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Stockton- on-Tees News - Protect yourself Protect your loved ones Protect Stockton-on-Tees - Stockton Council
November 2020    The community magazine of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council


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Welcome to the
                     Christmas and New Year                                                                                                                                                               November edition
                          Opening Times                                                                                                                                                                   of Stockton-on-Tees
           For full details of Christmas and New Year opening times for Council services visit
 and for leisure venues visit
                                                                                                                                     195th celebrations | 04                       Head Wrightson | 11
Customer Services Telephone Contact Numbers                           Registration Sevices at Nightingale House in
Main switchboard ............................. 01642 393939
                                                                      Stockton                                                                                                                            With Coronavirus continuing to affect us all, we have decided to
                                                                                                                                                                                                          bring you a ‘COVID special’ edition of Stockton-on-Tees News. We
Care for Your Area............................. 01642 391959          Thursday 24 December..................... 8:30am-5pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                          hope you will find it both useful and interesting.
Taxation.............................................. 01642 397108   Friday 25 December.......................... Closed
                                                                      Saturday 26 December...................... Closed                                                                                   You can read an update on the Coronavirus position in Stockton-
Housing Benefits............................... 01642 393829
                                                                      Monday 28 December....................... Closed                                                                                    on-Tees on page 4, while on page 13 we bring you a summary
Thursday 24 December..................... 8:30am-1pm                                                                                                                                                      of what you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones and our
                                                                      Tuesday 29 December....................... 8:30am-5pm
Friday 25 December.......................... Closed                                                                                                                                                       Borough. Whilst all the COVID-19 information in this edition was
                                                                      Wednesday 30 December................. 8:30am-5pm                                                                                   accurate at the time of going to print, circumstances can change
Saturday 26 December...................... Closed
                                                                      Thursday 31 December..................... 8:30am-5pm                                                                                quickly so please remember to keep checking
Monday 28 December....................... Closed
                                                                      Friday 1 January................................ Closed                                                                    for the very latest updates.
Lines are open at the below times for the following                   Saturday 2 January............................ Closed
                                                                                                                                                                                                          On page 15 you can find out how the Borough’s Family Hubs have
services only: First Contact, Homelessness, Welfare                   The Register Office will open as normal from                                                                                        adapted to make sure they can continue to support parents and
Support, Care For Your Area and Environmental Health.                 Monday 4 January 2021.                                                                                                              children during the pandemic, while on page 16 we share some
                                                                                                                                         COVID-19 - Protect
Tuesday 29 December....................... 8:30am-5pm                                                                                                                                                     tips about how to stay well this winter.
                                                                                                                                      Stockton-on-Tees | 13                             100 Heroes | 27
Wednesday 30 December................. 8:30am-5pm                                                                                                                                                         And in our regular Ambitious, Effective and Proud to Serve feature
                                                                      Bereavement Services at Nightingale House

Thursday 31 December..................... 8:30am-1pm                                                                                                                                                      you can find out how our Adult Services teams are delivering
Friday 1 January................................ Closed               in Stockton
                                                                                                                                                                                                          activities for residents in different ways due to the COVID-19
Saturday 2 January............................ Closed                 Thursday 24 December..................... 9am-5pm                                                                                   restrictions.
Sunday 3 January.............................. Closed                 Friday 25 December.......................... Closed                                                                                 Despite the pandemic, we still have some exciting times to look
Customer Services phone lines will open as normal                     Monday 28 December....................... Closed                                                                                    forward to. The Globe remains on track to open next year as the
from Monday 4 January 2021.                                           Tuesday 29 December....................... 9am-5pm         News Round Up                         4                                  largest live music and entertainment venue between Newcastle
                                                                      Wednesday 30 December................. 9am-5pm                                                                                      and Leeds and tickets are already on sale. Turn to page 9 to see
                                                                                                                                 Our Places                            6                                  the glittering line up so far.
COVID Community Support Team - 01642 733906                           Thursday 31 December..................... 9am-5pm
                                                                      Friday 1 January................................ Closed    Our People                            13                                 Meanwhile, on page 12 you can see how the new housing at
The COVID Community Support line is closed
                                                                      The Crematorium will open as normal from Monday                                                                                     The Sycamores in Stockton Town Centre is progressing and on
between Thursday 24 December - Sunday 3 January                                                                                  Our Economy                           24                                 page 26 there is an update on the work under way to make sure
                                                                      4 January 2021.
and will resume normal hours from Monday 4
                                                                                                                                 Our Council                           27                                 our six town centres continue to develop and adapt to meet the
January. Normal hours are Monday to Friday                                                                                                                                                                damaging economic impact of COVID-19.
9am-12pm.                                                             Christmas waste and recycling collections                                                                                           The Coronavirus rules are making it very hard for the Mayor
                                                                      Thursday 24 December............Normal Collection                                                                                   to fundraise for his charities this year, so he is looking for 100
                                                                      Friday 25 December.................Bank Holiday           Stockton-on-Tees News is              Stockton-on-Tees News               heroes to raise £100 each by taking part in a challenge. Details
Emergency Services - always open                                                                                                                                                                          about how to sign up are on page 27.
                                                                      Saturday 26 December.............Bank Holiday             published by Stockton-on-Tees         is produced by Stockton-
Adults Helpline .................................. 01642 527764                                                                 Borough Council and distributed       on-Tees Borough Council’s
                                                                      Monday 28 December .............Catch Up of Friday       free of charge. If you have not       Communications Team and             On behalf of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, my very best
Children’s Helpline ............................ 01642 130080
                                                                                                             25 December 2020   received a copy please email          designed by Twentyseven             wishes for Christmas and a healthy and safe 2021.
Out of hours duty team .................... 01642 524552
                                                                      Tuesday 29 December .............Normal Collection or call         Design. Pictures are courtesy of
Homelessness and                                                                                                                01642 528146.                         Stuart Boulton, Dave Charnley,
                                                                      Wednesday 30 December........Normal Collection
Housing Solutions ............................ 01642 528389                                                                                                           Andrew Heptinstall, Gilbert
                                                                      Thursday 31 December............Normal Collection         Alternatively, if you need to
                                                                                                                                                                      Johnston, Dawn McNamara,
                                                                                                                                contact Stockton-on-Tees
                                                                      Friday 1 January.......................Bank Holiday       Borough Council, please call
                                                                                                                                                                      Gary Walsh and others.

