Awards for our Young Achievers

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!


Back to business!

The Den is back after the Summer Holidays and our groups and clubs are up and running!

We hope you enjoyed your Summer Holidays! We used the break to recruit some new members to our team including a brand new Youth Worker and Den Assistant, and they’ve been looking forward to meeting all of our members.

All of our kids’ groups and youth clubs are now back at the usual times;

DEN DANCE – Mondays at 5.30

WOODIES – Tuesday at 6.15

DEN SHOOTS – Wednesday at 5.30

HEALTHY FUTURES – Thursday at 6

LATER – Thursday at 7.45

We’ll be keeping you posted with more of our plans for the Autumn – watch this space!

Hakuna Matata!

The Activity Den will be taking some of its Woodies members to see North Durham Academy’s production of The Lion King!

We’ll be looking out for all of our favourite characters when we go to the local school on Tuesday 12th July – be prepared for us singing along!!

The show is a end-of-year treat for our young people as the summer holiday approaches and The Den breaks for the Summer.

Hakuna Matata!

Farewell to Catherine…

The Activity Den would like to say a massive THANK YOU to our youth worker Catherine Ruddick.

Catherine is moving on from The Den and on behalf of all of the children, parents and volunteers we would like to thank her very much for all of the time and effort she has put in for us and also for the The Children and Young People’s Development Committee.

Catherine joined The Den early 2014 and has looked after Den Shoots, Healthy Futures and Later youth clubs, as well as coaching our young volunteers. A great listener with a big personality and infectious laugh, Catherine will be missed!


We wish her lots of luck in the future!



The Den Needs You..!

The Activity Den is a charitable organisation, funded by grants and powered (mostly) by dedicated volunteers.

We are always on the look out for more people that can help out – in return for a rewarding way to spend your time and the opportunity to learn some new skills.

There are loads of ways you could volunteer and the amount of time you can spend is entirely flexible! For example…

Working with children and young people – we could provide experience in planning activities and managing youth groups as well as learning about safeguarding and important legislation

Building Management – we have a huge building that we look after ourselves. The skills of an electrician, joiner, stonemason or general handyman would be a great help on an ad-hoc basis – whenever you have an hour to spare!

Admin / Clerical Support - Our office is always busy with enquiries, planning and paperwork, compliance documents, monitoring forms and accounts. If you can offer any skills in these areas it would be a huge help to the running of The Den.

Tea Making – This is essential – our youth workers are eternally grateful for a cup of tea and an extra pair of hands during sessions. Even if you only have 20 minutes, assistance with tidying up or collecting subs is always very welcome!

If you want to find out more about opportunities to volunteer with The Den, please get in touch at or on 01207 236739


Easter Holiday Funday!

Our Easter Holiday Funday is back!

After a roaring success last year, the family funday event will be back during the Easter Holidays on Tuesday 29th March!

From 10am til 3pm there’ll be bouncy castles, face painting, arts and crafts, dancing and so much more. All ages are welcome and its a FREE event, no tickets needed just turn up on the day!


We’re giving away one Free Pass to ANY of our Den Groups!

If you’re new to The Den, simply sign-up to our mailing list on the right hand side of the screen  

(or below if you’re on a mobile ↓)

And we’ll send it to your email address! Print it off and bring it along with you to Den Dance, Woodcraft or the youth clubs to get in for free!


PLUS you’ll also be the first to know about our upcoming events and activities – like family fundays, discos and trips -so you’ll never miss out on the action!



£16,000 funding for The Den!

As reported in The Chronicle today, The Activity Den has secured £16,000 from Durham County Council for essential building improvements!

The Den was saved from closure in 201o and has been completed decorated and renovated since then – largely thanks to the volunteers and young people that attend The Den on a weekly basis. Now, thanks to the injection of cash from Durham County Council’s Section 106 contributions, The Den is now about to be fitted with over 30 sets of double glazed windows. The new windows are part of the last capital works schemes that will enable our building to last for generations to come.

Our Youth Worker Catherine says, “The windows will make a huge difference to The Den. Not only will it modernise and update the building, it will also bring about safety and environmental improvements and and will allow us to save money on heating bills and spend it on the children and young people that  attend”

You can read the full article online here -