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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Ways to Wellbeing

Ways to wellbeing is a programme which aims to support adults to improve their health and wellbeing.


All of our community activities have been cancelled until further notice.

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What is wellbeing? 

Wellbeing is about your health, happiness, opportunities and your overall quality of life. Mental wellbeing can take many different forms, but a useful description is feeling good and functioning well. 

About Ways to Wellbeing

The Ways to Wellbeing programme can help you to access a wide range of opportunities to support your wellbeing, including meeting new people, being more active and learning new skills. 

All of the opportunities we provide are based around the five ways to wellbeing, which are: 

Be Active

Regular physical activity is known to have significant benefits towards physical and mental wellbeing. But you don't have to go to the gym - activities such as walking can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well as providing some level of exercise. 


Developing social relationships with, family, friends, colleagues and neighbours are critical for promoting wellbeing and preventing poor mental health. 

Keep Learning

Learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.

Take Notice

Being more aware of your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you, can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. 

Give to others

Acts such as volunteering in your local community can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. 

What kind of activities can I take part in? 

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

As soon as we're able to re-start our activities, we'll make our timetable available.

Group activities include:

  • walking
  • running
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • guided countryside walks
  • mindfulness
  • reading groups
  • beginners drama
  • beginners dance
  • creative writing
  • learning digital skills
  • outdoor learning

How can I join an activity? 

Contact us  today for further information and advice on opportunities available in your area, including free taster sessions. You need to register with us before attending and we can arrange an induction visit to any of our sessions. 

Would you like to become a volunteer?

Volunteering can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can get involved in. There are many volunteering opportunities across County Durham from one-off festivals to weekly activities; it all depends on what you would like to do. Find out more about Volunteering

Contact us
Ways to Wellbeing Service
03000 262539
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