October Newsletter

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Welcome to the October 2017 Thurston OEC Newsletter.

We hope you are all enjoying a fun packed Half Term Holiday.

We’ve had a busy start to the Autumn with lots of courses: school residential, self catering bookings and DofE groups on the campsite to name a few.

Of course this being the Lake District in Autumn we’ve experienced our share of rain, sometimes lots of rain! However this hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of our groups and the upside is the lakes and rivers are nice and full and our Hydro Plant has been producing lots of energy.

Staff News

During the half term holiday we took the opportunity to take out one of our giant SUPs (Stand Up Paddleboard) for a journey along the estuary. Not only did we get to try out the capability of the SUP on moving water but it was also a fun training exercise with 7 members of staff taking part.

South Tyneside Council 2017 Darker Nights Campaign

FREE open-access activities that children, young people and families can get involved in as part of this year’s campaign.

5 a side Football Tournament on Friday 27th October 2017. 6pm – 9pm 

This will take place on the outdoor 3G pitch at Clegwell Community Association, Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn, NE31 2QT.

5 a side Football Tournament on Friday 3rd November 2017. 6pm – 9pm 

This will take place on the outdoor 3G pitch at Temple Park Leisure Centre, John Reid Road, South Shields, NE34 8QN

To enter a team (11-14 and 15-19 age groups) please contact Chris Thompson at: chris.thompson@southtyneside.gov.uk or by telephoning: 0191 424 7845.

Coaching Matters Event. Hosted by Thurston OEC.

On Friday the 1st December 2017 we will be hosting the Coaching Matters event. All paddlesport coaches, regardless of qualification or experience, are invited to this Cumbria Coaching Matters event. This forum aims to provide an excellent opportunity to: • Participate in workshops to develop awareness and skills in coaching and safety; • Meet the CPD element of the BC Coach Update Scheme (3-year validity); • Initiate or extend cross-discipline learning; • Network, share ideas and meet other coaches;

Price: £50pp (+ £10 for the optional Safeguarding module)

More details can be found by following the link below:


Keep in Touch

Don’t forget you can keep in touch by following us on Twitter and Facebook @ThurstonOEC.

Warm regards,

The Thurston Team.

Best Start in Life Campaign

We’re working to give the children of South Tyneside the best start in life.

We want South Tyneside’s children and families to have the best start in life and aspire to a bright and prosperous future. To ensure everyone reaches their full potential, we will work together to provide the best possible learning and recreation opportunities, with targeted protection, care and support for those in greatest need.

We are dedicated to helping members of the public, staff, members and partners understand our vision and how we deliver outcomes for children within one overarching strategy.

By promoting our wide range of services for children and families to the public, including how they can access them easily and quickly, we are supporting families to engage and support themselves.

For more information go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/beststart



We’re hiring. Trainee Instructor Post

Centre Assistant/Trainee Instructor  at Thurston Outdoor Education Centre

An enthusiastic person is required to take on the post of Centre Assistant/Trainee Instructor.

This is a live in, Temporary post for 12 months which may be extended for up to 24 months

Work pattern:  2 Week Rota

Week 1: 35 hours paid in the House/Kitchen as Centre Assistant

Week 2: Monday to Friday as a Trainee Instructor working with a group instructor

Other hours, such as Evening Duties/Weekend Work may be necessary and these will be agreed upon with the Head of Centre

Accommodation on site and food is provided in lieu of Week 2 Trainee work.

The position involves working alongside permanent instructors delivering outdoor activities to mainly young people one week and helping in the house and kitchen as a centre assistant the next.

Full in house training is given and the opportunity to take National Governing Body Awards for the outdoors, and gain experience with a variety of groups is offered.

This is an ideal position for anyone starting a career in the outdoor industry, giving opportunities to develop Coaching /Teaching skills while living in the Lake District National Park.

Interviews will be held on Friday, 2 December 2016 at the Thurston Outdoor Education Centre.

South Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.  We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be sought along with other relevant pre-employment checks.

To find out more about this role and to apply please visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk alternatively you can email jobs@southtyneside.gov.uk  or call (0191) 455 4968.  BT Typetalkers welcome.

Closing date: Noon, Friday 4 November 2016.