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The Prime Minister has today set out the next steps in the easing of lockdown. See the press conference at Youtube: Prime Minister's Coronavirus press conference (10 May 2021) for details.

Between 4.00pm on Wednesday 12 May and 7.30am on Thursday 13 May, the following systems will be unavailable due to essential maintenance: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit overpayments service, our welfare assistance form and our test and trace payments form. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We continue to be here to support care leavers and there will always be someone you can contact to offer advice, help and support on 03000 262 271. 

How you can get involved as a care leaver

We want you to be an active member of society and have all the chances in life that other young adults have.

We will:

  • provide you with information on groups and clubs that you might want to join
  • tell you about awards, schemes and competitions that you can enter in line with your talents and interests
  • help you to enrol on the Electoral Register so you can Register to vote
  • help you to get work experience through Teenagers to Work
  • help you to get work experience with our councillors
  • tell you about Volunteering work that we think you might be interested in
  • help you to apply for a Freedom Card from Durham's Children in Care Council which is a leisure and activity pass 
  • give you advice and help you to challenge any discrimination you face as a care leaver


Contact us
Young People's Service
03000 262 289
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