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Horizon Durham Colleges Fresher’s Fairs


Support workers from Horizon Young Adult carers project at DISC recently attended eight College Fresher’s Fairs across County Durham and are continuing to support the college’s students initially at Derwentside College with a fortnightly drop in service for YAC on site.

The fresher’s fairs helped to raise awareness across the College’s of County Durham of Horizon and also captured some new referrals. A questionnaire was used to identify carers and overall from the eight Colleges, 68 young people identified themselves as being in a caring role.

College’s visited included:

East Durham College

Derwentside College

Durham Sixth Form

Bishop Auckland College

New College Durham

Darlington College

Spennymoor College

Along with the student participation the project also made links with some other services that we could potentially work in partnership with including Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS, County Durham Sports, Health Trainers NHS and Consett One Point.

“The stand was set up within the refectory at Derwentside College and had various information leaflets and promotional materials for young people to take away” said Mark, Horizon’s Capacity Builder, “The Fresher’s Fairs have helped us raise awareness of the project and service we can offer to YAC across County Durham.”

The drop in service at Derwentside has already received its first referral and the Horizon’s service information has been included in the college’s student support hand book.

If you are 14-25 and caring for someone in County Durham or know of anyone who is then please get in touch with us on (01325) 731 160 or e-mail and one of our staff will take some details and arrange a visit.

Young people can also contact the ASK helpline run by Cornforth Partnership by texting ASK (followed by their question) to 80800 for questions about any issues they feel they need support with.

Horizon is partnership between DISC, Action for Children, Consett YMCA and Cornforth Partnership funded by Big Lottery Fund.



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