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.

Dan Unlocks the Key to Success

Date: August 15, 2018

Daniel Higgins came to ROAD (Reaching Out Across Durham) after hearing about the support they could offer to people that were currently experiencing times of hardship. Daniel had been a carer for a number of years, but had made the decision to make positive changes to his life, allowing him the freedom to be his own boss. Dan had heard about ROAD and the different support services they offered people that weren’t currently in employment. ROAD is a three year programme delivered throughout County Durham and funded through the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund. The aim of the programme is to help people within the local community furthest from the jobs market get the best support to enable them back into Training, Education and Employment.

Daniel came to ROAD looking for support with training, financial information and guidance and with the idea of setting up his own business. Whilst working with his Navigator, Alasdair from Changing Lives, Daniel explored the idea of self-employment. This would allow him to maintain his care responsibilities, but also bring in more money to the household.

Daniel explored different avenues before deciding that he wanted to find out more about becoming a 24 hour locksmith. With ROAD’s support Daniel sourced funding to take up the training required. He then met with Anderson from CDC Enterprise Agency in Chester-le-Street who provided him with all the tools and support to get into business. Jane worked with Daniel to create a business plan, access support around marketing and business finance as well as registering with HMRC.

Since Daniel launched the business in September 2017 he has gone from strength to strength and built up the business with lots of hard work and dedication. He has now established himself with a number of local businesses as their first port of call and is always on 24 hour standby.

Daniel had this to say about ROAD ‘Without the opportunities ROAD provided me, I wouldn’t have know where to begin. Jane and Alasdair guided me through all the channels and have been a huge help in me make this move into Self-Employment. I will always be very grateful for their support. I would recommend ROAD and all of their support to others in a similar position to me.’

Contact Daniel about his locksmith services at or 07885 430 700.

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.”