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Cree Network

Season 1, Ep. 11

This episode of the Durham Community Action podcast focuses on the Cree network, that consists of 40 Cree groups that operate to support and promote the health and wellbeing of County Durham residents.


We chatted to service users at RT Projects, Just for Women and Dene Valley Community Partnership about what the Cree means to them and the impact it has had on their health and wellbeing.




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