You will be treated respectfully and fairly in a safe and welcoming setting. Our expert staff will work with you to draw up a plan to help you fulfil your potential and work towards your ambitions.

You may need guidance on building a CV, help with searching for and applying for jobs or support preparing for interview. We can also provide you with ongoing information, advice and guidance once you have successfully secured a post.

DurhamWorks is an inclusive programme working with a diverse range of young people across County Durham to remove any barriers preventing you from progressing.

We can subsidise the initial transport, child care or clothing costs associated with your new role and help you to budget for these costs going forward. We also have funding for employers to create employment opportunities for young people.

DurhamWorks will support you to resolve problems that might be caused by your changing situation, in areas like benefits, housing or care responsibilities.

Still not sure if DurhamWorks is for you? 

DurhamWorks has launched 3 podcasts which cover a number of topics which may help you in your decision: 

  • Employer support and job opportunities - This episode features The Park Head Hotel at Bishop Auckland and why Claire Gibbons, owner, has taken on three members of staff through DurhamWorks. 
  • The journey a young person has taken whilst on DurhamWorks - from suffering from Paranoid Schizophrenia to now having a job which he can be proud of, Christopher Lambert tells us about his DurhamWorks journey. 
  • And finally, a parent's perspective of how DurhamWorks has supported them and their son into a variety of programmes to build his confidence and independence - Amanda Lowes talks about her son, Joe, who has Aspergers syndrome and the support they have received as a family through DurhamWorks. 

Take a listen to their stories here:

Podcast 1 - Park Head Hotel

Podcast 2 - Christopher Lambert's Story

Podcast 3 - Amanda and Joe Lowes

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