Everyone, regardless of circumstances, should have a fundamental right to a place of shelter, and help to rebuild their life

Local demand

A significant change in recent years has been the level of complex needs of people coming into DASH services.


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Fundraise for Us

Here at DASH we rely upon the support we get through fundraising to help deliver our services and achieve our goals. We need to identify alternative income sources and fundraising is key to maintaining service delivery and helping to sustain the charity.


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Latest News

  • Second Chance Debating Project

    Two DASH residents recently completed training in formal debating through a Durham University project called Second Chance. Read more

  • First national conference on women’s homelessness

    On Monday 3rd December 2018 Homeless Link held the first national conference on women’s homelessness in England. Read more

  • Rough Sleeping Counts and Estimates

    Every year Local Authorities in England provide a figure for how many people they believe are sleeping rough on a typical night between 1 October and 30 November. Read more

  • 33,000 working homeless

    Homelessness charity Shelter has found that more than half of homeless families are working – that’s 33000 families. Read more

  • The Launch of the 2018 Swimathon

    The City’s annual Swimathon, held at Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre each November, is organised jointly by The Rotary Club of Durham Charity Fund and The Mayor of Durham’s Charity, and typically raises over £6,000 per year for local charities. Read more

  • Goodbye and Hello!

    We thank John for his loyal and dedicated service over the years and we wish him all the very best for his well-earned retirement. Read more


  • Corporate volunteering

    A number of local organisations have taken advantage of our corporate volunteering opportunities recently including EE and npower Read more

  • Residents health & wellbeing programme

    DASH residents have been involved in a number of classes and activities aimed at improving their health and wellbeing. Read more

  • Clare Swift - a volunteers case study

    I already had a passion for helping the Homeless, as my daughter and I make winter packs for the Homeless to give out independently at Christmas time. Read more

  • Canny Kitchen creative cookery classes

    DASH residents have been learning new cookery skills under the excellent guidance of the Canny Kitchen aka Carolyn Hough. Read more

  • Do they know it’s Christmas?

    Nicky Robinson from Thornley has recorded a version of ‘Do they know it’s Christmas?’ The song is being used to raise money to help local homeless organisations including DASH. Read more

  • Aiden - case study

    Aiden found out about DASH having done an internet search with his father. Read more

Thanks to our kind contributors

  • CEO Sleep Out 2019 - Madeleine Ashdown

    On the night of 30 April 2019, the Chair of DASH, Madeleine Ashdown, will once again be sleeping rough for the night to raise funds to fight local homelessness and poverty. Read more

  • Andy Millican Photography

    Thanks to Andy Millican for donating a day of his time to take photographs Read more

  • St Chad's donation

    Students at St Chad’s College, Durham kindly make a donation of food Read more

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