Wednesday, 13 May 2015


Join ceramic artist Mark Burns Cassell on this popular introductory ceramics course to learn the basics behind working with clay. Over the three sessions Mark will be on hand to work with participants, and together we will cover all the basic techniques you need to know to be able to make your very own ceramic piggy banks and decorative plaques. 

These sessions are designed to be fun and enjoyable, and are aimed at beginners and those with limited or no experience of working with clay. All participants will get the opportunity to glaze their work as part of the course, and all work can be taken home at the end of the course for participants to proudly display at home! The courses are completely free of charge.

The courses will take place at Kepier on three Mondays commencing 1st June 2015, from 5pm - 8pm. To book your place, you must contact Mark directly on 07824 468383.

National English Schools Final - Birmingham

"Matthew from year 11 represented Durham County in the ESFA National U16 Football Final in Birmingham this month, and he and his teammates were successful meaning Durham County are now the national champions. Matthew is pictured here centre back row"

Monday, 11 May 2015


Active Sunderland is offering the opportunity for people aged 14+ to try 8 weeks of golf coaching at Wearside Golf Club for just £10.00.  
Did you know May is National Golf Month? It’s a great time to rethink all those golfing myths that might be holding you back from taking up the game. Golf is the perfect game for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities and it can bring some impressive health and well-being benefits.
The sessions are aimed at beginners and aim to offer a basic introduction to the game together with information about follow-on coaching opportunities and trial club memberships. A Professional Golf Association coach will run the session to ensure you will have fun learning the basics and get a feel for whether you like the game.
  • Sessions run at a ratio of 1 instructor to 10 participants
  • Sessions will run 6.00pm to 7.00pm for 8 weeks, commencing on Tuesday 26 May 2015
  • No specialised equipment is needed, just clothes that allow you to move around freely and in comfort
  • Golf clubs and balls will be provided
  • Sessions are aimed at those who have never played golf before so if you fancy giving it a go Get in 2 golf is the place to start!
Please note spaces are limited so early booking is highly recommended.
For more information please contact Lindsey Robson (

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

National Walking Week

National Walking Month:
Did you know that May is National Walking Month?  Why not take to your feet and feel the benefits of walking…
·        Get more family time… Ditch the car and walk to school or spend an afternoon walking along Sunderland’s stunning coastline or strolling in one of the many parks.
·        Make your money go further… Use your feet and save on fuel and bus fares.
·        Take in our heritage… Discover Sunderland’s rich heritage by following one of the dedicated heritage trails across the city.
·        Get fitter… Walking is a great way to boost your fitness. You could even sign up to the Active Sunderland Big Walk.
·        Relax and unwind… 88% of people saw an overall improvement in their mood after going for a walk outside, according to a study by mental health charity, MIND.
·        Help the planet… Swapping the car for your feet saves on carbon dioxide – so it’s good for you and the planet!

Walk to Work Week:
From Monday 11 to Friday 15 May it's Walk to Work Week and Living Streets (a national charity) are offering you a workplace walking challenge. If you want to take up the challenge, you can log onto for tips, tools and inspirational stories. You can also log your walks and get competitive.

Wellness Walking Programme:
Please find attached our NEW and updated Wellness Walking Programme leaflet and poster which gives information for all of our weekly led Health Walks and Nordic Walks here in Sunderland, for all walks between 1st April and 30th June 2015.

For our regular walkers to the programme, please note that some walks have been removed, some start times and venues have been slightly changed, and some completely new walks have been added, so please check to make sure your walk is still as it was, and to see if you would be interested in attending any of the new walks!
For those who haven’t been to our walks yet, our enthusiastic and friendly volunteer team are raring to go, and looking forward to meeting you, particularly at the new walks!  Please take the first step and add a walk to your diary.  You won’t be disappointed!

NEW Sunderland Heritage Walks:
This spring will see the launch of a series of Heritage Walks across the city, which will provide an opportunity to be more active whilst discovering many of Sunderland’s most loved land marks and places of interest. Sunderland is steeped in history with many hidden treasures to discover.
The historic and natural environment can have a positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing. Why not give yourself a boost, get outside, get active and reconnect with history and nature with Sunderland City Council’s heritage walks?
These walks take in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and places of interest, including Penshaw Monument, St Peter’s Church and the Queen Alexandra Bridge.
They also visit some of the lesser known sites like Trafalgar Square, the Victoria Viaduct and High Wood.
The walks are distributed across the five areas of the city:
•             Roker Seafront Circular
•             Sunderland Marina, River Wear Circular
•             Hylton Castle and Dene Circular
•             Ashbrooke Circular
•             Hendon East End Circular
•             Bridge to Bridge
•             South Hylton Circular
•             Barnes Park to Grindon Sandhill
•             Silksworth Circular
•             Penshaw Monument Circular
•             Hetton Circular
•             Washington Wetland Centre Circular
•             Fatfield Circular

Further heritage walks are planned for Elba Park, Pallion and a city centre First World War themed route. More routes will follow as we work with local history and community groups. If you know of an interesting walking route that you would like to share, please contact us on the number or email below.
The walk leaflets are free of charge and available to pick up at your nearest wellness centre, library or can be downloaded online
For more information and to request a walking pack call 0191 561 4578 or email