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Fed up with self-isolating?

Meet others at one of our new online sessions. All of our sessions are run using Zoom, so download the app on your phone, tablet or computer and join in!

Are you over 60 and want to chat with other people your age? Then join our weekly Prime Time session every Thursday, 11am - 12noon.

Email before 10am on Thursday morning and we will send you a Zoom invitation


Is English your second language and you want to practise speaking it with others? Then join our weekly Conversation Club every Wednesday, 11am-12noon.

Email before 10am on Wednesday morning and we will send you a Zoom invitation


Would you like to share stories and poetry to lift the mood?Possibly take a turn of reading out loud? Join our weekly Book Break group every Tuesday from 3 - 4pm.

Email before 1pm on Tuesday morning and we will send you a Zoom invitation


Talk about what you’re reading and make friends with other readers. We have two online books groups and you’re welcome to join either – or both

The Offing by Benjamin Myers
Thursday 9 July, 6:30pm

One summer following the Second World War, sixteen year old Robert Appleyard, the son of a coal miner sets out on foot across the countryside from his Durham village, until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay. There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman and Robert’s life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures

  FREE eBook copies available

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Wednesday 15 July, 6:15pm

We will be discussing Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The plot centres on an extramarital affair between Anna and dashing cavalry officer Count Alexei Kirillovich Vronsky that scandalizes the social circles of Saint Petersburg and forces the young lovers to flee to Italy in a search for happiness. In a 2007 survey of 125 writers by the Observer newspaper, Anna Karenina was considered the greatest work of literature of all time.

  FREE eBook and audiobook copies available

Email before 1pm on the day of the meeting to join the group and we will send you a Zoom invitation


While we’re closed, the usual Community Navigator health advice sessions in Idea Stores are moving online to give one to one support. Community Navigators can help with:

•    Advice on keeping safe and healthy
•    Information about how the Council can help you
•    Information about other services and groups that can give support, including foodbanks, voluntary groups, financial advice services

They are also able to give extra support to vulnerable or isolated residents, for example making phone calls or emailing on their behalf.

If you would like to contact a Community Navigator email: