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Supporting you back into work

Are you currently unemployed? Looking to take your next steps?

If your personal circumstances make it difficult to find a job, then Routes to Work is here to help!

We know that looking for a job can be hard, that’s why we provide a range of support to help you overcome any barriers you might be facing and support you back into the workplace.

Routes to Work can support anyone over the age of 16 with sign-posting, information, advice and guidance to help you prepare for and access the world of work and get on the path to a successful career.

You may also be eligible to access tailored one-to-one support from a dedicated keyworker, who can help you put a plan together, get you the right skills and training, and help find the right job for you

Routes to Work is a service for unemployed people who want information and advice on accessing training, employment, further education and much more, including housing and benefits as part of the Darlington Borough Council ‘Routes to Work’ scheme which is joint funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority [external link] and the Department for Work and Pensions [external link].

Appointments can be made with one of our Key workers, either by email or give us a call.

We are now booking one to one appointments only, the drop-in service is currently closed.

To arrange an appointment with a keyworker or for more information about the ‘Routes to Work scheme’ in Darlington call 01325 406170 or email any enquiries to [email protected].

Leslie's story

“After a long time out of work, I had very little confidence. Then I had a meeting with Ken, a keyworker from the Routes to Work programme. This moment was the jump start which changed my life for the better…

Ken was friendly and really cared - he could see my potential at a time when I could not! He got to know me and worked to understand my passions and hobbies. He lined-up a volunteering role for me which gave me the motivation and self-confidence I needed.

This led to me securing a paid part-time job last year, which is amazing for me! I am now working for an amazing company helping older people to access the internet and engage in live interactive sessions. It is the perfect job for me - and I’m so happy!

I honestly thought I would never work again, but the support from Routes to Work turned my life around.

I can whole heartedly recommend Routes to Work to anyone who is looking to take their next step, the support is truly invaluable. If you are thinking of reaching out for support, just go for it - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!”

You can hear Leslie's story in his own words on YouTube [external link]

Leslie, who used the Routes to work service holding a banner

Darlington Borough Council Tees valley combined authority Routes to work logo