Eastlea Community Centre Blog

Our blog will report on events that have been held at the Centre. It is an opportunity for us to share community successes, community views and photographs of the event. 

A hundred East Durham children will have a happy Easter, thanks to a big-hearted charity campaigner.
2021 was a special year for Eastlea Community Centre – 50 years since the Community Association was founded in the old High Colliery School building, and 20 years since we moved in to our distinctive purpose-built accommodation in Stockton Road, Seaham. With funding from East Durham Trust's Stop Poverty In East Durham (Spied) project, our talented friends at Creative Youth Opportunities, in Seaham, worked with some of our families to produce this colourful graffiti art on the wall around our field, outlining the Centre's history and its place in the community.
Being creative together is a great way to connect with each other and discover your potential at the same time.
Remember tea dances? Well they're back, at Eastlea Community Centre. We're delighted to have been asked by Durham County Council, Leisure In The Community and the East Durham Area Action Partnership to host a tea dance at the Centre on Tuesday, 19th October, at 2pm.
There’s been something cooking at Eastlea Community Centre – a brand new kitchen.
Visitors to Eastlea Community Centre are finding their route into the building is a lot easier thanks to new automatic doors.
Thanks to a grant received from the Believe Housing Community Grant scheme, Eastlea Community Centre has been able to purchase essential PPE and sanitising equipment.
School holiday activities at Eastlea Community Centre took a different turn this summer, thanks to Coronavirus and the lockdown. Unable to hold children’s activities in the Centre because of the risk of spreading infection, we instead took the activities to families. It was a huge success, with 80 children aged one to 16 all over Seaham enjoying activity packs and lunches.
It's been such a pleasure to welcome groups back in to the Centre, after seeing it stand quiet and empty for so long during the coronavirus pandemic. We know that bringing people together is one of the most important things we do, so it's been lovely to hear the sounds of laughter, chat, music and dance once again. Meanwhile our Ofsted-registered Nursery, Tots 'R' Us, has welcomed its children back for the new term. We're taking it slowly and carefully, and only a few of our groups are back yet, but we're looking at ways of bringing more in while still being able to keep our distance and keep the Centre safe for everyone.
When Seaham, in common with the rest of the country, went into lockdown to try to control the spread of Coronavirus, it meant a massive change to all our lives. Eastlea Community Centre launched the Inside Story project to document how these changes affected all the members of our community.