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 early 2012 a number of leading local businesses met to discuss how they could maximise their impact of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity in relation to the community need of Darlington.

To meet the growing need, Darlington Cares was established in October 2012 as a CSR and employee supported volunteering initiative.

Darlington Cares offers a coordinated approach to CSR by utilising the skills, expertise, knowledge and volunteering resources of local businesses and their employees. These are matched to bespoke volunteering projects or existing community groups and charities, where they can have the most impact.

Volunteering projects are delivered across three key areas:

  • Environment
  • Education
  • Social Justice

We work closely with Darlington Partnership, the local authority, public services and the third sector to identify and understand the key areas of need within the borough.

Our projects work to support a wide range of needs including; children's literacy skills, youth employability, the impact of poverty and environmental improvement.

Our Achievements

  • 75 Projects
  • 120 Busy Readers
  • 3000 Beneficiaries
  • 15000 Hours Completed

Meet the Team


Seth Pearson

Darlington Cares Director


Chelsea Johnson

Darlington Cares Programme Officer



Board Members

Additional Members

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


Our Projects