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The Health Secretary has set out the next steps in the fight against Coronavirus. See the press conference at Youtube: Coronavirus press conference (19 January 2022).


Cree groups are part of County Durham's thriving voluntary and community sector. 40 Cree groups operate to support and promote the health and wellbeing of County Durham residents.

What is a Cree?

The Cree project launched in November 2011, originally based on the Australian Men's Shed movement (Cree being a local colloquialism for sheds). Since 2011, County Durham Cree network has evolved and expanded to offer a safe, communal space to men, women and young people who may be experiencing poor mental health, risk of social isolation, self-harm, suicide and general health and wellbeing.

On average, Crees support approximately 350 members per year, providing members with a safe and supportive social environment. The Cree network receives support from DCC Public Health team and Durham Community Action.

The aims of the Crees

  • Crees operate an open-door, inclusive policy
  • Provide a safe and supportive social environment
  • The groups offer opportunities for men, women and young people to meet and participate in recreational activities of their choice
  • To reduce social isolation
  • Contribute positively to members physical and emotional health and wellbeing
  • Strengthen networks within communities
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