About Colour your Life


Unfortunately this project has now come to an end. Thank you to everyone who has supported and attended over the past 7 years. If you require information about other activities that can be provided in your local area please contact your local hub. This website will be withdrawn in 1 months time.

Colour your Life is a ‘social prescribing’ service funded by Durham County Council Public Health. ‘Social prescribing’ is a health service term for the linking of people with non-medical sources of support from within the community.

Colour your Life in County Durham provides access to creative and informal learning activities for the improvement of mental health and the development of emotional resilience.

An outreach programme is delivered at a range of community venues and weekly courses take place at the four ‘Hubs’ based in Newton Aycliffe, Stanley, Peterlee and Barnard Castle.

Activities on offer include:

  • Arts on Prescription – arts activities promoting positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Learning on Prescription – learning through conversation, exploration and experience of various subjects and mediums
  • Volunteering Opportunities – giving time to do something useful whilst learning new skills and helping others
  • Ecotheraphy – improving health through the natural environment
  • Bibliotherapy – using books, stories and poems to make people feel better about themselves and others
  • Time Banks – deposit time helping others and withdrawing time when help is needed

Local voluntary sector organisations with knowledge and understanding of the community, are delivering on this programme. All of whom aim to improve the health and wellbeing of County Durham residents and will ensure that services are designed to meet local needs.

The service is open to referrals from GP’s, mental health services, health and care professions, third sector and community organisations, statutory agencies and self-referrals.


Delivery Partners

The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) is a leading third sector organisation working primarily in County Durham with a focus on health improvement and reducing health inequalities through building capacity and life chances with disadvantaged communities. PCP’s aim is to improve the health and quality of life of local people disadvantaged through caring responsibilities, disability, age or ill health and reduce inequalities in health. They manage the award winning healthy living centre ‘The Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe and deliver outreach projects in communities across the County.

Jack Drum Arts is a collective of professional artists who use a wide range of art form practices in education, community and health settings as a means of building community capacity and cohesion, increasing aspiration and tackling the stigma that often prevents full participation in community life.   The organisation operates out of a building base in Crook delivering a year round programme of arts and education based activities in addition to an extensive outreach programme working in partnership with a wide variety of local, regional and international organisations, funders and education establishments.

Leisureworks’ vision is that the local community be healthy, creative and successful, with a strong culture of participation in sport and the arts. Leisureworks specialise in Sports & Arts Management, Park’s Activities & Events, Sports Development; Swimming Development, Community Sports Opportunities; Arts Development, GP Referrals; Healthy Lifestyles and Leisure Marketing, and continues to develop long established links with schools, youth groups, clubs and other community sports and arts organisations. Leisureworks has a commitment to continue to provide quality services for local residents and to develop new initiatives to ensure growth within the organisation.

Waddington Street Centre aims to help people experiencing severe and enduring mental health difficulties live fulfilling lives in the community by offering opportunities for personal development, social interaction, and by supporting recovery. They are also committed to countering stigma and discrimination.

Groundwork provides nationally accredited Volunteer Centre services, promoting, supporting and developing volunteering, and helping individuals to access volunteering. Groundwork provides information on a range of opportunities and specializes in the provision of bespoke information advice and guidance (IAG). Groundwork ensures all individuals utilising its services are informed of the benefits of volunteering. Groundwork’s IAG service involves: Health and wellbeing promotion, Social prescribing, Community Health Navigation, Careers service and employability advice.

Aspire Learning, Support and Wellbeing aims to provide an extensive range of learning opportunities for communities across the North East; to provide mechanisms to support and enable communities to have access and to achieve; to support local families and to provide opportunities for the involvement of volunteers. Aspire is a community interest company that has been providing the services previously delivered by the Bridge Project since September 2012. Aspire provides Learning Programmes, support services, health and wellbeing Services and volunteering opportunities

East Durham Trust’s purpose to promote the regeneration of rural and urban areas of the effects of social and economic decline. The Trust is the flagship Voluntary and Community Sector organisation for the area and as well as providing the traditional support to local Community groups and managing the local Volunteer Centre, the organisation also manages a range of projects and contracts.