In 2011 local businesses had approached Darlington Borough Council for guidance on their corporate social responsibility activity in relation to the community need of Darlington.
To meet the growing need, Darlington Cares was established in October 2012 as an employee supported volunteering and corporate social responsibility programme (CSR), offering a coordinated approach to CSR whilst supporting key areas of need in Darlington, such as, youth employability, poverty and community engagement.
The project works by centrally coordinating the skills, expertise, knowledge and resources of over 20 member businesses and their employees, and unites them to projects, community groups and local charities where they can have the most impact.
To date, we have nearly completed 10,000 hours of employee supported volunteering in less than three years, over 75 successful projects including, helping out schools, community groups, charities and young people.
Projects are delivered in a variety of ways including hands on community challenges, skills led projects, donation campaigns and a volunteering reading scheme based in schools.
Located at Teesside University's The Forge campus in Darlington, we are funded through a combination of public and private sector membership fees and grant funding.