If you live in Darlington and something is stopping you from finding work, training, education or moving forward, please get in touch. It won't impact your benefits and could change your life.


Call: 01325 525100

What we can do to help

When you first get in touch with us, we will ask for some basic details such as your name, age and address.

You will then be invited to come to meet one of our navigators, at a time and place that suits you. Your navigator is the person who will support you every step of the way through the programme, helping you get the support you need from different services and organisations.

You will be asked to bring evidence of your right to live and work in the UK, such as a passport or birth certificate to the first meeting, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. Just tell us and we can help you get one.

At the first meeting, the navigator will ask you questions about your situation and what you would like to achieve. They will talk to you to try to identify what barriers might be preventing you from finding work or training.

If the navigator thinks Step Forward Tees Valley could help you, you will be accepted on the programme. If not, they will try and put you in touch with other services or organisations that might be better placed to help.

Once you have been accepted on the programme, you will meet your navigator regularly and work out a clear action plan to help you overcome your barriers and eventually find a job or a training course. Your navigator will help you get support from our partners who offer a wide range of services and can give you the practical help you need to move on and get a job.


Join in the fun with Darlington!

All sessions aim to reduce isolation, improve confidence, social skills and overall health and well-being.

  • Women's Group 10.30am-noon every Friday at Friends Meeting House, 6 Skinnergate. Each week Darlington navigators offer female participants a cuppa and a chat at their friendly weekly women's group. Here they discuss a range of topics, host special guest speakers and deliver art, craft and knitting sessions.  

  • Walk Club - Once a month the Darlington navigators arrange a scheduled walk for participants to take part in. To find out more about the walk club, ask your navigator. 

  • Community Heroes volunteering days – get a taste of what it’s like to volunteer for your community, how it can boost your confidence, give you new skills and help you to meet new people. We meet once a month at a variety of community venues. You could be cooking for a local community food project, helping out with gardening or painting a community hall - all in a friendly and supportive environment. You can log your volunteer hours and work towards your bronze, silver or gold Step Forward Tees Valley volunteering award and we can provide you with a reference once you have completed your volunteering award.

  • Sport sessions with Middlesbrough FC Foundation Trust - noon - 1pm every Monday at the Dolphin Centre. Each week Darlington participants can take part in a physical exercise session held in the sports hall. Sessions include; dodge ball, walking football, basketball, badminton, wheelchair basketball and ultimate frisbee.


  • Healthy Me, Confident Me - Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) deliver a rolling 8 week programme that focuses upon confidence building and life skills; emotional resilience and stress management; healthy lifestyle and education. The PCP encourage you to adopt a healthier lifestyle and develop life skills to further your confidence. Techniques are used  to recognise your strengths, weaknesses, support networks and personal goal setting. 

  •   Gym Session - Eastbourne Sports Complex, Bourne Avenue held every Tuesday 1.30 - 2.30pm

  • Yoga - Friends Meeting House,   Skinnergate held every Wednesday 12.15 - 1.30pm

  • ICT (Thursday) - This group is to undertake basic  computer skills through completing the Learn My Way course. You will learn about using your computer or device, online, basics, internet skills, public services, job search, managing your money and improving your health on line.  Held at Crown Street Library 10.30 - 12 noon

  • ICT (Friday) - This group is to undertake basic computer skills, job search, completing universal credit journal and anything else to increase confidence in using ICT. Citizens advice, The Core, Church Row, 10.00 - 13.30

Here is the activity calendar for Darlington. To attend any of these sessions you need to book through your navigator

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