The Clinical Commissioning Group

Through the CCG and Catalyst Health Initiatives fund, 20 organisations received funding and four have progressed to receive formal commissioning contracts with the CCG and Local Authority.

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) continue to recognise the value of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and the role it has to play in improving people’s health and wellbeing.

They have continued to support the sector by working with Catalyst to commission innovative health and wellbeing projects across Stockton and Hartlepool. This year, 19 projects have been commissioned through the VCSE sector to deliver health and wellbeing projects throughout Stockton and Hartlepool.

Health Initiatives 2017/18 will deliver new and innovative projects that will have a direct impact on health and social care, aim to support people to be better informed about their health and empower them to make positive moves to change their lifestyles. All of the services listed below are completely free of charge.

Health Initiatives provided support for 1108 individuals.

Our health initiatives

ABC Transition Clubs

The ABC Counselling school transition club project was developed from a local MA research project carried out in Billingham. This research evidenced that targeted school transition work helped a vulnerable group of children to significantly strengthen their resilience; reducing their fears, worries and anxieties. As a result, two weekly school transition clubs will run over 46 weeks to improve emotional wellbeing outcomes for year 6 & 7 children and young people.

Billingham South Community Primary School and Northfield School & Sports College are working in partnership with ABC to support the delivery of this innovative project. The children and families involved will be supported by trained ABC peer mentors, volunteers, counsellors and club leaders to achieve success and make a difference.

For more information contact Peter Lowe, call 01642 913060 or email

Diversity Outreach

Age UK Teesside and Cultures CIC are working together to create new peer support groups for people aged 50 and over, living in the Borough of Stockton. We will run a range of activities to encourage health and wellbeing and cultural integration. Weekly activities will take place at Cultures CIC on Dovecot Street that are built around the needs and wants of service users. These might include movie afternoons, one world cooking, community meal sharing, tea and chat, walks and many more. Information and advice about living well will be provided to ensure everyone is accessing the very best support available to them. If you have any other suggestions of groups, or would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you.

For more information contact Denise Sharkey, call 01642 805500
or email

Building Blocks: Enhanced Support for Young Carers

Building Blocks is a partnership project with ABC Counselling, Play Therapy & Family Solutions (in conjunction with Time 4 You Psychological Service). This project provides a dedicated counselling and play therapy service for young carers aged 5 to 18 who are negatively impacted by their caring role. The model enables young carers to have significantly improved access to therapy at a much earlier stage and features a combined approach which includes face to face counselling sessions and the innovative use of digital technology for online counselling. The online counselling enables young carers to access a service at a convenient time and/or location for them e.g. in the comfort of their own home or a location of their choice, at the right time, when they need it most. This new and exciting project will improve young carers’ emotional health and wellbeing, build resilience and prevent mental health problems from developing.

For more information contact Tracey Hamilton, call 01642 678454
or email

Home Safe Sooner – Home From Hospital

When older people come out of hospital they can need more support than usual to help get them back on their feet. Five Lamps’ Home Safe Sooner project provides this support for up to seven days post discharge from the University Hospital of North Tees. Our staff can help with anything from transport home, ensuring the heating works and the house is tidy, collecting shopping or prescriptions and liaising with a wide range of other services. This support aims to reduce the chance that an older person will end up back in hospital. They can also provide a vital link between the older person and the outside world at a time when they are still recovering from an accident or illness and encourage them to get involved in social inclusion activities. These include our lunch club, a warm and welcoming environment to stimulate older people to take up new opportunities and make new friends.

For more information contact Rachel Maughan, Registered Manager, call 01642 753511 or email:

Lighten Your Life

Hardwick in Partnership Ltd has been delivering a range of activities and initiatives in the Hardwick area for many years. The ‘Lighten Your Life’ project has been introduced to combat social isolation and loneliness amongst local residents by providing a varied programme featuring social, fitness and digital skill activities with health and wellbeing benefits which includes:

  • ‘Men’ in Sheds – Weekly tutor supported woodwork sessions held in a fully equipped workshop open to both men and women
  • Crafts & Social – A weekly get-together where participants share their crafting skills and hobbies over tea and biscuits
  • Tai Chi & Zumba Gold – Gentle fun exercise sessions suited to all ages and abilities
  • Digital Skills – Learning about communicating, researching and interacting with others using digital & social media in a friendly informal setting.

For more information contact Maureen Hiles on 01642 808700
or email

Good Mood Food Café

Little Sprouts is a Community Interest Company, passionate about food and dedicated to improving the mental health and wellbeing of our community. Born from a 2 year research project, the Good Mood Food Café has successfully developed into a safe space and friendly environment. The café and new activities aim to help reduce isolation, break down barriers and promote healthy relationships. Whether you come and have a cuppa and cake, or a home-made lunch, or feel you would like to take part in our new morning and afternoon activities, you will find friendly staff offering a warm welcome.

