Number of children and young people IiC have impacted 20,000

Project Groups

Children and young people are involved in lots of different projects. Most groups meet on a monthly basis. Below are some of our projects that you could get involved in.

Click on the groups to find out more:

"Being in the Decisions Group is great because we get to meet on a monthly basis to talk about Investing in Children and what changes need to be made to improve it. All of the decisions we make are based on what children and young people tell us about the organisation and how it is run.
It is our job to make sure everyone within the organisation has a say and recently we did a large piece of work on evaluating IiC by visiting and speaking to members of the various groups to see what they think!"

Meetings run from 5pm till 6.30pm.

To get involved please contact Chloe on 0191 307 7030 or email us

Since 2001, the Diabetes Group has been working to improve the lives of young diabetics throughout County Durham, Darlington and beyond. We have improved clinical services, given presentations at national conferences, met MP’s and run peer mentoring courses.

The Type One Kids Project (T1KZ) is a support group for children and young people with type 1 diabetes. The project has now spread to Newcastle and further projects are being planned.

Chester-Le-Street group meets on the 2nd Saturday morning of the month, 10-12pm at Chester-Le-Street One Point Hub, Burns Green, DH3 3QH.

Sunderland Group meets on a quarterly basis, from 1.30-3.30pm at Boldon Community Centre, New Road, Boldon Colliery, South Tyneside.

Gateshead Group meets on last Saturday morning of the month, 10-12pm at Teams Community Centre, Askew Road West, NE8 2PW. ​

To get involved please contact Chloe on 0191 307 7030 or email us

"Our group was set up to look at and discuss health problems/issues in the area. We have looked at things like smoking, mental health and our local A & E (Accident and Emergency) Department at Durham University Hospital to see how things can be improved.
We have taken part in four training sessions where we learned about mental health and have also been involved in learning about substance misuse.
We have also done role play and team building"

To get involved please contact Chris on 0191 307 7030 or email us

Investing in Children run a project called My Space at Aycliffe Secure Centre for young people.

Young people meet regularly with IiC project workers in a space free of centre staff, so that young people can speak openly about their experiences of the centre and the support they receive. Meetings then take place between young people, centre mangers and IiC project workers to discuss the ways in which their experience and support at the centre could be improved.

At present, young people are discussing whether Skype can be used by coming up with some agreed rules and, in the future, piloting some calls as part of the evaluation.

To get involved please email Chris and Chloe or call 0191 307 7030

We currently have two projects funded by the East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership.

The first project is an online youth forum and website to give children and young people in the area an opportunity to see what they can get involved in and to have a say. Young people have designed the website to include an agony aunt style advice page, what’s on page and other relevant information. There are regular online discussions to enable young people to have a say about things that are happening in the area. Visit the website here

The second project is working with groups of children in 3 Primary Schools in the area to allow children to have a say about what is important to them and help them to make changes to their villages. Some children have currently identified that wildlife, feeling and staying safe and activities for families should be looked at. The children will work with local Councilors, PSCO’s and other members of their communities to make positive changes. Last year when working with 3 different schools the children planted 2,000 daffodil bulbs in Cassop, made posters about anti-bullying and organised and ran a family coffee morning in Bowburn.

To get involved please contact Chloe on 0191 307 7030 or email us

Investing in Children (IiC), are a Children’s Rights organisation and received funding from Comic Relief to allow young people volunteering opportunities and real time work experience as part of a community builder’s project with the Investing in Children team. The project provides young people with a 24 week placement for up to 10 hours per week gaining experiences of working with a young person’s rights based focused project.

To get involved please contact Rob on 0191 307 7030 or email us

The CICC is a group for children and young people who are looked after in County Durham. The CICC meets every month to talk about life in care and raise any issues they have and the improvements they want to make to Durham County Council. It is also an opportunity for children and young people to come together and say what works and share positive stories of the support they have received.

Additional to this, children and young people have the chance to meet regularly with council decision makers and run regular training for potential foster carers, social workers, looked after managers and heads of service so that their voice is heard at all levels and can influence decisions and changes to the service looked after children and young people receive.

To get involved please contact Rob Johnson on 0191 307 7030 or

The eXtreme group is made up of children and young people with disabilities.
The group have campaigned on a range of issues from better access to leisure centres to better transport.

To get involved please contact Chris on 0191 307 7030 or email us

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