ARQ News

LGBT History Month 2019


County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, Darlington ARQ, Durham Rainbow Alliance and Darlington Borough Council are working in collaboration to raise awareness and support for the LGBT Community.  February is LGBT History month and this year’s theme is around peace, reconciliation and activism. Each week CDDFRS, Darlington ARQ, Durham Rainbow Alliance and DBC will be showcasing particular events and milestones in the LGBT history around this year’s theme.

For more information on the LGBT History month go to

 Why not show your support and wear a badge?

The overall aim of the LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done through:

  • Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people, their history, lives and their experiences in the curriculum and culture of educational and other institutions, and the wider community;
  • Raising awareness and advancing education on matters affecting the LGBT community;
  • Working to make educational and other institutions safe spaces for all LGBT communities; and
  • Promoting the welfare of LGBT people, by ensuring that the education system recognises and enables LGBT people to achieve their full potential, so they contribute fully to society and lead fulfilled lives, thus benefiting society as a whole.

If you would like to find out more about the services offered by Darlington ARQ, contact ARQ on 01388 229516 or

For more information on Durham Rainbow Alliance contact 07402025609 or email

For more information on CDDFRS Safe and Wellbeing services contact 0845 2234 221 or

For more information on Darlington Borough Council services contact 01325 405111 or

This is the link for the resources for educators/ schools:


Welcome back YPOP

YPOP reopened today, with a fantastic crowd of people and a mint party 🎉 . Well done and thank you to our volunteers for their hard work and welcome back to our fab group members.

YPOP is a social support group that welcomes LGBT people under the age of 25. It meets on a Saturday from 2pm. For more details why not get in touch.

Introducing YPOP

YPOP (Young People of Pride) is a youth social support group designed for under 25’s who identify on the LGBT + spectrum.  The group runs:

Every Saturday from 14:00 – 18:00  in Three4 Hub

34 Priestgate, Darlington DL3, UK 
(opposite Mercure Hotel on Priestgate, Darlington)


Come along to talk about your experiences or just hang out with other LGBT young people like you in a safe and accepting space.

Ran by our counselling staff and support volunteers, we take part in a wide range of activities, designed to
support and enrich our inclusive group members.

All our staff are DBS checked and insured for your safety and peace of mind.

To find out more please use the contact us tab or phone us on 01388 22 95 16, or email us on

We have new additions!

Darlington ARQ are pleased to announce that following a successful recruitment process we are have several new volunteers added to our team.  Most notably we have two new Company Directors.  We would like to announce that David Park and Bridget Chapman have joined our board of Directors as of January this year.  We are very pleased to have such a committed volunteer team and are very proud of our existing and new volunteers.  A very warm welcome to all our new faces!