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.

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

Ladies Have Bouquet of Fun at Jack Drum Arts Session

Date: March 15, 2018

ROAD Participants had a fantastic time when they attended Jack Drum Arts’ Ladies’ ‘Me Time’ sessions, where they took part in a flower arranging class.

We think the results are fabulous!

The sessions will continue to be ran until 26th April (except for 5th & 12th of April).

For more information, call Faye on 07749 933 962 – open to existing ROAD Participants only

Laura is now on the ROAD for real

Date: March 1, 2018

ROAD Participant Laura, who has been working with her Health Trainer, Angie from PCP, on lots of aspects of her health and wellbeing for almost a year now: confidence, weight loss, anxiety. Through discussions at her regular one-to-one appointments, it was identified that having a driving licence would support Laura to find and gain an employment or volunteering opportunity, giving her the option of looking for opportunities further afield.

Angie secured external funding via Social Prescribing for both a 10-hour lesson block and a theory test, which Laura impressively passed on her first attempt, which we reported on last year! Angie then went on to secure funding via ROAD’s Health and Wellbeing Specialist Fund to finance a further 15 hours of lessons, and also a practical test.

After overcoming many hurdles during the past year, Laura has dealt extremely well with her nerves and anxiety surrounding her practical driving test, and we are pleased to say, she passed first time!

Laura is now on the ROAD for real, and this has had a positive impact on her life, and that of her daughter.

Well done Laura, from everyone at ROAD!

Ladies Enjoy Me Time at Jack Drum Art's Sessions

Date: February 14, 2018

ROAD Participants had a fantastic time when they attended Jack Drum Arts’ first Ladies’ ‘Me Time’ sessions, where they created home-made DIY health and beauty products, including:

Avocado and banana face mask

Lime Salt scrub

Fragranced Sugar scrub

A range of oatmeal beauty products

The ladies also enjoyed a healthy dessert of layered yogurt using fruit natural yogurt and oats.

The sessions will continue to be ran until 26th April (except for 5th & 12th of April).

For more information, call Faye on 07749 933 962 – open to existing ROAD Participants only

ROAD Participant Paul Designs ROAD Christmas E-Card

Date: December 11, 2017

ROAD Partner, Jack Drum Arts, has been running Christmas Arts and Crafts sessions for a number of weeks, and we thought this was a fantastic opportunity to get a design for our ROAD Christmas e-Card.

It’s safe to say that a lot of time, care and effort went into creating these hand-crafted lino prints, and we are so pleased with all of the entries, it was difficult to choose. Anna from Jack Drum Arts says:

“Everyone has put in equal effort and have been on their own personal journey with this activity (and others that we have ran), and all have tried something that they thought that they never would. There were a few other designs belonging to Participants who did not get to complete in time due to unfortunate health issues or volunteering and these were equally as deserving.”

On behalf of all here at the ROAD HQ, thank you to Anna and Jack Drum Arts, and all of the Participants who took part.


The chosen design was created by Paul, and of Paul, Anna from Jack Drum Arts says:

“This is his second course with JDA; he has been working with them for 16 weeks in total and was really keen to participate in the Christmas Crafts. Before JDA, he thought art was just painting and sculptures, he now knows it’s more than that, and is something he can be involved in and try new mediums to find what works for him.

He mentioned when he first started programme that he had a problem with anxiety and wouldn’t go anywhere without his wife Hazel, and he said ‘ROAD has given me a purpose, its built me up’. He now is able to leave the house and enjoys seeing the friends he has made since attending the craft groups with JDA.

When told about the competition, he discussed his idea of a landscape in lino cutting. Anna spent time with him planning out the design and how to vision into reality. He initially wanted to start a summer scene, of the rolling hills and a road, but then decided to add snow and tyre tracks. Planning in paper how and which parts of the lino to cut, he kept working until he was happy with the overall effect to realise the texture and patterns of the landscape.

Paul has put in a lot of planning to realise his design, its been an exploration of texture and detail.”

Here is Paul’s fantastic design, incorporated into the ROAD Christmas e-Card, which was sent to staff and Participants this week: