The Den had a fantastic year last year – from camping trips and bike rides, to new funding partners, music projects and discos! We completed our Disco Pod for party hire and grew our team of staff and volunteers.
It’s set us up for an exciting 2018, with Woodcraft Folk, Den Shoots, Healthy Futures and the Sound Hub all up and running again after the Christmas break. We even managed to squeeze in a Woodies trip to see 3D panto Jack and the Beanstalk at the beginning of the month.
We’re planning another Gig Night following the success of our ‘Last Night of the Drums’ event and have had some great suggestions from our young people about the types of things they’d like to do at The Den in the next few weeks and months. We’re looking forward to seeing both old and new faces and we’re excited for what 2018 might bring for us and our members!
On Friday 8th December The Den hosted our ‘Last night of the drums’ band night. It was a fantastic night showcasing the talent and skills of the young people from our weekly Stanley Sound Hub Project. Since September, The Den … Continue reading →
The Den held its community Halloween Discoon Tuesday 31st October and it was a huge success!
Our volunteers went to town with the spooky decorations and there was smoke, music, lights and ghosts. The annual free event was attended by over 150 people, with each child receiving a free hotdog, cake and drink. For only £1, you could risk your hand in the monster lucky dip for a prize!
Thank you to everyone that came along to the disco – there were some awesome costumes! – and a huge thank you to the adults and volunteers that contributed time and effort into it being such a great family event.
One of our parents Mariana said, “Fantastic party, my girls had so much fun. Thanks a lot!”
We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to some very important companies and organisations that have helped The Den this year. To name a few…
The County Durham Community Foundation with the David and Barbara Watson Grassroots Fund and I’Anson Family Fund, along with Stanley Area Action Partnership have made the Stanley Sound Hub Project possible and will mean that young people in Tanfield and surrounding areas can learn new musical skills and meet like-minded friends.
The South Causey Inn selected The Den as one of their ten local charities for their 10th anniversary year and have organised a number of events to raise money. Their contribution will cover the running costs of The Den, including health and safety compliance, as well as ensuring we can afford to continue to employ a Youth Worker and Den Assistant.
The Ballinger Trusthas been instrumental in supporting us and other local youth groups in joining up the provision for young people in the area. They have provided expert guidance in looking towards longer term projects and funding opportunities.
Den Director Phillip Marshall raised funds for The Den and other charities by playing 100 continuous hours of snooker, and broke a Guinness World Record in the process!
Stanley Town Councilcontributed towards our Infinite Air trip and the Sir James Knott Trust also provided us with a kind contribution. The Hadrian Trust and the Barbour Foundation have also donated funding to support our charity and community events. The Den would not be here without the support and financial backing of these amazing organisations and we would like to say a huge thank you from all of our volunteers and members.
We are running ongoing recruitment for a Youth Worker at The Den! The opportunity is for 8 hours per week at £10 per hour and the successful candidate will be working with our volunteers and Den Assistants to plan, organise and run our Youth Clubs.
For more information and an application pack email email@example.com
We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help run our charity. We need volunteers with a wide variety of skills and qualities, for example
Young Volunteers – anyone age 14 and over can become a young volunteer at The Den. This role is great to add to a CV or help build college and University applications, and provides the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and develop new skills.
Board Members – the charity is managed by a Board of volunteers who cover everything from finance, marketing, legal to recruitment, operations and community events. If you could spare a few hours a month to lend your skills to a great local cause, we’d love to hear from you!
Building Management – The Den itself needs a lot of looking after. We are continually trying to improve the building and we have decorated, put in new windows, new heating system and a new roof. If you are practical and handy with some tools, or you are a company that would like to give something back, we’d be very grateful for your help in keeping our building safe, spick and span for our young people to use.
If you are interested in volunteering at The Den email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
You can now help raise money for The Den every time you shop online – without it costing you a penny!
Its so easy to help contribute to our charity, simply visit https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/theactivityden/ before you visit the website you’re buying from and money will be donated to The Den at no cost to you.
This is a great and fuss-free way of helping young people in the local area – please copy and paste the address above before you start to shop!
The Easter Holidays are coming up and The Den has a jam-packed schedule to help keep Stanley’s children and young people busy!
Have a look below at all of the activities we’ve got going on and get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or via email email@example.com if you’re interested and want to find out more…!
Charity Bungee Jump
Our very own Den Volunteer Keiran will be doing the South Causey Inn’s bungee jump on Saturday 8th April to raise money for The Den and 9 other local charities! Please sponsor him and come along to the South Causey to show your support.
Our FREE Easter Extravaganza is back with easter egg hunts, mascots, bouncy castles, music and more! Join us on Wednesday 12th April from 10am for lots of fun and free activities!
Sponsored Bike Ride
On Wednesday 19th April, we’ll be off on a sponsored bike ride! A great fit, family day out, we’ll be setting off at 10am and arriving back at 3pm. A £10 minimum sponsorship is suggested which will raise money for The Denand 9 other local charities, and we’ll also have local company TF Cycles on hand to do some safety checks!
Back to normal!
On Monday 24th April our Street Dance sessions with The Fun Factory will start back up again from 5.30pm and our normal weekly sessions will be up and running!
Just before Christmas, The Activity Den hosted the 4th annual North Durham Youth Achievement Awards for young people throughout Stanley. The evening was to recognise and celebrate the positive work the young people do for their local community.
The Awards evening was supported by Durham County Council’s Stanley Area Action Partnership (AAP) and saw over 60 young people and youth workers attend from groups across the area including Stanley Young Peoples Club, Stanley Youth Project, Oxhill Youth Club, Woodcraft Folk, Steps and The Activity Den. Awards were presented to both groups and individuals for the effort and commitment that young people have shown to a variety of projects.
Den Volunteers and their Awards
Volunteer of the Year Awards were presented to Zac Sunderland from The Activity Den and James Clark from The Woodcraft Folk for their outstanding commitment and dedication to the projects. Even the entertainment was provided by the young people, with Allyssa, Emily and Anya taking to the stage before the disco got well underway!
Last night, The Den held its Annual General Meeting for the year July 2015 to July 2016. Every year we host our AGM to keep everyone up to date with how The Den is being managed and to celebrate everything … Continue reading →