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Updated 28th November 2019


Conversation classes:

Consett: Monday, 10am-12 noon

Durham: Saturday, before the drop in

صفوف المحادثة:

كونسيت : يوم الاثنين من الساعة 10 صباحاً وحتى 12 ظهراً



Durham: Saturday, 12-2pm

Newton Aycliffe: Saturday, 10-11.30am

Chester-Le-Street: to be confirmed

الاجتماع الأسبوعي:

دورهام: يوم السبت من 12 ظهراً حتى 2 ظهراً2:نيوتن اكليف: يوم السبت من 10 صباحاً حتى 11:30 صباحاً

تشسترلي ستريت: يوم الاثنين من 12 ظهراً حتى 1:30 ظهراً


Arabic lessons:

Durham: Saturday, 10-12 noon

Newton Aycliffe: Saturday, 10-12 noon


Youth Clubs:

Durham City Youth Project: our project is open to teenagers, we have a senior youth (13 +) club on a Wednesday evening from 7pm-8.30pm at  40p, Juniors (7-12 years) from 5.30-7pm £1, both at Framwellgate Community centre (entrance is door at the rear of the building).

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Fridays 4-6pm, Framwellgate Community Centre.

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Fridays 6-8pm, Framwellgate Community Centre.

Contact Jane or Debbie at [email protected], 07469719763 or 01913832819


National Citizen Services: NCS is a four-phase programme specifically designed to provide you with all sorts of new experiences. Whether you’re a daredevil or creative genius, talkative or more reserved, you’ll be surprised by how much you’re capable of, coming away with a host of new skills and bags of confidence. If you want to boost your UCAS statement or CV, meet incredible people, get your voice heard and have a lot of fun while you’re at it, then NCS is for you.


Website: If anyone is interested in volunteering to help maintain & update the DCoS website please contact [email protected] or Sam Slatcher, North East Regional Coordinator
[email protected]


Just Giving: Durham City of Sanctuary now has a JustGiving account to help with our fundraising, just go to



Upcoming events:


Classic Syrian / contemporary fold duo with Raghad Haddad and Sam Slatcher on Sunday 1st December (4 – 6pm). Classical viola player Raghad Haddad from the National Syrian Orchestra will be performing with Durham singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher at St Margaret’s Church, Durham. The musical duo will be sharing a fusion of classical Syrian and contemporary folk music, including some of the songs from the Stories of Sanctuary refugee music project on the theme of seeking sanctuary past and present.

Tickets are £10 online (£12) on the door and can be purchased on Eventbrite.


Durham Christmas Markets Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December In the Cloisters of Durham Cathedral, discover a Regional Food and Drink Producers’ Market featuring more than 30 traders*. It’s open Friday 29th November from 10am to 5pm, Saturday 30th November from 9am to 5pm and Sunday 1st December from 12 noon to 4.30pm.


Bullion Hall Christmas Fair with Puffin Billy:

12th December Puffing Billy is bringing Santa to Bullion Hall, 6-9pm. We expect it to be a great family occasion and a busy night and therefore, we are also organising a Xmas fair in the main hall. Tables are available to hire to sell goods and crafts (not food as the Wait‘er While Café will open) or to promote your organisation.

Tables for the Xmas Fair are £10. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Christmas Party: 14th December at St Cuthbert & St Mary’s parish centre in Chester-le-Street.


Taste of Syria: Newton Aycliffe are hosting a Taste of Syria on 27th of December. Tickets are £15 and can be booked in advance by contacting Iman, [email protected], or bought on the night.


Finbarr’s Fundraiser:

We will be holding a fundraising fine dining evening at Finbarr’s, Durham in January. Date and cost to be confirmed.


Sewing, knitting & crochet:

Sewing courses for women: an introduction to dressmaking and tailoring. Beginning on 16th January 2020, 10-12. An interpreter will attend every session to help translate from Syrian to English to Syrian. Help with transport may be available. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Men only course at Bullion Hall for refugees:

Tell us what day and times you are able to attend this course from January-February 2020.

This is a 6-week course (1.5 hours per session) that aims to look at different aspects of work in the UK.

  • What do you already know? Introduction to British citizenship requirements.
  • How and where to find a job and who can help- for example what the Job centre can and can’t do.
  • Understanding the difference between an employed, self-employed, and unemployed and Zero hour contract job.
  • Understanding the paperwork – National Insurance, tax and how this differs with different employment status.
  • Your legal rights at work and how to ensure they are respected
  • Next steps.

What will you achieve?

Understand the importance of working in the UK

Understanding UK Tax and Employment status

Understand how to apply for jobs in the UK

Understand how to carry out job search and show interest in employment opportunities

Understand legal rights at work including working hours, holiday entitlement, equality and diversity

Understand self-employment and setting up a business

Understand the importance of National Insurance numbers

An interpreter will attend every session to support your understanding. Transport available if required.

Please contact Belinda Lowis, [email protected] or Nibal Jabaly [email protected]


Volunteers & trustees catch up:

There will be a catch-up meeting at Starbucks, Framwellgate Bridge, Durham on Tuesday 10th December at 5.30pm for any volunteers and trustees who can make it. The timetable of catch up meetings is attached. If you aren’t able to attend but would like an issue raised please email [email protected] or [email protected].


Getting involved in Stories of Sanctuary in 2020

We have plans to run a second Stories of Sanctuary programme in Durham in the summer of 2020, with plenty more performances around the Northern England and beyond. If you would like to get involved in Stories of Sanctuary in 2020, please let us know via the Citizen Songwriters website


 If you have something for the next newsletter, please email [email protected]


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