The ROAD Team are proud of the work we are continually doing to help our Participants to overcome a variety of barriers in their lives. Here, you can read about some of our many successes to date.

ROAD Participants are bloomin' marvellous!

Date: June 26, 2018

Participants yesterday enjoyed a flower-arranging taster session offered on the Pioneering Care Partnership Participant variety course.

We think they’re superb!

ROAD Volunteers Commended at Recognition Event

Date: June 6, 2018

It’s #volunteersweek with County Durham Volunteering, and we are proud to announce that some of our ROAD volunteers were praised in an official event today.

Three volunteers from Jack Drum Arts attended the County Durham Recognising Volunteers Across County Durham event at Durham Cathedral.

Steven, Margaret and Martina attended the event, where their ongoing contributions via volunteering for JDA and the wider county were commended.

Well done!

ROAD Participants Like JDA Gardening Course ALLOTo

Date: May 17, 2018

ROAD Participants thoroughly enjoyed finding their green fingers at the first Jack Drum Arts gardening course today at Roddymoor Allotments.

They looked at soil-testing, planting hanging baskets, followed by a healthy lunch.

The course runs for 9 more weeks, each Thursday.

Ladies' Me Time Sessions Reach Sweet Conclusion

Date: May 14, 2018

ROAD Partner, Jack Drum Arts yesterday concluded their ten week Ladies’ Me Time Sessions with a guest appearance from Amanda Heaviside at Fairy Hill Cakes.

6 Participants thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic sugar craft taster session, and each made a sweet little bear.

Jack Drum Arts Participants Made Up with 'Colour Me Beautiful' Session


ROAD Partner Jack Drum Arts today had another successful Ladies’ ‘Me Time’ session.

Today saw a ‘Colour me beautiful’ theme, looking at complexions, makeup, colours that suit hair and skin tone and self-esteem.

Andy Thanks ROAD for helping Forage a self-employment Opportunity

Date: May 3, 2018

We recently published a success story about Andrew Hall, who with the help of ROAD, has now set up his own bushcraft and foraging experience business. Andrew wanted to thank those at ROAD who have helped him to find his potential, with this brilliant video. More information about Andrew and his business can be found at

Participants Learn to Unwind With Holistic Therapies at JDA

Date: April 26, 2018

ROAD Partner Jack Drum Arts today had another successful Ladies’ ‘Me Time’ session.

Today, a total of 11 ladies took part in a holistic therapies session, led by therapist Kerry West.

They all received a mini treatment of:

Indian Head
Shoulder and Back Massage

They all went away looking radiant and thoroughly relaxed.

The next session will run for ROAD Participants next Thursday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and has a ‘Colour me beautiful’ theme, looking at complexions, makeup, colours that suit hair and skin tone and self-esteem.

For more information, call Faye on 07749 933 962


ROAD Staff at PCP Work Wonders with Participants

Date: April 25, 2018

Partner Pioneering Care Partnership have received some brilliant feedback for their ongoing work with ROAD Participants in both Health and Wellbeing and Financial and Digital Inclusion specialisms, including the following:

“I’d like to compliment the ROAD Project. I find the support workers very friendly and helpful. I enjoy my sessions and always learn something new.”

“Fantastic support from lovely people.”

“PCP (with ROAD) provide a good service.”

“Very supporting and helpful. Have an understanding of the individual’s needs. Friendly advisers.”

Well done PCP! We love having you as part of our team!

Fantastic Praise for ROAD Staff

Date: April 24, 2018

A Participant who has recently left the ROAD Programme had some wonderful things to say about the staff who worked with her, offering support and guidance.

“I just wanted to thank the ROAD Project for all of the help and support I have received.

I have received support to sort out my benefits, and I have had fantastic support from Jane regarding my health and wellbeing issues. Alison has been great, and so has Emma, and it is really easy to talk to all of them.

All of the girls are bubbly and enthusiastic, and have made me feel at ease. I feel so much better than I did before I started ROAD. I have had lots of help from everyone involved in the Project and it has been a pleasure working with everyone.”

Andy's Craft Doesn't Beat About The Bush!

Date: April 17, 2018

Andy found out about Reaching Out Across Durham after researching self-employment. He had been out of work four years due to health reasons that became a barrier to him obtaining full-time, paid employment. Due to his health, he decided that he wanted to explore the idea of turning his hobby and passion into a business that would fit and work around his ongoing medical treatments and recovery. Andy suffered from snapped ligaments in his groin, making it extremely difficult for him to get about and perform every day activities. After several major surgeries, he is still battling everyday with ongoing difficulties.

Andy’s passion is the outdoors and from a young age, he has always been active and involved with nature. He has never let his health get in the way of his passion and decided to forge his own direction in life. With his vast knowledge of the outdoors, Bushcraft, wild camping and foraging, Andy came to ROAD looking for support to make his dreams become reality.

He had already started to make connections, source an area of land around Finchale Abbey in Durham and explore the opportunity of building his own business, but he needed to develop the business further.

Through ROAD, Andy learnt how to develop a business plan and accessed some vital courses that would help him to move his passion into a business. With support from CDC Enterprise Agency in Chester-Le-Street, his dream began to turn into reality. On his journey with ROAD, he was able to access funding which would help with business set-up costs, financial advice and support to keep him on the right track, and eventually he registered with HMRC as self-employed.

Andy is due to go back in for major surgery later this year, but this has not deterred him from his goal of working for himself and making a living out from what he loves best.

He had this to say about the Reaching Out Across Durham programme:

“I can’t thank Jane (CDC Enterprise Agency) and Navigator, Al (Changing Lives) enough at ROAD. This programme has been a huge help for me, helping me to set up my business, especially with major health implications. I thought it would never be possible to set up and start my own business. This programme, especially working with Al and Jane, has given me the push and support I needed throughout the process of setting up the business. Thanks again! I highly recommend this programme to anyone wanting to take that next step!”

For more information about Andy and his new business venture, or to book on one of his Bushcraft and Foraging courses, you can visit his website at