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County Durham-born opera star to launch vocal festival
Published January 22, 2020 12.40pm
A distinguished opera performer, outstanding acapella singers and a host of local musical talent will perform for audiences when Durham Vocal Festival returns for 2020.
Keeping fostering in the family
Published January 17, 2020 3.58pm
A South Stanley family has become the face of fostering in County Durham after agreeing to help raise awareness of the urgent need for more foster carers in the county.
£63m leisure investment approved by councillors
Published January 15, 2020 4.15pm
More modern, vibrant and innovative leisure services are promised for County Durham as part of £63 million plans approved today.
Exhibition and talks tell Holocaust survivors' moving stories
Published January 15, 2020 1.08pm
Two Holocaust survivors will mark Holocaust Memorial Day by sharing touching accounts of their escape from persecution.
Special educational needs funding proposals to be considered by Cabinet
Published January 08, 2020 2.49pm
Feedback and recommendations following consultation on how we support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and those who need alternative arrangements for education, will be presented to councillors on Wednesday 15 January.
Agency to help people into housing moves step closer
Published January 08, 2020 9.59am
A service which will find accommodation for people with a housing need in County Durham looks set to move a step closer next week.
Improving the private rented sector for the benefit of all
Published January 07, 2020 4.09pm
Improving the standard of privately rented homes in County Durham is at the heart of a proposal to be discussed by councillors next week.
County Durham foodbanks receive Christmas gifts from the council
Published December 17, 2019 9.23am
Generous council staff and elected members have donated thousands of festive treats to foodbanks across the county to help people in need this Christmas.
Gladiators, goldilocks and 'gold' hit-maker on way to revamped venue
Published December 16, 2019 12.36pm
An exciting line-up of music, comedy and children's shows will hit the stage of a newly renovated Bishop Auckland Town Hall when it re-opens next year.
Family fun at festive event for new and expectant mothers
Published December 11, 2019 11.19am
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are invited to a Christmas-themed celebration where their families can enjoy festive activities.
Barnard Castle gymnasts celebrate medal success
Published December 06, 2019 1.00pm
Children from a County Durham gymnastics club are celebrating their success in two competitions.
Awards success for County Durham youth services
Published December 03, 2019 11.15am
A dedicated social worker and a service which works with young people who have offended have been recognised at two national awards ceremonies.
Magic for all with accessible Christmas theatre shows
Published November 22, 2019 10.38am
A Durham City theatre will host a series of accessible performances, including its first ever captioned show, to enable everyone to enjoy its festive events.
Review looks at impact of children's homes on services
Published November 06, 2019 12.04pm
Findings from a review looking at children's residential care homes have highlighted the need for more accurate and timely information for out of area placements, to monitor demand on services and explore further opportunities for an accreditation scheme.
Dates announced for Seaham Food Festival 2020
Published October 31, 2019 10.03am
A seaside town will serve up a second helping of culinary fun when a successful food festival returns next year.
Adopters needed to give children a loving home
Published October 30, 2019 2.46pm
"To be able to adopt a child, especially a child with behavioural issues or a learning difficulty you need to be determined, to have empathy and be honest about what you can take on, but the most important things are to have a loving heart and mind and you'll be amazing."
Aycliffe Secure Centre judged outstanding in all areas
Published October 28, 2019 5.13pm
Outstanding in all areas - that is the verdict of inspectors from Ofsted on Aycliffe Secure Centre.
Getting creative improves Maureen's wellbeing
Published October 07, 2019 9.45am
A keen crafter whose involvement in a creative support group helped her through cancer treatment is encouraging others to join free wellbeing sessions in County Durham.
Work to begin on Bishop Auckland Town Hall refurbishment
Published August 14, 2019 10.00am
Work to transform a town hall into a thriving cultural hub will begin this autumn.
Funding applications open for East Durham Rural Corridor Area projects
Published August 09, 2019 12.59pm
Organisations who run projects that meet the needs of East Durham Rural Corridor communities are encouraged to apply for funding.