Get involved

You can make things happen in your neighbourhood!

  • Have your say in estate management and the housing repair service
  • Get to know your neighbours
  • Build community spirit and trust
  • Increase your self-confidence and gain new skills
  • We need your views on what we are doing right and how we can improve our service.

Housing Connect

Housing Connect is a quarterly newsletter for tenants and leaseholders. Check out the latest edition,Housing Connect December 2019[pdf document]

The front cover of the housing connect magazine

Ways to get involved


Location Event Upcoming Events Social Media
Branksome The residents association is working with the community to look at new ideas for the area.   Find them on facebook on the Branksome Cockerton West Community Partnership

The community centre runs regular events 

  Find them on Facebook on the Firthmoor Community Centre
Skerne Park The community centre runs a weekly children's club for children aged three to eight, accompanied by parents.  Tuesday evenings from 3.15pm Find them on Facebook on the Skerne Park Community Centre group
Red Hall Members of the Red Hall Partnership secured funding to offer a family trip to the pantomime and  a trip to Beamish Museum. They are also worked with Red Hall Primary School to provide a Christmas meal for the elderly and vulnerable Last Thursday of the month at 6pm Find them on Facebook on the Red Hall Partnership group


Meet the people working in your area, tell them your ideas or raise concerns.

To join us for one of our estate walkabouts please call 01325 405333 or contact your housing officer.

The readers' panel is a group of tenants who give their time to read leaflets and newsletters. This is to make sure that we haven’t filled them with jargon that people won’t understand. Any leaflets and publications that have been to the readers panel will have a logo showing they have been approved! 

The panel reviews housing and building services on behalf of tenants. Speak to your housing officer to find out more.

Mystery shoppers help us test and monitor the quality of our service. We provide all volunteers with training. Mystery shoppers will usually take part in four mystery shops a year.

Mystery shopper application form[pdf document]

Associations Time and place of meetings
Haughton The first Thursday of every month, 7pm at St.Andrew's Church Hall
Skerne Park and Parkside The third Friday of the month, 6pm at Skerne Park Youth and Community Centre
Lascelles The second Wednesday of every month, 6pm at Rosemary Court
North Riverside The first Tuesday of every month at 6pm in the Havelock Centre
Branksome and Cockerton The second Thursday of every month 7pm at Wyvern Academy

Get the money to make a difference in your community

Do you have an idea that could make a difference where you live? You could be awarded up to £1,000 for your neighbourhood group, organisation or charity. The funding can be used to support activities that will make a difference.

For more information email [email protected] or write to:

Darlington Borough Council Customer Engagement Officer
Town Hall