We believe that people are greater than the issues by which society often defines them - homeless, drug addict, alcoholic, suffering mental illness. We feel that we can make a difference by believing in people when they do not believe in themselves.
The 700 Club have provided more than 300,000 bed-nights to those who would otherwise be forced to sleep rough, to sleep on a friend's floor, or to occupy some other kind of inappropriate accommodation.
The 700 Club offers a range of services to those who are homeless or inappropriately housed to help them as individuals overcome the barriers to living independently and to settle in a home of their choosing.
The 700 Club made a successful bid for funding from the County Durham & Darlington Community Safety Fund. The fund supports projects and initiatives across County Durham & Darlington that help keep communities safe and inspire public confidence.
The 700 Club have received a Spirit of the Community award of £5000 from the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation. It will be used to part fund an initiative directed towards the large number of individuals begging in Darlington Town Centre.
Councillors Brian and Doris Jones hosted a presentation event at Middleton Hall at which each of the charities Brian nominated during his Mayoral term received a substantial cheque.
The Community Safety Partnership, a multi-agency group made up of Darlington Borough Council, Durham Constabulary, NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group, The Probation Service, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, and the Voluntary and Community Sector, have issued a joint press release to discourage the public from giving to beggars.
The Virgin Money Foundation has awarded a grant of £36,763 to Bridge2Home, a project designed to help individuals and couple gain access to private rented sector housing.