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 is recipe for success for Barry

Date: December 1, 2019

Barry, who has a level of learning difficulty, joined ROAD as he wanted to make more meaningful use of his time.

After meeting with ROAD Health Trainer FAYE, she discovered he had a passion for cookery and baking, along with artistic talents.

To help Barry create a local support network, and help Barry make the most of his passion for art and food, Faye arranged for him to attend an art club and take part in a Level 2 Food Safety in Catering course at a local community centre.

As Barry felt his learning difficulties would hold him back from completing the course, Faye also went along to make sure he understood the principles.

He passed and is now on his way to working in the catering industry!

Sarah says: "Thank you for helping me to gain confidence..."

Date: July 22, 2019

Sarah Pringle was referred to the ROAD team by housing association, Livin. She wanted to live a healthier lifestyle but lacked motivation, she also wanted support with getting on top of her finances as she wanted to save for her future better. She always saw herself taking on a qualification too, but wasn’t sure where to start.

Sarah worked with a financial / digital & health / wellbeing specialist & was also well supported by her navigator, who guided her along the journey to achieving her aspirations.

A tailored plan was implemented that enabled Sarah to better manage her finances, alongside 1:1 cooking sessions in alignment with the NHS Eatwell Guide inspired Sarah to shop well, plan her meals & eat more healthily.

This quickly became a great habit, which, in turn, had a positive impact on her mood & she sleep patterns.

Sarah continues to experiment with food, paying close attention to her budget, buying key ingredients at a reasonable price & batch cooking & freezing portions where possible. Her social life has also benefited as she now has the confidence to cook meals for friends.

Since Sarah has been supported by the ROAD team she has started to plan for the future, undertaking a distance learning course. She hopes to start a degree next year.

Sarah says: “Thank you for helping me to gain confidence & understand that I can follow my dream. I wouldn’t have applied for my college course without the support of the team at ROAD”.

Here at ROAD, we believe that Sarah made all the changes herself, & that we were just a small part in the process. We know that it is easy to lose focus, especially when life gets tough, however, with the right kind of support & guidance, our specialists can help participants to work on an action plan that helps them to prioritise their wants & needs, & put them on a path to setting future goals.

Sarah quickly achieved clarity after a short time of working with the team. Regular progress reviews reminded her of how far she’d come.

Well done Sarah, you should be incredibly proud of yourself. It was a pleasure to support you!

ROAD Hops on Board Google Bus & Meets MP Kevan

Date: July 8, 2019

When the Google Bus came to Stanley, County Durham, ROAD Groundwork NE & Cumbria Health Trainer Faye, from Pioneering Care Partnership – PCP got on board to spread the word us.

Whilst on the ROAD, she met Kevan Jones and Cllr Carole Hampson, the Mayor of Stanley, who were both VERY enthused by the good work we have, and will continue to do with our many Participants, even writing this short article:

ROAD works with those aged 25 and above in County Durham who are out of work, and is a FREE and VOLUNTARY programme.

For more information, call 01207 524 833, email [email protected] or visit to read how we have helped hundreds of people to FIND THEIR POTENTIAL.

ROAD is funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

#TNLComFundESF #helpingustohelpyou

ROAD Funders National Lottery Community Fund Undergo Fab Rebrand!

Date: January 30, 2019

Here at ROAD Groundwork NE & Cumbria, we love the new logo the Big Lottery Fund have released following their recent rebrand to the National Lottery Community Fund

For more information on this fab news, please visit:…/national-lottery-good…

ROAD is a Building Better Opportunities Programme, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund (TNLCF) until July 2019.

Helping the unemployed in County Durham, aged 25 and above to overcome barriers to employment, we are proud to be involved in this wider social-inclusion project.

More information on European Growth Funding can be found here ℹ️…/england-2014-to-2020-european-structur…

Visit our webpage to see some of our many success stories:

Call us on 01207 524 833 or email on [email protected]

ROAD Signs up 500th Participant

Date: December 7, 2018

ROAD Groundwork NE & Cumbria are proud to announce that today, we signed up our 500th Participant!

This means that since the launch of our FREE and VOLUNTARY service on 31st October 2016, we have helped 500 individuals across County Durham to find their potential.

ROAD is a partnership of fantastic community and voluntary sector organisations, all of whom have helped so many individuals.

To see some of the fantastic work we have done with our many Participants to date, visit

ROAD is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund and works with those aged 25 and above who are out of work in County Durham to find their potential.

For more information, call 01207 524 833, email [email protected], or visit


Citizens Advice County Durham CDC Enterprise Agency Cornforth House Changing Lives Humankind Charity Jack Drum Arts Pioneering Care Partnership- PCP Finchale Durham Community Action Durham Christian Partnership

Success for Participant with Health & Wellbeing

Date: September 18, 2018

A ROAD Participant working with Navigator, Gillian, from Humankind has begun to turn her life around with help from the ROAD Programme.

The Participant signed up to ROAD in February 2017, and having last worked in 2008, was completely lacking in confidence and feeling socially isolated. They were referred to the Health and Wellbeing strand of ROAD, and began working with a Health Trainer looking at healthy eating and exercise. The individual took part in the ROAD walking group, joined the gym and began to attend the coffee afternoon, but still isolated themselves from the main group, feeling uncomfortable in social situations.

The Health Trainer began running quizzes which the Participant excelled at, increasing their confidence, after which they attended an accredited Volunteering Passport and Skills for Employment course, further improving their confidence, leading to several volunteering opportunities that they took part in.

The Participant is now volunteering at a lunch club for the elderly, and now they are confident enough to attend interviews, they are actively job searching.

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.