Our #50Faces series will introduce you to some of the council's unsung heroes. We'll meet people doing all kinds of jobs, who each make a difference in their own way.
1. Trisha English
A fantastic lollipop lady who works hard to keep the roads safe...
Trisha has become part of the scenery at her spot on busy Brinkburn Road; plenty of passers-by stop for a chat even if they aren't crossing the road.
She first became a crossing patrol officer - or lollipop lady as she prefers to be called - when her own children were young.
2&3. Suzy Hill & Laura Pattinson
Familiar faces for library users of all ages...
Suzy joined the library team back in 2008 and Laura joined her in 2017.
Between them, they put on sessions and events for families, to try and encourage reading and book borrowing.
4. Sarah-Jayne Sams
Teaching Darlington's youngsters to swim...
Sarah-Jayne has been a swimming instructor for more than 20 years and says she finds it very rewarding.
Her goal is for no one to feel in danger in the water.
5. Joseph Robb
Working hard to help keep families together...
Social worker team leader Joseph Robb works in the Keeping Families Together Team. No two days are the same in his job.
He says working for the council feels like a family.
6. Ellie Walker
Flying the flag for equality and diversity...
Corporate trainer Ellie Walker's job is to help council staff understand their responsibilities around equality and diversity.
A real people person, Ellie says no two days are the same in her role.
7. Sarah Travis
Helping drive economic growth in Darlington...
Sarah Travis works in the business support team and helps existing companies and those thinking of moving to Darlington.
Part of her job satisfaction comes from seeing a business achieve its aspirations.
8. Lee Hutton
Changing roles in challenging times
Lee usually works as the aquatic manager at the Dolphin Centre, but throughout the pandemic has worked for the community HUB.
He takes great pride in providing a good service and working in a great team who have really stepped up to the plate.
9. Margaret Enstone
Keeping Darlington on track for a greener future
Margaret has recently joined us as our sustainability and climate change lead officer. She works with teams in the council to create a plan for Darlington to become carbon neutral.
She makes sure to do her own part for the environment by walking when she can, taking public transport, and shopping locally.