Handyman (or woman) wanted for an exciting new course at Bullion Hall

18th November 2021
Handyman (or woman) wanted for an exciting new course at Bullion Hall

Bullion Hall, a popular community centre based in Chester le Street is looking for an experienced handyman to design and run a 12-week course on gaining basic home maintenance and DIY skills.

The course is aimed at those who have no or few DIY skills and will give them the knowledge and confidence to tackle jobs around the house, save money on repairs and get longer life from their appliances

Areas we expect the course to cover include:

Putting together a basic household toolbox

Health and safety procedures when carrying out DIY and maintenance jobs

Winter maintenance and other seasonal jobs

Introduction to plumbing and heating systems, e.g. re-sealing showers and bathrooms, replacing washers, fitting new pipes, bleeding radiators

Introduction to joinery and carpentry techniques, e.g. fitting door hinges, mitre joints, cutting around odd and difficult shaped surfaces

Introduction to home decoration, e.g. drilling walls and using correct screws and wall
Plugs, putting up shelving, preparing surfaces for wallpaper and painting

Introduction to electrics e.g. wiring plugs, installing fixed appliances,

What to do about damp, mould or condensation

If you have the experience and background to teach the about skills to beginners and bodgers we’d like to hear from you. In the first instance email your CV or a summary of your job experience to

Please note Bullion Hall requires all tutors and instructors to have a current (no older than 2 years) DBS certificate, public liability insurance and two references

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Do you have experience of working with Adults with Learning Disabilities?

12th November 2021
Do you have experience of working with Adults with Learning Disabilities?

We have created an exciting new post for a Community Support Worker for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

The Community Support Worker will develop our offer for adults with learning disabilities over the age of 30, working with service users to understand their needs and together develop a range of new activities and initiatives in Bullion Hall. You will work alongside key members of the Bullion Hall team to promote the project to partners.

In addition you will serve as a friend /buddy to service users enabling them to engage with existing activities in the centre such as art, exercise or crafts, helping them to feel confident about continued participation and challenging discrimination where this might be encountered.

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with adults with learning disabilities have excellent communication and organisational skills and able to work flexible hours including evening and some weekends.

The post is a one-year fixed term contract and the salary is NJC 9 (£20,903) pro rata @28hours -£15,818 per annum

Deadline for completed applications is 10am Monday 6th December 2021 and interviews will take place on Tuesday 14th December 2021.

For further information or an application pack please contact Belinda on 07914755068 or email Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

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Free Adult Health and Social Care course beginning 22 November

2nd November 2021
Free Adult Health and Social Care course beginning 22 November

A free Adult Health and Social Care Level 2 course begins at Bullion Hall on Monday 22 November, 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Delivered by Learning Curve Group the 16 week course covers the role and responsibilities of an adult social care worker and the values and principles of adult social care.
The course opens up employment opportunities in social care, NHS as well as health promotion and voluntary sector roles such as youth work and community development.

To find out more or to book your place contact Nadine Ellis, Engagement Support Officer, Learning Curve, 07485310418 or email

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children and young people's activities at Bullion Hall

14th October 2021

Looking for something to do when the school day has ended? Every week Bullion Hall has a range of activities for children and young people to enjoy, develop new skills and make new friends.

6pm to 7.30pm, Girls Friendly Society’s Amazing Girls Group is a safe space for the girls to explore new ideas and to develop their understanding of supporting and accepting one another. To find out more contact Erin Convery on 0191 370 3481 or email

6pm to 7pm Judo for girls and boys aged 5 to 15 with the British Busen Judo Association, learn throwing, hold downs, grappling and more. Contact to find our more

4.45 to 5.45pm Kidz Guitar Stand is for beginners and more experienced players who want to improve their technique. Tutor Tom Welch is accredited with the Registry of Guitar Tutors, part of the London College of Music and teaches to graded exam level. Email

6.00 to 7.30pm Bullion Hall Activity Group is a new group for young people aged 8 to 12 years old who live locally. The group’s activities include a mixture of games, sport, trips to venues in the local area such as Hollywood Bowl in Washington or Miss Elephant in Chester le Street. Contact to find out more

10 to 11.30am Bullion Hall Toddlers is a volunteer led group for children aged 0 to 4 years old. A mix of play and learning activities help children develop their confidence and social skills with other children. For more information contact

5 to 7pm Starz Drama offers fun, affordable, and engaging drama & performing arts classes for children aged 4-18 years old, to find out more email Kym Patrick at

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Offices to rent at Bullion Hall

2nd August 2021
Offices to rent at Bullion Hall

We have two new office vacancies at Bullion Hall.
• office space number 1 is 23.1 sq. m £ 5,729 per annum (includes a large storage area and self-contained room that is ideal for office equipment such as photocopier)
• office space number 12.5 sq. m and £ 3,100 per annum.

Both rooms would be ideal for 2 staff.

Bullion Hall is open Monday –Friday 8am- 9pm as well as occasional weekends. (This may vary during the pandemic) Rental charges include all utility costs, cleaning and caretaking services as well as access to a 34-space car park.The centre is always staffed during opening hours by a team of caretakers who are all well qualified re health and safety, first aid, fire marshal etc. We find that this allows staff to safely work alone outside of usual office hours.

Bullion Hall is located less than 5 minutes’ walk from Chester-le-Street train station, less than 10 minutes from the town centre and well placed regionally for the A1M or the A167. There are a number of charities and social enterprise currently based in the centre including Wheels to Work, Integrating Children, Girls Friendly Society, and Culture for Kids.

In addition to offices, Bullion Hall is a busy, well-loved community centre with local residents, each day participating in a wide range of activities on offer from parent and toddler groups, martial arts and dance and exercise classes to music, art and craft groups, languages and lunch clubs. These community rooms are also available to hire.

At the heart of Bullion Hall ,we have the wait er while café which daily serves delicious hot meals, snacks and cakes to eat-in or take away. They also offer buffet services. The café holds a five star food hygiene rating.

For more information or to visit please contact Belinda (Chief Officer) on 07914755068 ( ) .

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Bullion Hall is looking for freelance tutors

21st June 2021
Bullion Hall is looking for freelance tutors

Bullion Hall is a popular community centre in Chester le Street offering a broad range of activities to meet all interests, needs and ages from keep fit classes, to arts and crafts groups to music and dance and more.

We are looking to add to our current pool of freelance, self-employed tutors who are experienced at working in community settings. Examples of subjects that we are interested in that will compliment or enhance our current offer, include: sewing, knitting and other crafts painting and drawing, creative writing, choir and singing, exercise and wellbeing activities for example Pilates, Zumba, seated exercise, beginners and intermediary classes in foreign languages/British sign language, music, DIY and other hobbies pastimes or skills that can improve people’s opportunities for future employment

Many of the activities we currently offer are for people aged 50 and over. However, we are particularly interested in developing more classes and activities for children and young people

What to do next?

Email your CV along with a short covering letter telling us a little about yourself to
Our hourly rate starts at £21 per hour depending on skills, qualifications and experience

All tutors must be able to produce an up to date DBS check along with public liability insurance and two references.

Please note that we cannot guarantee any work for tutors and that any opportunities offered will be on a self-employed basis, the tutor being responsible for their own tax and national insurance.

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