Opening times: Tuesdays 9am – 4pm
Drop-in activities: Morning – 9.30am – 11.30am
Afternoon – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Activities will include: bread making, jams and chutneys, craft, walking, quizzes and games, herb planting and much more.

If you are interested come and visit us at the café or call Debbie on 07980 808920 or

Active Minds

Active Minds is a partnership between Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind and Tees Active. We provide support for people experiencing mental health issues, looking to improve their health and wellbeing and live a healthier lifestyle through access to sport and exercise. People will be able to access a wide range of activities available at Tees Active centres: Billingham Forum, Thornaby Pavilion, Thornaby Baths, Tees Barrage and Stockton Splash. Support is tailored to individual needs and might include one-to-one support to go to a gym session or class with one of our volunteers, or access to one of our friendly group activities, from walking to five-a-side football. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do or want to try something new you can come along to one of our taster sessions. We will also help you to access other services, if appropriate. The service is available to anyone in the Stockton area, aged 18 and over.

For more information contact Andy Birks on 01642 796630
or email

Home Safe Sooner

The project is a partnership approach between Stockton & District Advice and Information Service and the University Hospital of North Tees. It will involve a Welfare Adviser being placed with the Emergency Assessment Unit so they can complement and supplement the pre and post discharge support offered to clients accessing A & E and the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU). The overall aim is to reduce the need for future hospital admissions and potential revisits to A&E, particularly from repeat attenders. It will enable the Hospital to access specialist welfare support and assistance which will identify and resolve social welfare issues which impinge on discharge. This will improve the likelihood of a timely and effective discharge and reduce the risk of readmission. The project will only be able to take referrals from the relevant teams in the Hospital.

For more information, call 01642 633877 or email:

Autism Family Support


Daisy Chain is running a Links group in Hartlepool for the parents
and carers of children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, or who have children going through the diagnostic process. The weekly programme is varied, with interesting speakers, workshops, an opportunity for an informal chat and light refreshments. The group will run weekly during the day and once a month on an evening.

For further information or to book a place contact Faith Jones on 01642 531248 or email


Daisy Chain now has a Parent Advisor to offer one-to-one meetings and welcome new families to our services. This is an opportunity to learn about Daisy Chain, see the facilities and services we have available and discuss any concerns or issues with a dedicated member of staff. Daisy Chain provides range of services from the 5.5 acre farm in Norton to support the needs of the child, parents, carers and siblings affected by autism. Daisy Chain works to remove anxiety by providing a safe, fun and friendly environment where children can be themselves and parents and carers can access support or even just someone to talk to.

For more information contact Faith Jones, call 01642 531248 or email

The 3Fs (Food, Fun, Friendship)

We plan to hold regular luncheon clubs based in Hartlepool and Stockton, aimed at residents over the age of 60. Attendees will receive a balanced healthy meal, social activities and opportunities to meet new friends, individual consultations with our health advocates (registered nurses) and Information on relevant health topics, such as accident prevention at home, screening services, self-care, health prevention and general awareness. The main purpose is to offer opportunities to meet friends and reduce isolation, along with signposting to support services. This will prevent clients from having to be readmitted to hospital and allow them to live independently. Sessions will take place three times per week, twice in Hartlepool and once in Billingham. In addition to this, it is planned to hold monthly cooking sessions in Billingham where clients will learn more about making nutritional meals on a budget.

For more information contact Melanie Clark, Section Head for Health and Wellbeing, call 01429 867016 or 01642 344653 or email

Active Play

Groundwork NE & Cumbria provides weekly open access inclusive play sessions, for children and young people aged 5 to 13 years. Sessions are an opportunity for children to explore and take part in fun traditional play such as arts and crafts, sports, role play and messy play and growing. The free hour play sessions currently run from the Corner House Youth Project, Stockton-On-Tees and Burbank Community Centre in Hartlepool. Times do vary depending on time of year.

For more information contact Natalie Whitworth, call 01325 464270 or

LGB/T Health and Wellbeing support

Hart Gables is a specialist charity that provides support to all diversities of sexuality and gender identity based cultures. The organisation ensures the Tees Valley is a place where LGB/T members of society feel valued, have equal rights and are empowered to reach their optimum potential. The service is ran by a team of qualified and diverse individuals who dedicate their time to ensuring that the local LGB/T community has access to a friendly and professional network. Services offered include: support groups, one to one support, workshops/training, sexual health advice, condom distribution, HIV testing, hate crime reporting services, advocacy and family support. The ‘LGB/T Health and Wellbeing support’ project has been set up to improve the mental well-being of young LGB/T people, reduce risky behaviour and eradicate social isolation. Hart Gables now has an onsite mental health worker to support young LGB/T people in the Hartlepool and Stockton Boroughs.

