ARQ News

We are 1!

Darlington ARQ is 1 year old today!

We were officially incorporated on 29th August 2017; and although we operated for a few days prior to this, we are marking today as our first birthday!

We would like to thank everyone that has helped us get through this year; service users and volunteers, past, present and future.  Well done to everyone involved in getting us through year one, and here is to year two!



North East theatre maker and writer Jonluke McKie is looking for people willing to share their thoughts about what gender and sexuality mean to them through a conversation about sex as part of his research for a new play called Preconceived.

Working in partnership with Newcastle based dance and theatre artist Lizzie J Klotz Preconceived will be a fast-paced, physical show performed by one actor that will use participants true stories, as well as original writing by Jonluke, to help shed light on the stories we don’t hear so often when it comes to sex and explore the funny, painful, hairy and confusing truth of this fundamentally human topic.

The final show will be premiered at Newcastle’s Alphabetti  Theatre in 2019.

Interested in getting involved? Then contact Jonluke at

or visit @preconceivedshow or

Last chance to have your say on Children and Young People’s Mental Health services in Darlington!

From Healthwatch – 21/08/2018

Across the summer we have been encouraging as many individuals, families and young people as possible to tell us what they think about mental health services and support for young people living in Darlington!

You still have a chance to get involved but not for long as we will begin to produce our report in just a few weeks, so don’t miss out!

We were told by a staggering 45% of our survey participants that Mental Health was a top priority with a particular focus on children and young people services.

Are you an individual, parent or carer in Darlington who is or have in the past supported a young person with mental health and want to share your views? >>> Then please take part in our survey 

Are you a young person living in Darlington who uses mental health services or know someone who is? Or are you a young person who just wants to share your views on the future of mental health in your town? >>> Then please take part in our survey 

Please share our surveys far and wide so we can give EVERYONE the opportunity to have their say!

Together we can make a difference!