Smile Sessions 2022

Smile are ready and raring to go with a number of sport and physical activity sessions for disabled children, young people, adults and their families across the North East. We kick start the year with our first family session this Saturday 8th January at Blyth Sport Centre.


Family Sessions

· 1st Sunday of the month 11am-12.30pm at Sporting Club Cramlington

· 2nd Saturday of the month 1.30-3pm at Blyth Sports Centre

· 3rd Sunday of the month 2-3.30pm at Prudhoe Community High School

· 4th Saturday of the month 1.30-3pm at Jarrow Focus


5-10 years Session

· Every Tuesday 4-5pm at Eagles Basketball Arena, Newcastle (book through Eagles Community Foundation)


10-19 years Sessions

· Every Tuesday 5-6pm at Eagles Basketball Arena, Newcastle (book through Eagles Community Foundation)

· Every Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm at Cramlington Sporting Club

· Every Thursday 6.30-7.30pm at The Louisa Centre, Stanley


Adult Session

· Every Wednesday 10.30-11.30am at The Parks Sport Centre, North Shields

To book visit 

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Online Safety Session
National Sleep Charity Helpline

The Sleep Charity are circulating information about the new National Sleep Helpline to school nurses and anyone responsible for child health and well being. One in four children in the UK are not getting enough sleep, this has an impact on their behaviour and ability to learn, as well as their physical health.

The free helpline is run by trained sleep advisors who can talk to young people directly, or their parents.

The helpline is open 5 nights a week, Sunday to Thursday, 7-9pm and the number is 03303 530 541.


You can read more here:

New Website for Parents to Help Their Children Catch Up

The Department for Education has launched an information site for parents, to support children of all age ranges and abilities catch up on lost learning from the pandemic. The site features advice and support for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as well as programmes, resources and activities for children and young people this summer.

Further information can be found on the education catch-up for your child homepage.



Show Racism the Red Card England Posters

Click here to download a free England squad poster sponsored by Show Racism the Red Card.


Family Carer Support Service

Hft’s Family Carer Support Service (FCSS) is a free information and support service for family carers with an autistic relative or a relative with a learning disability aged 16 or over and living in England.


We are sharing their support information as they are reaching out to services in areas where they traditionally have little contact from family carers to share the support they provide.

Click on the links to download their information leaflet and a copy of their resource: The Care Act: How to get the right support from your local authority. FCSS also have a number of helpful family carer video resources on their YouTube channel




Clarks in Durham Offer Fitting Appointment Service


Mental Health and Emotional Support


North East Young Dads and Lads Project

Dylan Brown is the peer link worker at North East Young Dads and Lads (Also known as NEYDL). He is currently supporting young dads to reach out to services and promote what they do. This is some of the work that is currently happening in the region and some upcoming activities that may spark your interest:

Currently, The Projects Available:


DigiDAD is the first online peer lead E-Learning platform for Young Dads. From parenting courses, to online forums, advice around social care to inspirational interviews DigiDAD provides a safe, inclusive and welcoming online space for young dads to learn. 


Anyone who wants to participate in this is more than welcome. Whether you're a budding voice over actor, filmmaker, social media personality or you just want to share your own story, DigiDAD will try to provide you with the support and means to do so. 


Head over to our Youtube channel for a glimpse at our work: 

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Upcoming projects for the Summer:

We are currently training some of our young fathers into being the role of an administrator, they will be fully trained in safeguarding; in order to run a Discord server for young men and young dads to be. 


This will serve as a platform to tackle social isolation and offer peer to peer support, so young men have growth in their support network and face issues head on. 


If you think any of our work would benefit anyone you may be supporting or anyone you know under the age of 25 and are male, please do not hesitate to contact us:


  • Or you can contact Doug via phone: 07990 164449 


Doug will guide you through the process if you are unsure of how to do this.


