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Durham Information Guide

DIG is an online database which allows you to search for information on adult social care services, health groups and other community information on a countywide, regional and national basis from their website at Durham Information Guide Website

Stroke Association

The Stroke Association has exciting new opportunities to become part of a new Voluntary led Group based in Newton Aycliffe.  The Group will provide long term social support to people affected by stroke.  They organise events and meet together to reduce social isolation and rebuild the confidence of members.  Committee members organise and run these Groups.

We are looking for volunteers to sit on the Committee, roles available are Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.  Other volunteering opportunities are available.  Please visit their website (link below) for more information.

Meet at Pioneering Care Centre
Day of Meeting Wednesday twice each month, please contact for dates
Time 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Contact Person Rebecca Girvan
Telephone Number 0191 4879988
e-mail or

Pioneering Care Centre

Meet at Pioneering Care Centre, Cobblers Hall
Day of Meeting Monday – Saturday
Time Mon – Thurs 8.30 am until 8.45 pm

Friday 8.30 am – 6.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Contact Person Kirsty Hill
Telephone Number 01325 321234

Women’s Institute

An organisation for ladies only which provides speakers on many topics, outings and meals.

Meet at St Clare’s Church, Central Avenue
Day of Meeting 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time 7.15 pm
Contact Person Mrs Lynn Swift
Telephone Number 01388 314805

Newton Aycliffe Family History Society

An organisation which meets to further the interest of family historians, beginners and experts welcome.

Meet at Church of Latter Day Saints
Day of Meeting Last Wed. of the month
Time 7.30 pm
Contact Person Mr Keith Bell, Chairman
Telephone Number 01325 307905
Web Site NAFHS

Aycliffe Village Local History Society

Speakers on historical subjects – researching local history projects, recording Village history.

Meet At Aycliffe Village Hall
Day of Meeting Monthly on Wednesdays. (varies)
Time 7.00 pm
Contact Person Mr Harold Moses
Telephone Number 01325 321773
e-mail address
Website Aycliffe Village History Society

Newton Aycliffe Bridge Club

We welcome adult players to our club to play bridge which is by far the greatest card game of all, and it can provide immense challenge and enjoyment for the rest of your life.

Meet At Oakleaf Sports Complex, School Aycliffe Lane
Day Monday
Time 7.00 pm
Contact Person Alan Race, Treasurer or Mrs Jean Bainbridge, Chairman
Telephone A Race: 01740 651663    J Bainbridge: 01388 777277

Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership

Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) are key ways of working with local people.

Each AAP is made up of an Area Forum and a Board, to identify and tackle issues in local communities. AAPs then put plans and actions in place to respond to community issues where they are needed most.

The Board is made up of elected members from organisations such as Durham County Council, town and parish councils, and health, police and fire brigade, community and voluntary groups, and the public.

The AAP will do the following:

  • Engage and involve local people, service providers such as the police and health, and local councillors so they can work together to tackle local issues.
  • Will allow local people to get involved in influencing decisions that affect the area and guide the spending of the AAP budget.Will take action on local issues.
  • Will monitor the effectiveness of local services.
Meet At Various (Board and Forum Meetings)
Day/Time/venue Various (see website for details of forthcoming meetings)
Contact Person Brian Riley
Position AAP Coordinator
Telephone 01325 327441

Great Aycliffe Cancer Support Group

Our main aim is to stop people facing cancer alone.

Our group is for anyone that is or has been affected by cancer, you could be the patient, carer or relative. We offer the following :-

  • Information on issues affecting cancer patients.
  • The opportunity to influence cancer services in the future.
  • Regular social activities, with others affected by cancer.
  • Day trips, social events, meals out.
  • Confidential and emotional support In a safe and friendly environment.
  • Represent patients and carers views

We work with other organisations such as Macmillan Cancer Support, we also have regular guest speakers for example:-

  • Welfare right advisers
  • Dieticians
  • Therapists
  • Medical Professionals
  • and other representatives from various local welfare and social support groups
Meet at Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre
Day of Meeting 1st Thursday of each month (except Jan and Aug)
Time 6 – 7.30 pm
Contact Person Allison White, Chairperson
Telephone Number 07762258696

Greenfield Arts

Greenfield Arts offer a wide range of Arts and Creative opportunities for the whole community.

We are keen to support people to help enjoy, enquire, create and realise their potential.

We develop and manage a range of creative projects, arts activities and community courses in partnership with a number of different individuals and organisations.

We have facilities and resources available for use and hire. The Greenfield Gallery provides a comprehensive exhibition programme and is proud to provide a variety of educational and community events as part of the programme.

We also support creative research and development of teaching and learning across a range of schools and networks.

Meet at Greenfield Arts
Activities for All ages
Time As advertised
Contact Person Sophie Lewis, Arts and Community Centre Co-ordinator
Telephone Number 01325 379048
Website Greenfield Arts