Citizens Advice County Durham Logo 75 years of experience promoting financial inclusion CDC Enterprise Agency Logo Enterprise coaching tailored towards self-employment Changing Lives Logo Specialist charity working with disadvantaged & excluded groups The Cornforth Partnership Logo Supporting those of highest need across County Durham Durham Christian Partnership Logo Manages the County Durham Foodbank helping those in crisis Provides employment support for those at risk of exclusion Specialist support for people with multiple & complex barriers Groundwork Logo Empowers local people to develop sustainable communities Jack Drum Arts Logo Professional artist collective working in community & health settings PCP Logo Improves health & reduces inequalities in disadvantaged communities


Reaching Out Across Durham is a partnership programme, bringing together 11* voluntary and community sector organisations with a wealth of experience and knowledge in supporting the hardest to reach in County Durham. Each ROAD Partner brings a unique provision to the wider partnership and demonstrates clear reach into communities, supporting those with multiple and complex needs to overcome barriers and achieve positive, life-changing outcomes.

ROAD Partners each have specific roles and responsibilities building on their areas of expertise, experience and engagement of target groups and high-need geographies across County Durham.

Navigator Hosts

ROAD has a dedicated team of 8 Navigators who are the constant in the Participant journey, the people who will work closely with individuals to ensure that they are accessing the appropriate facets of our offering, getting the help and support they need, from the very first meeting until they are ready to exit the Programme. 5 of our Partners provide Navigator staff, acting as hosts.

Groundwork NE & Cumbria

ROAD is hosted by Groundwork NE & Cumbria: our vision is of a society of sustainable communities which are vibrant, healthy and safe, which respect the local and global environment and where individuals and enterprise prosper. We ensure that robust processes are in place to meet the requirements of our funders, the European Social Fund and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. Our activities promote equality of opportunity, and are mindful of the impact we are making on the environment.

Changing Lives

Changing Lives is a national registered charity specialising in working with disadvantaged and excluded groups. They deliver over 80 projects and support 1,700 people each day. In a typical year, they help support over 16,500 people to make positive life changes. Changing Lives also delivers specialist women’s and family services and provides employment opportunities.


Humankind (formerly known as DISC) was established as a registered charity in 1984 to provide employment support for individuals at risk of exclusion from the job market. Now delivering services to over 10,000 people each year. Humankind is experienced in supporting disadvantaged people and communities to realise their potential.

Finchale Group

Founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for Service personnel, Finchale provides specialist support for people with multiple and complex barriers such as mental health and disability. Working with over 100 local employers, Finchale supports 250 veterans each year through their ‘Pathways to Employment’ programme.

Health & Wellbeing

ROAD Partners deliver Health and Wellbeing interventions to help people tackle health barriers to employment. Activities include social prescribing, supporting people to manage health issues and enable individuals to become fit for work.

Pioneering Care Partnership

PCP focuses on improving health and reducing health inequalities in disadvantaged communities by building capacity and increasing life chances. PCP’s aim is to improve the health and quality of life of local people disadvantaged through caring responsibilities, disability, age or ill health.

Jack Drum Arts

Jack Drum Arts is a collective of professional artists who use a wide range of art in education, community and health settings as a means of building community capacity and cohesion, increasing aspiration and tackling the stigma that often prevents full participation in community life.

Financial & Digital Inclusion

By improving the financial and digital capability of the hardest to reach, ROAD Partners help Participants to make small, but life-changing adjustments with an emphasis on progression into economic activity.

Citizens Advice County Durham

Citizens Advice has over 75 years’ experience in promoting financial inclusion and helping people overcome barriers to work. In 2014-15, they provided free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information through over 25,000 appointments to help in excess of 16,000 clients.

Cornforth Partnership

Working with over 5,000 beneficiaries each year, Cornforth develops and delivers programmes that improve the lives of local residents in economic, social, environmental, transport and educational terms. This includes youth work, mentoring, training, community learning and employment support in communities of highest need across County Durham.

Durham Christian Partnership

DCP manages the County Durham Foodbank network from 28 distribution centres, which provided 16,100 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis last year. With just under 400 volunteers across the organisation, DCP works in close partnership with churches, statutory agencies and with other charities / voluntary and community sector organisations.

Self-Employment & Enterprise

Enterprise coaching will support disadvantaged groups to build their belief and confidence in self-employment as a viable work option.

CDC Enterprise Agency

CDC provides support to those looking to start-up or grow a new business. Services include start-up coaching, training and qualifications, mentoring and business planning. Operating since 1986. CDC has supported thousands of individuals through a range of publicly funded and independent programmes. They have helped start over 5,000 businesses to date.

Volunteering & Peer Mentoring

Partners pledge to provide at least 100 volunteering opportunities and if vacancies arise, interviews for ROAD Participants who meet the criteria. The Partnership wants to create opportunities for those they work with as well as providing support.

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Leisureworks specialise in Sports and Arts management: park activities and events, sports, swimming, community sports opportunities, arts, healthy lifestyles and leisure marketing, and continues to develop long-established links with schools, youth groups, clubs and other community sports and arts organisations. Leisureworks sadly left our Partnership at the close of March 2018, following their full takeover by Durham County Council. Their provision and services for the ROAD Programme have been taken over by Pioneering Care Partnership

Durham Community Action*

DCA is a well-established charity that has been providing support to communities across County Durham since 1935. DCA’s work is divided into 5 main themes:

Helping communities | Promoting better health |Supporting volunteering | Enabling enterprise | Getting voices heard

Previously a host of two ROAD Navigators and lead on our Volunteering provision, DCA sadly left our Partnership on the 7th January 2019, with the provision for their two Navigators being taken over by both Groundwork NE & Cumbria and Changing Lives.