Real Christmas tree collections                                       Monday 4 January....................Catch Up of Friday   01642 393939.                         There is an audio version of
                                                                                                             1 January 2021     Stockton-on-Tees News aims to
                                                                                                                                                                      Stockton-on-Tees News. Email
Christmas trees will be collected on your normal refuse                                                                                                      or call
                                                                      Collections will return to normal from Tuesday            provide information about the
collection day beginning Tuesday 5 January 2021. This                                                                                                                 01642 528146 to order a copy.
                                                                      5 January 2021.                                           Council, its partner organisations,
year you can also help support Teesside Hospice who                                                                             local community groups and
will take away your tree for a small donation. Visit www.                                                                       businesses. Every effort is
                                                                                                                                made to ensure all information for more information.                                                                                                                                                                                   Julie Danks
                                                                                                                                is accurate and up-to-date at
Alternatively, you can recycle your tree at the Household                                                                       the time of publication. We                                                                               Managing Director
                                                                                                                                always welcome your views,                                                                                Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Waste and Recycling Centre at Haverton Hill in                                                                                  comments and feedback about
Billingham. For details of opening times visit                                                                                  the magazine.
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News                                                                                                                                                                                                          Britain’s first

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Viking helmet
                                                                                 From across the Borough                                          COVID-19 Update

                                                                                 Local restrictions –
                                                                                 what you need to know                                                                                                                     Tributes paid to
                                                                                 Last month the Government announced a ‘Local COVID alert level’ system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Councillor Julia Cherrett
For the very latest COVID-19 information visit

                                                                                 There are three levels of alert:                                     It is important to keep up-to-date with the rules and restrictions
                                                                                                                                                      in Stockton-on-Tees. You can check the current COVID alert           Tributes have been paid following the sudden death of

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                 Medium – This is for areas where national restrictions                                                                                    Councillor Julia Cherrett.
                                                                                                                                                      level and restrictions at
                                                                                 continue to be in place.
                                                                                                                                                      whataretherules                                                      Councillor Cherrett, 61, represented the Bishopsgarth and
                                                                                 High – This is for areas with a higher level of infections where                                                                          Elm Tree ward on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council since
                                                                                                                                                      Full information on the alert levels and what they mean can be
                                                                                 some additional restrictions are in place as well as the national                                                                         being elected in 2005.
                                                                                                                                                      found at
                                                                                 restrictions.                                                                                                                                                                                               New research has revealed a rare helmet that has been
                                                                                                                                                      you-need-to-know                                                     She served on a number of council and partner                     on display at Preston Park since 2012 is the first ever 10th
                                                                                 Very High - This is for areas with a very high level of infections                                                                        committees, including Executive Scrutiny Committee, the           century Anglo-Scandinavian helmet to be found in Britain.
                                                                                                                                                      Coronavirus rates across Stockton-on-Tees remain high so it
                                                                                 and where tighter restrictions are in place in addition to the                                                                            Fire Authority and Stockton Home Safety Association.
                                                                                                                                                      is important that we all work together to help stop the spread.
                                                                                 national restrictions.                                                                                                                                                                                      You can read more about the recent discovery on page 10.
                                                                                                                                                      Turn to page 13 to find out more about the simple steps we can       She also served as chair and vice chair of the Housing and
                                                                                                                                                      all take.                                                            Community Safety Select Committee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Managing Director of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Julie Danks, said: “Julia was an incredibly passionate and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dedicated councillor who worked hard for the people she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           served and always had the very best interests of residents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           at heart.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “Our thoughts and condolences are with her family at this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           very sad time.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Celebrating our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Borough’s best                                                   A19 Norton to Wynyard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The nominations for the 2020/21 Civic Awards are now open.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The past year has seen so many individuals, groups and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            – what’s next?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           businesses go the extra mile to help people in our communities   Highways England is continuing its work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           during the Coronavirus pandemic, and the Civic Awards will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           officially acknowledge those who have made a difference.         to improve the A19 between Norton and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           If you know anyone who deserves this special recognition make    Wynyard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sure you nominate them in one of the following categories:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To ease congestion and delays, more lanes are being created
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •   Young Person Award (Aged up to 18 years old)                and the traffic noise will be reduced too because the road is

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •                                                                getting a special ‘low noise’ surface.

                                                                                 195th Birthday Celebrations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Service to Community Award (Individuals)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •   Service to Community Award (Groups and Organisations)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Work on the southbound carriageway began earlier this month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            so there is a contraflow in place using one of the three lanes on
                                                                                                                                                      To mark its 195th anniversary in September, the UK’s newest          •   Service to Community Award (Businesses)                     the northbound side.
                                                                                 The countdown to the                                                 mainline steam train, Tornado, revisited the route of the first      •   Health and Well-being Award                                 Throughout the coming weeks there will be some night works

                                                                                 bicentenary of Stockton
                                                                                                                                                      steam locomotive to run on a public railway 195 years ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           •   Green Award
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and road closures so the Wynard junction can be widened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to accommodate the next part of the contraflow and while

                                                                                 & Darlington Railway in
                                                                                                                                                      Now Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Darlington Borough
                                                                                                                                                      Council and a wide range of partner groups and organisations         •   Carer/Foster Carer Award                                     pavement and drainage work can take place.
                                                                                                                                                      are joining forces to plan a spectacular celebration for 2025.       To submit a nomination, complete the form online                 The scheme is set to be complete by spring 2022.

                                                                                 2025 is on.                                                          For more information visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           at before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Friday 29 January 2021.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To find out more and to register for updates visit https://                                                5
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Our Places

                                                                                                                                                       Our Places
                                                                                    like Flo
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                                                                                                                                                       For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                 You may remember eight-year-old Flo from a
                                                                                 previous edition of Stockton-on-Tees News. She
                                                                                 uses her daily walk to school to litter pick in a bid to
                                                                                 help keep her local area clean.
                                                                                 Flo is passionate about doing her bit for the environment and
                                                                                 thinks we all should be too!
                                                                                 “A really easy and important thing to do at home is to make sure
                                                                                 you are recycling the right things in the right way,” explains Flo.
                                                                                 The young environmentalist is the face of our recycling
                                                                                 campaign ‘Recycle like Flo’ so watch out for her on Recycling
                                                                                 and Refuse wagons driving across the Borough.
                                                                                 If you know someone like Flo who is passionate about the
                                                                                 environment, we would love to hear about it! Tag us in your
                                                                                 pictures on social media, just search ‘Stockton-on-Tees
                                                                                 Borough Council’.

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Our Places

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                                                                                 Audiences at Stockton’s famous Globe                               Watch out for announcements for our exciting free ticket lottery
                                                                                                                                                    to give local residents the chance to win pairs of tickets to
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                                                                                 are set to enjoy top music, comedy and                             some of the main events in 2021.
                                                                                 dance when it opens next year.                                     Meanwhile, over on site things are quickly taking shape with
                                                                                 Tickets are already on sale for a number of big names including    the construction of the stage plus the restoration of ornate
                                                                                 Diversity, Chris Ramsey and Jools Holland - tickets for Paloma     plasterwork and painting in the auditorium itself. Outside,
                                                                                 Faith sold out within a day, the fastest selling show of her 26-   insulation has been fitted and the duct work in the roof for the
                                                                                 date UK tour! You can read more about the acts coming to the       heating and ventilation has been completed.
                                                                                 Globe in 2021 on page 9.                                           To buy tickets for Globe shows, and to sign up to the mailing
                                                                                 The restoration of the much-loved art deco theatre, which is       list, visit
                                                                                 operated by the world-renowned Ambassador Theatre Group            globe You can also check out the site to see a Virtual Reality
                                                                                 (ATG), is on course for completion in April.                       fly-through of the building.
                                                                                 Jo Ager, General Manager at Stockton Globe said: “This is the
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                                                                                 move forward, we will continue to focus on booking the best        Stockton Globe’s restoration is funded by Stockton-on-Tees
                                                                                 music, comedy and family performances in the business, and         Borough Council and a £4.5million grant through the National
                                                                                 truly bringing the stars back to Stockton.”                        Lottery Heritage Fund.                                                                                                                                                    TheGlobeStockton                        Stockton_Globe           Stockton_Globe
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Welcome to
Our Places

