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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.

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Please see our timetable for further information. 

Community class timetable

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
Thursday5.00pm - 6.00pmGentle 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
Starts 26 August 2022

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Seated ExerciseBeaurepaire Community Hub, 

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 until 20 December 202210.00am - 12 noonCraft and Chat Café

The Art Café,
Community House,
Yoden Road,

Free (tea and coffee included)
No booking required but please contact 0191 569 3511 for further information.

Activities are led by facilitator Michelle Douglas-Allison with a crafting focus including shabby chic, upcycling, model making, textile craft and more.

Weekly on Thursdays until 15 December 2022

Please note the session on the 8 December will be held as a Carol Concert at a nearby Care Home.

1.00pm - 3.00pm

Happy Together: a dementia friendly choir

St Andrews Church Hall,
The Crescent,
Blackhall Colliery,
TS27 4LE.

£2.00 (tea and coffee and cake included)
No booking required but please contact Karen Firth on 07959 169510 for further information. 

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

Weekly on Fridays until 15 December 2022

1.00pm - 3.00pmLet's Meet Up: a dementia friendly art groupThe Art Café,
Community House,
Yoden Road,

Free (tea and coffee included)
No booking required but please contact 0191 569 3511 for further information. 

Led by artists Rosy 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! 

Carers are encouraged to take part. 

Fortnightly on Tuesdays until 13 December 20222.00pm - 4.00pmDance to a TeaEastlea Community Centre,
Stockton Rd,

Free (Afternoon Tea included)
Pre-booking required through the venue, 0191 581 2399

Led by Sandra Gufferty, Dance to a Tea offers a fun way to learn new dances and make friends over a spot of Afternoon Tea.

Fortnightly on Wednesdays until 
21 December 2022
1.30pm - 3.00pmDance to a TeaThe Pavillion,
1 Helford Rd,

£2.00 (Afternoon Tea included)  
Pre-booking required through the venue, 0191 586 9957

Led by Sandra Gufferty, Dance to a Tea offers a fun way to learn new dances and make friends over a spot of Afternoon Tea.

Fortnightly on Fridays until 16 December 2022 

Please note the sessions on the 18 November and 16 December are Youth Group sessions and will be held 5.00pm - 7.00pm

10.30am - 12.30pmWorking with WoodDawdon Youth and Community Centre,
Queen Alexandra Road,

Free (hot meal included)
For further information contact Andrew Cammus on 07368 424939 or email

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

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