2D aims to promote, support and develop volunteers and volunteering in the area. 2D is also leading on the national lottery funded project Volunteering 4 Stronger Communities across Co Durham.  If you are thinking of becoming a volunteer we can provide information on a range of volunteering opportunities,  and particularly as part of volunteering 4 stronger communities those opportunities  that are in your local community. 

So don’t delay you can do it yourself by browsing local opportunities for volunteering on the Do-It website. Click below


Health & Wellbeing

2D has over the past three years developed various products under the banner of health and well being development. These products are aimed at primary schools, and have been developed in partnership with schools and as part of the Health and Well being and play work, which is an element of 2D’s portfolio of work.  To date we have delivered in 15 schools.

The Health and Well being products are as follows:

Social & Emotional Well-being Programme– this is a 12 week programme consisting of twelve 1hr workshops that are engineered to help improve the confidence and self esteem of children and to also teach them coping strategies against things such as bullying, parental separation, bereavement, stress and anxiety etc.

Bullying awareness programme – delivered over 12hrs this is a programme designed to inform children of issues around bullying, for instance why bullying takes place and how to deal with it. The programme involves working with all year groups via a series of informative and interactive lessons. A focus group is then formed who work on a presentation to be performed in a school assembly.

Family Learning through Play – a series of fun and informative workshops over 5 sessions for children and their parents around the benefits of play and how it helps child development and strengthens the family unit. The project then culminates with a day trip for the families who have accessed the programme.

Alcohol Awareness – this programme highlights the risks and laws surrounding alcohol. The programme is for Year 6 pupils.

For more information on how to get these courses in your school please contact Micheal Dixon on 01388 762220 or email m.dixon@2d.org.uk

Some of the Feedback so far

Mr. Baines (Teacher) – “Staff in school were pleased with the overall programme offered by 2D. Certain children made great progress with their confidence as a result of the programme, particularly Niamh and Connor. Mr. Greenfield was pleased the children had the opportunity to explore feelings, emotions and discuss their own issues in a small, safe group environment. He also commented on the kind, helpful and accommodating support workers. Given the opportunity to take part or put children forward for another programme of work like this, Mr. Greenfield would have no hesitation in doing so or recommending your work to others.”

Miss Patterson (Teacher) – “I think the sessions worked really well with the group. Some children were very negative towards participating and had low self esteem but by the end of the course I saw an improvement in some of their attitudes to how they viewed themselves. Some children got more out of it than others but on the whole I think it was a valuable course and the children really enjoyed it.”

“Lovely to experience enjoyment with your own children and other parents children”.

“Encourages parents to realise that spending time with your children and not needing to spend money is more valuable”.

“It’s a reminder about how a bit of time and imagination is so important”.


visit durham castle

Durham Castle, together with the its widely known Cathedral, was awarded the status of a World Heritage Site in 1986 providing international recognition for this unique, historic and scenic site.

They are standing side by side on a huge prominent hill top site and encircled by the wooded slopes of the meandering River Wear.

The Castle itself overlooks the whole of the medieval City of Durham with its fascinating very narrow streets.

Opening will vary – All enquiries re guided tours must be redirected to Green palace library.

Prices for entry

  • Adults £6.00 per ticket
  • Concessions £3.00 per ticket
  • Family day ticket £20.00 per ticket

All students of the Durham University and minors get in free of char


Accommodation in Durham

B&B and Guest houses

You are always certainly guaranteed a warm welcome when you stay at any B&B or Guest House located in Durham.

After a long busy day exploring the beautiful Durham , what is better than returning to your cosy B&B to completely reload  your batteries. And following a good night’s sleep, a hearty home-cooked breakfast you be ready to take on the next day!

Most popular B&B’s

  • Bushblades Farm
  • Dowfold House


Whether you’re looking for a city break or rural escape, you’re certain to have a stunning stay in Durham.

Not sure where to stay? Durham  has all the perfect ingredients for a historic break away , or if your more into outdoor activities or for the peace and tranquility of the countryside is more for you the breathtaking Durham Dales will provide the perfect backdrop.

Stay on the Durham Coast and be literally walking distance away  from the dramatic heritage coastline, whilst the Vale of Durham is to huge attractions that are appreciated worldwide.

But no matter where you want to stay, your time away from home will be packed with experiences from city, countryside to coast.

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