Voluntary sector (third sector) strategy

Guidance notes have changed for vetting and barring

Before an organisation considers asking a person to apply for a criminal record check through DBS, they are legally responsible for ensuring that they are entitled to submit an application for the job role.

Levels of criminal record check available:

  • Standard checks – To be eligible for a standard level DBS certificate, the position must be included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975
  • Enhanced checks – To be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate, the position must be included in both the ROA Exceptions Order and in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations
  • Enhanced checks with children’s and/or adults’ barred list check(s) – To be eligible to request a check of the children’s or adults’ barred lists, the position must be eligible for an enhanced level DBS certificate as above and be specifically listed in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) regulations as able to check the appropriate barred list(s)

Full guidance details for vetting and barring [external link]

Darlington Compact

Darlington Compact is a statement of partnership between the public sector and the voluntary and community sector. It is a commitment to work together more closely, and to respect each other's rights and responsibilities.

Healthwatch Darlington

Healthwatch Darlington is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Darlington. The organisation will help to shape and improve local health and social care in our community. Healthwatch Darlington is part of the Healthwatch national network, established by the Government to ensure local patients and users have a greater input to shaping and designing local services.

To find out more visit Healthwatch Darlington [external link].

Funding opportunities for the third sector

The Council funds the third sector by offering discretionary rate relief to charities who qualify for Mandatory Rate Relief.

A broad range of grants are distributed by County Durham Community Foundation [external link] who distribute over £2m in grants per year to organisations in Durham and Darlington.

Funding Opportunities for Sports Clubs

Are you a local sports club? If so this funding pot may be of help to you. Sport in the community is about local people, local facilities, local groups and organisations working together to provide opportunities to enjoy sport. Betfair and SportsAid recognise the importance of community sport, so Cash 4 Clubs has been set up to assist in fundraising for community sports clubs throughout the country. The Cash 4 Clubs scheme has given out sports grants to many deserving causes and is committed to finding yet more sports clubs to help in the future. With awards of £250, £500, £750 and £1000 available, Cash 4 Clubs is giving away real money that can help your club.

Please see the website http://www.cash-4-clubs.com for further details about which clubs were successful in Autumn 2014 and for details of how to apply.

Please note that due to the large numbers of application now received by Cash 4 Clubs we are only able to notify successful applicants

Applications open on 20 July 2015, until 18:00 on 17 August 2015.

Darlington Community Safety Partnership

Darlington Community Safety Partnership have just launched the next round of funding for activities to help administer their priorities and those of the Police and Crime Commissioner. These priorities are:

  • To reduce the effect of domestic abuse, particularly violence against women and girls
  • To reduce the effect of hate crime
  • To improve engagement with local communities across the Constabulary area
  • To address anti-social behaviour
  • To address the harm caused to individuals and communities by alcohol and drugs
  • To improve road safety by addressing careless and dangerous driving, speeding and other related road safety issues
  • To make our policing service visible and accessible at all times

Any interested parties need to submit their application forms to Rose Gallagher at [email protected] by no later than April 10 2015.

The proposed amount of funding available is between approximately £5-10K maximum which would probably reflect smaller projects. Application form [word document]

Third sector commissioning

In Darlington we are keen to ensure that third sector organisations have the opportunity to be considered for contracted work based upon the operation of an ‘even playing field’. To support this work we offer training and support to organisations so that they understand the processes and how to find out more about working with the Council.

If you require further help, training or support please do not hesitate to contact Mary Hall on [email protected] or 01325 406053.


As part of the Better Care Fund in Darlington work is taking place to develop multi-disciplinary teams. The BCF plan will include the voluntary sector who will be involved in a five month pilot as part of these teams when they are launched on 1 October 2014. The pilot will consist of 3 part-time Co-ordinators from the voluntary sector working as part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of social workers and GP’s. The BCF will pay the salaries for the 3 part-time staff seconded from Age UK Darlington, DAD and Darlington MIND.  The organisations are also supporting the pilot by giving benefit in kind in particular management and supervision during this pilot period.

Working with these crucial organisations has made sure that the pilot can be set up to meet 1 October deadline. 

Evaluation of the pilot will take place in February so that it informs future activity and the development for a longer term tender for the future if the pilot supports this. This tender would be open to any organisation or group of organisations.

If you have any queries about the project please contact Mary Hall, Senior Engagement Officer 01325 406053, [email protected]