News: Sleep Action workshops


Durham Local Authority Sleep Action workshops give you information and techniques to help you support your child to get a great night’s sleep.

Sleep is important. If you don’t get enough it can have a big effect on your energy levels, how you feel and behave and even what you eat. For children and young people it’s extra important because sleep helps growing brains to learn and develop, but it’s not always easy to make sure they get the sleep they need.

At the Sleep Action workshop you will learn:

  • How sleep works – different sleep phases during the night, and what drives your daily patterns of sleeping and waking.
  • How much sleep children and young people need.
  • How what you do during the day affects how we sleep.
  • The importance of the last hour before sleep and how to help your child ‘wind down’.
  • What makes a good sleep environment and a good sleep routine.
  • Techniques for helping your child to fall asleep and what to do when they wake in the night.
  • Tips for children with additional needs.

They will be running face-to-face workshops during the day, and virtual workshops from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

Dates and venues below.


21 May 2024, 1.30pm to 2.30pm Newton Aycliffe Family Hub
22 May 2024, 1.00pm to 2.30pm Seaham Family Hub
23 May 2024, 5.30pm to 7.00pm Online (Teams)
5 June 2024, 10.00am to 11.30am Brandon Family Hub
18 June 2024, 5.30pm to 7.00pm Online (Teams)
4 July 2024, 10.00am to 11.30am Ferryhill Family Hub
17 July 2024, 5.30pm to 7.00pm Online (Teams)
9 September 2024, 1.00pm to 2.30pm Peterlee Family Hub
19 September 2024, 5.30pm to 7.00pm Online (Teams)
18 October 2024, 10.00am to 11.30am Consett Family Hub
22 October 2024, 5.30pm to 7.00pm Online (Teams)
7 November 2024, 1.00pm to 2.30pm Willington Family Hub
20 November 2024, 5.30pm to 7.00pm Online (Teams)
2 December 2024, 1.00pm to 2.30pm Durham Family Hub
9 December 2024, 5.30pm to 7.00pm Online (Teams)

To attend a Sleep Action workshop you can ask your Health Visitor, GP, school or another professional working with you to refer you, or you can self-refer by using Health Chat (on the NHS Growing Healthy Children’s Services app) or by ringing 03000 263 538.

After the workshop they will offer you some support over the phone and may offer individual visits if you are still worried about your child’s sleep.

Posted on: 18th April 2024