Easter Holiday Events

The Den has some awesome family events coming up over the Easter Holidays to keep you all entertained!

After the success of our first Sound Hub Gig Night, we kicked off the Easter holidays with our ‘Last night of the drums Part 2’ event! The young people from the Sound Hub gave some fantastic performances to a packed Den audience to show off the skills they’ve learnt from the weekly music project! They also collected certificates from our Chair, Phillip Marshall, for their achievement and hard work. A big thank you to everyone that came along to support our young people!

Next up is our FREE family fun day on Wednesday 11th April. All ages are invited for a day of bouncy castles, discos, treasure hunts, facepainting and even a double decker soft play bus! Come along anytime between 11am and 4pm.

Then on Saturday 14th April, Stanley Woodcraft Folk is hosting a unique indoor stargazing experience, complete with a planetarium for star spotting in the warm! There are two public showings at 11am and 12.15pm and tickets are £3 or £10 for a family of four. Call 01207 230213 to book as spaces are limited!

Details of all our family events are on the Chronicle’s website at the link below…


Bring on 2018!

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!

Halloween Disco!

The Den held its community Halloween Disco on 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!”

Check out our photos below…


3D Ghosts

Young Volunteer Bethany giving out freebies

Awesome dance moves!

Lucky Dip

Thank you to our funders

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 Trust has 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 Council contributed 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.

Join the team at The Den!

Youth Worker Recruitment

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 recruitment@theactivityden.org.uk


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 info@theactivityden.org.uk for more info.

NEW Stanley Sound Hub Project

UPDATE  – After consultation with our members, Sound Hub is now on at the NEW TIME of 10am until 12 noon!


Last month we launched our NEW Stanley Sound Hub Project, following our Taster Day back in July.

Taking place every Saturday at 11am, the Sound Hub Project provides a great opportunity for young people to learn drums and guitar, and practice playing as part of a band.

Expert tuition is provided and so are all the instruments – it doesn’t matter if you’re a pro and want to perform or if you’ve never picked up an instrument before, everyone is welcome.

The group is for ages 10 and upwards and costs £2 per person. We’ll be showcasing the talents of all of the Sound Hub’s members in a performance in December.


Sound Hub Taster Day – July


Drums – Sound Hub Taster Day

Help us by shopping online…

You can now help raise money for The Den every time you shop onlinewithout 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!

Jam-Packed Easter Holidays!

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 info@theactivityden.org.uk 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.


Easter Funday!

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!

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!