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Arts in the Community

Our aim is to work in partnership with other public and voluntary sector agencies, arts organisations and professional artists, to offer additional opportunities for engaging with the arts in the wider community. This page provides information on a selection of current arts projects, events and activities in which we are involved.

Holiday Arts Workshops: We organise arts workshop programmes during school holidays, which bring young people together to learn new skills under the guidance of professional artists, and have fun at the same time.

Mobile Cinema: We manage the delivery of two mobile cinema projects within the Chester le Street and Spennymoor areas.

The Chester-le-Street & District programme has been running since 2010, and is commissioned by the Chester-le-Street Community Venues Consortium CIO, with support from the Area Action Partnership, County Durham Community Foundation, local County Councillors, the Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner, and Parish Councils.

The programme in the Spennymoor area has been extended, thanks to the continuing support of Spennymoor Area Action Partnership.

The aim of both programmes is to provide opportunities for families in each area to access low cost film screenings in a convenient local venue, in order to improve the range of leisure activities available to children and young people, and encourage more use of community buildings. Tickets for all shows cost £1 and are on sale at venues. Children under the age of 8 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Colour Your Life

Following the extension of the "Colour Your Life" social prescribing programme, we have some new studio activities taking place, offering a range of exciting creative activity.

Activities: Arts & Crafts at The Lodge.jpg | Arts & Crafts at Stanley.jpg | Singing Group at The Lodge

What is it about?

"Colour Your Life" is a social prescribing service to improve mental health and wellbeing through access to a range of creative and learning activities, volunteering opportunities and opportunities for personal development. It is commissioned and funded through Public Health.

Who is it for?

  • People with sub-clinical symptoms of anxiety or depression / recovering from mental health problems
  • Black and minority ethnic communities
  • Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender communities
  • Individuals suffering from long-term conditions, disability, pain and medically unexplained conditions
  • Those with learning disabilities
  • Individuals in contact with the criminal justice system
  • People with caring responsibilities those experiencing loss and/or significant life changes
  • Individuals accessing drug or alcohol misuse services
  • People with debt or housing related issues
  • Individuals subject to social isolation and loneliness>
  • Frequent attenders at GP surgeries
  • People leaving secondary mental health services as part of their recovery journey?


How do I join?

The social prescribing service is open to referrals from GP's, mental health services, third sector/community organisations and agencies, informally by family members or friends, and by self-referral. Anyone wishing to self refer, or who would like to refer someone else into the service, is asked to contact the Social Prescribing Co-ordinator using the contact details below. We ask everyone to pre-register before starting an activity, but if you would like to visit a session before deciding to join the programme, we are happy to arrange this.

Is there a cost?

Access is free for the first 10 weeks, although a small donation will be requested towards the cost of refreshments. After this, people may remain in the programme but will be asked to join a membership scheme & pay weekly.

Contact Us

For more information contact the Colour Your Life programme coordinator on 01207 218 019, email colouryourlife@leisureworks.net or visit colouryourlife.org.uk.

For further information about other projects on this page please contact Martin Weston on 01207 218 020 or email m.weston@leisureworks.net.

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