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Our Places
                                                                                 the new Ingleby
                                                                                 Barwick Librar y
                                                                                 The new Ingleby Barwick Library opened
                                                                                 this summer in the new IB Leisure Centre.
                                                                                 Prominently located within the leisure centre, the new library
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                                                                                 boasts a larger space than its previous site within All Saints
                                                                                 Secondary School, and has a wider range of books, including
                                                                                 many new ones, to suit all ages. There are also computers with

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Head Wrightson
                                                                                 free internet access, Wi-Fi facilities, a dedicated children’s
                                                                                 area with a sensory nook and additional study space. When
                                                                                 the main library is closed there is still a selection of books in

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1959 to 1981
                                                                                 the main foyer with self-service available for you to issue and
                                                                                 return your books.
                                                                                 The opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday
                                                                                 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-2pm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        An online archive capturing memories of one
                                                                                 Although it hasn’t been possible to keep all libraries open                                                                            of the Borough’s industrial giants is now live.
                                                                                 across the Borough due to the Coronavirus pandemic
                                                                                 Billingham, Norton, Stockton Central, Thornaby Central and                                                                             16,000 images reflecting the work of Head Wrightson
                                                                                 Yarm are open Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm.                                                                                  between 1959 and 1981 are available to view at
                                                                                 On Saturdays, Billingham, Stockton Central and Thornaby                                                                             
                                                                                 Central are open 10am-2pm and Norton and Yarm are open                                                                                   With a history spanning nearly 150 years, Head
                                                                                 10am-1pm. Your membership is valid in all the Borough’s                                                                                 Wrightson was one of Teesside’s industrial giants,
                                                                                 libraries. For more information visit                                                                             manufacturing products used throughout the world
                                                                                 libraries                                                                                                                              and employing more than 6,000 people at its peak in
                                                                                 Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, some library services and                                                                                               the 1960s.
                                                                                 facilities are reduced. For up to date information visit                                                                               The photographs were donated by Chief Photographer
                                                                                                                                                                           of Head Wrightson’s Research and Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          department, Alan Simpson, and have been brought
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         together by a group of volunteers thanks to Heritage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lottery funding.

                                                                                                                                                     Britain’s first Viking
                                                                                                                                                     helmet discovered
                                                                                                                                                     Have you seen the rare Viking helmet
                                                                                                                                                     on display at Preston Park Museum?
                                                                                                                                                     It was discovered in Yarm in the 1950s and new research shows
                                                                                                                                                     that it is the first ever 10th century Anglo-Scandinavian helmet
                                                                                                                                                     to be found in Britain and only the second nearly complete
                                                                                                                                                     Viking helmet found in the world.
                                                                                                                                                     It is available to view at Preston Park Museum and tickets must
                                                                                                                                                     be pre-booked online at
                                                                                                                                                     book-your-visit (tickets will be available to book one week
                                                                                                                                                     ahead of visiting, normal museum admission applies). Please
                                                                                                                                                     note that due to COVID-19 the Museum is only open during
                                                                                                                                                     school holidays until further notice.
                                                                                                                                                     You can also view the helmet online and read a summary of the
                                                                                                                                                     results of the investigation which were published in Medieval
                                                                                                                                                     Archaeology, Volume 64/1. Visit
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Teesside Tornado                                                       British Olympian and World Champion sprinter, Richard
Our Places

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Our People
                                                                                 unveils homes                                                          Kilty, has officially launched The Sycamores housing
                                                                                                                                                        development in central Stockton.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Protect yourself. Protect your loved ones.
                                                                                                                                                        The 143-home scheme is on the site of the former Victoria
                                                                                                                                                        Estate behind Splash Leisure Centre. Once complete, there will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Protect Stockton-on-Tees.
                                                                                                                                                        be a range of competitively priced two, three and four bedroom
                                                                                                                                                        high quality homes and two bedroom bungalows.                                                       Coronavirus rates across the Borough are high but we can all help
                                                                                                                                                        Also included in the development will be a number of affordable                                     reduce the spread of the virus by following these simple steps:
                                                                                                                                                        homes for rent provided by the Thirteen Housing Group.
                                                                                                                                                        Richard, who lived on the demolished Victoria Estate as a child,
                                                                                                                                                        opened the new show village.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hands. Face. Space
                                                                                                                                                        To book an appointment to view the show homes visit
                                                                                 Representatives from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Keepmoat
                                                                                                                                                                                                   		             Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
                                                                                 with Richard Kilty.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           		Wear a face covering when it is difficult to stay two metres away from other people

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and where you will come into contact with people you don’t live with or who aren’t in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              your support bubble

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           		             Keep two metres apart from people you don’t live with

                                                                                    Celebrating VJ Day                                                                                                                                   If you have any one of these symptoms, stay at home and book a test

                                                                                    Residents of the Borough didn’t let
                                                                                    Coronavirus restrictions stop them marking                                                                                                             		             a high temperature
                                                                                    the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day in August.
                                                                                    Homes across Stockton-on-Tees were decorated red, white
                                                                                    and blue.
                                                                                    In Hartburn, Ian Mackie (pictured), led the celebrations                                                                                               		a new, continuous cough
                                                                                    by observing the two minute silence followed by a day of
                                                                                    socially distanced music, singing and afternoon tea.                               Ian Mackie with Yorkshire Regiment Office Manager, Mike Crisp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           		             a loss or change to your smell or taste

                                                                                            Recycling this Christmas                                                                                                                       You can book a test at or by calling 119.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           If you or anyone in your household (or support bubble) has symptoms you must stay at home to self-isolate –
                                                                                                              Unsure about what you can and can’t recycle?                                                                                 this means you can’t pop to the shops or go out for a walk.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           You can find out more about testing and self-isolating at

                                                                                                              Yes please                                             No thanks                                                         ONLY get a test if you have symptoms                              Support is available for people who need it
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                                                                                                                                                                      ackaging, trays                                                 make sure people who need a test can get one.                     people who are self-isolating and may be worried or
                                                                                                                                 and cans                                              or plastic
                                                                                                               •D rinks bottles                                     containers with an                                                                                                                  lonely get the support they need.
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                                                                                                                •S  weets/choco                                                                                                       you have been in close contact with someone who has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         9am and 12noon, Monday to Friday or by emailing
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                                                                                                                •F                                                                                                                     tested positive for COVID-19 you must stay at home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with            Advice about housing, welfare and financial support can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the infected person. This applies even if you have a              be found at
      12                                                                                                    See the inside cover of the magazine for your Christmas and New Year recycling dates.                                      negative test result.                                                                                                                                   13

                                                                                                            For more information about waste and recycling visit
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Don’t suffer in silence
Our People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our People
                                                                                 If you’re suffering from Domestic Abuse there is support
                                                                                 and help for you.
                                                                                 You can call Harbour Support Services         Domestic Abuse can take many different        And although the majority of cases
                                                                                 on 03000 20 25 25 at any time, day or         forms including (but not limited to):         involve partners or ex-partners, domestic
                                                                                 night, seven days a week. You can also
                                                                                 chat confidentially online at                 •   C
                                                                                                                                    oercive control (actions that harm,
                                                                                                                                   punish or frighten someone)
                                                                                                                                                                             abuse can occur in other types of
                                                                                                                                                                             relationships such as family members
                                                                                                                                               or carers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Your Family
                                                                                                                                    sychological/emotional abuse
                                                                                 But if you or someone else is in
                                                                                 immediate danger dial 999 and ask for         •   F
                                                                                                                                    inancial or economic abuse

