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Community classes

Our community class programme 'Ways to wellbeing' is a programme which supports local community providers to offer beginner level activities for adults to improve their health and wellbeing.

What kind of activities can I take part in? 

You can take part in our group exercise activities, which are delivered by friendly, highly skilled and experienced staff and volunteers. Please see our timetable for further information. 

Community class timetable

Monday9.30am - 11.00amSeated YogaSedgefield Parish Hall, Sedgefield£4
Monday1.45pm - 2.45pmSeated ExerciseSt Paul's Centre, Spennymoor£3
Tuesday9.15am - 10.15amSeated ExerciseWolsingham Town Hall£3
Tuesday9.45am - 10.45amExercise to MusicAnnfield Plain Methodist Church£3
Tuesday11.00am - 12.00 noonExercise to MusicFrosterley Village Hall£3


10.00am - 12.00 noonGardening GroupThe Lodge, Blackhill and Consett Park Laburnum Avenue, Blackhill, Consett, DH8 5TAFree of charge, donations welcome
Wednesday10.00am - 11.30amYogaBullion Hall, Chester-le-Street£4


10.00am - 11.00am


Balance Right


Sedgefield Parish Hall, Sedgefield£3
Wednesday1.00pm - 3.00pmArts and CraftsThe Lodge, Blackhill and Consett Park£3
Wednesday1.30pm - 2.30pmGentle ExerciseGreat Lumley Community Centre£3
Thursday9.30am - 10.30amGentle ExerciseStanhope Community Centre£3
Thursday11.00am - 12.00 noonGentle ExerciseUshaw Moor Baptist Church, Ushaw Moor£3
Thursday11.00am - 12.00 noonGentle ExerciseJubilee Fields Community Centre, Shildon£3
Thursday11.30am - 12.30pmGentle Exercise    St John's Chapel Town Hall£3
Thursday2.00pm - 3.00pmGentle ExerciseSt James' Church Hall, Burnopfield£3
Thursday5.30pm - 6.30pmGentle ExerciseSt Patrick's Church Hall, Consett£3
Friday9.30am - 10.30amExercise to MusicAnnfield Plain Methodist Church£3
Friday10.00am - 12.00 noonArts and CraftsThe Venue, Stanley£3
Friday12.30pm - 2.00pmSeated YogaCornerstones, Chester-le-Street£4
Friday6.00pm - 7.00pmZumbaThe Venue, Stanley£3

Artful Age

Artful Age aims to provide support for people to live happier, healthier, independent lives and grow to see themselves as active and valued member of their community. Covering the East Durham area, and aimed at adults but with no lower or upper age limit, groups provide a safe and friendly environment welcoming people living with mental and physical health conditions, cognitive impairments or facing social isolation.

Led by experienced professional artists, activities range from singing and dancing, to arts and crafts and working with wood.

Managed by Durham County Council Community Arts (East)
Supported by East Durham Creates






Weekly on Tuesdays - 5 April - 28 June 2022

10.00am - 12.00pm

Craft and Chat Café

The Art Café, Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DP

0191 569 3511


Weekly on Thursdays - 7 April - 30 June 2022 (except 2 June)

1.00 - 3.00pm

East Durham Dementia Friendly Choir

Blackhall Community Centre, TS27 4LG

0191 586 7396

£2 voluntary donation, no booking required but please contact the Community Arts Team on 0792 029 5261 for further information.

Weekly on Fridays - 8 April - 24 June 2022 (except 21 April and 2 June)

1.00 - 3.00pm

Let's Meet Up Art Group

The Art Café, Community House, Yoden Road, Peterlee, SR8 5DP

0191 569 3511

£2 voluntary donation, no booking required but please contact the Community Arts Team on 0792 029 5261 for further information.

Tuesday 19 April 2022

Regular fortnightly sessions commence on Friday 1 July 2022, followed by lunch.

10.30am - 12.30pm

Working with Wood Taster Session

Dawdon Youth & Community Centre, Queen Alexandra Road, Seaham SR7 7NH

0191 513 1777

Free, please contact the Community Arts Team on 0792 029 5261 for further information.

What you need to bring

Once you have booked your place you should receive a confirmation email detailing any equipment you need to bring with you (e.g. a mat for Yoga). Just turn up five minutes before the class start time dressed comfortably, and you may wish to bring along any personal items that you need, including a drink.


 All Ways to wellbeing classes are free to book. Some activities have a charge, this is payable to the activity leader at the session. The first session is free for all new participants.

Book your place

Contact us to book your place. 

  • Booking is recommended and we ask everyone to book in advance where possible.
  • You can book between seven days and 24 hours in advance of the session start time.
  • Please remember to cancel your place if you are unable to attend.
  • Please read our Ways to Wellbeing - Health Commitment Statement and where appropriate seek medical advice before participating in a session.
Contact us
Ways to Wellbeing Service
03000 262539