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.
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.
ROAD is hosted by Groundwork NE & Cumbria: our aim is to empower local people to develop sustainable communities that are vibrant, healthy and safe. We believe that with the right support, every community is strong enough to shape its own destiny and that everyone can find their full organisations to monitor, evaluate, reflect on and celebrate our achievements, ensuring that robust processes are in place to meet the requirements of our funders, the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Our activities promote equality of opportunity, and are mindful of the impact we are making on the environment.
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.
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. DISC is experienced in supporting disadvantaged people and communities to realise their potential.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Enterprise coaching will support disadvantaged groups to build their belief and confidence in self-employment as a viable work option.
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.
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.
With an established and accredited Volunteer Centre that provides a range of services to support the recruitment and placement of volunteers and organisations who involve volunteers, Durham Community Action lead on our Volunteer offering by developing a shared protocol for the referral, measurement and creation of volunteering opportunities, as well as standardising volunteer training.
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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.