For the very latest COVID-19 information visit

                                                                                 the police. If you can’t speak call 999 and       H
                                                                                                                                    arassment and stalking

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hub is open
                                                                                 press 55 when prompted.                           O
                                                                                                                                    nline or digital abuse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                 Help protect others from abuse                                                                                                          Stockton-on-Tees
                                                                                 The Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board is urging everyone to ensure they know what to do if
                                                                                 they suspect an adult may be suffering abuse.                                                                                           families looking for
                                                                                 Everyone has the right to live in safety,
                                                                                 free from abuse or neglect. If you
                                                                                                                               •   Financial abuse – a way of controlling
                                                                                                                                    a person’s ability to acquire, use and                                               advice and support can
                                                                                 suspect someone is suffering from                  maintain their own money
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         still get it through the
                                                                                 abuse or neglect, support is available.
                                                                                                                               •   Scams – there are many forms
                                                                                 There are many forms of abuse and
                                                                                 neglect, all of which have no age limit,
                                                                                                                                    including internet scams, romance
                                                                                                                                    scams, postal scams and doorstep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Borough’s Family Hubs,
                                                                                 including:                                         crime. Always be vigilant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         despite the Coronavirus
                                                                                 •   D
                                                                                      omestic abuse - this includes           •   Self-neglect – this can include
                                                                                     physical, emotional and sexual abuse
                                                                                     in couple relationships or between
                                                                                                                                    neglecting personal hygiene, hoarding
                                                                                                                                    and neglecting to care for their own
                                                                                                                                                                             If you are concerned about someone
                                                                                                                                                                             please email FirstContactAdults@
                                                                                     family members                                 surroundings or health          or call 01642 527764.       Weekly parenting programmes are taking place, virtual

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sessions are taking place and the team are on hand to
                                                                                      lder abuse – people unfortunately       Typical warning signs are that the victim     For more information visit                  talk over the phone.
                                                                                     may take advantage of older parents/      may become withdrawn, less confident,
                                                                                     grandparents, relatives or friends,       lose weight and just not seem their                                                       Among the activities on offer are:
                                                                                     often to gain money or other benefits     normal self.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         •   V
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              irtual baby massage and yoga

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         •   ‘Relax Kids’ – a mindfulness programme for 3-18

                                                                                       15 FREE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             year olds to build confidence, self-esteem and help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             children manage their emotions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         •   H
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ome Safety and First Aid for parents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         •   The cafés at the four Family Hubs in Billingham,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Redhill, Stockton and Thornaby are open too

                                                                                     Hours per week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         To keep up-to-date with what is available visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                or check out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         each Family Hub’s Facebook page.

                                                                                       Don’t let your child miss out on the best start
                                                                                       in life, give them the opportunity to make new
                                                                                       friends, learn through play and have lots of fun!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Making a difference
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Many people living across Stockton-on-Tees are in need of a        It can be a very rewarding role and you can often work around
                                                                                       To find out if your child is entitled to 15 hours                                                                                 Personal Assistant (PA) to support them to live their life in a    your other commitments if you have another job.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         way they choose and as independently as possible.
                                                                                       free childcare from January 2021 visit                                                                                                                                                               If you would like to know more about becoming a PA visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         PA’s are employed directly by people who manage and pay for
                                                                             , call                                                                                           their own care through a social care direct payment or personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To apply for a vacancy visit
                                                                                       01642 527225 or email                                                                                         budget. Personal Assistants usually support individuals in their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Personalisation-Support-Service/jobs                                                        15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         own home or to go out in the community.
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Safer School
Our People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Our People
                                                                                     Stay well this winter                                                                                                                 Parking
                                                                                 There are lots of things you can do to stay well
                                                                                 this winter and with the COVID-19 pandemic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Be prepared
                                                                                 continuing, it’s more important than ever.
                                                                                 Here are a few simple tips:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             for flooding
                                                                                     I f you have a high temperature, new continuous cough or
                                                                                     loss or change in your sense of smell or taste register for
                                                                                     a Coronavirus test at
                                                                                     or call 119

                                                                                 •                                                                                                                                                                                                           You can help keep your family, home and
For the very latest COVID-19 information visit

                                                                                      et a flu jab – you can find out if you are eligible at www.
                                                                            and                                                                                                                                                property safe this winter by following some
                                                                                     some pharmacies and work places offer a flu jab service for                                                                                                                                             simple steps:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                     people who aren’t eligible for a free NHS one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sign-up to the national flood warning service to
                                                                                 •   I f you start to feel unwell but you don’t have any Coronavirus
                                                                                     symptoms, get advice from your pharmacist, your GP (likely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      receive free flood alerts by phone, text or email
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and get the flooding history for your property by
                                                                                     to be a telephone/virtual consultation) or call 111                                                                                                                                                              visiting
                                                                                 •   H
                                                                                      eat your home to at least 18 degrees if you can, use a hot
                                                                                     water bottle, layer up and have at least one hot meal a day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Parents and carers are being                                               Homeowners and landlords are responsible

                                                                                 •   M
                                                                                      ake sure you get your prescription medicines before                                                                                 urged to carefully consider                                                for providing sandbags and flood protection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      equipment. You can buy sandbags at a local
                                                                                     pharmacies close on Christmas Eve

                                                                                 •   Try to keep active. Visit for                                                                             where they park when                                                       builder’s merchants or online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           dropping off or picking up
                                                                                      ways you and your family can stay active this winter.                                                                                                                                                           Prepare a flood plan – you can download a
                                                                                 •   H
                                                                                      andwashing is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself                                                                                                                                                      template for households, community groups
                                                                                     and others from illness. Wash your hands thoroughly for
                                                                                     around 20 seconds regularly throughout the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           their children from school.                                                and businesses from

                                                                                 •   C
                                                                                      heck on vulnerable neighbours and relatives who may
                                                                                     need help and support during the winter but make sure you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Parking close to schools may be even more challenging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           than usual with many schools operating staggered start and                 Check your level of home insurance,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           finish times, but it is more important than ever for parents               making sure you are covered for flooding.
                                                                                     maintain social distancing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and carers to do their bit to park sensibly so children can get
                                                                                 For more information visit                                                                             to school safely.                                                          Create an emergency flood pack containing
                                                                                 keep-warm-keep-well/                                                                                                                                                                                                 items that you might need should a flood occur.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Drivers are also asked to avoid parking on grass verges.

                                                                                 Keep warm this winter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Any incidents of grass verge parking or inconsiderate                      It should include useful phone numbers, a mobile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           parking outside schools can be reported to                                 phone, blankets, a torch and batteries, warm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           waterproof clothes, house keys and a first aid kit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           or by calling 01642 528439.                                                including sanitary items and medication.

