Finance Score: -2
Governance Score: 9
Support Score: 8
  • Deficit latest year: -2
  • No PartB
  • Good trustee age range: +3
  • Dynamic board: +3
  • Gender balanced board: +3
  • Grant maker support: +8
Overall GiG Score: 15 ?


First Stop Darlington is a local charity working with people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness and those who are chronically excluded, by providing a wide range of support, activities and training to help people realise their potential, improve their outcomes and outlook and support them in their journey to independence.
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  • There have been no material income shortfalls in recent years
  • A significant proportion of recent income was derived from major grant makers
  • The Board appears to be well diversified in terms of age and gender and dynamic in terms of composition

Financial issues to consider:

  • A PartB annual return has not been required and so detailed financial information is not available from the online data
  • Income was lower than spending in the latest year
Established: 25 years


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Financial Data ?

Income & Spending ?
Sources of Income ?
Y/E Income
Cost £k
Funds £k
Funds £k
Staff Volun-

Highest pay bracket: less than £60,000
Listed activities
  • Accommodation/Housing
  • Economic/Community Development/Employment
  • Education/Training
  • Other Charitable Purposes
  • The Advancement Of Health Or Saving Of Lives
  • The Prevention Or Relief Of Poverty
How it operates
  • Acts as an umbrella or resource body
  • Provides advocacy/advice/information
  • Provides human resources
  • Provides services
Where it operates
  • Darlington,
Who it helps
  • Children/Young People
  • Elderly/Old People
  • People With Disabilities
Who works here?
  • Unknown number of employees
  • 2 volunteers

Who's supporting them? ?

Donations from Grant Makers ?

We have details on the following significant donations. Multi-year donations are allocated to the years for which they are earmarked.

Major supporters in last 5 years
National Lottery Community Fund£171,119
Garfield Weston Foundation£56,500
County Durham Community Foundation£34,890
Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government£21,505
Specific Donations
Amount When
To be used for
National Lottery Community Fund - Bike Project - supporting people through our people's workshop
£9,469 09/06/2023
This funding will be used to provide a bike stop service and increase the number of people that benefit from the people's workshop. The project aims to increase mental health/wellbeing; reduce ....more
County Durham Community Foundation - Thriving Through Surviving
£9,906 05/12/2022
To support the Thriving Through Surviving project.
County Durham Community Foundation - Health Improvement - Life Improvements
£17,119 26/09/2022
The Health Improvement - Life Improvements project.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£25,000 29/07/2022
Support & Guidance
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£6,500 10/06/2022
WCA Winner 2022-2023
County Durham Community Foundation - Core Support
£5,000 11/02/2022
Towards core costs.
National Lottery Community Fund - Wellbeing 4 Life
£161,650 19/01/2022
The project will use the funding to trial a new mental health programme supporting vulnerable people facing poverty and multiple issues. Advice and information will be available about housing ....more
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£25,000 24/07/2020
First Stop Core
Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government - MHCLG Homelessness Fund
£21,505 07/05/2020
Organisations supporting homelessness
County Durham Community Foundation - Helpline
£2,865 20/04/2020
To support a helpline.
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - Three years' continuation funding of a project supporting homeless people in Darlington - Year 3
£28,000 01/04/2019
Three years' continuation funding of a project supporting homeless people in Darlington - Year 3
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to First Stop Darlington
£84,561 26/03/2019
First Stop Darlington is requesting a grant for core costs for development work and a pool of bank staff as a cost-effective resource.
Garfield Weston Foundation - Main Grants award
£10,000 05/12/2018
First Stop Core
The Ballinger Charitable Trust - Grant to First Stop Darlington
£60,000 22/06/2018
Supporting disadvantaged people in local community
Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland - Three years' continuation funding of a project supporting homeless people in Darlington - Year 2
£27,400 04/01/2018
Three years' continuation funding of a project supporting homeless people in Darlington - Year 2
National Lottery Community Fund - First Steps - Last Stop
£321,712 01/11/2017
The project will offer early intervention support to people who are homeless, in vulnerable housing situations, or facing extreme financial difficulties to prevent them reaching crisis point. As well ....more
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to First Stop Darlington
£82,200 08/06/2017
towards three years' continuation funding of a project providing support to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness to live independently in Darlington
County Durham Community Foundation - Healthy
£9,000 13/07/2016
Towards running costs of activities the will be specifically designed to engage all involved which includes those who have concentration difficulties, those who suffer anxiety attacks in unfamiliar ....more
Lankelly Chase Foundation - Systems Changers
£3,000 16/10/2015
To support a member of staff to attend the Systems Changers development programme for frontline workers
Henry Smith Charity - Grant to First Stop Darlington
£52,600 12/03/2015
towards two years' running costs of a project providing a drop-in and other support service for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in County Grant Durham
Lloyds Bank Foundation - Grant to First Stop Darlington
£62,849 07/01/2015
provides a range of support services to homeless people across Darlington. With the Foundations support they will specifically target both men & women presenting with challenging & complex ....more
Northern Rock Foundation - Grant awarded to First Stop Darlington (Tees Valley)
£197,278 16/07/2013
Towards a project providing practical help and support to homeless people.
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Data sourced from Donors via 360 Giving

How is it governed?

Trustees (6)
Current Trustees appointed
Gender Split
Based on 5/6 persons

Age Range of Trustees: 35-69
Legal constitution
  • Charitable company registered in England & Wales on 04/02/1999, number: 1073822
  • Registered at Companies House on 09/10/1998, number: 03647391
Gift Aid
  • Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid
Policies in force
  • Bullying and harassment policy and procedures
  • Complaints handling
  • Complaints policy and procedures
  • Conflicting interests
  • Financial reserves policy and procedures
  • Internal charity financial controls policy and procedures
  • Internal risk management policy and procedures
  • Investing charity funds policy and procedures
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding policy and procedures
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Serious incident reporting policy and procedures
  • Social media policy and procedures
  • Trustee conflicts of interest policy and procedures
  • Trustee expenses policy and procedures
  • Volunteer management
Filing Record
20 returns made; AR06: 6 days late,
Main office

32 Houndgate


3.The Charity?s objects (?the Objects?) are the relief of those persons in the Borough of Darlington and its surrounding areas, who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress, in particular by the provision of a centre from which advice, support, training and other activities are delivered to help them towards wellbeing and work.

Defined Area of Benefit:


Data Sources

Charity Commission for England and Wales
360 Giving
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