About us Who we are First Stop Darlington is a local charity which has been supporting people since 1999, it was founded by a group of clergy who were concerned about the amount of rough sleepers in the town at that time. They took this concern to Darlington Housing Action Group and together they designed First Stop to support people without accommodation, to help them get to the services that could help them most alongside offering warmth, refreshments, showers and laundry facilities too. We have come a long way since those early days and now First Stop Darlington is here for anyone experiencing difficulties that prevent them from moving forward in their lives, such as Housing, Poverty, Debt, Unemployment, Low Self-esteem and self-worth, addictions, poor relationships, breakdown of family relationships, anti-social behaviour and a whole host of other issues. Who Do We Help We have a long history of building relationships with the people who walk through our door, indeed it is the key to the many successes that we have witnessed and proudly played a part in for those who were struggling with life impacting issues. If you are in Darlington or the surrounding Borough and are not coping with what life is throwing at you, then come and talk it through with us, we are here to help you find solutions and we will support you while you work through them. Our services are here for anyone from the age of 16 and above. Our goal is to help you break down barriers and be free to follow your aspirations.