                                                                                 Help is available for residents struggling to heat their homes this winter.
                                                                                 Keeping warm can make it easier to stay healthy so the Council is urging anyone having difficulty doing that to find out if they’re
                                                                                 eligible for the following schemes:                                                                                                         We’re winter ready
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Council’s winter maintenance crews are ready
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and waiting for the bad weather to hit. They work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           tirelessly throughout the season, including Christmas
                                                                                 If you are:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and New Year’s Day, to treat the roads when
                                                                                 •   Over 75                                                            If you are a homeowner or rent through a private landlord and

                                                                                 •   In receipt of disability benefits                                  your property has never had central heating, you may be eligible   frost and snow are forecast.
                                                                                 •   Have a long-term illness made worse by the cold                    for a new central heating system fitted for free.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Around 2,300 tonnes of salt is stored in a
                                                                                 •   L
                                                                                      iving with a child (under 5) who has a long-term illness
                                                                                     made worse by the cold
                                                                                                                                                        If you live in an eligible postcode and meet the criteria you      purpose-built salt barn and the team are ready
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for action 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
                                                                                                                                                        could receive a range of benefits including an efficient new gas
                                                                                 •   Or living with Dementia                                            boiler, radiators, heating controls and all necessary pipework.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           They also maintain 366 salt bins across the Borough,
                                                                                 You may be able to get help with emergency heating, boiler             This will also improve the energy efficiency of your home and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mainly in areas not covered by our gritting routes, for
                                                                                 services, debt advice and energy efficiency measures.                  could save you money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           residents to salt roads and footpaths.
                                                                                 For more information visit               For more information visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           For more information on gritting and
                                                                                 or call 01642 528215.                                                  or to apply call 01642 526100.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           snow clearing, as well as salt bin locations,                                                                                                               17
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Be Alcohol Aware
Our People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Our People
                                                                                                                                                       Safer gambling means that you should:

                                                                                                                                                       •   O
                                                                                                                                                            nly spend what you can afford                                Have you found yourself drinking
                                                                                                                                                       •   S
                                                                                                                                                            et your limits for time and money                            more alcohol than usual?
                                                                                                                        Safer Gambling                 And remember that:                                                 It has been a difficult year and in times of stress many
                                                                                 A6- front

                                                                                                                        Week runs every                •   G
                                                                                                                                                            ambling is not the answer to any problem                     people find they drink more often or more heavily.

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                                                                                                                                                            ambling when angry or upset is not a good idea               You can keep track of how much you are drinking using the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘Try Dry’ app which you can download via any smartphone.
                                                                                        money                            raise awareness of            •   G
                                                                                                                                                            ambling shouldn’t interfere with your personal
                                                                                                                                                           relationships                                                  Visit the Alcohol Change website for local advice, tips and
                                                                                                                         responsible and safe                                                                             information, If you are worried
                                                                                      Safer gamb
                                                                                                 ling - find ou
                                                                                                               t more
                                                                                                                          gambling. This year, it’s    If you want more information on Safer Gambling Week, visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          about how much you are drinking you can also get local
                                                                                         safergamb                                                                                                                        support from Change Grow Live (CGL) by calling
                                                                                                                          encouraging us to talk
                                                                                                         FREE ca  ll
                                                                                         0808 8020
                                                                                                                                                       If you or a friend needs help or advice, please call 0808 8020     01642 673888 or visiting
                                                                                                                           about what that means.
For the very latest COVID-19 information visit

                                                                                                   # SGWeek20
                                                                                                                                                       133 for free, or visit to chat online.          service-stockton

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                                                                                  The 12    Keep fire
                                                                                  scams of  free this
                                                                                  Christmas Christmas
                                                                                  Residents across Stockton-                                               Most home fires start in the kitchen
                                                                                  on-Tees are being reminded                                               and can cause significant damage,
                                                                                  to be on the alert for scams.                                            costing on average £15,000 to repair.
                                                                                  Here are the top 12 ‘Scams of Christmas’ doing the rounds at             So with many of us expected to celebrate the festive
                                                                                  the moment:                                                              season by cooking a meal at home this year, Cleveland Fire
                                                                                  •    C
                                                                                        OVID-19 Test and Trace scams asking for payment
                                                                                       details to send out a test
                                                                                                                                                           Brigade has issued a reminder about how to reduce the
                                                                                                                                                           risk of a kitchen fire.

                                                                                  •    S
                                                                                        ubscriptions or free trials that allow payments to be taken
                                                                                       without you realising it
                                                                                                                                                                   on’t drink alcohol and cook – have something
                                                                                                                                                                  prepared or get a takeaway
                                                                                  •    Fake charities asking for donations or subscriptions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Supporting healthier lives
                                                                                       Pop-up shops selling counterfeit or faulty items                           S
                                                                                                                                                                   tand by your pan – don’t get distracted, if you

                                                                                  •    C
                                                                                        alls claiming to be from HMRC saying you owe or are
                                                                                       owed tax
                                                                                                                                                                  need to leave the kitchen turn it off

                                                                                                                                                                   eep it clean – a build-up of dirt and grease on the
                                                                                  •    C
                                                                                        alls or texts claiming to be from your bank reporting
                                                                                       ‘suspicious activity’ on your account. Hang up immediately
                                                                                                                                                                  cooker/hob can easily catch fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Stockton Service Navigation Project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       (SSNP) is reminding people living
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Healthy eating, physical activity and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mindfulness are just some of the
                                                                                       and inform your bank. Do not give any bank details over the                                                                                                                     across Stockton-on-Tees that support       topics they can cover in a telephone
                                                                                                                                                                   urn it off – make sure ovens and appliances are                                                    is available for anyone who wants to       appointment. A resident who recently
                                                                                                                                                                  switched off when not in use                                                                         improve their health and well-being.       contacted SSNP told us: "I am grateful to
                                                                                  •    C
                                                                                        alls claiming to be from the Police reporting ‘suspicious
                                                                                       bank activity’                                                                                                                                                                  The Coronavirus pandemic has caused
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  have been in contact with SSNP - I feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  less anxious and have the support I need
                                                                                                                                                                   emember working smoke alarms save lives –                                                          some difficult times for some of us but
                                                                                  •    E
                                                                                        -Greeting (online) cards that can contain malware – only
                                                                                       open if you recognise the sender address
                                                                                                                                                                  dust and test yours regularly                                                                        SSNP is on hand to help you feel happier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and more positive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  at this moment in time".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you would like further information

                                                                                  •    Bogus gift cards that have been illegitimately replicated           For more advice visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The friendly team is offering one-to-one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  or to book a telephone appointment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  contact 01642 647770 or email
                                                                                  •    Too-good-to-be-true festive travel offers
                                                                                                                                                           or follow Cleveland Fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       health and wellbeing support, advice and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       information by phone, text or email. The

                                                                                  •    Fake ‘Sorry we missed you!’ delivery cards                          Brigade on social media.                                                                                    team also deliver online group support,    You can also learn more about the

                                                                                  •    Dating website scams – only use trusted sites                                                                                                                                   enabling people to meet and boost their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       physical and mental wellbeing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Project at:
                                                                                  Report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. For further
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                                                                                  information visit                                                                                                                                                                                @StocktonNavigat
The gift of
Our People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Our People
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In the last issue of Stockton-on-Tees News, we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         introduced the new Communities Strategy which over
                                                                                   Amal Project
                                                                                                                              Wheely great care
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the next three years will support our communities to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         cohesive, strong and welcoming joining us in:
                                                                                    Teesside                                  Care assistants working to support residents across
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Tackling poverty across the Borough
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Ensuring people in the Borough are not lonely
                                                                                                                              Stockton-on-Tees have a new way to get around.
                                                                                 Our regular “Spotlight On”                                                                                                              The partnerships are empowering community-minded