For more information contact Sarah Lewis, call 01642 675509 or email

North Tees Social Hub

In the North Tees area there are currently over 30 Social Hub groups supporting clients with mental health problems and/or long term conditions. This project will receive referrals from the IAPT services to continue to access low level long term support in the community. The Social Hub is a face-to-face social support network, addressing mental health by focusing on social health and wellbeing. We offer a programme of activities that combine socialising with community-based education that builds confidence and self-esteem. Our Social Hub model recognises the importance of social, recreational, creative and educational activities in alleviating symptoms of mental distress, creating meaning and purpose for people who feel distressed, lonely, isolated or uninspired with life.

For more information contact Iain Caldwell, call 01429 269303
or email

Heart Support

Have you been diagnosed with a heart problem?

Have a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, stable angina, diabetic?
Join us for weekly exercise, relaxation and support classes. You can join at the sessions below:

  • Billingham: Wolviston Court Community Centre – Thursday, 2.15 – 1.45 pm
  • Hartlepool: The People Centre, Hartlepool – 6.00 – 7.30 pm
  • Stockton: Grangefield Community Centre – Monday, 1.00 – 2.30 pm
  • Stockton: Hardwick Community Centre – Wednesday, 12.30 – 2.00 pm

Come along and make new friends, exercise in a fun, supportive, informal atmosphere with fully qualified tutors. Increase your self-confidence and improve your lifestyle.

For more information contact Heart Support office, call 07514 656130/01642 814423.

Sporting Chance

After a successful first year Volunteering Matters is continuing their older men’s health and wellbeing project in Stockton and moving into Hartlepool too. This project encourages men aged 50+ to keep fit and active, to get out and about and meet with others. Sessions include activities such as walking football, kwik cricket, easy circuits, cook and eat sessions, reminiscence groups, speakers and trips. So, if you are male, 50 + and looking for something to do in the Stockton and Hartlepool area why not come and join us? All activities are initially free and are accompanied by good company and a great cup of tea!

For more information contact Gill Watson, call 01642 733915 or email

Hartlepool and Stockton Holistic Cancer Support and Advice

If you or someone you know, lives in Hartlepool or Stockton and has been
diagnosed with cancer we are here to help. Our advice service offers free independent advice on a range of issues with appointments available at convenient venues or at home if needs be. Undergoing treatment for cancer can have a big impact on your finances; it’s never too early to get some advice. Our Cancer Support Group provides an opportunity to meet with others in a similar position to receive friendship and support or to take part in a group exercise session which caters specifically for people living with cancer to help reduce symptoms and boost mood. You don’t have to face cancer alone; our services are here to support you no matter what stage you are at on your cancer journey.

For more information contact Dawn Vincent, call 01429 271275 (press option 4) or email

Mental Health Advice and Advocacy Project

This project provides a range of advice and advocacy support services for people who have either mental health issues or a learning disability. This includes welfare benefit entitlement, debt problems, housing issues, energy and fuel problems, employment rights, discrimination and money management. The project is based at Hartlepool Citizen’s Advice offices at 87 Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HP and home visits can be arranged when needed. We operate drop-in session at our offices every day except Tuesday. No appointment is needed to attend these sessions which operate between 9.30am and 3.00pm.

For more information contact the project staff, Carol Dees and Dave Gray, call 01429 408401 or e-mail

For more information and details of how to refer people to the project, contact Manager Joe Michna, call 01429 268242 or e-mail:

Green Links Hartlepool

Our project aims to address social isolation and loneliness in people with symptoms of memory loss or those living with dementia and their carers, across Hartlepool. The project will develop a client-led programme of horticulture, nutrition and practical based sessions which provide opportunities to learn and share new skills in an atmosphere where befriending is encouraged and supported. Hubs at WAG allotments will be used to provide a familiar space where clients feel comfortable and gain a sense of belonging. A programme of sessions will be delivered in partnership with care homes, which can be taken to clients, including those with more advanced stages of dementia. We will continue to build on the strong links we have formed with partners to encourage referrals and in turn signpost to other support agencies. Through the project we aim to deliver weekly outdoor sessions on Waverly Allotments from March 2018.

For more information contact Loren Bellwood, call 01642 815663 or email

Safe Space

This project will support children and young people aged 5 to 16 to help build resilience and promote health and wellbeing. It will work with clients within schools and also at Hartlepool Carers Centre. Support will be provided by six initial appointments and reviewed to monitor progress. The young people will be offered low level emotional support, promoting health and wellbeing. Within the service staff will use a range of evidence based therapies. The basis will be a person-centred approach, creating a good trusting relationship and a safe place for the child to talk. Creative interventions will also be used to engage children of different ages with drawing, life-mapping, games and interventions to build coping skills.

For more information contact Claire Jewson at Hartlepool Carers Centre,19a Lowthian Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BH, call: 01429 283095 or email: