New mental health book collection at County Durham library 'Health Zones'

Over the past six years County Durham Library Service has been undertaking a health information role. It began with a joint project funded by Macmillan to develop Health Information Hubs in key libraries and has become an established part of the library offer. Health Zones, as they are now called, are at every library.

County Durham Library Service now has an enhanced mental health reading collection at their Health Zones as part of 'Reading Well - The Reading Agency's Books on Prescription Scheme'.

Anne Davison, Strategic Manager (Libraries), Durham County Council, commented:

"Durham County Libraries are pleased to be part of the new mental health national library offer. Every library across County Durham now has a collection of Reading Well Books on Prescription titles as well as Mood Boosting books.

"We hope that people will pick up a pick-me-up at the library and go on to discover a world of reading and enjoyment."

Advice and support directory for County Durham

An advice and support directory containing basic information about the help provided by organisations in County Durham on a range of issues, including the impact of welfare changes, is now available from the County Durham Partnership.

The directory is designed as a resource for those offering advice and guidance to members of the public in County Durham and is updated on a monthly basis.

Click here to download the directory; if you have any suggestions or amendments please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Take part in the Bupa Great North Run on behalf of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland are looking to hit their 2014 fundraising target of £2,000 and would like you to help achieve this by participating in the Bupa Great North Run on their behalf.

The ballot is now open and you'll know if you're successful by 5 February, which gives you seven months of training. To enter the ballot click here and follow the instructions.

Read more: Take part in the Bupa Great North Run on behalf of Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland

Surviving or Thriving? Take the VONNE survey

VONNE needs your help to fill in their latest survey in the Surviving or Thriving series, tracking the state of the third sector in the North East since 2009. As we move out of recession, is your organisation seeing the green shoots of recovery or are you cutting back staff and services? How are you and your beneficiaries coping with welfare reform changes? Are you busier than ever? Help VONNE paint an accurate picture of how the sector is coping in challenging times.

To take part please click here to view this survey; the deadline for responses is 28 February.

Launch of new HR and personnel support and advice for VCS organisations in the North East

Are you a trustee, director or senior manager of a voluntary/community organisation or social enterprise?

Do you have responsibility for employing people?
Do you need to resolve complex HR issues?
Do you want to reduce the financial and emotional impact of employment law changes for your employees?

Then you could benefit from the Ask ERNE telephone helpline link to HR and personnel expert advisers.

The Directors of Employ Right North East CIC each has over 25 years experience of working in the voluntary/community sector and more recently with social enterprises, and have a vast experience of the need for quality HR and personnel advice and support, specific to the needs of the sector.

Click here to find out more.

No Second Night Out - how the North East is tackling rough sleeping

No Second Night Out (NSNO) is a new approach which tries to make sure that anyone new to sleeping on the streets gets help so that they do not have to have a second night there. There are also other approaches aimed at helping those who have been rough sleeping for a while or keep returning to the streets.

In December 2012, the 12 local authorities in the North East, as part of the North East Regional Homelessness Group (NERHG), agreed to adopt the NSNO Standard for helping people who are sleeping rough.

For further information, including contact details for reporting rough sleeping in each North East locality, please click here to view the NSNO flyer.

Click here to view the NSNO standard, including the project's background and vision.

Where to get IT help - guide for Newcastle

Newcastle City Council and Go Digital Newcastle have produced a directory which list organisations and venues offering free or low cost internet access or who provide courses to help people use computers and access the internet. 

As some venues are not open every day and some courses have eligibility criteria it is advisable to contact the relevant organisation beforehand for further details.

Click here to download the full directory.

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