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                                                              Domiciliary care providers, Five Lamps and Partners4Care have used Government
                                                                                 feature highlights the vital                                                                                                            residents to make a difference, and we are proud that even
                                                                                                                              funding to buy e-bikes and scooters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         during the most difficult of times, there is a real desire and
                                                                                 work the Borough’s voluntary,                Care assistants who would normally walk to calls can now travel more quickly               commitment to achieving the aims of the strategy.
                                                                                 community and social                         which means they have more time to help people and can even fit in small shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The seven Community Partnerships have started work on their
                                                                                                                              requests and pick up medicines which really helps vulnerable residents during the
                                                                                 enterprise organisations are                                                                                                            creative and innovative plans for the coming year, speaking
                                                                                                                              Coronavirus pandemic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with residents on how we can support the lonely, isolated and
                                                                                 carrying out across Stockton-
                                                                                                                              Amy Richardson, Marketing and Campaigns Manager from Five Lamps told us: “The              vulnerable. Thanks to a donation from Element 1 CiC and the
                                                                                 on-Tees.                                     funding has made a significant difference to the working lives of our Care Assistants      County Durham Community Foundation, a band of volunteers
                                                                                                                              and also to the quality of care we can provide to vulnerable service users. We’ve          have already had over 450 conversations with residents on how
                                                                                 Amal Project Teesside works with black,                                                                                                                                                                        Martin Anderson, Leah Codner, Netanya Alwis and
                                                                                                                              also been able to buy backpacks so they can carry PPE safely from one call to the          we can support their communities over a free bag of fish and
                                                                                 Asian and minority ethnic (BAME)                                                                                                                                                                               Mike McGrother of Norton Community Partnership
                                                                                                                              next. COVID–19 has meant our staff need to spend more time than ever before on             chips.
                                                                                 families to provide them with store
                                                                                 cupboard essentials and non-perishable       infection control and the electronic bikes are making sure they have sufficient time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Christmas Gift
                                                                                 items.                                       to do that.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Community Partnerships are working with some of
                                                                                 The project was launched with support        Emma-Louise Murray from Partners4Care added: “A 45 minute walk can now be cut              the Borough’s voluntary, community and social enterprise
                                                                                 from One Ummah Charity after it became       down to ten minutes on a bike or scooter. Take away the pressure of travel and you’ll      organisations to spread some Christmas cheer by making
                                                                                 apparent that BAME families were less        see more smiles because our clients will enjoy better quality time with our staff. It is   gift hampers for families who may struggle over the holiday
                                                                                 likely to access food banks because they     a major leap forward for domiciliary care.”                                                season. These rely on donations of long-life food, toiletries and
                                                                                 couldn’t guarantee the food available                                                                                                   luxury items. All the donations will be packaged into Christmas
                                                                                 would suit their dietary needs.                                                                                                         parcels and delivered to those in need.

                                                                                 Amal Project Teesside provides tailored                                                                                                 If you’d like to contribute, you can drop off donations at various
                                                                                 hampers which contain some specialist                                                                                                   locations across the Borough. To find your nearest donation
                                                                                 food items and are vegetarian friendly                                                                                                  point or to see a full list of suggested items, visit www.
                                                                                 and alcohol-free.                                                                                                             

                                                                                 BAME families have been affected by                                                                                                     Lighting up the Borough
                                                                                 COVID-19 in the same way that everyone                                                                                                  The Partnerships are also creating something quite
                                                                                 has in terms of furlough, job losses and                                                                                                extraordinary to light up Stockton-on-Tees for Christmas in

                                                                                                                              Good Neighbours
                                                                                 other financial difficulties. Amal Project                                                                                              2020. Twinkling with Christmas spirit, you will be able to watch
                                                                                 is therefore helping to provide support                                                                                                 the Borough sparkle and shine as Christmas approaches.
                                                                                 sensitive to the needs of these families.                                                                                               We will tell you more about our plans very soon and how we will
                                                                                 The project is already working with                                                                                                     need your help in lighting up the Borough. Please get in touch
                                                                                 more than 60 families within four            People in need in Stockton-on-Tees are benefitting from a new                              using the details below to find out how you can get involved.
                                                                                 schools across Stockton-on-Tees and                                                                                                     Plus keep an eye on the Partnerships’ social media for the
                                                                                                                              team of ‘Good Neighbours’.                                                                 latest updates.
                                                                                 Middlesbrough and is looking to expand.
                                                                                                                              The volunteers, coordinated by Catalyst, are a friendly voice at the end of the phone,
                                                                                 They have also developed partnerships        a helpful hand to collect groceries or prescriptions, and providers of friendly advice
                                                                                 with other organisations in the Borough      about using digital technology to stay in touch with friends and relatives during the      There’s lots happening with the Community                            Norton Community Partnership:
                                                                                 to help distribute surplus food, share                                                                                                                                                                       @NortonCo
                                                                                                                              restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic.                                                     Partnerships. If you would like to get involved,
                                                                                 donations and support each other. Future                                                                                                                                                                     Stockton Central Community Partnership:
                                                                                 aims are to continue to provide food         Mrs Jackson (pictured), from Stockton-on-Tees, said: “This provides an excellent           we want to hear from you. To find out more,
                                                                                 hampers during school holidays when          and necessary service to my husband, who is 90, and to myself. It is a comforting          email or join your
                                                                                 families are more likely to struggle to      thought that elderly and vulnerable people are valued.”                                                                                                         Stockton West Community Partnership:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Community Partnership on Facebook:
                                                                                 provide food for their children.                                                                                                                                                                             @StocktonWestCo
                                                                                                                              Catalyst is coordinating the project on behalf of hundreds of community groups,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Billingham Community Partnership:
                                                                                 If you would like to know more follow the    many of which are working tirelessly to support vulnerable or elderly residents during                                                                          Thornaby Community Partnership:
                                                                                 Amal Project Teesside on Facebook or         these difficult times. Chief Executive, Jon Carling, said: ‘’Volunteering is a fantastic                                                                        @ThornabyCo
                                                                                 email          experience, an opportunity to make new friends and develop new skills, and to give         Ingleby Barwick Community Partnership:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yarm, Eaglescliffe and Parishes Community Partnership:
                                                                                 or call 07305412193.                         something fabulous back to the community.”                                                 @InglebyBarwickCo
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                                                                                                                              To find out more visit or call Catalyst on 01642 733906.
BMBF from home
Our People

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Our People
                                                                                 Hi, my name is Sadie                          Bright Minds Big Futures haven’t let
                                                                                 and I’m the Head of
                                                                                                                               Coronavirus stop them in their tracks
                                                                                 Young People Services
                                                                                 for Bright Minds Big                          – the group is still holding meetings,
                                                                                 Futures (BMBF).
                                                                                 I joined BMBF in January and it became
                                                                                                                               quizzes and social events virtually
                                                                                                                               using Zoom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cycle safely
                                                                                 clear from the start that although our
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                                                                                 main focus is improving young peoples’        Meanwhile, they are also making sure they are doing their bit to protect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of the unexpected effects of Coronavirus
                                                                                 quality of life in the Borough, it is also    themselves and others from Coronavirus by sharing important advice and

