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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.

You can take part in our group exercise activities, which are delivered by friendly, highly skilled and experienced staff and volunteers.

Follow Ways to Wellbeing Durham on Facebook.

You will need to create a free Wellbeing Activity membership using the Leisure Hub system before you can do an activity

  1. Visit sign up for or book a wellbeing activity online and follow the instructions to register. 
  2. Select the free 'wellbeing membership' as your membership type. 
  3. Pick up your thrive card from one of our leisure centres, a sign up session or your activity leader.
  4. Please remember to bring your thrive card with you to each activity.

Community classes

Monday1.45pm to 2.45pmSeated exerciseSt Paul's Centre
Tuesday9.15am to 10.15amSeated exerciseWolsingham Town Hall£3
Tuesday9.45am to 10.45amExercise to musicAnnfield Plain Methodist Church£3
Tuesday11.00am to 12.00 noonExercise to musicFrosterley Village Hall£3


10.00am to 12.00 noonGardening groupThe Lodge
Blackhill and Consett Park
Laburnum Avenue
Free of charge, donations welcome
Wednesday10.00am to 11.30amYogaBullion Hall
Wednesday11.00am 11.45amSeated ExerciseRandolph Centre
Stones Row
DL14 9RE
Wednesday1.00pm to 3.00pmArts and craftsThe Lodge
Blackhill and Consett Park
Wednesday1.30pm to 2.30pmGentle exerciseGreat Lumley Community Centre£3
Thursday9.30am to 10.30amGentle exerciseStanhope Community Centre£3
Thursday11.00am to 12.00 noonGentle exerciseUshaw Moor Baptist Church
Ushaw Moor
Thursday11.00am to 12.00 noonGentle exerciseJubilee Fields Community Centre
Thursday11.30am to 12.30pmGentle exercise    St John's Chapel Town Hall£3
Thursday2.00pm to 3.00pmGentle exerciseSt James' Church Hall
(this class is open to all and are delivered by Parkinson's UK trained coaches)
Thursday2.00pm to 2.45pmSeated exerciseMiners Institute
Langley Park
Thursday5.00pm to 6.00pmGentle exerciseSt Patrick's Church Hall
(this class is open to all and are delivered by Parkinson's UK trained coaches)
Friday9.30am to 10.30amExercise to musicAnnfield Plain Methodist Church£3
Friday10.00am to 12.00 noonArts and craftsThe Venue, Stanley£3
Friday12.30pm to 2.00pmSeated yogaCornerstones
Friday6.00pm to 7.00pmZumbaThe Venue

Artful Age

DayDate and TimeActivityLocationNotes

2, 16, 30 May
13, 27 June

2.00pm to 4.00pm

Dancing My Way

Eastlea Community Centre,
Stockton Road,
SR7 8DX.

Free to attend

Pre-booking required through the venue: Tel: 0191 581 2399


3, 10, 24 May
7, 21 June

1.30pm to 3.30pm
Dancing My Way

The Pavilion,
1 Helford Road,
SR8 1ER.

£2 to attend

Pre-booking required through the venue: Tel: 0191 586 9957


4, 11, 18 May
1, 8, 15, 29 June

1.00pm to 3.00pm

Happy Together - East Durham dementia friendly choirSt Andrews Church Hall
The Crescent
Blackhall Colliery
TS27 4LE

£3.00 tea to attend regular sessions.

Free to attend Sharing in Song sessions

The choir is led by musician and songwriter Bethany Elan Coyle. 

For further information contact Karen Firth (Group Secretary) on 07595 169510, or email

Sharing in song Sessions:

27 April - 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Greenhills Community Centre, Stephen's Terrace, Wheatley Hill DH6 3JS
25 May - 2.00pm - 4.00pm - The Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton SR7 9BX
22 June - 2.00pm - 4.00pm - Shotton Community Hub, Bridge Road, Shotton Colliery DH6 2PQ (tbc)


4, 18 May
1, 8, 15, 22, 29 June

1.00pm to 3.00pm

Let's Meet Up: a dementia friendly art groupThe Art Café
Community House
Yoden Road

Free to attend

Led by artists Rosi Thornton and Lindsey Grieves, activities include painting, printmaking, collage and drawing, as well as ceramics and other 2D and 3D crafts. It's an adventure of discovery every week! 

For further information contact Gill Taylor (Chair) on 07783 000065, or email

Reaching Out sessions:

11 and 25 May - The Glebe Centre, Durham Place, Murton SR7 9BX


27 April
4, 11, 25 May
1, 8, 22, 29 June

10.30am to 12.30pm

Working with WoodDawdon Youth and Community Centre
Queen Alexandra Road

Free to attend

Led by professional sculptor David Gross, you will learn wood caving and joinery skills to create seats, decorative gates and sculptures for a new community garden. 

For further information contact Andrew Cammus on 07368 424939 or email  

Youth Group, 5.00 - 7.00pm:
18 May
15 June

Leisure Hub sign up sessions

Help to sign up to the Leisure Hub is available in the following places:

Friday 14 April11.30am to 12.30pmCornerstones Community Centre
Friday 14 April5.00pm to 6.00pmThe Venue
Wednesday 19 April10.00am to 12.00pmBullion Hall
Wednesday 19 April11.15am to 12.15pmSedgefield Library
Wednesday 19 April1.30pm to 3.00pmCommunity Centre
Great Lumley
Friday 21 April10.00am to 11.15amWelfare Park

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 (eg 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.