Friday 3 November.

Find out more and book a place.

Please spread the word with any families you work with and in the communities you support to encourage them to apply for the programme – we appreciate your support!


Wellbeing Net Walk

Friday 13th October 11am till Midday at The Tees Barrage
Come along, meet and chat with others, enjoy the scenery and an hour of wellbeing! Meet at the carpark overlooking the white-water course.


Information Pop-Up Event

Drop in to get advice and support from different services within the Stockton-on-Tees area. Pop along to the community café for a free cuppa and cake. Teesside Vineyard Church, St Luke’s Avenue, TS17 7HB on Wednesday 18th October 12:30om till 3pm


LGBT Alliance Awards 2023

Hart Gables LGBT Alliance Awards are back, and they will once again be going ahead virtually. It’s that time again where we ask you to nominate yourselves, your organisation or someone you know for one, or several of our LGBT Alliance Awards.

‘Creating LGBT inclusion and accessibility in the workplace’

‘Providing a safer learning environment for LGBT students and staff’

‘Positive impact on LGBT health’

‘Local authority commitment to LGBT communities’

‘Young person’s commitment to LGBT Inclusion’

‘Tara Davison Kindness Award’

To request a nomination form and category criteria please email Deadline is 31st October 2023


Moneywise, Tees Credit Union Support

The Thirteen Hardship Fund continues to be available for Thirteen tenants offering emergency funds which tenants can now self-refer for up to three times.

There are also details on how to apply for and get Benefits paid into a Credit Union Account and useful information on the Engage account which is available to Credit Union members. This is an ethical credit card with no hidden charges and rewards that can save you money on your shopping.

Please share this information with your communities and encourage anyone looking for support to get in touch with Annie Murphy at

Information Leaflet

Engage Information Leaflet

Engage Card Application

Moneywise Account Information

Vonne Strategic Survey

In the Spring of 2024, with your help and engagement, we will launch a new VONNE strategic plan that will enable us to effectively serve and support our members, the wider VCSE sector, for the good of the North East region, our people and communities for the next three years and lay the groundwork for the longer-term.

VONNE Strategy Review Survey 2023 (


New Men’s Mental Health Support Group

Yarm Wellness are starting a new Men’s Mental Health Support Group starting on Friday 6th October at 6pm.

These sessions will provide a peer support group outside normal working hours to help support men under the age of 55 in the Yarm and Stockton area.

If you need to talk or just spend time with a supportive group of men, the door is open at Yarm Wellness to welcome you.  No need to book, just turn up and all sessions are free.

The group will meet the following week (13th October) and the following sessions will be bi-weekly.


ARC Arts & Minds

Arts and Minds is a free, referral-only creative social prescribing programme, delivered in partnership by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind and ARC, and funded by Comic Relief.

Presented by members of Arts and Minds, ‘Good Vibes’ is a collaborative arts exhibition that represents the power of creativity and connection.

Bringing together the innovative work of a range of participants from different backgrounds and at varying stages in their creative wellbeing journey, the exhibition also reflects the distinct nature of each individual.

The pieces in Good Vibes range from mixed media works, paintings and documentary photography to 3D models, ceramics, bookbinding and collage based crafts. These pieces have been created using new and recycled materials in weekly sessions over the past six months, and are a testament to the artistic skills and ambitions of participants; alongside the local artists who have supported them in developing their talents.

The exhibition runs from Mon 9 Oct until Sat 4 Nov in The Gallery at ARC Stockton, and is free to visit (no booking required). It has been timed to coincide with World Mental Health Day 2023 (Tue 10 Oct), which aims to bring people together to grow understanding and promote wellbeing.


Happy Hippy Shake Tea Dance

Friday 13th October 1-3pm at Preston Hall Museum
Featuring live music from the 50’s and 60’s, refreshments and fun!


Teesside Dementia Light Spectacular Railway

29th October Heritage carriages, decorated with thousands of lights, before departing from Pickering Station for an hour journey with on board narration and music. Book via 07722958610 or email

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