                                                                                                                               information via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.                                                                                          is that more people are taking to the Borough’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                 a place for personal development. As
                                                                                 someone who loves helping out in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        roads and cycle paths on a bike.
                                                                                 community, it offers a unique opportunity                                                                                                                                                              Whether it be commuters travelling to work, families
                                                                                 to have my say and contribute to making
                                                                                 Stockton-on-Tees a better place to grow
                                                                                 up. The group helps every member gain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  needed                                                                cycling for pleasure or those of us simply wanting to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        keep fit, more of us are cycling. Whether you are a new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cyclist or a seasoned one it’s important to remember
                                                                                 confidence, resilience and the ability to                                                                                                                                                              these safety tips:
                                                                                 make friends in all environments.                                                                                                Would you like to make a                                              • Be  aware – stay alert and keep your eyes peeled for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          fellow road users
                                                                                 BMBF encourages you to be creative                                                                                               difference to the education
                                                                                 and to take a step out of your comfort                                                                                                                                                                 • Show   drivers what you plan to do – always look and
                                                                                 zone - whether that’s through being                                                                                              of children and young people                                            signal before you move away, stop or turn
                                                                                 a correspondent at events such as
                                                                                 Stockton International Riverside Festival,                                                                                       growing up in Stockton-on-Tees?                                       • Be  visible - wear bright clothing during the day and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          reflective clothing in low light and at night
                                                                                 representing the voices of young people
                                                                                 in Parliament or even helping to organise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Schools across the Borough are looking for school                     • Follow the rules of the road
                                                                                 our brilliant Secret Sound concert. There’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  governors and you could be exactly who they are looking for.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Plan  your route in advance – use a downloadable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          map or visit The Hub for cycle route advice
                                                                                 something here for everyone!                                                                                                     Sue Symington, a Governor at St John the Baptist C of E
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Primary School, has found it a rewarding experience and                  Visit
                                                                                 The most valuable lesson I have learned
                                                                                 through my time in BMBF is that young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  urges anyone interested to find out more: “I have had so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  much pleasure from being a governor in my own primary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wear a helmet – as well as protecting your head it can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               help increase your visibility

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • road
                                                                                 people are so powerful. We have an                                                                                               school. You just know that you are helping children to find             Have confidence – if you are new to cycling, start off-
                                                                                 incredible opportunity to work together                                                                                          their role in life. If you can do one small thing for one child it           in a park or use quieter roads to build confidence
                                                                                 and make a significant impact not just on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Show consideration to other road users
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is worth every minute of your time.”
                                                                                 our own lives, but the future generations
                                                                                 of young people growing up in the                                                                                                For further information and to apply for a governor vacancy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For more information on cycling including cycling safety
                                                                                 community.                                                                                                                       email or visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        email or contact
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Hub on 01642 617672.

                                                                                                                               And that’s not all they’ve been doing. BMBF may not have been able to take part
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Time to apply for
                                                                                                                               in Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) in Stockton Town Centre this
                                                                                                                               year but they did a great job of supporting ‘SIRF at Home’. They created a video
                                                                                                                               of their SIRF experiences over the years, as well as promoting their favourite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       primary school
                                                                                                                               memories on social media and getting stuck into the ‘SIRF at Home’ online                                                                               If your child was born           If you haven’t received a
                                                                                                                               activities.                                                                                                                                                                              letter please email school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       between 1 September    
                                                                                                                               The young people have also joined forces with the Mayor of Stockton-on-
                                                                                                                               Tees to recruit 100 young people to get involved in fundraising for the Mayor’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2016 and 31 August               or contact School Admissions
                                                                                                                               charities. They’ll be raising money through an online talent show and a                                                                                 2017, they will be due           on 01642 526605.
                                                                                                                               sponsored walk.                                                                                                                                         to start primary school          Applications can be submitted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in September 2021.               online at
                                                                                                                               BMBF held its first virtual elections in August and are delighted to have a new
                                                                                 Follow the BMBF social media accounts to                                                                                                                                                                                               uk/schooladmissions
                                                                                                                               Big Committee in place, with Netanya Alwis taking the position of Chair. The
                                                                                 find out more and keep up with the latest                                                                                                                                                             Parents of children due
                                                                                                                               roles of Head of Environment and Green Space and Head of Arts, Leisure and                                                                                                               The online application is
                                                                                 updates.                                                                                                                                                                                              to start school next year
                                                                                                                               Culture are still up for grabs and will be elected in January.                                                                                                                           available 24 hours a day, 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           should have received a letter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       explaining the admissions        days a week and the deadline
                                                                                      brightmindsbigfutures                    If you are a young person interested in running for a position or just want
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       process from the Council’s       for applications is Friday 15
                                                                                                                               to get involved with BMBF, joining has never been easier – just email
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         January 2021.
      22                                                                                                              or go to                                                                                 School Admissions Team.                                                                      23
                                                                                             for more information.
Investing in the
Our Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our Economy
                                                                                 Borough’s schools
                                                                                 The £52million investment programme for
                                                                                 schools and nurseries across Stockton-on-Tees is
                                                                                 continuing despite the Coronavirus pandemic.
                                                                                 Capacity at Our Lady & St. Bede Catholic Academy in Stockton
                                                                                 has increased by 300 thanks to a £5.4million expansion which
                                                                                 includes a new entrance, refurbished teaching block and a new
                                                                                 sports hall.
                                                                                 Meanwhile, a £10.4million project to improve and modernise
                                                                                 the facilities at Egglescliffe School is under way.
For the very latest COVID-19 information visit

                                                                                 High Flyers nursery in Thornaby and the nurseries at
                                                                                 Crooksbarn, Priors Mill, St Mark’s, Fairfield and Tilery primary
                                                                                 schools are also going to be able to cater for more children

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                 following a £2million investment in early years facilities.
                                                                                 In future editions of Stockton-on-Tees News we will update
                                                                                 you on plans to invest £2.6million in schools for children with
                                                                                 Special Educational Needs and disabilities which will mean
                                                                                 more places are available and facilities are improved.

