The Community Gift is back for 2023!

The Community Engagement Team and Stockton-on-Tees Community Partnerships are working together this Christmas to help spread some festive cheer. The Community Gift is an opportunity for you to donate new items to support our communities who may be struggling this Christmas.

Items we are looking for are:

Toiletry sets and sanitary products

  • shampoo and conditioner
  • Lip balms
  • Socks/slippers, hats, scarves & gloves
  • Hairbrushes/accessories
  • Hand creams
  • Toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • Chocolate, biscuits, sweets

Look out for our Community Gift donation boxes located in all local libraries and Stockton High Street Rediscover Shop. All items will be wrapped at our Community Wrapping sessions on:

Wednesday 6 December, The Moses Project, 4pm-5:30pm

  • Thursday 7 December, 10am to 1pm, Thornaby Town Centre
  • Monday 11 December, 10am to 12pm, Santa’s Grotto Unit in Billingham Town Centre

Join us for a hot chocolate, a festive treat and a Christmas craft!


Cleveland Transit Social space

Ellie has a passionate & long-term commitment to trans & nonbinary support and hosted the safe space group for the last seven years at the Arc Stockton Arts Centre.

She is delighted to bring the return of the Cleveland Transit Social space to the Free To Be Me HQ in the Den at 6-8 Yarm Road Stockton each Tuesday from 5-7pm.

This group is accessible for trans, non-binary, and accompanied or known allies only. All ages are welcome though we would expect under 16s to be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

Peer Support. advice and advocacy are available, further enquiries please email us



Come along to our Carers’ Rights Day Workshops! 

Ahead of Carers’ Rights Day (Thursday 23 November), the Stockton-on-Tees Adult Carers’ Support Service will be running workshops for anyone in a caring role and any interested professionals.

The Carers’ Rights Day Workshops will take place at LiveWell Dementia Hub, Thorntree Road, Thornaby, TS17 8AP, on Wednesday 22 November from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

There will be five workshops during the day:

  • Dementia Friends
  • Reasonable adjustments and carers passports
  • Who cares for the carers?
  • Mindfulness
  • Benefits and queries

These workshops will cover a range of topics to help carers navigate their responsibilities effectively, from financial advice to providing strategies for self-care and coping mechanisms. There will be opportunities to meet other carers or speak privately to any of our advisers.

Lunch will be provided.

Booking is essential so to reserve your spot please call the Stockton-on-Tees Adult Carers’ Support Service on 01642 524494 or email 


Don’t forget to share your views and help us make the Ropner Ward safer

A community consultation to gather the views and concerns of those who live and work in the Ropner Ward closes on Friday 1 December.

If you live or work in the Ropner Ward please take a few minutes to complete the survey on the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council website to help us understand your views and where we need to focus so that we can try to make a real difference to your community.

The consultation is part of a new initiative called ‘Project Harmony’ which is focussed on reducing crime and improving lives for the residents in the area. It’s a multi-agency approach by Cleveland Police, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, NEAS, Cleveland Fire Brigade, local housing agencies such as Thirteen Group as well as charities and third sector organisations such as Catalyst and Corner House Youth Project.

Pictured from L-R: Jon Carling of Catalyst, Jane Hobbs of Thirteen, Cllr Norma Stephenson, Enforcement Officer Richard Bradford, Ashleigh Taylor of Cornerhouse Youth Project, Enforcement Officer Jameil Khan, Superintendent John Wrintmore and Sergeant Gavin Wiedman of Cleveland Police.

James – Safeguarding Adult Review

The Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB) has recently published a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) and Learning Briefing for James.

James was 34 years old. He had a diagnosis of borderline learning disability, ADHD, dyslexia, type two diabetes and was hearing impaired. James had been subject to a considerable amount of trauma throughout his life and used alcohol and drugs to manage his trauma. James was supported by an informal carer and his sibling. In the last year of his life, James had been admitted to hospital with serious physical health conditions related to damage caused by excessive alcohol consumption. James sadly passed away from alcoholic ketoacidosis.

The Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) found examples of good practice and looked at how services worked together to support James. The following themes were identified:

  • Professional response to trauma and James’ response to agencies
  • Substance misuse, mental and physical health
  • Multi-agency working, safeguarding and self-neglect
  • Mental Capacity
  • Carer and family support

Organisations are encouraged to review the SAR Report and Learning Briefing to consider and apply the learning to their own practice.

THE “30 for 30” CHALLENGE.

In 2024 the Fairtrade Foundation will be celebrating 30 years of the Fairtrade Mark and showing that by coming together, we really can achieve life-changing impact for farmers and workers across the world.

To celebrate these 30 years the Stockton Fairtrade Borough Partnership, over the next year, is looking to engage with at least 30 new organisations such as charities, businesses, faith groups and schools etc. to use FAIRTRADE products.

As a first step to doing this we need to know if you already use FAIRTRADE products or are interested in doing so.  Please do complete this form to help us work with you better and to connect the FAIRTRADE community across the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees.;

Fairtrade Fortnight in 2024 will be from Monday 9 September – Sunday 22 September so let us work together to achieve 30 or more to celebrate 30 years of the Fairtrade Mark.

“Resilient Youth, Resilient Adults …Resilient Society??”

Exploring Societal Resilience and its relevance at different Stages of Life
15th November 2023
09:30 – 12:30
Community Resilience Workshop
Newtown Community Resource Centre, Durham Road
Stockton on Tees
TS19 0DE


Health & Wellbeing Drop-in Session

Date: Monday 20 November
Time: 10.30am—12noon
Venue: Change, Grow, Live (CGL), 32 – 34 William Street, Stockton, TS18 1DN


Do you work for an organisation in the Tees Valley who provides support to families in crisis and are open over Christmas?

Family Action is planning a social media campaign in the run up to Christmas to highlight and promote all the organisations where families can go in a time of crisis and need, organisations who are staying open over the Christmas period when most others will be close and when families feel a little lost about who they can turn to.

If you work for such an organisation please get in touch.  Drop us an email on so we can get in touch for more information from you.

Reaching full potential with Lakota

Lakota motivate and inspire people to reach their full potential by believing in themselves and building their confidence to enable them to reach their goals. They have some great courses and training opportunities. Find out more online here

Mrs B’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Group

Monday 4th December 6:30pm till 8pm
Mrs B’s Community Hive
Lamb Lane
Ingelby Barwick


Can you support Cruse?

For 64 years, Cruse has supported millions of people through the darkest times of their lives. But today we face our toughest challenge yet and by taking urgent action you can help us continue our vital work for years to come.

Over the pandemic, we stretched ourselves to the limit, helping as many grieving people as we possibly could. Now, we find ourselves in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, which is not only threatening our voluntary funding but also what we receive from government sources.

Over the next 50 days, we need your help to raise £500,000 to keep services running – allowing us to continue to provide a lifeline to grieving people, many of whom have suffered pain so unbearable, they can’t see a way through the loss. 

Cruse Life-Changers Appeal : Take Urgent Action – a Charities crowdfunding project in United Kingdom by Sarah Buck (

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