The ROAD (Reaching Out Across Durham) Partnership is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

ROAD is designed to help the residents of County Durham who are out of work and aged 25 and above to overcome barriers to employment. We help individuals find their potential and enable them to move into education, training or work. We do this by working closely with individuals to improve their confidence, develop their skills and promote knowledge, health and well being.

Working alongside programme lead Groundwork North East & Cumbria and five other voluntary and community sector delivery partners which are specialists in employment, financial and digital inclusion, health and wellbeing as well as volunteering, Reaching Out Across Durham (ROAD) will support 1,500 people who are currently out of work towards employment in its duration until June 2023.

Contact your local Navigator for free advice on Health & wellbeing, Financial & Digital Inclusion, Self-Employment & Enterprise and Volunteering.

Our offer is free, voluntary, and most importantly, specially tailored to the unique and complex needs of each and every individual with whom we work. Our typical offer consists of the following:

  • Health & Wellbeing
    Our specialist Health Trainers work with individuals to manage stress and anxiety, improve confidence, help with getting active, advise on healthy eating, assistance with stopping smoking and drinking less alcohol, and help to better manage existing health conditions by offering advice and support and guiding towards appropriate and specialist health care.
  • Financial & Digital Inclusion
    Many people experience financial difficulties, be it struggling with debt management, understanding benefits and budget management. There are also lots of people who do not have the skills or access to mobile phones, computer technology and the internet to better help their life skills. Our team of Financial and Digital Inclusion Coaches are available to help offer advice, support, training and practical skills to help individuals become more independent.
  • Self-Employment & Enterprise
    We have unique access to a range of county-wide Enterprise Organisations who support disadvantaged individuals to build their belief and confidence in self-employment as a viable work option.
  • Volunteering
    A community-minded programme, ROAD want to create opportunities for individuals we work with as well as providing support to current volunteering opportunities and to establish new placements. We also encourage our Participants to provide regular feedback to enable us to improve our offer, and we are actively seeking ‘Peer Mentors’, with training available to help Participants to offer support to others from similar backgrounds and with shared situations

For more information:


T: 01207 524 833