Be More Socially Connected

Gilesgate Covid-19 Wellbeing Table

The Gilesgate Covid-19 Support Group in Durham has received donations of books, jigsaws, board games, DVDs, CDs and crafts materials and also has bought new colouring books and felt tip pens.

They are now being made freely available every Saturday in the foyer of the Durham City Baptist Church on Edge Court in Gilesgate from 9.45am to 11.30am.


Handcrafted works with those who are suffering social isolation for a number of reasons to join a supportive community and gain confidence in their own abilities. We run a Maker’s Space in Langley Moor, where individuals can do carpentry or other practical activities under the supervision of our training supervisors. First session projects include phone stands and chopping boards. Whatever you make in the workshop is yours to take home

All of our activities are free of charge, and you do not need experience in any of the activities. There is a free meal for you to have at the workshops too.

Age UK County Durham

It is important to keep our spirits up during this time, to feel connected to people, cope with anxieties and worries and share our concerns. Age UK County Durham is offering a call back service, a conversation with a team member who can chat, offer support and signpost you to other services that will help you during this time. Available to those aged 50 and over.

Sherburn Road Friend’s and Neighbours

Sherburn Road Friends and Neighbours is a free community visiting scheme, providing befriending and companionship to elderly or socially isolated members of the community in the Sherburn Road area. Our passion is to see the elderly and isolated in our community feel honoured, respected and a valuable part of the local community.

Laurel Avenue Lunch Club

The Lunch Club meets between 12pm and 2pm every Thursday at the Laurel Avenue Community Centre. We enjoy a delicious two course meal cooked by our wonderful volunteers, followed by a community activity. The cost of the Lunch Club is £3.00 and help may be available with transport.

Stronger Together

Activity groups in the North East of England to support people living with mental or physical health issues, living with dementia or their carers, those who are bereaved, or anyone who may be at risk of social isolation.

If you are interested in attending a group now or may be in the future, please click here to complete our anonymous short survey so we can learn more about your needs

Last modified: October 2, 2020