The overall aim of the VCS Alliance programme is to support children, young people and their families to achieve positive outcomes. We want to do this by building family and community resilience and self-reliance. We aim to do this by developing better links between Durham County Council’s Children’s Services, key partner agencies and the Voluntary and Community Sector across County Durham.

In Durham, we recognise the need to ensure we offer support to children and families at the earliest opportunity as this is more likely to affect positive change. We also recognise that we need to offer support to whole families as we know adult issues can have a significant impact on children and vice versa.

County Durham benefits from a strong Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) who are often able to provide ongoing, long term support at a local level that enables families to remain supported without the need for more formal children’s services.

The VCS Alliance Team have been busy collecting information about where families can access essential food provision, mutual aid and emotional wellbeing support during our latest lockdown.

Lockdown Support 2021

Please click on the below mobile phone links below to see what we have collected so far, we will be adding information to this link over the coming weeks, so please keep checking for our daily updates.

Food Provision 2021

Useful Support

Emotional Wellbeing 2021

also see Durham County Council Covid Support

Mental Health and Emotional Support for children, young people and families in County Durham

Mental Health and Emotional Support for adults in County Durham

To find out what services and activities are available in the community to support children, young people and families email the Voluntary and Community Sector Alliance team at


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