Families & Young People Useful Links and Resources

We've put together some information to help support families and young people, you'll find useful links to resources which include a range of activities, places to visit and others to help prepare young people for going back to school or college.
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Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

#SelfcareSummer Secondary – help in summer holidays for mental health and wellbeing

Self-care is all about what you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. It’s a way that we can look after our own mental health and wellbeing.

The #SelfcareSummer Secondary pack helps young people to create their own individual self-care plan for the summer holidays based on strategies which other young people have found helpful. It also sign-posts young people and their families to additional support if they need it.

It’s all part of the Centre's #SelfcareSummer campaign which highlights activities, support and advice every day throughout the summer. It includes Challenge Tuesdays where young people can share their artwork, photography, poems, crafts or activities which are helping them stay mentally healthy over the summer.


Indoor activities for kids

10 Minute Shake Up games

Sports and activities

Accessible activities to keep disabled children and young people active 

Create and Paint

Create and Paint is a creative studio, gift shop and café located in Darlington’s bustling town centre

Darlington Library

Facebook Page - Bookstart in Darlington - Summer Reading Challenge

It wouldn't be Summer at Darlington Library if they didn't have their Summer Reading Challenge.

Launching today, all you need to do is pop in and borrow books to enter!

FREE to enter for children aged 0 - 16.

Darlington Library, Crown Street is open Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Day Out With The Kids

Various days out around the UK

Enjoy Tees Valley

Days out across Tees Valley

Home - Start

Free and easy games to play at home with children

Writing activities to do with children – making books

Activities for families during self isolation

Hungry Little Minds

Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five

We understand that due to the coronavirus outbreak, you and your children are spending more time at home and you might be looking for a bit more inspiration for things to do. Start by trying some of these simple, fun activities

Livingwell Darlington

Support for Children, Young People and Families

This section of the directory provides information on support relating to children, young people and families.  The directory provides up to date information on local organisations, services and activities including:

  • Registered childcare
  • Free funded places for 2 and 3-4 year olds
  • Schools and Education
  • Activities, groups and things to do

National Trust

Family days out at various sites – need to book


Returning to school and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Spread the Happiness

50 things to do for summer 2020

Winston’s Wish

Coronavirus: Preparing children and young people to return to school


Talking to your child about coronavirus - Ten tips from our Parents Helpline

From parent to parent: a guide to getting through coronavirus for parents and carers

Helping Your Child with Anxiety

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