                                                                                 £5.4million expansion investment at Our Lady & St Bedes Catholic Academy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Najma Emmanuel, Company Director
                                                                                                                                                                              Stockton-on-Tees has a                     or deformity correction systems, spinal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         implants and a broad portfolio of world-
                                                                                                                                                                              long standing tradition in                 class foot and ankle systems used in the
                                                                                                                                                                              manufacturing that is still                NHS, and private hospitals across the UK,
                                                                                       Learning that lasts
                                                                                                                                                                              very much in evidence                      Europe, the Middle East and the United
                                                                                                                                                                              today. Through our regular

                                                                                     English, maths
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The company boasts an innovative big
                                                                                                                                                                              Made in Stockton-on-Tees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         toe implant which allows movement in
                                                                                                                                                                              feature, we take a look                    the toe – the first of its kind. The Roto-
                                                                                                                                                                              at some of the Borough’s                   Glide toe system is the only implant in

                                                                                     and ICT are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some of the products and tools used
                                                                                                                                                                              manufacturing success                      the world that allows the patient’s toe to   for a knee implant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         function as normal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Najma Emmanuel, Company Director,

                                                                                     essential skills
                                                                                                                                                                              Based on the Teesside Estate in            said “We are one of the last privately-
                                                                                                                                                                              Thornaby, Implants International Limited   owned British companies in our field,
                                                                                                                                                                              is a modern bioengineering company         competing with overseas multi-national
                                                                                                                                                                              that designs, develops and manufactures    medical companies. We are very proud

                                                                                     for us all
                                                                                                                                                                              orthopaedic implants, using state-of-      of our northern manufacturing heritage
                                                                                                                                                                              the-art manufacturing and inspection       and to be part of the sector in Stockton-
                                                                                                                                                                              systems.                                   on-Tees.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Roto-Glide big toe
                                                                                                                                                                              Founded in 1995, the company at its        “Our products positively improve people’s
                                                                                     We offer a range of English, maths and IT courses to help you learn for work and life.   peak employed over 35 skilled workers.     lives, and we look forward to a better
                                                                                                                                                                              Due to Coronavirus it currently employs    future for UK manufacture and export in
                                                                                                                                                                              12 people, however will be looking to      the years to come.”
                                                                                      For more information visit or call 01642 527904                          expand as production returns to normal.
                                                                                                                                                                              Products manufactured on site include      For more information visit www.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 For more information visit                                                                             25
                                                                                                                                                                              hip and knee
                                                                                                                                                                                PAGE  25 joint replacements, trauma
100 Heroes
Our Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Our Council
                                                                                                                                                       The search is on for 100 heroes to help
                                                                                                                                                       raise £100 each for the Mayor's charities.

                                                                                 Securing a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BMBF are
                                                                                                                                                       This year, the Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Javed, is                                                                      walking to the
                                                                                                                                                       supporting:                                                                                                              Houses of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Parliament on
                                                                                                                                                       • The Halo Project                                                                                                       treadmills

                                                                                 future for
                                                                                                                                                       • The Great North East Air Ambulance                              Kitty Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         made and sold                                    If you’re
                                                                                                                                                       • Macmillan Cancer Support                                        100 cakes for                                    interested in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         £1 each.                                         getting involved,
                                                                                                                                                       Fundraising in the usual ways is not possible at the moment                                                        contact mayors.
For the very latest COVID-19 information visit

                                                                                 our town
                                                                                                                                                       because of the Coronavirus pandemic and that’s why the Mayor                                                       office@
                                                                                                                                                       is calling for your help.                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 For the very latest COVID-19 information visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          uk with the
                                                                                                                                                       He said: “I am encouraging 100 people to become a hero by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          details of your
                                                                                                                                                       taking on a personal challenge to raise £100 each, for my
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          challenge so we
                                                                                                                                                       nominated charities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          can help you to
                                                                                                                                                       “This challenge could be anything from a sporting trial to bake                                                    get started.
                                                                                                                                                       sales - the choice is entirely up to you!”
                                                                                                                                                       Rowing the French channel on a rowing machine, running, cycling
                                                                                                                                                       or walking 100 miles, baking 100 cupcakes and a virtual talent
                                                                                                                                                       show are just a few examples of the varied ways funds have been   If you’d like to donate to the Mayor’s charities, or find out about
                                                                                 The Coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented                   raised so far.                                                    the challenges that have been taken on so far, visit
                                                                                 impact on the lives of residents across the Borough. As                                                                       
                                                                                 well as devastating health impacts, the damage to the
                                                                                 economy is making the viability of town centres even
                                                                                 more challenging.
                                                                                 Recognising the economic challenges, the Council is more                                                                                 New Text Service
                                                                                                                                                              Your                                                        for tip permits
                                                                                 committed than ever to regenerating its towns. Work is under
                                                                                 way on developing a masterplan for each town, building on the
                                                                                 findings of the “Let’s talk about our towns” consultations which

                                                                                 asked people for their views on the future of the Borough’s six
                                                                                 town centres.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As part of the Council’s efforts to improve its services,
                                                                                 In Billingham, there’s an opportunity to work with the town centre                                                                       a new way to apply for tip permits has been introduced.
                                                                                 owner, St. Modwen, to lever in major commercial investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You need a permit if you want to take a van to the Household
                                                                                 alongside plans for new council offices, with a focus on the
                                                                                 West Precinct area.
                                                                                                                                                       Here we bring you our regular update about                         Waste and Recycling Centre and now all you need to apply
                                                                                 Ingleby Barwick has the brand new £14million IB leisure centre
                                                                                                                                                       consultations being carried out by the Council.                    for one is a mobile phone, some photo ID and proof of
                                                                                 but through the consultation people told us they wanted more                                                                             address. It’s easy to do:
                                                                                 green space and outdoor facilities for young people.                   In December and January, the Council will be consulting          •   Text WASTE to 07723466991

                                                                                 Norton has experienced considerable growth in recent years,            with residents on the future development and uses of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ollow the instructions that are sent to you, including
                                                                                 particularly in its nightlife offering, but car parking and traffic    Wynyard Woodland Park. We will also be launching
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             following the link to our online booking system to reserve
                                                                                 flow are among the concerns that people have raised so the             a public consultation on our draft Local Council Tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             your slot
                                                                                 masterplan will address that.                                          Support scheme for 2021/22 later this year.
                                                                                 Major plans for Stockton including the redevelopment of the                                                                             •   G
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              o to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre with your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             photographic ID, proof of Stockton-on-Tees address and
                                                                                 Castlegate Centre site to create a riverside park, land bridge and
                                                                                                                                                       To keep track of all Council led consultations,                       the mobile phone number used to register
                                                                                 opportunity for commercial development alongside a Council
                                                                                 building were announced earlier this year. The feasibility of         visit the My Views consultation portal at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Visit to find out more.
                                                                                 covering Wellington Square and parking options for the town are
                                                                                 also being considered.
                                                                                 In Thornaby, a Town Deal Board has been established to bid
                                                                                 for £25million from the Government. The Board has identified
                                                                                 a range of priorities for the town ranging from tackling long-
                                                                                 term vacant properties and poor housing to enhancing further
                                                                                                                                                        Voting by Post
                                                                                 education provision. The consultation also found a strong desire                                                                        Remember, you must be on the Electoral Register to vote in
                                                                                                                                                        Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, we’ve
                                                                                 to do something about the Golden Eagle and Phoenix House                                                                                next May’s elections for the Tees Valley Mayor and Cleveland
                                                                                 buildings.                                                             been encouraging you to apply for a postal vote                  Police and Crime Commissioner.
                                                                                 In Yarm, work is under way with the Town Council to explore            and we’ve receive more than 10,000 applications.                 If you aren’t registered to vote, it will take just a few minutes to
                                                                                 the potential for a heritage centre in the Town Hall, as well as                                                                        register online at Here you can
                                                                                 improved toilet provision and cycle parking. The Council is            Voting by post means that you can vote at a time that suits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         also apply for a postal vote.
                                                                                 continuing to work on increasing long-stay parking too.                you before polling day, by simply filling out your vote and
      26                                                                                                                                                dropping it into a post box.                                     For more information, call the Electoral Services Helpline on                                       27
                                                                                 You can keep up-to-date at                                                                              01642 526196.
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