Reaching Out Across Durham

February 1, 2019

The needs of many people aged 25+ in County Durham are still to be met, and by working closely with these individuals, Reaching Out Across Durham (ROAD) provides a positive experience, with a full and personalised package of support in a way which overcomes barriers and challenges perceptions.

A partnership of 8 voluntary and community organisations and hosted by Groundwork NE & Cumbria, ROAD makes a real difference to the lives of people who aren’t currently in any form of employment and unable to access current provision. A Building Better Opportunities Programme, ROAD is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund until 2022.


Participants receive tailored, 1-to-1 support from our Partners and specialists, who via ROAD, compliment and add value to existing services by working with the long-term unemployed and economically inactive who need support the most.

We engage with those who have chaotic lifestyles, face deep-rooted obstacles, have continuing health issues and focus on the hardest to reach. Where applicable, we refer Participants to the range of excellent programmes already delivered in County Durham, or if specific gaps are identified, provide bespoke delivery around the themes of health and wellbeing, as well as finance, employability and digital barriers.


With consideration to Durham’s local labour markets, we focus on employability advice and skills that are geographically relevant and timely, and provide supported volunteering linked to employment opportunities by working with employers and offering employment training to individuals with multiple barriers. We celebrate the achievement of those who progress by promoting their stories, involving them in the design of activity and enabling them to demonstrate real life experiences.


For more information, please email or call 01207 524 833.


The ROAD Partnership is a Building Better Opportunities Programme funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. For more information, visit:


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