£70,000 donated to twelve local charities in final 5% Pledge meeting of the year

£70,000 donated to twelve local charities in final 5% Pledge meeting of the year

Published 18 January 2023

The December round of donations for 2022, provided more than £70,000 to eleven local charities and good causes from the 5% Pledge.

The 5% Pledge continues to focus on the key local and regional issues of mental health and wellbeing, reducing unemployment through skills development, and combating loneliness.

Donations approved in December by the Society’s Community Impact Group will help feed families this Christmas, get people to work, boost girl’s confidence and get people out and about in our local countryside.

Recipients of donations from the December meeting include:

  1. Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind                 £6,323

The donation will fund 50 people living with mental health problems to join a brand new Peer Support group to improve their mental health, resilience and wellbeing.

In addition, 8 participants will complete a Peer Support qualification, to enable the project to be sustainable beyond the life of the grant.

  1. The Link Charitable Trust £5,967

The donation will support the Silverlink Social Club for Over 60s to continue, providing attendees with improved mental health and wellbeing, increased community resilience and improved self-confidence.

  1. Durham Wildlife Trust £7,500

The donation will help to restore the Brinkburn Pond and Meadows in Faverdale Darlington, to enable local people to walk, exercise, relax and watch the local wildlife.

  1. Liverton Parochial Church Council £3,000

The donation will support the ongoing work in the area to raise the aspirations of local young people, provide emergency food, alongside the healthy eating club and other activities.

  1. Sacriston Youth Project £5,000

The donation will support their weekly sessions for local children who can join in a variety of activities, at the same time receiving a simple, nutritious cooked, meal.

  1. Teesside Community Action Group £4,379

The donation will fund the collection and distribution of various needed items to local children, including a number with extreme health issues.

  1. The Hub of Wishes £5,000

The donation will be used to fund a Monday drop-in for members to access activities such as bingo, arts & crafts, brunch and the choir.

  1. Trinity Holistic Centre £8,805

The donation will help with both the emotional and physical effects of cancer for patients, carers and family members.

  1. We Can Dance £6,000

The donation will help provide children and young people with special educational needs with the opportunity to access dance sessions led by professional teachers.

  1. Wellbeing 4 Men Community Interest Company £4,000

The donation will help men who are disadvantaged, have health inequalities or who feel isolated or socially excluded to become physically active and improve their mental health.

  1. WHISH Whitby Hidden Impairment Support & Help £5,000

The donation will help provide opportunities for HI (hidden impairment) families to relax, socialise, share experiences and problems without the fear of being judged or stigmatised for being different.


Darlington Building Society’s Community Impact Group will next meet in March 2023, where the first donations for the new year will be approved.

You can learn more about Darlington Building Society’s 5% Pledge, including how to nominate a charity or good cause, here.