Activities and food for Children in response to Holiday Poverty and Hunger across the Diocese.

Activities and food for Children in response to Holiday Poverty and Hunger across the Diocese.

Fifteen churches across the Diocese of Durham are taking part in a series of summer events for young people.

The holiday clubs and specially-organised events are organised by the Diocese and Communities Together Durham, a joint venture between Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of Durham and part of the national Together Network developed by the Church Urban Fund to support communities facing challenges relating to poverty and hunger.

Communities Together Durham Development Worker Val Barron said: “These holiday clubs are aimed at families who may be struggling this summer. They cover two of our diocesan priorities, poverty and children.”

Among parishes taking part is Usworth in Washington which is this week hosting a week of holiday activities including a daily BBQ (10-15th August) from 10.30-3pm. All the activities are free including the BBQ.

The Revd Julie Wing, the Rector of Usworth, based at Holy Trinity Church, said: “Initially, we were  going to host a free BBQ each day for a week as a pilot scheme which if it proved successful would become a regular holiday event in order to provide a meal for families struggling during the holiday season.

“However, as more organisations heard about what we were doing, and why, this has developed into what we now call the Sulgrave Community Week with activities being provided by other organisations.

The week includes:

  • Monday 10- climbing wall, activity bus, face painting  craft activities and games

  • Tuesday 11 – treasure hunt, bouncy castle face painting crafts and games

  • Wednesday 12 The team take the BBQ into Waterloo Walk where they will be joined by Sunderland FC Foundation to do ball skills, with the children also bulb-planting in the area

  • Thursday 13 Scavenger hunt with bouncy castle, craft and games

  • Friday 14 Climbing wall, activity bus, face painting  craft activities and games

  • Saturday 15 The team closes the week with a service and BBQ

The Revd Wing said: “Each day will begin with a short service and the church will be open for the craft activities and for people to wander round and use the prayer stations within the church.”

During the week the church will also be open on the Monday 10-12 noon and the Wednesday 11-12 noon for people needing food parcels from our foodbank as we are also part of the Washington Community Food Project.


Other events across the summer in the Diocese include:




High Spen and Rowlands Gill

Every Wednesday 10.30-1.30

Partnership with Methodist church. Themes of around the world.

Gateshead Parish

Every Wednesday 11-2pm.

‘Its all about the Bait’

Drama, games crafts and cooking for all the family (60 at first session)   Hilton Hotel chefs coming on 5th August.

Cleadon Park

Wednesday Aug 12th 19th, 26th

Around the World activities

Stockton Parish

A week long holiday club from 10-14th Aug 10am – 12noon

Volunteer support from All Saints, Preston on Tees.


St Aidan’s Church

Every Wednesday

Fun, games and food.

St Chads, St John’s and Hardwick Hope House / St Andrews

Every Wednesday

crafts, games, stories and packed lunches for families

St Michael’s and St Mary’s, Norton

Every Tuesday from 10:30am – 12:30pm

Messy Church Summer club

Hartlepool. St Aidan’s School

24 to 26 August.

Holiday club 3 days in the last week of August. Free food, sports and messy church


Tuesday and Thursdays 11-1.30pm

Craft sessions with buffet lunch for children and adults



Ecumenical cooking club (main leads are Methodists and Salvation Army)

Springwell Community Centre

Every Tuesday in August 10:00 – 14:00

Rev Dorothy Snowball is supporting work by council

Sunderland Minster

Tuesday Morning 10am-1pm

Building upon Messy Minster initiative

The Parish of Usworth at St Michael and All Angels, Sulgrave

10th -15th August

A  week of community action events and fun activities with a BBQ

(Julie Wing)

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