Our Work

Team Challenges

Team challenges are the perfect opportunity to get out of the office and into the community.

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Skills Led

Skills Led projects support the sharing of knowledge and expertise within the local community.

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Busy Readers

Busy Reader volunteers are trained to listen and help develop the literacy skills of school children.

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FYI Project

Working with young people to reduce instances of anti-social behaviour in Firthmoor

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About Us


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 11,000 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 Darlington Building Society, we are funded through a combination of public and private sector membership fees and grant funding.

Our Achievements

  • 75 Projects
  • 120 Busy Readers
  • 3000 Beneficiaries
  • 11000 Hours Completed

Meet the Team

Simone McNeill

Programme Manager, Darlington Cares

Board Members

  • Teesside University
  • Sherwoods Group
  • One Darlington
  • Darlington Borough Council
  • EE
  • Darlington Building Society
  • Lingfield Point
  • Cummins
  • CDCF

Additional Members

  • Whessoe Engineering
  • Student Loans Company
  • Department for Education
  • Darlington College
  • Esh Group
  • Sainsbury's
  • Handelsbanken
  • Latimer Hinks
  • Harvey & Hugo
  • Star Radio
  • Darlington Football Club
  • Urban & Civic
  • The Northern Echo


Our Projects