Students on care courses at East Durham College have been given an insider’s view of the path to a career in nursing thanks to former student Elly Kirton, who visited the college. Elly studied at the college in 2011, completing a level 3 course in care i and is now a student paediatric nurse. On completing her course she applied to university to do paediatric nursing, but was unsuccessful and went out to work to gain some work experience. She spent a year working as a care assistant for Heritage Health Care, supporting individuals with physical and mental health issues including Schizophrenia, Dementia and Paralysis. In 2014 she reapplied to university and was accepted by Teesside University. This September she has started her second year after gaining a first class for her final assignment. For more information on courses in care at East Durham College, contact the student services team on 0191 518 8222.
Peterlee Town Council is holding a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner on Thursday, December 31, at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites. For further details, ring 0191 5862491.
Horden Community Centre held its Christmas fair with Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police Commissioner, paying a visit. Through his generosity, he’s funded the new Horden Young Citizens’ Project, which is showing great promise in involving youngsters in the community. There are some great plans for next year to involve young people in various worthwhile activities.
Ten students and staff from East Durham College hair and beauty departments spent the day at Phoenix House, the Help for Heroes recovery centre at Catterick Garrison, to help get soldiers and their families ready for the annual Christmas party with haircuts, shaves and styling. The facility helps with the recovery of wounded British soldiers offering them courses and tailored support. It contacted the department to see if they would be able to help, and the team jumped at the chance to help prepare the Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters ahead of their festivities. The Band of Brothers refers to the injured and sick servicemen and women, while the Band of Sisters to those who support them such as their spouse, parents and children.
Businesses and community groups are being encouraged to apply for free cycle stands on their premises. A new initiative is offering organisations stands to help boost their business offers cyclists secure parking as well as encourage healthier and more environmentally friendly travel. Those interested can apply for more than one stand in a range of designs to fit their need, including wall rails, individual or multiple cycle racks and even heart-shaped racks and special planters. Successful applicants will also receive advice on its installation and follow up surveys to monitor their success. A recent survey carried out by ParkThatBike showed that, following installation of a stand, those taking part in the scheme saw a 54 per cent increase in cycling. Funded by the Local Transport Plan, the service is provided by social enterprise ParkThatBike. Visit the website for details.
Durham Heritage Coast Horden Denes project won an award in the Places and Spaces category at the County Durham Environment Awards ceremony. Well done to everyone involved.
Blood donor sessions will be held at Peterlee Methodist Church on Tuesday, December 29, from 2.05pm to 4pm and from 4.50pm to- 7.05pm.
Roseby Road Wellbeing Centre closed for Christmas on December18 and will re-open on January 4. The centre would like to thank everyone for their support this year and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.