Horden Youth and Community Centre is a bustling and vibrant building in a former East Durham mining village. We are a non-profit charity organisation that brings local people together with a diverse range of social activities, training courses and clubs. Our fundamental purpose is "serving the community", and last year over 4,500 people benefitted from our various amenities. We welcome all members of our community without discrimination: from 2 to 92 years of age, we offer everyone a place to learn, relax and socialise. Drop in anytime — and see what we can do for you.
For safeguarding purposes, the use of mobile devices and tablets is not allowed AT ANY TIME in public parts of the building.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Theresa Spiteri of FitNest is now running Fitness Fusion on Thursday mornings. It’s a physical activity session for “older adults” (her words, not mine!) to help improve strength, co-ordination and balance. Judging from the peals of laughter we hear coming from the Sports Hall, it seems to be great fun! Facebook quotes so far include:
“I've always enjoyed the company of these ladies at our keep fit sessions, full of fun - we'll have a go at anything.” (Ann)
“Loved getting involved. What an inspiring bunch of ladies you are…Looking forward to next week. I'll try and bring my A game.” (Sarah)
“Had a great time this morning ...lots of fun...see u next week, bring it on lol” (Gwen)
Time: 11:30am to 12:30pm
We would like to welcome a new support group to the Centre. The OOOPS Group supports people with Ileostomy, Colostomy, Urostomy and other urinary conditions. The group, facilitated by Claire Wilson, is confidential, welcoming and friendly. Starts: Monday 7th March, and then on the first Monday of every month (except Bank Holidays)
Time: 10:00 to 12 noon
A fun-filled show for all the family
ArtsTrust Productions presents Meeting Mr Boom!, a fun-filled show for all the family performed on an inflatable set that explores how we build relationships and overcome challenges as we adapt to changes in life.
Friday, April 8th at 1:00pm
Tickets will be available soon – watch this space (and don’t forget to check out our Facebook page).
We have started our FREE roll-on, roll-off courses in Basic English, Basic Maths and Basic IT. These run throughout the year (during term-time), with no fixed start or end dates. You can work at your own pace in a small group with one-to-one teaching, and gain a qualification when both you and the tutor feel you are ready.
Sunderland College chooses a “Student of the Month” from its classes across the region, and HYCC’s group has just had its THIRD winner – so tutor Judith is definitely doing something right! Call us for details on the classes, or come in to discuss your needs with Judith when classes are on.
Better IT Tuesday 9:00 to 12:00
Better English Tuesday 1:00 to 3:00
Better Maths Friday 9:00 to 12:00
Current activities include tuition and support in various digital skills; gentle fitness classes for the more mature; contemporary and street dance classes; craft groups; a Luncheon Club and a Bingo Group; and various skills-based activities throughout the year. We also house a Youth Club and an Ofsted-registered nursery.
On Mondays and Saturdays we have Job Club and on Fridays we have our free computer drop-in where you can learn about computers and I.T. in general. We can even help you with writing a CV.
We also have Debt First Aiders every Thursday, Horden Photography Club on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month and Easington Carers Support on the 2nd Friday of the month. You can even buy fresh locally-produced fruit and veg from our Wednesday market.
We also provide a range of services such as photocopying, printing, faxing and personalised gifts.
We have four rooms available for hire:
The Florence Wilson Room: a large multi-purpose room with a high ceiling, suitable for indoor sports, children's parties, presentations and exhibitions.
The Barbara Dunn Room: a large general-purpose room that can be configured as a mobile I.T. suite with up to 10 laptops.
The Margaret Robinson Room: a smaller general-purpose room with a fully-fitted kitchen attached. It can also serve as a general-purpose room for other activities.
All our rooms are available on short or long-term hire.
We run a range of courses aimed at improving the skills, abilities and confidence of all those who take part. These can be as short as a half-day or run for three academic terms — but the emphasis is always on giving participants the opportunity to learn something new, whether this leads to a recognised qualification or not.
We try to keep costs as low as possible, so that lifelong learning is within reach of the whole community. Several of our courses are even free.
From Indian Cookery to Clippy Mats; Computing to Basic Life Skills; First Aid to Employability; the Centre aims to provide a wide variety of subjects and formats to suit everybody.
We are always looking for courses to offer our community, particularly craft-based skills or more general interest, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, please contact us.
Steve Clark – Centre Manager
Steve has worked in East Durham for almost seven years and was the former Youth Strategy Officer for Easington District Council. He has an MA in Community and Youth Work from Durham University, as well as a History Degree and teaching certificate.
Dee Stobie – Facilities Co-ordinator
Dee was born and raised in Horden and remembers the Community Centre when it was her infant school. She holds a BA in Communication Studies, has over 35 years' experience in frontline customer service, and is a qualified teacher and administrator.
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