Contact us:

If you require any other information about NEYDL do not hesitate to respond to this email. Alternatively, you can follow us on social media: 


Twitter: @NEYD&L

Instagram: @NEYDL2


Website: (currently being updated but still live) 




You can also subscribe to our E-newsletter, which will keep you in the loop of what is happening at NEYDL. 

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Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust Offer Online Training

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NHS Test and Trace Self-Isolation Payments

Information on NHS Test and Trace Self-Isolation payments for schools and parents can be downloaded here.

Children & Young People Peer Network Newsletter

The April newsletter for the Children & Young People Peer Network can be downloaded here.


Parent Partnership Service
County Durham Parent Partnership Service offers support to parents of children with special educational needs (SEN).

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service is a statutory service supporting parents/carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and children and young people with SEND.

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service provides confidential information advice and support through a range of services. This includes home visits, attending meetings in educational settings and liaison with all services working with children and young people. Training and guidance to parents/carers, young people and professionals on SEND issues are also provided.

Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service operates at ‘arm’s length’ from the Local Authority and the services provided are confidential and impartial.

Durham County Carers Support

Support for Parents of children with additional needs


We are a local Charity providing support to Parents of Children with additional needs and we are commissioned by Durham County Council to carry out Parent Carer Needs Assessments which gives parents the opportunity to reflect on their caring role and the impact it has on their health and wellbeing. Through discussions with Parents we will develop an action plan together addressing issues raised during the assessment with a view to providing appropriate support and information and ensuring relevant services are involved. Parent Carers have a legal right to this assessment and can request it at any time.


As well as this we are able to provide Parent Carers with access to Carer Break funding and eligible Parents have been able to apply for things such as Spa Days, Massage Vouchers, Cinema tickets, tablets to help them get online and much more.  We also have access to other grants and bursaries which can help Parent Carers in need.  We have a closed Facebook support group where parents can support each other, access to specialist training and we are currently being funded to support Parents at TAFs and to help them claim additional benefits.


If you are in touch with Parents caring for children with additional needs who you feel may benefit from our support please share our information. It is easy to register and all we need to get started is a name, address and telephone number and our Contact Team will do the rest.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you or to provide you with an advert to include in any newsletters or website pages.


We currently have 3 members of staff supporting Parent Carers and they have continued to work over the last few months so for more information please contact Joanne, Donna or Charlene on 0300 005 1213 or email

Coronavirus Resources

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.  Added guidance for parents and carers about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term.

County Durham School Benevolent Fund

The County Durham School Benevolent Fund is an independent registered charity which offers a grant towards shoes and coats for school pupils. A grant of up to £35.00 can be awarded towards a winter coat and up to £35.00 for a pair of shoes for families who are eligible. A full list detailing who is eligible can be found within the application form. From 1 November 2020, CYPS have administered this fund on behalf of schools. 


The home page of the Durham County Council website​ provides additional information and we ask at this time that families requesting support are signposted to this link.


Please note that requests for application forms can only be made by contacting the following: ​​


Previous application forms which schools made hold should no longer be issued.

This item applies to all schools, including academies in the following phases:

  • Nursery

  • Primary (including infant and junior)

  • Secondary

  • Special

Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service

See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

See, Hear, Respond, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). See, Hear, Respond will support from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.

See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made, so no child is missed. Help is available in one or more of four ways:

  • an online hub of support and information

  • online counselling and therapy

  • face-to-face support for those most affected and at risk of some of today’s most pertinent issues, such as criminal exploitation, and

  • helping children and young people reintegrate back into school

You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.

Fairtrade Awareness

Villa Real School will be raising awareness of ‘Fairtrade’ over coming weeks. For two weeks each year in February and March individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to think about the people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited, underpaid and even work in dangerous conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message and is where our role as a school community begins. We all have the power to drive long-term change, not only with our shopping choices but also with spreading the message.

If everyone bought one item on our shopping list with a Fairtrade logo, we can be part of a solution to change the lives of others. Children will be able to go to school instead of working and plan for a better future.

Thank you from Villa Real School